Ginebra logs key victory

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Emotions further flared when Kelly Williams was slapped with a questionable foul on Greg Slaughter.It triggered a war of words between TNT coach Nash Racela and Ginebra governor Alfrancis Chua from the court to the dugout.PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa and media bureau chief Willie Marcial stepped in to pacify the two officials. Olsen Racela, the Ginebra assistant coach and Nash’s brother, also intervened to prevent things from escalating. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Pichay named grievance body head Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president PBA IMAGESJoe Devance bungled an easy layup that could have sealed the win for Barangay Ginebra outright.But that was the only lowlight for the quick-footed big man in a game-long brilliance that spearheaded the Gin Kings’ scrambling 106-103 triumph over the TNT KaTropa in their PBA Governors’ Cup semifinal playoffs Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a very emotional game and I’m just thankful we got the win,” said Devance.The Kings need one more win to forge a Finals rematch with Meralco, which swept Star in the other semifinal bracket.It was a sorry defeat for TNT, especially since Rice came out with a monster game, posting a career-high 44 points aside from grabbing 20 rebounds and dishing off six assists.The former Washington Wizard buried long threes and converted his aerial gymnastics to bedevil the Kings.At one point in the first, rugged wingman Kevin Ferrer went physical on Rice to somehow force the TNT import out of rhythm.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:41RSA reminds Ginebra to stay humble after back-to-back PBA titles05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series01:37Protesters 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 “I can’t believe I missed that layup,” said Devance as the defending champion Gin Kings moved to the cusp of the finals.The boo-boo was eventually forgivable.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 shutoutRelentlessly jostling for positioning in the paint, Devance got away with 20 points, six of them at crunch time that helped stop the rampaging Glen Rice Jr. and the Texters from pulling off a reversal.With Rice flooring the pedal all night, the Texters had the Gin Kings on the ropes before a couple of miscues allowed Ginebra to eventually take control of their best-of-five series, 2-1.last_img read more

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Tamaraws come up short against the Green Archers anew

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University came tantalizingly to handing defending champion De La Salle its second straight loss in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.With 2.2 seconds left, all Ron Dennison needed to do was pass the ball to an open teammate who could’ve made the game-winner but Andrei Caracut wouldn’t let the Tamaraws get their shot at history.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Mbala to miss La Salle’s UAAP Season 80 opener vs FEUFEU staged a 16-7 run in the fourth quarter to cut an 11-point lead to just two, 67-65, only to see Go score five straight points in less than a minute to give La Salle a 72-65 cushion with 3:23 to go.La Salle mproved to 6-2, the second-best mark in the league behind Ateneo, while the Tamaraws dropped to 4-4. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 But Green Archers held their composure despite FEU’s relentless attacks and managed to hold the Tamaraws at bay in the fourth quarter.READ: La Salle bounces back, frustrates FEU“We were catching up the whole game so I couldn’t say we had La Salle’s number,” said Racela in Filipino. “We managed to limit Ben Mbala to 18 points, and for a guy who averages around 30 a game, I think the team followed the game plan.”FEU, however, wasn’t able to stop Jolo Go and Ricci Rivero.Rivero scored a game-high 20 points while Go went 4-of-5 from deep for 14 points. And it was Go who kept extinguishing FEU’s late-game fire.ADVERTISEMENT NU fends off FEU for 1-0 lead in PVL Finals As Caracut stole Dennison’s pass, FEU head coach Olsen Racela was beside himself in disbelief.READ: Bench-clearing brawl erupts in La Salle, FEU pre-season gameFEATURED 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“We came out short, I like effort of the guys but you know it came down to the last play,” said Racela Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after losing to La Salle 75-73.It could’ve been the first time in Aldin Ayo’s tenure that La Salle would’ve lost two straight. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Read Nextlast_img read more

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Keys to Victory: Ginebra-Meralco Finals series

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 For the second year, Ginebra and Meralco meet anew in what promises to be a slam-bang clash for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup championship.Last time these two met, fans were treated to six tightly-contested affairs–which were settled by five points or less and which ended in an Justin Brownlee’s buzzer-beater three that gave Ginebra the crown.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 shutoutA year after, the Bolts and the Kings— with same faces and new additions in their line ups—are ready for war again and it would be interesting to see how different things turn out this time.Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this best-of-seven series. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Now the biggest challenge for the Bolts is consistency in making their shots.All the small thingsWhat makes Ginebra’s league second-best offense work is its efficiency on the floor with its 46.10-percent shooting.Going 50.25-percent from two and 34.87-percent from three, the Gin Kings have been making the most of their shots.But with a series likely to decided on a couple of points, every basket matters, and that’s Ginebra’s achilles heel. The Gin Kings are the league’s worst free throw shooting team, going 64.29-percent from the charity stripe despite hoisting a league-high 434 free throw attempts.Meralco, on the other hand, have been diligent in capitalizing on those free points, going 73.02-percent from the 15-foot line to pair with its 44.68-percent field goal shooting.While a freethrow may just be a point, in a series expected to be down the wire at all times, these small things matter the most for each team.The sixth manIt’s been well-documented how the raucous crowd influence Ginebra games in the past.The Gin Kings have admitted how the audience have helped them get out of danger, while players from the other side also bared being a bit rattled by the rowdy crowd. It’s going to be a battle of adjustments and creativity with both coaches known to stick to a system. With both sides evenly matched, Cone and Black would have to figure out a way to gain the slightest advantage in what promises to be a series to go the distance.Great wall of GinebraAs if Ginebra’s small-ball tactic last season wasn’t dangerous enough, Cone unearthed a scheme opposite of that with the return of Greg Slaughter.With the Cebuano giant back in the fray, the Gin Kings have toyed with their roster and at times, unleashed a killer frontcourt five with a guard joining Slaughter, Japeth Aguilar, Justin Brownlee, and Joe Devance on the hard court.It shouldn’t come as a surprise, too, that Ginebra is second in the league in rebounds with 55.19 boards per game and first in blocks with 7.75 rejections per outing.Expect the Gin Kings to make the most of their strength and pound the ball down low.Bombs away BoltsHow do you counter that size advantage? Meralco’s way is drawing those bigs to the outside.The Bolts have capitalized on the power of the three-ball, topping the league with their 37-percent clip, much to Black’s delight.Baser Amer, Jared Dillinger, and Reynel Hugnatan have been fearless in hoisting those long balls, but Meralco’s arsenal just got deeper with the additions of Ranidel de Ocampo, Garvo Lanete, and Mike Tolomia, all of whom are ready to light it up once their hands wax hot. View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Pasaol reminds Pumaren of ‘joyous’ PBA great Meneses Can we call it a rivalry now?ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary And with Game 1 set at Quezon Convention Center in Lucena, as well as Games 5, 6, and 7, if necessary, scheduled at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, expect the troves of ka-barangays to come out and support their team.However, Meralco import Allen Durham shared that after his team’s runner-up finish last year, the Bolts are more than ready to tune that noise out.“The crowd is not going to be a factor,” he confidently said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Coaching chess matchIt’s easy to assume that series going down as offense-versus-defense, given the Gin Kings’ high-octane style against the Bolts’ grindhouse system.After all, Ginebra’s been averaging 103.7 points per game versus Meralco’s 98.19, but the Bolts are only allowing opponents to 89.8 markers per outing against the Gin Kings’ 98.8.But looking past that gives us a meeting of the minds as two of the most decorated and highly respected mentors in the league today engage in a coaching chess match.Tim Cone, seeking for ring no. 20, and Norman Black, who’s in search for his ninth title, square off anew for only the second time in the championship stage, with the first, of course, being last year’s duel.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Tim Tebow working out, preparing for Year 2 in pro baseball

