CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Thailand brought down host Philippines, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20, to advance to the semifinal stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Thais set up a semifinals matchup against 10th-ranked Korea in the penultimate stage while the Philippines will duke it out against Chinese-Taipei in the bottom four of the classification stage.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago LATEST STORIES Read Next Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events PLAY LIST 01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’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 View comments Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The Philippines labored to score against the Thais’ superb defense, converting on just 28 of its total 114 spike attempts.Thailand, on the other hand, scored on 46 of its 109 spike attempts.READ: Macandili on facing powerhouse teams in AVC: ‘This is anybody’s game’Chatchu-on Moksri and Ajcharaporn Kongyot had 17 points apiece to lead Thailand while Wilavan Apinyapong added 13.Jovelyn Gonzaga spearheaded the 79th-ranked Philippines with 11 points while Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago, who scored tournament-highs in their previous game against Vietnamn, were limited to a combined 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT TNT taps Glen Rice Jr. as new import Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was pleased with the fight his team showed against the Asian powerhouse.READ: Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC 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“This is a game, you win some you lose some. But it’s how you fight that’s important,” said Vicente in Filipino. “I saw that the heart was still there and the determination to not give up was there also.”“It’s just unfortunate that we lost today.”
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:37Protesters 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Pride and joy WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Read Next For the third time in five years, LeBron James gave his Filipino fans another night to remember during his Strive for Greatness Tour 2017 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come backADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES Belying his 35 years, Nietes lived up to his moniker (Snake), striking and wobbling Reveco near the end of the sixth round before lunging for the kill with a hard right, three body punches and a lethal left in the seventh.The 34-year-old Reveco fell, staggered to beat the count, but was spared further punishment when his corner called the lopsided bout off at the 53-second mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter an uninterrupted reign of over a decade in three weight classes, Nietes finally proved that he’s indeed an elite fighter worthy of bigger, juicier pay-per-view bouts.No wonder, the pride of Murcia, Negros Occidental and torchbearer of Ala Promotions, sounded ecstatic after the victory that raised his record to 41-1-4 with 23 knockouts. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next 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 PH01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Viloria’s woes were compounded when he sustained a bloody cut on the left forehead caused by Dalakian’s wayward elbow in the 11th round.Now 37, Viloria skidded to 38-6, 23 knockouts.Dalakian stretched his win run to 16 with 11 knockouts. —ROY LUARCA Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving “Not only did I keep my title, I knocked my opponent out,” Nietes, who last tasted defeat in 2004, said in Filipino.In handing Reveco a fourth loss against 39 wins, Nietes lined himself up for a possible clash with Thai Srisaket Sor Rungvisai, who kept his World Boxing Council super flyweight title by majority decision over Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada in the headliner of the event shown by HBO.Nietes said he is also looking at either Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez or Estrada for his next fight.While Nietes’ career gained luster, that of Filipino-American Brian Viloria dimmed further.The bloodied “Hawaiian Punch” yielded to the younger Artem Dalakian of Ukraine in their battle for the vacant World Boxing Association flyweight tile by unanimous decision, 118-109 thrice.ADVERTISEMENT Vargas reaches out to Peping LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus There’s plenty of venom and power left in Donnie “Ahas” Nietes to instill fear among his peers.Fighting before a global audience for the first time, Nietes knocked out Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) to retain the International Boxing Federation flyweight crown in SuperFly 2 at The Forum in Inglewood, California.ADVERTISEMENT
LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Yet there were far more times when flipping the channel was the better option.No amount of soaring visuals or tear-jerking features or hokey patriotism could gloss over this reality: Team USA did not live up to expectations at the 2018 Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe flame was set to be doused Sunday night on a games that produced nine golds but only 23 medals overall, which represented the country’s lowest output since 1998 and, more perplexing, far below the U.S. Olympic Committee’s own target.If not for those shredders out at the snowboard mountain, who accounted for nearly half the golds (four) and seven medals in all, these Olympics would’ve been a total flop for the Americans. Someone’s got some ’splaining to do.They should start with whoever came up with that full-screen slide, presented to the USOC last year, projecting the Americans would take a minimum of 25 medals, set a supposedly realistic target of 37, and even threw out the laughable possibility of making off with 59 if absolutely everything went according to plan (and, presumably, a bunch of nations didn’t show up).Short of persuading the international blue bloods to come up with a few more sports Americans might be good at — snow basketball, anyone? — there are some serious areas of concern that must be addressed right away.Hey, the clock is already ticking on Beijing.Speedskating might be the biggest trouble spot, especially since it’s produced more U.S. winter medals than any other, but women’s figure skating and men’s Alpine skiing aren’t far behind.ADVERTISEMENT All were underachievers in Pyeongchang.Long-track speedskating made off with a single bronze, when it was projected to win at least three medals and had a target of four. While the powers-that-be wisely stayed away from the game plan that produced a Sochi shutout — hey, let’s train beforehand in totally different conditions than the Olympics and break in a new suit that actually makes us slower — the results were only marginally better.Some of the explanations were downright bizarre, such as Joey Mantia’s take after he came up about a second short of a bronze medal in the mass start. Remember, this is the guy who was reigning world champion.“I, ultimately, didn’t train hard enough or specific enough for this event,” he said.In what might have been the final Olympics of his brilliant career, Shani Davis didn’t have anything to say at all. He blew off the media by slipping out a back door, having produced finishes of seventh and 19th in South Korea.The future doesn’t look all that bright, either. With hardly anyone taking up the sport through traditional paths, speedskating has relied heavily on former inliners to keep up with the world. This team included four skaters from Florida and two others from North Carolina, all of whom crossed over from wheels to blades.But the U.S. is no longer a dominant inline force on the world stage, so that farm system could be drying up.Then there’s figure skating, the sport that largely drives the NBC gravy train. It was held to a pair of bronze medals in Pyeongchang (which, in fairness, was just one shy of its USOC target) and has fallen completely off the map on the women’s side.Fallen being the operative word.Mirai Nagasu, Karen Chen and Bradie Tennell all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th. What a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Russia and Japan are now the countries to beat. That doesn’t seem likely to change anytime soon since those two are also dominating at the world junior level, which usually serves up the next generation of gold medalists.With Lindsay Vonn and Ted Ligety likely on the way out, Alpine skiing is heading for a major changing of the guard after winning only one gold and three medals at these games.That was the fewest U.S. victories since 2002, the fewest podium finishes since 2006. The USOC had targeted four medals and the national governing body totally missed the mark, hoping for seven.Ligety’s fifth-place showing in the combined was the only top 10 from the men in the individual events.“We know we have to go into a rebuilding phase and develop some young skiers,” U.S. Alpine director Patrick Riml said. “Hopefully next time around, we can be competitive and perform on a high level.”Yep, there were some must-see moments for American at these Olympics.Just not nearly enough. Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2018 file photo, Bradie Tennell, of the United States, falls while performing during the women’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Tennell, Mirai Nagasu, and Karen Chen all went down in the short program on the way to finishing ninth, 10th and 11th – a tumble for the nation that produced seven gold medalists in women’s figure skating from 1952 in Oslo to 2006 in Turin. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They had their moments, without a doubt.From a nerve-wracking victory in women’s hockey to the fun-loving guys over at the curling sheet to Shaun White’s spiraling run of redemption, the American athletes gave the folks back home some compelling reasons to stay up to all hours of the night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Gamboa-St. Clare comes back to stun Perpetual Help
