Sharapova comeback, teen’s dream run end at US Open

first_imgRoad Warriors sink Batang Pier “The emotions were high when it was 5-2,” she said. “I wanted to close it so much.”‘Unbelievable’ for StephensSpanish 12th seed Pablo Carreno Busta advanced to his second Grand Slam quarter-final with a 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/3) victory over Shapovalov.The Canadian would have been the youngest Slam quarter-finalist since Michael Chang at the 1990 French Open, youngest US Open quarter-finalist since Andre Agassi in 1988 and first US Open qualifier in the last eight since Gilles Muller in 2008.“The biggest lesson is that I’m able to compete with these guys,” Shapovalov said. “I still think I have a lot of work to do.”Stephens, who was a 2013 Australian Open semi-finalist, missed 11 months with a foot injury that required surgery in January and returned only at Wimbledon, but has won 12 of her past 14 matches for her deepest US Open run in six tries.“I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better comeback,” Stephens said. “Making it to the quarter-finals here is unbelievable.”Wimbledon and Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams, the US ninth seed seeking her eighth Grand Slam title and third US Open crown, was to meet Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro for a quarter-final spot.Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, the third seed from Spain and leader in a fight for world number one, also was to face Czech 13th seed Petra Kvitova later.‘I just play perfect’Carreno Busta, the first player in Grand Slam history to face four qualifiers, has not dropped a set at the tournament.In a draw half assured of producing a first-time Slam finalist, he has a Tuesday quarter-final against either French 16th seed Lucas Pouille or Argentine 29th seed Diego Schwartzman. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sharapova, whose five Grand Slam titles include the 2006 US Open, made 51 unforced errors to only 14 by Sevastova, whose 21 winners were half the 30-year-old Russian star’s total at Arthur Ashe Stadium.“She played unbelievable throughout the first and second set and I just kept fighting, running for every ball,” Sevastova said. “The third set could have gone either way.”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 shutoutSevastova matched her best Slam run from last year’s US Open while 146th-ranked Sharapova served notice her game remains formidable, having defeated second-ranked Simona Halep in her dramatic opener on the New York hardcourts.Sharapova tested positive for the banned blood booster meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and only returned from her suspension in April. She was snubbed for a French Open wildcard, missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury but received a wildcard for the US Open despite only one hardcourt tuneup match due to a left forearm injury.Sharapova blasted a backhand down-the-line winner to break for a 3-1 edge. Sevastova broke back in the seventh game but Sharapova broke again in the last, taking the first set after 27 minutes with a forehand crosscourt winner.But Sharapova hit a forehand wide to surrender a break to put the Latvian ahead 2-1 in the second set and Sevastova held from there, aided by Sharapova’s 16-2 edge in unforced errors in the set.Sharapova double faulted to hand Sevastova a break to open the final set and the Latvian broke again at love for a 3-0 lead.Sharapova then had a blistered right middle finger taped by a trainer and immediately broke back and held. But Sevastova held at love, broke again and took the match on a service winner.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Carreno Busta won his third career ATP title in May on Estoril clay then reached his first Slam quarter-final at the French Open, where he retired against Rafael Nadal with an abdominal injury that kept him out of Wimbledon.Shapovalov’s bid collapsed thanks to going 3-of-13 on break points and making 55 unforced errors against 54 winners, Carreno Busta with 25 winners against 29 unforced errors.“At the beginning I was a little bit discouraged, maybe nervous,” Carreno Busta said. “In the tie-breaks I just played perfect. It was an amazing victory for me.”Later men’s matches pitted South African 28th seed Kevin Anderson against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi and German 23rd seed Mischa Zverev against US 17th seed Sam Querrey. CBB LATEST STORIEScenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 Articles01:37Protesters 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 Maria Sharapova of Russia (left) waves to the crowd after her women’s singles fourth round match loss to Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia (inset) on Day Seven of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2017. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Maria Sharapova’s Grand Slam comeback after a 15-month doping ban ended in defeat Sunday at the US Open, as did the dream run of Canadian 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov.Latvian 16th seed Anastasija Sevastova rallied to eliminate former world number one Sharapova 5-7, 6-4, 6-2 and book a quarter-final berth against American Sloane Stephens, who ousted Germany’s Julia Goerges 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

