Ateneo issues clarification: Bundit stays as Lady Eagles coach

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I would like to inform everyone that Coach Tai is still with the team,” he said in a statement. “In fact, I just had a meeting with Coach Tai and our athletics people this morning. And I will soon be meeting with our players. I must acknowledge though that there are issues within the team, as in all teams, and that these will require some time to resolve.”Villarin had to step in to mend the reported rift between Bundit and the Lady Eagles, with much of the unresolved issues stemming from the players’ alleged displeasure over the mentor’s hard practices.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 shutoutAteneo team manager Tony Boy Liao said on Wednesday that Bundit was asked to go on leave by Ateneo athletics director Em Fernandez.But Villarin requested fans to avoid any speculation as the school tries to clear up the matter. “When I heard the news, I was saddened because we spent a lot of years together and I learned a lot from him,” she said. “I’m so thankful to him because I know I improved a lot as a player. I got my physical and mental toughness from him.”“Though we had a love-hate relationship, I still loved and respected him despite all the pains we had to endure during training, some of which even made me cry,” said middle blocker Aerieal Patnongon. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PSC gets boost from USSA hookup “I appeal to your patience and understanding as we try to resolve these internal issues,” said Villarin. “I also appeal to your better sense to refrain from any speculation or spreading of falsehood that may besmirch the reputation of our fine players, our good coach and our school.”Bundit led the Lady Eagles to four consecutive Finals appearances, highlighted by the school’s first women’s volleyball titles in Seasons 76 and 77.Members from that back-to-back title run, though, felt sorry for Bundit’s current situation.“Of course, it’s sad because he really gave a lot for the school,” said setter Jia Morado.Michelle Morente also acknowledged multititled mentor’s huge part in helping her become one of the best opposite spikers in college today.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Tai Bundit. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAnusorn “Tai” Bundit is still the Ateneo women’s volleyball coach for now.Amid rumors of the Thai coach’s reported ouster, Ateneo president Fr. Jett Villarin, SJ admitted that there are concerns within the Lady Eagles, but those were not enough to merit the immediate ouster of the coach who turned the school’s volleyball program around.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

San Miguel backs Alab Pilipinas

first_imgView comments Read Next “It’s definitely a good partnership as they committed long term in supporting Alab Pilipinas as San Miguel believes in our vision,” the approachable executive said.“They don’t want to disappoint the Filipino fans here and all over the world.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis isn’t the first go-round for San Miguel in the ABL as it competed for two seasons under the Beermen banner and flaunted the likes of former PBA Most Valuable Players Asi Taulava and Eric Menk, as well as an upstart June Mar Fajardo, who is the reigning four-time PBA MVP.Under coach Leo Austria, San Miguel made two Finals appearances and won the 2013 ABL Championship. Reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr.’s father, the late Bobby Parks, was also a San Miguel import during the late 1980s and previously served as the ABL team’s first head coach. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Alab parted ways with former backer Tanduay following reported differences between the rhum company’s management and head coach Jimmy Alapag.Curiously, no Tanduay official was present in the team’s 94-91 overtime win against Chong Son Kung Fu on Wednesday.Alab Pilipinas sits at fourth in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League with its 7-4 card and will unveil its new name when it returns to action on Sunday against the Singapore Slingers.The transition won’t be much of a problem given a number of players’ familiarity with San Miguel Corporation.Veterans Dondon Hontiveros, Rico Maierhofer, and Josh Urbiztondo all saw action for SMC teams in the PBA, while World imports Renaldo Balkman (San Miguel) and Justin Brownlee (Ginebra) have also previously served as reinforcements in the company’s PBA teams.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlab Pilipinas has forged a new partnership with a familiar face in the ASEAN Basketball League.Team owner Charlie Dy announced that the Philippine side will now be backed by San Miguel, marking the conglomerate’s return to the regional league.ADVERTISEMENT NCAA volleyball: Benilde stops Mapua to boost Final Four chances Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

San Miguel-Alab coasts to 8th win

first_imgTrending 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 AFP official booed out of forum Ancajas stops yet another challenger 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next 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 Balkman fired 21 points while Josh Urbiztondo notched 17 points built on five triples as Alab rolled to its eighth win in 12 games to move within half a game off Thailand club Mono Vampire at third spot.Justin Brownlee also had another solid outing with 16 points and 10 rebounds while Ray Parks Jr. poured 16 points for Alab which now owns two road wins over the Slingers this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn another match, former PBA first round pick Keith Jensen powered CLS Indonesia Knights to an 82-72 victory over Westports Malaysia Dragons at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur.Jensen, who replaced compatriot Rudy Lingganay, debuted with 18 points. —CEDELF P. TUPAS Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments The San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas partnership got off to a rousing start in the Asean Basketball League on Sunday.With Renaldo Balkman leading another balanced charge, Alab hammered out an 82-69 victory over the Singapore Slingers for its fifth straight win at OCBC Arena in Singapore.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