1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Tabal gets back national team slot WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a very short game, but it’s fast. It’s a 10-minute game, race to 21, whichever comes first – 10 minutes or 21. There’s a strategy there. So you can’t just play. You have to analyze the game and understand the game to know what you’re gonna do.”But Paras allayed any fears, saying that in the end, it’s still basketball.“There are differences with the rules and the ball, but it’s not that hard. When I was a kid, I’ve been playing three-on-three, but we didn’t have all the rules. It’s still the same thing, though,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “It’s a young team, but there’s a lot of potential,” said Altamirano. “I was very excited actually being able to complete the team, to bring in Kiefer (Ravena), bring in Jeron (Teng), and bring in Kobe (Paras), who I think will be the future of Philippine basketball.”The team is set to tussle against heavyweights France and Slovenia, as well as El Salvador and Romania in Group B of the competitions from June 17 to 21.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough regarded as standouts in the five-on-five game, the biggest hurdle for the players is adjusting to the rules of the 3×3 game, something Altamirano shared will be the first task to handle for his crew.“Number one, it’s half-court. Number two, the ball is smaller to those they’re used to playing with. So there’s definitely going to be an adjustment,” he said. 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresArmed with sheer talent, Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 is ready to conquer the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in Nantes, France.The team, made up of future stars Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng and Kobe Paras along with NLEX big man JR Quiñahan headed by coach Eric Altamirano, is set to fly out early Friday morning for the five-day long tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? View comments
China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong His success is a product of hard work—a lot of it.“I break down his game by watching tapes of all of his games,” Ross, in a very gentlemanly manner, said after a 111-102 Game 5 triumph that put the Beermen within a win of the championship on Friday night. “I’m a student of the game and I study everything.”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 starsCastro, to say the very least, has struggled big time in the best-of-seven series, committing 10 turnovers in Game 3 and held to human-like numbers on offense, all because of Ross’ efforts.“I’ve come to understand his (Castro’s) strengths and weaknesses and I break down all of that before going to the games [against him],” Ross said. “I try to find out what he loves doing in situations.” LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Chris Ross. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netChris Ross prides himself in being a really serious student of basketball. And considering how he has shut down Asia’s best point guard in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals between his San Miguel Beermen and the TNT KaTropa Texters, it wasn’t hard to figure out what—or who—his favorite subject is.A recent winner of his first Best Player of the Conference award, Ross has been particularly proud of accomplishing something practically no one in the league can speak of, and that is containing Jason Castro when it matters.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 Ross knows that the Texters and Castro, known as “The Blur” for his quickness, will be bouncing back and that the Beermen’s job is not done until they nail that fourth win.So when asked if he could break down Castro’s game for the Inquirer, he came up with a wide smile and in his same gentle voice, said: “I’ll tell you when we both retire.”Otherwise, the secret to stopping Castro is all in Ross’ head and all the other defenders who would want to have even the same measure of success against the TNT superstar would have to put in the work themselves.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games What ‘missteps’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Alcantara is all in
