first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for 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 crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH archers miss gold target anew, settle for bronze medals LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Wong’s performance made up for Daniel Parantac’s showing on Sunday where the Filipino ended up in fourth place in men’s taijijian.Honetown bet Audrey Chan settled for a bronze with 9.64.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Filipino wushu artist Agatha Chrystenzen Wong took home the silver medal in women’s taijijian event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games Monday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Center in Malaysia.Wong’s performance earned a score of 9.65 just .3 points behind gold medal winner and reigning world champion Lindswell Kwok of Indonesia (9.68).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPBA IMAGESGreg Slaughter may be his rival on the court, but June Mar Fajardo is just glad to see the Barangay Ginebra center back.“I’m happy that he’s back and playing again for Ginebra,” Fajardo said in Filipino on Sunday. “He’s been playing well since returning this conference. He’s dominating the paint again.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slaughter poured in 16 points and hauled down seven rebounds while Fajardo posted a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds to help the Beermen beat the Gin Kings,107-103.Just like Slaughter, the reigning three-time PBA Most Valuable Player is also on the road to recovery after sustaining a calf injury earlier in the conference.“I’m feeling well and I’m already healthy. I struggled a bit on my offense but I’m making it up on defense and the other things I can help my team with,” Fajardo said.The Beermen are starting to become the team tipped to capture a Grand Slam, having won two games in a row after a shaky 3-3 start.“It’s all credit to my teammates. Hopefully, we sustain this.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters 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 E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Facing off for the first time since the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup, The Cebuano giants clashed for the first time on Sunday since the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup.READ: Slaughter shrugs off matchup with Fajardo: ‘It’s team-on-team’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 shutoutFajardo thinks Slaughter, who was out for almost a year due to an ACL injury, is better than he was before.“He’s always been good. But now, he got stronger and wider. It’s easier for him to score now and he even beat me in scoring,” he said. FEU’s Dennison sets career-high amid jeers from DLSU crowd Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

first_imgPacers: Won their fourth straight game against Brooklyn. … Indiana has won six of its last seven season openers and seven of its last eight home openers. … Bojan Bogdanovic scored 14 points against his former team. … Lance Stephenson and Domantas Sabonis each scored 16 points off the bench. … Oladipo also had four steals. … It’s only the third time since 2000 that Indiana has scored 140 or more points.UP NEXTNets: Host Orlando in home opener on Saturday.Pacers: Host Portland on Friday. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Rockets’ Chris Paul still dealing with bruised left knee LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments Victor Oladipo #4 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Brooklyn Nets at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on October 18, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo scored 22 points in his Indiana debut, Darren Collison added 21 points and 11 assists in his return to Indianapolis, and the Pacers held off the Brooklyn Nets 140-131 on Wednesday night in their season opener.Eight players scored in double figures as the Pacers, in their first game since trading All-Star Paul George, produced their highest point total since a 144-point game against Denver on Nov. 9, 2010. Myles Turner had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young added 17 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. D’Angelo Russell scored 30 points in his Nets debut but backcourt mate Jeremy Lin limped to the locker room with an injury midway through the fourth quarter. Trevor Booker finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Nets from losing a franchise-record fifth consecutive season opener.Despite having chances to take control, neither could.Brooklyn led 30-29 after one quarter, the Pacers took a 65-63 halftime lead and then used a 10-0 third-quarter run to build a 75-65 lead. Brooklyn never led again.