Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the chief support, Jonas Sultan trounced former world champion Johnriel Casimero by scores of 116-112, 117-111, 115-113.He earned the right to challenge countryman Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF super lightweight title.Other bouts saw a fading Jason Pagara earn a split draw against late replacement James Onyango of Kenya in a welterweight bout and King Arthur Villanueva beat Richie Mepranum by third round technical knockout in a bantamweight tussle.Rising star Kevin Jake Cataraja of Cebu climbed to 7-0 with six KOs following a second round stoppage of Gen. Santos City’s Wiljan Ugbaniel. —ROY LUARCAADVERTISEMENT View comments The Cagayan de Oro native dominated the early goings, but Hekkie found his bearing starting in the fourth and engaged the Filipino in furious exchanges on several occasions.An accidental headbutt produced a cut on Melindo’s left eye, which was compounded by another bloody cut on the right eye in the 10th round.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 shutoutDespite blurry vision, however, Melindo fought with energy and fury to earn the nod of judges Takeo Harada, 117-110, and Glenn Trowbrudge, 115-112. Judge Carl Zappia saw Budler the winner, 115-113.The 29-year-old Melindo raised his record to 37-2 with 13 knockouts, while Budler, also 29 and also nicknamed “The Hexecutioner.” fell to 31-3 (10 KOs). MOST READ A bloodied Milan Melindo knocked down Hecto “Hekkie” Budler in the 12th and final round Saturday night to salvage his International Boxing Federation junior flyweight crown by split decision at Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.Coupled with a strong 11th performance, Melindo, who sustained cuts in both eyes, toppled the tough South African in the headliner of Pinoy Pride 42: Clash for Glory.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:23Fans react to Pacquiao downing Thurman01:37Protesters 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 5-way PBA Govs’ Cup race for 3 premium slots
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Lopez drops 34 on Nets, D-Lo gets 17 in Lakers’ win QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES The last time Blatche saw action for Gilas was during the 2017b Seaba Championship last May.The Xinjiang Flying Tigers center was sent back home to the United States by his mother ball club due to injury, but Reyes shared that the Syracuse native is expected to arrive in Manila on Nov. 12 to join the team’s trainings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Philippines’ center Andray Blatche dunks the ball against Singapore. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAndray Blatche is set to team up anew with four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo and one of Asia’s top guards Jayson Castro as they headline Gilas Pilipinas’ 23-man pool for the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers.National team coach Chot Reyes has submitted the list of names on Friday. The Philippine team has already started its preparations for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers scheduled later this month.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Also making the cut are mainstays Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Japeth Aguilar, and Gabe Norwood, returnees Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, and LA Revilla, cadets Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, and Russel Escoto, and PBA rookie Kiefer Ravena.Thirteen of the 23 names attended Gilas’ evening session at Meralco Gym.Jalalon, who is nursing a lateral colateral ligament sprain, dropped by, while Romeo are Ravena are still out-of-town, but will immediately join the squad’s sessions upon their return.The Philippines is slotted in Group B of the Asian qualifiers, together with reigning 2017 Fiba Asia champions Australia, and regional rivals Japan and Chinese Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Jayson,Pogs,Matt,Allein,Gabe, Calvin,CBC,Mac,Troy, Mond, Jap, JMF practiced today. Jio came but is out (LCL).TR & KR still OOT. AB on d 12th— Chot Reyes (@coachot) November 3, 2017 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gilas opens its quest for a slot in the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China on Nov. 24 against Japan at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo, before flying home and taking on Chinese Taipei on Nov. 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ View comments
Reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks is back in the fold for Alab, which also tapped NBA veteran Ivan Johnson. —BONG LOZADA AND RANDOLPH LEONGSON, INQUIRER.NETFirst Game scores:FEU 79—Parker 18, Orizu 14, Tolentino 10, Dennison 9, Trinidad 9, Cani 8, Tuffin 4, Escoto 3, Comboy 2, Bayquin 2, Inigo 0, Ebona 0, Ramirez 0.UE 63—Pasaol 18, Olayon 14, Maloles 8, Acuno 8, Manalang 7, Bartolome 4, Conner 4, Derige 0, Varilla 0, Cullar 0, Toribio 0, Abanto 0.Quarters: 18-22, 29-33, 49-49, 79-63 MOST READ “We need more wins in our remaining games but this is a good confidence-booster for us going into the homestretch,” said Racela.Jasper Parker orchestrated the plays for FEU, finishing with 18 points and eight assists, while Prince Orizu powered the Tamaraws inside with 14 points and 13 rebounds.Tolentino, who celebrated his 22nd birthday, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds off the bench.Alvin Pasaol contributed 18 