Short on projection, PH gymnasts still log ‘marked progress’

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Hadi totaled 13.450 via an almost impeccable routine that involved high-value movements against the backdrop of Arabian-inspired music.De Guzman, 17, turned in a similar performance—a lot of high-scoring jumps to the tune of a funky jam. But the rookie could only aggregate 13.025 to settle for silver. Indonesia’s Rifda Irfanaluthfu was third with 13.000.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 shutoutIn balance beam, De Guzman wound up third. Reyland Capellan brought home another bronze in vault, matching his result in the same event two years ago.“It was very good, solid performance by the team,” said women’s co-head coach Jasmin Ortega. “I think we did very well this season. It’s still a marked progress.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kaitlin De Guzman who bagged the the Gold medal for Womens Gymnastics Uneven Bars with Reyland Capellan who won Gold for Men’s Floor Exercises also in gymnastics in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ artistic gymnastics team didn’t get to fulfill the promise of four gold medals but it did improve on its performance two years ago.Newcomer Kaitlin De Guzman settled for a silver after failing to dislodge defending champion Farah Ann Abdul Hadi of Malaysia in floor exercise Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James has ‘nothing but respect’ for Kyrie Irving The gymnasts had already stashed two golds through Capellan, who defended his floor exercise title, and the 17-year-old De Guzman, who ruled in uneven bars.All in all, it was two golds, one silver and two bronzes for the Philippines.The Philippines won one gold, one silver and two bronzes in the Singapore SEA Games in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIEScenter_img LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspensionlast_img read more

Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Ginebra didn’t disappoint its legion of fans this time.With another record crowd trooping to the colossal Philippine Arena here, the Gin Kings completed their quest for back-to-back titles, routing Meralco, 101-96, in Game 7 to win the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal – PBA Press Corps Finals MVP LA Tenorio unloaded 26 points and four assists, including the insurance freebie for Ginebra finally fend off Meralco late.Justin Brownlee also fired 23 markers, eight boards, and five dimes, while Scottie Thompson chipped in 14 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.Greg Slaughter won his first PBA title with 12 markers, five boards, two assists, and two blocks, Joe Devance had 10 points and seven rebounds, and Japeth Aguilar got 10 markers and the three crucial boards in the end game to seal the deal for the crowd favorites.Despite facing a big hole early, Meralco still showed some fight late, with Jared Dillinger anchoring the belated run as he cut the deficit to as low as four, 100-96, with a booming three from the right wing in the final 47.0 seconds.Tenorio split his freebies to extend the cushion to five, 101-96 in the last 22.6 ticks, before Garvo Lanete muffed his late trey.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lewis Hamilton’s F1 legacy still growing “Huge shots. Just huge shots all the way through, and then at the end, we start missing our free throws, we turn the ball over, and it looked like it wasn’t a comfortable win. But overall, the game was exciting,” said Cone.Allen Durham did all he could in the decider, unfurling 26 points, 24 rebounds, and nine rebounds, while Dillinger had his best showing in the series with 20 markers, five dimes, and three boards. Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:06Ginebra, Meralco expect ‘tough, rough’ finals series to go the distance00:50Trending 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 Delighting the 54,068 in attendance, Ginebra finally showed the hunger it lacked two days prior, leading by as much as 20, 52-32, in the second half courtesy of a Justin Brownlee jumper before holding off the Bolts’ last ditch rally.It marked the Gin Kings’ first back-to-back titles in their 38-year history and their 10th championship overall.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 triumph further established coach Tim Cone’s lore, as the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor claimed his 20th title in 30 Finals appearances.“We held on to another Game 7. It’s amazing,” said the league’s winningest coach. “These Game 7s are the most amazing things to play. You never know what’s gonna happen, you’re never quite prepared for them, we tried to do our best, stay calm, stay focused but there’s just so many pressure.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