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 the Nets charged back in the final minutes, trimming a 10-point deficit to 130-126 before the Pacers finally managed to close it out.TIP-INSNets: Have lost all six road openers since moving to Brooklyn. … The Nets are 3-3 all-time against Indiana in season openers, the opponent they have played most frequently on opening night. … Brooklyn put Timofey Mozgov and Lin in the starting lineup Wednesday, marking the first time in franchise history that more than one undrafted player started a season opener. … Brooklyn was 29 of 32 from the free-throw line. … Lin had 18 points, while Allen Crabbe and Caris LeVert each finished with 12.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Vic Manuel led a third quarter explosion and Alaska bamboozled Ginebra, 97-83, to stretch its winning run to three in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Ynares Center here.The veteran forward anchored the killer 18-2 run for the Aces in the third quarter where they established a 67-54 lead and kept the Gin Kings at bay for the remainder of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Manuel poured in 11 of his 18 points in that telling third frame. He also had five rebounds and two assists as Alaska improved to 3-2 in the conference.Sonny Thoss had 17 markers, including the game-sealing triple to put Alaska up, 92-78 with 2:46 left to play, on top of his four boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChris Banchero chipped in 14 points, six assists, and five rebounds, while JVee Casio shot 3-of-4 from threes to wound up with 13 markers, three boards, and two dimes in the win.“I was glad to come away with the win. Sometimes in this league, we have to take advantage of opportunities coming your way,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton as Ginebra played without Greg Slaughter (strained hamstring) and Joe Devance (foot). Dillinger says Black, Bolts ‘getting sick’ of losing after 3rd straight loss ALASKA 97 — Manuel 18, Thoss 17, Banchero 14, Casio 13, Abueva 9, Teng 9, Cruz 5, Enciso 3, Potts 3, Exciminiano 2, Magat 2, Racal 2, J. Pascual 0.GINEBRA 83 — Mariano 15, J. Aguilar 12, Ferrer 12, Thompson 12, Caguioa 8, Cruz 8, R. Aguilar 5, Tenorio 5, Mercado 2, Taha 2, Wilson 2, Jamito 0.Quarters: 26-23, 36-44, 73-63, 97-83. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Compton said the key in toppling a powerhouse team in Ginebra was the Aces settling down after a forgettable second quarter, where they scored a measly 10 points to fall behind, 36-44.“I was telling the guys that it feels like we’re thinking about a lot of things and we’re not doing what we’ve been doing over the past two weeks. So we just relaxed,” he said. “We weren’t playing well in the first half, but in the second half, I thought we settled down and be us.”Aljon Mariano paced Ginebra with 15 points, nine rebounds, and three assists as it fell to its second straight defeat.Japeth Aguilar, Kevin Ferrer, and Scottie Thompson all finished with 12 for the Gin Kings loss.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next 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. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 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 View commentslast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I can’t wait to take action and really spread the word about it. I think it’s so important that they’re going across Asia and across the world and I think it’s a great partnership and I’m happy to be a part of it.”Wei Soo, co-founder of Global Citizen and managing director, also expressed his excitement over the partnership, knowing the kind of impact ONE can create with its growing popularity particularly in Asia.“I think ONE championship and its fans can have massive impact in terms of its reach of billions throughout the region and throughout the world and particularly to the values that they espouse and talk about. The values in martial arts which is crucial to the region,” Soo said. “And those are also the values that we want.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPEyeing to make an impact on a much bigger scale, ONE Championship on Monday launched a partnership with Global Citizen, a non-government organization which aims to provide a better life for everyone.The team up is only fitting as ONE, the biggest MMA organization in Asia, adheres to the advocacies of Global Citizen with Chatri Sityodtong, ONE chairman and CEO, reaffirming that part the promotion’s responsibility is to contribute into easing out conflicts in the society.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES D-League: Zark’s-Lyceum dumps Batangas-EAC by 37 pointscenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting “As I’ve said before, in ONE, we are more than just having amazing fighters and athletes. These guys are heroes not only to their country but to the world,” said Sityodtong in a press conference at City of Dreams Manila.