Real Madrid’s Costa Rican goalkeeper Keylor Navas (C) holds the trophy after winning the UEFA Super Cup football match between Real Madrid and Manchester United on August 8, 2017, at the Philip II Arena in Skopje. / AFP PHOTO / Dimitar DILKOFFSKOPJE, Macedonia — Real Madrid eased to a 2-1 victory over Manchester United to win the Super Cup on Tuesday, with goals in each half from Casemiro and Isco.Cristiano Ronaldo watched most of the end-to-end action from the bench, while his teammates outclassed United Cup on a hot night.ADVERTISEMENT 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Casemiro hit the bar with a header and fired a shot over the top before scoring in the 24th minute. The Brazilian slid in for a left-foot finish, served up by Dani Carvajal.Isco extended the lead for Zinedine Zidane’s European champions with a shot in the 52nd, after Gareth Bale helped him run through United’s defense.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 starsMaking amends for an earlier miss, United’s new striker Romelu Lukaku made it 2-1 in the 62nd, beating Keylor Navas after the goalkeeper had blocked a powerful shot from Nemanja Matic.“Key to winning this game was two things we do well,” Zidane said. “We hold and control well, and we finish our chances at the right moment. “The second half was not great, but the first half was spectacular. We have talented players who want to win every challenge. That how they want to grow as players.”The players needed two cooling breaks to cope with temperatures of 32C (90 F) that led to three spectators being taken to hospital.The Super Cup pitches the previous season’s Champions League winners against the Europa League holders.It was Zidane’s second consecutive Super Cup title. For United coach Jose Mourinho, it was a third failed attempt to add the trophy to his collection.United matched Madrid for pace but lacked the finish to turn the match around. Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who regularly burst forward, and substitute Marcus Rashford provided much of United’s threat.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Both Rashford and Paul Pogba missed glaring second-half chances, failing to score with Navas at their mercy.The game was watched by former United coaching great Alex Ferguson. Ronaldo went on after the 80th minute and had little chance to make an impact as Madrid closed down its opponents.Moments before the final whistle, a shirtless fan ran onto the pitch and was wrestled to the ground by stewards.More than 2,500 police officers were on duty for the game in the tiny Balkan country. Four people were arrested, accused of selling unauthorized tickets. Authorities reported no major public disturbances after the match ended.Following the award ceremony, Mourinho handed his medal to a young fan and later joked that he saw no point in holding onto it.“Sometimes when I win I don’t keep the medal, so imagine when I lose,” he said. “For me, the medal would go to some place in my house and for that kid, it’s the moon.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Was LeBron James’ tweet a shot at teammate Kyrie Irving? Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments
LATEST STORIES Jaycee Marcelino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAdamson’s loss is Lyceum’s gain. And Jaycee Marcelino has no qualms on making that fact known.With the past week his coming out party, the offensive-minded half of the Marcelino twins is proving that he might just be the next great NCAA playmaker, coming out of nowhere to follow the footsteps of stars like Scottie Thompson and Jio Jalalon.This week, Marcelino hushed the boisterous crowd in EAC with his stupendous showing including the game-sealing steal on Francis Munsayac as the Pirates bucked the absence of coach Topex Robinson to stay unscathed at 7-0.2. Bong Quinto – F, Letran Knights14 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKnown as a gunner throughout his career, Bong Quinto shared that it took time for him giving the steering wheel to Rey Nambatac.But with this selfless act, the 20-year-old seems to be thriving, as the duos’ trust with each other have helped Letran nab three straight wins to pull it out of the muck and grab solo third place.ADVERTISEMENT Creamline gets headway for bronze medal, trumps Air Force NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHas San Sebastian finally figured things out after a shocking slump early in the season?It’s still too early to tell, but for Michael Calisaan, this past week’s dominating 101-71 victory over lowly St. Benilde should be a good indication on how far the team can go.Known as a heady defensive crew, the Golden Stags put their offensive prowess in full display, with Calisaan dominating a stretch in the fourth quarter and racking 12 straight points.If San Sebastian keeps this up, there shouldn’t be any hitches for it to realize the preseason predictions placed on its head. MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo As promising as this stretch is, the road is about to get bumpier for the Knights, with San Sebastian and Lyceum next in their schedule.3. