Month: November 2019

Sharapova inspired by Serena to get back to top

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding In battle against sly SMB guards, Ravena gives himself a failing grade Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES “Yeah, that definitely inspires me, absolutely.”Sharapova, one of the highest earners in women’s sport, suffered a string of early defeats after her comeback last April for taking performance-enhancing meldonium but has been working her way back up the rankings since.“I think there are a lot of things that I need to get better at and improve on. But looking at the overall picture, the first thing is that I’m healthy,” a clearly disappointed Sharapova told reporters.“That, to me, is a big thing because I’ll be back on the practice court, I’m not starting from zero.”It was Sharapova’s second Grand Slam appearance since her doping ban. ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting In her first at the US Open last year, as a wildcard she was beaten in the fourth round by Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.But she turned the tables against the Melbourne Park 14th seed two days ago winning 6-1 7-6 (7/4).“There’s a lot to build from,” said Sharapova. “It’s a lot of things that take time. To be able to get these matches, players that are playing this well, I’m going to face a lot of them this year. I’ll have to bring it.“Today was not enough.” “I’m here because I’m motivated to get better at my craft. I really do believe that I can otherwise I wouldn’t be here,” said the five-time Grand Slam champion after losing 6-1, 6-3 in 64 minutes.“I definitely take great examples of a Federer or a Nadal or a Serena and Venus that have continued to have the motivation that they do at this age,” said Sharapova who turns 31 in April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s not just walking through a Grand Slam tunnel and getting on court. “There’s so much more to it. I have a lot of admiration for that because I know what goes into creating those moments and getting to that stage. Russia’s Maria Sharapova gestures as she questions a line call during her third round match against Germany’s Angelique Kerber at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Maria Sharapova says she is inspired by the likes of thirtysomethings Serena Williams and Roger Federer to get back to the top after her doping ban.The Russian, back in the top 50 after 15 months on the sidelines, had her progress at the Australian Open ruthlessly snuffed out by 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in the third round Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PSG denies Neymar requires surgery; Brazil doctor in Paris

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Neymar is under the care of Paris Saint-Germain,” Edu said after a World Cup meeting in the Russian resort of Sochi. “Until Paris Saint-Germain decides on his future in terms of training or so on we will continue to wait. A doctor from Brazil has gone to accompany him and monitor the news from Paris Saint-Germain.”The injury comes with less than four months until Brazil opens its World Cup campaign against Switzerland on June 17.“We cannot think about the World Cup yet,” Edu said.PSG broke soccer’s transfer record last year by paying Barcelona 222 million euros ($260 million) to buy Neymar.Neymar was hurt on Sunday as the French league leader beat Marseille 3-0. After tests revealed he has a cracked fifth metatarsal in his right foot along with an ankle injury, reports suggested Neymar opted for surgery and he would be sidelined for up to two months.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “Neymar is not going to be operated on, this information is false,” Emery said.However, the player’s father, Neymar Santos, said he thinks his son does need surgery and expects him to be sidelined for up to eight weeks — ruling out any chance of him playing against Madrid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We have to think about him as an athlete. PSG knows they won’t have Neymar at the very least for six weeks. The treatment will last between six and eight weeks regardless of a surgery,” Neymar Santos told ESPN Brasil.The Brazilian soccer federation’s technical coordinator Edu Gaspar said it would “respect” the view of the PSG medical staff, despite the national team doctor flying to Paris. LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Court: Nike logo of Michael Jordan didn’t violate copyright PSG’s Neymar lays on the pitch after being fouled during the French League One soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Marseille at the Parc des Princes Stadium, in Paris, France, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)PARIS — The Brazilian national team doctor has flown to Paris to assess Neymar’s injury, but Paris Saint-Germain will have the final say on how to treat the fractured foot and ankle sprain.PSG coach Unai Emery denied reports Neymar will require surgery, saying the Brazil forward needs rest and could still recover in time to face Real Madrid in the Champions League next week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Metatarsal injuries are common in soccer and can sometimes lead to a lengthy absence from the pitch. After speaking with the club doctor, Emery said Neymar has a “small crack in the fifth metatarsal.”“We’ll see how things evolve in the coming days before making a decision with him,” he said.Emery did not say how long Neymar will be sidelined but insisted “there is a small option he can be ready for the match” against Madrid. PSG trails 3-1 from the first leg of the last-16 matchup in the premier European competition that Neymar was signed to win for the French capital club.Emery said he did not feel he made a mistake by letting Neymar play against Marseille despite the crucial Champions League match looming.“We normally try to protect him by planning things ahead with him, but it was normal to have him play against Marseille, it was an important game,” Emery said.Asked if PSG was pressured by Brazil in its dealing with Neymar’s injury, Emery said his team remains his priority.“The most important thing is us, although the World Cup matters to every player,” Emery said. “Neymar wants to play against Real Madrid and we are focusing on this.”Despite spending lavishly since they took over PSG in the summer of 2011, the club’s Qatari owners have so far failed in their bid to establish the club as a European force. PSG has been dominating the French league but has failed to get past the Champions League quarterfinals, losing in the round of 16 last year following a 6-1 humiliation at the hands of Barcelona in the second leg. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Nextlast_img read more