first_imgRead Next Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries01:29Police 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback said Friday (Saturday Manila time) that he spends three-to-five days each week training for baseball, getting himself ready for Year 2 of his pro career in the New York Mets organization.“I didn’t take any time off,” he said.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 shutoutTebow gets the work in around his off-the-field job as a college football analyst for the SEC Network, which takes him to schools throughout the Southeastern Conference from September until January.The TV gig has not dulled Tebow’s desire to make a mark in baseball, where he spent this past season with two Class A clubs, Columbia in the South Atlantic League and Port St. Lucie in the Florida State League — both in the Mets system. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA As 4 more Russians banned, Olympic leader Bach warns critics Tebow remembered how he would work on his skills with minor league coaches or Mets roving instructors that he had not practiced in earnest in a dozen years.“It’s not just being able to do it, it’s being able to do it as fast as possible,” Tebow said. “And that’s how you make the jump to the next level.”Tebow’s charisma and popularity made him a must-see attraction in minor league baseball. Fans filled parks, home and away, to catch a glimpse of Tebow in the outfield or at bat as a designated hitter.There were even fans at the taping of Tebow’s “SEC Nation” show Friday wearing his No. 15 Columbia Fireflies jersey.Tebow appreciated the applause. Now, he wants to earn it with better play.He didn’t provide any detail his training regimen, only saying he would hit as often as possible. There will be no organized instructional league this offseason before spring training starts.“You look at what you need to work on and it’s working on those things,” Tebow said. “Because it’s really hard to balance competing at a high level with learning and building on fundamentals.”Tebow said he’s got a strong relationship with New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson and all the coaches he’s worked with so far. His next stop is spring training with the focus on improvement.“Don’t focus on the end result. Don’t focus on where you are right now,” he said. “Focus on this is what I’ve got to do to get better.” “Loved it from the first at bat to the last at bat, it was a great experience,” Tebow said.Tebow, 30, was a good high school baseball player and on track to get looked at by Major League teams until he chose to play football at Florida. He was part of two national title teams with the Gators, became a first-round NFL draft pick and spent three seasons with Denver and the New York Jets. Looking for a challenge, Tebow relaunched his baseball career with a tryout camp in 2016 and was signed by the Mets soon after.“I think the other thing I really enjoy is I love competing,” Tebow said. “So baseball is fun because you get to play every night.”Tebow’s stats were not exactly eye-popping — he hit .226 in 126 combined games with the two teams and had eight home runs, 52 RBIs and 126 strikeouts — but he believes he made huge strides from his first game to his last and can build on that next season.“I don’t even feel like remotely close to the same player (in April) from fundamentals, pitch recognition, the outfield, running bases,” Tebow said. “That was the first after dropping (baseball) for 12 years. I was learning on the fly.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Columbia Fireflies’ Tim Tebow. AP FILE PHOTOCOLUMBIA, South Carolina — Tim Tebow’s goal going forward is simple: Play ball!Professional baseball, to be more specific.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’last_img read more

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Gab Banal savors chance to play for dad Joel, uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers In his first game for Marinerong Pilipino, the 6-foot-3 forward was everywhere as he racked 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals in the 94-92 victory over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum back in opening day.Unfortunately, it’s not all roses for Banal as he also committed 10 turnovers and expected to get an earful from his coaches.Luckily, he was spared, but he knows that he has to perform better in the Skippers’ coming games, starting on Thursday against Akari-Adamson.“I have to keep my composure and I have to stick to the system, run our offense, and not be in a hurry,” he said.Banal’s adjustment will be a huge factor as Marinerong Pilipino  seeks to compete against far more cohesive school-based teams.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Tennys Sandgren blasts media in final shot at Aussie Open Banal admitted that it felt weird when he first joined the team with his father serving as the consultant and his uncle as the head coach.“I don’t know how I’ll act. You treat them as a coach inside the court, but when we go home, we’re back to being family members,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the 27-year-old said that the pros outweighed the cons as he thrives playing under mentors who have watched him play the game growing up.“It’s fun because they know how I play and I know how they coach. We’re familiar with each other and it really helps,” said Banal, who is coming off a confidence-boosting run with Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup. “I was able to bring the confidence I gained there and I think I can really help this team reach heights this conference.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESHe may be in a unique situation, but Gab Banal is enjoying the chance to work with his father Joel and uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“This is my first time to be on the same team as them,” said a smiling Banal.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “Eleven out of the 13 teams this conference are school-based, so their advantage is that they’re playing with each other everyday, and some of whom are even dormmates,” he said. “So that’s what we have to adjust to, to quickly become solid and jell as a team.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in 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 Citylast_img read more

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UE coach Pumaren reveals bad bump breaks right leg

first_imgUE coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East head coach Derrick Pumaren is usually a spryly man walking around the sideline with vigor and intensity that can match up to his players.Yet for some time Pumaren has been saddled with a cast wrapped around his right leg during the Red Warriors’ stint in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments 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 Despite the pain, Pumaren can’t help but joke around with his situation.“I can’t play one-on-one with my players now,” joked Pumaren. “Hopefully in two weeks’ time I’ll be up and driving.” BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds What ‘missteps’? BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pumaren on Wednesday said he dislocated his right patella when he accidentally bumped his leg while walking in his home.“The bone went through the other side of the leg, and I thought my skin would be punctured,” said Pumaren after UE beat Letran 81-77 at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I’m starting with my rehab now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPumaren said he’s limited with his movement and the most he can do is limp when he’s walking.“It takes time to stand up, but it’s still pretty hard to do it,” said Pumaren. “But I have to do my job.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Amer drops 32 as Bolts take q’finals to deciderlast_img read more

