‘Third is better than nothing:’ Creamline salvages bronze in PVL

first_img“She really played. For me, what we’re getting from Jing is not the power, the strength, but the intensity, the leadership,” Almadro praised.The Cool Smashers didn’t have their superstar Alyssa Valdez, who missed the team’s last eight games due to her commitments with the national team.“Bottom line here is Creamline is really a promising team. We miss Alyssa a lot, but we are cheering for her, for national team.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH football squads send strong message to SEA Games foescenter_img Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline settled for third place after beating Air Force, 18-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-16, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Francesca Raqraquin showed the way for the Cool Smashers with 18 points while Rizza Mandapat and Rosemarie Vargas added 11 points each.ADVERTISEMENT The Cool Smashers may not have made the championship round after getting eliminated by BaliPure in the semifinals, but assistant coach Oliver Almadro said the team is still pleased with how its campaign turned out.“As I’ve said before, I guess it’s not our time to be in the Finals but I’m happy that we ended it in winning fashion,” said Almadro.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“Third is better than nothing. We’re happy with this.”Creamline drew a throwback performance from Jing Balse, who delivered with 10 points, half of which came off blocks. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Jordan Clarkson not with Gilas–here’s why

first_imgMOST READ FILE – Jordan Clarkson during one of his practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA—Gilas Pilipinas faces Japan in Tokyo on Friday at the start of qualifying play for the 2019 Fiba World Cup.A field of 80 countries from four geographical zones are vying for 31 open slots in the tournament alongside host China.ADVERTISEMENT Fiba, basketball’s international governing body, has decided to follow a qualifying model similar to the one Fifa, its soccer counterpart, employs to establish the cast of teams for soccer’s World Cup.But there’s a huge twist.While the Fifa has “windows” of time to allow national teams to call up players for qualifying matches, the Fiba has no authority to compel NBA or EuroLeague teams to release players for a similar purpose.In the past, Fiba had relied on summer qualifiers for its own major international competitions—thus ensuring that players of the world’s premier basketball leagues are available to their national teams.Now national squads will have to rely on less heralded players to get the job done in the qualifiers. Many of these players would then be asked to step aside for the stars for the actual championship in China.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The new format does not affect the Philippine Basketball Association.While the Gilas team is composed mostly of PBA superstars, Team USA, coached by former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, will send 11 players from the NBA’s developmental league and one free agent to the AmeriCup tournament.We’d like to ask Alison Bogli, the Lakers’ media relations director about Clarkson’s current visibility in LA’s historic Filipino town and why the team should nurture ties with the largest Fil-Am basketball fan base in America.But Bogli has not been as responsive as her former boss John Black, the team’s long time media guy until Magic Johnson became director of basketball operations.According to the Asian Journal weekly newspaper run by the husband and wife team of Roger and Cora Oriel, Clarkson has been doing the rounds of LA’s Fil-Am organizations and businesses.“This is a cool experience for me,” Clarkson told the Journal. “I’m going to keep representing LA, the Filipino community, as well as the Lakers.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Codiñera reminds PBA-bound Flores: Train hard, develop your game Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The top two teams from the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia/Oceania will be guaranteed a place along with host Japan in the men’s basketball event in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Not in the lineup for Gilas in the Asia/Oceania zonal is Filipino-American Jordan Clarkson of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, who would have been a likely starter for coach Chot Reyes.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 shutoutClarkson, who gets paid $11.5 million this season, has been connecting with his roots.Granting that Clarkson had resolved eligibility problems, the NBA’s season schedule in direct conflict with the Fiba qualifiers would have prevented him from playing anyway. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Troy Rosario stretchered off after hard fall

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next MOST READ Rosario had four points, eight rebounds and one steal in 21 minutes before getting hurt at the 11:36 mark with TNT ahead, 61-58. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The game was momentarily stopped as Rosario tried to gather himself but he ultimately needed to be wheeled out of the court on a stretcher. He will be taken to the Makati Medical Center for treatment and evaluation. TNT forward Troy Rosario stretchered off the floor after a hard fall early in the fourth quarter. He will be taken to Makati Medical Center. pic.twitter.com/NDeCnYNTBs— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) February 7, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout UAAP volleyball: NU stays undefeated, sends Ateneo to 0-2 start Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments TNT forward Troy Rosario stretchered off after a bad landing during a game against Phoenix at Mall of Asia Arena. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netTNT forward Troy Rosario was stretchered off the floor after landing hard on his chin early in the fourth quarter of the KaTropa’s game against the Phoenix Fuel Masters Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The awkward spill was inadvertently caused by Phoenix rookie Jason Perkins, who tripped on his own foot and slid just underneath the basket where Rosario landed after contesting a layup.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