LaVar Ball on why son Lonzo is perfect for Lakers: ‘They really don’t have a leader’

first_imgRobredo: 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 “Team-wise, the Lakers are a better fit,” the outspoken patriarch said during CSN’s “Celtics Talk” podcast, as relayed by Bleacher Report.“They really don’t have a leader. Boston already went to the playoffs. They have a leader,” he said, pertaining to the Celtics who holds the first selection.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDuring an exclusive workout with the Lakers earlier this week, Lonzo said the same thing and described himself as “a leader and a point guard”  that would fill the team’s needs moving forward.READ: Lonzo Ball works out for Lakers, would love to be no. 2 pick 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cavs, Warriors will get physical as NBA Finals tension boils MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? NBA prospect Lonzo Ball speaks with the media after a workout with the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on June 7, 2017 in El Segundo, California. Image: Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPFollowing several conflicting reports regarding the Los Angeles Lakers’ interest with blue chip prospect Lonzo Ball, his father LaVar once again chimed in on why his son would be better off in Purple and Gold.With the Lakers picking second in the 2017 NBA Draft next week, June 22, LaVar described the former UCLA Bruin as the leader that the team desperately needs.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The father and son duo, meanwhile, hasn’t been shy at all on airing their preference to stay close to their home in California.“All I said was that my boy is going to play for the Lakers, and I’m going to speak it into existence,” LaVar told ESPN last February. “I want him to be a Laker, but I wasn’t saying he’s only going to play for the Lakers.”It remains unclear whether Lonzo will indeed be a Laker or not, but all eyes will certainly be on him come next Thursday. Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:Nike wants Lonzo Ball, but not for father’s asking price of $1BADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports 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’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Korean star Kim takes notice of PH volleybelles’ improvement

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Against the Philippines, however, Kim was thrust much earlier when she entered the floor near the end of the first set when the Filipinos were attempting to break the Koreans in the opening period.READ: Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybellesKim would finish of the first set and eventually lead the Koreans to a sweep, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.“It was close in the first set and in the beginning of the second set so I expected to play,” said Kim who had 12 points against the Philippines.The Philippines were leading 10-7 in the second set when Kim made her second appearance, and for good measure she started the third set for Korea.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea captain Kim Yeon-koung had played just 10 minutes during the group stages of the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship so it came as a huge surprise when she stepped up against the host in the classification stages.Kim sat out the first two games in the preliminaries as she got permission from Korea head coach Hong Sungjin to take a breather after just competing in the FIVB World Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And even though she led the beating, Kim had high praise for the Philippines.“I think they are so much better now, I saw them like two or three years ago and they did not play like that,” said Kim of the 79th-ranked Philippines in the FIVB world rankings. “I mean, they’ve improved a lot especially that they are very young. I’m sure they can improve after this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIEScenter_img The Fenerbahce outside hitter, though, told Hong that she was ready to play against the Philippines in their first game in the classification round.READ: AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeatedFEATURED 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“I spoke with our coach and he said to be ready for the game so I told him that I was ready,” said Kim Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena.Kim played late against Vietnam in Korea’s final group stage game as she entered the match in the fourth set to lead the 10th-ranked team in the world to a 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 win. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Playing against royalty in 2017 SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more

Somdev gets wild card for Australian Open

first_imgSomdev Devvarman has been awarded a prestigious wild card into the men’s singles main draw of the Australian Open to be held in Melbourne from January 17 to 30.According to Tennis Australia, the Indian has been given a wild card in recognition of his performances in 2010. He first broke into the top 100 and then won singles gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and then the Asian Games in Guangzhou against quality opposition.Tennis Australia started giving one wild card each in men’s and women’s singles seven years ago. Anil Khanna, president of the Asian Tennis Federation said: ” I am very happy Somdev has got the wild card. He richly deserves it.” Somdev was happy about the good news. ” I am keen to make amends for my performance in the Chennai Open,” he told reporters.To be sure this is a break which has come in time for Somdev.After the highs of 2010, he began badly at the Chennai Open when he lost in the first round. Somdev did try to play down the loss but it’s no secret that losing at a venue which he loves was hard to digest.Everyone knows how hard it is to qualify for a Grand Slam and Somdev can now focus on his preparations. As one who puts in hours in training, Somdev needs to use this chance well.Some of his former coaches in Chennai who worked with him six years ago, say that Somdev should not stand three feet behind the baseline and hope to win points.advertisementBut the bigger issue is one cannot run down Somdev for one first round exit at the Chennai Open. He is aware this is a big year for him as staying in the top 100 will be top priority.last_img read more

