Two bronze medals for PH swimming star Alkhaldi

first_imgLATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games MOST READ Elite fan playoff hopes with 2OT win LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Read Next Alkhaldi, 24, fought hard in the thrilling dash to the final 10 meters of her favorite 100m free but Ting Wen Quah of Singapore edged her for a record-setting time.Quah clocked 55.76 seconds erasing the 55.93 standard of the event.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 shutoutThi An Vien Nguyen of Vietnam was second with a time that also surpassed the record, coming in at 55.70 seconds.The two-time Olympian, who is finishing business administration in marketing and management at University of Hawaii, finished in 55.90. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program KUALA LUMPUR—Jasmine Alkhaldi, the country’s brightest hope in swimming, could only come up with two bronze medals Wednesday night in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games.She finished third in women’s 100-meter freestyle, before coming up with the same performance in 50m butterfly event.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 9

first_imgTrump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games We’re finally in the second round and it seems like Lyceum and San Beda are just cruising to get the top two spots in the Final Four.But the sense of urgency is palpable for the middle teams, with teams refusing to back down which led to two games this week going to overtime. 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 shutoutAs always, games are won by the heroes and this are this week’s top performers.(1) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates Last Week: N/ATey Teodoro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro did all he could to salvage Jose Rizal University in its classic duel, drilling clutch triples just to keep his team in contention.However, his disqualification in second overtime after picking up his fifth foul took the air out of the Heavy Bombers. He was the fourth player to foul out in the game, as JRU saw they four-game winning streak come to a screeching halt. Michael Calisaan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCall it a redemption game.Thrown out in San Sebastian’s first round meeting against EAC, Michael Calisaan came back with a vengeance as his superb efforts gave the Golden Stags another victory.More importantly, Calisaan’s performance leveled San Sebastian’s record to 5-5 as it gears up against contenders Perpetual and San Beda.(6) Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs17 points, 3 rebounds, 7 assistsLast Week: 5Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERKent Salado chose the perfect time to be at his best as he delivered the dagger buckets in Arellano’s double overtime win over Jose Rizal University on Thursday.The fearless guard almost single-handedly put the game away and diffused the explosive Heavy Bombers.(7) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers30 points (6-17 3PT FG), 6 rebounds, 1 assist LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight 18.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.0 stealsLast Week: N/ACJ Perez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERBreaking the norm this season, we finally got a player to top this list twice.Against cellar-dwelling foes, CJ Perez’s steady play lifted Lyceum to stretch its unbeaten run to 11 as the Pirates continued to show their dominance.But tougher foes are still out to put the first dent in the Pirates’ armor, with games against Arellano and Perpetual slated in the next two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments GALLERY: UAAP Season 80 opening ceremony Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City With Robert Bolick serving his one-game suspension on Friday, the forward kept San Beda afloat in its 88-70 win against Mapua.Continuously churning out double-doubles through the course of the season, it should be no surprise that Mocon is in the discussion for this season’s MVP race. (4) Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas21 points, 19 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/APrince Eze. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLeading the MVP race to end the first round, Prince Eze picked up where he left off and unleashed another dominant showing against Letran.The Nigerian imposed his will in the paint against the depleted Knights frontline on Thursday.(5) Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags19 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 stealLast Week: N/A (2) Gab Dagangon – F, Perpetual Altas21 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 2 blocksLast Week: N/AGab Dagangon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERPlaying like a team with a purpose, Perpetual Help finally gutted out a 88-82 overtime win over Letran.And the one to anchor the Altas was Gab Dagangon.The senior forward drilled huge buckets in the extra period as Perpetual Help got themselves back into the hunt for a Final Four slot.(3) Javee Mocon – F, San Beda Red Lions10.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 1 assist, 1.5 blocksLast Week: 1Javee Mocon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRERConsistency is key for Javee Mocon.last_img read more