Black vows to sort out Alapag-Nabong issue

first_imgMOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES Alapag opted to stay mum on the exchange as he excused himself out of the venue together with his pregnant wife LJ Moreno.Black knows that he needs the two to make amends quickly as the Bolts seek to go up 2-0 against the Hotshots on Tuesday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Pingris: Hotshots ‘gave up’ in Game 1 loss to Bolts View comments The incident almost overshadowed Meralco’s 72-66 comeback win over Star to open their 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here, where the Bolts fought back from 17-points down early and rallied from a 12 point hole early in the fourth.Eyewitnesses said Alapag and Nabong had a disagreement on the bench while Meralco was making a furious run in the final three minutes of the game. Alapag was pointing something out to Nabong late in the game, but the bruiser didn’t take one of the veteran guard’s points kindly as the two had to be separated by the Bolts staff.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 shutoutAlapag would later on join the team’s huddles as Black mapped out his game-winning plays, while Nabong refused to participate and stayed on the far end of the bench.The Fil-Am center rushed to the locker room after the game and was the first one out of Meralco’s dugout.center_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBIÑAN — Meralco coach Norman Black offered little to shed light on the spat between assistant coach Jimmy Alapag and Bolts center Kelly Nabong, but promised he would get to the bottom of the issue and sort things out on Monday.“I really don’t know the whole story, but I’ll sort it out tomorrow (Monday) and I’ll take care of it. Believe me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Kings shoot for 3-0 cushion

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We still have a lot of work to do. We won two straight games and it only shows that they (Bolts) can also win two straight and tie this thing up,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said.“They still have a lot of punches to throw at us,” Cone said. “I think that extra [rest] day is valuable for the teams. They (Bolts) got the chance to refresh and come out and play a lot better and a lot harder.”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 shutoutMeralco actually played a lot better and as hard as it could in Game 2, leading by six going into the final six minutes before sputtering with just a free throw to show the rest of the way.Coach Norman Black has been pleased with the effort, but falling 0-2 behind against such a formidable opponent certainly puts them in a very uncomfortable place as the Bolts face a one-miss-you-die situation from hereon. Read Next MOST READ 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 Only six of 36 teams that have fallen 0-2 behind in a title series have won the crown.“Most of the teams down 0-2 have not won the championship,” Black admitted after an 86-76 loss Sunday night. “But we saw a team 0-3 down to win the championship. Until they (Gin Kings) win that fourth game, we will go out there fighting.”The key for Ginebra thus far in the series is being able to hold down Allen Durham from dominating, with LA Tenorio playing brilliantly in holding the Kings together offensively and coming up with big shots of his own.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA Barangay Ginebra side that has momentum in the PBA Governors’ Cup title series tries to more or less put Meralco away when Game 3 gets off the ground Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After winning the first two games in contrasting styles, the Gin Kings take the floor at 7 p.m. looking to sound the death knell on the hard-fighting Bolts and move closer to becoming just the fourth team to retain the season-ending championship.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Meralco tries to ward off a blackoutlast_img read more

SMB-Kia trade deal on hold

first_imgThe impending trade that would send the No. 1 overall Draft pick, who could be Christian Standhardinger, to San Miguel Beer has yet to gain approval from the Philippine Basketball Association.A league source on Monday said PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa would sit down with Kia Picanto board member Bobby Rosales and clarify the reason why they are trading away the top pick.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Blackwater, which owned the top pick in the last two seasons, will be selecting third. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:07No. 1 pick Standhardinger’s monster game further fuels SMB debut hype01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:37Protesters 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 Read Next Generika out to bounce back from opening-day loss Rosales is out of the country on a business trip.The Draft is scheduled this Sunday at Robinsons Place Manila with the 6-foot-8 Filipino-German likely to be made the top pick and Kiefer Ravena, the former UAAP Most Valuable Player with Ateneo, second overall.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 shutoutStandhardinger will reportedly play for the Hong Kong Eastern Lions in the Asean Basketball League.NLEX, who holds the second pick, has made it no secret that they would go for Ravena in the event that Standhardinger is picked first. View commentslast_img read more