Speak Easy

first_imgHarsha BhogleHarsha Bhogle, 49. Voted as the favourite ESPN-Star Sports commentator in 2008, he is known for his straight and unbiased way with words. Likely to say “Sehwag’s scintillating strokeplay gives you an orgasm of happiness.”Ravi Shastri, 48. Great voice but often states the obvious. Good, especially if you switch on the TV in the middle of a match as you will hear him say, “End of the over, it’s 42 for one.” Likely to say “It’s six, six, six, and it’s balle, balle, balle in the crowd.” Loudly.Sunil GavaskarSunil Gavaskar, 62. Never loses an opportunity to praise Sachin Tendulkar. Diplomacy is not his forte and his favourite dart board is Team Australia. No wonder, Ponting says he is no angel. Likely to say “If Tendulkar wins the World Cup for India, I will touch his feet.”Sanjay Manjrekar, 45. Dares to criticise the God of cricket, Sachin Tendulkar. Often at a loss for words, he ends up saying exactly the opposite of what he means. Likely to say “The next match is against Bangalore… ummm the next match will be played in Bangalore.”Navjot Singh Sidhu, 47. Famous for his one liners, also known as Sidhuisms, he makes English sound like a “funny” language. Was sacked by ESPN-Star Sports in 2003 for using the F-word on air. Likely to say “Piyush Chawla is as confused as a child is in a topless bar.”Sourav GangulySourav Ganguly, 38. He is the new dada on the block. His TV appearances as a quiz show host have been rather sedate contrary to his aggressive avatar as a captain. Likely to say “When I was captain of India…”advertisementlast_img read more

