LOOK: McGregor congratulates Mayweather, says he has ‘strong tools’ for MMA

first_imgAlthough Conor McGregor is certainly one brash individual inside and outside of fighting, the UFC Lightweight Champion prides himself as “gracious both in victory and defeat.”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 shutoutComing off his 10-round TKO loss to undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. last weekend, the Irish superstar had nothing but high praises for the fighter he verbally tormented before their iconic matchup.ADVERTISEMENT In a surprising turn of events, “The Notorious” even suggested that the boxing legend could very well transition to mixed martial arts.“I always told him he was not a fighter but a boxer,” McGregor said of his recent foe.“But sharing the ring with him he is certainly a solid fighter. Strong in the clinch. Great understanding of frames and head position. He has some very strong tools he could bring into an MMA game for sure,” he added.McGregor also addressed his lingering cardiovascular issues, which seemed to be the main cause of his downfall during their bout.“I had an amazing team and It truly was an amazing and enjoyable camp, and honestly I feel with just a little change in certain areas of the prep, we could have built the engine for 12 full rounds under stress, and got the better result on the night,” he said. “Getting to 12 rounds alone in practice was always the challenge in this camp. We started slowly getting to the 12 and decreasing the stress in the rounds the closer it got to 12. I think for the time we had, 10 weeks in camp, it had to be done this way.”  /raADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH San Miguel, Kia change imports LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Congrats to Floyd on a well fought match,”  he wrote in a lengthy Instagram post.  “Very experienced and methodical in his work. I wish him well in retirement. He is a heck of a boxer. His experience, his patience and his endurance won him this fight hands down.” View commentslast_img read more

Formula One: Retirement not on Hamilton mind as fourth title beckons

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I don’t look upon him and think that I am better because I have more wins and championships and poles, but I feel very proud for my name to be mentioned alongside his name — and that’s all.”Looking back on his early years in F1 with McLaren and his first championship win, he added: “In 2008 I was a kid. I had all the natural talent I have today, but I didn’t have the knowledge or experience.“I’m much better equipped now than I was in 2008. It’s actually been more enjoyable this year being in the position I am. I’m a lot more comfortable in my own skin so that’s really helped me.”Looking ahead to Sunday’s race and his chance to secure another title, he added: “I’m now fighting a championship-winning team in Ferrari and a champion driver, but I’m much better equipped. It’s actually been more enjoyable this year being in the position I am.“When you are 18, you think you know everything, but you don’t know anything.”On Friday, Hamilton wound up second in both sessions, having also been outpaced by Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas in the morning.“It’s been a good day,” said Hamilton. “It didn’t really start out great, particularly in the second session with the big spin on my first lap that really threw me off the session and made it a little bit tricky to get the run on the super-soft tyres.“I had put myself on the back foot, but the single lap and then the long run on the ultra-soft was probably one of the best I’ve ever done.“I don’t think I’ve ever done 26 laps that consistent, apart from in a race maybe.“We got lots of information, the track was feeling better in the second session once the temperature came up -– so, overall, it was a good day.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I definitely won’t be here at 40,” he said. “I don’t think that is going to happen, but it changes all the time.“There have been times when I thought I am happy to move on, but you can’t come back.“I can’t tell you how long I will be here for, but eventually I will figure it out and know when the time comes. I anticipate a couple more years at least.”Hamilton said also that he would not consider winning a fourth title elevated him beyond his childhood hero Brazilian Ayrton Senna, who had won three championships before his death in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.“Ayrton’s life was cut short and I think, had he the opportunity to continue and race in safe conditions, he would have continued to win more championships.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Earlier, he had suggested that a fourth world title would not usher him towards retirement and hinted that he is likely to remain in the sport for the next few years.“I can easily imagine myself without Formula One, but it is not about that right now,” he told reporters. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There are some really cool things coming along that are going to complement where I am in Formula One.”He declined to elaborate on his plans, but conceded that he had been in Los Angeles earlier in the week to discuss “creations” he was working on. Harden’s triple-double lifts Rockets past Hornets QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Mercedes’ British F1 driver Lewis Hamilton poses with his car at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City, on October 26, 2017 ahead of the week-end’s Mexican Formula One Grand Prix. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZLewis Hamilton hailed one of his “best drives” on Friday despite being outpaced by Daniel Ricciardo during second free practice for this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, where on Sunday he hopes to claim his fourth drivers’ world title.The 32-year-old Briton, who spun and ruined a set of tyres at Turn 11 early in the session, said his recovery and consistency in the remainder of that practice had seen him produce a drive that was “one of the best I have every done.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

