PH women’s netball team begins SEA Games campaign vs Thais

first_imgKUALA LUMPUR — Women’s netball, which joined at the last minute, will battle Thailand at 3 p.m. to kickstart its Southeast Asian Games campaign at Juara Stadium in Bukit Kiara here.Netball Philippines president Dr. Charlie Ho said they are more prepared this time than two years ago when the team debuted in the biennial games and lost all five matches.ADVERTISEMENT Of those matches, the Philippines dropped a 112-11 loss to Malaysia which has put the team in ignominy.Against the Thais, however, the Filipinos will at least try to come up with a competitive showing to jumpstart their campaigns.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 shutoutSingapore won the gold two years ago, while Malaysia took silver. Brunei and Thailand tied for bronze. The country finished sixth behind Myanmar which was fifth. PH coach confident of chances against Cambodia in men’s U-22 football MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LOOK: Venues for 2019 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 PH02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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NBA: New Cav Jae Crowder recalls mother’s passing the same day he was traded

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters 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 Although that day would forever be tragic in Crowder’s eyes, the Marquette-product remains grateful to have an opportunity to play for the top team in the Eastern Conference.“Yeah, that day was tough,” he added. “But it was a good day for my basketball career to move on to an organization like this, like the Cleveland Cavaliers, and be able to put myself in position to play for it all. I couldn’t ask for nothing else.”Crowder enjoyed his best statistical season in the league last year, averaging 13.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals on 46.3 percent shooting from the field and a career-high 39.8 percent shooting from behind the arc.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There was a lot going on that day, obviously,” Crowder said, in a video uploaded by Def Pen Hoops on Twitter. “The good thing about the whole ordeal was I was able to whisper it to my mom before she passed. I was with her. I just told her, ‘We’re going to Cleveland.’ And like five minutes later she passed.”Jae Crowder talks about telling his mom about his trade to the #Cavs five minutes before she passed away… pic.twitter.com/UVfZ7dISazFEATURED 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— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) September 7, 2017Thompson died of cancer on her hospital bed last Aug. 22, the same night the Celtics shipped Thomas, Crowder, Ante Zizic and a 2018 first round pick to the Cavaliers, according to Cleveland.com’s Joe Vardon. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Boston Celtics forward Jae Crowder (99) drives past Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy (13) during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 17, 2017, in New York. The Celtics won 98-95. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)The Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics megatrade centered around elite point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas, but versatile forward Jae Crowder was included in the package as well.Speaking to the media during the Cavs’ introductory press conference, the 27-year-old wing player shared how he informed his sick mother, Helen Thompson, that he was going to Cleveland, just minutes before she lost her life.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary UAAP Season 80 Preview: Expect the ‘unpredictable’ from La Salle Green Archers E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

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Caguioa, Helterbrand close ‘Fast and Furious’ chapter of their careers

first_imgMOST READ “I’m happy, but sad at the same time. I’m happy that he’ll be able to spend time with his family and loved ones back in the United States. I’m sad because I’m not gonna be with him every day,” he said. “Sixteen years we’ve played together and we were basically with each other every single day. Now that he’ll be gone in practices and games, it’s gonna be a big adjustment for me. But for him, this one was the best way to go and that’s perfect.”READ: Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career Caguioa and Helterbrand had gone the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in the Ginebra franchise. They started as the upstart “Bandana Brothers” days and became the face of the franchise as “The Fast and the Furious” before settling as reliable veterans for this championship team.Though Caguioa admitted he tried to talk Helterbrand out of retiring last year, but he supports his brother’s decision to end his illustrious run in the pro league.“I kind of talked to him out of it after the first championship last year. But this season, I was ready for it. I kind of sensed it, and I know that he’s ready. I’m happy because he’s happy with that decision,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:41Helterbrand finds perfect time to call it a career03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance01:37Protesters 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 Scary start: Cavs dealing with numerous early-season issues CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayjay Helterbrand, who is capping off a triumphant 17-year career, has asked the Ginebra brass to hold off on any retirement ceremony for him until Mark Caguioa decides to hang up his sneakers too.“I told them that I want to wait until Mark retires and we’ll do it together. I think it will be fitting to do that,” said the 2009 PBA MVP.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH READ: Helterbrand to sign one-year extension with GinebraOverall, Caguioa is just grateful to have someone like Helterbrand for the most of his career, adding that their duo could arguably be one of the longest partnerships the league has ever saw.“It’s very rare to have a partner like him, your tandem for as long as 16 years. This might be the longest tandem the PBA has ever seen,” he said. It may be a long wait for Heltebrand as Caguioa isn’t ready to call it a career just yet.READ: Jayjay Helterbrand announces retirementFEATURED 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“I told him wait for about 10 years, when I’m 47 (years old),” said the MVP of the 2012 season.Caguioa shared that it was bittersweet to see his backcourt partner call it a career, but he also believes that it’s just right for Helterbrand to make his exit while on top with Ginebra’s back-to-back titles. View commentslast_img read more