“And we’re going to use our platform and we’re going to use it to change the world for the better. That’s why we have partners like Global Citizen and amazing heroes like Brandon Vera, Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang, whom our children look up to.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVera, Lee and Folayang, three of the most popular ONE fighters were named Global Citizen ambassadors for the Philippines and Singapore.“I’m so excited to be a Global Citizen ambassador. I can’t wait to get started and really learn more about this awesome program and movement,” said Lee, the women’s atomweight world champion. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAlready in tough spot, TNT could miss 3 key cogs for 2 games PBA IMAGESGreg Slaughter thinks that Barangay Ginebra has yet to play at its best this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“I don’t think we’re peaking yet,” he said. “We still got two more tough games ahead of us. We’ll just take it one at a time.”ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slaughter shared the spotlight to the likes of Kevin Ferrer, who drilled two huge treys which triggered the fourth quarter pullaway, Scottie Thompson, who kickstarted the attack with his relentless rebounding and excellent playmaking, and Mark Caguioa, who made the most of his limited time on the floor playing active for the Gin Kings.“It was just a team effort,” he said.With games against Meralco and Rain or Shine ahead, Slaughter hopes Ginebra will be able sustain its game and advance to the quarterfinals.“Hopefully, we could just jell more and get a little more production out of our bench as the season goes on,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:29Police 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next If Ginebra’s game against TNT is any indication, it seems like the Gin Kings are slowly getting close to being at their full potential.Riding the trio of Slaughter, LA Tenorio, and Japeth Aguilar, Ginebra eviscerated the KaTropa in the fourth quarter to take a 93-78 win on Sunday for a share of the the fifth spot at 5-4.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSlaughter said the win would not be possible if not for the effort of their teammates.“It may show up in the stat sheet that we scored a lot of points, but there’s a lot of intangible plays made by our guys off the bench,” he said. AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum “It’s the home court of Australia but the crowd is more for the Philippine team,” Estrella, who watched the game with her friends, told the Inquirer via Facebook. “The crowd was booing Australia. It felt like being in the Araneta [Coliseum].”“The whole ambience felt like home for the Filipinos sa dami. Out of 6,504 people in the arena, I’d say 85 percent were Filipinos.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAustralia eventually won the match, 84-68, but even the Boomers were reportedly surprised by the reception they got at their home court.National coach Chot Reyes said the team’s focus was split between the match against the Boomers and its coming game against Japan, especially in the second half. MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Defending champs F2 Logistics get campaign going vs Cocolife Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “All we wanted to do was compete, compete hard, and we did that,” said Reyes in a press conference. “But it’s hard coming into the ball game when you’re also thinking of the next game.”The Philippines, which slipped to 2-1 in Group B, will face Japan next at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday.“We have a long trip ahead of us and we have to play Japan,” said Reyes. “So as much as we want to go all out for the victory, we also had to make sure we were managing minutes because we know we’re gonna need fresh legs against Japan.”The restructuring of the Fiba zones put both Australia and the Philippines in the same continental tournament. That, plus the home-and-away format of the qualifiers gave Filipinos Down Under the chance to finally watch the national team in action in an official tournament.And as with every stop Gilas Pilipinas makes, Filipino fans, made sure that the national team wouldn’t feel like the “away” squad. WITH A REPORT FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT Gilas Pilipinas vs Australia. Photo from Fiba.comThe “best fans in the world” descended on Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne, giving Gilas Pilipinas a homecourt feel during its Fiba Asia World Cup qualifier group stage match against Australia Thursday.Arie Estrella, a long-time resident Down Under who traces her roots to Nueva Ecija, was among the Filipino-Australians who trooped to the venue to support Gilas Pilipinas and found the overall atmosphere amusing.