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Visayan fans stunned by Pacquiao loss to Horn

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Rushton’s 10-point plan bears fruit “Walay lami kay pildi si Pacman,” he said.(“I’m disheartened because Pacquiao lost.”)Alagadmo was all for a rematch.“Mas nice kung magrematch sila para maila kung kinday hawud sa ring,” he said.(“It would be nice if they would have a rematch so we would know who is really better in the ring.”)Rhudy Mendoza, 38, said, however, said he wouldn’t want to see a rematch.“Absolutely, I prefer Pacman-Mayweather,” he said. “That fight will be exciting than this.”Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of Boholano fans watching the bout.At least 100 residents in this city flocked to the corner of Maria Clara Street and CPG Avenue to watch the fight for free.Electronics shops like Geresonic and Diccion provided small TV screens for a live airing of the fight. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Fans react to Manny Pacquiao’s upset loss to Jeff Horn1.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Other spectators at the same venue were so shocked that they stood still for a moment after the match.“This is a nightmare for us Pacquiao fans,” Lemuel Mortes said.Despite of the stunning loss, they said they would remain Pacquiao fans.Mortes said, however, that would be up to the boxer and senator if he would finally hang up his gloves after his defeat.In Tagbilaran City in Bohol, Lito Alagadmo, 40, said he was frustrated that at the end of 12 rounds, Horn was declared the new WBO welterweight world champion.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Some called for a rematch.Michael Esteban, 34, a cook, could not believe that Pacquiao lost the match in a unanimous decision by the three judges.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“As an avid fan of Manny, I could not really believe that he lost to Horn,” Esteban said. “I really thought that he would win the fight.”Esteban, who watched the bout via a live telecast at the canteen where he works, said he had expected Pacquiao to win because the Filipino boxing champion had more experienced and was better “several times over” Horn. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pacquaio supporters loudly cheered when the Filipino boxer appeared to have the upperhand, especially in the ninth and later rounds.But there was a silence when the winner was announced.In , the crowds that gathered at public venues had expected Pacquiao to defeat Horn. They were also hugely disappointed.At the Bacolod Arts and Youth Center in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, a crowd of about 5,000 had expected Pacquiao to be announced the winner. Hearing that Horn was the winner, the crowd quickly dispersed.Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, a close friend of Pacquiao, said: “I cannot believe Manny lost. I cannot understand why it was a unanimous decision. It was a close fight, which we thought was not supposed to be the case, but I still maintain that Manny won it.”“We must salute Manny for his humility when he said: ‘He deserves it’,” he said.“It was a close fight but I had Pacquiao ahead especially after last closing rounds,” Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo Benitez, said.Manuel Lamata, president of the United Sugar Producers’ Federation of the Philippines Inc., said: “I feel terribly bad.” /atm Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ TACLOBAN CITY — Stunned, shocked, frustrated.This was how Visayan fans reacted to the upset loss of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao to Australian boxer Jeff Horn.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? There was a heavy downpour during the fourth round. Alagadmo and other fans looked for cover. Some fans, however, prefered to get soaked rather than to miss every single detail of the fight.The rain lasted for about 10 minutes. When it stopped, fans flocked to the area again.The Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) recorded a zero crime rate from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the fight.According to Senior Supt. Felipe Natividad, BPPO director, the police stations in Bohol had not received any reported incident in the last four hours while the fight was ongoing.In Iloilo City, boxing fans were also unconvinced that Horn defeated Pacquiao.“At the very least, it should have been a close score but not a unanimous decision and a wide margin (in favor of Horn),” Rommel Espinal said.Jossie Cillador, a resident of Pavia town in Iloilo, lamented that the match was bloody.“He [Horn] fought dirty because he kept on locking Pacquiao’s neck with his arm,” she said.She said the Filipino boxing champion should have knocked out Horn in the ninth round when the Australian boxer appeared wobbling “so that there would be no doubt who won the match.”Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (left) clinches with Jeff Horn of Australia during their WBO World Welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. Pacquiao lost his WBO welterweight world title to Jeff Horn in a stunning, unanimous points decision in a Sunday afternoon bout billed as the Battle of Brisbane in front of more than 50,000 people. (Photo by TERTIUS PICKARD / AP)Many Ilonggos were glued to their television sets in homes and in restaurants which offered buffet lunch packages for guests who watched the match. View commentslast_img read more

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NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Beda aims to go back-to-back

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ SPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFernandez, who has coached San Beda before, is no stranger to winning.San Beda was in the middle of its reign in the NCAA when Fernandez led the Red Lions to two straight titles in 2013 and 2014. Letran to enjoy full-strength roster as Quinto, Calvo stay put LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong 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 Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Red Lions won five straight titles from 2011 to 2015, marking just the second time in history that a school completed a five-peat. The first time was in the 1990s when San Sebastian ruled the NCAA.Fernandez left the team for a brief period to coach the NLEX Road Warriors in the PBA, but when his former home came calling he did not hesitate to go back and lead the Red Lions to another, potential, championship.“Bottomline, we’re looking forward to the NCAA, and hopefully the NCAA trophy stays in San Beda, in Mendiola,” said Fernandez.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Beda Red Lions13K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Head coach: Boyet FernandezLast season: 14-4 (1st, champions)Holdovers: Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, Davon Potts, Donald Tankoua, Arnaud NoahKey losses: Dan SaraKey additions: Kemark Cariño, Clint DoliguezIt’s championship or bust for the NCAA’s most successful basketball program.ADVERTISEMENT With 21 seniors’ basketball titles to its name, and the Red Lions plan to take banner 22 in Season 93.“I hope we can take the NCAA title, that’s the very important or the no.1 objective when I came in,” said head coach Boyet Fernandez. “We have to win back-to-back for San Beda.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