Scary start: Cavs dealing with numerous early-season issues

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in New York. The Nets won 112-107. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James dressed up as Pennywise, the devilishly demented clown from the movie “It” for his annual Halloween party.The makeup made him unrecognizable. He was menacing, frightening.ADVERTISEMENT After a night of connecting in costume, the Cavs, who host Indiana on Wednesday, didn’t hide their problems during their pre-practice discussion that coach Tyronn Lue described as a “long talk.”“Off the court we’ve got great chemistry, great bond,” Lue said. “On the court we just gotta be better. Like, talking, communicating, enjoying the game together. Having fun. Right now guys are not having fun.”There isn’t much to smile about.Following losses to Orlando, Brooklyn, New Orleans and New York in the past 10 days, the Cavs are ranked near the bottom of the NBA in defense and are giving up nearly 14 3-pointers per game. They’re coming off losses by a combined 41 points in their past two games, prompting Lue to say that James, who missed much of the preseason with an ankle injury, and others need to get in better shape.READ: Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavaliers ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA 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 Lately, James and his Cavaliers teammates haven’t scared anyone on the floor.With four losses in their past five games, defensive issues, injuries and new players still trying to figure things out, the Cavs had a lengthy meeting on Tuesday before they practiced. It was a chance to clear the air and perhaps reset a season for a team that hasn’t come close to playing up to its potential.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 shutoutREAD: Amid skid, Cavaliers dress up for Halloween; LeBron is Pennywise “The slow start that we’ve had prompted us to just all get on the same page and kind of figure out what we need to do,” center Kevin Love said. “I feel like we can get in better shape, that’s going to help us on the defensive end. Communication, energy and just getting the new guys adjusted. So time will tell how it’s going to play out, but we have a lot of really good positive energy from today, so, it was a great practice.” “I think it was good for us,” Love said. “I think it definitely lightened the mood and it was definitely a get-to-know-you moment with a lot of guys. We all get along, have fun, but I think in some odd way it will definitely help us.”At this point, it can’t hurt the Cavs. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cleveland’s transition defense has been brutal, and Lue said some of that may be due to conditioning. He pushed the Cavs hard at both ends during Tuesday’s workout and noticed a change.“Watching us today, damn,” Lue said. “It’s a big difference. I’m screaming play with pace, and move the ball, move bodies, we got to get in better shape to do that.”James sprained his left ankle during Cleveland’s second practice in training camp and only played in one exhibition. Although he hasn’t shown any major decline in his game, the 32-year-old is not having the impact Lue needs James to have on the defensive end.It’s hard to ask him for more, but Lue has no choice.“Missing the whole training camp and getting hurt the second day of practice really set him back as far as being able to fly around and push the pace offensively and defensively fly around,” Lue said. “He’s trying to work himself back in shape, but the games are coming so fast and it’s hard to really do that. The best way to do that is by him playing more minutes and getting in game shape and we just got to go from there.”Lue knew this would take time. With Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Jeff Green and Jae Crowder among the new players on Cleveland’s roster this season, there were bound to be growing pains. Lue just didn’t expect them to hurt this much.However, Lue has confidence the group is beginning to gel.“They’ve been in winning situations,” he said. “We’re just trying to figure it out. Today’s start of film and practice, I think guys are getting a clear understanding of what they need to do.”As the Cavs work out the kinks, they were able to relax at James’ party, which has become a social media must-see-event.Love shaved off his beard and endured a long makeup session to dress up as WWE wrestler Sting. Kyle Korver was the Johnny Depp version of Willy Wonka, and Wade and his wife, Gabrielle Union, went as pop lip-synching sensations Milli Vanilli. Ball, Lakers romp past Pistons Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READlast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: San Beda zooms to 6-0 after comeback win

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda brushed off a two-set disadvantage and raced back to deny Lyceum an upset victory, 22-25, 19-25, 25-11, 25-17, 15-7, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Red Spikers improved to 6-0 to tie defending champion Arellano University at first place while sending the Lady Pirates to a miserable 1-5 card. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NCAA volleyball: JRU halts two-game skid, blasts Benilde Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Read Next MOST READ “There wasn’t much adjusting when it came to skills, because I already know what they are capable of, they just had to wake up after the first two sets.”Raqraquin led San Beda with a game-high 26 points while Viray added 13.Monica Sevilla had 13 points to lead Lyceum while Christine Miralles and Juanillo pitched in 11 and 10 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda cranked up the tenacity in the fifth set, scoring on six unanswered points to take an 11-5 lead after Nieza Viray scored off the Lady Pirates’ blockade.The Lady Red Spikers got into the 14-7 match point after Lyceum captain Bien Juanillo’s attempt went long before Cesca Raqraquin finished it off with a well-placed kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda head coach Nemesio Gavino admitted his team looked sluggish in the first two sets but a reality check allowed them to stop Lyceum’s onslaught.“First off we fixed whatever we did on the floor because we really looked slow, and we had to be aggressive,” said Gavino in Filipino. “We have to play this out and not rely on our opponent’s errors to score.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rebisco PSL Manila settles for 8th place after winless campaign