NCAA: Teodoro heats up as JRU nabs first win

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Timely Tim: Tebow hits first pro walk-off HR for St. Lucie Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ GJ Ylagan paced Perpetual with 12 points and three rebounds, while Prince Eze registered a double-double with his 12 markers and 16 boards.The Altas fell down the cellar at 0-2 after their season-opening victory over St. Benilde on Tuesday was forfeited due to the squad wearing the wrong uniforms.The Scores:JRU 68 – Teodoro 26, Poutuouchi 13, Lasquety 11, Grospe 8, Mendoza 4, Castor 4, Abdulrazak 2, Dela Virgen 0, David 0.PERPETUAL 54 – Ylagan 12, Eze 12, Dagangon 9, Sadiwa 6, Pido 5, Coronel 3, Yuhico 3, Tamayo 3, Mangalino 1, Singontiko 0, Casas 0, Lucente 0, Clemente 0.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro caught fire in the fourth quarter as Jose Rizal University scored its first win with a 68-54 conquest of Perpetual Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The senior sniper piloted the Heavy Bombers’ huge run late as he uncorked eight of his 26 points in the payoff period before fouling out with 1:38 to play and JRU already up 66-52. He also had seven rebounds and three assists.ADVERTISEMENT China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kongcenter_img Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “Maybe it’s a good sign, that we got our team back. I challenged them to think about what we were in the preseason, where we’re passing the ball, looking for mismatches especially on defense. And that’s really the way to play,” said coach Vergel Meneses. “This is the real JRU team that I wanted to see, which is really fighting every game.”Abdel Poutouochi chimed in 13 markers and seven boards, while Gio Lasquety fired 11 markers and four rebounds in the win.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 starsDespite the victory, Meneses said that there’s still a lot to be desired with the way JRU is playing this early in the season as he put the spotlight on his big men.“If Abdel and Abdul (Abdulrazak) really want to play, they have to be consistent. If you have a foreign player, you should be dominant. If they cannot play like this every game, we may not go far,” he said, dismayed that the Altas won the battle of the boards, 36-34. 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 Quarters: 15-18, 39-30, 50-40, 68-54. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

PH gets bronze in Asean Schools Games girls’ volleyball

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES MOST READ “Thailand is really an advanced country in terms of volleyball and we managed to make things close so that’s really something to be proud of,” said Diego in an interview with Inquirer’s The Volleyball Reporter.“I really can’t say much about this game, the kids played with a lot of heart, I’m so proud of them and I don’t think anyone can top that as of the moment because right now they have the biggest hearts in the Philippines.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Filipinos now have a total of 35 medals in the scholastic games.Before the Filipinos took their chance for the silver, they put a gallant stand against eventual gold medalists Thailand.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 starsThe Thais struggled against the Filipinos, even dropping the first set, but prevailed after five, 23-25, 27-25, 25-22, 22-25, 16-14, on Tuesday.The Philippines’ Girls Volleyball team. Photo from Inquirer’s The Volleyball Reporter.Head coach Regine Diego, despite the loss, still admired her team for showing the heart to compete against, arguably, the best volleyball power in the Southeast Asian region. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Philippines succumbed to Indonesia in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-17, to settle for the bronze medal in 2017 Asean Schools Games Girls Volleyball at Republic Polytechnic Singapore Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NBA: Lakers seeking veteran point guard to mentor Lonzo Ball Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View commentslast_img read more

