Month: November 2019

Tasked to guide the Bolts, Amer drops 31 in crucial game

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWhen Meralco needed someone to take over and lead by example against Blackwater, it found Baser Amer.The 24-year-old led the Bolts with 31 points in their 104-96 win over the Elite in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals that set up a semifinals matchup against Star.ADVERTISEMENT Amer scored 22 in the second half and hit big shots in the fourth to keep the Elite at bay.Blackwater had an 84-79 lead in the 9:49 mark of the fourth when Amer sparked an 11-0 run, scoring eight in the spurt, which gave Meralco a 90-84 lead with 8:06 remaining in the game.“We don’t want to lose and wait for another conference to start,” said Amer. “We get jealous of just sitting around and watching the other teams play. We want to get to the next chapter because it feels good to play.”ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Amer, who is celebrating his birthday on Friday, averaged a shade under 14 points a game during the eliminations but he knew he had to do more to help the Bolts avoid an upset to the eighth-seeded Elite.“The coaches just told me to be aggressive, look for opportunities to score,” said Amer in Filipino. “And coach Norman [Black] told me to guide the team.”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 shutoutMeralco, the top-seeded team in the Governors’ Cup, was in danger of faling to the Elite in the quarterfinals after getting its twice-to-beat advantage neutralized in the first game, losing 92-91.In their second playoff meeting, the Bolts were down 52-40 at the half before Amer took over. 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Guiao has eyes on Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick View commentslast_img read more

‘Like peanut butter and jelly’: Wade excited to be reunited with James

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers’ Dwyane Wade holds up his jersey during a news conference at the NBA basketball team’s training facility, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. Wade once convinced LeBron James that Miami was the place to be. Seven years later, James lured Wade to Ohio for the chance to win another NBA title, together.(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)Cleveland introduced Dwyane Wade on Friday, and he says he can’t wait to be reunited with LeBron James because, like ham and eggs and peaches and cream, the duo are a matching pair.“We’re just … it’s like peanut butter and jelly, man,” Wade said of his warm friendship with James. “We just go together.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  The overhauled roster in Cleveland now includes Derrick Rose, Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Jose Calderon and Wade. MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles07:50BYS Academy: Create a Fall Glam Makeup Look04:36Undas 2019: Remembering the dead and reuniting with the living01:37Protesters 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 La Salle bounces back, clobbers UST Read Next Wade, who grew up on Chicago’s south side, averaged 18.3 points and 3.8 assists in 60 games for the Bulls last season. It was his lowest point totals since his 2003 rookie season.“I’ve been lucky enough in this league to be in a lot of big games, a lot of big moments,” Wade said. “Been in five finals and my whole life I’ve been in some big moments, so that’s what makes me alive. “You come into a basketball season and you just plan to play, I don’t like that feeling.“Those are things that make me feel alive. Just being on that big stage, being in those moments.”Wade owns career averages of 23.3 points, 5.7 assists and 4.8 rebounds in 14 seasons with Miami and Chicago.ADVERTISEMENT The 35-year-old Wade went to four NBA finals and won two championships in four years together with the Miami Heat before James left to join his hometown Cavaliers.“Every time we walk by each other in the locker room and everywhere, we just look at each other and shake our head because it just don’t seem real,” Wade told reporters on Friday. 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“It’s like, ‘How did this happen? How did we get here?’ We just start laughing every time we walk by each other.”Wade has reached a buyout agreement this week with the Chicago Bulls, reportedly leaving $8 million on the table before signing with the Cavaliers for the veteran’s minimum of $2.3 million. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Victolero hopes to pick up the right fit in the rookie draft

