With or without injured Salado, Chiefs ready for crucial stretch

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES “If I won’t be able to play, I won’t force it. I still trust my teammates that they can get the job done,” he said, as he is set to have his MRI on Wednesday.Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera also shared that Salado’s status for the game against Perpetual remains up in the air, saying, “Hopefully, he can play. But with or without him, we have to be ready.”The Chiefs resume their Final Four drive on Thursday against the Altas before wrapping up their eliminations assignment next week against Mapua. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 The speedy playmaker hurt his knee after RK Ilagan fell on him with 8:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, prompting the Chiefs to take him back to the bench.READ: Salado the hero as Arellano repulses JRU in OT FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThough Salado expressed his willingness to finish the game off, the pop he heard was enough to scare him off and keep him in the sidelines. “I heard something earlier so I didn’t force it. I don’t want to make it worse,” he said.He refused to go back to the dugout as he wanted to watch his teammates fight with their season hanging in the balance. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene With EAC’s season all but over, Onwubere hopes to go out on a high note Much to Salado’s delight, Michael Cañete, Levi Dela Cruz, and Zach Nicholls picked up the slack as Arellano pulled off the stunner to stay alive in the NCAA Season 93 Final Four race.With the Chiefs going up 7-9 and forcing a tie with the Golden Stags at fifth place, the Cagayan de Oro native bared that it motivates him to suit up in the team’s last two games as they hope to make a belated run to the playoffs.READ: Salado repays team’s trust with clutch performance“With what’s happening, I need to work to help our Final Four chances. But I’m happy that my teammates stepped up,” he said. “I want to come back because our last two games are important ones.”But if things don’t go his way, Salado said that he’ll gladly be the team’s biggest booster moving forward.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKent Salado is hoping for the best after injuring his right knee in Arellano’s 85-79 victory against San Sebastian on Tuesday.“I believe that I can still play. I just hope there won’t be any tears because if there is, there should be swelling. It’s still hurting. I just wish it was just hyperextended because nothing is swelling,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Saudi Arabia hosts world chess games, testing reform limits

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The mufti’s comments at the time led to an outcry on social media by young Saudis who defended the game as intellectually stimulating. Muslims, who introduced chess to Europe, have been playing the game since the 7th century in Persia.Despite the mufti’s past criticism, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pushed for greater social openings, including lifting a ban on women driving that goes into effect next year, allowing concerts and movies, and easing rules on gender segregation.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 folkThe chess tournament, however, has also been hit by regional politics. Israelis say Saudi Arabia ignored requests by Israeli players to obtain visas to participate in the tournament. Israel and Saudi Arabia do not have diplomatic relations.Meanwhile, players from Qatar and Iran, which have strained ties with Saudi Arabia, have been granted visas to participate in the tournament. However, Qatari players will not compete in the championship because Qatar’s chess federation said organizers demanded that the players not display the Qatari flag during the competition. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone In this Monday, Dec. 25, 2017 photo released by Saudi Press Agency, two Saudi officials play chess during the opening the first ever chess tournament in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. (Saudi Press Agency via AP)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Saudi Arabia is hosting a world chess tournament for the first time on Tuesday nearly two years after the country’s top cleric issued a religious edict against playing the board game. Politics have also interfered, with players from Israel and Qatar missing the tournament due to regional tensions.Saudi Arabia’s top cleric, Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdulaziz Al Sheikh, said in early 2016 that chess is “forbidden” in Islam because it wastes time and can lead to rivalry among players. Similarly, top Iranian clerics have also decried the game, saying it can lead to gambling, which is not permissible in Islam.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UN official: Justice not done for Khashoggi PLAY LIST 01:38UN official: Justice not done for Khashoggi01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Suns’ Booker returns vs Grizzlies A statement issued by the World Chess Federation said that visas for players from Iran and Qatar were secured. It made no mention of Israeli players.“The fact that players from Iran and Qatar may decide not to participate, after consulting their own authorities, is clearly their own individual decision,” the statement said.The statement added that Saudi authorities had proposed that for security reasons the Qatari players should play under the organization’s flag, but that the issue was resolved and the Qatar Chess Association was informed that their players would play under their own flag.The tournament, called the King Salman World Rapid and Blitz Chess Championships, runs until Saturday. It includes around 240 players — both men and women — from 70 countries. There are 16 players from Saudi Arabia. The world’s top three chess players from Norway, Armenia and Azerbaijan are participating in the tournament. There is also a women’s chess tournament taking place alongside the open championship.ADVERTISEMENT Women are reportedly being allowed to wear dark blue or black formal trousers and high-necked blouses, avoiding Saudi rules of dress that require female residents and most visitors to wear loose-fitting, long robes known as “abayas.” Most Saudi women also cover their hair and face with veils.James Dorsey, a Mideast scholar and senior fellow at the University of Singapore, said the kingdom was granted hosting rights by the World Chess Federation with a $1.5 million check that amounts to four times the federation’s standard annual fee.“Literally everything involving Saudi Arabia’s hosting of a chess tournament is political,” he wrote in an analysis of the tournament. “Saudi Arabia’s visa policy is political as is the kingdom’s willingness to concede on women’s dress.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Phoenix wins, acquires Kia