Narvasa insists he’s ‘always ensured parity in all decisions’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Why did he have to use us to justify his decision?” the team’s statement said.Narvasa defended himself regarding the issue, saying that he “did not have any bad intentions” when he shared the information to the media.“I received the trade from (TNT governor) Rickie Vargas and (alternate governor) Pato Gregorio. They found my statement mentioning that it was uncalled for. I told them, when I said that, I was just telling the story. I did not mean to discredit you or disrespect them, but they found it very offensive,” he said.The league’s ninth commissioner said that if governors had an issue with his decision, they should have made an appeal in the weekly board meetings as predicated in the PBA by-laws, a move which is in contrast to the Board’s agreement days prior expressing their “all-out support” for his decision.“In any trade, there is a recourse. If the commissioner has made a grave mistake, anyone from the Board of Governors can appeal the decision of the commish as long as it wins by a vote of two-thirds. They can review, they can reverse, and/or modify the decision of the commissioner. It’s in the by-laws and constitution. It’s specifically written there,” he saidADVERTISEMENT Narvasa remains defiant: I’m fighting for principle QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Therefore, let’s say I made a grave mistake in this trade, they have the recourse among themselves in a special meeting to hold the trade. They have 10 days to make the complaint, so that means the trade is on hold and it’s not approved. Even if the commissioner approved it already, if there is an appeal to the chairman, they can review, they can modify, or reverse my decision, which they did not adopt.”Narvasa shared that he is saddened by the recent turn of events which cast the league in a bad light.“I feel bad more for the PBA. I was already involved in the private sector and I was happy there. But I was willing when they asked me to do the sacrifice in trying to balance their interests,” he said. “Now, they wanted to get me out of the way and I don’t know where that’s coming from, but that’s the situation.”The executive then stressed the necessity for the Board to convene and mend these issues quickly to maintain the credibility the Office of the Commissioner holds going forward.“I hope the Board of Directors talk among themselves already. I want it to be clarified for future commissioners. I know I’m here temporarily. There will be another commissioner here. Everybody wants to make sure that he has to remain independent. He cannot be influenced by any team. He cannot be frightened,” he said. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33‘We are all suffering,’ Panelo says of commuting00:50Trending 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmbattled PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa has heard enough and said that despite all the controversies hurled his way, parity has always been his priority since he assumed his post.Narvasa said that he always tried to give everyone a fair shake, citing his approval of TNT’s trades to secure the top selections in the 2015 PBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT “What call for parity are they talking about? I have always ensured parity in all decisions I made as commissioner, not only in the trade involving Kia and San Miguel Beer, but even when TNT acquired the first round picks of Kia and Blackwater in the past to get Mo Tautuaa and Troy Rosario,” he said on a statement in Thursday.The KaTropa first got Blackwater’s first rounder, which turned out to be Tautuaa, in exchange for Larry Rodriguez and the former’s 2015 first rounder a year prior, before dealing with then-Mahindra for the second overall pick Rosario for Aldrech Ramos, Nino Cañaleta, and Rob Reyes.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 shutoutTNT has been vocal of its displeasure of Narvasa following his approval of the San Miguel-Kia trade, which sent 2017 top overall selection Christian Standhardinger to the Beermen.The KaTropa management also hit Narvasa for allegedly dragging them into the issue after the league executive bared that assistant team manager Magnum Membrere also submitted the Fil-German’s application papers, a duty Membrere did in “as a representative of Smart Gilas.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Madrid thrashes APOEL 6-0 to make Champions League last 16

first_imgRead Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Ronaldo has been struggling in the Spanish league with only one goal in 12 rounds, but he already has eight in the Champions League and is the competition’s leading scorer.The Spanish powerhouse is trying to become the first team since Bayern Munich in 1976 to win threeconsecutive European titles. Ajax did it in 1971-73, and Madrid won four in a row from 1956-60.APOEL hasn’t won a group stage match in the Champions League since 2012.“Today we’ve made so many mistakes that we haven’t made before,” APOEL coach Giorgos Donis said. “In the last game we’ll try to avoid those mistakes.” MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Grand Slams planning to cut seeds from 32 back to 16 in 2019 Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, center, celebrates after scoring the fifth goal of his team during the Champions League Group H soccer match between APOEL Nicosia and Real Madrid at GSP stadium, in Nicosia, on Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Petros Karadjias)NICOSIA, Cyprus— With Karim Benzema finding its scoring touch and Cristiano Ronaldo adding to his tally, Real Madrid again made it to the knockout stages of the Champions League.Benzema scored twice in the first half and Ronaldo netted twice in the second as Madrid thrashed Cypriot team APOEL 6-0 to guarantee a spot in the last 16 on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:40Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:37Protesters 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’ boss LATEST STORIES Luka Modric and Nacho Fernandez also scored for the defending champions, who have made it past the group stage for 22 straight seasons.The result eliminated Borussia Dortmund, which lost to Tottenham 2-1 in Germany in the other Group H match.Tottenham heads into the final round leading Madrid by three points and has already secured first place. Dortmund and APOEL have no chance of advancing.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 shutoutMadrid also finished second in its group last season, to Dortmund, marking the first time the Spanish club has failed to advance in first place since the 2012-13 season.Tottenham hosts APOEL on Dec. 6, while Madrid hosts Dortmund. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “We came here to qualify and we did it,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “It was a good night. We aresatisfied.”Madrid won only one of its last four matches in all competitions, but it found easy pickings in Nicosia to earn its biggest ever away win in the Champions league.Modric opened the scoring with a long-range shot midway through the first half and Benzema and Fernandez added their goals seven minutes apart just before halftime.Benzema hadn’t scored in six matches in all competitions.“Forwards aren’t always about scoring,” Benzema said. “If I can help my teammates with passes and movement, I will do (it). Today I was lucky enough to score two goals and do something good for my side.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Corey Brewer to sign with Thunder

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 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 The Lakers agreed to a buyout with the 6-foot-9 Brewer on Wednesday. He will help fill the void Andre Roberson left for the Thunder when he ruptured his left patellar tendon and was lost for the season. The Thunder have started multiple players with limited results since the injury.Brewer, 31, averaged 3.7 points in 54 games with the Lakers this season. He averaged 11.9 points per game for Houston during the 2014-15 season and has career averages of 8.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBrewer played for Thunder coach Billy Donovan on Florida’s 2006 and 2007 national championship teams. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Brazil’s Neymar sidelined for up to three months with foot surgery View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Corey Brewer #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers walks to the bench as the Lakers play the Dallas Mavericks in the second half at American Airlines Center on February 10, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Ron Jenkins/Getty Images/AFPOKLAHOMA CITY — Former Los Angeles Lakers guard Corey Brewer will sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder after he clears waivers.The move was confirmed by Brewer’s agent, Happy Walters, on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosalast_img read more

