UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles look to pick up where they left off

first_imgGold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt While it came as a surprise, Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t consider the Blue Eagles’ finals run as an overachievement.But the American-Kiwi coach admits that their runner-up finish to La Salle set them up for higher expectations this UAAP Season 80 but that is something Baldwin is trying to temper.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“I think there’d be a lot of expectations outside of our camp. Within, we just want to get off to a good start in the UAAP,” he said. “We’re gonna be a team that hopefully plays off of last season’s finish and has more maturity this year. I believe this team can be good. We will be tested.”Parading a virtually intact roster for this campaign, Ateneo will once again rely on its key guys like Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, and Mike Nieto. Coach: Tab BaldwinLast Season: 10-4 (Runner-up)Holdovers: Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Mike NietoAdditions: Tyler Tio, Troy Mallillin, Gian Mamuyac, BJ AndradeKey Losses: G-Boy BabiloniaADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Just like last year, the Blue Eagles won’t have just a single go-to-guy with the entire team capable of stepping upany given moment, making them a tough draw for their foes.“We’re a coaching staff that’s going to ride whoever’s worth riding at the time. It could be Thirdy on one day, it could be someone else on another day. I just spoke to the team about that — that I have confidence on all of these guys and if they’re having a good game, they’ll find themselves out there. As long as they’re prepared to play defense at the other end of the floor.”Baldwin is aware of how the rest of the league has tried to improve over the off-season like the Blue Eagles, making the race a fair game.But he is banking on his players’ trust in his system, which is looking for Blue Eagles to go all-out for the whole 40 minutes on the floor.“Generally speaking, I think this team is gonna be a very hard-working team. This is gonna be a team that relishes the defensive end of the floor. But we’re gonna have our letdowns during the campaign. They’re gonna come in every aspect of the game. So promises? No. But having said that, I like them. And most of the time, they’re gonna give us whatever we’re asking for,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

Wilder calls out Joshua again for big heavyweight fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA There are other obstacles to the fight, as well, including whether to hold it in England or in the U.S. and on what pay-per-view network. Joshua’s camp has indicated their fighter would have to get more money than Joshua, too, because he has proven his ability to sell huge amounts of tickets in England.There’s also the feeling that both fighters should fight once more — perhaps on the same night — to build up more anticipation for the bout.“They want a warmup fight,” Wilder said. “Joshua’s last performance was OK, but it wasn’t his best. They want to redeem that and they want to make at least one more good payday before fighting me.”Joshua fought last month, stopping Carlos Takam in the 10th round of a sloppy fight in Wales. A week later, Wilder destroyed Stiverne in Brooklyn to keep his share of the heavyweight crown.Stiverne, who lost his title to Joshua in their first fight, was criticized for being out of shape and didn’t land a punch. But Wilder showed his brute power in stopping him in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT 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 PH02:28Groups urge swift passage of bill on higher tax on e-cigs, liquor01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next MOST READ Kobe Paras urges Kai Sotto to go to US to develop basketball game “I just want to prove who is the best, that’s all I want to do,” Wilder said Thursday. “I want people to see a great fight and witness the two best heavyweights compete with each other one night in the ring.”Wilder, who is coming off an impressive first-round knockout of Bermane Stiverne, said his representatives have been in contact with Joshua’s camp, and the sides are exploring ways to stage the heavyweight unification fight.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 shutoutIt could happen sometime next year, Wilder said, if Joshua’s handlers aren’t too protective of the British fighter.“I think they’re hesitant for a reason,” Wilder said in a phone call with The Associated Press. “They’ve got a great thing going. He can fight literally a guy who doesn’t even have a name and can make millions and millions of dollars off him. Why would they risk taking a chance with the most dangerous heavyweight in the division?” Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES “It was a devastating knockout,” Wilder said. “Being able to put on a spectacular performance like I did put the icing on the cake.”Joshua is massively popular in England — his fight earlier this year with Wladimir Klitschko drew 90,000 to Wembley Stadium — but not as well known in the U.S. Wilder also is trying to grow his fan base outside his home state of Alabama and there have been questions about the quality of his opponents.But both fighters are undefeated with impressive knockout records. When they do meet it could be thebiggest heavyweight fight since the days Mike Tyson was destroying everyone in front of him.“The heavyweight division was once in a dark place but now it is coming into the light,” Wilder said. “It’s exciting and I can’t wait to make it even more exciting.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Deontay Wilder paces the ring before a boxing bout against Bermane Stiverne for the WBC heavyweight title Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in New York. Wilder knocked out Stiverne in the first round. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Deontay Wilder can’t wait to get Anthony Joshua into the ring.He’s just not sure when it’s going to happen.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Pessumal on Ravena shove: I’m not here to make friends