San Beda turns back EAC for 2nd straight win

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 San Beda also ran EAC aground in transition scoring 20 fast break points as opposed to the Generals’ two. Jomari Presbiterio led four Red Lions who finished in double figures with 16 points while Donald Tankoua missed out on a double-double putting up 12 points and grabbing nine boards. Robert Bolick filled up the stat sheets for San Beda with 10 points, nine rebounds, and five assists while power forward Javee Mocon also had 10 points. Francis Munsayac had a game-high 21 points to lead the Generals. ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ San Beda bagged its second straight win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at the expense of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-69, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments The Red Lions claimed solo second with a 3-1 record while the Generals are at 1-2. San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez said their win wasn’t the prettiest of victories they had this season as he rued his team’s flurry of turnovers. 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“We have so many turnovers,” said Fernandez. “It’s an ugly win, but we’ll take it.”The Red Lions put the Generals in a vise grip limiting EAC to just 17 attempts at the basket, with only nine getting through the cylinder. Chinese brand Qiaodan files countersuit against Michael Jordancenter_img Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

Nambatac pleads for help from bench as Knights’ woes continue

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress “The opponents know that our bench is shallow compared to the other teams, so it’s easy for them to scout us because they know who’s going to contribute,” the senior guard said in Filipino on Tuesday.Most of the Knights’ offensive load have come from Nambatac, Bong Quinto, Jerrick Balanza, and JP Calvo, with big men Jeo Ambohot and Lance Vacaro churning out a few good games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut that hasn’t been enough for Letran so far and Nambatac knows the team has to address that issue sooner than later.“Hopefully, we get three or four players from our bench to step up because it’s going to be difficult for us go-to guys to play without getting any rest. Come second round or the crucial games, maybe that’s when we can’t help our team because of fatigue, so we really need our bench,” he said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Nambatac also believes that the lack of support from the substitutes has been one of the factors why the Knights are failing to close out games down the stretch.“That’s really our problem. We always lack the finishing kick. And the lack of support is a factor because our opponents know that they have to tire us out,” he said. “For me, it’s a big thing if we can get two or three bench guys who can step up and help us, where we can get at least three to four minutes to rest.”Despite Letran’s struggles, Nambatac is keeping a positive attitude moving forward, trusting that the team and coach Jeff Napa will find a way to address this glaring issue in the games to come.“I’m positive that we’ll find a way to fix that problem. We’re down, but that shouldn’t be a reason why we should lose focus on our season. We’re struggling, but we use this as a motivation to find a way to get through this. The season is still long, so we know we have to work and double the effort for us to get back up,” he said.Letran springs back into action next Tuesday against Arellano.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Chauncey Billups was aware of Irving’s trade request while in interview with Cavs Rey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac has pleaded for help from Letran’s bench players after the Knights side lost three of their first four games in NCAA Season 93.The latest blow was an 81-74 81-74 defeat to fierce rival San Beda where only six players from Letran contributed in scoring.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homeslast_img read more

Elite fan playoff hopes with 2OT win

first_img“But I hope that it would push us more (to play harder) and elevate us to the next level,” he said as the Elite shoot to make it past the eliminations for just the second time in three seasons in the pros. “This win is special.”Blackwater won three consecutive games for the first time in its PBA existence and the team has never looked this good at any time, rising to 3-3 to be in the middle of the 12-team pack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlaska, on the other hand, has never looked this bad as the Aces’ woes continued with the franchise’s longest losing streak stretching to 13 games now counting the last eight games of the Commissioner’s Cup.And it was as if the Aces didn’t have any chances. They had several, actually. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “It was really hard. You can never get an easy win in this league,” Isaac said. “We thought that we would have an easy ending (to the game) going into the last six minutes when Alaska made a charge.”The Aces rallied from deficits of as large as 11 points in the fourth and had a chance to sew it all up in regulation only for Simon Enciso to miss an open triple from right quarter court at the buzzer which would have shattered a 91-all tie.LeDontae Henton scored 31 points to pace the Aces, but he missed two straight shots after that DiGregorio triple to help doom Alaska.Gamalinda fired 15 points and had 11 rebounds with Erram contributing 13 and 13.The next Blackwater game will be against TNT KaTropa on Wednesday and Isaac is hoping to keep this streak going to creep closer to the next round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo SEA Games: Gilas cadets dump host Malaysia 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 PBA IMAGESMore than the franchise record, Leo Isaac knows exactly what Blackwater’s third straight win in the PBA Governors’ Cup could be all about.“We will cherish this win, definitely,” Isaac said after his hard-fighting Elite went through the proverbial eye of the needle before repulsing Alaska, 111-106, in double overtime on Wednesday night that put Blackwater in serious playoff contention at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “We had the presence of mind, the character needed to survive those two overtimes,” Isaac said. “And Lady Luck also smiled at us in the end.”Henry Walker had a monster game, to say the least, finishing with 35 points and 32 rebounds as he continues to provide the Elite with the inspiration, leadership and firepower when they need it in the stretch.Only the pint-sized Mark Cruz failed to finish in twin digits in scoring from among Isaac’s starters, with Walker, the comebacking JP Erram and Bam-Bam Gamalinda completing double-doubles and shooting guard Mike DiGregorio finishing with 17 points.DiGregorio’s third triple with 63 seconds left was his biggest shot of the night as it ushered the Elite to a 107-106 lead they never lost as the Aces bungled several chances to turn the game around.It was an ending that looked far from happening as the Elite were playing with complete command until the final six minutes of regulation.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Asiad: India defeat Korea to win bronze in men’s hockey