Lastimosa, Mallari team up as NLEX rises to 4-0

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Carlo Lastimosa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCarlo Lastimosa and Alex Mallari took matters into their own hands as NLEX stayed unscathed through four games in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup with a 95-91 win over Phoenix Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Down 10, 78-68 with 8:58 to play, Lastimosa sparked a 13-2 run to get the Road Warriors back in the game, 81-80, midway in the payoff period, before Mallari put on the finishing touches, none bigger than his trey from the right wing with 9.5 seconds remaining.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “We’re starting to look like a team,” noted NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, whose squad has now won six straight games dating back to last conference.“We’ve been winning games in the end game, and we’ve been able to hold our own and pull through in the crisis situations. That’s a good sign for a team that’s really just trying to put it together.”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 starsLastimosa dropped 11 of his 14 points in the fourth quarter, while Mallari also got 14 markers, eight coming in the final frame, that went with of five rebounds and three dimes.Aaron Fuller topscored for the Road Warriors with 18 points and had a game-high 24 boards. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Celebrities get slice of action in Ironman Cebu The scores:NLEX 95 – Fuller 18, Mallari 14, Lastimosa 14, Alas 13, Quinahan 10, Fonacier 5, Monfort 4, Soyud 4, Tiongson 4, Taulava 4, Rios 3, Baracael 2, J. Villanueva 0, Al-Hussaini 0, Ighalo 0.PHOENIX 91 – Phelps 31, Wright 17, Baguio 8, Jazul 8, Dehesa 8, Eriobu 7, Kramer 4, Intal 4, Lanete 4, W. Wilson 0, Alolino 0, Borboran 0.Quarters: 14-15, 39-43, 64-69, 95-91.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img MOST READ 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Alas, who has been NLEX’s most consistent local this conference, chimed in 13 markers and four rebounds, while JR Quiñahan had 10 points and five boards in the victory.Despite leading the standings with a 4-0 mark, Guiao said NLEX’s the coming games against powerhouse teams will determine if his team is really for real.“We have four wins, but I don’t know if this is true or we’re just being pretenders. The signs are good, but we’ll see in the next games. The elite teams are coming up, so we’ll see how we’ll fare against them,” he said.Eugene Phelps led Phoenix with 31 points, 18 rebounds, and six assists, while Matthew Wright got 17 markers, five boards, and three dimes.Their efforts, however, couldn’t stop the Fuel Masters from dropping their second straight defeat and sinking to an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Jay-Z dedicates song to Colin Kaepernick at NYC concert

first_imgView comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Dirk on today’s NBA: ‘It’s more about making money and winning than loyalty’ 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 When the beat for the Kanye West-produced 2003 song “Lucifer” came on — which samples Max Romeo’s “Chase the Devil” and includes the lyrics “Lucifer son of the morning, I’m gonna chase you out of Earth” — Jay-Z told the mostly young audience: “I promise we won’t take people out of this country.”Jay-Z also said to the crowd, several times, that “love always trumps hate.”At the show, the 47-year-old icon wore a white T-shirt featuring the artwork of the 1965 Beatles film and album, “Help!” Jay-Z said he wanted to transform the show into rock ‘n’ roll territory when he played his collaborations with Linkin Park, even paying tribute to the band’s lead singer Chester Bennington, who hanged himself in July.“If you know this song, I want you to sing it so loud he can hear you in heaven,” Jay-Z said before performing the Grammy-winning mashup “Numb/Encore,” standing still and holding the microphone close with both of his hands.Jay-Z’s set also included big hits from his 21-year-old career, from “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” to “Izzo (H.O.V.A.)” to “Empire State of Mind.” His last main show in New York was part of his 2014 On the Run Tour with Beyonce, though he’s had some performances for his Tidal streaming service and surprise appearances.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I want to dedicate this song to Colin Kaepernick tonight,” Jay-Z said of “The Story of O.J.,” a song about blackness and managing money that also references O.J. Simpson.“I want to dedicate this to Dick Gregory. I want to dedicate this song to anyone that was held back and you overcame,” he added about the song from his personal and revealing album, “4:44.”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 openingKaepernick became a polarizing figure among NFL fans for his decision to sit, and then kneel, during the national anthem last season to protest police brutality. Gregory, who died last month, was a comedian and activist who broke racial barriers in the 1960s and used his humor to spread messages of social justice and nutritional health.Jay-Z’s performance, though full of energy and excitement, had some other serious tones. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Jay Z performs during The Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field on Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)NEW YORK — Jay-Z performed his first headlining concert in three years in his hometown of New York City on Friday, a show that featured his popular hits and a dedication to outspoken NFL player Colin Kaepernick.The Brooklyn rapper kicked off the first of three days of the Meadows Music and Arts Festival at Citi Field in Queens, performing a 90-minute set that included his well-known songs as well as political moments.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reggae artist Damian Marley joined in for “Bam” from “4:44,” which was released in June and features songs about Jay-Z’s personal life and work as an entrepreneur.The Meadows festival, in its second year, will also play Saturday and Sunday, featuring performers like Gorillaz, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nas, Weezer, Future and LL Cool J across four stages. Migos, Run the Jewels, Two Door Cinema Club and 21 Savage also performed Friday.Throughout his set, Jay-Z offered concertgoers encouraging words.“If anybody got a dream, you chase that (dream) with everything you got,” he said at one point.When one fan was eager for Jay-Z to sign something, the rapper asked if the fan had a pen.The fan did not.“How am I going to sign your (stuff) without a pen?” Jay-Z asked.“Got to be prepared,” he told the fan.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting starts World Cup preparations