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines PLAY LIST 02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “We’re looking at those players who we believe will fit right into our system, aside from their talent. That’s always what we’re looking for, the best talent available who fits our system,” he said.“Hopefully, we can get the ones which interested us.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Slotted at ninth in the first round, Star is bound to miss the highly touted neophytes like Christian Standhardinger, Kiefer Ravena, and Jeron Teng.But Victolero isn’t fretting over his late pick, with a handful of players already earning the attention of the Hotshots’ coaching staff in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine.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“There’s a lot who impressed us. You can really see who will be selected early, so it now boils down on who will be left for us in the bottom of the first round,” he said.Victolero has yet to decide on Star’s potential first round selection, but the soft-spoken mentor said that the priority for his team is to pick someone who can blend seamlessly to his system, the same way Jio Jalalon did in this past season. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Star coach Chito Victolero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUpon seeing the field in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, Star coach Chito Victolero is confident that the Hotshots can secure a solid contributor from the rookies in this year’s proceedings.“The talent pool is good, so I think we can sign a solid rookie,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Devin Booker’s 33 points power Suns past Lakers

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Lakers: Larry Nance Jr. has been cleared to return to practice earlier than expected. The forward broke hisleft hand Nov. 2 and was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. … Kuzma’s sixth 20-point game is the most among NBA rookies.UP NEXTSuns: Host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball had a quiet six points, six assists and six rebounds in 38 minutes.Greg Monroe had six points and one rebound in his second appearance with the Suns.One night after giving up 90 points in the first half to Houston, the Suns yielded a measly 53 first-half points to the Lakers while jumping out to a 12-point lead. Booker nailed two 3-pointers in the final 14 seconds, with Ball’s first field goal on a layup sandwiched between them.TIP-INSSuns: Big man Dragan Bender celebrated his 20th birthday with 10 points and five rebounds. … Big man Tyson Chandler missed his second straight game with a respiratory illness. … Jared Dudley missed his fourth consecutive game with a knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Spurs overcome 23-point deficit to beat Thunder Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma scored 28 of his career-high 30 points in the second half for the Lakers, who have lost five of six. Los Angeles beat Phoenix 100-93 on Monday, but couldn’t match that defensive effort in the rematch.Ulis, Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Suns rookie Josh Jackson all got technical fouls for an aggressive shoving match near the Phoenix bench with 3:17 to play.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 shutoutBooker scored 36 points in the Suns’ home loss to the Lakers on Monday, and he kept up his history of torrid performances against LA. Perhaps motivated by a verbal altercation near the Lakers’ bench in Phoenix four days earlier, Booker hit all six of his 3-pointers in the first half at Staples Center.Kuzma set a new career high for the second straight game with a dynamite second half, but the Lakers made no progress on their deficit. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck01:37Protesters 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 Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Devin Booker hit six 3-pointers while scoring 33 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in three tries this season, 122-113 on Friday night.Alex Len had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Suns, who won for just the second time in eight games. Tyler Ulis added 16 points as Phoenix bounced back impressively after giving up 142 points in a home loss to Houston one night earlier.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Harden’s 28 help Rockets rally for 99-90 win over Heat

