PH absorbs first loss in men’s water polo

first_imgMOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village LATEST STORIES Alamara Mumar tried to knot the score anew for the Philippines, but his goal wasn’t counted.The Filipinos defeated Thailand, 9-7, last Tuesday to get the ball rolling for the PH delegation.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 shutoutThey need to beat Singapore on Thursday at 11 a.m. to keep their gold medal hopes alive. Celest Flores-Colina Molina hopes for positive end to PH’s AVC stint ahead of SEA Games Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Photo from Kuala Lumpur SEA Games Website.After a blazing start in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games, the Philippines yielded to host Malaysia 7-8, in day 2 of the men’s water polo Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos turned a 1-4 deficit into a tied game at 7 in the fourth period on goal by skipper Roy Canete Jr., but the Malaysians got the last laugh as Tan Xi Yun scored the go-ahead with a little under two minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ateneo ‘a better team’ than last year heading into finals rematch vs DLSU

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces La Salle in UAAP Finals rematch Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo head coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t have time to ponder over the Blue Eagles’ hard-fought Final Four duel against Far Eastern University.After overcoming the Tamaraws in overtime in their do-or-die, Baldwin said he immediately turned his attention to the defending champions, whom the Eagles will face in a best-of-three finals for the second straight time.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Baldwin is raring to get back at La Salle after it swept Ateneo last year.“We’re a better team [this season],” said Baldwin after his Blue Eagles topped the elimination round with a 13-1 card. “We’ve proven we’re a better team all year long.” “La Salle, what else would I be thinking about?” said Baldwin after Ateneo pulled off an 88-84 win Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “We have to move on. I think the coaching staff has to set the tone and we got to come down the cloud pretty quick.”READ: Ateneo escapes FEU in OT, faces DLSU in UAAP Finals rematchFEATURED 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“We have to put our focus on the next game because we didn’t play this season just to win in the semis. We played this season to go as far as this team is capable of going.”La Salle is already in the championship round after scoring a controversial 82-75 win over Adamson University that saw the three referees, who officiated the game get suspended for four games. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

South African cricketer Nel attempts suicide

first_imgFormer South African pacer Andre Nel allegedly attempted suicide on Friday, a report said. Nel resorted to the extreme step after his alleged extra-marital affairs were exposed recently. The temperamental Protea cricketer allegedly had affairs with two English women while playing for Surrey in England. He is now reported out of danger and is being looked after by a team of doctors. Nel and his wife Deanne Weitz have been married for six years and are expecting their first child in April. He took retirement from international cricket due to the alleged discriminatory policies in South African cricket. He had a troubled past with numerous on-field spats with various cricketers. He had an exchange with Indian pacer S. Sreesanth as well.last_img read more

IPL: Journalists accuse Chris Gayle of assault

first_imgA police complaint was filed against star West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle and his bodyguards after they had an altercation with a regional TV crew in Bangalore on Thursday.Gayle, who transformed the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s fortunes after joining the ongoing fourth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) midway, allegedly abused a reporter and a cameraman of Kannada news channel Janashri when they tried to film him while he was shopping. The incident reportedly took place at one of the shops at Brigade Road. Gayle’s two bodyguards also allegedly pushed and shoved the TV crew. However, Gayle denied any wrongdoing on his Twitter account. “Why TV reporter saying I push n shove them! Its all lie!..stop using my name for wrong things plz! If its on tape release plz..,” Gayle tweeted.last_img read more

