Clarice Patrimonio wins silver in tennis

first_imgTennis, thus, failed to win a gold in the competition and will go home with two silvers and two bronzes.The other silver came from Francis Casey Alcantara and Ruben Gonzales in the men’s doubles last Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutKatharina Lehnert and Denise Dy also wound up third place in women’s doubles.Dy and Gonzales settled for bronze in mixed doubles which the country ruled two years ago in Singapore through Dy and Treat Huey. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Anna Clarice Patrimonio of the Philippines competes against Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand in the finals of women’s singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games lawn tennis competition Saturday at the National Tennis Center in Kuala Lumpur. Kumkhum prevailed, 6-0, 6-1, to pocket the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Clarice Patrimonio had to settle for silver after running into a solid-steel Luksika Khumkhum of Thailand, 6-0, 6-1, Saturday in the 29th Southeast Asian Games tennis women’s singles competition.The rain-marred finals at Jalan Duta Tennis Complex was a lopsided affair as the FIlipina could not find a way to get through the Thai, who once was ranked 85th in the world and has an Asian Games doubles gold under her belt (2014 Incheon).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Mayweather, McGregor ready to rumble in much-hyped fight SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Streak over: Magic end 17-game skid to Cavs

first_imgOrlando Magic’s D.J. Augustin drives past Cleveland Cavaliers’ JR Smith in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The Orlando Magic certainly know how to end a long losing streak.Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points and the Magic snapped a 17-game skid against the Cleveland Cavaliers, routing the defending Eastern Conference champions 114-93 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Orlando’s players knew their first win over Cleveland since Nov. 23, 2012, was more than your typical early regular-season victory.“This game had lots of positives, one of the most positives we’ve had in a long time,” Vucevic said. “I’m really happy for this team because we haven’t had success against them for a while.”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 shutoutThe Magic never trailed and built a 21-point lead late in the first quarter. Orlando led 36-18 after the first, hitting 14 of 24 from the field — eight of them 3-pointers.Orlando made 17 of 35 3-pointers in all, and took their biggest lead, 106-69, midway through the fourth when both teams cleared their benches. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Hot World Series on deck: Altuve, Astros vs Kershaw, Dodgers QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next 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 LeBron James scored 14 points in the first quarter and finished with 22 as the Cavaliers lost for the first time in three games.“They came out and gave us one from the beginning of the game and they kept it going,” James said. “We were a couple steps behind and they made us pay.”Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue called timeout less than five minutes into the game when Orlando took a 15-4 lead. The Magic continued to build the margin, which reached 42-20 early in the second quarter on Bismack Biyombo’s tip-in.They outplayed us,” Lue said. “They kicked our butt.”Cleveland trailed 56-45 at halftime and cut the lead to 65-58 midway through the third when James blocked D.J. Augustin’s drive and Dwyane Wade hit a 3-pointer. The Magic answered with a 12-0 run, including a banked-in 30-footer from Augustin and two baskets by Vucevic.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “Last year, we probably would’ve crumbled when they got the lead down,” Augustin said. “We’ve got a lot of goals in mind this season, but we’re staying humble.”Vucevic, a night after scoring a career-high 41 points in a loss to Brooklyn, was 11 of 16 from the field.Jonathon Simmons scored 19 points while Evan Fournier added 13 for Orlando. Iman Shumpert scored 21 points, including 15 in the fourth quarter, and Kevin Love had 18 for Cleveland.Derrick Rose missed the game for Cleveland with a sprained left ankle after being fouled by Milwaukee’s Greg Monroe on Friday.“They were far from their best and we understand that,” Orlando coach Frank Vogel said. “We need to keep that in perspective.”THE REAL REASONVogel called timeout after the Cavaliers cut the lead to seven in the third quarter. He joked his speech in the huddle keyed Orlando’s surge that put the game away.“I just inspired them during that stretch,” he said. “It was all me, really.”EXPANDING HIS GAMEThe 7-foot Vucevic hit 6 of 8 3s on Friday and added another against Cleveland.“A guy makes six threes, you have to respect that,” Lue said. “If you put a smaller guy on him he can go to the block. If you put bigger guys on him he’s able to pop and get off shots.”TIP-INSMagic: F Aaron Gordon (sore left ankle) did some work on the court before the game, but sat out for the second night in a row. … G Elfrid Payton (strained left hamstring) did not play after being injured Friday at Brooklyn. An MRI revealed a mild to moderate strain. No timetable was given for his return.Cavaliers: Rose’s injury moved Jose Calderon, the only other true point guard on the roster, into the starting lineup. The veteran was pulled five minutes into the game after missing two shots and didn’t start the third quarter when Shumpert ran the offense. Calderon returned in the fourth quarter.UP NEXTMagic: Host Brooklyn on Tuesday.Cavaliers: Host Chicago on Tuesday. View commentslast_img read more

Louie Alas: Wherever Kevin wants to be, we’ll support him

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games READ: Basketball is part of Alas family cultureWith his new capacity, he has the power to make a move to acquire his son, but Louie doesn’t want to hinder Kevin’s development in NLEX where he has flourished under head coach Yeng Guiao.Kevin ended the PBA Governors’ Cup with averages of 14.27 points, 6.18 rebounds, and 2.91 assists per game.READ: No reunion for Alas, son at Phoenix “He’s happy in NLEX. As for us, we’ll always be behind him,” said Louie. “If he tells me ‘dad I want to play for you’ maybe I’ll make a move but I see that he’s super comfortable in his team and with coach Yeng.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Down to his last five years of coaching, Louie Alas gets opportunity of a lifetime View comments Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Alas Family: Kevin, Liza, Louie, Kieffer, Kenneth and Kristoffer. Photo from Kevin Alas’ social media accounts.The father-son duo of Louie Alas and Kevin Alas had become synonymous with Letran from 2009 until 2013 when the Knights flourished as contenders for the title.It’s been almost four years since the two donned the same colors, with Kevin playing for Rain or Shine, TNT, and now NLEX in the PBA and father Louie serving as an assistant for Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Louie Alas gets wish with Alaska winning and son Kevin playing wellThe renewed partnership between the two had floated the moment the elder Alas was appointed as the new head coach of Phoenix, replacing Ariel Vanguardia.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 shutoutBut Louie admits but that’s far from his mind, knowing how satisfied his son is with his team.“My wife [Liza] and I will support Kevin wherever he’s happy,” said Louie in Filipino Thursday at SportsIQ, Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show. “He’s very happy right now with NLEX and of course with his girlfriend Selina [Dagdag].”last_img read more

