Bali Pure strikes first for 1-0 lead over Pocari in PVL Finals

first_imgDILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Aiko Urdas led the Water Defenders with 15 points while Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones added 14 and 10 points, respectively.Elaine Kasilag had 11 points to lead Pocari while MVP Myla Pablo added nine.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippines, Myanmar set semis target for football LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Water Defenders, after getting in the brink of elimination in the preliminaries, have now won five of their last six games including two straight victories over Creamline in the Final Four.Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb knows his team has now built enough confidence, after their topsy-turvy eliminations, as they are one win away from the title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We’re confident and we’ll just capitalize on this win,” said Gorayeb in Filipino. “We will go to the next game with the psychological advantage.”“Again we were almost eliminated and it was a really difficult road going to the championship.” NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure struck quick and humbled Pocari Sweat in straight sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22 to get a 1-0 lead in the final round of the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Risa Sato, who was awarded as the league’s 2nd Best Blocker, handed the finishing blow with a quick kill down the middle of the Lady Warriors’ defense.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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

first_imgLacson: 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’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino 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 Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony 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.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn 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.” Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James has ‘nothing but respect’ for Kyrie Irving View commentslast_img read more

Shuttler PV Sindhu aiming for the pinnacle

first_imgPV Sindhu has been taking big strides in her fledgling career. On Saturday, the shuttler became the first Indian to win the girls’ singles title in the Asian Youth Under-19 Championships at Gimcheon, Korea.Inspired by the victory, the 25th ranked Sindhu says she will do whatever it takes to be the world No.1. This year she is targeting to crack the top-10.At 17 years, Sindhu is already the second Indian to appear in world rankings, after Saina Nehwal, who is ranked fifth.”I will train harder because I want to be the world No.1,” Sindhu told Mail Today on her return to Hyderabad on Monday. “I know this will not be easy, but I can achieve it. This year I would be aiming to be among the top 10 in the world.”It has been a tough four weeks for Sindhu as she played in four successive tournaments, starting with the Thailand Open, before tasting victory in Korea.Sindhu has been in remarkable form in the tournament and beat four players without conceding a game. She, however, went through some tense moments in the final against second seed Okhura Nozomi of Japan 18-21, 21-17, 22-20. Sindhu said her sweetest win was over Chinese Sun Yu who had beaten her before.”I wanted to beat her this time. I had lost to her at the Asian juniors last time,” she said.After a startling start to her international career last year, Sindhu made it to the quarter-finals of the India Open Super Series beating players like Tai Tzu Ying and Sung Ji Hyun. “I have put in lot of effort after the India Open and worked on my weaknesses.”advertisementAt the Super Series tournaments prior to the Asian Championship, Sindhu exited in the first or second round.”I need to play more competitive tournaments and get more experience at the top level.The more I play the top players, the more I will improve.”Coach Pullela Gopichand was elated at Sindhu’s victory. “She is very talented and we have lot of hopes from her. She is coming up fast and the day is not far when she will be making it to the quarters and semi-finals of big events regularly,” he said.”The girls she has beaten at the Asian Juniors are the next generation players. Sindhu has shown she is one of them.”last_img read more

Portugal in trouble following Cristiano Ronaldo’s injury woes

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has a muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitisPortugal were gearing up for the World Cup in New Jersey, fretting over the fitness of superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.With the World Cup looming, the FIFA Ballon d’Or winner as best footballer of last year, had some bad news about his recent aches and pains.Ronaldo has a “muscle injury on the back of his left thigh as well as left-leg patellar tendinitis,” the Portuguese Football Association said on Tuesday in a report on his medical issues and those of stars Raul Meireles, Pepe and Beto.Amid some heavy downpours, the four spent their time at the New York Jets’ training center grinding it out on different exercises meant to get them in the best possible shape in the final sprint before the World Cup starts June 12.While Portugal have previously discussed superstar Ronaldo’s thigh injury, sustained late in the season, it was the first time they reported patellar tendinitis.The Portuguese have been drawn in Group G at the World Cup and will face Germany on June 16 in Salvador, the United States a week later in Manaus and then Ghana on June 26 in Brasilia.”We hope that Cristiano is in good enough shape to play and to help the team,” teammate Nani, who plays for Manchester United, told reporters.”Ronaldo is going well, and he is relaxed about it. Things are going the right way,” he added, after hundreds of fans welcomed the team at the Newark airport in New Jersey, just outside New York City.advertisementPortugal will play two friendlies while in the United States.They take on Mexico in Foxboro near Boston on Friday at the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots.Next Tuesday they face Ireland at the Jets’ MetLife Stadium which hosted the Super Bowl in February.Nani, 27, who missed out on the last World Cup in South Africa due to a shoulder injury, said fitnes woes can make a player “distracted and less sure of himself.””If for some reason (Ronaldo) is not there, whoever is there playing has to be confident in their ability to get the job done,” he said.”The World Cup is a one-of-a-kind challenge. I want to be fully fit, and in top form alongside my teammates. I could not be there last time, but happily, I am here now,” said Nani, who has played 73 games and scored 14 goals with Portugal’s national side.He said the first clash with Germany will be key to setting the tone for the rest of the tournament, preferably a winning one.last_img read more