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding James Harden scored 28 points and the Rockets overcame a big early deficit to beat the Miami Heat 99-90.“You have those games during the season where (you) win the game and move on … out of 82 of them sometimes it’s going to be ugly, but you just want to win,” Paul said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiami led by double digits before halftime, but the game stayed close throughout most of the second half. It was tied with about three minutes left when Harden hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired. That was the start of a 7-2 run that made it 95-90 with 38 seconds left.James Johnson missed a 3-pointer on the other end, but Miami’s Hassan Whiteside grabbed the rebound. Harden blocked his layup, and Houston added a dunk by Clint Capela with 18 seconds left. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “They did a really good job of trying to run you off the 3-point line,” Harden said. “So that was kind of tough for us tonight, but defensively that second half we locked up, controlled the game and that was it.”Whiteside led the Heat with 22 points and 13 rebounds. The team was missing Goran Dragic for the second straight game because of a bruised left knee.“They finished and finished in high fashion, making shots, and we struggled to get clean looks on the other end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Houston was at full strength for the first time in a while with Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green back after serving two-game suspensions for an altercation with the Clippers. Ariza had three points and five rebounds in 29 minutes, but Green did not play.Paul added 16 points as Houston won its third straight, and Eric Gordon had 16, too, despite continuing to struggle from long range. Gordon ranks fourth in the NBA with 136 3-pointers this season, but has gone a combined 0 for 16 the last two games.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks beat Suns hours after firing Jason Kidd Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Houston led by 3 entering the fourth, and the teams exchanged leads several times in the first few minutes of the quarter.The Rockets led by a basket after a 3-pointer by Paul with about eight minutes left before Miami scored the next four points to go up 83-81. Houston then used a 5-1 spurt, with a 3 from P.J. Tucker and a dunk from Capela, to make it 86-84 with about five minutes left.After ending Golden State’s 14-game road winning streak with a victory in their last game, the Rockets looked sluggish early in this one and trailed by 14 during the first quarter. The Heat got a boost in the first quarter from Whiteside, who scored 14 points. The Rockets got going late in the first quarter and had cut the deficit to 50-46 by halftime.“We get an emotional victory on Saturday and then … we just didn’t come out of the gates very well,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But after that our defense was solid … (and) it just came down to James and Chris just creating and getting buckets.”TIP-INSHeat: Jones had three blocks. … Josh Richardson finished with 12 points. … Miami made 7 of 30 3-pointers.Rockets: Capela had 14 points with eight rebounds. … Paul had six assists and five rebounds. … Monday was Houston’s first win this season when scoring below 100 points after losing the first three. … Houston made 15 3-pointers to improve to 25-4 this season when making at last 15.PERFECTIONHouston improved to 18-0 this season in games where Capela, Harden and Paul all play, including 14-0 when starting those three with Ryan Anderson and Ariza. Monday was the first time since Dec. 31 D’Antoni has been able to use that lineup.THEY SAID ITPaul on the improvement of the Heat, who have won 9 of 12: “(Spoelstra’s) really got those guys playing hard, playing with the right spirit and it was a really good test for us.”UP NEXTHeat: Host Sacramento on Thursday night.Rockets: Visit Dallas on Wednesday night. LATEST STORIES View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) regains the ball in front of Miami Heat guard Derrick Walton Jr. (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — Chris Paul wasn’t thrilled with how the Houston Rockets played Monday night.The veteran was perfectly happy with the outcome though.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Scottie Pippen throws shade at Steph Curry: ‘He isn’t the best Warrior right now’

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Speaking to sports journalist Rachel Nichols and retired players Byron Scott and Paul Pierce, the 51-year-old six-time NBA Champion criticized the Bay Area sharpshooter.“I think we also have to look at it now that he’s not the best player on either team, even though he’s a two-time MVP. Right now he’s not the best player on his team,” Pippen candidly said, as relayed by CBS Sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHis sentiments came after the arrival of another former MVP, Kevin Durant, who joined the already stacked Warriors’ line-up this off-season.“He’s not a dominant player. He’s a great player and the things that he does on the basketball court forces Cleveland to have to do things to get the ball out of his hands, but in terms of what LeBron and KD can do those guys can dominate you in all areas of the game,” he added. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Curry’s overall statistical production has indeed dipped a bit since partnering with Durant, but continues to be one of the deadliest shooters, if not the deadliest, in the game today.Curry and the rest of the Golden State Warriors will host the Cleveland Cavaliers for Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday (Friday in Manila).  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Warriors wary of LeBron as Cavs arrive for NBA FinalsADVERTISEMENT Scottie Pippen  AP PHOTOSince eclipsing the Chicago Bulls’ regular season record of 72 wins last year but failing to win the NBA title, the Golden State Warriors have received a lot of criticism from fans and former players alike.During a recent appearance on ESPN’s “The Jump,” one of the pivotal members of the legendary Bulls squad, Scottie Pippen, spoke his mind regarding the Warriors’ premier guard and two-time NBA MVP Stephen Curry.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 Gamescenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Rebisco PSL Manila settles for 8th place after winless campaign Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Ex-MMA fighter gets 36 years to life in kidnap, beating case