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaja Santiago topscored with 10 points but was mostly stymied by Vietin’s solid net defense. Aby Marano and Rachel Daquis added seven each, while Jovelyn Gonzaga chipped in five.But they were never in control — aside from the brief juncture where they held a 10-5 lead in the second — as the Filipino couldn’t shield against the torrid attacks of Pham Thi Jim Hue and Doan Thi Xuan who led Vietnam with 16 and 12 points.Vietnam is silver medalist in the SEA Games and the two games against them are seen as most vital gauge in preparing for the PH squad. Vietin also bested Rebisco in the groups stage (25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 25-14).Kim Fajardo had 44 excellent sets and three points, the same output of Maika Ortiz. Mika Reyes and Bia General scored one each. Also comprising the team are Gen Casugod, Aiza Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan, Lourdes Clemente and Denden Lazaro.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View commentscenter_img BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds 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 Rebisco PSL Manila Spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL-Manila came up with a lethargic performance against a vibrant Vietin Bank of Vietnam to yield a 25-13, 25-18, 25-15 loss Wednesday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships here.The Philippine club wound up eighth and last in the tough field having lost all its six games in a telling development for a squad that would make up the national team.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA Finals A heavy evaluation is expected to happen when the team goes back to Manila as the 13 of the 14 players here are included in the 18-player national pool being groomed for the Asian Seniors and Southeast Asian Games in August.Rebisco PSL Manila, backed by Asics, Grand Sport and Turkish Airlines, managed to come up with a respectable performances against eventual finalists Supreme of Thailand and Hisamitsu Springs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBut against a youthful Vietnam club, the Filipino players were simply shellshocked and appeared disjointed despite having some of the finest club players in the country.“It’s a defeat. We take it. We go back to the drawing board and study where we go wrong,” said head coach Francis Vicente who are assisted by Brian Esquibel, Ronald Dulay and Manny Calipes.last_img read more

NBA: Celtics, 76ers complete swap of first, third draft picks

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston received the 76ers’ third overall pick in the draft plus a future first-round pick from Philadelphia in exchange for making the move.Terms of the deal were agreed upon Saturday night after Fultz conducted a workout for the 76ers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are very pleased with the outcome of this trade, which puts us in the enviable position of selecting first overall in consecutive draft years,” 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said.“History suggests that number one has the greatest odds of producing franchise-level talent and we are confident that this year’s draft class has that very potential. Thursday night will see us take another significant step toward building a successful and sustainable basketball program.” View comments Boston will receive the 2018 first-round pick of the Los Angeles Lakers if that selection falls between the second to fifth picks. Otherwise, the Celtics will have a choice between the better 2019 first-round pick between Sacramento or Philadelphia.In all, the Celtics could possibly own draft rights to seven first-round choices over the next three seasons. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin bout 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 LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Markelle Fultz #20 of the Washington Huskies handles the ball during the second half of the college basketball game against the Arizona Wildcats at McKale Center on January 29, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Huskies 77-66. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPThe Philadelphia 76ers obtained the top pick in Thursday’s NBA Draft from the Boston Celtics on Monday, both teams officially completing a deal agreed upon and revealed over the weekend.The 76ers are expected to make point guard Markelle Fultz the fourth number one pick in club history and the second in a row after taking Australian Ben Simmons last year. The Aussie missed all of last season with a foot injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’? Fultz averaged 23.2 points, 5.9 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals over 25 games last season for the University of Washington Huskies, who went 9-22.Together with Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year finalists Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, the 76ers will have a young core of talent that could provide a formidable base upon which to rebuild the team.The 76ers have won only one playoff series since 2003 and managed only one winning campaign since 2005. They went 28-54 last season.The Celtics already boast leading scorer Isaiah Thomas at point guard and they are set to obtain a top player plus gain another likely high pick in 2018 or 2019.“We’re thrilled to be able to select what we expect be an impact player with the third pick in this year’s very talented draft class, while also adding a highly valuable future asset,” Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Tiwary anxious to perform at Champions League T20

