NBA changes All-Star Game format; captains will pick teams

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Archers still seeking old form DAY6 is for everybody Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors jumps for a rebound with Paul Millsap #4 of the Atlanta Hawks during 2017 NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center on February 19, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is scrapping the East vs. West format for its All-Star Game and will have captains pick teams this season.The league said Tuesday the two starters with the highest fan vote totals from each conference will choose teams from the pool of players who were voted as starters and reserves.ADVERTISEMENT The 10 starters will continue to be chosen by a combination of fan, player and media balloting, with the coaches from each conference then selecting the 14 reserves. The captains will then draft their teams at an undetermined time — making certain that those chosen starters are split up so they remain starters.The teams will play for charity. They will select either a Los Angeles-area or national organization for donations to go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-upcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide The change will begin with this season’s game in Los Angeles on Feb. 18.Players and league officials have been eager to inject new interest in the often defense-absent game, and they decided to act after another dull affair last February in New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I’m thrilled with what the players and the league have done to improve the All-Star Game, which has been a priority for all of us,” National Basketball Players Association president Chris Paul of the Houston Rockets said in a statement. “We’re looking forward to putting on an entertaining show in LA.”The sides worked closely — with Charlotte owner Michael Jordan, chairman of the league’s Labor Relations Committee, heavily involved in the conversations — and chose a format that has been used by the NFL and NHL for what will be the first NBA All-Star Game that doesn’t pit the Eastern Conference against the Western Conference. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed How to help the Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

FIFA suspend Peru striker Guerrero for failing doping test

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES World Series champion Astros hold off on White House talk It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The federation did not disclose the banned substance.If the decision is upheld, Peru will miss its main striker for both World Cup playoff matches against New Zealand this month. Peru and New Zealand meet on Nov. 11 and 16.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe federation said it “believes the facts will soon be clarified and this issue will be permanently solved.”Guerrero, who plays his club football for Flamengo, scored six times in South American qualifiers and led Peru to fifth place. APLIMA, Peru — Peru captain and striker Paolo Guerrero has been provisionally suspended by FIFA for 30 days after failing a doping test.Guerrero tested positive on Oct. 5 after the World Cup qualifying match against Argentina, the Peruvian Football Federation added on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Earlier Friday, the head of doping control of the Brazilian Football Confederation said Guerrero could still provide evidence that he did not take prohibited substances without warning Peru and Flamengo.“If Guerrero has justification for this and that justification was offered before the match against Argentina, it is not a doping case,” Fernando Solera told channel SporTV.Solera also said Flamengo showed evidence that Guerrero did not take any illegal substances during his time with the Brazilian club.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View commentslast_img read more

Saguisag appeals for ‘trouble-free’ Game 2

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo guard Matt Nieto is down on the floor after taking an inadvertent elbow from La Salle big man Ben Mbala late in the first half of Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 mens basketball Finals. Nieto sustained a cut above his left eye. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netUAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag will be laying down the law before Ateneo and La Salle take the court again Wednesday with the UAAP Season 80 title duel getting has heated as ever.Saguisag is looking to summon select players from both teams on Wednesday following videos of unsportsmanlike acts surfaced online.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UAAP finds no referee bias in controversial La Salle-Adamson game Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Saguisag is imploring both sides to have a “trouble-free” Game 2.“I’m appealing to all parties, and that includes coaches, spectators, athletic directors,  and the like for a trouble-free Game 2,” he said.Ateneo shoots for a sweep on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re still reviewing the videos,” Saguisag said in a text message.Saguisag did not divulge the names of the players, but videos have circulated online over the past days that saw La Salle players doing unsportsmanlike acts through the course of Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneOne video shows La Salle’s Abu Tratter seemingly hitting Ateneo’s Raffy Verano with a punch in a rebound play, while another shows young Archer Ricci Rivero giving a cheap shot to Vince Tolentino after the Blue Eagle attempted a free throw.The physicality in the championship series opener also saw Ben Mbala inadvertently elbow Matt Nieto in the face that left the Ateneo bloodied after sustaining a cut over his left eye. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