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assistsLast Week: 2A staple of this list from the start, it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that CJ Perez is still flying high in these rankings.Just as the past weeks, the energetic forward has embraced the team concept coach Topex Robinson has been preaching and seven games in and Lyceum has still yet to fall.The test, however, will be in this coming week as the Pirates’ discipline will be put to the test with Robinson serving his one-game suspension following his ejection in the EAC win.4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights12 points, 15 rebounds, 3 assistsLast Week: 1FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week’s top performer took a bit of a bump down the rankings, but that shouldn’t take away his contributions for Letran in its game against Perpetual.Rey Nambatac did all he could to tow the Knights to the victory, even if that meant crashing the boards against the towering Prince Eze, as he became the engine that made the team work.Showing the leadership qualities Letran has been looking for since last season, Nambatac has indeed established himself as one of the best young prospects in the amateur ranks today.But just like Quinto, he and the rest of the Knights will be put into the test this coming week with a tough two-game grind coming up. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the past week.ADVERTISEMENT Oh, how fast time flies.We’re past the halfway point of the first round and it seems that Lyceum and San Beda have pulled away from the field.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 starsBut beyond them is where the action is, with only a win separating the third and the ninth seeds, showing how important every game is for every team aspiring to be in the Final Four.But those wins wouldn’t come to be if not for the players themselves, and this is our list of this week’s top performers.1. Jaycee Marcelino – G, Lyceum Pirates20 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 steals, 1 blockLast Week: 7 NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 5. Donald Tankoua – C, San Beda Red Lions 11 points, 16 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 blockLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdmittedly inconsistent through the first six games, Donald Tankoua has finally had his best game to date for San Beda as he took a page out of his old self in the team’s 66-55 win over Mapua.With only Christian Bunag challenging him on the inside, the Nigerian center may have just gotten the shot of confidence he needs as the Red Lions gear for the tougher wars ahead.Couple that with the good showing of young prospects like Clint Doliguez and San Beda may just very well be building up a solid team ready to defend its throne.6. Juju Bautista – F, EAC Generals 12.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.5 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSidney Onwubere starred in EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano, but largely was absent in its home game on Thursday.Francis Munsayac, meanwhile, corralled a career-best 26 points, but committed the heartbreaking turnover which took the fight out of the Generals in their 97-93 loss to Lyceum.Despite the up-and-down week, the lone consistent force for coach Ariel Sison has been Juju Bautista, who refused to let his team down in those two close games.The Fil-Samoan’s role, though, is expected to get bigger with Hamadou Laminou being ruled out of the season after tearing his ACL in his right knee.7. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 20 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assistLast Week: 5
India entered the men’s hockey final in thrilling style, beating England 5-4 via penalty shootout.The semifinal had been tied 3-3 after extra time. In the other semifinal here at the Dhyan Chand Stadium, world champions Australia decimated New Zealand 6-2.Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri was the hero for India, stopping England’s third penalty stroke.The Indian goals in the shootout came through Sarvanjit Singh, Vikram Pillay, Sandeep Singh, Arjun Halappa and Shivendra Singh.In the first half, India took the lead but England equalised just before the hooter went off. India scored off all five shots, sealing at least a silver medal in the process.This is India’s first appearance in the CWG men’s hockey final. Their fourth-place finish in 1998 Kuala Lumpur games had been their best finish so far.
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Reacting to a legal notice slapped by off-spinner Harbhajan Singh’s mother on United Spirits Limited (USL), United Breweries Group chairman Vijay Mallya has reportedly refused to withdraw the controversial TV ad campaign.UB group chairman Vijay MallyaHarbhajan’s mother had on Saturday served the notice through legal firm Dewani Advocates & Consultants for spoofing the cricketer in a McDowell’s No 1 Platinum advertisement, wherein Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is seen ridiculing his team-mate’s role in a Royal Stag commercial.Mallya reacted to the reports of notice saying USL did not intend to pull the ad campaign off air. He said the company’s lawyers would recommend the next course of action.Meanwhile USL’s rival Pernod Ricard, which had earlier hired Harbhajan for its Royal Stag brand, said it had not advised the bowler on his legal move, but would support him.