first_imgThe Fuel Masters dropped 35 third-quarter points and completely took the fight out of the Picanto as they scored their first win in the Louie Alas era and snapped a 10-game losing streak dating back to last season’s Governors’ Cup.San Miguel Beer also turned back a pesky Meralco side in the nightcap, 103-97, for a 2-0 start.Alex Cabagnot powered the Beermen with 29 points as San Miguel gained a share of the lead with NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO—For all intents and purposes, Phoenix Petroleum won its final PBA game with Kia Picanto as adversary Wednesday night. The next time they play against each other, they will be labeled as sister teams.Getting eight players in twin digits, the Fuel Masters peeled away from the Picanto and scored a 125-102 win in the Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT The victory came as top brass from both companies end negotiations where Phoenix will buy the Kia brand in the country lock, stock, and barrel.And that includes the PBA team, according to a highly placed source, who spoke on the condition that he’s not identified.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 folk“They are doing the due diligence as we speak,” the source said. “I just don’t know the exact figure (of the sale), but both parties have already agreed in principle and the sale will push through, with the PBA team included in the deal.”Sale of PBA franchises still needs approval of the board, and if this pushes through, Dennis Uy will have two teams in the league and will become the third owner with multiple teams after tycoons Ramon S. Ang of San Miguel Corp. and Manny V. Pangilinan of PLDT. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Weightlifter Diaz gets TOYM award for 2017 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Venus hopes to one day experience motherhood

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “She does everything for the baby. Other than that she stays the same.“If it happens then I have a good example to follow.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThis week marks the return of Serena to the WTA Tour a little under 190 days since the birth of baby Alexis.Both sisters are competing in the WTA Indian Wells tournament and they landed in the same portion of the draw meaning they could face each other in the third round. 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 Jerie Pingoy shows best form since ankle injury LATEST STORIES Serena, 36, will need to get through her first round match against 53rd ranked Zarina Diyas and the 29th-seeded Kiki Bertens.The eighth-seeded Venus has a bye through the first round and will face either qualifier Monica Niculescu or Sorana Cirstea in the second round.Venus and Serena are more accustomed to meeting in the finals of tournaments. If Venus had any idea she and Serena could meet so early in the Indian Wells draw, she wasn’t letting on.“I haven’t analyzed it at all,” Venus said of the field. “If I keep playing hopefully I can win.”Venus reached the Wimbledon final last year where she lost to champion Garbine Muguruza 7-5, 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer She also made the final of the Australian Open and the quarterfinals in Rome and at this tournament.Venus grew up just a couple hour’s drive away in the south central Los Angeles suburb of Compton.“This tournament means a lot to me,” she said of Indian Wells. “I don’t get to play a lot in the States anymore.“I am a California and a Florida girl.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Venus Williams of the United States approaches the net after losing to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during the first round of the Tie Break Tens tennis tournament at Madison Square Garden, Monday, March 5, 2018 in New York. The Tie Break Tens’ New York event is a one-day day exhibition tournament featuring eight female players competing for a $250,000 winner’s prize. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)Venus Williams says she hopes to one day follow in the footsteps of her younger sister Serena and experience motherhood.“I hope I can do that if I ever get there,” said the 37-year-old Venus on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingslast_img read more