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Codiñera reminds PBA-bound Flores: Train hard, develop your game

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentscenter_img “The professional game is a different game. Everyone that you face there, they’re at the highest basketball level in the land. Everyone there is exemplary,” he said.With Flores is expected to be given heavy minutes due to the lean GlobalPort frontline, Codiñera is putting the pressure on his prized big man to outwork everybody in training camp hoping that his student reach the same level he did in his heyday.“It’s no longer developmental there. When you go to the pros, you should have mastered the fundamentals already,” he said.“What he’ll be facing there are finished products and he shouldn’t wait for them to break down. He must learn how to develop his game on his own.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES And after the 25-year-old was selected ninth overall in the annual rookie proceedings, the PBA legend is just hoping for the best for his former slotman.“I already told him everything I needed to tell him. All I can say is for him to have good luck,” said Codiñera.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 shutoutFlores averaged 10.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, and 1.3 assists in his final year with the Chiefs, solidifying his case as one of the top defensive players in the collegiate league.But for Codiñera, who built a PBA lore on the defensive end which earned him the moniker “The Defense Minister,” establishing the same reputation in the PBA for Flores is a different story. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Jeron Teng glad to see familiar face at sidelines in Altamirano Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBeing drafted is one thing, staying in the league is another.Those were the last reminders Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera gave to his hardworking big man Lervin Flores going into the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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SMB stays unscathed, escapes NLEX

first_img‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:18Why some freed inmates prefer to stay in jail01:34Cone believes San Miguel ‘greatest team’ in this era01:29Police 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 Read Next San Miguel’s Arwind Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel shrugged off a listless first half and fought off a tough NLEX crew, 109-98, to stay unbeaten in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Cuneta Astrodome.Arwind Santos was all over the court for the Beermen, doing it all for his squad with 26 points on 5-of-12 shooting from three, to go with 13 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Marcio Lassiter also shot 3-of-8 from threes to nab 14 markers to go with his four boards and four dimes.As elated as coach Leo Austria is for the win, he didn’t expect the game to come easy for the Beermen given the heightened sense of urgency for NLEX, which has now lost its last three assignments.“With NLEX losing their last two games, we knew they will come out hard and it happened. They refused to lose because of their pride and experience. I knew from the start that this will be an exciting game even though in the last few minutes, we’re leading in double figures. But I’m happy to see my players persevere and get this win,” he said.Second overall pick Kiefer Ravena continued to impress in this duel against famed backcourt defenders, finishing with 15 points, six assists, and three rebounds.Alex Mallari, JR Quiñahan, and Raul Soyud had 12 in the losing effort as the Road Warriors fell to 2-3.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nadal into 4th round; Ostapenko out of Australian Open MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities June Mar Fajardo was also instrumental in the win, unloading 11 of his 25 markers in the third quarter comeback after San Miguel battled back from a nine-point halftime deficit, while also hauling down 16 boards, two dimes, a steal, and a block.After the Road Warriors took a 58-49 lead at the halftime break, the real Beermen came out to play in the third quarter as it went to Fajardo and set up the see-saw battle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTensions arose in the final five minutes of the game after Michael Miranda got ejected for kicking Chris Ross, who was also thrown out after engaging in a verbal altercation with NLEX coach Yeng Guiao with 1:46 to play.Alex Cabagnot, who also corralled 14 points, nine assists, and seven rebounds in the win, and Santos delivered the coup de grace as San Miguel stayed on top of the standings at 4-0. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 109 — Santos 26, Fajardo 25, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 14, Pessumal 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, De Ocampo 4, Ross 4, Heruela 2, Mamaril 2, Semerad 2.NLEX 98 — Ravena 15, Mallari 12, Quiñahan 12, Soyud 12, Miranda 10, Tiongson 8, Fonacier 6, Uyloan 6, Al-Hussaini 5, Alas 5, Taulava 3, Baguio 2, Gotladera 2.Quarters: 31-24, 49-58, 74-74, 109-98. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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Tight fight