first_imgIndian team members protest a penalty corner decision by umpire Haider Rasool, right, during their match against South Korea in the men’s field hockey bronze medal match at the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou, China, Thursday, November 25, 2010.The Indian men’s hockey team lifted itself from the disappointment of missing a final berth and clinched the bronze medal after defeating four-time champions South Korea in the third-place playoff at the Asian Games in Guangzhouon Thursday.India beat the 2002 and 2006 champions with a lone second half goal through Tushar Khandekar to end their campaign on a better note than four years ago in Doha where they ended up a poor fifth.Having their dreams of winning the gold destroyed by the 3-4 defeat against Malaysia in the semifinals, the Rajpal Singh-led side outsmarted the fitter and faster Koreans.By virtue of this bronze, India ended their eight year-long medal drought in the quadrennial event after having finished on the podium (silver) in the 2002 Busan Games.India’s win also ended double defending champions South Korea’s honeymoon in Asian Games hockey. This is the first instance since the 1986 Seoul Games that they finished without a medal.India held on to the 40th minute field goal notched by Khandekar who, left unmarked in front of the Korean goal, pushed in a long diagonal hit into the D sent in by Gurbaj Singh, for the all-important goal at the Aoti hockey field.The Indians kept the pace down in the first half against the speedy Koreans and then upped the ante in the second half in which they got their match-winner but also muffed a couple of golden opportunities to score more.advertisementThe player of the match for India was goalkeeper Bharat Chetri who brought off fine saves in defending the penalty corners in which the Koreans are adept with variations.Korea earned two penalty corners in the opening half and one in the second but all came to naught due to Chetri’s fine stint under the Indian bar who leaped to his right and blocked the drag-flicks from the rival players.India were also unsuccessful with the two penalty corner efforts they got, one of which ? taken indirectly when Sandeep Singh relayed the ball to Dhananjay Mahadik who essayed a shot that should have gone in but for Korean defender and captain Lee Nam Yong making a goal-line save in the 24th minute.The second half was completely dominated by the Indians who did not allow the Koreans to penetrate their D except once when the latter got a short corner award that was hotly disputed as the ball rose off the stick of Bharat Chikara, who tried to block a through pass from Kim Youngjin, and hit a Korean forward inside the penalty circle. .Luckily for India, the Koreans could not convert this gift given to them by Pakistan umpire H Rasool into the equalizer that they were desperately searching for.The Indian defence held on to the early second half lead given by Khandekar till the end and walked off with the bronze.The Indians should have scored two more goals but for the misses by Rajpal Singh in the 50th minute off a centre from the left by Sardar Singh.Khandekar had all the time in the world to put the ball in and complete a brace in the 63rd minute from the top of the circle but hit it wide of the post, after Rajpal did the spadework.Coach Jose Brasa, whose stint has come to an end with the end of India’s campaign in the Games, raised a controversy after the match saying that the late equaliser by Malaysia against India should not have been awarded at all.”The equaliser against us in the semifinal (off a short corner award) was no penalty corner at all. We saw the video of the match and that penalty corner should not have been given, just as the penalty corner today awarded against us in the second half was no penalty corner,” said the Spaniard.Overall Brasa said the Indians had played good hockey throughout the tournament.”We played very good hockey but I am not happy that we are not going back with the gold medal. Today we controlled the game very well and did not allow the Koreans to touch our D at all in the second half. We had the opportunity to score the second and third goals,” he said about the missed chances in the second half.He also rubbished reports that the entire support staff of the team had resigned.advertisementSkipper Rajpal said though the team did not achieve the purpose for which it came here, to win gold and qualify for the London Olympic Games in 2012, he was confident it will make it to the Olympics through the forthcoming qualifiers if it can play the way it did today.”The purpose for which we came here was not achieved. We played very god hockey today and if we continue to play the way we did today we should qualify for the Olympics,” he said.Sardar Singh said the team was happy to play under Brasa.”It will be good if he stays on. If you have seen the team play before (Brasa’s arrival) and here you would notice the difference. The entire team is happy to play under Brasa.”We have played well in this tournament but for the last 4-5 minutes (of regular time) against Malaysia,” he added.Goalkeeper Chetri said that the team was motivated after the shock defeat against Malaysia to go back from here with at least one medal.”We were motivated to win a medal. We are happy we could do it though it is not the gold,” he said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