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgPacquiao eyes next fight in Malaysia in May or June After eight weeks of deliberation, the Ateneo big man bannered the 24 players who earned a ticket to play in the premier High School All-Star Game in the country that features the best young talents nationwide.The 15-year-old Sotto, who is also a part of the Gilas Pilipinas “23-for-23” cadet list, was instrumental for the Blue Eaglets as they claimed the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball championship, where he was named as the Finals MVP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoel Cagulangan of La Salle Greenhills was named as the top point guard in the nation as he steered the Junior Blazers to their first ever juniors title this past NCAA Season 93 to finished the final rankings at two.Ateneo playmaker SJ Belangel is at close third, while also being honored as the top senior, followed by NCAA MVP Will Gozum of Mapua at four, and UAAP MVP CJ Cansino of UST at five. UAAP Mythical Team members Dave Ildefonso of Ateneo and L-Jay Gonzales of FEU were side-by-side at six and seven, respectively, while FCAAF and MMBL MVP John Galinato of Chiang Kai Shek finished at eight.Completing the top 10 are NU forward Rhayyan Amsali at nine and NCAA Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Fermin of Arellano at 10.Slotted at 11 to 15 are guard Clint Escamis of Mapua, forward Inand Fornillos of LSGH, center Warren Bonifacio of Mapua, guard Terrence Fortea of NU, and guard RJ Abarrientos of FEU.San Beda guard Evan Nelle claimed the 16th spot.CESAFI MVP Beirn Laurente of UV is the first of three Cebuanos which made it to the showcase as he finished at 17, followed by NU senior Miguel Oczon at 18, Adamson star Joem Sabandal at 19, and La Salle Zobel slotman Raven Cortez at 20.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Rounding out the top 24 are Mac Guadana of Lyceum, SM-NBTC Cebu MVP Joshua Yerro of UV, Harvey Pagsanjan of Hope Christian, and Cebuano big man Alex Visser of Sacred Heart-Cebu.Here is the final list of Chooks-to-Go NBTC 24, with last week’s rank in the parenthesis:Kai Sotto, center, Ateneo (1)Joel Cagulangan, guard, La Salle Greenhills (3)SJ Belangel, guard, Ateneo (2)Will Gozum, center, Mapua (4)CJ Cansino, forward, UST (5)Dave Ildefonso, forward, Ateneo (7)L-Jay Gonzales, guard, FEU-Diliman (6)John Galinato, guard, Chiang Kai Shek (11)Rhayyan Amsali, forward, NU (8)Aaron Fermin, center, Arellano (9)Clint Escamis, guard, Mapua (10)Inand Fornilos, forward, CSB-LSGH (12)Warren Bonifacio, center, Mapua (13)Terrence Fortea, guard, NU (14)RJ Abarrientos, guard, FEU-Diliman (15)Evan Nelle, guard, San Beda (16)Beirn Laurente, guard, UV (18)Miguel Oczon, forward, NU (20)Joem Sabandal, guard, Adamson (17)Raven Cortez, center, La Salle Zobel (19)Mac Guadaña, guard, Lyceum (22)Joshua Yerro, forward, UV (24)Harvey Pagsanjan, guard, Hope Christian (23)Alex Visser, center, SHS-Ateneo de Cebu (21)All 24 players will be on hand for the High School All-Star Game, scheduled on March 23 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Chooks-to-Go/NBTC 24 is the first-ever attempt to rank the top high school prospects nationwide, with a panel of coaches, sportswriters, and a statistician converging to determine the top 24 high school players in the UAAP, NCAA CESAFI-NBTC, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments.The players were ranked based on the following criteria: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, defense, offense, and level of competition.The Chooks-to-Go/NBTC All-Star Draft is scheduled on Thursday, with coaches Chris Gavina and Topex Robinson set to mentor the two squads.NCAA champion coach Marvin Bienvenida of LSGH will select for Gavina, while UAAP champion coach Joe Silva of Ateneo will be picking for Robinson. 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 MOST READcenter_img Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kai Sotto emerged as the best high school player in the country in the final week of Chooks-to-Go/National Basketball Training Center 24 power rankings.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgivinglast_img read more