points and seven boards, while Mark Olayon added 14 points and six assists for UE.Meanwhile, Filipino basketball fans are in for a treat as tickets to Tanduay Alab Pilipinas season opener in the Asean Basketball League will be free, according to team manager Charlie Dy.The Philippines will take on defending champion Hong Kong on Nov. 19 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next The Falcons led by as many as 21 points, but needed to quell the Fighting Maroons’ final rally to post their ninth win in 13 games and move beyond reach of first game winner Far Eastern University.The FEU Tamaraws gored the University of the East Red Warriors, 79-63, to climb to 6-6 and fourth place.UE fell out of Final Four contention after dropping to 3-10.With the Fighting Maroons closing in, 74-66, behind the hot hands of Paul Desiderio, the Falcons countered with 12 straight points, six coming from Jerrick Ahanmisi, to seal the outcome and pull down UP to fifth at 5-7.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 shutoutFEU and UE were tied at 49 after the third quarter, but the Tamaraws found their groove in the fourth and pulled away behind a 21-8 scoring run.Prized transferee Arvin Tolentino capped that outburst that shoved FEU ahead, 70-57, with 3:27 to go.Tamaraws head coach Olsen Racela said their game against the Red Warriors was a crucial one for the team, which came into the game having lost its last two outings and is in a tight race for the fourth spot. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Reed, Morris head Australian invasion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Adamson trounced University of the Philippines, 86-70, on Sunday to book the third semifinal seat in UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
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 Ryan Bader. APNEW YORK — Ryan Bader defeated Phil Davis by split decision in his Bellator debut to win the promotion’s light heavyweight championship on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.Bader (23-5) defeated Davis in an MMA bout for the second time in his career and his win capped the undercard in Bellator’s New York debut. Bader won a lackluster bout filled with more boos than blows. Referee Dan Miragliotta stepped between the fighters in the fourth round and warned them about inactivity — one of the few times the crowd cheered in a TV bout designed in part to get fans hooked on ordering Bellator’s second pay-per-view card.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bader had edged out a split decision victory over Davis when the former Division I All-American wrestlers fought for the first time on a UFC card in January 2015. The loss was Davis’ last in UFC and he had won four straight Bellator fights headed into the rematch.The first fight was widely panned as boring and this one may have topped it for dormancy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBellator made its Madison Square Garden debut seven months after UFC christened the arena in the MMA genre with a record $17.7 million gate. Bellator was going to fall well shy of that massive box office bank, but for the No. 2 MMA promotion in the United States, just snagging a spot at MSG was a needed credibility boost.Bellator will wait to find out if the pay-per-view buys (at $49.95 a clip) hit 200,000, the total the company aimed for to count as a major success. Bellator broadcast on pay-per-view for only the second time in promotional history, signaling another step in its growth as a rival for the industry-leading UFC. Bellator staged its only previous pay-per-view event in May 2014, shortly before CEO Scott Coker took over the promotion. Bellator, founded only in 2008, has failed to build that mainstream star that UFC has in the mold of Ronda Rousey and Conor McGregor. Bellator has eschewed the PPV model and built its fan base on the strength of live TV cards on Spike (broadcast home of Saturday’s undercard) and by signing past-their-primetime MMA players to main event their biggest cards. Kimbo Slice, Ken Shamrock, Royce Gracie and Rampage Jackson all took their turn in main event bouts more spectacle than sport that delivered record ratings for Bellator.Bellator did sign more than just a few 40-something fighters for its New York debut. Aaron Pico, 20, was set to make his pro debut against Zach Freeman. Pico advanced to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in wrestling last year and was a junior golden gloves champion in 2009. Bellator jumped to sign him in 2014 and has perhaps the top prospect in the MMA game.Heather Hardy, a boxer signed under promoter Lou Dibella, won her professional MMA debut with a bloody TKO over Alice Yauger. Hardy, of Brooklyn, New York, had the crowd going wild when she dropped Yauger with a vicious right. Hardy suffered a deep cut over her left eye following an accidental head-butt. Even the New York crowd gasped when blood gushed down Hardy’s face. Hardy wiped it off, then wiped out Yauger while the crowd roared.“I think I just fell in love. I’m hooked,” she said. “I can’t feel it, but I have stitches in my face.