Blue Eaglets soar in third week of NBTC 24

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOAteneo Blue Eaglets soared high in this week’s Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 power rankings with pacesetter Kai Sotto now being trailed by teammate SJ Belangel.The 1-2 combo kept the Katipunan crew’s pristine 11-0 UAAP Season 80 record intact, allowing Belangel to eclipse Joel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills for the second spot.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina FEU-Diliman playmaker RJ Abarrientos also earned himself a ticket to the top 10, while Joaqui Manuel of Ateneo has shot up to the top 20.Also making their entries in the weekly high school power rankings are reigning CESAFI MVP Beirn Laurente of University of Visayas and returning Joem Sabandal of Adamson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkHere is the list for the third week of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (1)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (3)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (2)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (4)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (5)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (7)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (8)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (6)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (12)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (9)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (11)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (10)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (13)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (14)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (16)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (15)Joaqui Manuel, forward, Ateneo (21)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (18)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (17)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (19)Maui Cruz, guard, EAC (20)Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson (N/A)Beirn Laurente, guard, UV (N/A)Harold Alarcon, guard, Tay Tung-Bacolod (22)Every week, a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converge to come up with the weekly rankings to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments, together with the recently concluded NCAA competition. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img Years later, Roger Federer still on top Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The top 24 players still on the board for the power rankings in early March will be picked to play in the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) High School All-Star Game later that month at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Che’Lu-San Sebastian shocks Akari-Adamson to gain semis lead

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Revellers can complete the upset with another win on Thursday in Game 2 at Ynares Sports Arena.Simon Camacho was the lone bright spot for the Falcons with 13 points and six rebounds, while Sarr could only muster 12 markers and 10 boards.The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 70 — Ablaza 22, Viernes 16, David 7, Taganas 6, Bulanadi 4, Costelo 4, De Leon 4, Batino 3, Ilagan 2, Siruma 2, Collado 0, Faundo 0.AKARI-ADAMSON 60 — Camacho 13, Sarr 12, Ahanmisi 9, Lastimosa 9, Mojica 8, Manganti 4, Espeleta 3, Catapusan 2, Bernardo 0, Pingoy 0, Zaldivar 0.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Quarters: 24-16, 34-35, 61-56, 70-60.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Usually, in these level of games, I really go to the veterans,” said coach Stevenson Tiu, whose four-seed Che’Lu-San Sebastian halted Akari-Adamson’s five-game tear.It was the Revellers’ defense that did the trick in the deciding fourth frame, limiting the Falcons to just four points and frustrating top gunners Jerrick Ahanmisi and Papi Sarr to shoot a combined 7-of-23 clip from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I know (Akari-Adamson) is pressured because they’re the number one team. But our veterans are ready and they’ve all been in this situation before,” said Tiu.Che’Lu-San Sebastian relished the grindout win where it silenced Akari-Adamson’s snipers and held them to a 2-of-15 trip from three while translating its foe’s 29 miscues to 25 easy points. MOST READ PBA IMAGESBanking on its veterans, Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian pulled off a 70-60 stunner over Akari-Adamson to draw first blood in their 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup semifinals series Tuesday at Pasig Sports Center.Cedrick Ablaza poured 12 of his 22 points in the third quarter turnaround for the Revellers, to go with his four rebounds, and three steals, while Jeff Viernes had 16 markers, eight boards, and two dimes in the victory.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast PBA legends set to return to hardcourt for a cause Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

F2 logistics forges decider with methodical game 2 dismantling of petron

first_imgLATEST STORIES The defending champion Cargo Movers extended the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Final to a deciding Game 3 after blasting the Petron Blaze Spikers, 25-17, 25-22, 25-18, at FilOil Flying V Centre.For a while, it appeared like Game 2 would follow the same script as the series-opener where the Cargo Movers won the first two sets, only to see the Blaze Spikers come breathing down their necks in the third.The Cargo Movers, though, made sure that they would pen a different ending for this one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownF2 Logistics chopped Petron down to size using splendid defense, particularly on Blaze Spikers ace Katherine Bell.Bell, who unloaded 42 points in Game 1, was limited to just 15. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast F2 Logistics’ reign is not about to end, not on Thursday night, anyway.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Vargas looks to swimming example as blueprint for unity MOST READcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Cargo Movers thus earned the chance to repeat its feat last year, when it also won the last two games as the rubber match was held Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.“We are very motivated coming into the game and very focused all the time, something that in the last game we didn’t do,” said F2 Logistics’ Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez, who accounted for 20 points.“We will fight to the end and we’ll never give up. We really want this with all our hearts,” Perez, last season’s MVP, added.Ara Galang, the Cargo Movers’ injury-prone spiker, delivered 11 points off the bench.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Title loss to Ginebra ‘wake up call’ for San Miguel amid best-ever tag