first_imgCayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ 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’ “Hit the body as hard as you can. Blow him up,” said Roach, noting that Horn’s lower body will be vulnerable after being devoid of food and then being bloated up.The seven-time trainer of the year added that he’d love it if Horn’s balloons to 170 to 175 pounds as it would slow him down.While Roach sees little chances of Horn succeeding to duplicate Juan Manuel Marquez’s one-punch knockout of Pacquiao in their fourth encounter, he is still reminding the Fighting Senator that anyone can get lucky.So as to further lessen the probability of a stunner, Roach wants the Horn demolition job to be done in the first three rounds.Unless, of course, Pacquiao opts to ignore the timetable and prolong Horn’s agony to entertain the record crowd of 50,000 upwards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Roach, the message was Pacquiao’s subtle admission that he’d want to knock Jeff Horn out on Sunday. Something which the eight-division world champion hasn’t done in eight years.The last time being in 2009, when he stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th round.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 starsSince then, all that Roach has seen was near-knockouts in the cases of Shane Mosley and Antonio Margarito and multiple knockdowns in the case of Chris Algieri.While Roach never thought that Pacquiao’s punching power was on the wane, he feels that the killer instinct is solely missing. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 Pacquiao easily makes weight, Horn ‘feeling better’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Boxer Manny Pacquiao (L) and coach Freddie Roach. TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netBRISBANE, Australia—There was no promise of a knockout, but what Manny Pacquiao told him sounded like sweet music to Freddie Roach ears.“Freddie, I have my punch back.”ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena He’s hoping that against Horn, Pacquiao will display the same ferocity and that enabled him to knock down sparring partners in Gen. Santos City.With his boxing stock dipping due to the three losses he suffered in his last eight bouts, Pacquiao badly needs a knockout to prove that he can still fight at he highest level.Roach believes Horn is a prime candidate because of the Queenslander’s come-forward style and his relative lack of experience against topnotch opponent.That Horn struggled to make weight, further reinforced Roach’s belief that he is ripe for the picking.His main instruction to Pacquiao, according to Roach, will be to make Horn come into him, block his punches and catch him in the middle.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt may just be an exhibition game, but Aby Maraño kept her beast mode on.“I’m still on beast mode because I want to set that standard that wherever I’m playing, I’ll always play like that,” Maraño said in Filipino after La Salle surrendered a tough five-set defeat to Ateneo on Sunday in the Battle of the Rivals.ADVERTISEMENT Enjoying the game key to winning, says Valdez Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet “We played lax. We controlled the first two sets, but in the third and fourth, we didn’t had our first ball. I keep on saying that if we get that first ball, we can set our plays well, and we can quickly kill the ball. But if we don’t, that’s when the game goes long and a rally happens and the ball dies on our court,” she said.Defeated, Maraño said she treasured the rare opportunity to team up anew with past La Salle standouts.“It’s like deja vu,” she said. “It reminded us of the moments which we went through in the UAAP, that when we score, we celebrate. The way we play, our intensity when we score, those feelings gave us flashbacks. Those memories really made me happy,”“Even though we lost, I’m just really happy. My mindset is to play and enjoy and experience this feeling again playing at MOA Arena.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ READ: Battle of the Rivals: Valdez, Ateneo best La Salle in 5 setsMaraño showed no letup and shared that even in a game that has no bearing, she still wants to play at her best.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“I didn’t really show the swag because the game isn’t that intense, but I want to perform and do all the right thing,” she said.Maraño was in her usual relentless self but she admitted the team let its guard down after grabbing a 2-0 lead. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netTAIPEI – Chot Reyes will wait until the literal final hours of the July 25 deadline before submitting his “Fighting 12” for the Fiba Asia Championship for fear of disrupting what little chemistry this Gilas Pilipinas team playing in the Jones Cup has achieved.But, by using the simple process of elimination, basketball fans back home could figure out, more or less, the composition of the team that will try to win the Asian title for the first time since 1973.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas had named Baser Amer, Mike Tolomia, Vin Pessumal, Kevin Ferrer, Carl Cruz, Almond Vosotros and Troy Rosario together with amateurs Bobby Ray Parks, Kobe Paras, Raymar Jose and Kiefer Ravena.Energetic Fil-German Christian Standhardinger will be the 12th man for the team seeking to defend the gold medal in Kuala Lumpur.June Mar Fajardo, Terrence Romeo, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Raymond Almazan, Jason Castro, Kevin Alas, Norbert Torres, Gabe Norwood, RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Matthew Wright and Calvin Abueva are then left, and Reyes would just have to drop three names from there.Blatche has been the Philippines’ naturalized player since the World Cup in Seville, Spain, in 2014 and in case his camp doesn’t come to terms with the SBP this time, Reyes made it clear that the replacement would be Standhardinger.Born to a Filipino mother, Standhardinger will not be eligible to play for the Philippines in Fiba-run events as a natural born Filipino because he failed to obtain a Philippine passport before he turned 16.