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Pacquiao vows to leave Australia as world champion 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Bellator loaded the card with some of the biggest names in MMA to make a splash in New York.Wanderlei Silva takes on Chael Sonnen in the main event grudge match; a fight first scheduled for a UFC pay-per-view in 2014. The 40-year-old Silva, who made his name fighting for Pride in Japan, was set for his Bellator debut following a six-year run in UFC. Sonnen, also 40, was choked out by Tito Ortiz in his Bellator debut in January. Ortiz was on hand at the Garden.Fedor Emelianenko fights Matt Mitrione in a heavyweight bout. Emelianenko (also 40, continuing the trend) may be the greatest fighter to never sign with UFC. The Russian won his last five fights, but the days when he ruled in Japan as one of MMA’s most dynamic fighters and top heavyweights are well behind him.In a sign Bellator craves star power over super bouts, neither of the two main events were for a championship.Coker wore a headset as he sat cage side and watched a bank of monitors, former NFL great Herschel Walker in the first row behind him. Coker might have listened to the revamped broadcast lineup. Bellator signed Mike Goldberg, unceremoniously dumped last year by UFC after 20 years as the voice of the company, and veteran combat sports announcer Mauro Ranallo to bolster the broadcast booth.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Horn brushes off Pacquiao call to review loss CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino talent Rocky Batolbatol has yet to win a match in ONE Championship, having suffered three straight losses since his debut in the promotion back in 2014.He will try to change that when he faces Su Noto (6-3) in ONE Championship: Conquest of Kings in Surabaya, East Java in Indonesia.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Ever since my last fight, I did not stop training. It is truly an honor to showcase my talent and skills on a global stage like ONE Championship,” said Batolbatol.Batolbatol (5-3) lost in his debut match against Martin Nguyen, submitting to a rear-naked choke in the second round then suffered the same fate against Anthony Engelen in 2016, this time in the opening period.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 starsThe Filipino’s third fight in the Asian promotion was again disappointing after losing to Christian Lee via technical knockout.Noto, though, is no pushover with the Indonesian boasting four wins in the promotion. MOST READ View comments LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection
Quarters: 15-15, 27-34, 55-50, 81-74. Balanza notched a career-high of 20 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the losing effort for Letran (1-3).Bong Quinto added 19 markers and 15 boards, while Rey Nambatac had 18 points and five rebounds, but committed seven turnovers in the defeat.The Scores:SAN BEDA 81 – Bolick 22, Mocon 17, Soberano 16, Noah 8, Adamos 5, Potts 3, Doliguez 3, Abuda 3, Tankoua 2, Carino 2, Oftana 0, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0, Bahio 0, Cabanag 0.LETRAN 74 – Balanza 20, Quinto 19, Nambatac 18, Calvo 14, Taladua 2, Ambohot 1, Balagasay 0, Pamulaklakin 0, Bernabe 0, Gedaria 0, Vacaro 0, Mandreza 0, Caralipio 0.ADVERTISEMENT Jerrick Balanza kept the Knights in the game and trimmed the lead to as low as one, 62-61, midway in the period, but Bolick and Mocon drained the insurance buckets as San Beda held off its fierce rival.“We started strong, but in the first few minutes of the ball game, credit to Letran because they came back and they even led by 10 points. I did just challenge the guys in the locker room to stick with our system, stick with our game plan, and play as a team,” said coach Boyet Fernandez.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 starsMocon just missed out on a triple-double with 17 markers, 10 boards, and eight assists, while AC Soberano shot 4-of-10 from three to wound up with 16.San Beda rose up to solo second place with a 4-1 slate. View comments Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda recovered its bearings in the second half as it outlasted Letran, 81-74 for its third straight win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Robert Bolick carried the load for the Red Lions with 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists, but it was the duo of Javee Mocon and AC Soberano which helped the Red Lions recover from an early 10-point hole as the two poured 19 of the team’s 28 huge third quarter points to grab the 55-50 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ I’m staying at Real, says Ronaldo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant
Gilas Pilipinas routs Iraq, stays unscathed in Fiba Asia Cup DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Paras, whose father Benjie also won for the country a SEA Games gold, added that he will be taking on whatever role the coach requires of him.“You know I’m not selfish,” he said. “I won’t walk in and be like I wanna be the main scorer or anything like that. If coach tells me to defend, I’ll defend the best player out there. If he tells me to rebound, I’m gonna do it as much as I can.”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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from Fiba.comNineteen-year-old basketball sensation Kobe Paras said Gilas Pilipinas will be a dominant force in the coming Southeast Asian Games and doesn’t mind taking a reduced role in the team’s gold-medal bid.“You can see the lineup, this is the best I’ve been part of,” said Paras, who has played in the US NCAA Division I, during a sendoff for Team Philippines Thursday night. “My teammates, when I was in high school, these guys are the ones I looked up to.