FEU’s Dennison sets career-high amid jeers from DLSU crowd

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The graduating guard said the jeers only fueled him to play better and he played his best game yet, putting up a career-high 21 points to go along with seven boards, and four assists.“Those boos were added motivation for me,” said Dennison, whose previous career-high of 13 points also came against La Salle, in Filipino. “People close to me know that whenever the crowd is against me I play usually harder.”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 openingDennison was also efficient from the floor going 10-of-14 overall and 9-of-12 in the two-point region.Also, Dennison’s 21 points are almost half of his total production from Season 79. He only scored 45 points the entire season last year. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES De Ocampo goes to Meralco in three-team trade Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University lost its opener against defending champion La Salle but another story was Ron Dennison’s personal battle against the crowd in white-and-green inside Mall of Asia Arena Sunday.Dennison was the focus of the La Salle faithful’s hatred, which stemmed from an on-court scuffle involving the Tamaraws and Green Archers in the Kadayawan Cup a few weeks back.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 MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments “I want to show to the La Salle crowd that I can play cleanly,” said Dennnison. “I think they saw that. They aren’t blind for all I know.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Soaring Eagles eye sweep of eliminations

first_imgWith Espejo emerging as the leading scorer, the four-time UAAP MVP also paces the spiking department with 60.71 percent success.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 But going by the way they crushed the field so far, the Eagles look headed to accomplishing the mission for a crack at the inaugural men’s crown of the league organized by Sports Vision.Ateneo trounced the FEU Tamaraws last Sept. 3 to open its campaign then strung up shutout victories over San Beda, UST and St. Benilde to zero in on the first semifinal berth.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 openingTop hitter Marck Espejo has been lording it over the field with 76 hits, including 68 attack points, after four games.Midway though the tournament, the dominant Eagles are soaring in the stats sheet. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul After racking up four straight victories in emphatic fashions, reigning back-to-back UAAP champion Ateneo braces for a tougher stretch of three matches in its drive for a sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference eliminations at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Veterans at the forefront as powerlifting squad shoots for 2 gold medalslast_img read more

Sport soft and pretty skin

first_imgI have severe cracks on my heels. Even regular pedicures don’t help. What’s the cause and what can I do? -Deepa, HyderabadCracked heels are a problem for those who have naturally dry skin. The thickened dry skin around the heel that we call callus usually cracks due to mechanical factors that put increased pressure on that area (eg. the way you walk).Other factors include: prolonged standing; being overweight; open sole shoes; medical conditions like autonomic neuropathy (in diabetics). Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema also cause dryness. To get rid of the ugly cracks, wash feet with warm water and soap, twice a day. Scrub the heels and soles with a gentle scrubber or pumice stone after lathering up with soap. Massage with moisturising cream after washing your feet just before hitting the bed and wear socks.I am 24 years old and have dry skin. Can face washes dry out my skin further? Should I use cleansing milk instead? -Chandra, KolkataDry skin tends to be thinner and more susceptible to rashes, especially from harsh cleansers. It’s important to find a cleanser that removes dirt and make-up thoroughly. Cleansing milks are modified moisturiser formulations without surfactants-the active cleaning ingredients of soaps and face washes-which remove dust and grime effectively.You need to use cleansing milk if you are exposed to pollution, dust, etc., for more than half an hour every day and also use make-up. The best way is to put cleanser on a soft facial tissue and clean your skin thoroughly. Finish by washing your face with warm water and a gentle face wash. Try: Toleriane Fluid, Toleriane by La Roche-Posay, Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion and Uriage Crme Lavante.advertisementDr Rekha Sheth is a leading cosmetic dermatologist. She is founder-president, Cosmetology Society (India) and also runs Yuva, a successful chain of skin clinics. Write to her at rekha.s@preventionindia.comlast_img read more