first_imgYoung Mumbai Indians batsman Saurabh Tiwary today said he would looking for consistent performances in the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 (CLT20) to be held in South Africa from September 10 to 16.”It (CLT20) is an important tournament for me and I am confident to put up my best there in South Africa,” Tiwary, who joined Tata Steel today, said.”I have been working hard and had practiced with my Team India members to ensure consistency in my performance,” said the left-handed batsman on the sidelines of the ongoing Jharkhand Ranji trial camp, here.Tiwary, who was a member of the India’s ODI squad in the recently-concluded tri-series in Sri Lanka, said for a batsmen to survive in the shorter version of the game, one has to become a hard-hitter.Asked about failing to make the playing XI in last two tours abroad, Tiwary said it was the prerogative of the skipper.”Besides, the Indian team had experienced players and the captain will obviously settle for winnable combinations,” he quipped.”Right now, I am focussing for the upcoming Champions League and leaving here tomorrow to take part in the tournament,” the southpaw added.Tiwary came to limelight while representing Sachin Tendulkar-led ‘Mumbai Indians’ in the last edition of IPL.’Mumbai Indians’ will take on South Africa?s Highveld Lions in the opener of the Champions league on September 10 at New Wanders Stadium, Johannesburg.Meanwhile, Tata Steel sources said Tiwari have reported in the company as Sports Manager today.While handing over the appointment letter here yesterday, Sanjiv Paul, Vice-President (Corporate services) of Tata Steel, welcomed Tiwari to the Tata Steel family.advertisementTiwary, who made his first-class debut in the 2006-07 Ranji trophy, had scored two half centuries in India’s U-19 tri-series victory against South Africa and Bangladesh in 2008 and was a member of the squad that won the U-19 World Cup in Malaysia in 2008, was a third generation employee of Tata Steel.He was adjuged the best under-22 player and had six tons to his credit in the first class domestic tournaments.last_img read more

Rendezvous hopes to resolve IPL Kochi ownership issue

first_imgEven as the extended one-month deadline set by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to resolve its infighting over the ownership issue related to India Premier League’s (IPL) Kochi franchise inches closer, one of its key constituent — Rendezvous Sports World — has been hopeful of an early solution. The CEO of Rendezvous Sports World, Satyajit Gaekwad, on Monday came out to rubbish suggestions that the Kochi IPL team was on its way out. The under fire owners of the team were on October 27 given a month to resolve the differences within the franchise. With just a few more days remaining, Gaekwad — a part owner of the team — said he was confident of the owners resolving their differences. The Gaekwads have proposed a formula where they offer to pay for 12.5 per cent free equity at Rs 1.2 crore per share. They believe that it would satisfy the other parties. “My brother Shailendra Gaekwad is meeting the investor faction led by Mehul Shah daily in Mumbai for the last four days. We have evolved a formula to resolve the issue,” Gaekwad told Headlines Today. He also claimed there were some outside parties trying to instigate trouble within the group. “There is a section of interested parties which is not part of the consortium which is busy playing spoiler. This section is instigating the Mehul Shah faction to junk the franchise,” he alleged. Gaekwad however went on to say that the co-owners were confident that the IPL Kochi team would survive. He said a better picture of the scenario was possible on Wednesday adding there was time till November 27 to resolve the issue. BCCI says Kochi not on agenda for Nov 17 meetMeanwhile, BCCI president Shashank Manohar told Headlines Today that the IPL governing council would meet again on November 17, however Kochi franchise issue would not be on the agenda. “We will examine all operational and organisational matters pertaining to IPL season 4. Kochi franchise has time till November 27 to revert to show cause notice issued to it by the BCCI,” the BCCI chief said. In the forthcoming meeting, Manohar said, the IPL governing council would look at all players’ contracts, venue agreements and players’ auction for the season four.  “In the eventuality that Kochi doesn’t make the cut, we will cross the bridge when we come to it,” Manohar said adding, “We haven’t confabulated on this matter (auction for a fresh team) yet.”advertisementlast_img read more

‘The key is to stay at the wicket and accelerate towards the end’