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Angelique Kerber of Germany returns a shot to Naomi Osaka of Japan during the first round match of the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo. / AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKAFormer world No. 1 Angelique Kerber thrashed Japan’s Naomi Osaka 6-3, 6-4 at the Pan Pacific Open women’s tennis tournament on Monday to avenge a humiliating loss at the US Open.Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic suffered an epic Tokyo meltdown, meanwhile, as she was pulverised by China’s Wang Qiang, who inflicted the dreaded “double bagel” on the eighth seed to win 6-0, 6-0 and reach the second round.ADVERTISEMENT “I was trying to come out, focus on every single point and make it better than last time,” said Kerber.“Naomi is a tough opponent and a great talent. For sure she will have great success in the future.”The 19-year-old Osaka, born of a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, went on to reach the third round of the US Open after stunning Kerber.But the world number 44 almost appeared to be tanking at times at the venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, such was her lack of gusto. She committed 38 unforced errors — including a wild forehand on match point — in a performance she will want to forget in a hurry.Elsewhere, Japanese wildcard Kurumi Nara beat Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments “It gives me confidence that I was able to turn it around,” said Nara. “Hopefully I can take that spirit into the next match.”Two-time champion Agnieszka Radwanska, seeded sixth, pulled out of the tournament with a virus, according to organisers.Wimbledon champion and new women’s world number one Garbine Muguruza heads a strong field in Tokyo featuring several top 10 players including Karolina Pliskova, Caroline Wozniacki and Johanna Konta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Kerber, seeded seventh, crashed to a shock 6-3, 6-1 first-round defeat by Osaka in New York last month as defending champion. But a repeat never seemed likely on Monday as the German quickly took control.READ: Kerber goes from champ to 1st-round loser at rainy US OpenFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingKerber, who has slipped back to 14th in the world since winning last year’s Australian and US Open titles, ripped forehands past her teenage opponent seemingly at will in the first set.Osaka’s game unravelled completely in the second, giving Kerber a welcome opportunity to work her way back to form after a poor run of results and to seal victory in an hour and 23 minutes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Wayne Rooney hit by two-year ban after drink-drive guilty plea
Even as the visiting athletes and international delegates are enjoying some “excellent” food at Commonwealth Games Village, the army of media persons, who are there at the venue for the coverage, are virtually left starving.Due to security reasons, no one is allowed to enter the Games Village with any food item and to add to their woes there are no food counters for the journalists even inside the Village, which has left them live on just tea and biscuits.A vending machine, serving tea and coffee, at the media centre, are the only things available to the scribes.About 30 mediapersons are always present at the media centre, while several others are stationed at the International Zone, where one can only get some maggie, chocolates and cold drinks but there also, a scribe has access for only 45 minutes.”We had asked the volunteers to make some food available to us. We also told them that we would pay for it but they claimed that the orders will have to come from the higher ranks,” said a journalist.Journalists and cameramen, who are stationed at entry gate, do not even have access to water. They have to depend on the volunteers if they need some.The unavailability of food is not the only problem the journalists are facing, some of them, who failed to collect their accreditation cards earlier, have also complained that they were denied data cards, which were distributed earlier along with the accreditation cards.”It’s annoying,” said one senior scribe.advertisementThings might have been improving in the Games Village but journalists are still having tough times.- With inputs from PTI
Amandeep Singh assured India of its first boxing medal at the ongoing Commonwealth Games by advancing to the semi-finals with a 7-1 triumph over Malaysia’s Muhammad Fuad here today.The Punjab-boxer, for whom it would be his maiden CWG medal whatever be the colour, will now take on Ireland’s Paddy Barnes, who beat Australian Andrew Moloney 5-3 in a tense quarterfinal bout.”I am very happy to have assured myself of my first Commonwealth Games medal but the task would not be complete till I get the gold,” Amandeep said after his bout.Interestingly, Amandeep had defeated Fuad by exactly the same margin in the semi-finals of the Commonwealth championships held here earlier this year.The encounter today had its fair share of drama after the initial lull, during which the first round ended 0-0. More than half of Amandeep’s points came because of Fuad’s recklessness.Fuad was warned twice in the bout for ducking and ending up head-butting Amandeep in the process.”That is why it became difficult to connect punches because he was ducking too much,” said Amandeep.Suranjoy Singh (52kg) will also be aiming for a semi-final berth in the ongoing afternoon session of the event.