Ind vs SA: Tendulkar’s ton goes in vain as India lose by three wickets

first_imgSachin Tendulkar scored his sixth World Cup century, but India ended on the losing side. South Africa chased down 297 with three wickets and two balls to spare during their World Cup Group B match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur on Saturday. Score | Photos | Video The match went down to the wire with South Africa needing 13 runs in the last over with Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis at the crease.The first ball was swept for four by Robin Peterson off Ashish Nehra even as skipper MS Dhoni scrambled behind the stumps.The second took the aerial route off Peterson’s bat and ended up past the fence with a six on board. In came a Yorker that was sent for a couple and finally a four by Peterson saw South Africa put 300/7 on board.This despite the fact that paceman Zaheer Khan scalped South Africa skipper Graeme Smith in the 9th over of the innings. Smith wanted to play a big won but ended up giving an easy catch to Sachin Tendulkar at mid-off. He fell to 16 and South Africa fell to 41/1.Post Smith’s wicket, Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis batted on to frustrate the India bowlers. Their partnership helped South Africa cross 100-run mark. Clearly the two didn’t want to give India any room.Amla even got a life when Yuvraj Singh dropped him off Harbhajan Singh at mid-wicket. Luckily for Harbhajan Singh Amla fell in his next over. He was deceived by Harbhajan’s Shing’s extra bounce that took the edge of his bat to bat in skipper M.S. Dhoni’s gloves behind the stumps. He scored 61 and South Africa at the stage was 127/2 in 28 overs.advertisementSoon Kallis and AB de Villiers got on with another partnership. But, the two had put 46 runs together on board that Kallis got run out in Zaheer Khan’s over. Skipper MS Dhoni collected the ball from Harbhajan Singh and removed the bails even as TV replays showed that he was clearly short. Kallis fell for 69 and South Africa fell to 173/3.It seemed that partnerships had become the norm for the day with every batsman aiming for that. And AB de Villiers and J.P. Duminy too aimed for that. He two put on 50 runs for the fourth wicket. But, just when de Villiers was beginning to look dangerous Harbhajan Singh got the better of him. De Villiers wanted the ball to cross the boundary, but it ended up getting lodged in the safe hands of Virat Kohli in the deep for 52. And South Africa lost their fourth wicket at the score of 223 in the 41st over.India offie Harbhajan Singh was gradually getting in the groove. He had already calimed two wickets and added another one to his tally by claiming Duminy in the 43rd over. Skipper Dhoni performed the final rites by stumping him on 23. South Africa were 238/5 at the stage.The pacers too displayed their ware. And it was Munaf Patel, who got the opportunity to do that by trapping Morne van Wyk leg-before on 5 and reduce the Proteas to 274/6 on the last ball of the 44th over.But Harbhajan got to keep the accolades to himself. Just when Johan Botha was charging away at his balls scoring a four and six off his bowling in the 48th over, a short fell short of the boundary and Suresh Raina came under it and soon Botha was walking back on 23. South Africa were 279/7 at the stage.Finally, Robin Peterson and Faf du Plessis helped their team home without loosing another wicket. And South Africa won by three wickets.India inningsEarlier, Sachin Tendulkar scored a ton, but post his dismissal India batting line-up folded within a span of 36 runs as South African paceman Dale Steyn claimed five wickets to restrict India to 296 all out.Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag charged down at the South African bowlers from the word go after India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss. The two helped India cross 100-run mark and in the process completed their half-centuries.But, there was more to come as clearly the two were enjoying their stay in the middle and scoring at a brisk rate. The do put on 142 runs for the first wicket before Sehwag fell. He scored an impressive 73 off just 66 balls hitting 12 fours on the way.In the 18th over a Faf du Plessis’ ball finally broke their partnership. Sehwag wanted to cut Faf for a boundary but the ball didn’t have enough turn and a thin edge got carried towards his stumps. Finally there was uproar in the South African camp.advertisementPost Sehwag’s dismissal, Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir got on with another partnership. Tendulkar went on to complete his 48th ODI ton, which is also his 99th international century. This was his sixth World Cup century – the highest by any batsman.After posting his century Tendulkar too walked back with his head held high. He scored 111 off just 101 balls hitting eight fours and three sixes on the way. First he completed a 142 runs partnership with Sehwag by his side and then went on score 125 runs for the second wicket with Gautam Gambhir, before falling to Morne Morkel.He was on charge and went for a big hit off Morkel in the 40th over, but ended up hooling a catch at point to J.P. Duminy. India were 267/2 at the stage.Post his wicket, the South African bowlers pressed further and claimed two quick wickets in the form of Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan. Dale Steyn had them both in the 41st over of the innings.But that wasn’t the end of the tale as soon South African pacers got busy counting scalps. It seemed as if they were just waiting for Sachin Tendulkar to complete his ton before tightening the noose. For when the Master Blaster was at the crease it seemed that India would go on to post a 320-plus figure, but post his dismissal India’s fortunes took a U-turn.After Styen scalped Gambhir and Pathan. He got on with more devastation claiming Harbhajan Singh and Ashish Nehra and Munaf Patel to finish off with a five wicket haul.And as things would have it India could not even cross the 300-run mark and were all out for 296. Skipper Mahendra Singh remained unbeaten on 12.last_img read more

Sathya Sai Baba’s niece claims threat to life from trustees

first_imgA fresh controversy hit Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, which was rocked by the cash seizure scandal last week, after Sathya Sai Baba’s niece Chetana Raju alleged that she was facing a life threat from some trust members. Chetana – the chairperson of Eeswaramma Women’s Welfare Trust in Prasanthi Nilayam – alleged on Monday that she felt threatened from some trust members. She however refused to name the trustees from whom she feared a threat. Chetana had earlier alleged that all was not well within the trust. She said the threat perception was due to the fact that she had sought action against those responsible for not allowing close relatives during the inventory at Yajur Mandir. The Anantapur Police had on Saturday seized Rs 35 lakh from three people. Even as the police claimed that the cash belonged to Sri Sathya Sai Central Trust, the latter has been denying it.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more