Galanza hopes for Final 4 return in her last year with Adamson

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Lady Falcons showed that they have moved on from their disastrous Season 79 campaign by finishing fourth place in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference last year.Adamson pulled off a surprise streak with six straight wins before bowing out in the semifinals to eventual runner-up Far Eastern University.“The team has been performing well in training because I can already see the intensity and the teamwork,” said Galanza. “Basically I can see that there really is a connection between the players. There’s the willingness to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Adamson’s Jema Galanza. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJema Galanza is not one to let past drawbacks get in the way of her dream.After suffering a gruesome right ankle injury in September last year even as Adamson ended Season 79 with a dismal 1-13 record, Galanza immediately set her sights to the big dance of Season 80.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup Read Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Going into her final playing year with the Lady Falcons, Galanza said she wants to end her collegiate career by making it to the Final Four and no less.“I want to get to the Final Four and if the team performs better we want to get to the Finals,” said Galanza in Filipino Thursday during the team’s practice at Adamson. “It’s been so long since I’ve been to the Final Four.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGalanza’s first and only appearance in the semifinals was in her rookie year in Season 76 back when Bang Pineda still ruled the roost for the Lady Falcons.“That’s my goal in my last playing year, to get to the Final Four.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Brady mum on status for AFC title game after hand injury

first_imgNew England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady wears gloves as he arrives to speak to the media, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. The Patriots host the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship on Sunday in Foxborough.(AP Photo/Bill Sikes)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady is staying mum on his status for the AFC championship game after suffering a right hand injury earlier in the week.Brady said a bit contentiously only “We’ll see” on Friday when asked whether he would play in Sunday’s conference title game against Jacksonville.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES 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 Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brady appeared on the Patriots’ weekly injury report several times during the latter half of this season with injuries to both his Achilles tendon and his left shoulder. The four-time Super Bowl MVP has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career.“Tom always tends to show up in big games. This is a big game,” receiver Danny Amendola said. “(He’s) super tough. The toughest. He’s a warrior, he’s a competitor and there’s really only one reason why he’s here, and that’s to play football. ”Jacksonville is preparing like Brady will be in the huddle as usual Sunday. Jaguars defensive tackle Marcell Dareus said typical methods of rattling a quarterback don’t apply when it comes to him.“You can hit Brady, but hitting him isn’t what’s going to get to him. It’s constantly being that gnat in his face. He just hates that gnat just always around,” said Dareus, who might be more familiar than any Jacksonville player with Brady, having spent six-plus seasons with the Bills.“You sack him he’s going to get up and just keep rolling. He’s that competitive spirit, like, ‘OK, you got me. Now I’m fixing to go throw this touchdown the next play. Forty yards. You happy about that sack? But there you go.’ That’s just his mentality. I like it. I love playing against the guy. He’s phenomenal to watch.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH If for some reason Brady can’t go — no, the Earth won’t stop rotating on its axis and New England still would show up to play — the Patriots would look to backup Brian Hoyer. His last playoff start was the antithesis of a Brady performance. For Houston in its 2015 AFC wild-card matchup with Kansas City, Hoyer completed 15 of 34 passes for 136 yards, with no touchdowns and five turnovers (four interceptions) in a 30-0 loss.Hoyer, a former Patriot, was acquired in midseason when the Patriots traded Jimmy Garoppolo to San Francisco.“I’m always preparing to play because the truth of reality is you never know when your name’s gonna be called,” he said Thursday.The Patriots haven’t called any QB’s name in the postseason other than Brady’s since the 1990s.Including the playoffs, the Jaguars scored eight defensive touchdowns this season, three more than any other team. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey had four interceptions during the regular season and also had one in the wild-card win over Buffalo.He also fully expects to see Brady on the field Sunday.“He’s going to be out there, he’s going to play, he’s going to play to his best of ability and do what he does,” Ramsey said. The quarterback wore red gloves and responded to several other questions about how much he practiced or how he sustained the injury by saying “I’m not talking about that.”Brady is listed as questionable for Sunday after being a limited participant in practice Friday. He was also limited on Wednesday. He sat out practice Thursday, but wore a glove on his injured hand during the stretching period open to reporters. He usually only wears a glove on his non-throwing hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOne thing Brady was clear about was the test he expects from a Jaguars unit ranked second in the NFL in total and scoring defense.“It’s a very unique challenge,” Brady said. “I think their front three, their linebackers, are very instinctive and very fast. And great cover guys in the secondary. Ball-hawking defense. They strip it off you, they sack you. … So they’re a good defense.” View commentslast_img read more

Berdych dilemma: What to do about Federer

first_imgTomas Berdych of the Czech Republic reacts after defeating Italy’s Fabio Fognini during their fourth round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Tomas Berdych will face a familiar tricky problem after powering past Fabio Fognini into the quartefinals of the Australian Open on Monday for a seventh time.The Czech, seeded 19 and a two-time semi-finalist in Melbourne, put away the 25th seeded Italian 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 in 2hr 8min on Margaret Court Arena.ADVERTISEMENT His reward will be yet another match against the great Roger Federer, his fifth in Melbourne and his 26th overall.The Swiss 19-time Grand Slam champion holds all the aces with a one-sided 19-6 record and Berdych knows he faces another tough challenge if he is to progress in the year’s opening Grand Slam. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If there is any plan or any key to success then I would like to know that,” he told reporters to the oft-asked question about his chances against Federer.“I’m definitely going to go out there, try my best, try to play good tennis, and believe myself that I can do it. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments Berdych went into Monday’s match holding the record for the most number of Australian Open round of 16 appearances by a Czech man with 10 ahead of Ivan Lendl’s eight.He said he was feeling much better after back issues flared late last year.“I’m enjoying it a lot. I’m glad to be back in the shape that I am right now, which is finally healthy and that makes the difference,” he said. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Yeng Guiao, Chris Ross fined for verbal altercation Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I did it in the past, and also, I did it in the slams, so I know how it is to beat him for the best-of-five sets.“But obviously he’s an extremely tough opponent. I will just to go out there and swing at some balls.”Berdych was in little trouble against the maverick Fognini, breaking the Italian’s serve six times, hitting 37 winners and offset with 20 unforced errors.“I won in three sets, and that’s it. So if we’re going to go play tomorrow again, it would be probably a different match,” Berdych said.“You just have to take it as it is. I was expecting a tough one and I was ready for it. I had a good game plan, and I was able to execute it all the way through the three sets, so I did it way better today.”ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