Chennai opener Michael Hussey scored an unbeaten 83 as the hosts beat Bangalore by 21 runs in their IPL match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai, on Saturday. Score | PhotosChasing a mammoth 184, Bangalore could only manage to score are 162/7 in their allotted 20 overs.Chennai batsmen got their act right and it was time for their bowlers to showcase their prowess and they did that with lan. Chennai’s South African import Ablie Morkel scalped Bangalore opener Tillakaratne Dilshan on the second ball of the innings to reduce them to 1/1.One wicket in one over and the equation went on. In the second over, new man Asad Pathan fell was bowled by Kiwi paceman Tim Southee and Bangalore were down to 17/2. Another wicket, but this time it came in the fifth over. Opener Mayank Agarwal departed with caught Albie Morkel, bowled R Ashwin on 7 written against his name. And Bangalore fell to 31/3.But Bangalore team management knew till the time Virat Kohli and De Villiers were in the middle, things might just fall in place for them. But, Shadab Jakati shattered their hopes by breaking their 42-run stand in the 11th over.Jakati had been targeting Kohli for long. When Jakati saw him charge down the track, he bowled full outside the off and a top edge from Kohli was pouched by Srikkanth Anirudha at long-on. He fell for 35 and Bangalore fell to 73/4.However, De Villiers continued to bat even as wickets kept falling at the other end. Soon Bangalore were down to 127/6 and the required rate had climbed to 18.66.advertisementFinally, he departed in the 19th over off Albie Morkel’s ball and that ended all hopes for Bangalore, who went down by 21 runs.Chennai inningsMichael Hussey scored an unbeaten 83 as Chennai posted 183/5 against Bangalore.Earlier, Chennai skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat and his openers Michael Hussey and Murali Vijay got off to a flyer. The two charged away at the opposition bowlers. They were even assisted by some sloppy fielding. Mohammad Kaif dropped Hussey off Johan van der Wath in the fifth over.But Ryan Ninan managed to apply breaks on their charge scalping Vijay in the 7th over. Vijay hit Ninan for a six and then went for a repeat, but ended up giving a catch to Zaheer Khan in the deep. he fell for 31 after helping his team to 51/6.Then new man Suresh Raina and opener Michael Hussey put 45 runs for the second wicket before Ninan struck again to scalp Raina in the 11th over when he was batting on on 29 and the team total was 96.Soon the run rate shot up with Hussey and skipper MS Dhoni at the crease. The run rate was just shy off 10 an over. Still Bangalore bowlers tried to have their way and finally Zaheer Khan succeeded. Dhoni hit him for a six in the 17th over and then went for another similar shot, instead gave a top edge to keeper AB de Villiers on 147/3. He scored 22. Strangely, all three batsmen hit six and then got out on thevery next ball.However, Hussey proved to be lucky as he got to lives in the 18th over off Johan van der Wath, when Asad Pathan and Mayank Agarwal dropped him in the space of two balls.Hussey carried his bat through score an unbeaten 83 as Chennai scored a fine 183/5 in 20 overs.
The Pakistan Cricket Board has recovered a fine of (Pakistani) Rs 4.5 million from former national captain Shahid Afridi. A senior official of the board confirmed that the finance department had deducted the fine amount from the dues that were to be paid to Afridi for the World Cup and tour to West Indies.”In total the board had to pay him around Rs5.5 million out of which we deducted the fine amount in full,” the official said.The disciplinary committee of the board had fined Afridi for several breaches of the code of conduct last month.The fine came after a stand-off between Afridi and the PCB over his removal as captain of the ODI team in May. He announced his retirement and criticised the board for its conduct and not respecting senior players.After he withdrew a case against the PCB from the Sindh High Court, Afridi appeared before the disciplinary committee which fined him but asked the board to issue him an NOC to play for Hampshire in England’s domestic Twenty20 event.This is the second highest fine amount recovered from a Pakistani player after the record Rs 7 million that were deducted from retired fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar’s dues.With inputs from PTI
PT UshaThe National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted its fourth raid of the month and made a surprise check at the PT Usha School of Athletics at Kozhikode, Kerala, on Friday.A NADA team, headed by senior project officer V Jayraman raided the academy rooms and collected urine samples of six athletes for dope testing.Earlier this month, NADA had conducted surprise checks at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala and Sports Authority of India’s centres at Bangalore and Bhopal.On Friday, experts from NADA also conducted a detailed session of awareness on doping with the athletes and coaches. There were no supplements found in any of the rooms, which were searched.”The team reached the Institute at 12pm and checked rooms of athletes for banned substances and also took urine samples on a random basis. A total of six urine samples were collected which will be brought to Delhi for testing. No food supplements were found in the rooms,” read a statement from NADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar.”A programme for education and awareness is being drawn up for sportspersons in Kerala in view of the forthcoming National Games, which includes printing and distribution of educational material in Malayalam,” he added.NADA insists that it will continue its drive against the doping menace in the country and more surprise checks will be conducted at centres where the athletes are training.So far, the results of samples collected from Patiala and Bangalore have been out and none of them have returned positive while the results of those collected from Bhopal are still awaited.advertisement