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentscenter_img Johnson dazzled by Ball magic for Lakers “Yes, more or less,” Reyes said late Tuesday night after team dinner where his squad watched Chinese Taipei A upset Canada, 89-86, which put Gilas back in the title hunt here.He was asked if he already has an idea on who to bring to Beirut in Lebanon for the August 8-20 showcase where the Philippines will be grouped with China, Qatar and Iraq in the classification phase.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“But it would not be right to announce it now, with this (Jones Cup) tournament going on,” he said. Gilas planes back home in the early afternoon of July 24.Reyes had submitted a 24-man pool for the Fiba Asia that includes naturalized player Andray Blatche, and if the names playing in the Southeast Asian Games are put into consideration, most of those going to Beirut will come from the list of PBA veterans. LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congresslast_img read more

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Unfortunately for the 21-year-old Aragon, she fought on the defensive early against her Indonesian foe, struggling to recover from a 3-6 deficit in the second round as she settled for a silver medal in the women’s bantamweight division.Despite the defeat, Aragon’s was the second silver medal bagged by the Philippine taekwondo team, increasing the sport’s haul to seven medals.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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Rhezie Aragon fought the good fight, but in the end, fell to Mariska Halinda of Indonesia, 4-9, in the gold medal match of the women’s 53kg division in taekwondo in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Hall 1.With only three competitors in the weight class, Aragon was instantly slotted in the Finals while Halinda had to fight off Malaysian bet Jasmin Nabilla to earn the right to face the Filipina jin. ADVERTISEMENT 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 Articles02:49World-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 crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Takahashi finally gets to be No. 1 View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

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’ Bolick led San Beda with 14 points, 11 assists, and seven rebounds before getting ejected, while Davon Potts had his best game this season with 12 markers, four boards, two dimes, and two steals.Javee Mocon also had a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds for the 9-1 Red Lions.Clement Leutcheu paced St. Benilde (2-8) with 25 points and 15 rebounds, as the Blazers suffered their fourth straight defeat.The Scores:SAN BEDA 72 – Bolick 14, Potts 12, Mocon 10, Soberano 8, Tankoua 7, Cabanag 5, Noah 5, Bahio 4, Carino 3, Adamos 2, Doliguez 2, Abuda 0, Oftana 0, Tongco 0.ADVERTISEMENT ST. BENILDE 58 – Leutcheu 25, Domingo 8, Sta. Maria 8, Pili 5, Castor 4, Belgica 2, Dixon 2, Naboa 2, San Juan 2, Johnson 0, Young 0.Quarters: 17-18, 41-28, 63-41, 72-58. MOST READ Things escalated quickly under the basket which led to a disqualifying foul on Young and the ejection of Bolick, who was seen retaliating by the referees during the replay, and Clint Doliguez, who entered the playing court.After the game, a fuming coach Boyet Fernandez expressed disgust with how things were handled during the commotion as he came to Bolick’s defense.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“Where was the closed fist? Check the replay!,” he argued. “You have to see that. The other team only had one foul and we already had six fouls. Then you throw out a player that was tackled. I hope the commissioner will see that. It is unethical,” said Fernandez.“We were up 14 points and then you tackle the other player? Why penalize that guy who did not even punch? My God, that’s wrong. I hope the commissioner will see that. It’s already a won game already.” Brady not thinking of ’08 injury as he prepares for Chiefs View comments 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLooking an unstoppable behemoth, San Beda continued its tear with a 72-58 rout of St. Benilde Tuesday for an eighth straight victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The win, however, was overshadowed by an endgame fracas where Carlo Young tackled a driving Robert Bolick down on a fastbreak with 2:28 left.