US, Canada meet in early Olympic showdown among world’s best

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises For now, the Canadians and Americans know millions will be watching a game scheduled for just after noon in South Korea to allow North Americans the chance to watch some late night hockey on Valentine’s Day.Canada forward Jillian Saulnier said they try to represent the best of women’s hockey anytime they step on the ice. The Olympics only raises the stakes.“The world is watching, so for us it’s just a time to showcase our talents and skills so to be able to play against some of the best players in the world,” Saulnier said. “And some of those are on the U.S. as well, so it’s an exciting time for us.”These teams know each other very well thanks to a pre-Olympic exhibition schedule of eight games that included the Four Nations Cup. The United States won three of the first four, including two to win the Four Nations Cup title. But Canada won the final four games in December with two each in Canada and in the United States.Canada captain Marie-Philip Poulin, who scored the tying and game-winning goals in the gold medal game in Sochi, noted they haven’t played since Canada finalized its Olympic roster.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ “So obviously it’s going to be a big change for both of the teams,” Poulin said. “So excited to play. It doesn’t matter what happened before.”Even though the United States won the inaugural gold at the 1998 Nagano Games when women’s hockey debuted at the Olympics, Canada has won each of the past four, and the Canadians are in South Korea looking to add the only medal their country expects when playing the sport they created.United States defenseman Kacey Bellamy is playing in her third Olympics and called U.S.-Canada a “great rivalry.”“Honestly, it’s exciting anytime we play them,” Bellamy said. “We’re going to give 100 percent. We have a lot of respect for each other. Once we hit the ice, it’s going to be a fun game. It’s going to be fast, and we’re excited.”Canada stands at the top of Group A, despite both teams being 2-0, thanks to having scored one more goal (nine) than the Americans (eight). Both teams have allowed one goal apiece — both to Finland. Canada beat Finland by 4-1 compared to the Americans’ 3-1 win to open preliminary play.The Americans canceled practice Wednesday after beating the Russians 5-0 late Tuesday night. The Canadians practiced after their win over Finland.U.S. coach Robb Stauber has tried to keep his players focused on only one opponent at a time, trying to ignore the inevitable game with Canada until a day away.“We know we have the next game,” Stauber said. “We know that opponent very well.” Only gold will do for the United States at the Pyeongchang Games with the Americans mired in a 20-year title drought. And this will be the first time the Americans have played their biggest rival in the Olympics since Canada stunned the United States by rallying from a 2-0 deficit to win gold at the 2014 Sochi Games with a 3-2 overtime victory.Yes, the Americans have been waiting for this moment since the final horn blew in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’ve been preparing for this tournament for four years,” said Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson, a three-time Olympian. “The first two games we’re pretty happy with how they went. Definitely some things we can continue to get better at, but hopefully build on each and every game and be at our best when it matters.”That game is Feb. 22 when the gold medal will be up for grabs. Players from Canada celebrate after the preliminary round of the women’s hockey game against Finland at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. Canada won 4-1. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Much more than bragging rights are on the line anytime the Americans and Canadians meet, and the Olympics offers the opportunity to showcase just how good the best in women’s hockey really are these days.No medal will be on the line Thursday. Just the top spot in the best group in pool play along with the choice of jersey color and benches for the next time they play — ideally the gold medal game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Meralco stays alive, barely survives Phoenixlast_img read more

Slaughter doubtful for semis opener as Ginebra faces ‘monster’ SMB

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Kings took down the Beermen in the 2017 Governors’ Cup Finals, but Cone said it’s an entirely different story in the all-Filipino conference.“They’re actually a different in all-Filipino. I think they’re better all-Filipino than they are with imports. So there’s the difference.” Read Next Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Lady Warriors get newfound joy under Roque Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRelief hit Tim Cone just moments after Barangay Ginebra went through the wringer in sweeping Rain or Shine in their best-of-three quarterfinals series on Wednesday.But hitting a certain level of comfort won’t last long for Cone and the rest of the Gin Kings, who now face an uphill climb against defending champion San Miguel Beer in a best-of-seven semifinals showdown.ADVERTISEMENT “Wow what a relief. It’s always a big relief to get through the quarters. To me, it’s the hardest series to win, the quarter series,” Cone said after the Gin Kings held on for a 99-91 win over the Elasto Painters.“Now we face the monster. That’s San Miguel. You can refer that to San Miguel or you can refer that to June Mar,” Cone went on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEither way, it’s an apt description for the Beermen, who have won the last three all-Filipino conferences and June Mar Fajardo, who is the reigning four-time MVP.“Again, San Miguel, what can you say? They won three championships in a row in this conference for a reason,” Cone said. “You watched San Miguel-Talk ’N Text and Talk ’N Text was really playing good basketball up until that game. They were really turning a hole or a big corner and still, San Miguel, outsteadied them all the way through the game. June Mar came up with 30 plus points.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The top-seeded Beermen entered the semifinals after dumping the KaTropa, 106-93, on Tuesday with Fajardo posting 35 points on 15-of-19 shooting from the field, 11 rebounds and two blocks.Making it doubly hard for the Gin Kings is that Greg Slaughter, their best defender against Fajardo, could still be out early in the series due to an ankle injury.“Our big question mark obviously is whether Greg is gonna play. I would say, if we’re gonna play a day after tomorrow, he won’t play. But if given another day or two, he may play. But we do expect him back some time in the series,” Cone said.“We just hope we don’t fall too far behind without him, whether he can make an impact. That’s the big thing for us, whether Greg can play. That would really help us equalize San Miguel. He’d be the great equalizer.”The semifinals could start as early as Friday and Saturday at the latest depending on the result of the quarterfinals matchup between NLEX and Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READlast_img read more

Gonzaga, Daquis rescue Cignal spikers

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Philta sets elections MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cignal’s Rachel Ann Daquis goes for a kill against Sta Lucia’s (from left) Mar-Jana Phillips, Jannine Navarro, and Pam Lastimosa. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonWhen the going got tough, Cignal knew who to go to.Valuable acquisitions Jovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis did what was expected of them, lifting Cignal past Sta. Lucia Realty, 19-25, 25-18, 25-13, 23-25, 15-12, Thursday in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Newcomer Sta. Lucia put Cignal on its toes all match long, forcing one of the league’s title favorites into a five-setter at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“In fairness to Sta. Lucia, they played very well today,” acknowledged Gonzaga who fired 21 points, including three blocks for the HD Spikers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDaquis scored the winning point, a solo kill-block on Sta. Lucia’s Fil-Am spiker Mar-Jana Phillips, to finish with 14 points.Cignal barely beat Sta. Lucia in attack points, 47-46, and got their reprieve only because the Lady Realtors committed more errors, 41-35. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View commentslast_img read more