Argentina and Messi not getting any sympathy from Brazil

first_imgNBA: LeBron supports new All Star Game format: ‘Not a bad idea’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brazil is unbeaten in its 11 World Cup qualifiers under Tite. Nine were victories. If Chile can end Brazil’s unbeaten string, the reigning Copa America champion will advance to its third straight World Cup.“We think we have the weapons to do it,” Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo said.Bravo ruled out any collusion to hurt Argentina’s chances.“We don’t think of an agreement not to attack,” Bravo said. “Brazil is a team that presses and plays well. They are at home, which favors them. But we improved in the last match. We’ll play our game and try to makehistory.”After Monday’s training at Allianz Parque, Tite confirmed Brazil will test goalkeeper Ederson as a starter. He confirmed that defender Marquinhos, who will replace the injured Thiago Silva, will be the captain forthe clash against the desperate Chileans in Sao Paulo.Chile will be without key midfielder Arturo Vidal, who is suspended for an accumulation of yellow cards.Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has called up Esteban Pavez, who plays for Brazil’s Atletico Paranaense.“We qualified for the World Cup three matches ago and this has not changed the seriousness and the behavior of our team,” Gabriel Jesus said. “And it won’t change now.”In social media many Brazilian fans have jokingly said Chile should get a hand to advance and put the Argentines at an even bigger risk of humiliation. “Entrega Brasil”, which means “Give it away Brazil” in Portuguese, has been one of the most mentioned lines by Brazilians on Twitter since last week. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In other matches, which all start at the same time, its Brazil-Chile, Peru-Colombia, Paraguay-Venezuela, and Uruguay-Bolivia.Argentina needs a victory to get at least a playoff spot. Any other result puts it in jeopardy of missing the World Cup for the first time since 1970.Leader Brazil has 38 points. Uruguay is next with 28 and is a cinch to qualify. That leaves five teams separated by two points: Chile (26), Colombia (26), Peru (25), Argentina (25), and Paraguay (24).A World Cup without Argentina and Messi would hurt the TV networks, Russian ticket sales, and FIFA, which needs an exciting tournament to distract from any problems off the pitch.“It’s natural that a World Cup without Brazil, Argentina, or Germany would lose a little of its charm,” Brazil defender Miranda said. “But our goal is to qualify to the World Cup and our opponents should deal with their own situations.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments “Qualification to the World Cup is not about one game, it is about a full campaign”, Brazil coach Tite said on Monday after being questioned about Argentina’s possible absence in Russia. “Yesterday, we thanked each other because we are already qualified. I can’t imagine what it is like for others; they must be having trouble sleeping. (In the end), others will reap what their work sowed.”Striker Gabriel Jesus said: “Everybody knows the skills of Messi and the importance of Argentina. If they are where they are, it’s because of what they have done. Of course, you talk about Messi, one of the best players football has ever had. But we have to think only about ourselves.”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 shutoutSouth America wraps up regional qualifying on Tuesday. Only Brazil is in. Three other teams will gain automatic berths, and one more qualifies for a playoff next month against New Zealand.Most eyes are on Argentina’s match in Ecuador, played at 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) in the thin air of Quito. Argentina’s Lionel Messi gestures at the end of the goalless 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Peru in Buenos Aires on October 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Eitan ABRAMOVICHSAO PAULO — With Argentina and Lionel Messi on the brink of missing the World Cup, they are not receiving any sympathy from archrival Brazil.Five-time champion Brazil qualified six months ago for the finals in Russia, and have been fascinated watching their archrival struggle to join them. Not even an entreaty from Argentina’s main sports newspaper Ole saying “I need you” in Portuguese seemed to move the leader of South American World Cup qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Runner wins marathon after competitors ahead take wrong turn

first_imgINQUIRER.net stock photoMuch has been said about there being no one road to success.But in the case of the Venice Marathon, there is only one route to the finish line — and a group of runners went the wrong way, reports the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next WATCH: Runner finishes race while accidentally flashing genitalsWhat to do post-run to maximize your results QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:40Trending Articles01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade #atletical’azzurro Eyob Fanielconquista la #Venicemarathonin 2h12:16#record personale miglioratodi oltre tre minuti pic.twitter.com/mXF47Uo2qx— Atletica Italiana (@atleticaitalia) October 22, 2017His coach Ruggero Pertile said they aim to make him qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games. He just has to make sure that Gebrehiwet is on the right track. JBRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments An Italian of Eritrean origin, Eyob Gebrehiwet, capitalized on this blunder and finished in 2:12:16, beating his personal best by over three minutes.The lead pack of elite runners followed a motorcycle that took a wrong turn 25 kilometers into the race. This led them to be delayed despite having a one-minute lead.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 shutoutRunner-up Muhammed Mussa followed two minutes after Gebrehiwet’s bizarre win.This is only the Italian’s second marathon; his first was in Florence. Injuries had prevented him from joining the Venice race in 2015 and 2016. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Ancajas leaves for Texas fight vs Gonzales