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ JRU’s short rotation took a toll on the team in the extra periods, as Teodoro, Ervin Grospe, Abdulwahab Abdulrazak, and Abdel Poutouochi all fouled out before the game concluded.Teodoro went 6-of-17 from threes to wound up with 30 points and six rebounds, while Jed Mendoza collected 24 markers, four boards, and four assists.Aaron Bordon also had 13 points, five rebounds, and three dimes in the defeat, as the Heavy Bombers saw their four-game winning streak snapped and fell to a 6-4 record.The Scores:ARELLANO 115 – Alcoriza 23, Salado 17, Flores 17, Taywan 15, Canete 12, Enriquez 9, Concepcion 9, Nicholls 5, Villoria 5, Abanes 3, Dela Cruz 0, Meca 0, Filart 0.JRU 109 – Teodoro 30, Mendoza 24, Bordon 13, Grospe 10, Abdul Razak 10, Sawat 9, Lasquety 4, Poutouochi 4, Dela Virgen 3, David 2, Mate 0.Quarters: 18-20, 43-39, 68-64, 89-89, 100-100, 115-109.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eustaquio, two other Filipinos headline ONE: Total Victory Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “Those were big,” remarked Codiñera. Before that, the third guy was not evident, the third guy. We only have Salado and (Lervin) Flores, but the third option wasn’t there. But this time, we got good contributions from our bench.”Rence Alcoriza topped Arellano with 23 points on a 4-of-5 shooting from three, while Salado got 17 markers, seven assists, and three boards.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 openingLervin Flores added a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds, Marwin Taywan got 15 markers and five assists, and Michael Cañete had 12 points and nine boards in the victory as the Chiefs rose to 4-6 in the standings.“It’s a game of spurts. They made a run, we made a run, but I guess it’s the stops and we made the key stops,” said Codiñera.center_img LATEST STORIES 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano just had enough gas left in the tank to beeat Jose Rizal University in a 115-109 double overtime thriller Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Catching the opposition by surprise, coach Jerry Codiñera went to his unheralded role players as guys like Allen Enriquez, Archie Concepcion, and Kraniel Viloria strung 10 straight points give the side 110-100 lead with 3:04 left in the 2nd OT, before Kent Salado put on the finishing touches.ADVERTISEMENT Tey Teodoro forced the first overtime with an off-balanced triple from the right corner with 2.5 seconds to spare in regulation to tie the game at 89.He continued his tear in the first extra period, drilling another trey this time from the right wing to give the Heavy Bombers a 100-97 lead with 18.5 ticks remaining.However, the Chiefs refused to die as Salado threw a crosscourt pass to Zach Nicholls, who then miraculously canned a desperation three with 2.0 seconds left to once again knot the game at 100. Teodoro still had a chance to win the game, but shot his floater too strong.“We’re already down, but the prayer shot from Zach gave us relief. We were able to regroup from that shot and got some energy from our bench,” said Codiñera.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

first_imgJwala Gutta is least concerned with the fact that she has dropped out of the top-10 in the mixed doubles rankings.She would rather give credit to herself for winning the women’s doubles gold medal at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and said that 2010 was the most memorable year of her career.”I know my ranking in mixed doubles has dropped but that is because I choose not to play tournaments after the Commonwealth Games. I was really tired and wanted a break. I am not worried about my rankings as what matters is performance.”If I perform well, I can certainly rise in rankings again. My performance is more important for me than rankings.” Jwala was in the Capital for the announcement of dates for the 75th Raghvendra Singh Memorial Senior National Badminton Championship to be held in Rohtak from January 3 to 10.The Commonwealth Games has helped not just shuttlers but the sports itself to gain popularity among the masses.Jwala said that the Games were a turning point in her career which helped her getting recognition and sponsors.”2010 was the best year of my career as I won the doubles gold at the Games which gave me a lot of recognition. I am approached by more sponsors and it has changed my life,” said Jwala.She has not made any New Year resolution but says she will be more focused in 2011.”Next year is an Olympic qualification year. I am focusing more on the Malaysian and Korean Super Series events as they are really important. I have taken sufficient break now so I am ready to play my best out there,” she said.advertisementJwala also said that her mixed doubles partner Valiyaveetil