Stay hungry, Chot urges PH

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief BaliPure stuns Pocari Sweat in Game 1 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses And the Philippines, which started out underdogs in the Fiba Asia tournament, can now gun for a sweep of the preliminary round.Standhardinger and Cruz came up with superb performances in an 84-68 dismantling of Iraq Friday night (Manila time), just three weeks after locking horns with the rugged Iraqis just three weeks before in the Jones Cup.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 shutoutThat win put the Philippines up in Group B with a 2-0 slate after Gilas Pilipinas opened the tournament with a rousing victory over defending champion China.The Philippines takes on Qatar Sunday eveing at 9 p.m. (Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon, with practically nothing at stake. Read Next But Reyes doesn’t want the Filipinos easing up the pressure on the gas pedal.“We have to keep the low-key attitude and have the hunger in us,” Reyes told Fiba.com.Locking up the top spot means Gilas Pilipinas can steer clear of the favorites in the quarterfinals.Tempestuous showdownStandhardinger and Cruz were both banished from the game—in the 6-foot-7 Filipino-German’s case, the court—for losing their heads in a tempestuous showdown with the Iraqis.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments Christian Standhardinger and Carl Cruz, Gilas Pilipinas rookies both, can now bury ugly memories of the first time they got to play Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Reyes sent Standhardinger to the locker room and froze Cruz on the bench after both threw cheap shots in retaliation to the physical plays of the Iraqis.It was a pity for Cruz, who was playing the best game of his Gilas career only to ride the bench when the others were busy with the mop-up job of an 84-75 win.The two players eventually apologized for their actions.This time, in Lebanon, Standhardinger joined hands with the amazing Terrence Romeo in helping Gilas Pilipinas peel away from a tight first half and set the stage for a potential sweep of their group.Cruz, on the other hand, was a steady presence off the bench, knocking down all of his three attempts from three-point territory and finishing with 11 points for Gilas Pilipinas.It was the best way for the duo to get back at all the cheap shots they and the rest of the team took in that game, and the good thing about it is that they won’t have to apologize for it anymore.last_img read more

Unbeaten La Salle welcomes Mbala back vs Adamson

first_imgLOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Top prospects mum on PBA Draft plans, keep options open Ayo actually expects a much-improved version of Mbala when the reigning MVP finally plays for the Archers. Mbala showed flashes of a more polished outside shot in Afrobasket.“When Ben comes in, he can play, the 5, 4, 3, or he can even play 2 depending on our schemes,” said Ayo. “We’ll find a way to put in Ben and in spots where he can be comfortable.”Mbala’s absence actually gave the likes of Abu Tratter, Santi Santillan and Justin Baltazar to flourish, while Aljun Melecio took over the offense, averaging 24.5 points in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlready looking formidable in the first two games of its campaign, unbeaten La Salle gets another boost as reigning Most Valuable Player Ben Mbala suits up for the first time in UAAP Season 80 on Wednesday.Mbala, who missed the games against Far Eastern U and National U due to national team duties with Cameroon in Fiba Afrobasket, returns to the lineup as the Green Archers gun for their third straight win against the Adamson Falcons in the 4 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight National U clashes with University of Santo Tomas at 4 p.m. with the Tigers shooting for a first victory in three outings.The Bulldogs hope to return to winning ways after dropping a 110-115 decision to the Archers last Saturday in a game where rookie Josh Bartlett delivered 23 points in a losing effort.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 shutoutBut the spotlight will be on Mbala and the rest of the Archers as they go up against an Adamson team which pulled off its first win of the season against UST, 88-81, last Saturday.“Maybe we’re on this level now, but when Ben plays, we will just raise our level with him,” said La Salle coach Aldin Ayo, after the Archers won a high-scoring affair over the Bulldogs. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semis

first_imgGinebra import Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra booked a trip to the semifinals and ended San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid in stunning fashion, 104-84, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Justin Brownlee was a handful with 37 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks while also getting a lot of help from the locals.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ross and Cabagnot combined for only 13 points, four rebounds and eight assists.Thompson tallied seven points, team-high 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals.Terrence Watson scored 30 points but he failed to step up when SMB needed him most. Fajardo, who is tipped to win his fourth straight MVP award, had 19 points and 22 rebounds with five blocks.It was only fitting that the last coach to win the Grand Slam prevented history from repeating itself. Cone won two Grand Slams, the first with Alaska in 1996 and the other with Purefoods in 2014. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chris Ross credits teammates for near triple double PLAY LIST 01:00Chris Ross credits teammates for near triple double01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:32Austria: Ginebra is playing like a ‘well-oiled machine’01:37Protesters 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 Jarin wants less Alejandro-centric offense from Bulldogs View comments Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “It’s never easy. If you look at the score, the only time I felt safe was when we had a 102-72 lead,” Cone said.“I cant tell you how relieved I am that we’re not playing a knockout game with them.”The Kings outscored the Beermen, 23-9, in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter capped by a basket by Brownlee for a 97-70 lead.The game started the way it was expected to be with neither team giving an inch. But Brownlee shifted into high gear and carried Ginebra with him in the second quarter, where he shot 16 points and San Miguel was limited to just nine.“Our defense really stepped up today. Going into this game that was really our battlecry because we all know the kind of firepower San Miguel has,” said Tenorio, who finished with eight points and 10 assists as he and Thompson outplayed the Beermen’s backcourt duo of Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot. ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Joe Devance scored 17 points, hitting four triples, while guards LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson had near double-double efforts and towering big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar added 13 points each.“Nobody saw that coming. we just played great from start to finish. It was one of those nights for them and it came at a bad time for them,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone 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 shutoutGinebra, who owned a twice-to-beat advantage as the No. 3 seed, dealt San Miguel its worst loss of the season.The Gin Kings made it look easy in knocking off the star-studded Beermen, who have the reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, but Cone said he didn’t feel at ease until Thompson buried a 3-pointer that stretched the lead to 30 with 2:35 remaining. Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