BCCI is autonomous body, insists Manohar

first_imgBCCI, a defiant Indian cricket board stuck to its guns on Monday and said that it doesn’t want to be dictated to by the government, but didn’t give reasons for not being ready to register itself with the sports ministry like all other national sports federations (NSFs).The ministry, on the other hand, said that although it would ensure that the country’s richest sports body eventually adheres to the guidelines, there is no danger to the hosting of the World Cup in South Asia from February-April.While stating that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was seeking legal opinion on the issue of registration, president Shashank Manohar said that the board was unlikely to register by Wednesday’s deadline, by which replies of all NSFs should reach the ministry.Asked if a decision had been taken on sending the reply by Wednesday, he said: “No.” As usual, Manohar was straightforward.”Basically, the BCCI is an autonomous body. Why should the board be under the umbrella of the government? The board will have to consider this: should we register ourselves? It’s because, then, all regulations and everything… the government can dictate to us. Right? So, we will have to take a call on that,” Manohar told MAIL TODAY . The BCCI discussed the ministry’s letter, seeking details – like a copy of its constitution, society registration certificate, action plan for the next year, anti- drug policy, and the probable date of the next election – at its special general body meeting, held on Saturday in Mumbai. The house was of the opinion that the board should not register and wait for the ministry’s next move, after which it should seek legal opinion.advertisementSources said that the ministry could invoke the Emblems and Names (Prevention of Improper Use) Act, 1950, and withdraw the word ‘India’ from the BCCI’s name if it refuses to fall in line.Injeti Srinivas, joint secretary in the sports ministry, said that the BCCI was legally bound to register as it enjoys several privileges.Srinivas also said that the BCCI might have some apprehensions.But Manohar, 53, said he was sensing none. “No, no… presently we are not seeing anything. We are taking a legal opinion on: Should we do this? Can the government ask us to do that?” he said.When pointed out that the ministry could invoke the emblem act if the BCCI remains non- compliant, Manohar, a well- known Nagpur- based lawyer said: “That we will see when it comes to that.” The BCCI president said the board would not reply by Wednesday. “All these things will depend on the legal opinion.” And he was not ready to discuss what the harm was if the BCCI decides to register like all other NSFs. “I don’t know. Hypothetically, I will not answer,” he said.While Manohar was not willing to spell out the reasons for the board’s reluctance to comply, other officials say that the main reason was that the board was not dependant on the government in any manner. However, government officials say there are many areas like tax and duty exemptions, police deployment and land on lease for building stadiums where BCCI gets government help.”They avail full exemption of customs duty on import of sports goods, which is actually a big loss to the national exchequer,” pointed out one. “The board gets entertainment exemption, but makes huge profits even though it is supposed to be a non- profit organisation. Then, most of the stadiums have been built on leased land. So, there are many areas in which the board needs government help.”A sports ministry source, however, said that the World Cup would not be affected by the ongoing tussle. “The World Cup is definitely safe. The government doesn’t want to hasten the registration issue. If the BCCI’s reply doesn’t reach by Wednesday, as usual a reminder would be sent to them so that they get some more time to reply. But this controversy would surely not impact the World Cup,” he said.He also expressed the hope that eventually the BCCI would see reason. “It’s hoped that the board would agree with the ministry’s guidelines and avoid taking the issue too far. We also don’t want to tarnish the country’s image by being seen as an impediment in the running of the board. All that we want them to do is to simply abide by the guidelines.”last_img read more