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Cignal’s Jose named D-League MVP

first_imgRaymar Jose. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDisplaying unmatchable grit all-conference long, Cignal HD’s Raymar Jose came away with the Conference Most Valuable Player award for the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.The hardworking forward averaged 12.27 points and 10.18 rebounds in leading the Hawkeyes to a second straight Finals appearance this conference.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 ‘Sorry it didn’t last long,’ says Marvin after 21-second KO leads 2-gold boxing haul Jose is currently with Gilas Pilipinas in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games as the Philippines seeks its 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.He is the third player from Far Eastern University to win the plum, following the footsteps of Mac Belo (2016 Aspirants’ Cup) and Mike Tolomia (2016 Foundation Cup).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 openingJose edged Cignal teammate Jason Perkins, Flying V’s Jeron Teng, and CEU’s JK Casiño for the award. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasionlast_img read more

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Sehwag ready to explode at home

first_imgVirender Sehwag says he likes playing to the cheering home crowd as it motivates him. In fact that’s not all as the Delhi batsman says he has been preparing for the World Cup by creating a “virtual stadium” in his mind.Virender Sehwag says playing at home will be an advantage for India.”There’s no pressure playing at home, they motivate me to perform better. Wherever we play in India, the crowds are so pumped up, shouting ‘Viru, Viru and Sachin, Sachin,’ and that’s encouraging,” Sehwag said.Sehwag doesn’t want to think of what happened when India played in the 1987 and 1996 World Cups in the sub-continent when they wilted under the enormous expectations and crashed out in the semi-finals.”What happened in the previous World Cups is past. Yes, Indians are passionate about the game, but that can’t put pressure on you. Do we feel pressure while spending time with our family? I am eagerly looking forward to playing at home.”The 32-year old explosive opener has recovered from his shoulder injury that forced him out of the ODI series in South Africa last month and is raring to go. Sehwag makes light of the injuries to Gautam Gambhir (hand), Sachin Tendulkar (hamstring) and himself. He insists that all is well in the Indian camp.”I don’t think the injuries will affect our chances. We are lucky that all our injured batsmen are fit a month before the World Cup as batting is our strength.”As for my shoulder, it is much better and I am training hard. My holiday is over,” he says with a chuckle. Even when he was going through one of his worst patches of form before the 2007 World Cup, everyone knew he was one big innings away from regaining his touch.advertisement”I have been playing for over a decade and I have matured considerably as a player. I am more selective in my shot-making now. If there is a ball in my zone, I’ll go for it, if it is good I’ll treat it with respect,” he said.He attributes his attacking instincts to his early days. “I was a middle-order batsman and I would hardly get to play three overs and there was no choice but to go after the bowling in search of quick runs.That’s how the aggressive streak got into my batting. Now I bat at the top and I know there are 10 others to follow. That cushion allows me to play my natural game,” said Sehwag.”It’s not that my batting does not suit to the requirements of the team or the situations. For instance, in Dambulla, I was the only batsman to score a hundred and a 99 when wickets were falling around me and I paced the innings without losing focus. Sehwag, who has cracked 22 Test and 13 ODI centuries, says he prepares for a match by watching the videos of the opposition attack.”I create a virtual stadium in my mind, imagining various bowlers.””That series gave us a very good player in Yusuf Pathan. I really like his batting style and I am a big fan of his. His 100 off 68 balls against South Africa was one of the best ODI innings I can think of. People said he can’t play fast bowling, but he proved everyone wrong by scoring a century against a quality pace attack.”He turns a bit coy when you tell him that he is Yusuf’s inspiration. “When I was young, I was inspired by Tendulkar. It feels nice if someone says he is inspired by me.”- With agency inputslast_img read more

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Technology and today’s players have ruined sports