An Indian hand behind wine at Obama dinner

first_imgThe wine laid out by Daniel Boulud for Obama fundraiser had come from an Indian sommelier.When US President Barack Obama addressed an LGBT fundraiser this past Thursday at the upper-crust New York restaurant, Daniel, one of the wines on the menu was Sandhi.It’s a wine no one had heard about, at least not in Big Apple, but when New York’s beloved chef, Daniel Boulud, lays it out for a showpiece event, it doesn’t need to spend big bucks on getting noticed. And the blogger who broke the news, Michael Steinberger of WineDiarist.com, said it all when he commented, “debuts don’t get much more auspicious than that.” Just in case you haven’t noticed, Sandhi is a Hindi word and it is so because its creator Raj Parry is from Kolkata.Parry’s career graph mirrors that of the new generation of successful Indian immigrants who have broken out of the techie-doctor stereotype.Rajat Parry from Kolkata is now the toast of New York.This ardent lover of Burgundy wines, who credits an uncle in England for stoking his passion for wine, studied hotel management at Manipal, went to the Culinary Institute of America (the other CIA!), apprenticed under one of America’s celebrated master sommeliers, Larry Stone (formerly of San Franciso’s famous Rubicon restaurant), became the wine director of the much-honoured Michael Mina group of 18 restaurants (it continues to be his first calling card), and opened a winery last year in Santa Barbara, California, with Charles Banks, a private funds manager and former owner of Screaming Eagle, home to the “cult cabernet” known for its 100-point scores and yearslong waiting list. Sporting a tonsured pate balanced by the one- dayer on his cheeks, Raj defines the label ‘Sandhi’ as ‘collaboration’, which is the essence of wine-making. “Sandhi,” says the man on his winery’s website, “represents a union essential to the production of wine: the collaboration between man, earth, and vine.The willing participation of all three elements is necessary to make great wine, and the winegrower must make this collaboration rich and nourishing for all involved. The young wine producer is most passionate about Pinot Noir, the unpredictable red wine grape made popular by the deliriously wacky romcom Sideways, so much so that he doesn’t allow any of it that has over 14 per cent alcohol to be served at RN74, the San Francisco restaurant whose wine list he presides over. It landed him in a controversy with Pinot Noir producers, but wine critics loved him. Unsurprisingly, Raj has been getting noticed by influential writers such as Jancis Robinson of Financial Times and Eric Asimov of the New York Times, which is not easy when you’re in a place teeming with young and innovative wine producers.Among the many things Raj has done, he has also written a book recounting his journey as a sommelier. In that, one of his memorable lines is, “Taste what’s in the glass, not what’s in your mind.” Every wine snob must remember these words.As Raj explained to his home country newspaper, Santa Barbara Independent, “It’s important to disregard labels and taste with your heart rather than your head.” Boulud must have done exactly that when he decided to put Sandhi on the Obama menu.Why wine lovers may lose BordeauxBordeaux is set to be overpriced and increase the distance between its wines and its drinkers.Anyone who’s been to France will know about the Gallic obsession with their August holiday – the country just slides into a state of suspended animation and the motorway leading out of Paris is forever clogged during that balmy month.So it’s very serious business when an iconic French industry – champagne – cancels the August holidays of everyone working in it because a long spell of warm weather has advanced the harvest time in the vineyards. This year, according to Decanter magazine, will see the earliest harvest in the recorded history of champagne (between August 16 and 22, instead of mid-September), beating the record set in 2003, when a heat wave swept through Europe.I have often pointed to the dramatic effects of global warming on European wine production. Grapes that are used to growing in a certain temperature – and chardonnay, the principal variety that goes into champagne, is genetically programmed for a cold climate – are being subjected to temperature variables they have never experienced before.In the case of champagne, the vines started flowering earlier than usual in the third week of May, and if you add 92 days – the average time over the past decade, reports Decanter , between flowering and the start of the harvest in the Champagne district – picking could start on 22 August.Some champagne houses, notably G. H. Mumm, are even looking at August 16 as the harvest date. Their logic: If August is warmer than usual, which it promises to be, the gap between flowering and picking may come down from 92 to 80 days.It’s the grapes on the vine that determine the quality of the wine we pick up from a store. Too much of the sun is not good news in Champagne.It’ll only reduce the acid and raise the sugar levels of the grapes, thereby disturbing the delicate balance that makes champagne dry and crispy on the palate – just the way the world loves it.Kiwi twist to Nashik bubblyBlemheim, New Zealand, and Nashik are miles apart – geographically and culturally. Yet Nashik is the new buzzword in this Kiwi town of 20,000 people, which is at the heart of New Zealand’s world-renowned wine region, Marlborough.What has brought Blenheim and Nashik in this cross-cultural marriage of skills is a sparkling wine project initiated by Moet Hennessy, the custodian of such formidable champagne brands as Krug, Ruinart and Dom Perignon. The team steering this project is the one that produces New Zealand’s most reputed wine label, Cloudy Bay. The high priest of this relationship is Cloudy Bay’s estate director, Ian Morden, a South African who grew up in Port Elizabeth and is married to an Australian – it could only happen in a ‘flat world’. This past March, Morden and his team were in Nashik to put together the first Moet Hennessy’s India sparkler, developed with grapes produced by the local farmers. The combination of grapes is very Indian – Chenin Blanc, 70 per cent (the grape variety, which grows effortlessly in Nashik, does not figure in the template set by Champagne for sparkling wines all over); Pinot Noir, 15 per cent (it’ll be a first for Nashik), and Chardonnay, 15 per cent. Nashik can hope finally to be taken seriously by the wine world.Indian wine in good companyWe’ve been making wine – some good but mostly bad and undrinkable – for quite some time, but India did not find a place among the 44 membernations of the OIV, the intergovernmental platform of the wine- making world.Six months back, reports IndianWineAcademy.com, India sought the membership of this ‘United Nations of Wine’ and it’s getting it real quick. OIV director general Federico Castellucci announced at the organisation’s just concluded 34th World Congress in Porto, Portugal, that India will be invited formally to become the 45th member nation on July 12.India must sit back and celebrate the international recognition of our status as a wine producing nation and our industry must take it as a sign that it has got to perform better to retain the respect of the world.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Tendulkar and Dravid move up in ICC Test rankings