first_imgThe weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I,The weather has been reasonably kind to us since we arrived in England, except for the first two days which were cold and windy.It meant that initially we had to be content with an indoor synthetic surface at Leicestershire’s Grace Road county ground. Outdoor nets began soon after and I was impressed with the professionalism of the groundsmen.They pass on specific instructions to the coach regarding the use of practice wickets so that they don’t get spoilt. They are very particular about using the pitches and are constantly working on the ground to maintain a high standard of facilities.Finally, as planned, we played a match against Loughborough University. The team was a collection of youngsters, all keen to do well against us. We played the match in a public school spread over 30 acres and the facilities were stunning.They had 12 nets for the younger boys and six nets for the seniors, an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium and a sports shop. It would be great to have such facilities at home.It was agreed that India would bat first to get as much practice as possible. It worked well, for Sachin, Azhar, Robin and Ajay had useful outings. Only Saurav fell early to a brilliant catch. Unfortunately the bowling was average and Sachin didn’t relish it much though he scored a brisk 64.The wickets were slow and the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat. The outfield too was soft and the ball wouldn’t travel. The Indians, Azhar and Sachin in particular, stunned the crowd with some stunning shots – not surprisingly one Sachin six hit the gymnasium wall almost 80 yards away.advertisementI called back the batsmen once they seemed to be hitting the ball well; 290 was a fine score. Then the bowlers took over and I was pleased with their line and length. Prasad was simply brilliant, Saurav bowled effectively and Jadeja picked up two wickets in three overs.He just has to believe he has a golden arm. Ultimately they were out for 98 runs. Our second practice game was against the Leicester Second XI at their excellent county ground. We rested Sachin, Srinath and Kumble to give Ramesh, Mohanty and Chopra a chance (Khurasia had twisted his ankle).Final stretch: Ajit Agarkar, Javagal Srinath and Ajay Jadeja tune up for the South Africa tieThe bowling was better and we lost three wickets for 60 runs, whereupon Azhar, Jadeja and Mongia batted with a lot of confidence to take us past 200 runs. Robin unnecessarily had an argument with a left-arm spinner after hitting him for two sixes and got out.The bowler came out the winner. These are the sort of situations where we have to use our experience and keep our cool. Nevertheless, Saurav with three wickets led the bowlers who polished them off for 130-odd runs.Considering the prevalent conditions, it seems we have to keep our wickets in hand and accelerate later on. I have been stressing that the batsmen shouldn’t be impatient. The most interesting aspect so far has been the meeting of the managers and captains at Lord’s at the recently built media centre that resembles a spaceship about to take off.There was a team photograph of the captains – only the Scottish skipper was missing, probably held up in the traffic on the highway. I found Brian Lara the most humble of the lot and I was impressed when he came up to wish me.Later we were briefed about the playing conditions and about security, especially after the recent bombings in London. The ground at Lord’s was looking as pretty as ever. Hopefully we will do well enough to play here during the tournament.last_img read more

Wig and sunglasses, Naomi Osaka goes in disguise

first_img“I get that I’m tan and I would stand out a little bit in Japan,” Osaka said. “I think the only way people would really care is if I’m wearing some sort of athletic (gear), like, if I was walking around with my tennis racket.“You know, other than that, I don’t think people really care too much.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I wasn’t really walking around (but) when I did, I went at night and had a wig on,” she said, smiling. “I wanted to try to do that. For me it was fun.”She got the wig from her sister and tried it for a joke, but doesn’t feel like it’s necessary.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I personally think she was making it a bigger deal than it had to be,” Osaka said. “Honestly, I feel like people don’t look at other people when they’re walking around.”Her mother is Japanese and her father is from Haiti. She was born in Japan and lived there as a child before moving to the United States. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Derrick Rose hits last-second shot, Timberwolves beat Suns ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Naomi Osaka makes a backhand return to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia—Naomi Osaka recently took up her big sister’s suggestion to wear a wig and sunglasses to conceal her identity as she walked around in Japan.The 21-year-old Osaka has become a big star in Japan since beating Serena Williams in last year’s U.S. Open final.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Russell Westbrook’s 15th triple-double leads Thunder past Pelicans