‘Hitman’ eyes world title

first_imgPuerto Rican Rafael Ramos will be the referee while judges are New Zealand’s Ferlin Marsh, Japan’s Takeshi Shimakawa and Panama’s Ignacio Robles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Early in his career, Rey “Hitman” Loreto was a whipping boy. Now, he’s gunning for the world title of unbeaten Thammanoon Niyomtron in Chonburi, Thailand.Loreto, who lost his first four bouts and owned a woeful 8-win, 11-loss slate at one time, will battle Niyomtron (15-0, 7 knockouts) for the World Boxing Association strawweight crown on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ But make no mistake, Loreto, 26, is a worthy challenger. Fact is, the Davaoeño has stopped his last six opponents and has climbed to 23-13, 15 knockouts.Among Loreto’s victims were former WBA titlist Pornsawan Porpramook and former International Boxing Federation champion Nkosinathi Joyi of Monaco in 2014 and 2015, respectively.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 starsLoreto’s last knockout victory came at the expense of Rungrit Sor Visetkit at Bangkok University last August.Both Loreto, a former IBO 108-pound titlist, and Niyomtron, a former Muay Thai fighter who has held the crown since 2014, tipped the scales at the exact 105 pounds during Friday’s official weigh-in. LATEST STORIES 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. 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 Pirates slay Lionslast_img read more

Pumaren downplays heated commotion with Pringle

first_imgMOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ The two eventually made amends before the start of the second half, but that couldn’t stop GlobalPort from suffering a blowout, 124-108.Pumaren, a fierce competitor back in his playing days, couldn’t help but see a little of himself in Pringle.“It’s just like me when I was playing. I used to argue with my coaches, too.”Pumaren said he holds no ill will toward Pringle, noting that he understands where his player is coming from during their verbal spat.“For me, it’s my style. Even in college, if you have something to say, it’s no problem. For me, we just have to do what we’re supposed to be doing. It’s nothing to me. We’re all professionals here. That’s no biggie for me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Reyes issues ultimatum on absent Abueva Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES View comments 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 Pringle opted to stay mum on the issue as he quietly made his way out of the Smart Araneta Coliseum.As frustrating as the night was for GlobalPort, Pumaren said that the beatdown shouls serve as a lesson going forward.“Let’s put it this way,  they played great and we played bad. We didn’t get any help from the bench, not like the previous games,” he said.GlobalPort takes a 20-day respite before playing against Kia on Aug. 20 at the Big Dome.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren downplayed his fierce exchange with star guard Stanley Pringle during the Batang Pier’s loss to Barangay Ginebra Sunday night.“It’s no biggie. It’s normal for coaches during the heat of the game. You cannot mellow or what,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pumaren and Pringle had a heated commotion when the outspoken mentor called the flashy playmaker out during a timeout with 4:35 remaining in the second quarter for his apparent lack of effort on defense.The 2014 Rookie of the Year tried to explain his side but went on to throw a towel which hit Sean Anthony that irked Pumaren.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“He was being lazy,” Pumaren said in a report during the game.Team manager Bonnie Tan and the rest of the Batang Pier played the role of peacemakers as they quickly tempered the situation, restraining Pringle away from the huddle. Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetlast_img read more

NBA: Ever improving DeRozan looks to further develop ‘much better’

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan, right, shoots past Denver Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler during the first half of their NBA basketball game in Toronto.  APToronto Raptors superstar DeMar DeRozan has made significant strides in his game since entering the NBA in 2009.The 28-year-old shooting guard has blossomed into a three-time NBA All Star, displaying incredible foot work and a mid-range arsenal seldom used in today’s game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img With the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics expected to rule the East once more this coming season, DeRozan understands that his improvement will be vital if the Raptors will be contenders once more.“It’s great to have this opportunity to carry a franchise, and just show them that I come back every year much better,” he shared.  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ After averaging a career-best 27 points per game last season, the former USC Trojan expressed his desire to keep improving on other aspects of his craft.“Continue to get better, continue to win,” DeRozan told ESPN’ Carl Champion when asked of his goals for the upcoming season.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 opening“Continue to grow as a player, as a leader, and keep pushing the envelope. Understand my flaws from the year previously and come back better this year.”Entering the league primarily a slasher and a dunker, DeRozan worked hard on his ball-handling skills, which eventually translated into a formidable mid-range game. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Mayweather-McGregor is a pay-per-view smash This year, the 6’7″ athletic specimen aims to become a better playmaker and a more accurate three-point threat.He recently posted an Instagram story of his midnight shooting session, which was posted on Twitter by Raptors beat reporter Josh Lewnberg.DeMar DeRozan hit 64% of his 700 3pt attempts during a late-night workout, according to his IG story pic.twitter.com/why2crAqoQ— Josh Lewenberg (@JLew1050) July 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Who is Tillakaratne Dilshan?

first_imgBorn to a family of a Malay father and a Buddhist mother, Tillakaratne Dilshan (born October 14, 1976 in Kalutara) is a Sri Lankan cricketer and member of the national team since November 1999. He plays for the Indian Premier League (IPL). The right-hand batsman is also a spin bowler. T.M. Dilshan won the award of Twenty20 International Performance of the Year at the ICC awards 2009.Dilshan made his Test debut against Zimbabwe in 1999. Dilshan made his One day international debut against Zimbabwe after 15 months.Family backgroundHe converted from Islam to Buddhism at 16. Dilshan had his education at Kalutara Vidyalaya, Kalutara. He is married to Sri Lankan actress Manjula Thilini. Dilshan has a daughter from his second marriage and a son from his first marriage.last_img read more