first_imgSenior batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid gained a place each in the latest ICC player rankings for Test batsmen, which is being headed by South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis.While Tendulkar improved from fifth to fourth, Dravid rose a rung to ninth from tenth position.Among Indian bowlers, pace spearhead Zaheer Khan gained a place to be at sixth despite being ruled out of the recently concluded four-match Test series between India and England after sustaining hamstring injury on the very first day of the opening match at the Lord’s.As England claimed the title of number-one Test side in the world with a 4-0 series victory, four of their batsmen made it to the top-10, with Ian Bell being the most notable.Bell and Alastair Cook have jointly claimed the second position after Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara slipped three places to fifth after scoring only 10 and 17 in the recently completed Test against Australia.Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott are other batsmen in the top-10. England now boast of four bowlers and equal number of batsmen in the top 10.Australia’s Shane Watson and Ryan Harris, Rangana Herath of Sri Lanka and Pakistan’s Mohammad Hafeez and Misbah-ul-Haq have achieved career-best rankings in the latest list, which was released after the completion of the Galle Test between Sri Lanka and Australia and the one-off Test between Pakistan and Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.The player rankings will now be updated after the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, which starts on Thursday in Pallekele, while the Test Championship table will be updated after the conclusion of the third and final Test between the two sides which starts in Colombo on 16 September.advertisementlast_img read more

Kobe Bryant to attend Fiba World Cup 2019 draw next month

first_imgFILE: Kobe Bryant attends the 90th Annual Academy Awards Nominee Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 5, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. Kevin Winter/Getty Images/AFPKobe Bryant, still one of the biggest stars in basketball even years after his retirement, will headline the star-studded Fiba Basketball World Cup 2019 draw on March 16 in Shenzhen, China.The NBA great, who is also the World Cup’s global ambassador, will help carry out the draw that will determine the groupings for the 32-country event slated this August in eight cities in China.ADVERTISEMENT Singer Jason Derulo has been tapped to perform at the event, which will be open to public for the first time, while Yao Ming, China’s biggest basketball star, is expected to attend.The draw procedures will be made public in the days leading up to the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesFourteen spots for the World Cup are still up for grabs and the Philippines is hoping to occupy one of the slots.The Filipinos must win their next two games in the final window of the Asian Qualifiers happening this week to get a shot at the Worlds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief PBA D-League: AMA routs McDavid in top draft pick Joshua Munzon’s debut ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Roger Pogoy replaces Scottie Thompson in Gilas lineup vs Kazakhstan

first_imgLATEST STORIES PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRoger Pogoy will officially make his return to the Philippine team on Sunday in a must-win duel against Kazakhstan in the sixth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Pogoy missed Gilas Pilipinas’ last five games due to suspension for his participation in the brawl against Australia last July.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations The TNT swingman replaced Barangay Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson in the 12-man lineup.Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, Mark Barroca, Marcio Lassiter, Paul Lee, Troy Rosario and Thirdy Ravena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesGilas is coming off a rousing 84-46 win over Qatar on Friday.Blatche led the way with 17 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Jeremy Miado stopped by Dejdamrong in rematchlast_img read more

WNBA star Maya Moore mural on Hypercourt for Her inspires women ballers to raise their game

first_imgMurals of WNBA star Maya Moore and NBA icon LeBron James alongside each other in Hypercourts in Taguig. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOMANILA, Philippines—Female ballers are getting their own space.To encourage and inspire other female basketball players to come out and play, one of the Hypercourts in Manila got a makeover.ADVERTISEMENT BVR on Tour: Tan-Rodriguez, Abdilla-Lopez duos win crowns In the improved version of the app, male and female ballers are featured in the training videos and training sessions for women in the area will be made available.“The goal is to continue to build the basketball community specifically for the female,” Nike sports marketing manager Jino Ferrer told reporters. “The idea behind the Hypercourt 1.0 was to give a training platform for ballers that is free, because when we started building the innovation behind it we found out that Filipinos love to play but they don’t have a platform for training.”While the Hypercourt for Her in Taguig and Hypercourt 2.0 app are not exclusive to females, the women ballers get free space and platform to raise their game in basketball.“Hypercourt is a dual gender initiative, but moving forward but they will be specifically designed for women. We have a focus on helping female ballers to train and progress in the sport of basketball this year,” said Ferrer.This innovation sparked inspiration among the female athletes in the country, who are hoping to lead the charge in taking women’s basketball to the next level.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments “It makes me feel very good [to have this kind of opportunity]. It makes me feel very proud to be a woman basketball player because before when the Hypercourt was first made, [the murals] were both men and now there’s a woman here, there is finally representation,” said Guytingco. Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Just like the other Hypercourts that feature sprawling murals of NBA heroes, a special space in the Taguig court for female ballers called Hypercourt for Her has been painted over with the image of WNBA superstar Maya Moore.“I feel like just having Maya Moore painted on a Hypercourt serves a lot of inspiration for girls and just the fact that they are given opportunity, space to have somewhere to be able to play and not have to worry about judgment I feel like that’s gonna really inspiring for a lot of women,” said Trina Guytingco of the Ateneo women’s basketball team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHypercourt for Her was officially launched on Sunday, just a few days after the celebration of the International Women’s Day, with activities like group training sessions with female members of the media and 3×3 competition for women lined up for the day.‘Hypercourt for Her’ gives women free space to train. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Hypercourt app, which offers free and extensive basketball training programs, also got an upgrade to 2.0, with features that are made to cater to the needs of female basketball players in the country. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Pistons take care of business against LeBron-less Lakers