first_imgThe 2017 MVP posted his NBA-leading 15th triple-double and Oklahoma City beat the injury-depleted New Orleans Pelicans 122-116 on Thursday night.“He impacts the game in so many different ways,” Donovan said. “He can do it through rebounding, he can do it through defense, he can do it through assists, he can do it through getting out in transition. He does a lot of different things to impact the game, so when people talked to me earlier on about his shooting — I’m really not worried about it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn this game, Westbrook’s shot wasn’t so bad, either. He finished with 23 points on 9-of-19 shooting and had 17 rebounds and 16 assists. The Thunder improved to 10-5 this season when he tallies a triple-double.“He is a once-in-a-generation kind of guy,” Thunder forward Abdel Nader said. “He’s special. On both ends, he plays with the energy level I think some guys wish they could play with.” Paul George had 23 points and 11 rebounds and Steven Adams added 20 points and 13 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won its fourth straight.The Pelicans were without star center Anthony Davis, who missed his third straight game with a left index finger sprain, and the team announced Thursday that Nikola Mirotic will be out at least a week with a right calf strain. New Orleans forward Julius Randle sat out with a right ankle sprain and guard E’Twaun Moore rested because of nagging injuries.Jrue Holiday had 22 points and 13 assists, and Darius Miller matched a career high with 21 points for New Orleans.“I thought we competed as hard as we possibly could and played very unselfishly,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “We just didn’t have enough firepower to get over the hump.”The revamped lineup presented a challenge for Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook has been especially dynamic during Oklahoma City’s win streak. He’s averaging 22.5 points, 11.8 rebounds and 11.3 assists on 44.4 percent shooting. He has resisted his tendency to launch 3-pointers, only taking 15 in the four games combined.HE SAID ITGeorge, on being named an All-Star starter: “When I got traded here (from Indiana), people thought it was going to be the end of me being an All-Star, coming out to the West.”UP NEXTThe Pelicans host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday.The Thunder host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Timberwolves spoil Rajon Rondo Lakers return with 120-105 win ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) grabs a rebound in front of New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY— Thunder coach Billy Donovan has heard questions all season about Russell Westbrook’s shaky shooting.He hasn’t been concerned because Westbrook does everything else so well.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “You’ve got to learn guys’ tendencies on the go, figure out the guys that they are throwing in there, learn the personnel on the fly,” George said.Oklahoma City led 65-53 at halftime behind 18 points from Adams. Westbrook secured his triple-double early in the third quarter, and the Thunder rolled to a 98-82 lead at the end of the period.The Pelicans rallied, but never got closer than five in the final quarter.“They just put different and weird lineups out there and they had a little momentum going,” George said. “We did what we had to do. We did enough to win tonight.”Gentry felt there were positives to take away from challenging a team the caliber of the Thunder with so many players out. Oklahoma City is in third place in the Western Conference standings.“It seemed every time we got down, we found a way to get back in the game,” he said.TIP-INSPelicans: C Jahlil Okafor scored 18 points in his sixth start of the season. … G Elfrid Payton had 15 points and 12 assists. … New Orleans has lost four of five.Thunder: G Alex Abrines sat out his 11th straight game for personal reasons. He was active, but Donovan said Abrines is not ready to play yet. … George was announced as an All-Star starter on Thursday. … Mirotic, who averages 16.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, was injured Wednesday night against Detroit. … It was the 119th triple-double of Westbrook’s career.STAT LINES View commentslast_img read more

Bolts roar past Texters

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte And the Texters indeed played that way, opening up a 30-9 lead early in the second before everything seemingly went in disarray that resulted in their third loss in five games.“It was good that our defense wasn’t bad in the first half, because if it was, we would’ve gotten blown out right there,” Black said. “We just tried to hang in there and we tried to get into the halftime break with a manageable deficit.”Jayson Castro, the star in that win over San Miguel, had 20 points to lead all TNT shooters.Roger Pogoy had 15 points and former MVP Kelly Williams 15 boards in the Texters’ losing effort.“Tonight our communication, particularly on defense, was a lot better,” said Black, whose squad now joins Columbian and San Miguel in a logjam at No. 4.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PH bets toughen up “We’ve been getting off to bad starts this conference, that’s why I tried to switch my starting lineup,” said Black, whose charges nonetheless still fell behind by 21 points early. “The only fortunate thing was it was only for the beginning of the game, so we had a lot of time to recover.”Chris Newsome and Baser Amer took turns hitting big shots that got the Meralco rally going in the third period, before the Bolts’ defense frustrated the favored Texters in the stretch that sealed the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNewsome, the former Rookie of the Year, finished with 20 points, while Amer had 17 as the duo led three others in scoring twin figures for Black.TNT came into the game as the logical favorite, having come off two straight wins capped by a 104-93 decision of four-time defending champion San Miguel Beer last Sunday. The Bolts move on to face NLEX at Ynares in Antipolo this Saturday, while the Texters will try to bounce back when they go up against Magnolia at MOA Arena on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Chris Newsome leads Meralco Bolts’ comeback. PBA IMAGESMeralco had another bad start on Wednesday night, but, thanks to some old-fashioned perseverance, roared back to life in the second half to stun TNT KaTropa, 88-77, and get back on track in the PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.Coach Norman Black tried shuffling his starting lineup in order to avoid another bad jump out of the gates, but instead got a mighty finishing kick from his Bolts in improving to a level 2-2 and tying for fourth spot.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Early Ateneo-La Salle clash spices up UAAP Season 81 volleyball opening weekend