first_imgAustralia captain Ricky Ponting has started his preparations for the upcoming World Cup after being on the sidelines for nearly a month due to a broken finger.Australia captain Ricky Ponting. APPonting is still feeling pain but insisted that he was on track to lead Australia’s defence of the World Cup later this month.The captain batted in the nets for the first time on Wednesday in four weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured little finger but did not face the fast bowlers.Ponting faced a series of throw-downs from batting coach Justin Langer and emerged drenched in sweat after the session.”I’m not too bad, probably better than expected to tell you the truth. It’s the first time I’ve hit any balls for close to a month,” he said.”I started off with soft balls and plastic balls to get the feel of the bat back in my hand again, and the only ones that hurt a lot were where the bat was twisting in my hand a bit. But I’m pretty happy with how the day went,” Ponting was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.Ponting doesn’t see himself playing in the last two matches of the ongoing ODI series against England but harbours hopes of being fit to play in one of Australia’s two practice games on the subcontinent ahead of the side’s opening World Cup match, against Zimbabwe on February 21.”I think Perth is unlikely. Today was my first hit, and I don’t think Don Bradman could go into a game having a month off with only one or two training sessions under his belt,” Ponting said.advertisement”I think I’m going to have that (pain) for a while to tell you the truth,” Ponting said.”I don’t think it’s going to be one of those things that goes away altogether.”Injury has been a cause for worry for the Australians with Shaun Marsh being the latest casualty.Considered the likely replacement for Ponting, Marsh was on Wednesday ruled out of the final two matches of the one-day series against England.Scans yesterday revealed that Marsh, who has played the last four matches against England after replacing Michael Hussey, received a “low grade” right hamstring injury while batting at the Gabba on Sunday.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Some hearts still beat for hockey here

first_imgToday, the success of a sport seems to lie in attractive packaging and razzmatazz, as the Indian Premier League (IPL) has shown. Even investors turn their backs on sports that are not glamorous enough. At least, that’s the case with Indian hockey.But a few dedicated people are burning midnight oil off the field to provide a ray of hope to Indian hockey followers, even as the Indian team leaves for Malaysia to defend the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup, which begins on May 5. Several hockey enthusiasts, including renowned coach Ajay Kumar Bansal, are doing research on various aspects of the beautiful game. From the tribal players of Chota Nagpur in Jharkhand to the bio-mechanics of drag flick, the scope of the research work is vast, varied and fascinating. In Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) alone, four students are currently involved in research on hockey, says Prof. Ikram Hussain, chairman, Deptt. of Physical Health and Sports Education.Dronacharya Award winner Bansal, under whose guidance various Indian teams have won several titles, is just days away from completing his Ph. D. on the tribal players of Chota Nagpur, an area that has produce some of the best known players – from Jaipal Singh Munda, captain of the team that won the first Olympic gold in 1928, to Dilip Tirkey, an ex- India captain and a solid defender. In between, players like Michael Kindo and Manohar Topno emerged from this belt to become household names.Bansal’s love affair with the tribal players began during his posting in Sundargarh. ” I spent five years, from 1987 to 1992, there as a Sports Authority of India coach. They played without proper infrastructure then,” Bansal told M AIL T ODAY . ” I will soon submit my theses to Prof. Popinder Singh Kullar – brother of former India player Col. Balbir Singh – under whom I’ve done the research,” he says.advertisementPopinder is glad that people are doing research on a game that has now gone downhill. He comes from Sansarpur village that has produced many outstanding players. Little surprise then that his own research was titled ‘ Social cultural and educational ethos of sports: A case study of Sansarpur village in Punjab’. ” Sansarpur has produced 14 Olympians, 19 internationals who represented India and other countries, 110 nationallevel players who turned out for 20 states, and another 132 who represented various military teams,” says the professor with the Deptt. of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi.In the quiet environs of Aligarh, the four students are earnestly engrossed in exploring different angles of the game, hoping that their work would one day help the game. AMU itself has produced the likes of wizard Dhayan Chand and Zafar Iqbal.Saleem Ahmad, a research fellow at AMU, is working on the drag flick that was made popular in India by Jugraj Singh and then by Sandeep Singh. Ahmad is currently collecting data for his work titled ‘ Bio- mechanical analysis of drag flick in field hockey’. ” I want to explore which technique is best suited for drag flick,” he said. ” I have received immense encouragment from coach Clarence Lobo. Once complete, I plan to give copies of my work to coaches to help the game.”last_img read more