Over two thousand delirious soccer lovers gave sleep the miss as they danced, cried and shouted slogans eulogising football magician Lionel Messi, who arrived in Kolkata early on Wednesday amid stringent security for Friday’s first ever FIFA official international friendly match in the Indian sub-continent featuring Argentina and Venezuela.However, the large number of people, who were waiting for hours at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport to welcome the Argentine superstar, were left heartbroken as the organisers packed him into a vehicle from the tarmac and drove him out of the airport through a sidegate.”I can only say that Messi is in town,” said Bhaswar Goswami, executive director of Celebrity Management, promoters of the match at the Salt Lake Stadium in Kolkata.Messi was accompanied by his Barcelona FC teammate Javier Mascherano. The duo reached the eastern Indian metropolis after playing the club’s La Liga game with Villareal on Monday. Messi scored twice in the second half as Barca cantered to a 5-0 victory.The soccer lovers, who had defied a drizzle to assemble in large numbers to welcome their hero in the wee hours, failed to have a glimpse of the Argentine genius, who was driven straight to the team hotel near the stadium.Earlier the crowd of mostly die hard fans of the 24-year-old football icon made it a carnival atmosphere in the airport’s vicinity.Many sported the sky blue and white jerseys of the Argentine team, and carried flags of the Latin American side. Wild cheers of “Messi, Messi” were heard constantly.advertisement”We will stay here the whole night. For the next few days we will only relish every minute of the historic occasion,” said Manas Dutta of the Nabin Sangha Fans Club, wearing Messi’s number 10 jersey.Some of the soccer fans also had their faces painted in the colours of the Argentine or the Barcelona jerseys with Messi written on their bare chests.Some of the Messi fans seemed emotional, with tears of joy rolling down their cheeks at the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see their hero from close range.”I can do anything to have a glimpse of Messi today. I will see him today,” said a young man, who wore a Barcelona jersey with Messi’s picture.A group of youngsters were seen going round and round holding a big Argentine flag atop their head. “Messi, welcome to India” said banners. A few tri-colours were also seen.A middle aged father came with his young daughter and son, the latter an ardent Messi fan. “We are a middle class family. But to catch a glimpse of Messi we are even prepared to have lunch and dinner at the hotel where Messi would be staying. We are prepared to bear all costs,” said the teenage son.However, the turnout of the soccer buffs to greet Messi fell far short of the 50,000 odd crowd which had gathered in 2008 to welcome football legend Diego Maradona who had come on a two-day trip to the city to attend a host of programmes.
We are minutes away from the much-talked about Argentina vs Venezuela match, which will see Barcelona star Lionel Messi wear the captain’s arm band for the first time in his career. PhotosThe move has been done to bring in the crowds at the famous Salt Lake Stadium.But, the Messi-mania had already gripped the city months before the D-Day. And today the Stadium is packed to the brim with fans across the country converging to see their ‘God’ of football.Blog of the happenings at the stadium and on the web:Stars tweet on Messi matchWriter Taslima Nasreen: He is god of football and He is messi of the universe.Bollywood star Neha Dhupia: Futbol fever is in full swing here in Kolkatta… Litle kids runnin around in Messi jerseys, waving flags.. Absolutely delightful!Some interesting tweets before the matchOh wow. Today is #messi’s first match as Argentina captain. History being made at Kolkata.24 underprivileged children will walk alongside the players of Argentina & Venezuela as they come out to play in Kolkata – a dream come true.14-year-old Rohit Mallik living in a slum of Kolkata would be walking alongside Messi as the team steps out to playFrom the Salt Lake Stadium6:45 pm: Crowds are chanting Messi Messi and the chants are growing louder by the minute.6: 55 pm: Its blue all the way…all roads seem 2 lead to the Yuba Bharati Kirangan (Salt Lake Stadium) as people are going berserk.6:59 pm: The players step in in the centre of the Salt Lake Stadium. advertisement7:05 pm: Player meet the Governor of West Bengal M.K Narayanan and All India Football Federation president Praful Patel7:10 pm: National anthems of the two countries Argentina and Venezuela being played (A mess up here) Here’s what the twitter says: They announced Argentina’s national anthem and played Venezuelan & Vice Versa. What a shame! 