first_img“Sometimes I didn’t realize what I did until I’d already done it,” Koppenhaver told Clark County District Court Judge Elissa Cadish. “I hate that this happened.”Koppenhaver will be 71 before he’s eligible for parole.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHis lawyer, Jay Leiderman, said Koppenhaver tried to hang himself in jail in January, but that he has turned to religion and wants to become a role model behind bars.The Associated Press normally does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault, but Mack gave AP permission to use her name. She has spoken publicly about her experience with domestic violence. Her legal name is Christine Mackinday. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ US adjusting to Arena’s system as World Cup qualifier looms Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments Former mixed martial arts fighter Jonathan Koppenhaver, aka War Machine, addresses the court before his sentencing at the Regional Justice Center on Monday, June 5, 2017, in Las Vegas. Koppenhaver is ordered to serve 36 years to life behind bars after being convicted of more than two dozen charges, including sexual assault and first-degree kidnapping. APLAS VEGAS — The former mixed martial arts fighter known as War Machine was sentenced Monday (Tuesday Manila time) to 36 years to life in Nevada state prison for kidnapping, beating and sexually assaulting his porn actress ex-girlfriend and attacking her male friend at her Las Vegas home in 2014.Jonathan Paul Koppenhaver, 35, offered an apology full of self-loathing during his sentencing on 29 felony and misdemeanor charges in the attacks on Christy Mack and Corey Thomas. He called himself a “very lost, very empty person” who hated his aggressive impulses and “should have killed myself by now.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games She, her mother and Thomas also spoke during a lengthy sentencing hearing that Leiderman tried to avoid altogether.The judge rejected Leiderman’s bid for a new trial based on an obscure 1911 state law that the defense attorney said would have let Koppenhaver tell the jury that he “just lost it” and fell into a blind rage amounting to unconsciousness during the attacks, and therefore could not have known he was committing a crime.Leiderman said later he would appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court.Koppenhaver didn’t testify at his two-week trial on 34 charges. The jury in March failed to reach a verdict on two attempted murder charges. The jury acquitted him of three lesser counts — battery with intent to commit sexual assault, burglary with a weapon and sexually motivated coercion.Leiderman characterized Koppenhaver at trial as a “raging bull” with brain injuries from his fighting career and emotions inflamed by the use of steroids and non-prescription stimulant and antidepressant drugs that could have caused mood swings and violence the defense attorney termed “roid rage.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Time for payback for Gilas vs Chinese Taipei

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gilas Pilipinas’ Matthew Wright. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas versus Chinese Taipei is always the noisiest game in the Jones Cup Invitational.The Taiwanese, like the Filipino fans, embrace their national team like heroes – as should be – and follow each and every game with the kind of fervor that can definitely unsettle any visiting team.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant The Philippines, of course, went on to rebound from that setback and never lost again until the gold medal game against Iran, going on to return to the World Cup for the first time in 40 years by seeing action in Seville, Spain and even winning one game.Reyes was very aware that the Taiwanese pulled their punches somewhat even with the handy win against the Japanese.“As you can see behind their (Taiwanese) bench, there are still a lot of (good) players they didn’t use tonight,” Reyes, while using his lips to point out to the Chinese Taipei bench early in the third period, said.This match is also important because both countries are in Group B together with China and Iraq in the first round of the World Cup Qualifying, and the Philippines will play Taiwan in November in this very venue.“If we turn the ball over the same way we did against Canada, we’d be in trouble,” Reyes said. “But if we can take care of the ball and defend more intelligently, we have a great chance.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments Filipino fans, meanwhile, aside from unconditionally supporting Gilas in whatever country it plays in, love playing against Chinese Taipei and rooting for a win because OFWs in this progressive island feel that it’s like putting one over their employers here.But what really makes this 7 p.m. match at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall even more interesting is the fact that Team Philippines has a score to settle against the home side on Sunday night – and the Filipinos are also looking for some sort of momentum for a battle ahead the carries much larger stakes.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“They beat us the last time,” Gilas coach Chot Reyes said on Saturday night after scouting first half action of Chinese Taipei-Japan, which the Taiwanese won, 86-65, to get their bid off on the right foot in front of, yes, their boisterous fans.That last time Reyes was talking of happened in 2013 in Manila during the Fiba Asia Championship at Mall of Asia Arena where the Taiwanese scored an 84-79 decision in the first round and deflated – in part – hopes of a very hopeful nation. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES For some Filipino fans who have been working here for years, this game is the game to win for a lot of reasons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miazga’s late goal gives US 1st place in Gold Cup group 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