first_imgBulls add to Heat woes at home with 105-89 win The matchup between the Lady Spikers, who are gunning for their fourth straight,  and two-time champion Lady Eagles headline the opening weekend of the biggest event in the UAAP’s second semester.Ateneo and La Salle share a storied history together, having squared off in six straight finals in the last  decade with the Lady Spikers winning four championships to the Lady Eagles’ two.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsUniversity of Santo Tomas looks to get a quick turnaround from its disappointing Season 80 campaign when it takes on Adamson University in the first game of the Feb. 17 game day.The Golden Tigresses missed out of the Final Four in 2018 after finishing with a 4-10 record—the second-worst mark in Season 80—while the Lady Falcons will start life in the post-Jema Galanza era. MANILA, Philippines—De La Salle’s title reign is off to a tough start as it begins the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament against rival  Ateneo on Feb. 17 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes University of the Philippines and University of the East will formally start the tournament on Feb. 16 at Filoil Flying V Centre at 2 pm.Season 80 runner-up Far Eastern University will take on last year’s no.4 National University in the second game of the tournament’s opening day.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 UST02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Joel Embiid fined for verbal attack on referees

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, in New York. The 76ers won 126-111. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The National Basketball Association slapped Joel Embiid with a $25,000 fine on Wednesday after the Philadelphia 76er player openly criticized the referees following a loss to the Boston Celtics.Embiid was wrapping up a post-game news conference with reporters after a 112-109 defeat on Tuesday night when he leaned into the microphone, yelled a profanity and said the referees “suck.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Yap to the rescue The league responded by fining Embiid for “public criticism of the officiating which included use of inappropriate language”.Embiid’s outburst was apparently the result of not getting a foul call in his favor in the final minute of the Celtics’ game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe finished the game with 23 points after shooting just nine-of-22 from the field.Asked about the fine following the 76ers 126-111 win over the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, an unapologetic Embiid said “I knew what I was getting into.” US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Embiid’s discipline is just the latest in a series of recent fines for criticism of NBA referees.Detroit’s Blake Griffin and Cleveland’s JR Smith were both fined $15,000 each last month for “verbal abuse of officials” while Rudy Gobert of Utah was fined $15,000 in December for criticizing the referees.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Embiid scored a team-high 26 points and 14 rebounds as New York handed the hapless Knicks their 18th straight loss.Embiid gave the Madison Square Garden crowd a scare in the third quarter.While trying to chase down a ball going out of bounds, he jumped over Hollywood actress Regina King, who was sitting courtside, and landed on top of a Knicks broadcast worker. No one was seriously hurt.King, who won a Golden Globe for her role in “If Beale Street Could Talk” tweeted about the incident, saying “Yoooo. Thank you God and @JoelEmbiid for your athletic abilities. Crisis averted.”Asked why he chased a ball out of bounds with his team ahead by 15 points and the game out of reach, Embiid said, “I only know one way to play.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes 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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Damian Lillard, Blazers send Celtics to 4th straight loss

first_imgPortland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) drives to the basket ahead of Boston Celtics center Al Horford (42) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)BOSTON — The Portland Trail Blazers have come to the other side of the country and beat up some of the Eastern Conference’s best teams.Of course, at the moment, it’s not clear where in that hierarchy the Boston Celtics belong.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston coach Brad Stevens said the Celtics seemed to be pressing for a better performance than the previous night. Boston is fifth in the conference, well behind East-leading Milwaukee.“I think we were disappointed in ourselves and we looked like a team that really wanted tonight to go well. And it didn’t,” Stevens said. “You’re going to have games like that and so, (I’m) a lot more encouraged tonight than I was last night.”Irving gave Boston a chance with a 3-pointer with 28 seconds left, cutting Portland’s lead to 95-92, but the Celtics were forced to foul, and Lillard sealed it with two free throws with 12 seconds left.Lillard also pulled down seven rebounds, and Portland outrebounded the Celtics 48-41.MONSTER MOLillard credited Harkless for helping keep the Celtics from establishing much inside and hustling throughout the night.Harkless made 8 of 15 shots, had three steals and committed just one foul and one turnover.“He was a monster,” Lillard said.NO CANADAPortland’s Enes Kanter will not travel with the team for its game at Toronto on Friday, remaining in the United States because of visa concerns. A native of Turkey and outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kanter’s Turkish passport was revoked in 2017. Kanter did not travel for a game in London when he was still a member of the New York Knicks last month. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Kanter, who scored eight points Wednesday, said it was especially disappointing that he couldn’t be with his new team when they take on the top team in the East.“The Toronto game is one of our, you know, most important games,” Kanter said. “So that’s why it’s just, just because of one dictator I can’t even go out there and do my job. It’s pretty sad.”Stotts said Kanter will rejoin the Blazers for Sunday’s game at Charlotte.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: F Evan Turner (left knee) missed his third game in a row. … Portland led 43-42 at halftime despite shooting 35.6 percent (16 for 45) in the first half. … The Blazers received an apology Wednesday from Boston’s Emerson College, where members of the team were stuck on an elevator for about half an hour Tuesday while holding a practice at the school.Celtics: G Terry Rozier was out with a sore knee tendon he aggravated Tuesday night at Toronto. … C Aron Baynes (foot contusion) missed his 10th straight game. … Irving, who scored just seven points Tuesday night in a rout at Toronto, scored 11 in the first quarter Wednesday.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visit Toronto on Friday.Celtics: Host Washington on Friday. He called game: Dwyane Wade banks in straightaway 3 to lift Heat past Warriors View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “There’s a lot to like about that game,” coach Terry Stotts said.The struggling Celtics are winless since the All-Star break. Kyrie Irving scored 31 points to lead Boston, which was coming off a 118-95 rout at Toronto and didn’t lead after the first quarter Wednesday.While Boston played better, the Celtics’ recent struggles continued.“It just wasn’t enough,” Irving said. “We know what we’re capable of. When we don’t play to that level, we know it. There’s no sugar coating it.”Jaylen Brown had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Celtics, Jayson Tatum had 14 points, and Marcus Smart and Al Horford scored 13 each.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The Trail Blazers beat Boston 97-92 on Wednesday night for the Celtics’ fourth straight loss. It was the fifth consecutive win overall for Portland, and the fourth during a five-game swing that has also included victories over playoff hopefuls Philadelphia and Brooklyn.Damian Lillard scored 33 points, Maurice Harkless had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Portland improved to 18-4 against the East this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“We’re playing together offensively. Defensively, we’ve been sharp,” Lillard said. “We’re getting it from everybody on both ends of the floor and just being consistent. When you get that type of consistent effort from multiple guys — everybody in the rotation — this is what it looks like.”Jusef Nurkic scored 16 points, and CJ McCollum finished with 14 points for the Blazers. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief 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 MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