first_imgSan Miguel has received nicknames the moment it started collecting championships under head coach Leo Austria.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Never say die personified: Cone marvels at Thompson’s will to win for Ginebra ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “This could serve as a wakeup call for us because of the hype, people are saying we’re a super team then all of a sudden there’s another team that’s emerging and playing better than us.”Austria said Cone was the architect of Ginebra’s instant rise to the championship conversation as it was the league’s winningest coach that ended the Gin Kings’ eight-year long title drought.“Ever since coach Tim coached Ginebra I knew that this time will come that we will face each other again in the championship,” said Austria whose finals record against Cone is at 1-1 after taking the 2017 Philippine Cup.Another person Austria saw as the difference maker in his team’s series against Ginebra was the unflappable Justin Brownlee.Ginebra’s import was magnificent for the Gin Kings as he averaged 31.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.83 assists, 1.67 steals, and 2.3 blocks in the series.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “I think the big factor was Brownlee, he can do it all,” said Austria. “He can play 1 through 5 and any team will have a problem matching up to him because if you put bigger guys on him he will play in the perimeter and if you put smaller guys he will play in the shaded area.”Austria added his team’s near unstoppable three-year reign in the PBA was bound to come to an end.“It’s hard to maintain being on top of the mountain because sooner or later you will get stormed upon, and you will fall, and it’s happening now,” said Austria in Filipino. “I know we became a little complacent, not only the players but everybody from the ball boys to the coaching staff.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next From being called a super team to becoming the consensus “best,” the Beermen received such accolades to back their six titles in just three years.Austria guided the Beermen to a perfect 6-for-6 run in the finals, until they faced Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup where their erstwhile perfect record came asunder losing 4-2 in the finals series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Entering an unfamiliar territory, Austria couldn’t help but praise counterpart Tim Cone and what he has done to turn Ginebra around.“It’s a very unusual feeling because we never experienced this kind of loss especially in the finals,” said Austria after their 93-77 Game 6 loss Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We’re not perfect, you win some you lose some.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more

Breakthrough

first_imgPhoto from Asian Games websiteJAKARTA—You can’t lose ‘em all. And, who knows, you can even win one more.The Philippine women’s volleyball team, after two straight beat-downs in its return to the Asian Games, finally won one on Thursday afternoon and looked impressive mentally in doing so, ripping Hong Kong, 25-18, 25-21, 25-22, to virtually advance to the next round at GOR Bulungan Hall here.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We were sluggish in our past two games,” Delos Santos said. “But every time we talk, we discuss positive things.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We need to fight for a better position, so we will go out hard against Indonesia,” coach Shaq delos Santos said as the Filipino volleybelles close out classification with their 7 p.m. (8 in Manila) clash with the hosts on Saturday.The Indons dropped a set before beating Hong Kong on Tuesday. “We believe we can handle Indonesia,” Delos Santos said.“We’ve played Indonesia so many times before, it wouldn’t be bad if we can win one,” Valdez, who also had four aces, added. “And like I said, it’s all about pride for us.”Should Team Philippines make it all the way to the KO stages, the quarterfinals will start on Wednesday next week.Mika Reyes, Majoy Baron and Dawn Macandili provided the Philippines with excellent defense to complement the team’s 45-37 edge in attacks.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Boxers ready to give PH delegation needed boost Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago carried the fight for the glamorous, star-studded Philippine squad, which is playing in the Games for the first time since 1982 and looked like it didn’t belong after getting bamboozled by powers Thailand and Japan.“There’s a lot of pride involved here,” said Valdez, the face of the resurgence of the sport back home after leading the Filipinos with 14 points built around 10 kills. Santiago had 12 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The last time the Filipinos won a volleyball game in the Asiad was also in 1982, with Vangie de Jesus and Fe Mejia—key stars under the Project: Gintong Alay program of Michael Keon—led the Philippines to a three-set victory over India in the classification round.With the latest win, the Philippines practically marched on to the quarterfinals with Hong Kong remaining winless at 0-2 and the top four from each group advancing. MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more