Tricky draw for Indian boxers in quest of better results

first_imgThe Indian boxers are waiting to throw a flurry of punches and corner Olympic glory as the high voltage action begins in the ring on Saturday.On the eve of the competition, all the seven men boxers came to meet the media at a Thai restaurant in the Westfield Mall and sounded positive.           See Pics: Vijender Singh’s exclusive photosAfter the weigh-in, the boxers, led by Vijender Kumar (75kg), spoke of their motivation being high and how with a bit of luck and prayers from a population of a billion- plus country, they could do well.The stock of Indian boxing has soared ever since that evening in August 2008 when Vijender won a bronze medal in Beijing. This time, seven have qualified in the men’s section and are determined to give their best.If there is one sport in India, apart from shooting, where plenty of new talent has been thrown up, it is men’s boxing. Names such as Shiva Thapa and Vikas Krishan now ring a bell as they have made it to the Olympics through hard work.Vijender will begin his quest against Danabek Suzhanov of Kazakhstan while Shiva Thapa (56 kg) will take on Mexican Oscar Valdez Fierro. World Championship bronze medallist Vikas Krishan (69 kg) has been seeded third and he is the only Indian to get a bye. Five-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51 kg) will open her campaign against Polish Karolina Michalczuk in women’s competition that debuts on August 5.Prior to leaving for London, national coach Gurbax Singh Sandhu made it clear that this would be his last Olympics. At a time when in every other sport coaches keep changing, Sandhu and foreign coach BI Fernandez have toiled hard with the boxers.The Olympic journey of Indian boxing began at the 2000 Sydney Olympics when Gurcharan Singh missed a bronze medal narrowly. Till then, nobody believed Indian boxing was capable of delivering a punch. It was a heart- breaking moment for Indian boxing. After that, Vijender has been the leading light as he made his debut in Athens 2004. His Beijing bronze medal has instilled belief in Indian boxers.”I want to improve on my Beijing medal,” said Vijender.A picture of consistency, the Bhiwani bomber had won a gold medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. How he fares could well set the tone for the other Indians in fray.NO PERSONAL COACH FOR MARY KOMThe politics in Indian sport is growing by the day. Mail Today has learnt that Charles Atkinson, the personal coach of MC Mary Kom, will not be able to guide her when she competes in the Olympics. Sources confirmed to this paper on Friday that the boxer, who is training in Liverpool now, will have to be happy with the services of national coach Anoop Kumar.On Friday, it became clear that the federation and the Indian Olympic Association had not got an accreditation card for Atkinson. Mary Kom has not trained with Anoop for the Olympics and his presence during the bouts could well hamper her chances.It is well known that when the men’s boxing squad trained in Patiala before the Olympics, the Indian federation wanted Mary Kom to join them. However, she preferred to train at the Balewadi complex in Pune and then moved base to Liverpool.When it comes to picking officials, the Indian sports federations never care for an athlete’s demand. Atkinson was the man responsible for Mary Kom’s Olympic qualification and rated very highly.In shooting, Moraad Ali Khan will be flying back to India as the IOA has not got him an accreditation card. He was to help out double trap shooter Ronjan Sodhi.advertisementlast_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar gifts Saina a BMW

first_imgCricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar gave away a brand new BMW car to India’s most successful shuttler Saina Nehwal at a function in Hyderabad on Sunday night.The batting maestro, who arrived here along with rest of the team to play the first test against New Zealand starting here Aug 23, gave away the car to Saina, who won a bronze medal in the London Olympics.The car was presented by Sachin’s close friend and former Andhra Ranji captain V. Chamundeswaranath to Saina, who became the first ever Indian badminton player to win an Olympic medal.Sachin also gave away Maruti Swift car to young shuttler Pusarla Venkata Sindhu, who won the girls’ singles title in the Asian Youth Under-19 Championships last month. She is also the first Indian to achieve this feat.”I am very happy to receive the second car from the god of cricket,” said Saina, who was accompanied by her coach Pullela Gopichand.”I am glad to congratulate Saina and Gopi. This medal means a lot for India and it has not come without hard work, dedication, focus and vision. I congratulate you for making us all feel proud,” said Sachin while congratulating other medal winners at London Olympics.The cars were given away at glittering function attended by sportspersons, film stars and other eminent personalities from various walks of life.last_img read more

Goa gears up to host CHOGM delegates for week-end of relaxation and ‘retreat’