Knicks’ last-second goaltend gives Wizards win in NBA London game

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was an odd finish for the Wizards, who outscored the Knicks 24-11 in the fourth quarter to send New York to its fifth consecutive defeat.“I’ve never seen that — especially in London,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said. “But what a finish. This was one of those games that nobody deserves to go on their long flight home without a win, but it happens in sports.”Beal scored 26 points and had nine rebounds and Otto Porter Jr. had 20 points and 11 rebounds for the Wizards, but it was Bryant’s bucket — or, more accurately, the one he didn’t make — that mattered most.Noah Vonleh gave the Knicks the 100-99 edge with a one-handed finish over Bryant with 33.7 seconds remaining, and a 3-pointer by Beal rimmed out. Kevin Knox tried to run down the clock, but his off-balance 3-point attempt missed the rim and led to a shot-clock violation with 3.3 seconds remaining.That left Washington with one last opportunity. After Beal drove the lane, Trier and Emmanuel Mudiay failed to account for Bryant, who released the ball in time but had his shot swatted away by Trier.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion 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 Krausscenter_img LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LONDON — When Bradley Beal felt his legs go out beneath him, likely ending his chances of scoring the go-ahead basket for the Washington Wizards, he spotted Thomas Bryant standing alone in the lane.Beal dropped the ball off to Bryant, who was awarded two points after Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending on his layup attempt with 0.4 seconds remaining, and the Wizards claimed a 101-100 victory over the New York Knicks at The O2 Arena on Thursday night. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “I think from my angle, watching the replay … I was peeking over (the official’s shoulder) and it looked like it started just on its tick down,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “But we had a breakdown in coverage. It was supposed to be a switch and it wasn’t a switch and we paid for it.”Beal, who worked out with Bryant in Los Angeles during the offseason, said he didn’t hesitate dumping the ball off at the last second.Washington Wizards forward Troy Brown Jr. (6), left, drives to the basket as New York Knicks guard Frank Ntilikina (11) defends, during an NBA basketball game between New York Knicks and Washington Wizards at the O2 Arena, in London, Thursday, Jan.17, 2019. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)“It was a great play,” Beal said. “It was a play for me to basically catch it and get to the basket, but I slipped on something, lost my footing a little bit, and I saw TB rolling to the basket. I trusted him to make the right play for us.”Mudiay scored 25 points, though he missed a heave as time expired, and Luke Kornet finished with 16 points, including 12 in the first quarter, for the Knicks.New York held a 10-point lead after the first quarter and pushed it to 19 in the second before entering halftime up 63-53.It then led by as many as 16 in the third quarter before Washington began to rally. The Wizards reclaimed the lead at 92-91 with 4:34 left on Porter’s pull-up jumper.Beal, whose streak of three games with 30 or more points ended, scored only eight points in the first half.The Wizards shot 7 for 27 from 3-point range and had a 51-42 rebounding advantage.TIP-INSKnicks: C Enes Kanter, who is averaging 14.4 points and a team-high 11 rebounds, did not travel with the team for the game because of fears over his safety as an outspoken critic of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. … Rookie C Mitchell Robinson returned after missing 13 games with a groin injury and finished with four points and two rebounds in 10 minutes. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Wizards: Owner Ted Leonsis said before the game that he would “never, ever tank” and that Washington, which has reached the playoffs four of the last five seasons, would push to do so again. “I don’t think you can tell a coach, ‘Don’t try to win,” Leonsis said. “I would never do that.”UP NEXTKnicks: Return home to host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday.Wizards: Host the Detroit Pistons on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Barcelona reaches Copa quarters but could be disqualifiedlast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Rampaging Croatia romp to 4-0 win over Cameroon