Sex romps and drugs spiced Proteas cricket

first_imgHerschelle Gibbs, who underwent rehab for alcohol abuse last year, outside the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court in 2009 after he was charged with drink driving.A no-holds-barred autobiography by South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs has revealed the dark side of Proteas cricket, providing graphic details of sexual orgies, marijuana sessions and a senior coterie dominating the team.Aptly called To The Point if only for being so direct in recording details of sexual encounters in which he and other players took part, Gibbs has perhaps realised that candour can be explosive, just like his batting in his heydays.The description of his team’s tours Down Under as shopping expeditions for “eager young Aussie lasses” is a case in point. He also relates the experience of a hotel room orgy involving three girls.”Two beds, two cricketers and three women. One of them wasn’t all that keen, though; she just lay on the bed. Which was fine — there was enough for everyone. The other two girls, however, more than made a go of it,” he writes. Extracts of the book were published by Johannesburg based The Sunday Times.”I got the ball rolling, but then I noticed that my mate was feeling a little left out. Now he’s lying on the other bed, so, big-hearted chap that I am, I say, ‘Well, you can’t leave my mate all alone there.’ And fortunately one of them was only too happy to transfer ship…. They came hunting in packs, and if they liked what they saw, you were in for the ride of your life,” he reveals.advertisementThe disclosures came on a day when South Africa were involved in a One-Day International against Pakistan in Dubai. The book, which releases on Monday, apart from highlighting the sexual exploits of the batsman who was often in trouble for late night binges and drunken driving, says leading players in smoking pot in the West Indies.”Some people aren’t going to like this chapter, but I’ve always believed you have to call it like you see it,” writes Gibbs in the book, the excerpts of which were published in The Sunday Times. Gibbs recalled his encounter with a girl on her way to a matric dance — a formal dance for high school students. “I spotted one particularly gorgeous girl, obviously dressed to the nines, walking around the hotel lobby. After a few drinks and a few words, she came upstairs with me to my room and gave me a little dance of another kind. She then left and went back to the dance proper,” recalls Gibbs, who has played in three World Cups for South Africa and is contracted to the Proteas until next April.Gibbs also wrote about how he came across a stripper during one of South Africa’s warm-up games on the 1997-98 Australia tour.Gibbs and some of his teammates noticed a “pretty girl” and asked her to join them that evening. They started drinking and she mentioned she was a stripper. “Things loosened up a lot more after that. Various items of clothing were removed in an eyebrow-raising kind of way, and one thing invariably led to another.” Gibbs also admitted that his “most expensive shag” set him back by 5000 Rand (about Rs 31,750) in a fine for poor performance on the field the next day.The autobiography of Gibbs, who has been out of the team for quite some time now, is likely to rock the cricket world and could also incur the ire of South African players after he wrote how the Proteas are dominated by a “clique” of senior players.He said even former coach Mickey Arthur had to bow to them. “The team has been criticised for being run by a group of senior players — captain Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Mark Boucher and, more recently, AB de Villiers — and this inner circle splits the team in two and makes any chance of developing true team spirit among the Proteas impossible. “Simply put, without Graeme’s backing, Mickey didn’t have much influence over the guys. In the end, Graeme was simply too powerful,” he writes.The hard-hitting opener also revealed how the team never regained its spirit after former captain Hansie Cronje’s admission to match fixing which resulted in a life ban.”Things were never the same … I sympathised with Shaun Pollock — he had a tough time filling Hansie’s shoes and gluing the team back together. But the Proteas never had that same togetherness under Polly. He never socialised with the boys too much.advertisement”I think if we’re honest with ourselves … we’ve got to admit that the Proteas have underachieved in international cricket over the past decade.” But despite Cronje’s association in match fixing, Gibbs claims: “the cloud that hangs over his legacy, I can tell you that I’ve never played with anyone who possessed such a die-hard attitude to winning”. In the book, Gibbs discusses his failed marriage and the rehabilitation stint that he underwent.His marriage to Tenielle Povey ended in 2008 after his drunken ways got him into trouble far too often. “As you now know, I’ve managed to land myself in the kak with alarming regularity right from the start of my cricket career. A stint in rehab for alcohol abuse and a messy divorce would be more than enough controversy for most professional athletes, but, with me, that wasn’t the half of it.”We were physically fighting while I was driving … I managed to pull some of her hair out. As explosive as my batting can be, it hasn’t quite matched the pyrotechnics of my life off the field.” There have been detailed descriptions of how some of his teammates flew out waitresses from the infamous Port Elizabeth restaurant The Ranch to join them on tour and the night he spent with two “hotties” with a reputation for making their way through cricketing nations.last_img read more

Aus vs NZ: Convincing 7-wicket win for Aussies against Kiwis

first_imgAustralia beat their trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand by seven wickets in a one-sided World Cup Group A match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur on Friday. ScoreChasing a partly 207, the Australians got off to a fine start with openers Shane Watson and Brad Haddin milking away the Kiwi bowlers. The duo batted on at ease even as the Kiwis tried hard to figure out a way to stop their charge.Their bowling lacked the kill and the Aussies continued to pound away boundaries. Finally Kiwi pacer Hamish Bennett managed to break their partnership when the Aussie score was 133 runs. It was a slower ball that did the trick albeit a bit late. Haddin went for an aerial shot and ended up giving a catch to James Franklin at deep midwicket. Haddin scored 55.With the partnership broken, the other opener Shane Watson too lost his rhythm and got out in the 20th over when the Aussie score was 136/2. He was cleaned bowled by Bennett on 62.A few minutes later Aussie skipper Ricky Pointing too fell trying to play Tim Southee down the leg side. The ball was wide off the leg side and Ponting still touched it trying to play it towards the fine-leg boundary. But keeper Brendon McCullum had other plans, he collected the ball and even before Ponting could realise his error his bails were off. He scored 12 as the Australia score read 167/3.Finally, Michael Clarke and Cameron White batted on to carry the Aussies to victory in the 34th over.advertisementNew Zealand inningsNew Zealand posted a meagre 206 against Australia in their World Cup Group A match. The total could have been all the more dismal hadn’t Nathan McCullum and skipper Daniel Vettori staged a late revival at death.Man-ofthe-Match Mitchell Johnson. APIn the morning, Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting won the toss and decided to bowl under overcast conditions – a move aimed helping his pacemen excel. And that’s what they did with Shaun Tait and Man-of-the-Match Mitchell Johnson ripping the Kiwi batting apart.Shaun Tait started the job rather early removing opener Brendon McCullum in the fourth over of the day.However, it was more of McCullum’s fault in the way he got out. He went for a big hit right away and Jason Krejza took a fine catch in the deep. He fell for 16 as New Zealand slumped to 20/1 in 3.4 overs.Shortly after McCullum’s dismissal, the other opener Martin Guptill too walked back with Shane Watson castling him on 40/2 in the 9th over. He scored 10.But, that was just the beginning of the Aussie charge as Mitchell Johnson claimed two wickets in the space of two balls to push the Kiwis to the wall. Ryder fell for 25 while James Franklin hadn’t even opened his account, when Johnson removed them. The New Zealand score at the stage was 66/4 in 13.5 overs.Clearly the Aussies pacemen were at a party and Shaun Tait struck back to make sure he had more reason to cheer. After removing McCullum in early, he claimed seasoned batsman Scott Styris in the 15th over when the Kiwi total was 67/5. Poor Styris hadn’t even opened his account.Tait was far from satisfied and in his next over he struck again to get rid of Ross Taylor (7) with a fine yorker. Kiwis were reeling on 73/6.Six wickets down and the pitch dry by then, the Kiwis finally managed to forge a small 48-run partnership with Nathan McCullum and Jamie How sticking together for 40 minutes.The two used 12 overs and scored the rate of four runs an over helping their team cross the 100-run mark. But in the 29th over, leg-spinner Steve Smith decided to break their stand. He tossed the ball in the middle and removed How with an LBW decision. The Kiwis went for a decision review, but it proved to be unsuccessful as New Zealand slumped to 121/7.Finally, Nathan McCullum decided to stage a comeback, but it was too late for the Kiwis as he along with skipper Daniel Vettori were the last recognised batsmen in their camp. Nathan carried on and even scored the team’s highest individual total with 52 on board.However, after staying at the crease for more than an hour a change in bowling foxed Nathan as he became Mitchell Johnson’s third victim on 175/8 in the 42nd over. Once again the Kiwis decided to use the review and once again it proved unsuccessful.Skipper Daniel Vettori too departed with Brett Lee claiming his wicket. He scored a resolute 44 helping the Kiwis cross 200-run mark.advertisementEventually New Zealand were all out for a partly 206 on the first ball of the 46th over with Shaun Tait (3-35) and Mitchell Johnson (4-33) claiming seven wicket between them.last_img read more