Hyundai Motor recalls cars over airbag problems in US

first_imgHyundai Motor Co , South Korea’s top automaker, has decided to recall more than 200,000 units of its Santa Fe sport utility vehicle model and popular Sonata cars in the United States due to problems with their airbags, a report said.According to reports, Hyundai’s US dealers will recall 199,118 Santa Fe SUVs built between April 19, 2006 and July 7, 2008 and 22,512 units of Sonata sedans manufactured from January 24 to June 21 this year. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said in a report released on its website that US state safety agency stated this.The front passenger airbags of the Santa Fe models reportedly appeared to have improper occupant classification system, putting small-bodied people at risk, the US agency said.It added, “The occupant classification system (OCS) may need recalibration to accurately detect small statured adults.”Sensors for the side airbags of the Sonatas are needed to be reprogrammed because they may inflate without receiving a signal, increasing injury risks, the agency said. Meanwhile, Hyundai said it has received complaints from some adults under 60 kilograms whose air bags didn’t deploy. No injuries have been reported. The air bags were originally programmed not to go off to protect children.The company is reportedly also recalling 22,500 Sonata sedans from the 2012 and 2013 model years because their side air bags could go off without warning.Hyundai says it has received 16 complaints about the Sonata’s air bags, but no injuries have been reported.With Agency inputslast_img read more

India beat Pakistan by one wicket, reach semis of U-19 WC

first_imgIndia’s tail-enders held their nerves in the tense dying moments to edge out arch-rivals Pakistan by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller to cruise into the semifinals of the under-19 cricket World Cup here on Tuesday.After dismissing Pakistan for a paltry 136, India made rough weather of a small target as they were reduced to 127 for nine in 41 overs after being in a comfortable 124 for six at one stage.It was a nerve-wrecking final 25 minutes as Mumbai lad Harmeet Singh and number 11 Sandeep Sharma from Punjab held their nerves to eke out a narrow one-wicket win with two overs to spare at the Tony Ireland Stadium here.The two tail-enders played out seven overs to score the remaining 10 runs as the Pakistanis applied pressure with their fielders closing in.The victory came when Harmeet pulled Mohammad Nawaz towards the squareleg boundary to score two runs and take India to the victory target.The victory shot triggered off scenes of wild celebration in the Indian camp as his teammates rushed onto the field to hug him.India will now take on New Zealand in their semi-final on August 23. New Zealand beat West Indies by three wickets in the other quarter-final match.last_img read more

Kyrie Irving scores 40, leads Celtics’ win over Sixers

first_imgBen Simmons’ two free throws with 2:15 left to put the Sixers up 114-112, but Philadelphia didn’t score again.Irving’s 3-pointer with 3:01 left gave Boston its first lead of overtime at 115-114, then after a miss by Philadelphia, Irving hit another 3-pointer with 1:28 left and Boston fans leaped to their feet and cheered louder than they had all night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefJayson Tatum and Marcus Morris scored 23 apiece for Boston and Terry Rozier had 10 points.Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 34 points, making 12 of 12 free throws, and pulled down 16 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 24, JJ Redick had 17 points and Ben Simmons added 11 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists for the Sixers. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This was only the second game on Christmas Day since 2004 that went to overtime. Miami’s win over New Orleans in 2015 was the only other one.TIP-INS:76ers: Wilson Chandler returned after missing Saturday’s win over Toronto with a left quad contusion. He finished with 15 points . Philadelphia reserves did not score a point in the first half. . Redick got a technical after he was called for a foul with 7:32 left in the third. Irving made the free throw to put Boston up 70-63. . G Markelle Fultz traveled with the team but did not dress. Fultz, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft, has missed the last 15 games with thoracic outlet syndrome.Celtics: Irving had 16 points and five rebounds in the first quarter. . C Aron Baynes (broken finger) missed his third straight game. . Horford’s minutes restriction was increased from 20 to 25 minutes in his second game back since missing seven in a row with a sore left knee.UP NEXT:76ers: At Utah on Thursday night.Celtics: Visit Houston on Thursday night, the first of three straight on the road. Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) reacts in front of Philadelphia 76ers’ Jimmy Butler after making a 3-pointer in overtime during an NBA basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. Boston won 121-114. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving hit back-to-back 3-pointers in overtime for six of his 40 points and the Boston Celtics rallied to a 121-114 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.Irving, who forced the OT on a jump shot with 20 seconds left in the fourth, also pulled down 10 rebounds for the Celtics, who trailed 113-108 with 3:33 left in the extra period before rallying behind Irving down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid 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 LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue The Celtics led 57-51 at halftime, but Philadelphia used a 15-2 run in the third while shooting 60 percent in the period and led 89-86 entering the fourth.Philadelphia shot 60 percent in the third quarter, hitting five 3-pointers, and led 89-86 entering the final quarter.It stayed tight through the end of the fourth. Chandler got open for a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left and the Sixers led 108-106, then Irving pulled up for a 13-foot jumper to tie it at 108 with 20 seconds left.Redick missed a jumper just before the buzzer and the game went into OT.LACK OF OTs:ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Looming standoff MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more