7:15 pm: Messi gets early ball control.7:20 pm: The No. 10 player (Messi) fails to gather the ball near the box and falls to the ground.7:23 pm: Argentina No. 7 Angel Di Maria fails to convert an easy pass near the box.7:30 pm: Venezuela player Roborto Rosales fails to convert after heading close to the goal post7:33 pm: Angel Di Maria fails to convert off a pass from captain Messi.7:36 pm: Messi misses a good chance.7:43 pm: Argentina captain Messi ran through the opposition ranks and shot off towards the net from near the box, but the Venezuela goalkeeper Rafael Romo made a nice save. It has been Argentina match all the way, but for those final finishes7:45 pm: Venezuela’s Nicolas Fedor fails to convert and his cross goes past the goal post.7:48 pm: Venezuela players strike again but miss.7:55 pm: Venezuela’s Cesar Gonzalez misses the goal by inches and hits the back of the goal net.8: 00 pm: break – scoreline reads 0-0Interesting update: For those who didn’t have time to pick up an Argentina jersey, they wore blue t-shirts and tops. Read more8: 20 pm: Players back in field and again it’s Argentina players to dominate the game.8:40 pm: Messi misses the free-kick and the ball goes past the goal post.8:44 pm: Another miss and the scoreline remains the same.8: 47 pm: Finally Argentina go one goal up in the match. And it was captain Messi’s conrner that did the trick. He took an aerial shot and Nicols Otamendi converted with a header near the goalmouth. It was his first goal in 12 matches. Argentina are 1-0.9:05 pm: Messi misses another chance in goalmouth melee9:10 pm: match over and Argentina win 1-0 with Lionel Messi and Nicols Otamendi combining for the lone goal.More off twitter Cameraman exceptional – he could hv hit ten fish eye for sure – only only focused on MessiFor this 90 minute match – our experts in Kolkata will discuss for 90 days and find 900 magic moments of Messi :)Post match updateLoinel Messi: Media playing a big role. Great job guys.Finally Messi receives the winner’s trophy.
Allison Schmitt anchored the American girls to Olympic gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay. Schmitt charged down Australia’s Alicia Coutts to take gold for the US in 7 minutes, 43.92 seconds, an Olympic record.”I knew it was going to be close,” Schmitt said on Wednesday.”I was just trying to swim my own race and save legs on that first 50m, just like I did last night and bring it home strong for the US.”Coutts, meanwhile, focused on the positives.”I got a phone call at quarter past twelve today telling me I was in the relay. I was a bit nervous coming in. Hopefully, I made the girls proud with what I did.”The Australians, who won the 4x100m relay on Saturday, clocked 7:44.41, while France, the early leader, hung on for bronze in 7:47.49.
Indian Hockey team touched a new low by finishing at the bottom of the competition after being beaten 3-2 by South Africa in the 11-12 place classification match at the Olympic Games on Saturday. This was the sixth straight loss at the Riverbank Arena for the Indian team, who made a return to the Olympics after failing to qualify for the 2008 Games in Beijing.The previous lowest position that the country had occupied was eighth at the 1996 Atlanta Games.For South Africa, Andrew Cronje (8th minute), Timothy Drummond (34th) and Lloyd Norris-Jones (65th) sounded the board, while Sandeep Singh (14th) and Dharamvir Singh (67th) scored for India.India had finished 11th at the 2006 World Cup in Monchengladbach against the same opponents but this time, their South African rivals turned the table.It was in the capital of Great Britain that the Indian hockey team had clinched the 1948 Olympic gold medal in what was independent India’s first major international sporting achievement.Thirty-eight years later, when London was the venue of the 1986 World Cup, the Indian team was pushed to the bottom of the 12-team competition, losing the playoff to Pakistan for the last spot.
Neymar has urged his Brazil teammates to rescue some of their battered pride after their humiliating World Cup semifinal defeat to Germany by beating the Netherlands in third-place play-off in Brasilia on Saturday.It is the one game that no team ever wants to take part in, but the encounter at the Mane Garrincha National Stadium took on extra significance after the hosts’ dream of lifting the trophy at the Maracana 24 hours later was ended by their record loss against the Germans.The mood in the Netherlands camp is the same as that in the Brazilian camp. The Oranje have a day less to prepare for the match after their agonising defeat on penalties to Argentina in Wednesday’s second semi-final in Sao Paulo.However, in contrast to Brazil, Holland will be able to look back on a campaign which started with a 5-1 thumping of Spain as a success. “We have had a fantastic tournament. Nobody expected us to get beyond the group stage,” said coach Louis van Gaal, who takes over at Manchester United.”We have a day’s less rest, which is not very fair. The thirdplace play-off is pointless. I was saying that 15 years ago, because you can have a fantastic tournament and then finish with two defeats,” he added.Nevertheless, the way in which Van Gaal’s superbly organised side has performed throughout the competition suggests they are quite capable of inflicting more pain on Brazil.”We were so close to reaching the final and I also had confidence that we could beat Germany,” said stalwart Dirk Kuyt.advertisementWith the sole exception of third-choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm, every member of the Dutch squad has played some part at the tournament, but Van Gaal may choose to give younger players such as Jordy Clasie and Memphis Depay a run-out from the start here.