first_imgMOST READ “I wish we could play G League teams or high school teams,” Casey said. “We’ve got to play who’s here. I’ve been through that over the years, and teams have different visions and focuses, and still, how you look at tonight’s schedule, I guarantee somebody’s going to have a tough game against one of those teams. Those guys get paid twice a month.”Andre Drummond had 19 points and 23 rebounds , and the Pistons took advantage of James’ absence, beating Los Angeles 111-97 on Friday night. The Lakers, who have fallen well off the pace in the Western Conference playoff race, have been managing James’ minutes, and he sat out this game entirely. Los Angeles played at Toronto the previous night .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Lakers were also without Lonzo Ball (left ankle), Tyson Chandler (neck), Brandon Ingram (right arm) and Lance Stephenson (toe), but they trailed by only four in the third quarter before Detroit went on a 13-0 run to make it 73-56. Reggie Jackson started that stretch with two 3-pointers and a jumper.“We had to play with pretty much everyone we had, we were down in bodies,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “We played hard enough to win, but we didn’t make enough shots to win.” Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy The Pistons were coming off losses of 28 and 34 points to the Nets and Heat, but the win Friday put Detroit percentage points ahead of Brooklyn for the No. 6 spot in the East. Langston Galloway scored 23 points and Jackson had 20 for the Pistons.“I know everybody was excited to see LeBron, but we’re here for a different reason,” Casey said. “No matter who goes, whoever’s on load management, we can’t control that. I still say those teams are going to come out and compete, and that doesn’t mean automatic win at all.”STILL THE STARJames hadn’t missed an entire game since Feb. 2. He didn’t suit up for this one, but there was certainly a buzz among the fans behind one of the baskets when he emerged around the midway point of the first quarter and walked over to the bench to join his team. He went back toward the locker room at the start of the fourth.NOT THRILLEDADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers forward Johnathan Williams (19) and Detroit Pistons forward Thon Maker (7) try to control the loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — After beating the Lakers while LeBron James sat out, Detroit coach Dwane Casey was asked if he wished his Pistons had been able to face a Los Angeles team that was closer to full strength.Please.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments Blake Griffin was rather subdued after his team’s victory over the undermanned Lakers.“I don’t know that we’ve had the right spirit over this stretch of games,” Griffin said. “Even tonight, we put together a win, but I don’t think we’ve been great.”Griffin didn’t have a great game himself, scoring 15 points on 3-of-12 shooting.“I’m not saying I’m not a part of the problem,” he said. “I am. My energy hasn’t been great, I haven’t made the plays I should and gone the extra mile. If anybody notices that, we should speak up.”TIP-INSLakers: Rajon Rondo had 15 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, and Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 10 assists.Pistons: Drummond is four rebounds away from posting a sixth straight season with at least 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. Only seven players have accomplished that: Wilt Chamberlain (10 years), Bill Russell (10), Bob Pettit (nine), Elvin Hayes (seven), Walt Bellamy (six), Dwight Howard (six) and Jerry Lucas (six).UP NEXTLakers: Visit the New York Knicks on Sunday.Pistons: Host the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss FIFA push to spread 2022 Qatar World Cup faces resistance LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crashlast_img read more