End of ‘Spiderman dunk’ as PBA deems ‘monkey ride’ unsportsmanlike

first_imgPBA fans may have just seen the last of Arwind Santos’ patented “Spiderman” dunk last season.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Free Spider-Man! pic.twitter.com/xxhGhvFlrl— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) January 15, 2019 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA: Justin Melton tries to dunk with blindfold on PLAY LIST 00:20PBA: Justin Melton tries to dunk with blindfold on02:26Non-stop fun at 2014 PBA All-Star Weekend festivities00:17Douthit rides bike to PBA game to avoid traffic02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES The memorandum also cleared that “a player may still hang on to the basket rim, backboard or its support, to prevent injury to himself or another player with no penalty.”The league said a player is still allowed to “momentarily” hang on to the rim after a dunk.ADVERTISEMENT While the San Miguel Beer forward could still do it, he risks getting penalized after the PBA issued a memorandum deeming the “Spiderman” dunk or monkey ride as how the league called it in the memo “unsportsmanlike.”According to the memo, “a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Andray Blatche, Mark Barroca return to Gilas pool for final World Cup qualifying window SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

A new hope

first_imgLATEST STORIES He added that the new league would strive to bolster the game’s experience for the fans. After all, “it’s the fans [who] will bring football to greater heights.”Eleven teams have signified interest in joining, including PFL Champion Ceres Negros, Copa Paulino Alcantara holders Kaya-Iloilo, Stallion Laguna and Green Archers United Globe.“Of course, without a league, football will not flourish in the Philippines,” said Philippine Football Federation president Nonong Araneta.“Players look forward to play in the premier league of the country. And there’s only one league in the country and that will be the PPL,” he added.“It’s about time we should do something in our country to be at least be on par—if not surpass—what’s happening around the region. This is the vision that the PPL has,” said Sumayao, who has been credited for the success of Thailand’s domestic league.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Philippine professional football is set to get a new lease on life when the Philippine Premier League (PPL) gets going later this March.“It’s a rebirth,” said PPL commissioner Bernard Sumayao during the league’s official launch at the Fairmont Hotel in Makati on Wednesday. The league will replace Philippine Football League (PFL), which ran for two years.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “We’re basically a reboot of the PFL. But we are a new entity and a new management. Our agenda is to be able to reach the same level as what we see around us today—that means the other leagues around the region. That is truly the goal of the PPL,” he said.Tournament director Richard Gannaban said the PPL was targeting eight clubs for its initial year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We will be playing a triple round robin for the league and we will be retaining the format of Copa Alcantara,” he said.Gannaban also noted that the adoption of Copa was for compliance to the Asian Football Confederation regulations. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Broner failed to seize the momentcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The league showrunner added that he looks to follow the models that have brought success in neighboring regions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Jaja, Dindin Worth PH team’s wait

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Though the result of the recent expansion tryouts will be released next week, LVPI president Peter Cayco said they would still welcome everyone willing to represent the country.The 6-foot-5 Santiago and her sister, who is 6-3, are currently playing in the Japan V-League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut national coach Shaq delos Santos said they can still accommodate the sisters, who also skipped the Asian Club Championships in Thailand last year due to their Japan stint.Santiago was recently named Best Player of the Game when her team, Ageo Medics, defeated NEC Red Rockets on the day she turned 23. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The Philippine women’s volleyball team is not closing its doors on sisters Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. officials said it is determined to form the strongest possible team for the Southeast Asian Games to be held in the country in November.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Philippines will take part in the Asian Volleyball Confederation championships in Korea and China before seeing action in the SEA Games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants 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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC gets full backing from NSAslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: ‘Two hot’ Chile send sorry Spain packing

first_imgEduardo Vargas and Charles Aranguiz scored the goals in Chile’s 2-0 win over Spain in Group B tieWelcome to the coverage of the FIFA World Cup 2014, Group B clash between Spain vs Chile from Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Defending champion Spain, the dominant global football power for the past six years, was eliminated from World Cup contention Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to Chile.Spain’s famed passing game failed against a high-tempo, tenacious Chile team. Eduardo Vargas tricked goalkeeper Iker Casillas into diving the wrong way, then shot into an unguarded goal in the 20th minute. Charles Aranguiz scored in the 43rd when the ball landed at his feet after Casillas punched out a free kick. Spain’s second loss, after a 5-1 rout by the Netherlands, ended any hope of advancing. Chile and the Netherlands will both advance, regardless of who wins the game between them.Spain won the European Championships in 2008 and 2012, in addition to the 2010 World Cup. The Chileans opened with a 3-1 win over Australia, and a second straight victory by the South Americans has knocked Spain out of the competition.Probable Line-ups(from):Spain: Casillas; Azpilicueta, Pique, Ramos, Alba; Busquets, Alonso, Xavi; Silva, Torres, IniestaChile: Bravo; Isla, Mena, Diaz; Medel, Jara, Aranguiz, Vidal, Vargas; Sanchez, Valdivialast_img read more