Doping came back to haunt Indian athletics with two top women quarter-milers returning positive for a banned substance in tests conducted by the International Association of Athletics Federations.Top Indian athletes Mandeep Kaur and Juana Murmu have been handed provisional suspensions after their ‘B’ samples returned positive for banned substances on Wednesday.The samples for both the quarter-milers were collected by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) at the National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala on Saturday.Mandeep was part of India’s 4x400m relay team which won gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and the Guangzhou Asiad, and was expected to be named in the squad for the Asian Athletics Championships to be held at Kobe, Japan, from July 7.Juana was also part of India’s Guangzhou squad and narrowly missed a medal in the 400m.While Mandeep tested positive for anabolic steroids methandienone and stanozolol, Murmu’s sample showed traces of methandienone.The tests were conducted by IAAF through a Swedish agency – International Doping Tests and Management – and it was the same agency that was hired by the International Cricket Council (ICC) during the recent World Cup held in the sub-continent.After the ‘A’ sample results were revealed, both the athletes came for their ‘B’ samples which also returned positive.The athletes and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) have been notified.”We have been notified about the positive results of the dope tests of the two athletes and although we are concerned about it, we are still relieved that these cases did not come to light during a competition,” AFI director ML Dogra told MAIL TODAY on Wednesday.advertisementThe two athletes have been handed provisional suspensions and their cases will come up before an anti-doping disciplinary panel which will decide the sanctions to be imposed on them.The tests were conducted out of competition and the substances for which the two athletes tested positive fall in the non- specified category. Both Mandeep and Juana will remain out of action until they are exonerated or the expiry of their suspensions.Both the athletes face a suspension of two years each.”Mandeep is disappointed with the result and she has said that there could be something wrong with her food supplements. We will wait for the decision from the disciplinary panel,” said Dogra.In the past one year, there have been numerous positive cases of dope flunk by Indian athletes with a number of well known names falling on the wrong side of the anti-doping law.Melbourne Commonwealth Games gold medallist weightlifter Sanamacha Chanu, Olympian wrestler Rajiv Tomar, Asian Games bronze medallist Mausam Khatri and national swimming champion Richa Mishra are some of the prominent names that have either been penalised or their cases are pending before the disciplinary panel.
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Greetings: A poster welcomes Brazil’s ‘canary birds’ and their samba beat to AsiaIt is either misplaced passion or dislocated delirium, but as World Cup football hots up in the Far East, temperatures seem to rise in a district of Kerala, now most definitely the Indian epicentre of football fever.In Malappuram,Greetings: A poster welcomes Brazil’s ‘canary birds’ and their samba beat to AsiaIt is either misplaced passion or dislocated delirium, but as World Cup football hots up in the Far East, temperatures seem to rise in a district of Kerala, now most definitely the Indian epicentre of football fever.In Malappuram district, a small slice of north Kerala with a little over 30 lakh people, the World Cup is a chance to take sides, get involved and go crazy.It begins with the benign decoration of streets with posters, banners and cutouts, but once the tournament is under way, the formation of team “camps” means things can take a serious turn quickly. If this is the heartland of Indian football, the World Cup is like its great four-yearly cardiac flutter.When England beat Argentina in Sapporo, Japan, English fans managed to celebrate without destroying property. But their counterparts in Malappuram went berserk.Intoxicated by the win, Malappuram’s pseudo-English “hooligans” chose to strike first at the Argentinian superstar who is the region’s cult figure-striker Gabriel Batistuta, whose huge cutouts loom over the remotest and most serene village landscape. In Tirur town, “Batigol” was burnt in effigy by “fans” of the England team and within minutes, there was a civil disturbance of sorts at hand.An autorickshaw driver in Vengara village, Shamsuddeen Kuniyil, 21, was hospitalised after he was beaten up in a street brawl. His crime: calling France’s Zinedine Zidane a panni (swine). An unrepentant Kuniyil said the brawl was started by his assailants who had dared to call his Brazilian hero Ronaldo “an obscene name”.advertisementFootball fest: The World Cup comes to Malappuram with a colourful paradeIn another