first_imgLATEST STORIES Early in the fourth quarter, Ravena blocked Pessumal’s fastbreak layup and left his ex-Blue Eagle comrade with a staredown as he slowly got back on his feet.Seemingly irate, the Beermen gunslinger waited as his teammates recovered for the possession, and when Marcio Lassiter heaved a three-pointer, Pessumal rushed to get a rebound and gave Ravena a hard shove at the 9:50 mark of the fourth frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 24-year-old swingman, however, downplayed the scuffle which merited him a flagrant foul penalty one.“It’s part of the game. I don’t wanna say anything. It’s not a big deal,” he said after finishing with 10 points in San Miguel’s 109-98 win over NLEX. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Players turn up the heat on Australian Open weather policy Pessumal said that he doesn’t pay much attention on who is defending him during the games.“It’s just like any other game. When I play, I don’t see who’s guarding me. I just play and I play to win all the time,” he said as the 6-foot-2 guard has been making the most of the opportunities given to him and the bench crew by coach Leo Austria.“We know that our starting five is probably the best in the PBA. I don’t wanna say ever, but it’s up there. So when we come in, us bench guys have to sustain the level of excellence that they have. Our job is when we get in, we should bring the level higher so when the starters come back, the game will be easier for them.”Consider this a fair warning from Pessumal though. Whether or not he shares a past with any other player, once that ball tips on the court, his goal is one thing only: to help San Miguel win.“I’m a professional basketball player. I’m not here to make any friends,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal go way back, winning three titles during their high school days in Ateneo then teaming up again to steer the senior’s team to two more crowns.But on Friday, it seemed like they were never on the same side when the two former teammates surprisingly clashed as NLEX and San Miguel faced off in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Lady Tamaraws send Tigresses reeling to third straight loss

first_imgTyphoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games The Golden Tigresses, meanwhile, continued to lose their luster as they dropped their third straight game and slipped to the seventh with a 2-5 record.Although FEU didn’t build a considerable large lead in the third set, its pinch margins were enough to keep UST at bay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUST’s last glimmer of hope was the 4-4 tie in the set after a double contact violation was called on FEU but the Lady Tamaraws immediately took a 7-4 lead off Toni Rose Basas’ service ace.Jerrili Malaban then gave the Lady Tamaraws a 23-18 lead with an off-the-block kill and she also ended the match with a service that UST failed to send over. FEU head coach George Pascua hoped his team can sustain their momentum for seven more games as he knows that the second round will be a little different than the first round.“Hopefully we still have the momentum in the next seven games,” said Pascua in Filipino. “We still have a long road ahead of us, and after the first round all the teams have scouted each other.”Pascua also commended his team’s minimal errors as the Lady Tamaraws’ gave away just 17 free points compared to 32 from their last game against National University.“That’s an achievement for us because if we minimize our errors we know that the win will come easier for us,” said Pascua.Basas and Celine Domingo led FEU with eight points apiece while Bernadeth Pons and Kyle Negrito combined for 14 points.ADVERTISEMENT 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 FEU Lady Tamaraws vs UST Tigresses. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University took possession of the second seed after clobbering University of Santo Tomas, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Lady Tamaraws ended their first round campaign with a 5-2 record and and will share the top 2 spot with either Ateneo or La Salle depending on the results of the second game.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Cherry Rondina led the Golden Tigresses with 11 points but her offensive output against FEU was a far cry from her 23.33 points-per-game average prior to facing the Lady Tamaraws. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Westbrook spearheads Thunder rally past Suns Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Cardona takes another step in rebuilding his life as he returns to basketball