La Salle sends UE to 0-6, spoils Pasaol’s 49-point explosion

first_imgPasaol’s career game, the most in 15 years after now National University head coach Jeff Napa scored 43 in 2002, wasn’t enough for UE as La Salle big men Ben Mbala and Abu Tratter also produced career-highs.Mbala broke his personal record for the third time this season finishing with 39 points to go along 15 rebounds while Tratter put up 24 points with 10 boards.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 shutoutLa Salle, however, didn’t cruise to the victory as UE outscored the defending champion 25-6 in the final four minutes.“For the first 36 minutes of the game, we played really good except for the last four minutes,” said assistant coach Miggy Solitaria. “I think there was the factor that we were up by 25 and the team kind of relaxed after that. Fortunately we got the win.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle extended University of the East’s misery in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament with a 106-100 win Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Green Archers improved to 5-1 to stay at the second seed as they overcame Alvin Pasaol’s 49-point showing for the Red Warriors, who dropped to 0-6 and tied University of Santo Tomas at the bottom.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Mark Olayon was able to cut the deficit to seven, 104-97, after driving the lane for the layup at the 37-second mark.Tratter responded with a tip-in with around 13 seconds left in the game to stop UE’s comeback and give La Salle a 106-98 lead.Philip Manalang ad Olayon also finished in double digits for UE with 14 and 13 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Manganti in the right place at right time to save the Falcons LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Grizzlies’ backups, 3-point shooting, too much for Clippers

first_img“I’ll take threes anytime we can get them,” Fizdale said. “I’ve seen enough games where we’ve been on the dismal end of the 3-point shooting.”Tyreke Evans led the Memphis reserves with 20 points, while the Grizzlies also got 13 from Brandan Wright, 12 from Mario Chalmers and 10 from Chandler Parsons.Starting center Marc Gasol added 21 points.The Clippers struggled to mount much offense beyond Griffin. Patrick Beverley scored 10 points in the fourth quarter to finish with 23. No other Clipper scored more than Lou Williams’ 13.THE CONLEY DIFFERENCEThe Memphis shooting point guard hit four of his nine 3-point attempts, playing 33 minutes and showing no ill effects from his Achilles.“You could just a difference in places we could get on the floor,” Fizdale said. “Any time he’s playing well, we’re in the game.”BAD THEMERivers said there was a consistent thread to the Clippers’ three losses this season.“If I had one frustration, offensively in the three games we’ve lost, we kind of get stuck,” he said. “The ball stays on one side of the floor. It’s not moving. If you don’t see our guards at the basket a lot, it probably means we’re not moving the ball. That was disappointing.” Said Clippers center DeAndre Jordan: “(The offense) got stagnant, we got stuck on one side of the floor again. Then we become easier to guard. So for our team everybody needs to be involved. We have a lot of guys standing around right now.”TIP-INSGrizzlies: After playing six of their first eight games at home, Saturday marked the first of five consecutive road games. . Entering Saturday the Memphis reserves had outscored opposing bench players 344-198.Clippers: Recalled rookie guard Jawun Evans from its development team. The 6-foot Evans, out of Oklahoma State, had played two games with Los Angeles before being sent to its nearby Ontario affiliate.UP NEXTGrizzlies: Return to Staples Center on Sunday to play the Los Angeles Lakers.Clippers: Have back-to-back 12:30 p.m. games, returning to Staples Center Sunday to meet the Miami Heat. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I don’t think we should rely on anyone too much,” Rivers said. “We should just move the ball and play. The ball will find the better players always.“We have to get away from just looking for one guy.”The Clippers’ only lead was early in the first quarter. The Grizzlies started hitting 3-pointers — they connected on 11 of their first 19 attempts — and pulled away.Although the Clippers would twice rally to tie Memphis, they could never regain the lead.The Clippers were 4 of 26 from 3-point range, while the Grizzlies went 13 of 31.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIEScenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “Any time you can get multiple guys in double figures, it means the ball’s moving, everybody’s in rhythm, people are being unselfish,” said Grizzlies coach David Fizdale.The Memphis backups outscored the Los Angeles reserves 55-22.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“They’re a team that every single guy is in attack mode,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “That’s what makes them good. They also share the ball well and space the floor. Every single guy you have to be ready to guard. Just watching it was frustrating.”Blake Griffin scored 30 points to lead the Clippers, who too often found their offense motionless and Griffin forced to go one-on-one. St. Pierre set for comeback fight vs Bisping at UFC 217 Read Next Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, defends against a shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES — Memphis used a balanced offense and strong play from its reserves to beat the Los Angeles Clippers.The Grizzlies had seven players score in double figures, including all four reserves to top the Clippers 113-104 on Saturday. Mike Conley returned to the lineup after sitting out the last game with a sore Achilles go lead Memphis with 22 points.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Irving-less Celtics hold off Raptors for 12th straight victory