first_imgSome weeks ago, after the first round of the India Badminton Open in Delhi, Doordarshan reported that Saina Nehwal, world no. 4 and India’s pride, had lost to an unknown Japanese player. She appeared sluggish, said the report, barely moving, and missing some easy shots. All the while the reporter was speaking of her dismal performance, a visual from the Commonwealth Games final was being screened in which Saina was winning and beaming, moving swiftly and putting away smashes. The mismatch between the audio and the visual didn’t seem to bother the producers of the show. It was important to have a file picture on screen even if it contradicted the story.Newspapers are no better. In a recent article on the sports page of a leading daily, the reporter had gone out of his way to interview members of the winning team, citing all the instances of gut wrenching practice, and an analysis of the strategies employed by the coach and the captain.ProblemThe report assiduously recorded the score line, the many penalties, the difficulties of play during the late afternoon drizzle, the noisy spectators, and the Honda car that was part of the reward.Even the name of the minister who gave away the winner’s trophy and the amount of the cheque. So complete was the report, so diligent and thorough the piece, it was hard to fault the correspondent on anything. But in a minor oversight, he had forgotten to mention the sport he was covering. Through a series of clues the reader gathered it was a team sport, so tennis, golf and chess were eliminated.advertisementThe players continued to play despite the rain on a muddy field; so hockey, football and rugby entered the picture. By a process of elimination, the reader eventually arrived at football.The real problem today however is not just with the presentation of sports, but with sport itself. Sports technology and the usual build of sportspersons has made most games dull and mechanical.For years, the real thrill of basketball was in the remarkable ability of diminutive men to miss a basket while standing directly below it. The need to launch the ball high up, made missing shots not just possible, but pleasurable. Players were frail and weak, like the rest of us. And most times the ball hit the rim and bounced away into the audience. Somewhere half way into the game, when one of the puny men scored, usually after multiple unsuccessful tries, there was a feeling of real jubilation.Physical handicaps and difficulties that must be overcome to score a basket gave true meaning to the sport. At the 1982 Asian Games, in the quarterfinal match Kuwait beat Singapore with a score of 28- 4. Contrast this with the 110- 108 score in the recent game between the New York Nets and the Philadelphia 76ers. Everyone was a Michael Jordan, inordinately tall, and scoring cleanly and effortlessly from a mile away. Now which would you rather watch, a game whose scoreline is calibrated like a Rolex watch, or one which is like a Hindustan Ambassador, puffing up a steep hillside? The same holds true for tennis. In the 1970s, the sport was the most lyrical bastion of stroke making. People trudged up to Wimbledon to watch Ken Rosewall’s backhand, and Rod Laver’s forehand; they went to see John MacEnroe volley – and listen to his abuses. Finesse, balance and placement made tennis into a sporting art form, in which keeping score was almost redundant. Who cared if Borg won, or Arthur Ashe lost! They played with wood and strings of sheep gut, retrieving and returning a ball with the agility and grace of a performing art. That was enough.Parameters Nadal’s march into the top league, with flared biceps and disturbing grunts, is a reminder that changing the rules and equipment of a sport are no guarantees of its visual value and longevity. The new rackets of titanium and steel alloy are similar to the material used in the Apollo spacecraft: as a result, the ball is rendered invisible on the serve. So, manufacturers have countered by making the tennis ball heavier. Still Nadal’s wrestle- mania frame manages so exhaustive and extreme a court coverage, that he looks like an efficient honey bee pollinating a small flower patch.Again because of their unusually healthy physique, rallies continue for so long that you can walk off for a long lingering lunch, and join the action 42 strokes later just before the point ends.For the game to become watchable again, the court size needs to be enlarged by several feet; just the way basketball nets need to be raised to double the players’ height. While on the subject, it may be worthwhile widening football’s goal posts as well, so as to avoid 90 minutes of a game with a result of Nil- Nil.advertisementSports historian, Adrian Winetraub, writing in the 19th century, described sport as an expression of the six Ss: Strength, Skill, Stamina, Speed, Sweat and Spirit. ” Dost thou useth thine attributes to maketh and measureth sport”, he wrote in Latin, making it sound like Olde Englishe. With these six measures, the point he made rang true for all sports, though I would not defend the presence of spirit on that list. Winetraub also made clear that activities that require skill or produce sweat, ” doth not sport” necessarily be, thereby excluding cooking, and baking from the list. And even casting suspicions on gardening.By the same token, how does rifle shooting qualify as sport? Certainly it takes great courage to work with a weapon as deadly as a rifle, as opposed to a racket or a bat. But to stand in one place, unmoving and emotionless, and aiming at something immovable, is the antithesis of all other forms of sporting activity. As Maharaja Jasvinder Singh Rathore of Bikaner put it, ” it’s like shooting a sleeping tiger from a Machaan.”GovernmentThe truth is, sports don’t matter.Cricket does, not for its popularity, but as a business more profitable than Bollywood, more lucrative than IT, almost as good a money spinner as politics. Having replaced film as a joyride into fun, fantasy and forgetting, today it is the ordinary Indian’s quickest form of easy entertainment.No longer the car chase in a red Chevy with Amitabh and Madhuri, but an hour long run chase in flat open grassland with eleven villains and two heroes. No longer Mr. Daga at Regal, instead the Deccan Chargers at Wankhede. Cricket is on 24- hour call.What makes sporting culture interesting in India is the government’s complete and unabashed lack of interest in it. As crores worth of Commonwealth stadia and equipment rot on precious city real estate, and its emperor rots in jail, and the sports ministry works up fresh courage to host some more audacious Olympic event, the public is happily settled into the sofa. There are still three more weeks of IPL, then the West Indies tour, then the?.. I end again with Doordarshan. So farcical is government sports coverage that during the Commonwealth Games the most visible sport on television was ‘ Lawn Bowls’. For hours on end old people like myself were shown rolling a black ball along the grass. The camera followed the rolling ball till it came to a halt; then another old person bent down and rolled another ball as slowly as possible down the grass. With infinite patience the camera followed the ball till, once again, it stopped. Then another. Doordarshan’s coverage of Lawn Bowls continued throughout the games, without even a commercial break. And this from a government that wants to develop a strong sporting culture in the country. I rest my case.advertisementThe writer is a well known architectlast_img read more

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My hat-trick won’t mean anything if we don’t win: Stuart Broad

first_imgEngland’s hat-trick hero Stuart Broad on Saturday said that his feat would mean nothing if his side fails to win the second cricket Test and take a 2-0 lead over the Indians in the series.”It won’t mean anything if we don’t win this Test. We need to post a big score. Somebody needs to get a big hundred and so tomorrow is a huge day,” said Broad, who took a sensational hat-trick in front of his home crowd, at the post-match press conference.”We need to get 300 and then apply pressure through our seamers. The wicket would have a variable bounce (in the fourth innings),” he said.Broad, in his sensational spell in the final session on Saturday, took four wickets from six balls for no run — including the wickets of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (5), Harbhajan Singh (0) and Praveen Kumar (0) off successive balls.”We tried to build pressure the whole day. I thought heavy roller (taken by India in the morning), played a huge role. The wicket was quite slow and did not do huge amount of help for us.”But we wanted to build pressure for here you can have wickets in quick succession. Fortunately, we managed it late in the day. I said yesterday (Friday) that India had three quarters of the day and it was the same today (Saturday). Fortunately, we nipped the last session,” he said.The tall local bowler had words of praise for Rahul Dravid who managed a hundred while opening the innings.advertisement”He played fantastically well. The way he left balls is an example for us tomorrow (Sunday). He is hard to bowl, allows the ball to come to him. He had a bit of luck but still it was a fantastic hundred. We were happy to see the back of him.”It was very pleasing to see him standing at the other end while wickets fell quickly (this end),” said Broad who returned with career-best figures of 6/46.Broad disclosed that number three batsman Jonathan Trott, who fell over his right shoulder and hurt himself, did not have any structural damage but it’s unlikely he would come out to bat till number six.This is the third hat-trick which Broad has managed during his career although his first since the last one he got at under-15 level.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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Rupert Murdoch’s foam attacker Jonathan May-Bowles appeals ruling

first_imgThe comedian jailed for six weeks by a court for dramatically throwing shaving foam at News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has filed an appeal against his sentence.Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, admitted attacking the media tycoon on 19 July at a hearing of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons.May-Bowles, who calls himself Jonnie Marbles, was sentenced at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court in central London on Tuesday.last_img