corner of the state, the staf f at the notoriously inefficient Kerala State Electricity Board (KSEB) in Kalikav felt the punch of the fist of public fury. On China’s debut at the World Cup, as power came and went like gusts of breeze, the people trying to follow the game on TV decided they could take no more. They ransacked the local KSEB office and beat up two somnolent employees.It’s not all about overflowing passions and out-of-control tempers. The World Cup comes to Malappuram in the form of a business opportunity too. The Malayalam film industry has been reeling under a crisis.All through last fortnight, cinema halls projected live matches on their large screens. People throng theatres and buy tickets priced between Rs 25 and Rs 100 as Ten Sports, the channel that has won rights to telecast the World Cup, is not available in most homes where Doordarshan dominates. A theatre-owner celebrated as the first round of matches came to a close, “It’s after a long time my theatre has actually run house-full.”The CPI(M), which considers itself ideologically distant from all sporting activities, also jumped on the World Cup bandwagon. The CPI(M)’s youth organisation, the Democratic Youth Federation of India, held protest marches in all districts against the Centre’s failure to telecast matches live. Nothing unusual about protesting against DD, but this time the participants wore the colours of the different competing nations.Football fest: The ‘soccer-cut’ has many takersAccording to Kerala’s seniormost sports writer V.M. Balachandran, Malappuram’s almost unreal affinity for football has historical roots. Unlike other parts of Kerala, Malappuram in the Malabar region, was part of the old Madras state before Independence and was exposed to high-class football played by the English army officers of the various regiments based there.Today, even though football has waned in the rest of the old Malabar region, Balachandran says, “It is a passion in Malappuram thanks to the widespread popularity of seven-a-side football.” The district has more than 100 clubs playing good standard tournaments in which even foreign players participate.A visitor to the interiors of the district may well believe that the World Cup is actually being held there. Streets are lined with flags of competing nations and huge cutouts of football stars like Batistuta, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos loom over passers-by.Posters give judgements on current and former stars. One is particularly scathing about Maradona and criticises him for having defamed Argentina and football with his “unsporting game”. The comment on Maradona’s famous goal against England in 1986 is declared on a poster as having been scored “not with the God’s but Satan’s hand”.Young men walk the streets wearing the colours of their favourite nation, the more committed fans having shaved their heads like the big Brazilian stars, while others go in for the “soccer-cut”. Abdul Samad of the Central Haircutting Saloon near Tirur’s railway station is the busiest barber in the district.advertisementA stitch in time: Football faithfuls queue up to buy the flags of their favourite teamsFor Samad is the area’s specialist in the trendy “World Cup cut” in which the faithful have styled and dyed their hair to resemble a football complete with its hexagonal patches. “This is a huge hit. I have to spend at least three hours on one cut but I don’t charge anything extra since I’m doing it for football,” says Samad. Next on his agenda is a cut that will actually feature a soccer star perched on the head of a Malappuram maniac.Shops are filled with toffees and cakes shaped like a ball and the famous trophy. A local dtp operator at Tirur has made a killing by printing World Cup greeting cards with photographs of players on it. These days people rush to Pangat Silks not to buy cloth but flags as the store has produced the national flags of all the 32 competing nations.Before the World Cup finals began, clients queued up early to buy their colours. Shop owner T.P. Haneefa ordered a book of flags from a friend in Dubai long before the kick-off and learnt how to stitch the flags of countries like Senegal and Slovenia in time to be able to rake in a profit when the matches began.Malappuram’s favourite team is Argentina and Pangat Silks sold stacks of the famous blue and white flag; but fans were deeply disappointed with the team’s early exit from the tournament, a victim of the Group of Death that also featured England, Sweden and Nigeria.But for those who despair at the early departure of France and Argentina, the flag-buyers of Malappuram provide a hint. Haneefa says, “Brazil is second. The surprise favourite is Portugal. I think it is Portugal and particularly its star Luis Figo’s performance at the Euro Cup final against France which won so many fans here,” says Haneefa.Time for stars from Rivaldo to Rui Costa to justify the faith of their fans, including those in faraway places like Malappuram, India.