first_imgRead Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Boston (12-2) was playing without Kyrie Irving after he took an inadvertent elbow to the face from teammate Aron Baynes on Friday night against Charlotte. Irving has a minor facial fracture but has not been diagnosed with a concussion as initially feared.Jaylen Brown added 18 points, and Rozier helped fill in for Irving with 16 points off the bench. Boston shot just 40.2 percent from the field.DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points, and Kyle Lowry had 19 points and seven assists for Toronto. The Raptors dropped to 7-5 after winning two straight.“They are the best team in the NBA right now, 12 in a row,” Lowry said. “They’re playing unbelievable, everyone is picking up slack.”Jayson Tatum’s acrobatic layup with 1:26 remaining in the fourth quarter put the Celtics up 95-90.ADVERTISEMENT Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DeRozan missed a potential go-ahead stepback jumper with 19 seconds remaining. Tatum got the rebound, but elbowed Fred VanVleet in the face for an offensive foul that was confirmed by video review.DeRozan had another look to give Toronto the win, but missed a turnaround jumper with 2 seconds left. Serge Ibaka scooped up the rebound, but lost the ball as time expired.“He shook him, he was wide open, vaulted up, and I’ll take that shot 999 times out of 1,000,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said about DeRozan’s effort.Brown, who was guarding DeRozan on the final possession, was a bit surprised himself that the shot didn’t go down.“That’s a shot that DeMar DeRozan probably hits nine times out of ten,” Brown said. “I got a late contest, but he missed this one so we’ll take the win.”STREAKINGBoston’s 12-game winning streak is tied for its third-longest in the last 30 years. The Celtics also won 12 straight from Jan. 11-Feb. 3, 2009. Toronto has never snapped an opponent’s winning streak of 10 or more games in franchise history, according to Elias Sports Bureau.MASKED KYRIEIrving visited a facial specialist Sunday and was fitted for a mask after being injured Friday. The last time Irving played in a mask was on Dec. 15, 2012, when he scored a then-career-high 41 points versus New York with Cleveland.PASSING BARGNANI Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) and Jayson Tatum (0) celebrate at the buzzer as Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry (7) and Fred VanVleet walk off the court after an NBA basketball game in Boston, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)BOSTON — Al Horford turned back the clock in his return from a two-game absence with a concussion.Horford scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting to help the Boston Celtics hang on to beat the Toronto Raptors 95-94 on Sunday for their 12th straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img “He’s playing young again,” teammate Terry Rozier said.Horford had 15 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists against his former team in Atlanta on Monday night, the same day an elbow to the head from Kent Bazemore sent him into the NBA’s concussion protocol. Horford also missed nine games last season with a concussion.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 shutoutHorford disagreed with Rozier’s assessment, thinking he’s playing even better.“I don’t know if young Al Horford played like this, to be honest,” the former four-time All-Star said. “You know, it’s been years of just working on my game and try to play this new way.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Lowry’s 3-pointer with 5:32 left in the first quarter moved him past Andrea Bargnani (6,581 points) into fourth place on Toronto’s scoring list. Vince Carter is third with 9,420 points.TIP-INSRaptors: DeRozan had 20 or more points for the seventh straight regular season game in Boston and is averaging 22 points in that stretch. … Norman Powell left the game with a right hip pointer.Celtics: Boston held an opponent under 100 points for the 11th time in its last 12 games. Opponents are averaging 92.2 points during the winning streak. … Rozier scored at least 10 points in a career-best three straight games.UP NEXTRaptors: Continue a three-game trip Tuesday night against Houston.Celtics: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday night in a tuneup for Thursday night’s home showdown with defending champion Golden State. United States beats Belarus to win its 18th Fed Cup title John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READlast_img read more

UAAP suspends referees in La Salle-Adamson Final Four clash

first_imgFranz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan TamayoThe UAAP has suspended the referees, who officiated in La Salle’s controversial 82-75 win over Adamson in their UAAP Season 80 Final Four duel.The suspension came three days after the game that saw the Green Archers book a return trip to the finals.ADVERTISEMENT In a letter addressed to Adamson athletic director Fr. Aldrin Suan, CM, league commissioner Rebo Saguisag said that the school, which was outraged by the officiating, “are not alone.”“I called for an emergency meeting the very next day to address the seeming public outrage over said game to send a message to the referees that much is at stake,” Saguisag wrote, sharing that he, alongside tournament director Mark Molina of FEU and Erika Dy of Ateneo met on Sunday to discuss the urgent matters surrounding the game’s officiating.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 shutoutAdamson was called for 33 fouls, while La Salle was only whistled for 12. Those calls led to the Green Archers shooting 26-of-39 from the free throw line, while the Soaring Falcons shot just 2-of-5.Those freebies certainly helped defending champion La Salle overcome a 15-point deficit in the third period and beat Adamson, 82-75. Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Adamson community were dismayed, prompting Suan to pen a letter to Saguisag regarding the matter.“From the bleacher’s standpoint, and even if one does not know how a foul can be committed, it is loud and clear that the calls made by the referees were downrightly unfair and biased. The manner the game was officiated was revolting and calls for an immediate action in order to forestall its duplication in the future,” Suan wrote. “In hindsight, the game was marred by a biased refereeing.”Saguisag said the technical committee has decided to suspend referees Enan Alejo, Ian Borbe, and Mollie de Luna indefinitely, with two of them being considered for a possible ban for the rest of the season.“While we are still in the process of evaluating the whole game together with the statistics, the officials that worked [the La Salle-Adamson] game were immediately suspended with two strongly recommended for being banned for the rest of the season, if only to preserve public confidence in our league,” Saguisag wrote.Adamson coach Franz Pumaren also expressed his displeasure with the officiating following the loss, describing it as “the worst officiated game” he ever saw.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Focus on fighters’ safety adds to ONE Championship’s success Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:37Protesters 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 View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I don’t want to sound sourgraping but I guess all the basketball fans saw the game. I guess, everybody saw the game, everybody noticed and knows what happened. Stepping out of the Coliseum, my friends from La Salle were embarrassed and can’t even celebrate the victory,” he said.In contrast, La Salle coach Aldin Ayo liked how the game was officiated.“It’s a good thing, the referees were consistent,” Ayo said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