Homesick: Longing for family, Santillan moved to tears after La Salle win

first_imgSantillan, who finished with 18 points and five rebounds, said he last saw his parents and siblings in December of 2017 in Cebu while it was this February that he last saw wife Alicia Mae and baby Aiden Lucas.What hurts most for Santillan is that he missed his son’s first words and first birthday last June 27.“I haven’t heard my son Lucas Aiden’s first words and I also missed his first birthday,” said Santillan whose wife and kid are now in Hawaii since both are citizens of the United States.Santillan, though, is thankful for his coaches and teammates who became his de facto family here in Manila while his real ones are far away from him.“It’s a good thing that my teammates are here and my coaches who also became father figures are here and that makes my home sickness a little more bearable,” said Santillan.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Santi Santillan has always been a picture of near stoicism for De La Salle throughout the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, rarely showing emotion be it in celebration or in misery.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum And yet that wall of passivity eventually crumbled on Wednesday when Santillan burst in tears after their 84-77 victory against National University at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Santillan broke down in tears after longing for his wife, child, and family.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I just want to see them in person,” said Santillan in Filipino as he wiped his tears away. “All this sacrifice is for them, and I just dedicate every game to them.”“My homesickness became my motivation because I’m the only one here.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Demetrious Johnson says winning ONE title would be ‘icing on the cake’ MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Why Are Our Students Not Performing Up to Expected Standards?