Live well longer

first_imgGone are the maalishwallahs from the banks of the Hooghly, the age-old practice of an oil massage in its new avatar is here in Kolkata spas. And the city is taking to it like a fish to water. Whether it’s a traditional foot massage or an elaborate Ayurveda ritual, people,Gone are the maalishwallahs from the banks of the Hooghly, the age-old practice of an oil massage in its new avatar is here in Kolkata spas. And the city is taking to it like a fish to water. Whether it’s a traditional foot massage or an elaborate Ayurveda ritual, people in Kolkata are appreciating the nuances of holistic health. Top-end spas at luxury hotels have been doing brisk business since the early years of the past decade while standalone spas have lately started mushrooming in various parts of the city. However, at the end, it is the quality of the service that matters, point out spa owners and managers unequivocally. With people willing to pay anything for the best, competition is cut-throat. Fitness isn’t far behind either; the modern-day gymnasiums with a host of international branded fitness gear and loud chartbusters to boost the energy levels are drawing in hordes of people across various age groups. Adding to the fun are newer exercise techniques like Bollywood dance and krav maga, to name a few. Panelists choose spas with excellent packages and gyms with the best equipment. Simply Kolkata takes a look at the 10 best health and wellness facilities.Spa manager Sweta Tyagi at Club PranaClub PranaRating 8.5/10Rose petals, relaxing aromas, an air of quietude and refreshing energy greet guests at Club Prana. Spread across 12,000 sq ft, the place takes its name from the Sanskrit word for ‘life force’. The spa offers seven treatment rooms, named Prayag, Lotus, Marigold, Agni, Soundarya, Tulsi and Dhanwantari. Agni is used for couple treatment. Each treatment room, done up in light tones, is embellished with relevant knick-knacks to accentuate the atmosphere and the particular therapy being given. “The hydrotherapy sections is one of the finest in the city,” says spa manager Sweta Tyagi, 29. Various European treatments such as Swedish, aromatherapy, hot stone and deep tissue massages and Ayurveda therapies like Ilakizhi (hot herbal bundles), Udhwarthanam (body scrub) and Shirodhara (oscillation of warm medicated oil on the forehead) are on offer. Where: Hyatt Regency, JA 1, Sector 3, Salt Lake City.Tel: 23351234; www.kolkata.regency.hyatt.comAmbience: Light wooden flooring and natural light impart an airy look to the spa.Training: Therapists certified by international beauty and health therapy institutions like CIBTAC (Confederation of International Beauty Therapy And Cosmetology).Royal treatment: The Prana time traveller programme offers Oriental salt scrub, feet and body massages.Cost: Treatments range between Rs 2,000 and Rs 7,000.advertisementSpa in-charge Lalchhanhimi SailoOberoi Spa and Fitness Centre Rating: 9/10Despite overlooking an arterial road, the Oberoi Spa and Fitness Centre has an island-like feel, the pin-drop silence and a relaxing aroma are suitable additives. A single point of entry from the hotel lobby leads the guest to the spa, which has two therapy suites, a treatment room, a salon, separate wet sections for men and women and a well-equipped gymnasium. The spacious therapy suites are luxurious and relaxing and purple orchids on white linen add a refreshing touch. From the amount of pressure to the fragrance in the room or the oils applied, everything pertaining to any of the therapies or treatments can be customised. While the guest is being welcomed into the suites with a foot ritual, the therapist poses questions about any health issues or areas to avoid during any treatment. Guests can choose from bergamot, lemongrass, jasmine or eucalyptus for the incense and euphoria, melody or invigorating oil for the treatment. The lights are dimmed and soft instrumental music plays in the background while the therapist’s fingers begin to work their magic. “The tried and tested treatments make our guests return time and again,” says spa in-charge Lalchhanhimi Sailo, 30. “The Balinese treatment comes a close second to the Oberoi massage,” she adds.Where: The Oberoi Grand, 15 JL Nehru Road.Tel: 22492323; www.oberoihotels.comAmbience: Formal and stately, the spa radiates warmth and colonial charm.Training: The trainers undergo extensive training at any of the Oberoi Vilas properties.Royal treatment: The Oberoi therapy is a customised treatment routine for releasing muscular knots.Cost: Ranging from Rs 2,500 to Rs 10,500.Minu Budhia, the director at AddlifeAddlifeRating: 8/10It is hard to not get swayed by the grooving energy at Addlife when you see fitness enthusiasts on the treadmills or cross-trainers. The location of the gym works greatly to its advantage. Busy executives can have a quick workout before rushing off to work. When the 6,500 sq ft-gymnasium at the shopping and dining destination was up for grabs, director Minu Budhia, 46, seized the opportunity. However, she revamped the place to give it a more warm and comfortable look. Memberships to the gym aren’t easy to obtain, the director screens every member personally before giving admission. They are provided with customised fitness charts and exercise routines by the trainers. They can also avail therapeutic or relaxing massages and facials at the compact spa alongside the gymnasium. An interactive juice bar helps you grab a post-workout quick bite and healthy juices and salads. While the cardio section boasts of five treadmills, four cross-trainers, two cycles and a rowing machine, other gym equipment such as pec decks, smith machines, lat pulleys, bosu balls, kettle bells, Swiss balls and resistance bands are found abundantly in the gym. Where: Block A, 5th Floor, 22 Camac Street.Tel: 40013701; www.addlifespa.com.Ambience: Rows of fitness equipment lend a busy look as peppy music charges up the spaceTraining: Trainers are certified by Progressive Fitness, a standard fitness education programme for trainers and instructors.Royal treatment: Most of the equipment at the gymnasium is from Precor, USA.Cost: An annual individual membership with gym and spa benefits costs Rs 35,000.advertisementDe-stressing massage at Kaya KalpKaya Kalp Rating: 9.5/10 The coolness from the waterbodies, the enduring aromas of oils and herbs and the picturesque setting of the spa at ITC Sonar greet the guest for a truly sensory experience. Minimalism is the keyword in the architectural design. Cleanliness and natural light from almost all sides add to the spaciousness of the15000 sq ft area. Narrow corridors lined by wooden walls and cool black floors lend a warm and cosy look. Wooden beds used for Ayurveda treatments hang on the corridor walls. The relaxation area is magical in the evenings when rows of candles are lit. The red and white colour scheme across the spa and the liberal garnish of Indian spices across the interiors catch the eye. A range of revitalising body treatments such as pomegranate sugar scrub, Indian aromasoul rice exfoliation and Himalayan clay body envelopment is offered alongside relaxation rituals like the hot stone massage, gemstone massage, traditional Thai massage, sacred nature nourish massage, deep tissue massage and the tension reliever massage. Aromatic Indian oil blends, de-stressing massage strokes and a peaceful ambience ensure a complete sensory experience.Where: ITC Sonar, 1 JBS Haldane Avenue. Tel: 23454545; www.itchotels.in.Ambience: The secluded retreat surrounded by waterbodies has an aura of tranquility and romance.Training: Both Indian and Thai therapists are trained at the Kaya Kalp Academy at ITC Mughal, Agra.Royal treatment: The Kaya Kalp Massage relaxes the body and relieves muscular tension.Cost: Treatments range between Rs 2,000 and Rs 7,000.Manager Carolann Hooper at SolaceSolace Day Spa and Wellness CentreRating: 7.5/10Behind the black gates that swing open to reveal a white colonial bungalow and green lawns, every inch of the wellness centre speaks of destressing. With its holistic approach to beauty, health and wellness, Solace is a curious mix of two spaces. On the ground floor is the remarkably silent and soothing spa, the swimming pool and the energetic gymnasium while the activity studio above is abuzz every evening. Since its inception in September 2003, Solace has always pioneered the concept of wellness through its various initiatives, whether providing spa services at highly affordable rates or introducing the first Reebok-certified studio for aerobics. Evenings at the activity studio on the first floor are choc-a-bloc with