LeBron says he’d want Magic, Jordan as his 3-on-3 teammates

first_img“I don’t know, I have to think about it,” James said.Not that James — or Magic or Michael — is participating.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJames didn’t think he would consider playing in the new Olympic event in the Tokyo Games, but is happy it was added.“It’s great for basketball,” he said. “For us to be able to add another category to the Olympics, another basketball category, I think it’s pretty great. I haven’t seen the full layout of how they plan on executing it … are they going to use NBA guys, are they going to use college guys. I’m not quite sure. 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 “I’m not very good in a 3-on-3 thing. I’m more of a 5-on-5 guy. I stay out of the 1-on-1 matchups during our practice, the 2-on-2 and the 3-on-3s. So probably not. I probably won’t be a part of the 3-on-3 matchup.”The new Olympic event was added Friday by the International Olympic Committee. There will be eight men’s teams and eight women’s teams competing. As far as what teams are selected and how teams qualify, that’s still unclear.“They don’t want just the basketball powers to compete in 3-on-3,” said USA Basketball CEO Jim Tooley. “FIBA will get together and figure out how teams will qualify. They will definitely want to reward countries that have been doing a lot of 3-on-3 activities.”The U.S. has been pushing 3-on-3 over the past few years and held a national tournament last month. The winners will head to the World Cup in France later this month.“The last few years, we have made a major push in 3-on-3 basketball with our nationwide Dew NBA 3X tour and several international 3-on-3 competitions. The Olympic stage will provide these elite athletes with the opportunity to further demonstrate their talents,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James speaks early Saturday, June 10, 2017, in Cleveland after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors 137-116 in Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)LeBron James knows who his dream teammates would be in a 3-on-3 competition at the 2020 Olympics — Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson.Jordan and Johnson’s names came to James without any hesitation when asked by The Associated Press which past greats he would like to play with. The Cavaliers star was a bit more reserved when he came to picking present day players.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Back to back champs: Penguins beat Predators for Stanley Cup WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide It’s also unclear if the NBA will even allow its players to compete, which is just fine with Draymond Green.“I grew up playing street ball so to have 3-on-3 a part of the Olympics I think it’s also something guys can win that are not pro athletes,” The Golden State Warriors forward said. “So I think that could be really good. You see in these other sports where they go compete in the Olympics but they have regular day jobs. I think that can be like that for 3-on-3. So I think that can be great.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Head-turners Mendez, Kilgroe relish challenge in Cobra Ironman 70.3

first_imgView comments Mauricio Mendez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Heads are sure to turn when Mauricio Mendez and Kim Kilgroe pass by.And one couldn’t be blamed, especially with their stunning looks.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES “It’s going to be a good race. I’m just enjoying these stuff,” said Mendez.Kim Kilgroe. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKilgroe, meanwhile, wants nothing but to improve her standing after finishing 10th in the female elite division last year.“I just want to come away from this race a little faster, a little fitter and just give it everything I have,” she said.The Fil-Am beauty made her professional debut last year in Cebu, finishing the exhausting swim-bike-run course in 4:51:10.Given another crack at Ironman 70.3,  Kilgroe wants to represent the country loud and proud against fancied counterparts in the race.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant But more than their pretty face, both Mendez and Kilgroe are killer triathletes and they are raring to make their mark in their respective fields in the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday here.Shifting from the grueling Xterra races to the equally endurance-testing Ironman 70.3, Mendez believes that there won’t be much of an adjustment for him as he joins a loaded field in the Cebu tilt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I’ve been doing triathlon since I was 10 years old and I grew up doing this,” said the 2016 Xterra world champion. “There’s just excitement and motivation coming from it. It’s my true passion. What I love the most is combining all those kinds of things, the skills in off-roads and testing my endurance. It’s great.”But the 21-year-old Mexican runner couldn’t hide his excitement as he tests his mettle against some of the world’s best. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 “I’m feeling good,” said the 27-year-old. “I’m excited to be back here racing with amazing athletes. I’m grateful to be with these kind of caliber athletes in racing, and I’m proud to represent my heritage. It’s an exciting weekend for me and I’m looking forward to it.” PH bet Torres chokes out Ishige for debut win in ONE DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Maria Sharapova claims in memoir Serena Williams had nasty words against her

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers However, in the locker room she heard “guttural sobs.”“I think Serena hated me for being the skinny kid who beat her, against all odds, at Wimbledon,” wrote Sharapova. “But mostly I think she hated me for hearing her cry. Not long after the tournament, I heard that she told a friend—who then told me—‘I will never lose to that little b…. again.’”She blames that moment for her dismal record against Williams, which is two wins in their 19 matches.Sharapova also opens up about testing positive for the banned substance mildronate at the Australian Open in 2016, earning her a suspension. The Russian said she needed it for health reasons and that “in Russia, millions take it, even my grandmother!”ADVERTISEMENT WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and resting Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games 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 Gamescenter_img In this March 7, 2016, file photo, tennis star Maria Sharapova speaks about her failed drug test at the Australia Open during a news conference in Los Angeles.  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)Following the controversy, Williams said she “showed a lot of courage” for being honest about the drug test.In one of the excerpts, she cites that the media called her “a cheater and a liar” and that she was “overjoyed” when her suspension was reduced from two years to 15 months. She wrote, “Before I was thinking only about how I would make my exit. Now I think only about playing.”  Niña V. Guno  /raRELATED STORIES:Drug in Sharapova doping case used by Soviet troops in 1980sTennis: Sharapova back in business, like it or notSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side She and the American went head to head in 2004 when at 17, Sharapova defeated Williams in Wimbledon.At the time, Williams was still recovering from a left-knee injury she had endured since 2003.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn her autobiography, the five-time Grand Slam winner shared that both of them “should be friends…but we are not.”She states that after the finals, Williams hugged her and said “good job.” Russian tennis pro Maria Sharapova’s memoir “Unstoppable: My Life So Far” gives an inside look on her personal life and career.Image: Twitter/@mariasharapovaBefore the book’s release, the 30-year-old athlete shared excerpts with People magazine. One of the highlights is her relationship with top-ranking player Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

I’m finished says Mayweather after McGregor rout

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Floyd Mayweather insisted he would head into a permanent retirement after sealing his place in boxing history with a 50th straight win against Conor McGregor on Saturday.The 40-year-old American star outclassed McGregor over 10 absorbing rounds at the T-Mobile Arena to defeat Irish mixed martial arts star McGregor by technical knockout.ADVERTISEMENT I’m finished says Mayweather after McGregor rout4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 The win sees Mayweather, who had come out of a two-year retirement to face McGregor, surpass heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano with a perfect record of 50-0.Afterwards former welterweight king Mayweather insisted he would never be seen in a ring again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“This was my last fight tonight. For sure,” Mayweather said, praising his beaten opponent.“Tonight was my last fight. Tonight I chose the right dance partner to dance with. View comments Alyssa Valdez calls for unity in Philippine volleyball “Conor you are a hell of a champion.”Floyd Mayweather Jr. watches replays after defeating Conor McGregor in a super welterweight boxing match Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)Mayweather also rejected suggestions that his 50th victory — against an opponent who had never boxed professionally before — would be destined to have an asterisk against it.“A win is a win, no matter how you get it,” Mayweather said. “Rocky Marciano is a legend and I look forward to going into the Hall of Fame one day.”Mayweather meanwhile revealed the fight had followed a tactical plan as he took his time and allowed McGregor to become fatigued before pouncing in the later rounds.“Our game plan was to take our time, go to him, let him shoot his shots early and then take him out down the stretch,” Mayweather said.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “We know in MMA he fights for 25 minutes. After 25 minutes, he started to slow down. I guaranteed to everybody that this wouldn’t go the distance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Indo-Pak secy talks: India to raise 26/11, terror with Pakistan