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New freedom, fresh hope replace old hates after Kabul’s liberation from Taliban rule

first_imgStudied Change: Women attend a class at Kabul University after a five-year ban under the TalibanThe capacious science lecture hall in Kabul University has of late seen an effort to cover the scars of wars. Blobs of cement have been slapped over walls punctured by gunfire. Broken window panes have,Studied Change: Women attend a class at Kabul University after a five-year ban under the TalibanThe capacious science lecture hall in Kabul University has of late seen an effort to cover the scars of wars. Blobs of cement have been slapped over walls punctured by gunfire. Broken window panes have been replaced. Only the rickety doors still bear signs of the strife that had engulfed Afghanistan’s crucible of learning.But it is the presence of 60-odd women students in the class, their faces uncovered, who personify the startling changes that have transformed the tormented country in recent months. Banned from attending university, they had borne the brunt of the Taliban’s repressive rule and were forced to wear shapeless burqas.Now they are back in classes, hair covered with colourful scarves and sporting fashionable footwear, including the thickest of platform heels. They still sit separated from male students and lower their eyes when spoken to. But they titter over the bearded professor’s light jab on a mathematical formula he had just scribbled on the giant board.A demure Mursal Abdul Jabbar, 22, is all concentration. Outside the hall, she says, “For five years I had to miss classes because of the ban. I had almost given up hope of ever studying again. Now I can pursue my dream of becoming a teacher.” Her classmate and friend Leeda Din Mohammed, her hair covered with a lacy white scarf, is still angry with the Talibs. “What they wanted us to do was 100 per cent opposite to what Islam preached. We hope they never return.”advertisementUS troops confer with an Afghan soldier at Bagram air baseTill recently such talk would have been blasphemous and invited public caning. But just eight months after Kabul was liberated from Taliban rule, new freedom and fresh hope have replaced old hates and nagging fears. It is a rebirth of extraordinary proportions. Till recently, the Afghan capital looked like Beirut during the years of civil war-flattened and listless. Now it is throbbing with a new vitality.It can be seen at the Shahzada Market where once-drooping shops are now laden with fresh vegetables and giant melons. Where Amale Hamiuddin, 25, has just returned from Pakistan, his refuge for the past 12 years, and now exchanges giant wads of Afghanis stacked on a shoeshine box for dollars.It is visible with the zest with which Zahir Shah, a 30-year-old carpenter, shaves the wood of pine logs to fashion them into doors and windows. He says business is so good he doesn’t go home for days to be able to meet the orders that pour in every day.The signs of renewal are everywhere. The football stadium, which the Talibs had used for meting out public punishment, including execution, still resounds with screams. But only for the friendly soccer matches between the local clubs. Dish antennae that were banned have sprouted a top most Kabul houses and its residents can choose between a bewildering array of 90 channels, including those for music.Beneath the veneer of normality though, there are violent crosscurrents that threaten the fragile revolution. There are tussles between the centre and the provinces, the moderates and the purists, the emigres and the residents.Fridays are no longer solemn holidays when everyone woke to the wailing chorus of muezzins and headed for the mosque. Now most laze at home and watch Hindi movies. “Kabul has risen from the graveyard that the Taliban had made it into,” says 17-year-old Mohammed Idris, who models his hairstyle after Indian filmstar Salman Khan.On working days, the streets are clogged with people. “Kabul’s traffic jams are now worse than those in Delhi or Mumbai,” observes Younis Quanooni, Afghanistan’s powerful minister for education. Outside his office, armed guards keep the crowd of unemployed teachers seeking appointments with officials at bay.For Quanooni, however, the most dramatic change in Kabul is the “absence of rocket attacks and people arming themselves with guns”. He adds with a smile, “The real mullahs are back in the mosques. The fake ones have fled.”More than any other city, Kabul is the nerve centre for the resurrection that is sweeping through Afghanistan. Of the 15 lakh Afghan refugees who had flocked backed to their country after the fall of the Taliban, six lakh-or 43 per cent of them-poured into Kabul.Revival Signs: A damaged school being repaired in KabulUNHCR chief Ruud Lubbers calls it “people voting for the new government with their feet”. It has transformed the sprawling tub-shaped valley into a cauldron of myriad aspirations, lifestyles, ethnicities and ideologies which are both invigorating and intimidating.Beneath the veneer of normality, though, there are violent crosscurrents that threaten the stability. There is a struggle for supremacy between the newly installed transitional Government headed by President Hamid Karzai and the old warlords who are unwilling to give up their hold over key provinces.advertisementBetween the Pashtoon majority and the handful of ethnic minorities that have gained dominance in the new dispensation. There are tussles for jobs between the new emigres and the old residents. Between the new religious moderates and the old purists who recently staged a comeback by banning the screening of Hindi movies on national television. Then there are those who want the Americans to stay and others who want them booted out promptly.Pakistan is trying to stir disgruntled warlords in a bid to make fresh inroads. But it is an uphill task.Afghanistan is at a dangerous cross-roads again. A wrong turn could easily spell anarchy. The tension is palpable in the Presidential Palace, which resembles a medieval English castle with its turrets and rounded stone walls. The ageing King Zahir Shah, who ruled for 40 years before being deposed in a bloodless coup in 1973, returned in April from exile and now occupies a portion of his former palace.Shah has made it known that he is back as an ordinary citizen and has no intentions of reviving the monarchy. But already there are whispers of palace intrigues among the ambitious younger royalty to regain political power.A stone’s throw from the King’s quarters is the office of Karzai, the suave but beleaguered President. Wearing his trademark green-striped Uzbek robe, the balding Karzai is easily among the best dressed leaders of the world. But in the rough and tumble of Afghan politics, his urbanity may be a drawback. Though elected with a resounding majority at the Loya Jirga or meeting of the traditional council of tribal leaders in June, Karzai has trouble asserting authority over most of the provinces.Karimullah, 18, a mujahid, tries his hand at farming in GardezThe President vehemently denies western media criticism that he has been reduced to being the “mayor of Kabul” (see interview) but it is apparent that he is under siege. With the threat to his life increasing following the recent assassination of the powerful Jalalabad warlord Haji Qadeer, Karzai was forced to entrust his security to the US armed forces.Now unsmiling, heavily armed Marines surround him wherever he goes, adding to the image of his growing isolation. Outside, equally fierce looking soldiers from the International Security Assistance Forces (ISAF) patrol the streets of Kabul to keep the peace.Despite them, a powerful bomb exploded in the market on September 5 killing 30 people. Simultaneously, Karzai escaped an assassination attempt at Kandahar. A prominent Pashtoon leader complains, “The problem is that Karzai is soft and makes too many concessions.”It is already beginning to tell. In neighbouring Lowgar province, dominated by Pashtoons, the tribe to which Karzai belongs, his