first_imgFILE — Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Mark GiongcoJerwin Ancajas will still train Thursday before taking the night flight bound for Los Angeles.“Time is of the essence,” Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ trainer told the Inquirer Wednesday. “Jerwin is ready to rumble.”ADVERTISEMENT Bayron, three foreigners share Pradera lead “Hopefully, he’ll hit 118 before our departure,” added Jimenez. “We’ll only do light training in the United States, just to let the sweat out.”Though Ancajas (28-1-1 with 19 knockouts) is tagged the favorite against Gonzalez (21-1, 8 KOs), Jimenez said they’re not lowering their guards and have covered all bases to ensure victory.Finally able to secure tapes of Gonzalez’s fights, Jimenez said they know what to do on fight night.Ancajas hopes to impress in his American debut, also his first fight under Bob Arum’s Top Rank.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Ancajas will dangle his International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown for the fourth time against Mexican Israel Gonzales on Feb. 3 at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas.Jimenez said they will have light training, but no more sparring, in LA before leaving for Texas on Jan. 28.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Jerwin has sparred over 90 rounds and that’s enough,” added Jimenez, who supervised Ancajas’ training camp at their Survival Gym in Magallanes, Cavite.Even Ancajas’ weight is well under control, according to Jimenez, who bared that the 26-year-old pride of Panabo City checked in at 121 pounds after Wednesday’s training session. MOST READcenter_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:29Police 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao tells Jerwin: always be grateful

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Dallas, Texas—Jerwin Ancajas and Joven Jimenez got hundreds of congratulatory messages on social media Saturday night.But there’s one call that warmed Ancajas’ heart.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was from his idol and benefactor Manny Pacquiao.“Congratulations. I am truly proud of you,” the eight-division world champion told a giddy Ancajas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippine senator also reminded him not to forget God for his blessings.That made Ancajas’ day even more glorious. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PAL titlist Luisita wary of tough Bacolod layout MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises A victorious title defense followed by a third call from the man whose ring achievements inspired him to train even harder every day at his Survival Camp, trainer Joven Jimenez’s facility in Cavite.The first call was made Friday when Pacquiao advised him to relax and shun the pressure before praying over him.Another call followed on Saturday, with Pacquiao urging him to give his best.Owing to his dominant performance, Top Rank Promotions honcho Bob Arum intends to give Ancajas more exposure in the United StatesBut first, a mandatory title defense against fellow Filipino and No. 1 contender Jonas Sultan in April at the latest.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

NBA: Warriors forward Barnes avoids jail time after guilty plea

first_imgLeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives to the basket against Shaun Livingston #34 and Matt Barnes #22 of the Golden State Warriors in the first quarter in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017, in Cleveland, Ohio. Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday, June 27, 2017, to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub. AFPNEW YORK, United States — Golden State Warriors forward Matt Barnes pleaded guilty Tuesday to disorderly conduct but avoided jail time following a December incident at a New York nightclub.Barnes was ordered to perform 10 days of community service and allowed to do the work in California. He was given until August 29, the next hearing date, to complete the work.ADVERTISEMENT During Golden State’s playoff run to the NBA title, Barnes came off the bench to appear in 12 games, totaling nine points, nine rebounds, seven assists and two steals.Charges came from an early morning incident involving Barnes when he was a member of the Sacramento Kings and former Kings star DeMarcus Cousins.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVideo footage obtained by police appeared to show Barnes as the assailant of three people, with two women reported being choked by Barnes. Another man who ran to aid one of the women was sucker-punched.Cousins was accused of delivering the punch but was recently cleared of wrongdoing by police. View comments Fil-German Standhardinger named to Gilas team set for SEA Games What ‘missteps’? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire A civil suit has been filed against Barnes and Cousins by plaintiffs Jasmine Besiso and Myrone Powell. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

Cruz continues to show his worth for Gilas

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Carl Bryan Cruz. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOutshining his famed teammates, Carl Bryan Cruz continued to show why he’s part of Gilas Pilipinas as he delivered the biggest shots in the clutch on Friday.The former FEU banger drilled three crucial treys in the final five minutes to help the Nationals down Blackwater, 105-101, in a tune-up at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Cruz, though, just wants to show his worth for the national team every practice and every game.“I want to prove to them that I’m deserving of my spot here and I want to show it that I’m putting in the effort,” he said.And so far, Cruz’ efforts are showing as Gilas Pilipinas prepares for the numerous international wars starting in the 2017 Jones Cup.“We’re improving individually and we’re also doing that on defense. I feel we, as a team, are progressing every game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Jalalon tweaks ankle in Gilas tune-up a week before Jones Cup Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena But the hardworking forward said the credit for his 22-point outing goes to team’s system and it just so happened that he made the shots the defense was giving him.“I was playing with the flow of our offense. I’m in the right spot in the right time and I’m lucky that all of those went in,” he said in Filipino. “That’s the beauty of the dribble-drive, we’re always getting open.”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 starsCoach Chot Reyes agreed with Cruz’ assessment, nothing that the Alaska rookie’s role is similar to those of Ranidel de Ocampo in the past.“Carl plays the role of Ranidel de Ocampo in this team and he knows what’s expected of him. The key now for Carl is to be able to do that on a consistent basis. We also have to be able to rebound when he’s in because he’s not the tallest of the fours and he’s an undersized big man,” he said. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