first_imgIndia will seek a “satisfactory closure” to the Mumbai terror attacks case when it will hold extensive bilateral talks with Pakistan later this week during which they will also review the nuclear Confidence Building Measures (CBMs).Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao, accompanied by a high-level official delegation, will be on a visit to Islamabad from June 23-24 to hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir. During the talks, India will raise its concerns over terror directed against it from the Pakistani soil.”Our concerns have not, in any way, diminished by the resumption of dialogue…through dialogue you keep the chain of communication open…how can our concerns of terrorism not be addressed by us? (and that is why we have to raise them)…terrorism is central to our concerns,” government sources said in Delhi.Peace and Security, including CBMs, Jammu & Kashmir, and Promotion of Friendly Exchanges will be the components of the talks, which will also cover continuing threat posed by terrorism, the sources said.Asserting that the series of meetings between the two sides so far including in the area of security, trade and commerce and, water have given a “better understanding” of each-other’s position on several bilateral issues, they said Rao was going for talks with “open and constructive mind” with “realistic expectations”.These are also in the run-up to the meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries next month, sources said, while maintaining that absence of a cabinet-rank foreign minister in Pakistan will not have an impact on the process.advertisementThe two sides will also review the status of existing nuclear CBMs between India and Pakistan, of prior missile notification mechanism and annual exchange of list of nuclear installations in the respective countries.An expert-level group including joint secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs will hold a comprehensive meeting with the Pakistani side later this year on the nuclear CBMs.However, no dates have been finalised for the meeting so far.Disappointed over the “glacial pace” of the Mumbai trial in Pakistan, the government sources said India has provided all documents and evidence asked by Islamabad and seeks a “satisfactory closure” to the case. “It is not behind us,” they said.India will also discuss the “larger conspiracy” as has come out in the trial of Pakistani-Canadian terrorist Tahawwur Rana in a Chicago court. “It is not as if we have let our guards down,” the sources said, when asked if India will raise the terror issue in the backdrop of the revelations made during the Rana trial.On J&K, which is a core issue for Pakistan, sources said, “This is a problem which has complicated our relationship for years…..and cannot be solved overnight.” But emphasised the need to put in more CBMs such as people-to-people contact and increased trade for the betterment of the Kashmiris.The officials also ruled out any impact on the talks of the recent diplomatic face-off between India and Pakistan over their naval warships allegedly resorting to ‘risky’ and ‘dangerous’ manoeuvres after hijacked MV Suez was freed by Somali pirates.However, they were quick to add that “India is a more grown up country” when asked why India lodged its formal protest a day after Pakistan. .According to sources, it was not for the first time such an incident had taken place viz-a-viz Pakistan naval ship PNS Babur and in past also India raised the issue with Islamabad on two occasions.Government sources also explained India’s decision to vote to split a key sanctions list in the UN on al-Qaeda and Taliban, a move aimed at backing the Afghan government’s reconciliation efforts with insurgents.They said India always supported the Afghan-driven process, adhering to the red lines drawn at the London conference last year on reintegration and reconciliation.The sources also pointed out that the recent appointment of a new head of al-Qaeda shows that there was a need to put in efforts to eradicate the terror group which has been identified as “global threat.”- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

With Abu Salem’s arrest in Lisbon, the sun sets on his Rs 300 crore underworld empire