first_imgPBA IMAGESWith six playdates left in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup elimination round, it’s not only the race for the top two berths that seems as tight as can be, but also the battle for survival at the bottom of the standings and the teams trying to stay out of the dreaded seventh and eighth spots.San Miguel Beer’s loss to Barangay Ginebra on Sunday night dropped the Beermen into a three-way tie for the lead, with the Gin Kings also putting themselves well in the mix in the race for one of two twice-to-beat privileges in the first round of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH Masters returns Wednesday; Casas fave 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes In that scenario, the Kings would have a great advantage in the event of a three-team tie for No. 1 mainly because of a 107-99 win over the Beermen on Sunday night to weigh heavily in the tiebreak.“Now we have a chance,” Ginebra coach Tim Cone said after their 107-99 win over San Miguel.While there’s a spirited battle for 1-2, several teams are clinging to dear life just to make the playoffs.The powerhouse Aces are in dire need of putting things together quick to get to the next round and avoid qualifying No. 7 or No. 8.Defending champion Rain or Shine arrested a slide and stayed in the middle of the pack, and the Elasto Painters, to remain there for sure, must beat GlobalPort and then TNT KaTropa to advance to a level playing field in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Tournament format calls for Nos. 1 and 2 to clash with Nos. 8 and 7, respectively, in the quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time Also with 7-2 records like San Miguel are Meralco and Star, which will slug it out Wednesday at 7 p.m. with the winner putting a foot inside the top two.Ginebra returns to action on Friday and will try to act as executioner of Blackwater at Alonte Sports Center in Biñan, Laguna, before the Gin Kings play the Bolts two nights later and close out against Mahindra on June 2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHaving three games left could work as an advantage for the Kings, with the trio tied at the top having just two each with Meralco and Star to cross paths and the Beermen having formidable Alaska and the Elite to contend with.A sweep by Ginebra would give the Kings a 9-2 record, which can only be matched by San Miguel and either the Bolts or the Hotshots. View comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essay LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekendlast_img read more

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WATCH: Kyrie Irving surprises dad ahead of Father’s Day with home renovation

first_imgAfter amassing millions in his budding NBA career, Kyrie Irving has never forgotten to give back to his parents.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 The Cleveland Cavaliers’ starting point guard handed out the perfect Father’s Day gift to his dad, Drederick—a remodeled home.With the help of interior design professionals from the hit series “My Houzz,” Irving and his sister Asia redecorated their childhood home in West County, New Jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He sacrificed a lot,” Irving described his father, who continues to live in their old house. “Ultimately gave up his dream to play basketball professionally [to support the family].”After two months of renovation, Kyrie escorted his dad to his newly fixed place and was greeted by a more spacious layout and a modernized design. Vowing to return, Rodman wraps up low-key Pyongyang visit 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagecenter_img The highlight of the house, meanwhile, remained to be the family’s trophy room, where the elder Irving kept all of his children’s trophies and other mementos.Kyrie couldn’t help but get choked up after seeing how his father kept every trophy he has had.Drederick, on the other hand, seemed quite delighted with his new home.“I’m just so grateful for Asia and Kyrie,” he said. “Just a good feeling as a parent to know your kids have your back and they think about you. It’s just a nice gesture on their part.”The “My Houzz” series documents public figures as they surprise a close family member with a home renovation. Previous episodes featured the likes of Kirsten Bell, Mila Kunis and Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, among others.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH View commentslast_img read more

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Abueva unfazed by Alaska’s slew of losses: ‘We will come back’

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlaska is in the middle of its worst losing streak in franchise history but brash forward Calvin Abueva is not a bit bothered.Despite losing its 10th straight game, Abueva is confident the Aces are capable of entering the PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs and turning their fortunes around.ADVERTISEMENT “We’ll make the playoffs and of course we’ll return the favor to Phoenix,” said Abueva who finished with eight points, seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re really not that concerned,” said Abueva in Filpino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena after losing to Phoenix 95-93.“We will come back and of course we’ll do something to stop this losing streak.”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 starsAlaska is 0-2 so far in the PBA Governors’ Cup but it lost eight straight games at the close of the Commissioner’s Cup.The Aces’ latest loss was a hard blow with Fuel Masters’ Eugene Phelps dealing the final jab at the buzzer. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Dellavedova surprised with PBA’s physicality Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

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Federer passes five-set test to advance at US Open