Gerry Abadiano determined to deliver NU Bullpups another NBTC crown

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Bullpups have been nothing short of spectacular in the 2019 NBTC National Finals but against San Beda, the reigning champions nearly came up short.Abadiano, with the hopes of winning another NBTC title after a UAAP championship, took his matters in his own hands.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAfter NU squandered a 26-point lead and get into an 89-89 tie with the Red Cubs, Abadiano took it upon himself to save the Bullpups with a glorious stepback jumper over Zachary Estacio for the 91-89 lead with 2.0 seconds left in the game.The Bullpups eventually held on for the 91-90 lead and Abadiano said that it’s the desire of winning the double that kept him going. “I really hope that we can win the championship so we can have two titles in a row,” said Abadiano in Filipino Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.“I always practice that shot and I always keep thinking that it’s the last shot in a championship game. When I shot it, I just left it to chance that if it doesn’t go in we’ll go to overtime. It went in so I was ecstatic.”Abadiano and the rest of the Bulldogs, who had won heir first three games with an average margin of 59.7 points, were pushed to unfamiliar territory when the Red Cubs erased their 26-point lead, 61-35, and even took the 85-84 lead after Estacio’s layup with 2:10 remaining.Estacio could’ve erased the impact of Abdadiano’s jumper had he made his free throws with zero seconds left in the clock after absorbing contact from Terrence Fortea.As fate had it, Estacio missed the first free throw and the Bullpups set up another finals date with La Salle Green Hills.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle wins 4th UAAP Streetdance title MANILA, Philippines—Gerry Abadiano wasn’t about to let Nazareth School of National University fall out of its repeat hopes.ADVERTISEMENT PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventcenter_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director MOST READ LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Abadiano said last year’s duel with the Greenies are still fresh in his memory but they’d rather focus on what they can execute than what La Salle will do.“We faced them last year so we kind of know the tendencies of the players and of the team,” said Abadiano who finished with 23 points and four steals against the Red Cubs. “Whatever the outcome is the important thing is we gave it our all.”last_img read more

Paul George leads charge vs former team as Thunder trounce Pacers

first_imgCayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Devin Booker scores 50 in back-to-back games but Suns lose again Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles “That was the game,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “We knew they were going to come out aggressive. Paul and Westbrook came out aggressive, attacking the basket, scoring. They made their run and were able to get the momentum and just really take control of the game.”It was a critical win for the Thunder, who had lost five of six.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points and Domantas Sabonis added 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers.Indiana led 54-45 at the break behind 14 points from Bogdanovic. Adams scored 14 points in the first half for the Thunder.The Thunder closed the gap early in the third quarter. A floater by Adams cut Indiana’s lead to one, then a 3-pointer by Jerami Grant finally put the Thunder ahead midway through the period. George and Westbrook followed with 3s to put Oklahoma City up 66-58. By the end of the run, the Thunder led 72-58.ADVERTISEMENT The Thunder slogged through the first half and trailed by nine at the break. By the end of the third quarter, they led 76-69.“We knew it wasn’t enough coming into the half,” George said. “We needed to change things and we came out and executed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsSteven Adams had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder and Russell Westbrook added 17 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds for his 29th triple-double of the season.It was a reversal of the previous matchup, when Indiana rallied to stun Oklahoma City 108-106 on March 14. This time, the Pacers scored at 10:48 of the third quarter and didn’t score again until the 3:57 mark. They missed 14 consecutive shots during that stretch. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Westbrook clinched his triple-double on a lob to Terrance Ferguson for a dunk that put the Thunder up 88-79.George made a high floater and was fouled. He made the free throw with just under four minutes remaining to put the Thunder up 10.The Pacers made one last surge, but a layup and a 3-pointer by Grant kept the Pacers at a safe distance heading into the final minute.The Thunder felt they got good shots in the first half but were not converting. That changed in the third quarter.“Keep shooting,” Ferguson said. “It’s as simple as that. First half got to us. We have a 48-minute game. We stuck together and stayed confident in each other and we came out with the win and had fun with it.”TIP-INSPacers: G Darren Collison returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a right quad contusion. … G Wesley Matthews was called for a technical in the third quarter. … Bogdanovic scored 35 points in his previous game, a win over Denver on Sunday.Thunder: Shot just 39 percent in the first half. … Held the Pacers to 8-for-25 shooting in the third quarter. … Westbrook has 133 triple-doubles in his career. … Grant scored 19 points.HE SAID ITGeorge on the defense during the 24-0 run: “Honestly, I notice the stops more than us scoring. I noticed we were getting stops and we were getting out. I felt the pace was on our side and I felt the momentum was on our side.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Google Philippines names new country director Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) fights for position while defended by Indiana Pacers guard Wesley Matthews (23) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 27, 2019, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Rob Ferguson)OKLAHOMA CITY — Paul George wasn’t interested in losing to his former team again.Oklahoma City’s All-Star forward scored seven of his 31 points during a decisive 24-0 run, and the Thunder beat the Indiana Pacers 107-99 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT ADAMS’ DOMINANCEAdams made 11 of 14 shots and fell two points short of his career high.“I just think they were taking what the defense gave them,” McMillan said. “When you have a lot of attention on Westbrook and Paul, sometimes, you’re leaving that big open. They do a good job of playing the two-man game, hitting him in the paint. Weak side wasn’t connected tonight, and they did a good job of executing.”UP NEXTPacers: At the Boston Celtics on Friday.Thunder: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event View commentslast_img read more