Pascua tells Lady Tamaraws: Don’t let this chance get away

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Lady Tamaraws have said several times throughout the second round that they want to get to the Final Four as either the first or second seed.Although the Lady Tamaraws waited until the final game of the eliminations, Ateneo’s loss to De La Salle meant that FEU had sole possession of the second seed, but head coach George Pascua and company did not mind waiting for that long.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 crownFEU finished the eliminations with a 10-4 record while the Lady Eagles, the team the Lady Tamaraws will face in the semifinals, settled for a 9-5 card.And with the added perk of needing just one game to dispose of Ateneo, Pascua warned his team to not take things lightly and immediately go for the jugular to prevent any potential mishaps. Far Eastern University’s mantra for the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament was to get a twice-to-beat advantage en route to a potential 30th title.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 Urbiztondo stays grounded amid another ABL title shot “I told my players that even though we have the twice-to-beat advantage, they should never think that we have that perk,” said Pascua in Filipino during their last training before the Final Four match.“Every game should be a championship game for us, and this is a matchup of character. This is the semifinals, everybody already knows how everyone plays, so this will be a test of character for both teams.”Pascua added his team has the distinct advantage in terms of momentum after ending the eliminations on a four-game winning streak while the Lady Eagles got dropped on their last two games.The Lady Tamaraws’ chief said his team should never make the mistake of letting go of the chance they were put into and not let Ateneo get any semblance of confidence in their Final Four matchup.“I told my players to not let go of this opportunity that was given to us because Ateneo is not that strong compared to its previous teams before,” said Pascua of the Lady Eagles, who had a string of six years wherein they won at least 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View commentslast_img read more

White leads GlobalPort past NLEX despite dealing with back spasms

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We trust coach [Pido Jarencio’s] system and in practice we’re working on our defense and being consistent.”White’s four blocks spearheaded Globalport’s stingy defense in the shaded area wherein it only allowed the Hotshots to a 22-of-39 conversion, 44 points, in the paint while putting a 32-of-48 clip on its own end.The Batang Pier limited the Hotshots to 37-of-92 overall in the field while shooting an efficient 47-of-87.ADVERTISEMENT A bad back didn’t stop Malcolm White from leading GlobalPort to victory on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-9 big man dropped 20 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and four blocks to lead the Batang Pier to a convincing 116-94 win over the NLEX Road WarriorsWhite said he suffered back spasms when he slept while contorted in a wrong position during a three-hour bus ride to Angeles, Pampanga for their Saturday game against Magnolia where the Batang Pier lost 92-87.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 crownBut White mustered enough strength to overcome the pain.“We just got to keep playing man and believe in ourselves,” said White, whose team is now at 3-2 to move to fourth place in the standings. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Ravena says NLEX ‘can’t panic’ amid slide Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 View commentslast_img read more