first_imgConstruction at the Aguada HermitageIn traquil, unhurried Goa, the customary siesta time between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. is being dispensed with. ‘Amanha’ (tomorrow) used to be the standard Goan plea for putting off any task and tomorrow never used to come.’Amanha’ is no longer acceptable: hordes of officials, technicians,Construction at the Aguada HermitageIn traquil, unhurried Goa, the customary siesta time between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. is being dispensed with. ‘Amanha’ (tomorrow) used to be the standard Goan plea for putting off any task and tomorrow never used to come.’Amanha’ is no longer acceptable: hordes of officials, technicians and engineers from Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka keep flying in to ensure that everything is ready when 46 Commonwealth heads of government arrive in November for a 48-hour retreat in this tiny coastal Union territory (population: 1 million) during the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).No expense or trouble is being spared to ensure that the VIPs who come to enjoy the balmy climate and breathtakingly beautiful coconut-fringed beaches of Goa and picturesque Portuguese-style villages will have a holiday to remember, villages will have a holiday to remember.When all expenses are totted up it will have truly been a million-dollar vacation but government sources insist that it will be well worth it both in terms of international prestige and publicity for Goa. Most of the expenses are to be borne by the Central Government and a standard joke making the rounds in Goa is: “Don’t let this opportunity slip, Indira Gandhi will not deny us anything just now.”Speedy Improvement: So whether it is replacing a dilapidated milk booth, widening, a road or putting more street lights, hundreds of requests are pouring in in the name of beautification. Contracts and sub-contracts have been handed out liberally. The only stipulation seems to be that the work has to be in a locality which is close to the visitors’ itinerary. Just how CHOGM has hastened up things is illustrated by the completion this year of the 800 m Zuari bridge on the airport road: work on the bridge had been hanging fire since 1973.Of the expenses, Rs 8 crore to Rs 9 crore is to be borne by the Goa Government but Chief Minister Pratap Singh Rane is quick to point out that these are costs for such projects as road widening, jetty, building and street lighting which would have been taken up in due course. “It is just a case of accelerating the development process,” says he. Similarly, Sushil Prakash, Goa’s divisional engineer, telecommunications, points out that the Rs 21 crore being spent on increasing the capacity of the local exchanges is a long-term investment. But some of the other telecommunications inputs will have no further use for the Goans once the beach party is over.Even the exclusive Taj beach resort at Fort Aguada, where the CHOGM delegates are being put up, does not want to later rent the 400-line PABX exchange which is being imported for CHOGM. Entirely computer-controlled, it will offer temporarily – direct dialling to 60 countries.in addition to 20 hot lines abroad. The cost of the exchange is Rs 23 lakh, the laying of the UHF link Rs 25 lakh, the cost of the temporary air-conditioned structure which has to be put up to house the equipment Rs 10 lakh. Strong Links: To ensure that there is no communications breakdown strong supporting communigation links are being established with key departments. Hot lines from the air terminal at Dabolim to various state government control rooms, defence headquarters in Delhi and Bombay, the police and the press will cost an additional Rs 1.8 crore.advertisementRepainting an idol of St Francis Xavier: sprucing upIronically, although Goa will offer direct dialling to 60 countries, phone communications are in a mess. A new exchange was installed in April this year in Panaji but no air-conditioning was provided for the equipment. Underground cables which were newly laid were badly damaged with all the digging activity taken up by various agencies, a malady which also affected Delhi during the preparations for the Asiad.Says Prakash: “Earlier no one used to bother to inform before digging; now there is much better coordination between the municipality, the Public Works Department, and the electricity and telephone departments.” The Navhind Times daily, in fact, commented waspishly on the state of Goa’s telephones, saying that while it might now be possible to get London direct, it was no longer possible to dial from one number in Panaji to another, let alone Panaji to Vasco.The 40-Acre Fort Aguada atop the Sinquerim Hill to the Calangute beach is considered an ideal locale for private and informal discussions between leaders. 7-ft high wall is being erected around the premises to keep away both press and intruders. Fort Aguada was personally selected last November by the prime minister over such competition as Chandigarh, a helicopter to inspect the premises accompanied by the hotel group’s Managing Director Ajit Kerkar.The main hotel complex, a Portuguesestyle mansion done up in red laterite stone is each get a suite which includes a bedroom and a sitting-room. In the Aguada’s exotic tropical garden 20 new cottages are being built-the Aguada Hermitage. The suites for the VIPs are being furnished with antique Goan carved furniture of rosewood and sisam. Each suite has a separate colour scheme. Wooden rafters on the roof and terracotta pots will all add to the local touch. Strategically located on top of the hill are three cottages which stand out because of their commanding position.advertisementRepresentatives of various high commissions in Delhi, who have come down to Goa to look up the arrangements, invariably ask who is to be located where, to which the hotel’s standard diplomatic reply is that the Ministry of External Affairs will decide decide. After CHOOM the hotel plans to rent the cottages for Rs 2,000 a night. While the main guests, their wives and their aides will be housed at Fort Aguada, the CHOGM secretariat staff will be housed next door at the Taj Holiday Village in a slightly less opulent environment.Leisure Pursuits: With the shortage of time it is doubtful whether the much-talked of putting green will be completed but apart form golf almost every other game will be available, including water-skiing, windsurfing, para-sailing, sailing, rowing, fishing, squash and billiards. In honour of CHOGAM, the Taj is building a sports complex for tennis and volleyball and a health club.The hotel is stocking its deep freezes with exotica such as smoked oysters, pink salmon, caviar, T-boned steaks and baby corns, its cellars with fine imported wines, though the Ministery of External Affairs has drawn the lind at the import of vintage-year wines as an unnecessary extravagance.The only major excursion planned for the head of state is a river cruise to old Goa, the site of the former capital where some of the most renowed churches and convents of Goa are situated. Workers are busy with brushes giving a spring cleaning to the church of St Francis of Assisi across the road. A new floor to the museum building is being added. An embarrassing problem fro the Government is what to do with the statue of the 16th century Portuguese soldier-poet Luis De Camoes, which the Portuguese erected a year before their exit form Goa in December 1961 and placed prominently right in the centre of the main square of old Goa. A