Sex education as important as reading, writing and arithmetic in today’s world

first_imgDr Shelja SenI always wonder about the hullabaloo over sex education in schools. Why do some people get rankled and allege that it’s nothing but contamination of innocent minds? I think they equate sex education with sensuous, sexualised or near-pornographic discussions with children and, maybe, that’s why they are shocked,Dr Shelja SenI always wonder about the hullabaloo over sex education in schools. Why do some people get rankled and allege that it’s nothing but contamination of innocent minds? I think they equate sex education with sensuous, sexualised or near-pornographic discussions with children and, maybe, that’s why they are shocked by it. It’s time they woke up to the fact that all that rubbish is available to most children at the press of a button or the click of a mouse. Not convinced? Type “how to” in the Google search bar and see what it throws up at you: “How to do sex.” “How to kiss.”So, let go of cobwebbed myths. In today’s world, sex education is as important as the 3Rs-reading, writing, arithmetic. If this proposition sounds far-fetched, then try answering these simple questions. Would you want your child to feel ashamed of his or her changing body? Are you all right with your curious child getting “information” on sex from a pornographic site? Would you want your child to grow up believing sex is filthy and only sick people have sexual thoughts? Is it all right for a child to be a victim of sexual abuse because he or she did not understand what was happening and if he or she could seek help? If you have answered ‘No’, then you must believe it’s essential for children to receive sex education.In our home, my husband and I made sex education a natural part of our childrens’ growing-up years. It helped that our family was into wildlife and so, the children from a young age were exposed to such language as mating, breeding of animals. I remember we took our four-year-old son to a life science museum in England and there he saw, in a most child-friendly video, how a baby is made. He was fascinated and had many questions.advertisementThe best approach is to divide children into gender-based groups so they feel free to ask questions.We answered them in simple language and that was sufficient. It was the same for our daughter. As they grew up, the information they wanted increased and we tried giving it in the most matter-of-fact way though, I have to admit, it was awkward at times. In school, we need to start talking about sexual issues in junior grades. For, research suggests that puberty is now setting in earlier compared with some decades ago. Girls were believed to attain puberty between ages 10 and 13 and boys between 11 and 14 years, according to the Tanner stages, but they’re now getting there a year or two earlier. It would, therefore, do children good to be aware of sexual issues. Data indicate that teenage pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases are much lower in Scandinavian countries than elsewhere. In large part, this is because all children there receive comprehensive sex education from the age of 10.How should we go about the task of imparting sexual education? The best approach is to divide children into gender-based groups so they feel free to ask questions. It will be more effective to hold simultaneous sessions for parents so they are fortified to carry on similar discussions at home. The facilitator must be someone who’s comfortable discussing sexual issues with children and is equipped to answer their questions in the right tone. It is essential that the learning space is an emotionally safe zone where no child feels judged or ridiculed for asking any question. The topic could cover issues such as bodily changes in girls and boys, crushes, erections, periods, hygiene, sexual orientation, conception, pregnancy, birth, gender differences and cyber safety. In the case of teenagers, sessions could be made more interesting using movies, music and sports. In these years of life, children’s “uncool” radar is highly sensitive and they will dismiss anything they perceive as boring, condescending and inane.Most important, we need to talk about “good touch, bad touch” and sexual abuse. Children need to understand how to make themselves safe and what to do if they feel unsafe. This needs to be talked about, discussed, role-played till they get it right. I can’t emphasise this enough. According to the Study on Child Abuse, 2007, carried out by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, 53.2 per cent of our children are sexually abused. Despite increased media attention to cases of rape and sexual abuse, we are still reluctant to talk openly about child sexual abuse. As a society, we need to take our collective head out of the sand of denial and make sex education an essential part of our curriculum. So as to equip our children with one of the most essential life skills.advertisementDr Shelja Sen is a child and adolescent psychologist, family therapist and trainer at Children First, a child and adolescent mental health servicelast_img read more