first_imgTake I: Wednesday, September 18. Lisbon, Portugal. Time: 8 p.m. Place: Expo ground near river Tejo. Autumn is just setting in. Arsalan Mohsin Ali is cruising in his Cherokee jeep when he finds himself being tailed by the Portuguese Police. Ali steps on the gas, only to lose control and,Take I: Wednesday, September 18. Lisbon, Portugal. Time: 8 p.m. Place: Expo ground near river Tejo. Autumn is just setting in. Arsalan Mohsin Ali is cruising in his Cherokee jeep when he finds himself being tailed by the Portuguese Police. Ali steps on the gas, only to lose control and crash into the kerb. The officers lend him a hand and cuff him. Take II: 284, Rua Da Palma Apartments, Martin Moniz. A svelte siren clad in designer togs walks down wooden stairs. The lackey walking alongside cracks a cheap joke as they step outside. Even as their laughter rings into the balmy air, the smiles freeze on their faces. They are surrounded by a team of armed officers who handcuff them and push them into a van while another team of officers rushes to search the apartment.THE CHAMELEON: Switching looks and passports, Salem had eluded arrestThis could well have been the climax of a Bollywood blockbuster. And Ali, sporting a Sanjay Dutt hairstyle and demeanour, driving around in flashy jeeps and Mercedes cars, could well have been the archetypal baddie. Except that this is real life.Though the woman, Sana Malik Kamal, was indeed a starlet – also known as Monica Bedi – 34-year-old Ali, aka Abu Salem, is among the 20 most wanted men in India, running an underworld empire worth over Rs 300 crore. The IRA dossier (No. A 103/3/ 1995) cites his involvement in the 1993 serial bomb blasts in Mumbai and 45 other heinous crimes, including murder, kidnapping and extortion from Bollywood stars and producers.Salem’s arrest was the culmination of 180 days of tracking by officials across three continents. The don was using several passports and identities – among them Ramil Kamal Malik, Danish Beg, Akhil Ahmed Azmi, Arsalan Mohsin Ali and Ramesh Kumar. Police officers in India, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US and Interpol had been tracking Salem on nine cellphone numbers and three satellite phones as he flitted in and out of London, Dubai, Singapore, Kathmandu, Atlantic City, New York, Chicago and Zurich before being trapped in Lisbon.This is not the first time he has been detained. In 1997,  the UAE authorities let off Salem – then travelling as Azmi – after he was arrested in Sharjah. Last year he was detained in Abu Dhabi as Hamid Atiq but slipped away to Nairobi in Kenya. Salem, it would seem, is not third time lucky. Thanks to the FBI which put him on the International Fugitive Tracking system. Besides intercepting Salem’s e-mails – which were passed to the CBI-FBI agents also tracked Bedi to confirm their findings.Salem’s end really began in February when the FBI sent a detailed description to the Interpol in Lisbon as they suspected a possible link with the Al-Qaida, which matched the dossier provided by India. Salem apparently acquired his fake passport from the same source as four key suspects probed by the FBI after the 9/11 attack. Interestingly, the FBI also got unsolicited help as a series of e-mails – now believed to have originated from arch rival Chhota Shakeel in Karachi – kept it informed about Salem’s movements.Indeed, Salem and Bedi would have been nabbed in Lisbon this summer but they slipped out to the US where Salem was trying to set up a legitimate business. But his property – buying binge attracted a decoy from the FBI and Salem fled back to Lisbon.Lisbon seemed a safe harbour as he could blend in among the large Asian immigrant population from Goa and Mozambique. Salem and Bedi had purchased property, showed downtown Anjos as their domicile and, to the surprise of the Portuguese Police, even acquired a residency permit to live in Portugal. In Lisbon, Salem mostly stayed at a downmarket 25-Euro guesthouse, puzzling his neighbours with a lifestyle rather too high-flying for someone who introduced himself as a Pakistani national and was known to fix travel documents for illegal Asian immigrants.If only they knew it was Salem. His interests in the overseas rights of Hindi movies and earnings from Bollywood stars’ overseas stage shows have fetched him between Rs 70 crore and Rs 100 crore. Investments, extortion, counterfeit currency rackets and hawala operations contribute the rest of the kitty. Abdul Qayum Ansari, the 14-year-old boy who ran away from Sarai Meer near Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh in 1982, is now estimated to be worth over Rs 300 crore.advertisementThe Fugitive’s TrailClick here to EnlargeSalem, now lodged at Estrada National, 2475, Tires Paradede – courtesy Judge Fatima Mata Mouros – may not get to keep his ill-gotten wealth. Charged with carrying illegal travel documents Salem argued for three hours that he was Ali, a Pakistani. But when his fingerprints matched prints taken 18 years ago in Bandra, the judge signed the 90-day detention order. Says Sara Pina, press attache of the Portuguese Police and Judiciary Department: “We have confirmed the identity of Salem”, and are investigating possible links with terrorist groups.In India, the Government has launched a concerted move to bring Salem to book. To back its claim and the Portuguese charge of travelling on illegal documents, the Government has initiated a series of arrests. In Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, Assistant Sub-Inspector S.A. Sattar, passport office clerk G. Srinivas and revenue inspector Mohammed Yunus have been arrested for aiding Salem get fake passports. In Bhopal, Siraz Khan, who helped Salem and his wives get passports – as Danish Beg, Rubina Beg and Fauzia Usman – has apparently spilled the beans and has even been attacked by Salem’s goons.Unlike in the past, the Indian initiative is not unidimensional. A CBI team led by Additional Director Vijay Shankar and Superintendent of Police O.P Chatwal is in Lisbon with every bit of evidence against Salem that could get him extradited, if not deported.While Rajesh Ranjan, India’s representative at Interpol headquarters in Lyon, is doing his bit, the CBI in Delhi has been coordinating action with Paul Ralf Houghton, who represents the FBI in the US Embassy in Delhi, CBI Director PC. Sharma also spoke directly to FBI director Robert Muller and sought US assistance in bringing Salem back.Action is not just at the bureaucratic level. Since India does not have an extradition treaty with Portugal, it is keenly aware that the key to getting Salem booked is to put to use the US leverage with the Portuguese Government. External Affairs Minister Yashwant Sinha has spoken to US Secretary of State Colin Powell and asked for “US assistance in keeping things on track in the Abu Salem case”.advertisementSinha has also written to the Portuguese Government apprising it of the heinous nature of Salem’s crimes and the need to put him on trial in India. Portugal and EU nations have guidelines about not extraditing criminals to countries where capital punishment is awarded. Deputy Prime Minister L.K. Advani has suggested that India could consider waiving the death penalty to secure Salem’s custody.It is not going to be easy though. Joanna Ferreira, public prosecutor, international cooperation department, points out that this is not a normal extradition situation. Salem, she says, has been arrested not just on the Red Corner notice put out by Interpol but also for committing a crime in Portugal. “If he has criminal responsibility in the present case of having travelled on false documents, then he has to fulfil that first. If proven guilty in this case, he could be jailed for one to five years.”In other words, it will be a time-consuming affair. Even if Salem is not tried in Portugal, the extradition process could take as long as 11 months. While India hopes that in the post 9/11 circumstances the US leverage should help, one thing is certain: unlike previous occasions, Salem won’t be able to escape this time. Even if he manages to avoid Indian custody, his game is quite literally over. -with bureau reportsadvertisementlast_img read more