major controversy in Goa is whether is statue should remain.A newly-built VIP suite at the Aguada Hermitage: fit for kingsMeanwhile, the lighting and widening of Goa’s dangerously narrow streets is a major priority. Says Shaikh Hassan, minister for power, revenue and energy: “Goa will be lit up like a Christmas tree for our visitors.” Bright sodium and high-pressure mercury lamps are being installed all along the road from Panaji to Fort Aguada, the main promenades of Panaji and the causeway from Panaji to Raibander along the Mandovi river. The churches of old Goa and the national monuments are being floodlit as well as the ramparts of Fort Aguada which presently houses Goa’s jail. The cost of the new lighting arrangements is estimated at Rs 1.70 crore.The VIP visitors arrive at Dabolim Airport on November 25 and the present naval airfield is in for extensive renovation. The shabby shed which acts as the terminus is to be replaced with a Rs 2-crore two-storey building in Jaisalmer and Kota stone with typical Gaon wooden rafters for the roofs and air-conditioning. There are to be three large VIP lounges and Air-India Mulekar, Goa’s acrodrome officer: “Air-India will be taking away their fancy furniture afterwards. We cannot afford to keep it thereafter.”Extensive Arrangements: The Instrument Landing System and Visual Approach Slope Indicator are other new installations. Sex helipads at Rs 2 lakh each are being built so that the visitors can be airlifted to Fort Aguada lighthouse where helepads are also being constructed.A stand-by arrangement is to go by boat from the Goa Shipyard jetty to Fort Aguada or by road. Jetties are being constructed at old Goa and Aguada and a luxury launch (cost Rs 25 lakh) is being added to the existing fleet of two.One point which is irking the Goans is the way all decisions are being worked out in Delhi and by officials who keep flying in and out. A common refrain is that the chief minister and ministers hardly know what is happening and are merely told what to do.advertisementMost of the visiting technicians and engineers are outsiders, not because Goans have not taken up these professions but because those who do have preffered to leave Goa and earn a living by taking up lucrative jobs in Bombay and the Middle East. But the engineers and technicians are just a small advance party. As CHOGM draws near thousands of bureaucrats, policemen and soldiers will descend on Goa to make sure it’s a carnival fit for a queen.DISPUTES: TIGHT SQUEEZEMrs Lobo with her daughter, DominiqueThe spectacle of two elderly widows battling the combined might of the Government and a powerful hotel chain would evoke sympathy at any time. But the resistance put up by Josephine Lobo, 73, and Priciosa Menezes, 75, against the take-over of their coconut groves located strategically between the two Taj Hotel complexes in Goa – the Fort Aguada Beach Resort and the neighbouring Taj Holiday Village -has developed into one of the uglier side-shows of the CHOGM preparations.The widows are convinced that CHOGM is merely a pretext for the Indian Hotels Company Limited, better known as the Taj Hotel group, to swallow up their land holdings. Says Dominique Lobo, Josephine’s daughter: “Since 1976 the Taj had been pressing my late father to sell. But we don’t want to sell. This land was given to my Mummy by my granny as her dowry. My Mummy spent three years levelling the ground with her bare hands. She planted each coconut tree and they are like her children.”Dominique’s father, who worked as an accountant in the post office at Aden, regularly sent home his salary for developing the land. Priciosa Menezes is equally adamant: “I will not sell the land as long as I live. After my death my children can do whatever they want.”Crucial Letter: For its part, the Taj Hotel group protests that the land is being acquired by the Government for CHOGM and it does not come into the picture. This, however, might have been more convincing if it had not been for a letter written to Priciosa Menezes in 1976 by the then manager of the Taj, I. A. Menezes.In his letter Menezes stated that his company needed the land to expand the Beach Resort Hotel and was offering a price of Rs 10 per sq m (the present unofficial price is said to be Rs 200). The last paragraph is significant: “Looking forward for an early reply to save us from resorting to acquisition of the land under the Land Acquisition Act and thanking you in anticipation.”The widows first received land acquisition notices in March this year calling for the take-over of their entire holdings measuring 21,000 sq m, including Priciosa Menezes’s cottage. In tears they went to the Candolim village sarpanch Mazinho Cardozo for help. Cardozo who took up the matter on their behalf began asking some embarrassing questions about why the land was being acquired.Mrs Menezes: determined struggleAt the time the authorities said that it was wanted for a sports complex for volleyball, table tennis and cards but Cardozo pointed out that the Taj had enough land to build three sports complexes. And while Chief Minister P. S. Rane first insisted that nothing could be done, he later reduced the area to be acquired to 6,600 sq m after a blaze of adverse publicity.Purpose Unclear: Even now nobody is quite clear what the land will be used for. Some officials hint that it is wanted for security reasons. Rane believes that the External Affairs Ministry is keen on developing a putting-green, though he does not explain how an uneven, sandy coconut grove can be converted into one, in such a short time. He has also offered to give the land back after CHOGM but refuses to give a written assurance on this saying: “In Goa a gentleman’s word is enough.”Tourism Minister Wilfred D’Souza, however is under the impression that his ministry is acquiring the land to build cabanas and dressing-rooms. And after Rane’s statement that the land would be returned, D’Souza says that his ministry will not start construction.Meanwhile, relations between the villagers and the hotel have deteriorated to an all-time low. Both Lobo and Priciosa Menezes complain that Taj employees regularly trespass and dump rainwater and garbage on their plots.The village sarpanch also says that he will not sanction a sports complex unless there is a public approach to the main road. The panchayat has managed to successfully stall another proposal to acquire 4,20,000 sq m of land for a golf course on Sinquerim Hill. Panchayat officials also feel that the Taj’s house tax is too low at Rs 10.000.Lobo and Menezes are also waging a legal battle against the acquisition. With the help of opposition leaders they have hired a lawyer and filed a petition claiming that the land was not wanted for public purpose. So far they have not met with much success.The plea was rejected by the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court. Now they plan to appeal to the Supreme Court, Jagat Verma, director, operations, western region, of the Indian Hotels Company Limited feels: “We are being unnecessarily defamed. The matter is between the Government and the widows. We do not come into the picture.”Adds Asha Rishi, general manager of the Fort Aguada hotel: “In the Government’s master plan the coconut groves land is all classified for hotel use. The UNDP plan also shows this. What was desirable before-under the master plan became critical because of CHOGM.” But for all their protestations there is little doubt the Taj Hotels group has landed itself a fight that it did not bargain for.last_img read more