nominee for governor, Munshi Majid, faces stif f resistance from the local warlord, Fazlullah Mujadedi.advertisementEmbattled: A heavily guarded Delili, governor of Paktia, has his hands full tackling the maverick Pakistan-backed warlord, ZadranWhen Munshi Majid went to take charge, Mujadedi, brandishing his Kalashnikov, reportedly told him, “If you occupy that post, this gun will be up your butt.” While Karzai is yet to sort out Mujadedi, another of his governors for Paktia province, Raz Mohammed Delili, faces a revolt from the maverick warlord Pacha Khan Zadran.The swarthy Zadran, a Pashtoon, had ironically been propped up by the Americans to harass the Taliban in the southern provinces during the recent war. Upset that he wasn’t made the governor, Zadran defiantly questions Karzai’s legitimacy and has even launched rocket attacks on Gardez, the dusty capital of Paktia, killing 38 civilians since April. Delili is now surrounded by loyal guards armed with Kalashnikovs and grenade launchers who accompany him wherever he goes. Since the province borders Pakistan, Delili accuses Zadran of being backed by the ISI.Indeed, Pakistan is trying to whip up disgruntled warlords in a bid to make fresh inroads into Afghanistan. Most Afghans resent Pakistan for nurturing Al-Qaida and bringing ruin to Afghanistan. Happy with the unexpected turn of events, India has started cultivating powerful Pashtoon leaders to expand the fair degree of clout it already enjoys in Karzai’s Government.The need is to reconstruct the country on an emergency footing but aid has so far only trickled in.Last fortnight, Indian Ambassador Vivek Katju set out by road to distant Paktika province where he was greeted with a 21-gun salute. The startled Indian delegation mistook it for an attack. Karzai’s main worry is the growing lawlessness in Afghanistan.In Lowgar province, Haji Badam, 45, who shifted to his ancestral house with his wife and 10 children from Pakistan after living there as a refugee for 22 years, already doubts the wisdom of his move. He has a battered Toyota Landcruiser in which he ferries passengers from his village to the capital, Pol-e-alam.But Badam now lives in constant fear of highway robbers after they killed a close relative of his. He plans to head back to Pakistan if things don’t improve. Worried about rising crime, Karzai now plans to request the multinational ISAF to guard provincial capitals as well. Businessmen are sore for other reasons.In Gardez, Azizullah Amanullah, a dealer in used cars, looks like an Arab sheikh with his fleet of gleaming white Toyotas. But he is glum because business is down. Under the Taliban, he says, he paid a flat rate of 20 million afghanis (roughly $500 or Rs 24,000) as tax for importing a car via distant Herat. Now he says, “Every local commander thinks he is a king and demands tax.” So he has to cough up 50 million afghanis to various warlords. It means he has to raise the price of his cars, pushing them beyond the reach of most buyers.Barring a token allegiance to Karzai, the major warlords operate independent of him. In the resource-rich Herat province, Governor Ismail Khan’s demeanour is almost presidential. The irascible Abdul Rashid Dostum, whose troops control the Balkh region, is a law unto himself.He continues to fly his own flag and print his own currency. In the high mountains of the Badakshan region, Burhanuddin Rabbani’s writ holds sway. In the verdant Panjshir valley, the forces of the legendary Ahmed Shah Masood now headed by Marshal Mohammed Fahim, Karzai’s defence minister, rule. Karzai has no independent base and US support alone is the source of his power.New Games: Once used for punishments, Kabul Stadium now hosts soccer matchesFortunately for him, with Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar still at large, the US and its allies retain a sizeable military presence in Afghanistan. The joke doing the rounds in Kabul is that Karzai had the two spirited away to a safe hideout to ensure that America stayed. The chances of the Taliban regrouping are slim. Apart from the enormous resentment among the local population against their excesses, the US bombing effectively destroyed their firepower. But the threat remains.America still appears serious in wiping out the remaining Al-Qaida and Taliban troops. Around 5,000 US troops are stationed at Bagram air base, 45 km from Kabul, along with a multinational force. An equal number of US forces are stationed at Kandahar. Every other minute, menacing-looking Apache Longbow choppers lift off on a mission against Al-Qaida forces in the vast mountains of the south.Colonel Roger King, spokesperson for the US armed forces, argues, “Our success is not based on finding specific individuals. It should be judged by the absence of largescale terrorist attacks since September 11 and the fact that apart from having a friendly Government in Afghanistan we now have the terrorists on the run.”For Karzai though, disgruntled warlords are only one of his many problems. In their misguided zeal of taking Afghanistan back to the idyllic age of the Prophet, the Taliban perpetuated the purges that characterised Pol Pot’s rule over Cambodia. They turned their back on modernity, drove out intellectuals and professionals and destroyed the country’s economic infrastructure. To get out of the morass, Karzai has brought in some of Afghanistan’s most talented professionals. Among them is Anwar-ul-Haq Ahady, the governor of Da Afghanistan Bank, the country’s central bank. Ahady, a poised Pathan in a pin-striped suit with doctorates in political science and finance from prestigious American universities, was aghast at the state of Kabul’s banking system. When he took charge in March, there were only three computers in operation. The electronic banking machine system he got installed collapsed within a day and technicians had to be flown in from Belgium to repair it.New Dreams: Though the economy has been shattered, many in Kabul hope that the reconstruction will create jobsAhady discovered that afghanis, the official currency, continued to be printed at a press in Switzerland by the erstwhile government in exile headed by Rabbani. Dostum printed another set in Russia. Over the years, the afghani had become so devalued that people carried notes in gunny sacks for the smallest transaction.Estimates are there are 14 trillion afghanis in circulation. Ahady is now getting fresh currency printed at a German press. The new afghani would be equivalent to 40,000 old afghanis (or about $1), considerably reducing the need to carry wads of notes to the market.Equally pressing is the need to begin reconstructing the country on an emergency footing. Although the coalition against terrorism headed by the US had committed $4.5 billion in aid to Afghanistan for this year, so far they have given only $850 million. The statistics of want are staggering.There is a 25 per cent shortfall in schools for the estimated three million students. Of the existing 5,063 schools, at least 70 per cent need urgent repair. An example is the Loghamani High School in Chariker village near Kabul which is housed in a row of tents and broken down thatched huts. The sun beats mercilessly down on the 1,200 students. A turret of a destroyed tank lies nearby and is a reminder of the troubled past.Years of drought and fighting have also seen Afghanistan’s agricultural production plunge below subsistence levels. The fertile Shomali valley was till recently the frontline between the Taliban and the Northern Alliance forces. Last year, we put ourselves at unnecessary risk by walking through minefields to witness a firefight at close quarters between the two forces.Returning to the scene of the battlefield last week, we found the houses that the soldiers had used as firings posts abandoned. But there are signs of revival. This summer, farmer Abdul Wassi, 25, planted his first crop of beans and corn in five years. His lush green fields are an island in a sea of brown wastelands. They are a symbol of Afghanistan’s fragile revival.- Photographs by Dilip Banerjeelast_img read more