Alas relishes all-star break with PH Cup playoffs nearing

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess CALASIAO, Pangasinan —Phoenix Pulse coach Louie Alas studied the sheet of paper on which he had scribbled how he planned to divvy up the minutes for his North All-Stars.“I’m just making sure everybody gets their playing time,” said Alas. The piece of paper represented a tangible reminder that Alas was here as a first-time all-star coach.ADVERTISEMENT New bonus scheme for PH betscenter_img Without it, his focus would have wandered to far more important business.“It’s hard to focus and get really excited when the playoffs are just around the corner,” said Alas, whose Fuel Masters are the No. 1 seed in the ongoing PBA Philippine Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe All-Star weekend has given Alas the chance to relax here, but every time he starts relishing the opportunity of coaching some of the biggest names in the league, reality pulls him back.Specifically, the scrapfest for survival shaping up at the bottom of the playoff field. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event The only comfortable win among the teams battling it out for position and survival was against Alaska, 94-80.“But that’s Alaska and you know Alaska is too good a team to beat twice like that,” said Alas.So serious was Alas about the playoffs that he brought the Fuel Masters here so they could schedule practices amidst the festivities of the All-Star weekend.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Any of four teams—Alaska, NLEX, Magnolia or NorthPort could wind up being Phoenix’s quarterfinal foe.“Of those teams, we beat three by just a single possession,” Alas said. “That’s why as much as I’m so happy and thrilled to be an All-Star coach, my mind keeps drifting to the playoffs.”Phoenix defeated NorthPort, 98-96, on a game it could have easily lost but for an offensive foul slapped on Sean Anthony of the Batang Pier that nullified a tie-breaking triple with the game knotted at 96.The Fuel Masters rallied to beat Magnolia, 89-87 on a clutch triple by Jason Perkins. And they held off the NLEX Road Warriors, 83-82, when Calvin Abueva swatted Bong Galanza’s potential game-turning shot.“That’s why I keep stressing how important possessions are,” Alas said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

The battles for seeding still going strong in NBA races

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after dunking during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, Monday, April 1, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with seven days remaining in the regular season:EASTERN CONFERENCEADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Milwaukee is on the verge of clinching the NBA’s best record, which would lock the Bucks into the No. 1 spot. Toronto would then be No. 2 in the East, and Philadelphia has the edge over Boston and Indiana for the No. 3 seed. The Celtics and Pacers play on Friday, with the winner of that game taking a huge step toward the No. 4 seed and home-court in the first round.That’s all fairly simple, fairly easy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEverything else in the East is a mess.No. 6 Detroit has 39 losses. No. 7 Brooklyn has 40. No. 8 Orlando has 40. No. 9 Miami has 40. Charlotte, at 36-42, is still alive as well. If you’re rooting for chaos, consider this: It’s not that difficult to envision a four-way tie at 41-41, with three of those teams getting in and one left to deal with missing out. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Aldin Ayo still UST head coach, but no longer in charge of Tiger Cubs First-round matchups if the season ended Wednesday …East: 1-Milwaukee vs. 8-Orlando, 2-Toronto vs. 7-Brooklyn, 3-Philadelphia vs. 6-Detroit, 4-Boston vs. 5-Indiana.West: 1-Golden State vs. 8-San Antonio, 2-Denver vs. 7-Oklahoma City, 3-Houston vs. 6-L.A. Clippers, 4-Portland vs. 5-Utah.NOTE OF THE DAYOver the last 20 seasons, only two Eastern Conference teams — the 2004-05 Cleveland Cavaliers and 2015-16 Chicago Bulls — finished over .500 and did not make the playoffs. They both went 42-40.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “You win, you think everything’s great. You lose, and you think everything’s coming down,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said after the Heat lost to Boston on Wednesday night. “We need to shut our doors and not listen to everything that’s out there. It’s going to go down to the last game.”Detroit and Brooklyn also lost Wednesday. Orlando beat New York to leapfrog Miami into the eighth spot.WESTERN CONFERENCEAll eight spots have been clinched since late last week, and now it’s all about seeding.Not a single one of those has been locked up yet.ADVERTISEMENT Denver routed San Antonio — Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected 63 seconds into the game — to get within 1½ games of Golden State for the No. 1 spot. Houston rolled past the Los Angeles Clippers to remain No. 3, still a half-game ahead of No. 4 Portland, even after the Trail Blazers beat Memphis.The Spurs fell one spot to No. 8 after their loss to the Nuggets.Golden State has a huge edge in the race for the No. 1 seed — four of its five remaining games are against teams that are missing the playoffs, and the other one is against the Clippers in the final regular-season game that will be played at Oracle Arena. Motivation will not be in short supply for the reigning champions in that game on Sunday night.Denver’s schedule is brutal: The Nuggets still play Portland twice, plus Utah and end with Minnesota. Given that Houston has three games left and two of them are at home against New York and Phoenix, it’s hard to see the Rockets going any worse than 2-1 the rest of the way. That means the Nuggets have some work to do just to lock up that No. 2 spot.THURSDAY’S GAMESThere are two games on Thursday’s schedule with playoff implications.— Milwaukee at Philadelphia: Two teams that don’t like each other very much, and after this they almost certainly can’t see each other again before the Eastern Conference finals. Milwaukee can wrap up the No. 1 overall seed and home-court advantage for the entirety of the NBA playoffs with one more win (or one more Toronto loss). Philadelphia expects to have Joel Embiid, who has been getting time off to rest his knee, back for this game.— Golden State at L.A. Lakers: The Warriors are on the cusp of locking up the No. 1 seed for the Western Conference playoffs, and it’s a reasonable guess that they would prefer the final two games of the regular season (a back-to-back at New Orleans and Memphis) not mean much in terms of playoff positioning.— Games with no playoff implications: Cleveland at Sacramento.CURRENT BRACKET View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Refusing to dwell on La Salle loss, Ateneo gets back on track