Foul Play 2010

first_imgSELLOTAPE LEGACY: DELHI AND THE COMMONWEALTH GAMESby BORIA MAJUMDAR AND NALIN MEHTAHarperCollins IndiaPrice: RS 450, Pages: 236 The monsoon-like deluge of media coverage on the Commonwealth Games (CG) in Delhi would have filled a book. Now, we actually have one. Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta have produced the definitive word,SELLOTAPE LEGACY: DELHI AND THE COMMONWEALTH GAMESby BORIA MAJUMDAR AND NALIN MEHTAHarperCollins IndiaPrice: RS 450, Pages: 236 The monsoon-like deluge of media coverage on the Commonwealth Games (CG) in Delhi would have filled a book. Now, we actually have one. Boria Majumdar and Nalin Mehta have produced the definitive word on the contentious event. The title refers to the band-aid approach to the way the projects are being rushed through and its impact on the image of the country and on the capital. Like Usain Bolt, who has pulled out along with a galaxy of stars from Commonwealth countries, the CG has been an explosive sprint to the finish line, and this book analyses one key question: has it been worth it?The redoubtable Majumdar and his co-author reconfirm their expertise in drawing the bigger picture on issues of sports and placing it in a historical context. At its core, this is about the politics of the games, urban development and the artificial ambitions of India Rising. The picture they paint is not pretty. The most shocking aspect, covered in considerable detail, is how politics triumphs over everything else, from the budget which ballooned from the original Rs 617.5 crore estimate to over Rs 70,608 crore by 2010, to the declaration by the finance minister that “the Commonwealth Games present the country with an opportunity to showcase our potential as an emerging Asian power”, and the manner in which issues like unpardonable delays, bad planning, corruption and embarrassments galore have been glossed over by the need for misplaced Big Power projection. Their conclusion that the impetus lacked a powerful political figure at its head, a la Rajiv Gandhi at the Asiad in 1982, is difficult to argue with in light of the shocking compromises made in the name of “national pride”. Suresh Kalmadi, for all his swagger and boastfulness, is a poor substitute.advertisementThe second part of the book relates to Delhi, what the frenetic construction has done to the Capital and the legacy it is likely to leave behind. The authors have used the space and time at their disposal to track the record of other cities which have hosted mega-sporting events, from Hamilton in 1930 where the first British Empire Games were staged, to Olympic venues like Greece, seen as the origin of its current financial crisis, to assess the short and long term impact. India is only the second Asian city after Kuala Lumpur to host the Commonwealth Games, and indeed, the key question is whether the CG has any relevance at all in today’s geo-political scenario.The recurring theme, whether historical or current, is to do with the dynamic between sports and politics. More to the point is their conclusion that the CG had become a personal ego massage for a few while ignoring the people who really matter, the citizens of Delhi who are paying the price in more ways than one, and Indian sportspersons who seem to have been sidelined in the entire messy media carnival that the Games have become. The authors analyse another vital issue; whether it will herald the belated birth of a sporting culture outside cricket. That is left to the reader to discover but basically, there is a Latin phrase that sums up their effort: panem et circenses, or “bread and circuses”. In its historical context, it connotes the triviality and frivolity that defined the Roman Empire prior to its decline. With regard to the Commonwealth Games 2010, we have the Neros, fiddling while the edifice crumbled. The circus, meanwhile, complete with acrobats, jugglers and trapeze artists, has already begun.last_img read more