Call it a comeback: Serena Williams to 3rd Rd at French Open

first_imgCavaliers coach Tyronn Lue is dealing with anxiety 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 Her coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, attributed much of the poor start to this outing coming about 48 hours after the first match of her comeback following a two-month break. She arrived in Paris having played only four matches all season — none on the red clay used at Roland Garros, and none at a major tournament since she won her 23rd such title at the Australian Open in January 2017, while pregnant.“She had no energy. She was struggling to move,” Mouratoglou said, adding that he had hoped for rain to postpone the match against Barty until Thursday. “She was struggling to use her legs on the serve and she was making much too many mistakes.”And then?“This ability to turn a match around and suddenly be like a superhero, basically — she’s normal and suddenly, Poom!” he said, snapping fingers on both hands. “Something happens, and she transforms into someone who’s almost unreachable at the level she gets to. This is something she’s always had. It’s really special, but that’s also why she is who she is.”Williams started yelling and pumping her fist after pretty much every point that went her way. It woke up Williams’ game. Might have startled Barty, too. As big a hitter as Barty is in her own right, she is hardly in Williams’ class — who is? — and never has been past the third round at a major tournament.ADVERTISEMENT The 36-year-old American, who became a mother on Sept. 1, grabbed four consecutive games over a span of less than 15 minutes to lead 4-1 in the second set, which soon enough would be hers. She gained control of the third almost immediately, breaking to go ahead 2-1, then holding for 3-1.After only three winners in the first set, she had 25 the rest of the way.“When push came to shove, the real Serena came out. And that’s one of her best assets: When her back is against the wall, the best comes out,” Barty said. “And that happened early in the second, and early in the third again.”When Williams served out the victory with a backhand winner down the line, she raised both arms. In the stands, Mouratoglou, shook his fist.“I felt like it’s been a long way and a long journey, and I’m still getting there, you know. But I have been working really hard, for a really long time,” said Williams, who is ranked 451st, 450 spots below her career high. “I just am hoping that every day I’m out there, every match I’m out there … it will come together.”Next for Williams is a third-round match against 11th-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany.Get through that, and Williams would face either five-time major champion Maria Sharapova or 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova. Williams beat Pliskova’s twin sister, Kristyna, in the first round in Paris.There were, to be sure, plenty of other big names in action Wednesday, including victories for Sharapova, No. 1-ranked Simona Halep and 10-time men’s champion Rafael Nadal.But the 2018 French Open is, first and foremost, about Williams and her return to a Grand Slam stage.“She’s not quite at the level she was when she was at her best, but that’s normal. That’s expected,” Barty said. “But her level when she’s not quite on her best is still bloody good.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And then, suddenly, after unleashing one particularly powerful backhand return winner that she punctuated with a shout, Williams was back. She was animated. Determined. Dominant, even. Shaking off some rust in her first Grand Slam tournament since giving birth nine months ago, Williams recalibrated her shots and erased a deficit of a set and a break to beat 17th-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australia 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a match that ended shortly before dusk.“I lost the first set, and I thought, ‘I’ve got to try harder. I’ve got to just try harder,’ she told the crowd afterward. “And Serena came out.”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 crownWell put.Williams had all sorts of trouble in the opening set, compiling 12 unforced errors. By the time the second set was merely one game old, she had been broken twice in the match, each time at love, a rather surprising development for the owner of one of her sport’s most dangerous serves. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Serena Williams of the U.S. screams after scoring a point against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty during their second round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — After playing so infrequently, it’s as if Serena Williams is starting from scratch.Sure looked that way for a bit more than a half-hour in the French Open’s second round on Thursday, when she dealt with muscle soreness, a lack of verve and a bunch of mistakes. So many mistakes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Croatia ends Russia’s run, advances to World Cup semifinals

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The overachieving hosts, the lowest ranked nation in the tournament, were trying to make it to the World Cup semifinals for the first time since the Soviet Union team finished fourth at the 1966 tournament in England.Croatia hadn’t advanced this far at the World Cup since the 1998 World Cup, which was its first appearance.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’Croatia will next play England in the semifinals on Wednesday in Moscow. The English team defeated Sweden 2-0.Russia’s Denis Cheryshev scores his side’s opening goal during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Russia defender Mario Fernandes scored the equalizing goal in extra time, but then sent his penalty wide of the net in the shootout. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Croatia defender Domagoj Vida also scored in extra time with a header in the 101st minute.Denis Cheryshev gave Russia the lead with a shot into the upper corner in the 31st minute and Croatia equalized with Andrej Kramaric’s header near halftime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Croatia’s Luka Modric, left, celebrates after he scores the penalty shootout during the quarterfinal match between Russia and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium, in Sochi, Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)SOCHI, Russia — Croatia ended Russia’s surprising World Cup run with a 4-3 penalty shootout victory in the quarterfinals on Saturday.Ivan Rakitic scored the deciding penalty after a 2-2 draw.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 England advances to World Cup semifinals, beats Sweden 2-0 View commentslast_img read more