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 LATEST STORIES “I sought help to boss Danny (Espiritu) and told him I want to play in the D-League. Maybe they thought that I’m not serious because they say that the salary is small, but I told them that I’m willing to play for free. I just want to get my timing back. I feel that I can still hang with them, but I know that I need to work on my conditioning,” he said.Though Cardona only has one game left with the Jawbreakers this conference to show that he still has what it takes to make it back to the PBA, he’s embracing this opportunity wholeheartedly as he hopes to make up for the lost time.“I did lots of wrong things in my life. I made a lot of mistakes. But it’s not too late. God gave me a second life to correct myself and make up for all the sins I’ve done,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresscenter_img Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Mac Cardona. PBA IMAGESFor Mac Cardona, his return to the hardcourt is not just a shot at a career revival, but also a new lease on life after he fell on hard times last year.“I really lost my love for the game before. I lost my passion,” he shared on Tuesday after his first game with Zark’s Burgers in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup. “I really want to fix myself again. I want to go back to basketball so that I can bring my life back the way it was.”ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim It wasn’t the come back game the former La Salle star was hoping for as the Jawbreakers got blasted by Marinerong Pilipino, 119-74, in his D-League debut.But it hardly mattered as the 35-year-old said that he really felt rejuvenated as he opened the newest chapter in his life with Zark’s Burgers.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“It was my first practice yesterday and I felt young again because I’m playing against younger players. I can feel that they respect me and as an elder, they don’t go that hard on me. I’m happy with my first game,” Cardona, who finised the game with 11 points, three rebounds, and two assists in 23 minutes of action, said.Cardona’s decent showing was enough to convince himself that he still has a lot of gas left in his tank as he seeks to return to the PBA and extend his 11-year career in the pro league. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View commentslast_img read more

Los Angeles gets Olympics with an 11-year wait—and risks

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Another hurdle: With the change in date, LA apparently needs to renegotiate and extend financial guarantees approved by the city and state to cover potential shortfalls connected with the 2024 bid. Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation in September that puts California taxpayers on the hook for up to $250 million if Los Angeles were awarded the 2024 Games and they ran over budget, and the city has promised the same.Chicago-based sports-finance consultant Marc Ganis said the overall outcome was favorable for LA, given that Paris was in line for the 2024 Games. Additionally, financial sweeteners will help cover costs over the longer wait time.Still, facilities age, technology advances and costs rise.“There is always going to be financial risk,” Ganis said, “when you are targeting 11 years into the future.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Barcelona has ‘doubts’ about Neymar’s future amid PSG rumors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Los Angeles’ decision to lock in an Olympic Games to far-off 2028 was praised by city leaders as a deal that offers hundreds of millions of dollars in future benefits. But the longest wait time for any Olympics in the U.S. also comes with the risks of the unknown.“It’s a big chunk of time,” noted Jules Boykoff, a Pacific University professor who has written widely on the Olympics. “You just don’t know what’s going to come. The world presents surprises.”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 starsHistory teaches that the economy swings up and down, sometimes with disastrous results. Political scientists foresee an era of continuing upheaval and unrest. Geologists say an inevitable big earthquake in quake-prone Southern California could damage venues envisioned as part of the Games.Mayor Eric Garcetti shrugged off a question about the uncertainty. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Los Angeles Olympic Committee leader Casey Wasserman, from left, and City Council President Herb look on as L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti speaks during a press conference to make an announcement for the city to host the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2028, at Stubhub Center in Carson, outside of Los Angeles, Calif., Monday, July 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Ringo H.W. Chiu)LOS ANGELES — By 2028, a new stadium being built for the Rams and the Chargers will have been beaten up by nearly a decade of NFL games. The seemingly intractable problems of Southern California — traffic and homelessness — might get better or grow worse.So much can change in 11 years.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Los Angeles County is home to 10 million people, and that population could increase by more than 500,000 by 2028, state demographers project. The cutting-edge technology in the new NFL stadium, now scheduled to open in 2020, will probably look like the forgotten Blackberry by 2028.Many athletes in their prime today will be in the bleachers in a decade. And how can officials accurately estimate ticket prices and the revenue they will generate?Events that happened 11 years ago can seem part of a faded, distant past. Facebook was a mere two years old. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was executed. Taylor Swift released her first album, and “Game of Thrones” was years into the future.Consider the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The nearly century-old iconic structure — which would be used in an Olympics for a third time after the 1932 and 1984 Games — was constructed long before modern building codes. It was also severely damaged in a 1994 earthquake. The coliseum is currently undergoing an extensive makeover, but experts have warned it could still be vulnerable to shaking.Estimates vary widely on what the federal government would need to spend on security for the two-week event, by some accounts $1 billion or more. It’s only a guess what the price tag will be in 2028, or the level of threat at that time.Higher construction costs are likely, too. One example of the work that needs to be done: the Coliseum, a football stadium, would need to be converted into a venue for Olympic track events, then back again.Over the years Olympics have been notorious for cost overruns, and studies have questioned if host cities benefit economically. Russia has struggled with costs from the 2014 Sochi Olympics, which have been called the most expensive Olympics of all time.But Andrew Zimbalist, an economist at Smith College in Massachusetts, said LA was better positioned for a longer wait than other recent Olympic cities because its plan calls for no new major construction“They will be able to run an operating surplus,” he predicted.In the shorter term, the private committee behind the LA bid must retool its initial 2024 plans for four years in the future, including renegotiating contracts for housing athletes and temporary venues, which were all hooked to 2024. “Los Angeles is resilient,” said the youthful-looking mayor, who will be granddad age, chasing 60, by the time of the Games.“If the entire earth falls apart, probably the Olympics aren’t happening in Los Angeles. But short of that, we are going to have a great Games here in LA,” the mayor told reporters.In embracing the 2028 date that is expected to be finalized later this year, city Olympic organizers ceded the 2024 Games to Paris, which both cities had craved.But Garcetti and other supporters argued that the four-year delay was advantageous, giving the car-choked city more time to build rail lines. Additionally, the delay comes with financial sweeteners that, among other things, will pump millions of dollars into youth sports.But time rushes on, and major changes are bound to happen.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Pliskova sweeps into Cincinnati semis, Nadal comes up short