Spoilt for choice

first_imgAt a random count, at least three more restaurants open daily in Chandigarh-a delight for foodies who are now spoilt for choices. A rundown onsome outlets to help you the best. The Lobby-Chandigarh Ashok Sco-42, Sector-26 Madhyamarg, Chandigarh With a dream to acquaint the city with an international style of,At a random count, at least three more restaurants open daily in Chandigarh-a delight for foodies who are now spoilt for choices. A rundown onsome outlets to help you the best.The Lobby-Chandigarh Ashok Sco-42, Sector-26 Madhyamarg, ChandigarhWith a dream to acquaint the city with an international style of dining, Ashish Manchanda 30, introduced ‘The Lobby’ in Sector 26, three months ago-place with well-designed decor, delectable Indian,European, and continental food, intuitive service and fabulous music.”Whether it’s about food, beverage, business or pleasure ‘The Lobby’ proves to be a perfect gathering spot that brings people together,” says Manchanda, the Managing Director who is an MBA from Johnson and Wales University, UK and has worked with various big hospitality names-one of them being Marriott Boston. Presenting a flexible menu, the restaurant caters to all kinds of needs-from a quick appetiser to a complete dinner. Divided into three segments-the Executive Dining, Bar & Lounge and Family & Dining, ‘The Lobby’ presents its guests with several options for dining. The thriving dancing area heats up when celeb DJ’s like, DJ Andrea Bertolini (from Italy), spin crazy tunes to make you groove through the night. If that doesn’t appeal to you, then the retro nights every Thursday evening certainly will. You can also watch all the popular sporting events with your buddies on the giant screen with your favorite glass of beer and cocktails. Raising a toast to a fabulous night. Cheers!Sofrito- (Mediterranean Food Restaurant)SCO 143-144, Sector 9-C, Madhya Marg, ChandigarhA great place to sit back and relax with your favorite drink, Sofrito that opened recently in Sector 9 is clearly living up to its name which quite literally means a culinary combination of aromatic ingredients. And they sure do arrest your senses the minute you enter the restaurant. A special feature of the restaurant is the open kitchen, where the customers can easily chat with the chefs to know more about the history and dietary benefits of the menu items before placing the orders. You can unwind after a hard days work at the well stocked bar at the end of the kitchen that offers all classic mocktails, along with Mediterranean breezers, vodkas, tequillas etc. That’s not all. You can also choose from a variety of yogurt based smoothies and lemon & mint revitalisers. All in all the place wont let you down. Whether its a party or a quick lunch or dinner break, dont miss to eat your slice of health at Sofrito.Spice Cafe Lobby-Restaurant, Bar & LoungeNH – 21,Delhi – Chandigarh Highway near Chandigarh Airport , ZirakpurOne-and-a-half kilometers from Chandigarh International Airport, The Ashok recently rolled out its luxury restaurant called ‘Spice cafe’. Sleek and elegant, the place presents an elaborate ‘panAsian’ menu delivering some real mouth-watering dishes. From in-house specialities like Saigon fried rice to Chinese Gold dust fish, the choice is extensive. The interior is a sophisticated mix of creams and browns, split between the restaurant & a chic bar &grill. The restaurant spots a large screen and a guest interactive kitchen. With a separate tea and coffee lounge that seats around 23 people, the restaurant has people buzzing in and out of the place round the clock. The bar decor with plushy upholstered furnishings and fabrics gives the place lively and elegant seating. “The bar is not functional yet, but once we do acquire the liquor license we have no doubts that The Spice Cafe is going to be the perfect place to meet and catch up with friends over a drink ,” says Manendra Singh, the General Manager, at Ashok. The service at Spice Cafe is eager & full of smiles, and meals proceed at a leisurely pace so just sit back and soak in the experience.The Lobby Meal for two: Around Rs. 1500.Bar: YesDancing Space: YesDJ: Jonqui & Andrea BertoliniSpeciality: Indian, European and Continental FoodFavorite Orders: Palak Patte ki Chaat, Lahsun Hari Mirch Murg Tikka, Gosht Rizalla, Murg Burrani, and), Khumbh Makai ke Kofte.SofritoMeal for two: Rs. 800-Rs. 1000.Bar: YesDancing Space: No, (coming up soon)Celebs: Sukhbir Singh Badal (Punjab’s puty M)Speciality: Mediterranean FoodFavorite Orders: Spanish Tapas, Shish Taou, Paella,and Risottos.Spice CafeMeal for two: Rs. 1200- Rs. 1400.Bar: Not functional yet but opening shorty by the name of Deal bar & grillsDancing Space: YesSpeciality: Indian, Pan-asianFavorite Orders: Chinese Gold dust fish and Saigon fried rice.advertisementlast_img read more