Neymar now facing up to 6 years in prison in fraud trial

first_imgCarpio 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 The decision is a setback for Neymar because in Spain sentences of two years or less for first offences are usually suspended, meaning he would avoid any jail time.The charges were brought after a Brazilian investment group said it received a smaller compensation because part of Neymar’s transfer fee was concealed by those involved.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 ChrissNeymar’s parents, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu, and former president Sandro Rosell also faced charges, along with Barcelona and Brazilian club Santos.They all denied any wrongdoing. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PSG’s Neymar, top, is tackled by Napoli’s Nikola Maksimovic during the Champions League, group C, soccer match between Paris Saint Germain and Napoli at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)MADRID — A Spanish judge says fraud and corruption charges brought against Neymar could merit a prison sentence of up to six years when the Brazil forward stands trial.Prosecutors were seeking a two-year sentence for the Paris Saint-Germain player for alleged irregularities related to his transfer to Barcelona five years ago, but the court said Wednesday a sentence of four to six years could be handed down if Neymar is found guilty.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The trial’s date has not been set.___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Size matterslast_img read more

PH Badminton Association aims to develop grassroots, nat’l team thru tournaments

first_imgView comments “Right now, the total participants is 863 already. There are still more hoping to join and I hope the organizers will be able to accommodate them,” said Quimpo. “This will be the main event of this year. Next year, we are focusing on international tournaments.”“As we all know, MVP loves this sport. So SMART is going to keep on supporting these tournaments,” said SMART Sports’ Yvette Ruiz.“The SMART National Open, we are supporting it for the past few years already. Bali Pure is supporting a lot of sports, including badminton and we are looking to support these tournaments for the years to come,” added Bali Pure’s Gil Cortez.Backing the tournament organized by the Albee Benitez-led PBA are SMART, MVP Sports Foundation, Bali Pure, Victor Pcome Industrial Sales, LRWC, and J.Co Donuts. The two events are powered by Forthright Events & Sports Management, Inc.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The SMART Open naman is to identify talent. We want to see the level of the current players and to see the potential players beyond the national team members,” added Quimpo.“These programs are good because they focus on grassroots. These players will be our representatives and this will be a good test for them heading into the SEA Games. What we need is to have unforgettable tournaments,” said head official Judith Brosula.Headlining the stacked field for the men’s division are top-ranked players Lance Zafra and Solomon Padiz of Philippines Women’s University-JASMS for the singles division. The tandems of Ariel Magnaye-Alvin Morada and Joper Escueta-John Paul Pantig banner the men’s doubles tourney.For the distaffs’ side, top singles player Sarah Joy Barredo leads the pack. Samantha Ramos and Geva de Vera of defending UAAP women’s badminton champions Ateneo Lady Eagles, together with NU’s Thea Pomar, NCAA MVP Nicole Salas of CSB, and DLSU’s Isay Leonardo, will try to dethrone Barredo.In the women’s doubles’ division, UAAP Co-MVPs De Vera and Chanelle Lunod will look to continue their run.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN CONTRIBUTED PHOTONovember will be a busy month for the Philippine Badminton Association (PBA) as the federation will run two tournaments in a span of eight days.The first tourney will be the MVP National Juniors Championships from November 10 to 14 at the Powersmash Badminton Center in Makati City. The tourney will feature shuttlers from the youth division ages nine to 17.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption PLAY LIST 01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Airmen sizzle in AFP-PNP-PCG Olympics Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast This tournament’s goal is to develop the grassroots program of the sport.“Primarily, this is a program where we want to identify new talents. This is why we have the MVP National Juniors Championships,” said PBA secretary-general Christopher Quimpo in a press conference held at Choi Garden in San Juan City. “We want the kids to compete amongst the best in the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsFor the seniors group, the PBA will be holding the 5th annual SMART National Open Badminton Tournament from November 14 to 17. The qualifying rounds will still be held at Powersmash while the grand finale will be hosted by Ayala Malls, South Park on the 17th.This tournament will help the PBA develop its pool of national team players and find potential new members. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more