Battle for survival

first_imgHontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Garcia echoed his star player’s remarks, adding that Magnolia’s recent victory that leveled the series does not afford the Hotshots any sort of advantage. It was just that: A win.“It’s nothing like they gained any momentum,” Garcia said. “They just tied it. It’s not like exhaustion is catching up to us this time around. For me, while the way we finished the game is a positive thing, we still lost.”The pair is hoping that they’re able up the ante in the next meeting.“It’s going to be about the survival of the fittest,” Garcia said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Yap. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOf course, Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia was disappointed after letting a golden chance on Monday slip away.But he feels that he learned something from losing Game 4 of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series with Magnolia, and vows to use that knowledge to the fullest when they break a 2-2 standoff at 7 Wednesday night at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 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 Tigers push series back home for KO match “From the start of the game, they were very physical,” Garcia said. “I just told the players at halftime (of Game 4) that we just have to man up.”Missed opportunityFEATURED 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, logisticsThe Elasto Painters trailed big early and came out a different team for the last two periods that night, getting back in the fight only to bungle a golden chance to forge overtime when James Yap barely missed a triple at the buzzer of a 94-91 loss.For Garcia, matching Magnolia’s take-no-prisoners ruggedness in the final frame was the very reason why they were able to move within a point in the final four seconds. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Going into Game 5, we have to be more physical. When we were in the second half, that’s when we were able to come back,” he added.Breakthrough performanceThe Elasto Painters clawed themselves out of a 21-point hole and nearly sent the game into overtime, mostly thanks to Yap’s breakthrough scoring performance in the series.“They knotted the series,” the decorated veteran Yap said in Filipino. “It’s now going to boil down into a best-of-three. The next game is going to be our Game 1 and I’m sure my teammates and I are on the same page.”“It’s going to be crucial for both teams,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Sania Mirza, Cara Black win women’s doubles in Tokyo

first_imgIndian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her Zimbabwean partner Cara Black on Saturday won the women’s doubles title at the WTA Toray Pacific Open.The two scored a 6-2 7-5 victory over Spain’s Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro, defending their Tokyo Open title, which is a USD 1 million event.For Sania, it will be icing on the cake after her US Open mixed doubles triumph with Brazilian partner Bruno Soares.She would now spearhead the nation’s challenge at the Incheon Asian Games in what will be a depleted tennis contingent in the absence of Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna and Somdev Devvarman.Sania, will either pair with left-handed Divij Sharan or big-serving Saketh Myneni in the mixed doubles event, where India have a genuine chance of winning a medal.In the final today, Sania-Cara pair took just an hour and 15 minutes to dispose off the Spanish challenge as their opponents were no match for them.The Indo-Zimbabwean pair had a greater percentage (73 per cent)of points won on first serve while they broke their opponents seven times in the match.last_img read more