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, reacts during a match against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MASON, Ohio — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova pulled off a doubleheader sweep Friday at the Western & Southern Open, reaching the semifinals by winning a pair of matches with little rest in-between.Rafael Nadal couldn’t do the same.Pliskova completed a match that was suspended overnight because of rain, beating qualifier Camila Giorgi in three sets.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “The day is just like a blur,” Stephens said. “I’m ready to get dinner and get in bed because I’m so tired.”On Saturday, she’ll face No. 2 Simona Halep, who beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-6 (1).“I played the best match so far this tournament,” said Halep, who was slowed by a knee injury earlier this season. “I could hit the ball. I could move well. So I feel the rhythm. It’s back. So I’m positive again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Kyrgios will face David Ferrer, who won his only match of the day — 6-3, 6-3 over fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem. At age 35, Ferrer is the second-oldest semifinalist in Cincinnati during the Open Era behind Ken Rosewall in 1970.No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed left in a men’s field depleted by upsets and injuries — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic missed the tournament because of injuries. Dimitrov needed only 52 minutes to beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1.He’ll face John Isner, who beat wild-card Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4), 7-5. Isner won the only break point of the match to go ahead 6-5 in the second set. He closed it out with a 136 mph ace, one of his 25 in the match.“I knew that a lot of the conditions and everything about this tournament, my schedule — a lot of things have worked in my favor this week,” Isner said. “So I hope to keep it going.”In the women’s bracket, Pliskova will face Garbine Mugaruza in the semifinals. The Wimbledon champion survived another tough challenge on Friday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5. The match went 2 hours, 45 minutes — her longest of the tournament.“I think it was one of the best matches of the year,” Muguruza said. “I think we both played very well, especially in the third set. I know I won, but I’m sure she feels like it was a great match as well, because it was a tough battle and very hot out there.”Muguruza’s win came less than 24 hours after she spent 2 hours, 18 minutes on the court and fought off three match points to beat Madison Keys in the round of 16.Muguruza has reached the semifinals of two of the three tournaments she’s entered since winning Wimbledon.“You know, I’m happy with the way I’m playing and the way I’m going through these tough matches because, you know, I’ve got to dig in and somehow win them,” she said.Sloan Stephens also pulled off a two-win day to reach the semifinals. She beat Ekaterina Makarova in three sets, and then ate lunch, took a nap, woke up and knocked off Julia Goerges in straight sets. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “No excuses, nothing at all,” Nadal said. “I didn’t play well.”Despite the loss, Nadal will move back to No. 1 in the ATP rankings next week for the first time since 2014, before a series of injuries affected his game.“To be No. 1 after all the things I’ve been going through the last couple years is something unbelievable,” Nadal said. “For me, it’s an amazing achievement.”After the match, Nadal wore a ribbon honoring the victims of the attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead.“A tragedy,” he said. “The feeling that you’re not safe nowhere — that’s terrible. It’s very sad and I’m very, very sorry about what happened. To all the victims, the families, friends — all my support.”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 After a quick turnaround, she needed only 67 minutes to beat a rested Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 for a sweep into the semis.“The first match helped me a little bit to have some rallies already today,” Pliskova said. “Physically it was not that tough, so I was warmed up enough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingNadal got only halfway there.He spent an hour and 37 minutes on court in the afternoon while beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a match carried over from the previous night. Five hours later, he was back on court against Nick Kyrgios, who had won a three-set match earlier in the day.Nadal was sloppy at the outset and on the defensive for much of a 6-2, 7-5 loss that lasted an hour and 20 minutes. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Oh baby! Jeter welcomes birth of daughterlast_img read more

