MOST 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 comments
Don’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 STORIES
Former 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.
A 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.
The 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.advertisementadvertisement
Senior 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.advertisement
FILE: 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 STORIES
LATEST 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 rematch