Armyman Vijay Kumar Sharma showed ice cool nerves and superb big match temperament as he crowned himself in glory by winning an Olympic silver medal in the rapid fire pistol event.Shooting is all about how calm you can stay and handle the pressure. There is no scope for distraction or letting even a distant fly affect you when you take aim at the targets.With the International Shooting Federation (ISSF) changing the format this time just for the rapid fire event, it’s extremely demanding on how the shooters perform in two courses in two days and then gear up for the final.So drastic has been the change that Russian Alexei Klimov, who shot 592 out of 600 in the prelim phase, hobbled out of the final, which is like an elimination between six shooters.”I must tell you this is a sport all about how focussed you can stay. I have been preparing for years for the Olympics and it’s a sacrifice well worth it. I dedicate this medal to my father Bankur Ram Sharma and my mother,” said the 26-year-old silver medallist.And the champion was quick to add “I am what I am because of the Indian Army and this medal is for my countrymen,” said Vijay, a havildar in the Dogra Regiment.After Armyman Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore won a silver medal in Athens 2004, this is India’s first silver medal in the Olympics.Vijay also did not forget to thank his coach Pavel Smirnov, who has helped him for one-and-a-half years now.”My coach and I trained hard in Germany before coming over to London,” said Vijay.advertisement”I haven’t been home so long, I want to go to Himachal Pradesh,” said Vijay, who had to go for a dope test after the event.Having scored 585 out of 600 in the preliminary phase, Vijay knew he had to come back in the afternoon and start all over again.Watching the five targets situated at a distance of 25 metres, Vijay had to shoot at all of them in four seconds.If you look at Vijay from the stands in the indoor hall, you will wonder how he shoots those four targets with virtually no part of his body moving.Train your binoculars on him or see him on the giant electronic screen and you will notice how he takes aim.It’s a classic piece of action.Standing side-on, he takes aim and it’s just the gentle shoulder movement from right to left as he fires at the five targets. Each miss proves costly and on this day, instead of the medal being decided at a score comprising prelim plus final, it was just the final score.Vijay knew he had to stand like a statue, not blink an eyelid and gently keep squeezing the trigger. It’s a motion which went on for almost 35 minutes in the final.Finally, as four shooters dropped out, it was a fight between Cuba’s Leuris Pupo and Vijay. The Indian knew even if he had shot a perfect score of five in the sixth series in the final, it wouldn’t have sufficed as Pupo had taken a lead. Amidst pin-drop silence, Pupo shot a four and Vijay two.There was no celebration, no emotion from Vijay Kumar even after he had won silver. He took off his cap, removed the ear plugs and dismantled his weapon.It was only when he went to the medal ceremony and the India flag went up, Vijay first almost stood at attention and then raised his arms.As a sportsperson from the Indian Army, Vijay knows he has to keep his emotions in check. His demeanour is different and there is no outward show of excitement.”I have won so many medals before and this was missing from my collection. Olympic glory is the ultimate thing and I need to be back with my family,” said the shooter who trains in Mhow, Madhya Pradesh.Talking about the two days he has spent in his event, Vijay said: “We are trained for this kind of gruelling stuff. And yes, it’s only after joining the Indian Army did I take up shooting.”
India’s hopes of a second medal from boxing at the 2012 London Olympics received a major setback on Monday with middleweight maestro Vijender Singh crashing out in the quarter-finals of the 75kg category.The Indian went down 13-17 to Uzbekistan’s Abbos Atoev in a highly technical and closely fought encounter in front of a packed Excel arena.Vijender started off on par with his rival in a tentative first round that ended with the scores tied at 3 points each. However, he failed to keep pace with Atoev in the second and third rounds, losing each of them 5-7, as the Uzbek switched gears and ran away with the bout.Vijender’s shock exit means that only one Indian men’s boxer, Devendro Singh, is still in the medal hunt at the 30th Summer Games.