PVL men’s: Ateneo gets third straight win, FEU claims solo second

first_imgJohn Paul Bugaoan had a game-high 16 points for FEU while Redijohn Paler added 11.Joshua Umandal had 15 points to lead UST.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marck Espejo put up a game-high 17 points while Ismael Rivera added nine points for Ateneo.Isaah Arda led the Blazers with 11 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn the second game, Far Eastern University claimed sole possession of the second spot after stopping University of Santo Tomas 25-23, 25-23, 26-24.The Tamaraws improved to 3-2 while the Growling Tigers slipped to a 2-2 card after losing their second straight. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Messi finally conquers Buffon as Barcelona beats Juve 3-0 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ateneo continued its romp in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference after dropping St. Benilde in straight sets, 25-13, 25-22, 25-22, Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blue Eagles stayed perfect in four games while the Blazers dropped to their third loss in as many games.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentslast_img read more

Haider suspended by Pakistan Cricket Board

first_imgPakistan’s wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider arrives at London’s Heathrow Airport from Dubai, Monday Nov. 8, 2010, after skipping his team’s one-day match against South Africa in Dubai. Haider flew from the United Arab Emirates where he had been scheduled to play in the deciding one-day international in the series against South Africa. Team officials had reported Haider as missing to police and the International Cricket Council’s anti-corruption and security unit.Zulqarnain Haider was suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday for abandoning the team in the United Arab Emirates before a match and fleeing to London, reportedly to seek asylum from threats linked to match-fixers.The 24-year-old wicketkeeper quit the Pakistan team in Dubai and flew to Britain on Monday, claiming he received threats and was offered money to lose matches against South Africa. After Haider left, Pakistan lost the fifth and deciding one-day international to lose the series.Pakistan’s GEO TV reported Haider as saying he’d had his first hearing on an asylum request, and that a second one would happen next month. British authorities do not comment on specific asylum cases.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat confirmed his organization had “met with the player and is following up with the PCB,” but wouldn’t elaborate.The PCB said Haider violated the terms and conditions of his contract. It also said the board had been unable to contact the cricketer.”We have been trying to get in touch with him but unfortunately we have not established any link yet,” PCB director of cricket operations Zakir Khan told Associated Press Television News. “What we have heard so far is from him, via press and electronic media. We will like to know what went wrong.”advertisementIn interviews with GEO on Tuesday, Haider first claimed he was retiring from cricket and seeking asylum in Britain. He later said he was prepared to return to Pakistan if the government guaranteed his safety.On Wednesday, GEO’s news-ticker quoted Haider as saying “first hearing on political asylum request in the U.K. lasted for five minutes. Questions of ordinary nature were asked. Next hearing fixed for December 10.”Usually, people seeking asylum in Britain are given a short, informal interview soon after arriving to help channel their claim within the system. A more detailed interview is then arranged for a later date.On a Facebook page apparently belonging to Haider, the cricketer wrote that he was offered $25,000 by an “Asian looking man” one day before the fourth one-day match in Dubai, but that he ignored this. On the day of the match, he said he received text messages telling him to lose the match otherwise he would be killed.The alleged threats and match-fixing allegations are the latest setback for a Pakistan team already weighed down by accusations that three players were involved in a betting scandal during a test in England in August.Lorgat denied the ICC was targeting Pakistan as part of its anti-corruption drive, saying “we are very sympathetic to the issues that Pakistan cricket is challenged by and are providing all the support we possibly can and will continue to do so.”Illegal betting on cricket matches is a multimillion dollar industry in South Asia. Betting syndicates stand to earn massive sums of money if they have “fixed” the result of the game, or moments in it, by paying players. The syndicates have also reportedly threatened players and their families who do not go along with them.Former test captain Imran Khan, an influential figure in the game and a politician, said he was disappointed with Haider.”It will be clear in the coming days what was behind this incident, but this is a shameful thing for our country,” Imran Khan told GEO news channel.- With inputs from Associated Presslast_img read more