first_imgThis question, posed by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to the University of Liberia administration, is at the nerve center of any post-test inquiry into why 100% of 25,000 students failed this year’s entrance exam in June. To answer the President’s question, we need to establish the fact that there is a direct connection among teaching, learning and assessment.Effective teaching in the classroom can be influenced by four elements: whom we teach (students), where we teach (learning environment), what we teach (curriculum content) and how we teach (instructional method). Teachers have to focus on all of these elements in order to have positive impact on the students (Tomlinson & McTighe 2006, p.2).Teacher preparation and knowledge of subject matter play a crucial role in creating an effective classroom.  Based on the content of the curriculum, he determines what students should learn and establishes the connection between skills in the classroom and real life situation.  He also uses assessment tools (formative and summative) to investigate whether students have met the standards or not. Despite the infusion of massive capital into teacher education at the elementary level by USAID and UNICEF, effective teaching may still be a challenge for post-war educational system as reflected in poor performance in Liberia Senior High School Certificate Exam given by WAEC-Liberia and now the university entrance exam. Studies show that it will take about seven years before the impact of teacher training can be felt in the classroom.Whom we teach is also crucial in this debate – the students. Are high school students reading on grade level? What is their competency level versus grade level? A student may be in the 10th grade but may be performing at the 5th grade level. In any single classroom, there are multiple levels of students with various learning needs. Tomlinson and McTighe (2006) add that there may be students with learning disability, students with advanced knowledge, difficulty staying on task, wide range of students’ interests, learning preferences, learning problems, motivation and socio-economic status. This is not peculiar to Liberia alone. Similar situation exists in the California classroom where I teach. Therefore, effective teaching and learning go hand in hand with differentiated instruction. If this is not done, a large percentage of the students may be left out of the learning process which manifests itself at the assessment stage.What do we teach? We teach the contents of the curriculum prescribed by the Ministry of Education. Each subject area has a list of contents or topics to be covered in each six-week marking period. Tied to the contents are standards or specific objectives to be acquired by the students. Do teachers cover all the topics in each marking period? Effective teaching involves a careful preparation of daily lesson plans with clearly stated learning objectives to be followed by assessment and evaluation.Direct teaching is also based on context or textbook. In what context, for example, will you teach the following specific objective in the 2011 English Language Curriculum: Unit 1 – Grammar: Nouns and Pronouns? Upon completion of this topic, students will be able to “identify nouns and pronouns; classify nouns and pronouns.”(Ministry of Education English Language Curriculum Grades 10-12 CD Rom). The context or resource to use is a textbook “Gateway to English for Senior Secondary Schools.”  Do all students have access to the prescribed book? Do all teachers have access to this book? Based on the availability of instructional materials, are all the contents of the curriculum covered for each marking period? Are the content standards met? Has the ministry put in place an internal testing system to monitor and evaluate the effective teaching of the curriculum?Answers to these questions will help us get to the bottom of the problem – mass failure of students, not only in teacher-made class tests/exams, but also in standardized tests such as WAEC or university entrance exam.Another critical concern associated with the curriculum is its availability in the schools. Do all teachers have copies of the revised national curriculum? If so, do they teach according to the curriculum? How is compliance with its implementation monitored in each school or classroom?The church schools operated by the United Methodist Church, the Catholic Archdiocese or the concession companies such as Firestone have their own curriculum. Are they being implemented parallel to or in isolation of the national curriculum?The classroom environment also plays an active role in teaching and learning. Where we teach determines student engagement. How over-crowded is the classroom? What is the student-teacher ratio? Do all students have seats? Given the fact that we are rising from the ashes of a destructive war, our schools are not equipped with electricity, computers, internet, audio/visual aids, running water, library or science labs. What about the physical structure of the school building? Does it reflect a clean and healthy environment?When the University of Liberia was shutdown in 1979 as a result of student demonstration, all in-service student teachers on government scholarship were required to return to their counties and teach in public schools until the university reopened. I returned to Ganta where I had previously taught at Ganta Methodist School and Mamade Kromah Elementary School. But I was assigned at J.W. Pearson High School to teach English. Others were Judge James Zota, Joseph Kehzie, James Saye Kadameh and Francis Maweah.During the first week, I had 45 students in 10th grade. By the second week, the number had soared to 93 students in one class. Students went to Bob Paye, the principal and asked him to transfer them to my class because there was a teacher available everyday teaching their colleagues. They cramped into my classroom and covered every available space, with some standing by the door or standing against the blackboard. I was overwhelmed at first but when I found out that the students were eager to learn, I accommodated them. In that class, one could drop a pin and hear its sound. No behavior problem!Are our classrooms like that today? What about cell phones in the classroom? student behavior? dress code? These are environmental factors that affect student learning. Where we teach matters!Finally, the issue of assessment – tools used to find out the outcome of instruction. The national curriculum prepared by the Ministry of Education for K-12 schools has specific standards or benchmarks to be accomplished after each course of instruction. The ministry, through WAEC, administers an examination for high school leavers based on the national curriculum. The University of Liberia also uses the content of the curriculum to draw its entrance exam for potential first-year college students.This year’s university entrance exam was out-sourced to a private consultant, James Dorbor Jallah, who dismissed the old admission process as one fraught with “bribery” and “who know you” syndrome. To end that credibility problem and “restore public confidence in the university admission process,” he told the VOA news (voanews.com, August 27, 2013) that he was hired by University of Liberia President Dr. Emmett Dennis to administer the entrance exam and begin to “lay the foundation for the university to conduct exams and remove negative perception from the process.”But it ended in a massive failure of 25,000 students and sparked angry reactions from all over the world as far as Australia. An irate President asked: “Why are the students of the system not performing to the standards expected?” (Allfrica.com, August 28, 2013). This thrust Liberia’s education sector to the level of “national emergency,” “national imperative,” “national embarrassment,” “national indictment” and “mass murder.” Blames have already been laid at the doorstep of helpless students yearning for education – they have no basic grasp of English or mechanics.Not so fast! Rewind and look at the role the university played in this crisis. The director of testing center was dismissed and replaced by a new examiner. The old test bank was purged to give way to questions solicited from testing committee members with a new passing grade set by the University Senate.Unlike the old test items that had a mixture of multiple choice, word problems and essays, the new items were all multiple choice questions done on a scantron.  Several questions come to mind in a situation like this. Who constructed the items? Were the items pretested in high schools to find their reliability and validity? Were the items testing student learning outcomes for high school leavers or were the items testing student readiness for college work?According to Professors George Flahn and Fredrick Gbegbe (my former professors), reliability is established when the same test produces the same result after several administrations. If this year’s test is re-administered next year and produces the same massive failure result, then the test has established its reliability – consistency in measuring student unreadiness to enter college.Validity, on the other hand, is tied to the aims and objectives of the test. Why the test? The goal is to measure specific skills and cognitive level of would-be college students. Can a battery of multiple choice questions establish the reliability (constancy) and validity (accuracy) of university entrance exam? Did the University err in this area?To prevent another massive failure in 2014, UL Testing Center has to develop a new test bank in collaboration with Teachers College. The goals of the test must be clearly articulated in a brochure for would-be students. Student teachers in training may be required to construct test items and pretested in high schools during practice teaching or while taking testing and evaluation course (EDUC 307) as a project. Results obtained from the field may be brought to the classroom for item analysis so as to establish test reliability and validity. During class discussion, all ambiguities, cultural biases, distracters, and wordiness may be sanitized from the language of the test. This was what we did when we were students.Finally, the university should establish an outreach program with high school principals to exchange information about university expectations and what skills students need for college work.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more