first_imgLATEST STORIES Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Lady Eagles were able to bounce back from their horrible loss to defending champion De La Salle right before the Holy Week break as they blanked Adamson University, 25-16, 28-26, 25-17, in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.While it redemption game for the Lady Eagles,  the loss to the Lady Spikers is not something they want to focus on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“That game was over, we don’t dwell on the past,” said Maddie Madayag Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Center. “We’re practicing a lot of things, it’s just that the players get confused and their presence of mind isn’t there during games.”Ateneo is best blocking team in the league, averaging 2.62 kill blocks per set prior to its game against the Lady Spikers on April 13. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Jerwin Ancajas arrives in California ahead of world title defense View comments MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo doesn’t like dwelling in the past that much.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Lady Spikers, however, were able to neutralize that advantage with Ateneo finishing with a zero on the kill blocks column after La Salle’s 25-17, 25-13, 25-23 win.Ateneo, though, turned things around against the Lady Falcons finishing with 11 kill blocks with Kat Tolentino leading the way with 17 points, five of which were kill blocks.“We always move forward, we’re practicing so many things and most of the time there are risks, so I think this is one of those risks,” said Ateneo head coach Oliver Almadro in Filipino. “We have to execute properly and we should be mentally tough.”Ateneo retained the top spot in the Best Blockers with an average of 2.37 kill blocks per set.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Indian Women’s Hockey Team Held 2-2 by Great Britain in Last Tour of England Match

first_img Great BritainIndian women’s hockey teamtour of England First Published: October 4, 2019, 11:43 PM IST Marlow: The Indian women’s hockey team were held to a 2-2 draw by Great Britain in their last match of the Tour of England held here on Friday. The World No. 9 team ended the tour with another draw against a relatively stronger Great Britain side, performing exceptionally during the five matches as they won one, drew three and lost one match.The last match saw Navjot Kaur give India an early lead, and Gurjit Kaur convert a Penalty Corner to give India a two-goal lead, before Great Britain’s Elizabeth Neal (55′) and Anna Toman (60′) scored twice in the last few minutes to earn themselves a draw. After having lost for the first time during the tour in their previous match, the Indian team started the match on an attacking note, and pushed the hosts back into their own half, creating a host of opportunities inside the opening 10 minutes.The constant pressure on Great Britain’s defence meant that India managed to find the breakthrough in the 8th minute as forward Navjot Kaur slotted past their Goalkeeper Sabbie Heesh to make it 1-0. The first quarter belonged to India as they had a couple of more chances to extend their lead, but could not convert the Penalty Corners, keeping their one-goal advantage at the first break.However, the second quarter saw a tussle between the two sides, which was dominated by Great Britain who earned themselves as many as three Penalty Corners before the half-time break. But Indian Goalkeeper Savita, who was playing her 200th match for the country, made impressive saves to deny the hosts any chance of finding the equalizer. India tried to counter the hosts during the latter stages of the second period, but could only take a 1-0 lead into the half-time break.Both the teams had similar chances in the third quarter, but it was India who dominated the possession. But some resolute defending by the experienced British defence meant that the Indians were denied on multiple occasions. Amy Tennant, who had replaced Heesh at half-time, was called into action by Gurjit Kaur in the 40th minute, but produced a fine save to deny the visitors. It was only in the 48th minute of the match that India finally managed to extend their lead as Gurjit Kaur found the back of the net from a Penalty Corner conversion. It was a crucial goal for India at the start of the fourth quarter, but it also galvanised the Great Britain team into putting India under pressure.With less than six minutes to go on the clock, Great Britain were awarded another Penalty Corner, and this time it was Elizabeth Neal who converted from the spot to pull a goal back in the 55th minute. It was a nervous last five minutes for the Indian team, and after having kept out the hosts on multiple occasions, the Indian defence was finally caught off guard in added time. Great Britain were awarded a Penalty Corner, and it was Anna Toman who converted to earn her team a 2-2 draw. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Dominic Thiem Rallies From Behind to Beat Stefanos Tsitsipas to Win China Open