programmes ranging from body sculpting and circuit training to pilates and krav maga. At the swimming pool, aqua aerobics and aquatherapy find maximum takers. “We will soon be introducing the rainbow programme, which is an amazing combination of yoga and colour therapy,” says manager Carolann Hooper, 39. The spa offers a wide range of facial and body treatments and massages using a variety of essential oils like rose, geranium, jasmine, mogra, sandalwood, lime and ginger, bitter orange and bergamot, eucalyptus and black pepper and camphor and fennel.Where: 4 Sunny Park. Tel: 2461566; www.solacedayspa.org.Ambience: Old world architecture and a serene air co-exist with lively energy in the gym and studio.Training: The trainers at the gymnasium are certified by FISAF (Federation of International Sports, Aerobics and Fitness)Royal treatment: The spa uses Eminence and Forest Essentials products only for the various treatments.Cost: Annual gym packages are priced at Rs 37,000.advertisementStaff at AuraAuraRating: 8/10Overlooking the poolside blue of The Park and away from the buzz of the restaurants and the entertainment zones downstairs, Aura Spa is the hotel’s little haven of peace and relaxation. The seven treatment rooms with different names and colour schemes include an Ayurvedic room called Ananda (green), a single suite, Soundarya (purple) and a suite for couples, Prem (red), besides Samriddhi and Gyaan (yellow) and Shiva and Shakti (blue). The therapists are skilled to perform Thai, Swedish, Balinese, aromatherapy, ayurveda and other contemporary treatments. The suite for couples offers special packages replete with fruit platters, champagne flutes and milk and rose petal baths. The spa offers annual membership to select guests following an eloborate screening of their profiles. However, the location of the ladies wet section on the lower floor is a dampener.Where: The Park, 17 Park Street.Tel: 40049000; www.theparkhotels.com.Ambience: Strong fragrance and splashes of colour make the spa youthful and soothing.Training: Trainers from the hotel chain’s Chennai outfit coach the therapists.Royal treatment: The Aura massage softens the skin and releases body toxins.Cost: Packages range from Rs 4,500 to Rs 15,000.A therapy at Amoda SpaAmoda SpaRating: 7/10Located in one of the premium shop-and-dine destinations in the heart of the city, the 3000 sq ft Amoda Spa has a distinct advantage of location; stressed executives can relax in the cool environs of the spa after a busy day at work. “I started Amoda with the intention of making easily available to the people of Kolkata the best therapies and well-trained therapists,” says Baid Group managing director Pushpesh Baid, 30. Baid Group deals with textiles, jewellery, metals, lifestyle and electronics. Bringing together a spa by day and a lounge by night, Amoda gave Kolkatans a unique concept, when it opened in September 2009. However, the French windows in the reflexology area are a terrible let down.Where: Ground Floor, 22 Camac Street.Tel: 40013100, 40013899; www.amodaspa.asia.Ambience: The black granite floor, the white collage frames and graphic designs on the walls make for an interesting backdrop.Training: All the therapists are coached at the spa’s training unit.Royal treatment: The Amoda Destress massage soothes tense muscles and allows free flow of healing energy.Cost: Packages range from Rs 1,200 to Rs 4,000.A Thai massage in progressThai SpaRating: 7/10While four outlets of the Thai Spa chain are located in shopping destinations, namely South City, Mani Square, City Centre and Alipore Enclave, the fifth address is on Short Street. “When I introduced Thai Spa in 2008, a mall in a retail atmosphere wasn’t a common concept,” says owner Shrivardhan Daga, 33. The interiors of all the spas are more or less the same with little variation in terms of area and layout. Oriental figurines with folded palms and fragrances of essential oils welcome the guest to the 2,000 sq ft at Alipore spa with five treatment rooms. The interiors are minimalist yet inviting while Oriental music plays in the background. The ever-smiling Thai as well as Indian girls in traditional Thai costume offer various therapies almost without uttering a word. The treatments in the Nuat Thai techniques are inspired by the lessons of Lord Buddha’s physician, Jivaka Komalaboat. An hour-long Thai aroma foot spa comprises a green tea ginger foot soak and oriental herbal polish followed by a traditional Thai massage and stretching exercises. While reflexology and foot spas are the most popular treatments others services include Swedish, hot stone, Thai dry massage and aroma body detox.Where: 17/1F, 3rd floor, Alipore Enclave.Ph: 40070396/97; www.thethaispaindia.comAmbience: Dimly lit, restful and relaxing with gurgling sounds of water in the background.Training: Trainers from Thailand are flown in intermittently to train the therapists.Royal treatment: The Royal Thai body massage exerts pressure on specific points and works on muscles, ligaments and the spine.Cost: Prices range from Rs 450 to Rs 4,500.CEO MJ Robertson, Dr Inde and Dr KrishnaSanjeeva Medical Spa Rating: 9.5/10A sense of calm and well-being sweeps over the moment you step into Sanjeeva Medical Spa at Vedic Village. Overlooking the natural lake of Vedic Village, the French windows in the foyer ensure a harmonious confluence of the quiet indoors and the peaceful outdoors. On the floor of the lower level of the spa is the emblem of the circle of life that is emblazoned at strategic locations across the resort as well. Offering the choicest therapies in Ayurveda and naturopathy, the 15,000 sq ft spa has 14 treatment rooms and three onsite doctors, who treat evidence-based problems. “We have qualified Panchakarma (five different procedures used in Ayurveda, believed to purify the body) doctors with considerable experience in hospitals as well,” says CEO MJ Robertson, 60. Even before a guest arrives at Vedic Village, he is in touch with the doctors, who gather his medical history and decide on a course of treatment through video-conferencing or consultation at the city outlet in a leading hospital. While Ayurveda therapies include Abhyangam (basic Satvic massage), Swedanam (Ayurvedic steam bath), Padaghata (body massage using feet), various Shiropakrama (head and scalp treatments), Sandhi Paricharana (joint and spinal care) and Pancha-karma among others, the naturopathy and wellness treatments offer acupressure, deep tissues and therapeutic massages and exotic revitalising and detoxifying therapies.Where: Vedic Village, Shikharpur, Rajarhat.Ph: 66229900; www.thevedicvillage.comAmbience: Pristine natural beauty makes it the perfect haven to relax and rejuvenate.Training: The spa has three onsite doctors, who are MD’s Panchakarma therapies.Royal treatment: Aarogyam is a special face therapy with medicated oil and a herbal hair pack.Cost: Prices range from Rs 500 to Rs 12,000 for various treatments.Director Divya Himatsingka at Gold’s GymGold’s Gym Rating: 8.5/10A row of furiously moving treadmills frames one wall of the gymnasium while trainers in red motivate people on the floor at Gold’s Gym on JL Nehru Road. A man in blue helps a lady with her crunches, the colour of his T-shirt indicates that his hour as a personal trainer is reserved solely for one member. TV screens hang in front of the treadmills and stationary bikes so you could catch up on the day’s news updates or listen to music. Since it opened its doors on June 2006, Gold’s Gym has seen changing attitudes towards fitness among the people of Kolkata. “The awareness is more and people are keen on looking fit. Zumba, the Latin-inspired fitness programme has become quite a rage here,” says director Divya Himatsingka, 35. Besides the regular gym routines, there is a variety of group exercises like pilates, Bollywood dance, yoga, spinning and cy-yo that help break the monotony. Various workshops are also held in the gym from time to time.Where: 5th Floor, 57 JL Nehru RoadTel: 30580300-02 www.goldsgymindia.comAmbience: Loud pulsating music fills the well-lit 8000 sq ft space. Bright and cheerful with posters all around.Training: Most of the trainers here are certified by Progressive Fitness.Royal treatment: Group exercises are offered free of cost for the first three months of the membership.Cost: Packages range from Rs 3,000 to Rs 33,000. PanelistsJaya Misra, Fashion designerWhen she’s not busy, she heads to spas.Rituparna Sengupta, ActressA fitness enthusiast.Neelanjana, Producer She finds instant nirvana in a rejuvenating spa.June Maliah, Actress Wellness is something she can’t do without in life.last_img read more