first_imgCroatia will be eager to register their first points in the tournament as they take on CameroonMario Mandzukic scored two goals Wednesday to keep Croatia in the mix at the World Cup with a 4-0 win over 10-man Cameroon, which will be going home after the group stage. Mandzukic, who returned to the team at the Arena da Amazonia after sitting out the opening loss to Brazil through suspension, headed in a corner from Danijel Pranjic in the 61st minute and then knocked in a rebound in the 73rd of the Group A game.Ivan Perisic also scored one goal and made another for Ivica Olic.MATCH COMMENTARY Cameroon was reduced to 10 men after midfielder Alex Song was given a red card for elbowing Mandzukic in the back in an off-the-ball incident in the 40th minute.The team started without the injured Samuel Eto’o, the team’s best player.Croatia now has its future in its own hands. If the 1998 World Cup semifinalists beat Mexico on Monday, they will guarantee themselves a spot in the second round. The Mexicans will advance with only a draw.Cameroon is out, however, and can only play spoiler in its final match against five-time champion Brazil, also on Monday. If the 1990 World Cup quarterfinalists beat Brazil, the host country could still advance or be forced out of the tournament on goal difference.Darijo Srna started the move for the first goal, whipping a cross into the area from the right in the 11th minute. Mandzukic and Nicolas Nkoulou then collided while going for it, but the ball popped loose to Perisic. The Croatia midfielder stepped up and coolly slid the ball into the path of Olic to tap in.advertisementPerisic did it all himself early in the second half, beating Cameroon defender Dany Nounkeu to a long pass from goalkeeper Charles Itandje and taking it all the way back to where it came from.Perisic, with Nounkeu chasing him, ran into the area down the left and gave himself a tough angle before slipping his shot between Itandje and the near post in the 48th.Mandzukic was left unmarked to head home Croatia’s third goal and followed up with the simplest of tap-ins when Itandje spilled a shot from Eduardo.Cameroon knew it needed points against Croatia, and the team came out fast in an effort to take the early lead. Several dangerous attacks down the right flank caused concern to the Croatia defense early, but none of them materialized into any real danger.A few late chances came close, but nothing got past Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa.The loss of Eto’o, who came to Brazil with a right knee injury, was a blow to the team, however. Although Cameroon still went on the attack even without their best attacker, the finishing class of the former Chelsea and Barcelona striker was missing.The loss of Song didn’t help, either.The midfielder, well away from the ball, was running back from the Croatia end when he lashed out and elbowed Mandzukic in the back. Referee Pedro Proenca of Portugal immediately pulled out his red card and sent Song off.Song is the cousin of Cameroon great Rigobert Song, one of only two players to be sent off at two different World Cups. The other is Zinedine Zidane.Team Line-ups(from):Croatia: Stipe Pletikosa; Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Dejan Lovren, Danijel Pranjic; Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic (Ante Rebic, 78th), Sammir (Mateo Kovacic, 72nd); Ivica Olic (Eduardo, 69th), Mario MandzukicCameroon: Charles Itandje; Aurelien Chedjou (Dany Nounkeu, 46th), Nicolas N’Koulou, Benoit Assou-Ekotto; Stephane M’Bia, Alex Song, Joel Matip, Eyong Enoh; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (Edgar Salli, 75th), Vincent Aboubakar (Pierre Webo, 70th), Benjamin Moukandjolast_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2014: Ghana hold off Germany in thrilling 2-2 draw

first_imgKlose, Goetze scored for Germany while Ayew and Gyan were on target for Ghana Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw on Saturday despite veteran striker Miroslav Klose coming on as a substitute to tie the World Cup scoring record with the equalizer in their Group G match.Klose now has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil star Ronaldo.Klose scored the equalizer in the 71st less than two minutes after coming on, when a corner by Toni Kroos was flicked to the far post by Benedikt Hoewedes and the striker slid in to knock the ball into the roof of the net.Mario Goetze had put Germany ahead in the 51st, but Ghana equalized three minutes later through Andre Ayew.Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan then put the Africans ahead in the 63rd, only to see Klose cancel out his goal.Team Lineups(from):Germany: Manuel Neuer; Jerome Boateng (Shkodran Mustafi, 46th), Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes; Sami Khedira (Bastian Schweinsteiger, 70th), Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil; Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze (Miroslav Klose, 69th)Ghana: Fatau Dauda; Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah; Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Mohammed Rabiu (Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, 78th), Christian Atsu (Mubarak Wakaso, 72nd), Andre Ayew; Kevin-Prince Boateng (Jordan Ayew, 52nd), Asamoah Gyanlast_img read more