Diju is working hard on his fitness as they need to be really fit for next year’s tournaments.”Diju is working really hard on his fitness. I am also trying to get fully fit before I participate in the Super Series events. I am not thinking of changing my partner as I am a very loyal person and I would not just play a tournament if my partner is injured rather than changing him or her. Diju and I can play for another four years without any problems,” Jwala said.This is the first time that the Haryana Badminton Association is organising a senior level badminton tournament. The qualifying rounds will be played on the first two days with inter- zonal competition on January 5 and 6. The main rounds will be held from January 7 to 10.”I am happy to be a part of this tournament and hope to start the New Year with a good performance in the national championship. I am pleased with the kind of incentives for the players in the event and it is good that young players will get a chance to test their skills.There are many upcoming players and it is good that they will get good exposure here,” she said.Haryana Badminton Association president Devender Singh said that they will make the event a great success and will provide the best facilities to the players. ” This is the first time we are organising the national championship at the senior level. I can assure you that we will make it the best event and will provide the best facilities to the players. I have also sent a request to Saina Nehwal but we have no confirmation from her side. On January 10, we will felicitate Saina, Jwala, Prakash Padukone and Pullela Gopichand to recognise their achievements in badminton,” Devender said.last_img read more

first_imgHe has had some of the most memorable on-field battles with Sachin Tendulkar but maverick speedster Shoaib Akhtar claims he was never scared to bowl at the legendary batsman.Instead, it was dashing Australian ‘keeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist and West Indian legend Brian Lara who “scared the hell” out of him during his 14-year international career.”Yes, that’s true. But that doesn’t mean I have no respect for Sachin. He is a legend and will always remain as one. But Sachin would never scare me. Guys like Gilchrist and Lara would scare the hell out of me,” Akhtar, who recently announced his retirement from international cricket after the World Cup told espnstar.com in an interview.Shoaib who played 46 Tests and 163 ODIs for Pakistan was in awe of Lara and Gilchrist.”Gilchrist would simply take me on. Lara was class apart.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

first_imgIt couldn’t have been better for India. Defeating archrivals Pakistan to enter the final of the ICC World Cup made the victory even sweeter for the co-hosts.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was elated after leading his team into the ultimate battle for the biggest prize in cricket but admitted that they misread the pitch, which was slow and low, and played three seamers.”We misread the pitch and played three seamers. But we were lucky as they bowled and fielded really well. In fact this was the first match in the tournament where we used only five bowlers and didn’t have use any part-time bowler,” Dhoni said.Talking about the target India set for Pakistan, Dhoni said he was confident that it was a fighting score looking at the pitch. “The pitch became slower and the ball was keeping low towards the later overs, so it was not easy to score quickly. Our aim was to last through the overs and I think we put up a decent score,” he said.Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi, who failed to snap Pakistan’s losing streak against India in the World Cup said losing wickets at regular intervals became their nemesis.”We were not able to build any solid partnerships and kept on losing wickets, some of them while playing some irresponsible shots. They (India) also bowled and fielded well and ultimately we lost to the better team,” Afridi said.There was a special word of praise for Wahab Riaz, who took five wickets, from his captain. “Wahab bowled really well. He got Sehwag out. But we missed too many chances and I think Sachin was very lucky today,” Afridi commented.advertisementIndeed, Sachin Tendulkar, who was adjudged the man of the match for his 85, had many a close shave during the match. The maestro too was of the opinion that India’s total – 260 – was a fighting score.”Viru got us off to a flyer. But the way the pitch was behaving I think we had a fighting total on board. Also towards the end of the innings Raina played a special knock and those runs were very crucial for us,” Tendulkar said.Looking forward to the final Tendulkar said the team should remain focussed. “The final is of course a special occasion. And we hope to remain calm and focussed to repeat today’s performance said,” he said.last_img read more