La Salle outguns NU for 2-0 start

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’ 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Adamson soars to third win, dumps TIP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Ricci Rivero finished with a team-high 21 points, nine coming in the fourth, to go along with seven rebounds to lead La Salle while Aljun Melecio orchestrated the offense putting up 20 points and eight assists.Jolo Go also provided added firepower for the Green Archers with 19 points in just 13 minutes of play.Rookie Jordan Bartlett led the Bulldogs (1-1) with 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle overcame a gutsy stand by National University to win, 115-109, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Aljun Melecio split his free throws while Santi Santillan made a pair of freebies inside the final 20 seconds as the Green Archers, who are still without reigning MVP Ben Mbala, held on for the second straight game.Matt Salem could’ve kept his team in it, but his 3-pointer went in and out as La Salle kept a 113-109 lead with 11.2 seconds left.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“That was a good game for us, we showed a lot of tenacity, we were resilient, the composure was there, and we were able to execute our plays,” said DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo as his team improved to 2-0.The Green Archers had 22 assists, including a dish by Ricci Rivero to his older brother Prince underneath to give the Green Archers a 112-107 buffer with 25.3 ticks remaining.  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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Lok Sabha felicitates Saina Nehwal

first_imgLok Sabha on Monday felicitated badminton player Saina Nehwal for winning the Hong Kong Super Series tournament.Speaking on behalf of members, Speaker Meira Kumar said Saina had emphatically established herself as one of the best players through her “stupendous performance”.Saina defeated Asian Games winner Shixian Wang of China to win the tournament.Noting that Saina had won the fourth major international title during this year, Kumar said, “honourable members, I am sure all of you will join me in conveying our heartiest congratulations to her.” “Her achievements are a matter of national pride and source of inspiration for many a budding sportspersons of our country,” the Speaker added amidst thumping of desks by the members.- WIth PTI inputslast_img

Wonderful occasion to play final in Mumbai, says Sachin Tendulkar

first_imgAfter guiding India to the World Cup final with an useful knock of 85, Sachin Tendulkar simply can’t wait to play one of the biggest matches of his illustrious career at his home ground in Mumbai.”It will be a wonderful occasion to play the final in Mumbai. All we would like is to remain calm and focussed and get the job done,” the man-of-the-match against Pakistan said at the post-match presentation ceremony.For someone who has been a member of the side that has won all its five World Cup matches against Pakistan, the legendary batsman was quick to admit that it would be a “memory that he would always cherish.”Someone who has always put the team before individual performance, Tendulkar lavished praise on young Suresh Raina whose unbeaten 36 provided necessary impetus during the death overs.”Raina played a special knock. When we started batting, I felt that 310-315 was par-score. But as the spinners came on the ball was stopping and coming. Then I thought that 265-270 will be a good score to defend,” Tendulkar stated.For him Virender Sehwag’s blitzkrieg at the onset gave him and others that extra bit of time to check out on how to proceed with the innings.”Viru got us off to a flier but then we needed to assess the situation. It was a difficult wicket to bat on and we needed to put up a good score. Full credit to our bowlers as they put up a fabulous show.”Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni also spoke in the same vein about how the wicket slowly became difficult to bat on as the match progressed.advertisement”If you take the opening partnership out, you would find that 260 was a good score to defend. May be we could have got another 20-30 runs,” was what the skipper assessed.The skipper admitted that his reading of the pitch was wrong but his seamers did a good job.”We read the pitch wrong but then our seamers bowled exceptionally well. That is why I didn’t need to use a sixth bowler. We don’t have any bowler who regularly hits 140 plus.”We have bowlers who have variations and can change plan accordingly. Ashish is a rhythm bowler and Zak (Zaheer) is really good with his variation. Even Munaf’s strength is bowling wicket to wicket as he has become really smart after playing in IPL.”Dhoni who has already led India to World T20 triumph back in 2007, said that his team is “ready for final.””It was important to peak at the right time. That’s the beauty of this game. But it’s important to do well on that particular day.”Dhoni’s counterpart Shahid Afridi was a dejected man at the end of it all.”I congratulate India for this win and wish them all the best for the final. But I should give credit to my boys for their performance. I am proud to lead these bunch of guys.”He praised Wahab Riaz who grabbed five for 46. “Wahab really bowled well.”But the skipper was critical about his batsmen. “The key would have been partnerships and we couldn’t get going. Also we played a few responsible shots. In the end, they played better cricket than us,” Afridi was forthright in his evaluation.About the decision not to take Powerplay till the end, Afridi said,”We thought that we would take the Powerplay when Bhajji would have finished his spell.”The Pakistan captain in the end “apologised” to the nation for letting them down.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