The digital Olympians

first_imgI ran for my life (okay mashed buttons) but my best efforts could fetch me only the bronze medal. London 2012, the official video game of the Olympic Games, provides mere mortals a chance at greatness. The game, by Sega, lets players compete in more than 35 events from over a dozen Olympic sports. It functions best when competing against human opponents – particularly as a party game when one pits one’s skills against friends. But in single-player mode, it tends to get repetitive. And finishing one Olympic campaign can be so overwhelming that you tend not to start on another campaign right away. The commentary is irritating, to say the least.To be fair to the game, it does a brilliant job of the locations and makes full use of the advanced graphics on new PCs. Also, it cuts down on the button mashing, replacing buttons with analogue sticks for control – and it’s a pleasure using them. Playing on a motion-sensing console such as the Xbox with Kinect or the PS3 with Move could be an even more pleasurable experience. If one wants to get into the Olympic spirit, look no further.Keep track of medals from your phoneThe London Olympics are just a few days away and its no better time to get the real dope on the Games.Install the free London 2012: Official Join In App on your BlackBerry, and you’ll know what to do when you have hours to kill between business meetings. The app is your single-stop plan to enjoy and share your Games experiences with the world. It also lets you stay on top of all the events, who’s ahead on the medal table and who has broken the latest records. Olympics ahoy!advertisementlast_img read more

Phoenix pounces on chance to get more experience, trades away no. 4 PBA draft pick

first_imgMANILA, Philippines—Phoenix head coach Louie Alas chose to play it safe in the upcoming PBA season after his club reportedly traded away the fourth pick in the 2018 Draft to acquire a couple of veterans from NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES Paul Lee: BPC award won’t mean anything if Magnolia doesn’t win PBA title TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments MOST READ 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño The Fuel Masters received combo guard Alex Mallari and power forward Dave Marcelo in exchange for the fourth pick.Alas said Phoenix chose to get who are available instead of waiting for its fortune in the Draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“We’re looking for a point guard in this year’s Draft but this offer was presented to us so why not?” said Alas in Filipino during the Combine Thursday at Gatorade Hoops Center.“Why wait and eventually miss out on the chance because we don’t know who’ll be selected from one to three.” Alas said Mallari and Marcelo, who were both drafted in 2012, already have the experience and have five titles between them.Phoenix still has the 12th pick in the Draft and Alas said the team will still look for a big man or a point guard who’s not afraid to be gritty.CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. are the expected top three selections in this year’s rookie class and the Fuel Masters were one slot away from selecting either of those names.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionlast_img read more

Adrien Broner arrested, released ahead of Manny Pacquiao fight

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño 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 MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 18: Adrien Broner gets taped up prior to his workout for the media at the 5th Street Gym on December 18, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Broner is scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao on January 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPAdrien Broner was arrested in Broward County, Florida days before Christmas and was then released, as per TMZ Sports.Broner had an outstanding warrant after failing to appear in court earlier this month and face a driving-related case in which he was arrested for speeding, not having a driver’s license and no registration.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES View comments The 29-year-old Broner is scheduled to challenge Manny Pacquiao, the reigning WBA welterweight champion, next month in Las Vegas.Pacquiao is already in Los Angeles to continue his training camp. He is coming off a seventh-round stoppage of Lucas Matthysse in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia five months ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ONE: Eduard Folayang shows off Igorot roots through locally-made formal wear SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more