Character test

first_imgIt looks like Tim Cone actually waited for Matthew Wright’s Hail Mary heave before allowing himself to contemplate the latest victory of his Barangay Ginebra squad.“That shot of Matthew Wright, ano? Banda pa,” Cone said after the Phoenix Pulse gunner threw a desperation triple that didn’t look like it had a chance until it caught glass and spun off the rim.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy And kept at it until LA Tenorio, who will be crowned the league’s new Iron Man in his next game, made the big shots that mattered and Japeth Aguilar came up with a lead-saving swat on Calvin Abueva to seal Ginebra’s fourth win in seven games.That Cone has benchmarked Phoenix’s character for this conference speaks a lot about the Fuel Masters’ newfound identity this conference.And it showed in the way the team carried itself after the loss.“It wasn’t that tough of a loss. We’re not gonna let that emotionally affect us. They’re a good team and we have had a good season so far,” Wright said. “You know, more than anything, I’m trying to find the silver lining, this really prepared us for the playoffs—what the playoff atmosphere is like with the crowd, with the intensity.”That identity will be severely tested by San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT No. 1 Bataan opens Datu Cup playoff bid Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ But it was clear he wasn’t referring to that shot when he gave Phoenix the ultimate praise: That Ginebra’s 100-97 victory Sunday night was a result of the Gin Kings being able to match the Fuel Masters in an important aspect of the game.“There’s a reason they’re on top,” Cone said. “They’re really good … For one night, at least we were able to match their character and get a win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBarangay Ginebra simply refused to surrender despite the seeming control Phoenix had for most of the game.“We showed great character all game long,” said Cone. “Things weren’t going well for us. We just kept at it, kept at it, kept at it.” 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 View comments Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end The Fuel Masters still have a shot at the twice-to-beat incentive for the playoffs, but losing the Ginebra game could haunt them because the Gin Kings stayed at three losses. If Phoenix loses to San Miguel in its last elimination round game, the Fuel Masters will be at three losses, too.That could mean getting tied with any of the following: TNT, Ginebra, Alaska, Rain or Shine and the Beermen. Except for Alaska, four of those teams will no longer play each other—which means a Beermen win over the Fuel Masters could pave the path to a five-way tie at 8-3.And the Fuel Masters would have lost to three of those five teams, putting them at a disadvantage in the quotient count.But Phoenix isn’t overly concerned about that yet, proof that coach Louie Alas has shaped his team’s character well this season.“I feel like more important than our record right now is us getting better and becoming more cohesive as a team the next couple of weeks before playoffs,” Wright said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Joshua-Miller fight off after New York denies license over failed drug test

first_imgMiller previously served a nine-month ban from the California State Athletic Commission after testing positive for methylhexaneamine when kickboxing in 2014.During their promotional tour for the fight, Miller revealed that both fighters had agreed to between 10 and 12 weeks of drug testing in the build-up to the bout.ESPN reported that Joshua still planned to make his US debut as planned in June for what will be his seventh title defense.Promoter Hearn said he was scrambling to find an alternative opponent.“I am on the search for a new opponent,” Hearn said. “Literally anyone can get it. There are some names that would appeal to our partners — DAZN, Sky Sports and Madison Square Garden — more than others and it’s our job to get the ones that appeal most. I’ve spoken to 16 heavyweights in the last 24 hours, 10 of which are not suitable.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ONE Championship, GAMMA team up to bolster MMA’s Olympics bid 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 Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img FILE – Jarrell Miller speaks to the media during a press conference at Madison Square Garden on February 19, 2019 in New York City. Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFPJarrell Miller was denied a license to box by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) over a failed drug test on Wednesday, scuppering his planned June 1 bout with world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua.In a statement quoted by US media outlets, the NYSAC said Miller was barred from fighting in the state following the news of his positive doping case.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid “The New York State Athletic Commission has denied Jarrell Miller’s professional boxing license application for a violation relating to the use of a prohibited substance. We have no further comment at this time,” the commission said.Miller, who is undefeated in his 24 professional fights, was due to take on the Briton at Madison Square Garden for the WBA, IBF and WBO titles on June 1.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, logisticsHowever, it emerged Miller had tested positive for a banned substance following a test conducted by the Voluntary Anti-Doping Association (VADA) on March 20.“We have been informed by VADA that there has been an adverse finding in Jarrell Miller’s sample collected on March 20th, 2019,” Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promoter, tweeted. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Sports Briefs: April 27, 2019

first_imgVictolero admits Magnolia got outworked in Game 6 loss: They wanted it more than us Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Malaya FC scores victory in Euro tourneyYouth club Malaya FC won one of its matches in the U16 level of the Mediterranean International Cup (MIC) held recently in Spain’s Costa Brava region. Malaya FC, the only Southeast Asian team in the event, edged Barcelona’s Sant Ignasi, 2-1, then lost to Juventus Football Academy, 2-1. The team capped its stint on the receiving end of a 12-0 rout from the boys of eventual champion La Masia, FC Barcelona’s famed football academy. “Of course, we would have preferred a better result,” said Malaya FC secretary general Mark Duane Angos. “However, our primary goal in joining the MIC is for the boys to experience and be inspired by the level of football played by their peers in Europe.”ADVERTISEMENT Jendo applies for POC membershipThe Philippine Jendo Association (PJA) is applying for associate membership with the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC). According to its website, jendo “is a fast-rising traditional style of martial arts” utilizing bare hands and feet and the traditional Filipino stick and bladed weapons associated with arnis, pang-or, bangkaw, itak, bolo and punyal as a means to defend oneself. POC secretary general Patrick Gregorio has advised PJA to complete the requirements needed for a membership committee review. Any group contesting the legitimacy of PJA can present its objection with POC 15 days after this publication, according to PJA.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 SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