No Bahrain GP this season, Indian leg likely in Oct

first_imgThe inaugural Indian GP could be held on October 30 as scheduled earlier after Bahrain Grand Prix organisers on Friday withdrew from the current F1 season, exactly a week after the race was re-instated by the Formula One governing body.Bahrain GP was originally a season-opening race but was postponed due to civil unrest in the country.International Automobile Federation’s (FIA) World Motor Sport Council had reinstated the race on June 3 after having a fresh look at the prevailing situation in the country but many drivers and teams had shown apprehensions in going to the troubled nation.Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone was asked to re-examine the decision.FIA had pushed the Indian race to December to accommodate the Bahrain GP but now it seems that the Indian GP could now be held as scheduled.The Bahrain GP organisers, however, promised to return next season.”Whilst Bahrain would have been delighted to see the Grand Prix progress on October 30th in-line with the World Motor Sport Council’s decision, it has been made clear that this fixture cannot progress and we fully respect that decision,” Bahrain International Circuit (BIC) chairman Zayed R Alzayani said in a statement.”Bahrain has absolutely no desire to see a race which would further extend the calendar season and detract from the enjoyment of F1 for either drivers, teams or supporters. We want our role in Formula One to continue to be as positive and constructive as it has always been, therefore, in the best interest of the sport, we will not pursue the rescheduling of a race this season,” the statement read.advertisementAlzayani said they are looking forward to host the race in the 2012 season.”We look forward to welcoming teams, their drivers and supporters back to Bahrain next year and would like to extend our deepest gratitude to our supporters, including staff, volunteers, sponsors, private businesses and the general public, for whom I know this year’s decision will be a disappointment.”- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Dravid backs Tendulkar suggestion on new ODI format

first_imgIt might have been rejected by the ICC but Sachin Tendulkar’s suggestion to revamp the ODIs by splitting the format into four innings of 25 overs each has got the backing of his Test teammate Rahul Dravid.”It is interesting (suggestion). I don’t know why the ICC has rejected it (Tendulkar’s suggestion via a letter to ICC), but it’s a good idea that Sachin has given and is worth experimenting,” said India’s batting mainstay on the England tour on the sidelines of a promotional event for ‘Gillette’ here last night.”It has been tried out in Australia (in domestic cricket) and the plus and minus points should be looked into,” he added.Tendulkar had written a letter to the ICC to change the format of the ODIs from two innings of 50 overs to four of 25 overs like a Test match but the world council’s Chief Executive Haroon Lorgat had rejected it.”There is no need to change the format,” Lorgat told reporters in Colombo on Wednesday.”We did receive a written proposal from Sachin, but that was a long time back. I myself have spoken to him many times about it, the last one as recent as during the World Cup in April.The success of the tournament showed that the 50-over format was sound in health and there was no need for dramatic changes,” Lorgat added.”The executive board meeting after the World Cup decided that the present format was doing well. That has not changed,” Lorgat stressed.Tendulkar had argued that four innings of 25 overs would be a fair way to balance the advantage gained by the team which won the toss in conditions such as bad weather, sub-quality pitches which historically had proven that a match can virtually be decided by the toss of a coin.advertisementDravid also backed the Cricket Board for deciding to put pressure on the ICC for revising the controversial Decision Review System of which he got the rough end of the stick in the Test and ODI rubbers in England.”It’s not set in stone. Anything connected with DRS is a work in progress. There are new challenges and questioned about it. Its up to the member boards (of the ICC) to ask whether things are better with it in place,” said the 39-year-old Dravid.Dravid, who was the lone batsman to show consistently superb form in difficult conditions against a top class England pace attack in the four-match Test rubber that India lost 0-4, was also controversially given out through the ‘Hot Spot’ image system on at least three occasions leading to big debates over DRS.last_img read more