I was taken aback, says Laxman’s wife on his retirement

first_imgVVS Laxman’s decision to retire with immediate effect didn’t just surprise the cricketing fraternity but also shocked his better half Sailaja, who was left wondering how the veteran would do without his “first wife”.”I was taken aback (when Laxman first conveyed his decision) because his aim was to beat Australia and England in India. So, we were expecting him to play till Australia series. It was quite a surprise,” a teary-eyed Sailaja said at the press conference in which Laxman decided call it quits from international cricket on Saturday.”But, he listened to his inner consciousness. That’s what matters more,” she added.Replying to a query, she said she would have liked to see him continue playing for some more time.”Definitely. Like other well wishers, we were expecting him to play till the Australian series. His aim was to beat Australia and England in the home series. Because, they (India) could not perform well,” she said.Laxman would, however, definitely miss playing cricket as the game is his “first wife”, she said.Describing Laxman as philosophical and religious, she said her husband follows the tenets of Bhagavad Gita.”Laxman’s grand-father late Jagannadha Sastry Garu breathed, preached and lived Bhagavad Gita. He hails from such a family. He follows whatever is written in Bhagavad Gita. I am proud to be his wife. His humility and righteous character amazes me,” she said.Sailaja said she is glad that Laxman will be around to spend time post-retirement with family members, especially children as they used to miss him earlier.advertisementLaxman’s uncle Baba Krishna Mohan, who first took him to a cricket camp, said he would have liked to see him continue playing.last_img read more

Microsoft unveils three new smartphones at IFA 2014

first_imgMicrosoft has unveiled its ‘first affordable flagship windows smartphone’, Lumia 830 at IFA 2014. Other than this, successors of Lumia 720; Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 were also unveiled. The mid-range devices are capable of delivering high end performance, and are equipped with enhanced software to its camera app and Cortana voice-control technology- Microsoft claims. Showing high confidence on performance of these gadgets, Chris Weber, Corporate Vice-President Microsoft, compared the mid-range phones with Samsung Note 3 and iPhone 5S. “It’s on par with its flagship equivalents from Samsung and Apple. Our goal is to call out Apple and Samsung in terms of the premium they’re charging” Weber noted. Nokia Lumia 730 the lower end model sports 3G and dual SIM connectivity while its advanced version Lumia 735 comes with 4G LTE connectivity. Riding on the popularity of selfies, which are trending these days, Microsoft positioned Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 as selfie phones, as both gadgets house 5 MP front facing camera. On the contrary the brand has stressed upon Lumia 830’s rear camera.The shipping for the new gadgets will begin by the end of September.last_img read more

Desiree Cheng bids La Salle goodbye with ‘happy heart, much contentment’

first_imgPanelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles LATEST STORIES READ: UST enters UAAP Finals, topples La Salle in 5 sets  Desiree Cheng and the other Lady Spikers get some love from the La Salle faithful. #UAAPSeason81 | @BLozadaINQ pic.twitter.com/hPmM11LaaT— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) May 5, 2019MANILA, Philippines—Desiree Cheng’s final year with De La Salle University may not have ended the way she wanted it to be, but the Lady Spikers skipper is going out fulfilled.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn a post on her Instagram, Cheng expressed her gratitude to those who helped her along the way in the UAAP, especially his head coach Ramil de Jesus.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The 22-year-old Cheng wrapped up her collegiate career with two championships, a Finals MVP plum and a Best Server recognition.La Salle was going for its third straight title this UAAP Season 81 but its campaign was cut short by a fast-rising University of Santo Tomas side in the Final Four two days ago.READ: La Salle’s long UAAP finals streak ends: ‘You can’t be at the top all the time’Cheng thanked De Jesus for many things but it was the multi-titled mentor’s faith in her that she holds dear the most.“Thank you to my Coaches especially Coach RDJ. Thank you because you trusted and believed in me during those moments when I even doubted myself. Thank you for not giving up on me during those times I myself gave up for a while,” Cheng said.“I am Desiree Cheng #2 of the Lady Spikers, Signing Off. 💚 On to the next.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It was one heck of a ride fighting for the Green and White. But I just want you guys to know na I am leaving my AN1MO Journey with a happy heart and much contentment. It was such an honor on my part to have the opportunity to finish my studies and to play Volleyball in my dream school. For me, it has always been a privilege to be called a LASALLIAN,” she wrote on Monday. PBA D-League: FEU nears playoffs after nipping Diliman College-Gerry’s Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Nostalgic Federer marks ‘impressive’ 400th Grand Slam match record with win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too “But doing anything at Roland Garros is very special, because I played a lot here. It was my first Grand Slam where I was in the main draw.“It’s the closest one to Basel (his home town), and this counts, as well.”Federer fired 11 aces and 52 winners past Ruud who was just five months old when the Swiss made his main draw debut in Paris in 1999.Federer, playing the French Open for the first time since 2015, eased through the first two sets against world number 63 Ruud on Court Suzanne Lenglen.But the 20-year-old Norwegian made a match of it in the third set, saving three match points in the tiebreaker and carving out a set point of his own before Federer delivered the knockout blow.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Norway’s Casper Ruud in three sets, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (10-8), at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Friday, May 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)Roger Federer on Friday became the first player to contest 400 Grand Slam matches, marking the occasion in style with a straight-sets victory over Casper Ruud to reach the last 16 at Roland Garros and admitted it was an “impressive” landmark in a career full of iconic moments.The 37-year-old downed a battling Ruud, whose father Christian was in the draw when Federer made his Paris debut 20 years ago, 6-3, 6-1, 7-6 (10/8).ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Should Federer go on and win the title a week on Sunday he would become the oldest men’s Grand Slam champion of all time.It’s that possibility as well as the knowledge that his career is winding down which has him admitting he’s feeling a touch nostalgic on his return to Paris.“I feel that my 20 years on the tour went too fast,” he explained.“When you play against people like Casper Ruud, you ask, How was it at the time? When I started on the tour he was hardly born.“I guess it’s mainly due to the fact that I didn’t come here for many years.”Federer has already admitted that he is nowhere near being the favorite for the title in Paris despite his third seeding.World number one Novak Djokovic, bidding to become only the second man to hold all four Slams at the same time twice, and 11-time champion Rafael Nadal are expected to contest the final a week on Sunday.“A few months ago I didn’t know what to expect with anything,” said Federer.“Now I know where my level’s at. I still don’t know exactly where my absolute best is, but I feel like it could be there.“So I’m happy I’m putting myself in a position like this in a fourth round of the French Open after not having played so many years here.” Federer, the champion in Paris in 2009, has now made the fourth round at the French Open for the 14th time where he will face Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer.He is the oldest man to reach the last 16 in Paris since Nicola Pietrangeli 47 years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Well, it is impressive,” said the 20-time major winner who has already passed the 100 title mark in his career as well the $100 million prize money barrier.“It’s even more pleasant to do this at Roland Garros, because I have a lot of records, milestones from Wimbledon and the US Open. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Tokyo Olympic torch relay to pass through Japan’s disaster-hit areas DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View commentslast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo: Real Madrid’s icon back to his prolific best!