Kiefer Ravena proud of brother Thirdy: ‘Hardwork, sacrifice get you to where you want to be’

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 With Ravena’s inclusion, Thirdy and his older brother Kiefer also became the first brothers to suit up for Gilas.Kiefer couldn’t be any prouder of Thirdy but he also reminded everyone that nothing is a guarantee and that everything is earned.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Roger Federer to play Madrid Open after 2-year absence Proud of @ThirdyRavenaaa 🙏🏽 but being the 1st brothers to be called up by #GilasPilipinas 💪🏽💯 hardwork and a lot of sacrifices gets you to where you wanna be. 💪🏽🙏🏽— Kiefer Ravena (@kieferravena) February 20, 2019 PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war The 25-year-old Kiefer would’ve been part of the national team had he not been suspended by Fiba although, it’s hard to tell if he and Thirdy would’ve both made the lineup had that been the case.The future, however, could eventually lead to the prolific Ravena brothers being Gilas teammates and national team mainstays.The 22-year-old Thirdy is set to make his Gilas debut on Friday, 12 a.m. (Manila time) against Qatar in a must-win game.ADVERTISEMENT Thirdy Ravena officially became the first collegiate player to make Gilas Pilipinas’ roster on Tuesday after being named in the team’s final 12-man lineup against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Blackwater ‘no plans’ of trading newest star Ray Parks

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The Elite finished dead last in the standings in the Philippine Cup, winning only two of the possible 11 and Parks would be very much welcome addition to the team.’READ: Blackwater draft pick Ray Parks still pondering future The 41-year-old Dimaunahan has nothing but high praise for Parks, whom the first-time coach doesn’t regard as a rookie even though technically he still is due to his vast playing experience.Dimaunahan, a former PBA veteran who was drafted by Ginebra in 2002, also thinks Parks’ winning pedigree would be of great help to the Elite, who are hoping for a fresh start after years of languishing at the bottom.“The winner that he is. We’re expecting him to bring it here to our team, That’s what we’re in need of plus his athleticism and his leadership. We expect that from him because we’re a young team and need every support that we could get,” Dimaunahan said.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Comeback Cavs! A year after pain, Virginia gets its NCAA title Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Blackwater coach Aris Dimaunahan said the Elite have no plans of trading Ray Parks despite reports that came out four months ago that the versatile guard is part of a three-team deal.Parks, who was selected second overall by the Elite in the 2018 PBA Rookie Draft, signed a one year deal Tuesday but has yet to join the team in practice.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “He’ll be a huge part of the team. Basically, he’s a rookie on paper but with his experience he’s not a rookie anymore.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Dimaunahan, however, assured that Parks will be making his PBA debut for Blackwater starting the Commissioner’s Cup next month.READ: Ray Parks signs with Blackwater EliteFEATURED 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“As far as I know he will play for us,” Dimaunahan said Monday after wrapping up his first practice as head coach. “That’s what I’ve been told by my superiors.”“Boss Dioseldo said it loud and clear that we’re not trading Ray Ray Parks and we want this team to be more competitive in the coming conference so I don’t think we’re going to trade him,” he added, referring to Blackwater team owner Dioseldo Sy. View commentslast_img read more