The Judicial Commissioner has found both England’s James Anderson (right) and Ravindra Jadeja of India not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct. (AP photo)England’s pace spearhead James Anderson and Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were on Friday found not guilty of breaching ICC Code of Conduct after a marathon six-hour hearing, putting an end to the suspense over their participation for the remaining part of the Test series. Anderson and Jadeja not guilty, what? The hearing, conducted by Judicial Commissioner Gordon Lewis took place via video-conference, and verdict came as a huge relief for Anderson, who faced the prospect of a two-Test ban if he had been found guilty of a Level 3 offence.Anderson was accused of pushing and abusing Jadeja during the second day of the first Test at Trent Bridge on July 10.England had also pressed for a Level 2 charge against Jadeja as a counter move.”His Honor Gordon Lewis AM, the Judicial Commissioner, has found both England’s James Anderson and Ravindra Jadeja of India not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct,” ICC said in a statement.”The Judicial Commissioner reached his decisions following a six-hour hearing, which took place via video-conference. Witnesses, including some Indian and English players, provided evidence and were cross-examined by the respective legal counsels,” the statement added.The ECB and Anderson were represented in the hearings by Nick De Marco while Adam Lewis QC represented Jadeja. The hearings were also attended by the two team managers, the ECB?s Paul Downton, the BCCI?s Sundar Raman and MV Sridhar, the ICC?s General Manager (Cricket), Geoff Allardice, and the ICC?s Ethics and Regulatory lawyer, Sally Clark.advertisementAnderson and Jadeja were charged under Level 3 and 2 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel by India team manager Sunil Dev and England team manager Phil Neale respectively following the alleged incident.The Indians alleged that Anderson pushed and abused Jadeja when the players were leaving the ground for the lunch break and pressed with the charge.The England team then filed a counter charge of Level 2, against Jadeja but match referee David Boon downgraded it to a level 1 offence and docked him 50 percent of his match fee.Although it is an non-appealable offence, the Indians appealed against the verdict and the ICC accepted the plea.All Level 3 breaches carry a penalty of between four and eight Suspension Points while Level 2 offences carry a fine of between 50-100 per cent of applicable Match Fee and/or up to two Suspension Points. Two suspension points equates to a ban of one Test, or two ODIs, depending on which type of match is scheduled next for the suspended player.After a dramatic series-levelling defeat for India in the third Test, the action shifted to the Grand Harbour hotel in the city. The Indian team was lodged here for the duration of the stay in this city and thus it served well as the venue for the hearing.Anderson, who won the man-of-the-match award for his match haul of 7-77 in the 266-run victory for England, arrived at the hotel almost an hour ahead of the scheduled 9am start of the hearing.Gordon Lewis held the hearing from Melbourne via Skype as both sides presented their cases with their legal teams in tow.The Indian team was scheduled to leave for Manchester this morning, where the fourth Test will be played from August 7. Most of the 18-member squad and support staff did leave, with exception of skipper MS Dhoni, coach Duncan Fletcher, Jadeja himself and Gautam Gambhir, who were witnesses in the alleged incident.Dhoni and Jadeja were batting for India when they had returned to the pavilion during the lunch break when the latter was pushed on the way to the dressing room inside the pavilion. Ashwin and Gambhir were said to be present at the boundary line.England too presented their witnesses, namely wicket-keeper Matt Prior and all-rounder Stuart Broad, who arrived just before the hearing was scheduled to start.It is believed that the entire morning was spent in recording the deposition of the witnesses, and this process took nearly four hours. Prior and Broad left the premises together around 1pm, with Anderson overlooking from the hearing room?s window. An hour later, Gambhir left with his family and Fletcher too departed, both in separate cars.The hearing stretched further into a sixth hour as the depositions went on. It is understood that the Indian management had brought forth key video evidence in this matter, which was previously not available since the CCTV installed in the pavilion wasn?t yet in working condition for the second Test.advertisementAround 4pm then, almost six hours after the proceedings started, Dhoni, Jadeja and physio Evan Speechly (another witness) were seen leaving the premises.