I’m disappointed with stars pull out of CWG: Saina

first_imgAce shuttler Saina Nehwal fears that mass pull out by top athletes from the Commonwealth Games will rob spectators of a chance to witness some great contests.Reports of tourist-attack and foot-bridge collapse, coupled with fears of dengue epidemic and doubts over hygiene of Games Village have let to the withdrawal of many top stars and Saina said she is disappointed.”I’m disappointed with the pull-out of some top athletes from the Delhi Games. If competition is not there it does not feel good as people come to see good contests,” Saina said on the sidelines of a promotional event on Thursday.Ace shuttler Saina Nehwal. Photo: Bhaskar PaulA number of participating countries have criticised the living conditions of the rooms in the towers that have been installed for the athletes and Saina said she was pained to read and hear about these negative publicity.”I am sad and it feels bad to hear these on television.But I cannot comment about the Games village as I am yet to see it. Without seeing it’s not proper for me to comment,” Saina said.In what should bring cheers to the ears of the under-fire Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, Saina also gave a big thumbs up to the badminton venue.”I have played there and it’s a top class arena. The stadium is excellent,” she said.Talking about India’s chances at the Commonwealth Games, Saina said the hosts are well poised to win a medal in each of the six events in badminton in Delhi.advertisement”We have all trained very hard in Hyderabad for the Commonwealth Games and I’m confident we have a chance to win a medal in every event we participate in,” said the world No.3.Six gold medals and an equal number of silver and bronze are on offer in badminton which is to be held at the Siri Fort Complex along with squash.Saina said the challenge for India would come from Malaysia, Singapore and Scotland.”We can expect tough challenge from Malaysia, Singapore and Scotland,” said the Hisar-born shuttler who is the brightest medal hope in badminton for the country in the CWG as well as the November Asian Games in Guangzhou, China.Talking about her own chances, especially in the light of the comments from her predecessor Aparna Popat that the country expected nothing less than a gold from her, Saina promised she would do her best.”I cannot promise a medal though I will be aiming for the gold. But I will give it my best shot,” she said.Saina said she had put the World Championship, where she lost in the quarter finals despite being ranked second, well behind her and was looking forward to the Delhi Games followed by the Asiad.”I am happy I tried my best and am now looking forward to the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Games. I feel my fitness levels have increased by over 60 per cent since the world championship. But we have to wait and see how things pan out,” she said.Saina said it was totally wrong to compare the sports infrastructure that exists in India to that of China because only in the last couple of years that the country has started to do well at the top most level like the Olympics.last_img read more

Shooters aim at boosting India’s medals tally further

first_imgThe Dr Karni Singh shooting range, India’s best medal hunting ground in the Commonwealth Games, is set to provide more successes for the host nation on the fifth day of competitions on Thursday.After having scooped up a bagful of medals, including several gold, the Indian shooters are all set to boost the country’s medals kitty further.Gurpreet Singh and Omkar Singh (10m air pistol-men), Lajjakumari Gauswami and world champion Tejaswini Sawant (50m Singles Rifle 3 Position-women), Vijay Kumar and Gurpreet Singh (25m Rapid Fire Pistol-men) and Asher Noria and Ronjan Sondhi (Singles Double Trap-men) would be seen in action.India are looking up to star boxers Akhil Kumar (56kg), Suranjoy Singh (52kg) and Manoj Kumar (64kg), for further medals, along with Amandeep Singh (46-49kg).The weightlifting arena, also among the most fruitful ones for the country, will see Sudhir Kumar (77kg) flexing his muscles.A lot of Indians are in fray in athletics that commenced yesterday with hopes resting on high jumper Hari Sankar Roy, new national sprint record setter Md Abdul Najeeb Qureshi (men’s 100m), seasoned Mandeep and Manjeet Kaur (women’s 400m).At the archery range the Indian compound men’s and women’s teams would also be trying to attain podium finish after qualifying for the semi finals.Women’s wrestling makes its debut today with events in 48 kg, 55 kg, 63 kg and 72 kg freestyle and Greco-Roman styles.Competitions continue in tennis, table tennis, squash and badminton where a lot of Indian interest remains.- With PTI inputslast_img read more