first_imgBeijing: Austrian top seed Dominic Thiem overcame a sluggish start and clawed his way back from a set and a break down to beat Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the final of the China Open in Beijing on Sunday.The win secured Thiem’s fourth title of the year after triumphs at Indian Wells, Barcelona and Austria. Thiem, who was forced to dig deep and come back from a set down in the semi-final against Karen Khachanov, broke Tsitsipas five times while dropping serve three times to lift his first ever title in Asia.”Honestly I think this was one of the best matches I’ve played so far in my whole career,” Thiem said. “I know it’s hard for you, Stefanos. You played amazing and I really hope that we have a lot more finals in the biggest tournaments.”Last year we had a great rivalry going on and I hope it continues with many more finals to come.”Lift it high, @ThiemDomi 🏆A sensational performance from the Austrian 👏🎥: @TennisTV pic.twitter.com/3xoyQWNc8j— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 6, 2019 This was the first time the pair had competed in a final after playing each other five times in 2018. Thiem now leads Tsitsipas 4-2 in head-to-head meetings.The top seed dropped serve twice in the opening set to give Tsitsipas the advantage while the Greek fired four of his seven aces to take the lead.Tsitsipas, 21, was clearly the more fired up player, taking out his frustration on his racket after losing a point in the first set. However, Thiem recovered in the second set, saving three of four break points while converting two himself.That delicate touch 👌Watch the @ChinaOpen live on @TennisTV ✨ pic.twitter.com/OwP3ttuIja— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 6, 2019 In the deciding set, it was Thiem who dominated, breaking twice to take a 5-0 lead.Tsitsipas won a game back but only delayed the inevitable as Thiem wrapped up the match for his 15th ATP singles title. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. atpchina opendominic thiemStefanos Tsitsipas First Published: October 6, 2019, 10:57 PM ISTlast_img read more

RCB beat Gujarat Lions by 4 wickets to enter IPL final

first_imgKarnataka : Bengaluru , 24/05/2016 . AB De Villiers being greeted by team members after winning the match during VIVO IPL Twenty20 match between RCB ( Royal Challengers ) and Gujarat Lions at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on 24th , May , 2016 Photo : Bhagya Prakash K –   –  THE HINDU Karnataka : Bengaluru , 24/05/2016 . AB De Villiers being greeted by team members after winning the match during VIVO IPL Twenty20 match between RCB ( Royal Challengers ) and Gujarat Lions at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru on 24th , May , 2016 Photo : Bhagya Prakash K –   –  THE HINDU IPL 2016 SHARE SHARE EMAIL × May 24, 2016 SHAREcenter_img Published on Ab de Villiers played a breathtaking knock to singlehandedly lead Royal Challengers Bangalore fightback and take them into the Indian Premier League final with a thrilling four wicket win over Gujarat Lions here today.Chasing 159, RCB looked down and out at 29 for five before de Villiers smashed 79 off 47 balls to script a sensational comeback and take the team home in 18.2 overs. The Lions were outdone by one man’s class as the efforts of Dhawal Kulkarani and Dwayne Smith went in vain.With the spectacular win, RCB are into their third IPL final and one step away from their maiden title. Lions on other hand will have another chance to make the summit clash in the Qualifier 2 in Delhi on Friday.The RCB were expected to overcome the target with minimum fuss but tricky batting conditions at the normally batting friendly Chinnaswamy made the job tougher for them.Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle can close the game in a space of a few overs but the devastating opening pair had an off day. Kohli, who has been in sensational form this IPL, suffered a rare failure when he dragged a wide one off Kulkarni on to his stumps, stunning the crowd into silence.The disappointment on the face of India’s star batsman was evident as he walked back into the dressing room. The two of his four hundreds in the competition had come against the Lions.The odd ball stopping on a slower surface made the task more challenging. Gayle too was out in Kulkarni’s over as he attempted a whack over midwicket to see his stumps rattled.Kulkarni kept bowling in the off stump corridor and that worked brilliantly for him. Lokesh Rahul was caught at first slip the following ball and Kulkarni was on a hat-trick.Kulkarni ended up with a career best figures of 4 for 14, albeit in a losing cause.Soon after, RCB had lost half their side with de Villiers left to pull off a herculean task. The South African, as he often he does, brought his team back into the game and involved Iqbal Abdulla (33 not out off 25) in a unbeaten 91-run stand for the seventh wicket.The team needed 49 off the last 30 balls but de Villiers paced his innings perfectly to take the team with 10 balls to spare. He ended with five sixes and as many boundaries in his special knockBrief scores: Gujarat Lions 158 all out (Dwayne Smith 73; Shane Watson 4/29). RCB 159/6 in 18.2 overs (AB De Villiers 79 not out, Iqbal Abdulla 33 not out). cricket COMMENT COMMENTSlast_img read more