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BSNL unveils Bharat Phone with e-governance apps

first_imgIndian state-owned telecommunications company Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd (BSNL) recently unveiled a low-cost version of its smartphone, with e-governance applications for the common man, as per IANS reports.Branded as ‘Bharat phone’, the mobile device sports a three-inch large screen display with provision for dual SIM card and come with a price tag of Rs 1,099.”The low-cost mobile device will alter the Indian feature phone industry as it has been designed especially for e-governance applications and optimised for internet access to empower common man,” BSNL chairman R.K. Upadhyay said.Visiting Mauritius President Rajkeshwar Purryag, who is city since Wednesday, was present on the occasion with Karnataka Governor H.R. Bhardwaj and state Higher Education Minister R.V. Deshpande.Designed and developed by Pantel Technologies Ltd, a pioneer in the low-cost tablet PC market, the voicephone’s large screen and proprietary Java operating system are suited for other user applications such as mobile banking, tele-healthcare delivery and streaming data delivery.”As the phone is pre-bundled with attractive voice plan, the mobile handset offers common man the power of internet access at an affordable price and will benefit a wide section of society,” Upadhyay said.According to Pantel managing director Vijender Singh, the phone has facility to browse, e-mail, to check Facebook and download music, video and Java games.”Besides facility for dual SIM card, the phone is equipped with 1.3 mega pixel rear camera, Bluetooth for quick sharing of files, a lithium-ion battery with eight-hour charge and 15 days standby, 64MB random access memeory (RAM) and 64MB of internal storage, SMS scheduler, multimedia gaming and mobile tracker,” Singh saidadvertisementlast_img read more

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LIVE World Cup 2014: FULL-TIME Colombia 4-1 Japan; Group leaders Colombia win with Martinez brace

first_imgColombia forward Jackson Martinez celebrates his goal with midfielder James Rodriguez. (AP Photo) Substitute James Rodriguez scored a brilliant goal and set up two more for Jackson Martinez as Colombia beat Japan 4-1 to confirm top spot in Group C and eliminate the Asian champions from the World Cup. Already assured of advancing, Colombia guaranteed first place with its third straight win, setting up a second-round match against Uruguay. The Colombians started with a virtual second-string lineup but still went in front when Juan Cuadrado – one of the few regular starters – drilled in a 17th-minute penalty. Japan equalized with the last touch of the first half through Shinji Okazaki’s header but Martinez scored in the 55th and 82nd minutes – both from superb passes from Rodriguez – to put the result beyond doubt.  Colombia’s Jackson Martinez shoots to score his team’s second goal. (AP Photo)  This is the live coverage of the Group C World Cup match between Japan and Colombia, being held at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba, Brazil. Goal at 82′! Colombia score their third as Martinez score his second with a brilliant shot. Colombia 3-1 Japan Jackson Martinez scores on Rodriguez’ assist to give the Colombia the lead again.  Japan’s Shinji Okazaki heads the ball to score. (AP Photo)  Half-Time Report: Shinji Okazaki gave Japan hope of advancing at the World Cup with an injury-time equalizer to get his team level at 1-1 with Colombia at halftime in their Group C match. Already assured of advancing, Colombia was heading for a third straight victory after Juan Cuadrado drilled his 17th-minute spot kick down the middle following Yasuyuki Konno’s trip on Adrian Ramos.advertisement Japan needed a win to stand any chance of overhauling second-place Ivory Coast but was let down by its finishing after good build-up play, until Okazaki’s close-range header in the last seconds of the half. Colombian players react after Juan Cuadrado, third from right, scored the opening goal from the penalty spot. (AP Photo) Japan equalises! Shinji Okazaki levels the game right before half-time;  Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado scores the opening goal from the penalty spot at 17′. (AP Photo) Juan Cuadrado steps up to take a penalty for a foul on Mejia and hits at the centre of goal. Colombia lead at 17′.Japanese supporters at the start of the match. (AP Photo) Japan playmaker Shinji Kagawa has been recalled for his team’s must-win Group C match against already-qualified Colombia at the World Cup 2014. In the Asian champions’ only other change, Toshihiro Aoyama replaces fellow midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi. Yuya Osako drops out for Kagawa, who started on the bench in Japan’s 0-0 draw against Greece last time out. Colombia, which has won both of its games so far to secure a top-two finish, makes eight changes with goalkeeper David Ospina, Pablo Armero and Juan Cuadrado the only players retained. Japan needs a victory in Cuiaba to stand any chance of overhauling Ivory Coast, which is two points ahead in second place and plays Greece simultaneously. Team Lineups: Japan: Eiji Kawashima, Atsuto Uchida, Yuto Nagamoto, Maya Yoshida, Yasuyuki Konno; Toshihiro Aoyama, Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa; Shinji Okazaki, Yoshito Okubo. Colombia: David Ospina, Santiago Arias, Carlos Valdes, Eder Balanta, Pablo Armero, Fredy Guarin, Alex Mejia, Adrian Ramos, Juan Quinetro, Juan Cuadrado, Jackson Martinez.last_img read more

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With Stalzer back, F2 Logistics stays unbeaten

first_imgF2 Logistics was doing great without star Lindsay Stalzer. Now that she’s here, the Cargo Movers look sharper than ever.Stalzer debuted in style for F2 Logistics, which shrugged off an early hiccup to turn back United VC, 23-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-22, on Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Stalzer and Perry stepped up against a spirited fight put up by UVC, which leaned on US NCAA Division I standouts Filipino-Americans Kalei Mau and Alohi Robins-Hardy as well as imports Tai Manu-Olevao and Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani.“UVC is really a strong team that is only starting to know each other,” said De Jesus. “Stalzer had practiced with us only twice, but she’s really a great leader inside the court.”PLDT Home Fibr ripped Foton, 25-16, 25-20, 25-17, in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Margielyn Didal gets ‘unexpected’ recognition as PSA Athlete of the Year The 30-year-old Stalzer showed why she was worth the wait for the Cargo Movers, who remained on an unbeaten course in the tournament.“If Lindsay wasn’t here, we would have probably lost, 3-0,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, whose wards picked up their third win in as many starts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThat assessment may not be a stretch, even with the Cargo Movers holding fort in the first two games while Stalzer fulfilled club commitments in Indonesia.Stalzer fired 25 kills and five blocks to finish with 30 points in a game that was close in all four sets. Becky Perry chipped in 16 points for the Cargo Movers. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga towncenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View commentslast_img read more

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