first_imgRonaldo has made his best ever start to a league season with 9 goals in just 3 gamesCristiano Ronaldo’s seven goals in two matches show he is back to his prolific best following a run of injury niggles as Real Madrid prepare to face Villarreal this weekend in La Liga.The Portuguese admitted he had over-stretched himself after having knee problems at the back end of the last season which he carried into the World Cup and then suffered a hamstring injury at the start of this campaign.He was rested for Real’s match against Real Sociedad and following time-off for the international break at the beginning of this month he has returned reinvigorated.Carrying the ball home after his four-goal haul in the 5-1 win over Elche in mid-week, the 29-year-old showed that he has lost none of the desire.”As far as I remember I’ve never scored seven goals in five days,” Ronaldo told reporters at the Bernabeu.Cristiano Ronaldo scored a whopping four goals against Elche in La Liga on TuesdayRonaldo also bagged a hat-trick against Deportivo La Coruna last weekend in an 8-2 demolition and has now made his best ever start to a league season with nine goals so far.”I needed an active break as in my 12-year career I have always had preseason but this year I was unable due to the problems I had at the end of the last season,” Ronaldo explained.”Those days without a match worked very well for me because I trained, rested and recovered. These goals reflect the work I did.advertisement”Each day I am now feeling quicker and gradually I am finding my rhythm. This is the fourth game that I have played a full 90 minutes but I think I may be still lacking something as I have been a long time out.”For that reason it is not the moment to rest and I think the coach will have other opportunities to rotate the squad.”Real made a stuttering start but have responded to back-to-back defeats with two big wins and have also closed the gap on leaders Barcelona who drew 0-0 away to Malaga on Wednesday.They were the first points the Catalan side have dropped this season and with 13 points are joint leaders with Sevilla who now take on champions Atletico Madrid, two points behind.Barca are still to concede a goal but it was their forward line that let them down against the Andalusian side with Lionel Messi and Neymar failing to make an impact.It came only a few days since they swept aside Levante5-0 last weekend playing their usual cavalier football.”We aren’t machines and we can’t play with the same intensity every three games,” Barca coach Luis Enrique told a news conference in Malaga. Their target now is Granada on Saturday at Camp Nou.”It wasn`t a great game from us but we know what we are trying to do and our objectives. It was a difficult match and we were not clinical enough inside the area. It is not as though we were in any danger ourselves even though Malaga did play well.”last_img

Historic Football Club Bury Expelled From English League, Bolton in Remission

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Historic football club Bury on Tuesday became the first team to be expelled from the English Football League in over two decades after a takeover bid collapsed.The two-time FA Cup winners, who only a few months ago were celebrating promotion to the third tier, lost all hope of salvation when a takeover bid fell apart shortly before the 1600 GMT deadline. The club from northwest England are the first to be expelled from the league — comprising all the divisions below the top-tier Premier League — since Maidstone United in 1992.Bury’s historic rivals Bolton — one of the founders of the Football League but who have been in administration since May — won some breathing space on Tuesday when they were given 14 days to find a buyer.For Bury, though, the bell has tolled on their time in the Football League, ending over 100 years of participation which yielded two FA Cups and produced players like former Manchester City and England great Colin Bell.Ironically Bury, who become the first FA Cup winners to be ousted from the league, and Bolton were due to face each other in a televised live match on Sunday week.Bury are the first team to be expelled from the third tier of English football. The remaining 23 teams will complete the season and only three instead of four teams will be relegated.A BBC journalist at the club’s Gigg Lane ground said that on hearing the news fans burst into tears with some so upset they were “crouching down to the floor”.”Today is undoubtedly one of the darkest days in the league’s recent history,” said EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans.”I understand this will be a deeply upsetting and devastating time for Bury’s players, staff, supporters and the wider community.”Four-time FA Cup winners Bolton, who were in the Premier League as recently as the 2011-2012 season, have been given more time to try and sort out the proposed takeover by a company called Football Ventures (Whites) Limited.”Despite repeated assurances, we are extremely disappointed that we are still not in a position to reach a successful resolution with the sale of Bolton Wanderers and have therefore taken the decision to lift the suspension on the notice of withdrawal,” said Jevans.”I again urge all parties to finalise the proposed takeover.”THE LION OF VIENNAThe writing had been on the wall for Bury after a rollercoaster of a day for fans and employees alike, when C&N Sporting Risk withdrew their takeover bid offer to Steve Dale, who had bought the club last December for a single pound.C&N said in a statement they were “unable to proceed” with the bid and hinted that Bury’s problems ran deep.”We will be happy to work together with the EFL to share our findings to help them with their ongoing review of football governance,” they said.”It is essential for the long-term future of all members of the EFL and the broader football family.”Unlike Bury, who had yet to play a match this season due to their financial uncertainty, Bolton had fulfilled most of their fixtures, albeit with a team made up of youngsters.However, having been close to a deal last Friday the plug was pulled on it, reportedly due to former owner Ken Anderson wanting assurances from the administrator that he would not be subject to repaying any more money once the club changed hands.Fildraw, the family trust set up by Bolton’s great benefactor during their Premier League years, the late Eddie Davies, would not agree to that condition as it has a charge of £10 million ($12.3 million) for debt.The Bolton faithful collected round the statue of their most celebrated player, the late former England striker Nat Lofthouse, known as the “Lion of Vienna”. Tuesday would have been his 94th birthday. BoltonBuryBury FCenglish league First Published: August 28, 2019, 7:46 AM ISTlast_img read more