SPORT-CTL 2(SPB2)

first_imgWhile each of the three teams which took part in the While each of the three teams which took part in the first edition last year and are continuing this year — Mumbai, Hyderabad and Chandigarh — had the option of retaining one player, only Hyderabad did so by retaining Hingis. Amritraj explained that some minor changes have been made to the format of the matches so that they fit into the time slot of two and a half hours, suitable for broadcasters Sony Six. “Last year, when we had two matches per day and most of the matches were close, each day play got extended upto three and a half hours or more. So we had to make some changes so that this time around only one match (tie) will be held per day with a 7 PM start and an expected 9:30-9:45 PM end,” the former Wimbledon mens singles quarter finalist said. “Each match would comprise one set only (same as last year) but this year the set would be played to 5 games instead of 6. Sets can be won from 5-0 to 5-4 and if its 4-all a 9-point tie-break would be held,” he said. The format remains the same: Legends singles, ATP players singles, WTA players singles, mens doubles and mixed doubles. Similar to the first edition, each team will have one Indian senior mens player in its rolls, along with two juniors – a boy and a girl – recommended by the All India Tennis Association as per their rankings. The senior players who would be seen are Saket Myneni (Chandigarh), Jeevan Nedunchezhiyan (Hyderabad), Sriram Balaji (Mumbai), Divij Sharan (Nagpur), Ramkumar Ramanathan (Raipur) and Vishnu Vardhan (unnamed team). (More) PTI SSR NRB PM PM SDMadvertisementlast_img read more

Naomi Osaka Ends Bianca Andreescu’s 16-match Winning Streak in China Open Quarters

first_img Ashleigh BartyBianca AndreescuCaroline Wozniackichina open First Published: October 4, 2019, 10:05 PM IST 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. Beijing: Naomi Osaka fought back from a set down to defeat Bianca Andreescu in a captivating first meeting Friday between two of the biggest young talents in tennis.The 21-year-old Japanese moved into the China Open semi-finals with a 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory in over two hours in Beijing. She now plays title-holder Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday in the last four.The first instalment in what should be the start of a long rivalry did not disappoint as Osaka brought the young Canadian’s run of 17 wins in a row to an end.What an amazing match! The first chapter of what will be a storied rivalry ends with a win for @naomi_Osaka_ over Andreescu, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4!#ChinaOpen#大坂なおみ pic.twitter.com/znSJFwgTkN— WTA (@WTA) October 4, 2019 Fresh from stunning Serena Williams in the final of the US Open, the 19-year-old Andreescu surged into a 5-1 lead in the first set.But Osaka, the Australian Open champion and a former number one, powered back to make it 5-5.Only for Andreescu to break once more, before ramming home her advantage in a riveting first set.First set to this year’s @usopen champion!@bandreescu_ leads Osaka, 7-5!@chinaopen #chinaopen pic.twitter.com/upKLXxGPqz— WTA (@WTA) October 4, 2019 Fourth-ranked Osaka, the Japanese who beat Williams to become the 2018 US Open champion, was soon under pressure in the second set.Sixth-ranked Andreescu went up 3-1, but Osaka then reeled off five games straight to level at one set each and go to a decider.Osaka nailed the third match point with an ace, her 11th of the match.Fancy footwork from @naomi_osaka_! 💃🏃🏽‍♀️⬆️@ChinaOpen #大坂なおみ pic.twitter.com/9mUgre0ivs— WTA (@WTA) October 4, 2019 BARTY SETS UP SEMI-FINAL AGAINST BERTENSBeijing: World number one Ashleigh Barty said she produced some of her best tennis this year as she battled into the China Open semi-finals Friday with a gutsy victory over Petra Kvitova.The Australian came from a set down to win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 and will play Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in the last four in Beijing.”From my opinion, that was one of the highest-quality matches I played all year,” said the 23-year-old, the reigning French Open champion.”Petra always has a way of bringing out the best in me, she really does.”From both of us, I think the level was incredible.”Regardless of winning or losing, I think I’d be sitting here with the exact same perspective, kind of the same feeling of the match afterwards.”This was the sixth meeting between Barty and two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova, with the former winning only one of her previous encounters against the Czech.Barty, who had strapping on her left calf, was under the cosh in the deciding set after seventh-ranked Kvitova broke her first service game.But Barty grabbed the break back and, with the clock ticking past two hours on court, broke Kvitova again for a decisive 5-3 lead.Bertens, eighth in the world, sealed her spot in the semi-finals with a two-set victory over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. last_img read more