first_img“I think this is going to give me a lot of confidence,” Federer said. “It’s important to go through all of these emotional roller coasters early. That pressure is not fun but it’s what you have to go through.”The match was Federer’s first since losing the Montreal final to Alexander Zverev nearly three weeks ago. He withdrew from Cincinnati with a sore back the following week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I was worried in the beginning from my back issue from a couple weeks ago but I loosened up,” Federer said, calling his back “extremely well” and adding “it’s only going to get better from here.”“To get through a five-set match you’ve got to be healthy. I believe this is going to give me great confidence in my game and my body.” Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 29: Frances Tiafoe congratulates Roger Federer of Switzerland after their match on Day Two of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 29, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images/AFPRoger Federer made a narrow escape in a tense five-set thriller Tuesday, sorting out worries about a back injury and poor preparation to reach the second round of the US Open.The 19-time Grand Slam champion outlasted 70th-ranked US 19-year-old Frances Tiafoe 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in a shockingly tough battle that boosted his hopes of a deep run on the New York hardcourts.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Tiafoe was disappointed he could not stay atop Federer after breaking in the opening game.“He won by the skin of his teeth,” Tiafoe said. “I felt like when I was playing well, I was controlling most of the rallies. When I was hitting the ball big, he wasn’t really doing much except staying steady with me.”But that was enough. Federer has not made a first-round exit in a Grand Slam since the 2003 French Open and has never lost an opener on the New York hardcourts. But Tiafoe tested him.“It was more than a test,” Federer said. “It was exciting. It’s why I came to New York as well, to go through these emotions.”It also was Federer’s first match under the $150 million Arthur Ashe Stadium roof that became operational last year.“To see the new addition of the sliding roof, it’s wonderful,” Federer said. “I’m the lucky guy who got to play through the rain so I’m very happy about the roof.”Asked about the noise level with the roof closed, an issue that drew complaints from top-ranked rival Rafael Nadal, Federer said, “When you guys get going it’s even a better atmosphere than we used to have.”“I expected worse because I heard comments like this. I didn’t think it was that bad and when the crowd got into it, it was really cool… I felt like the energy was back in the building again. It was a lot of fun playing in that atmosphere.”Nadal and Federer have never faced each other at the US Open but could meet in this year’s semi-finals.And Federer is the only player who can dethrone Nadal as world number one at the US Open. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Australia proves fertile talent pool for NBA Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Third seed Federer will next meet either Russia’s Mikhail Youzhny, who is 0-16 against him, or Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic, 0-1 against Federer, as the Swiss chases a record sixth US Open crown.The 36-year-old Swiss, who won this year’s Wimbledon and Australian Open crowns, took the US Open titles from 2004-2008.The intense match came after limited preparation due to his back issues.“I always knew I was going to come in rusty or not great. I was hoping to start better,” Federer said. “I was being too cautious with my movement. In the second set it all started to come together.“I enjoyed myself even though I was maybe tired and nervous at the end. It was cool to be part of that match. I’m really excited I won.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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India to take on Australia in hockey final today

first_imgAustralia may have been unbeatable in recent times but India will bank on the positive momentum generated in the past few games and a partisan home crowd to secure the coveted gold medal in men’s hockey at the Commonwealth Games.India will be confident after beating Pakistan and England in their last two matches. The noise and the atmosphere at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium has undoubtedly played a big role in India securing their first-ever medal in the event at the Games but Jose Brasa’s men will not want to rest on their laurels.Australia, the world champions and Champions Trophy winners, will like to make it a unique treble as no other men’s team has achieved the feat. And legendary coach Ric Charlesworth will like to emulate himself as he had won the three competitions with the Australian women’s team in 1998.Charlesworth had an unhappy short stint in India and was repeatedly frustrated by what he saw as an un-cooperative attitude by the establishment. Some payment issues also contributed to a premature end to his tenure.India were beaten 2-5 by the Aussies at the World Cup at the same venue earlier this year and the scoreline remained the same when the two sides met in a pool match here. So they shouldn’t lack motivation to make amends.It also promises to be a tactical battle between the two master coaches. India got an immense high by thrashing Pakistan 7- 4 to secure a semi-final spot.Then they came back from 1-3 down to beat England in a tie-breaker. That being an evening tie and played over a longer period will give the hosts less time to recover.advertisementBut the adrenalin rush a packed and screaming home crowd provides can be a crucial factor. Australia plays an all-out attacking brand of hockey which the Indians found difficult to counter in the pool game. Their pressing game and quick off-theball running forced the Indian defence into two early mistakes.The Indians then faded away in the second half. In that context the performance against England was heartening as the Indians ended the match strongly.Sandeep Singh will still be a concern for Brasa as he misses more than he converts on penalty corners, though, his defensive play and distribution seem to have improved.Shivendra Singh, Sardar Singh, Sarvanjit Singh and skipper Rajpal Singh have been on song. Veteran Arjun Halappa has been the vital link between defence and attack while keeper Bharat Chetri will be full of confidence after saving a penalty stroke against England.The Aussie threats are numerous. The team has a few newcomers but that has not diminished its potency. Captain Jamie Dwyer will look to star in the big match. Desmond Abbott, Luke Doerner, Liam de Young, Glenn Turner, Eddie Ockenden and Mark Knowles have been there and done that. Youngsters like Trent Mitton have blended seamlessly into the squad.Aussie women win goldDefending champions Australia needed a tie-breaker to see off New Zealand and seal the gold medal in women’s hockey. With the Kiwis striking in the final minute to make it 2-2, the match went into extra-time and then to penalty strokes where Australia prevailed 4-2.last_img read more

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