Champion Mary keeps her feet firmly on the ground

first_imgMary Kom spent just about ten minutes in the Excel Arena ring during her semi-final loss against Nicola Adams, but needed more than three hours to finish TV interviews after that.From Manipur to New Delhi and London, and on social media websites such as Facebook and Twitter, Mary Kom is the hottest topic of discussion.I tried something different on Wednesday, deciding to listen to the live Mary Kom interviews when allowed rather than just becoming an interviewer myself. It was simply fascinating. Despite being asked the same questions repeatedly, Mary Kom did not get tired of replying.To me, it was like her coach Charles Atkinson drilling her in training sessions and she had to keep punching. I must admit that while some of the questions she had to answer were banal, not many grilled her about the tough life in Manipur.Considering that her mother and husband are in London, she decided to spend quality time with them on Thursday. She also had several interviews to give and attend meetings with people as there is a sizeable Manipuri population in London. In fact, one of the international wire service correspondents is from Manipur and she seemed to have more access to Mary Kom — or so I thought.But what has impressed me the most is that Mary Kom is answering with a degree of caution and not making any wrong statement. I had noticed in her earlier interviews in London, or when she was talking to people close to her, she made it a point to thank god. She believes firmly in Jesus Christ and has no hesitation in invoking Him before any bout.advertisementBut after the semi-final, Mary Kom made sure to thank each person. She mentioned how it was not just Manipuris but each Indian from every religion who prayed for her. “I am touched by this gesture, to know so many people prayed for me,” an emotional Mary Kom told me.Even though her Hindi is not fluent, she still doesn’t mind giving TV interviews to them. It’s so very different from the other Indian sporting stars who shoo away young reporters. But this is Mary Kom, a lady who knows what struggles in life are about and how to reach the top.It was close to 14 years ago that Mary Kom saw Dingko Singh being treated like a hero after winning gold at the Bangkok Asian Games. Dingko was taken in an open jeep back like a true hero and Mary Kom decided that she would take up boxing, a rather unglamorous sport.To be away from her family and train hard has meant that she has had to make huge sacrifices. But what has helped Mary Kom keep her head on her shoulders, as I have seen, is the background she comes from.In India, from politicians to average citizens like you and me, we have only heard about the hardships that Manipuris face in their own state. There are power cuts, rations are in short supply and you pay as much as Rs 1,500 for a gas cylinder! I am also aware that buying petrol at close to Rs 140 per litre is such a difficult thing.But Mary Kom did not speak about how people in Manipur suffer because of electricity short supply. She did, however, mention how fans at home had to travel to distant places to catch the TV signal in order to watch her bout.When Mary Kom returns to India, there will be huge celebrations. She is a role model for people from her state and politicians will also want to meet her.How badly neglected North East India is we all know, but if one big Olympic medal can come from Manipur, we ought to tap the latent sporting potential there. There is no point in setting up sports centres in metros. Natural talent like Mary Kom comes from Manipur and before he we also had star hockey player Thoiba Singh.The medal celebrations will continue for a while but not many would know that even before retirement Mary Kom has already set up a boxing training centre in Manipur.What began as a passion for excelling as an athlete has been realised. An Olympic medal is the ultimate glory and I haven’t got tired hearing or reading her interviews.Like her punches in the ring, it’s all so natural.last_img read more

I am not married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, says Rani Mukerji

first_imgBollywood actor Rani Mukerji, who has rubbished rumours that she is married to filmmaker Aditya Chopra, says she has left her marriage destiny to god. “My name has been linked with several people, but upar waala (god) will decide who will become my life partner,” Rani said in reply to queries in Rajat Sharma’s show Aap Ki Adalat, aired on India TV.Mukerji, whose latest film Aiyyaa released Friday, reacted strongly to media reports about her secret marriage to Aditya, elder son of acclaimed filmmaker Yash Chopra.”The media can’t even decide which year the wedding took place. Was it 2007, or 2009, or 2012? Let them (media) make up their mind first.””I am fortunate that the people of this country consider me as their daughter and they are worried about my marriage. But birth, death and marriage are in the hands of ‘upar waala’ and what is ordained, shall happen,” said the actress, who sported a rudraksha string on her left wrist.”As far as my marriage with Aditya is concerned, I can only say, Main toh abhi kunwaari hoon (I am still unmarried),” she added.last_img read more

Beermen have ‘nothing but praise’ for Terrence Romeo

first_imgBut amid all the noise and criticisms, the Beermen remained unbothered. All along, they knew exactly what they’re going to get.After all, it’s no secret what Romeo can do with a basketball and he showed that again Tuesday in the semifinal stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I mean you guys know what Terrence can do. He is one of the best in the country at putting the ball in the hole. He’s proven that through many years, he’s won many scoring championships. Everybody knows what type of player he is,” said San Miguel guard Chris Ross after his team’s 114-91 beatdown of Phoenix in Game 4 at Cuneta Astrodome.Romeo unleashed a game-high 20 points, including 17 in the third quarter, where the Beermen’s 11-point lead ballooned to 26. View comments There’s no denying that Romeo ranks among the league’s best offensive players but the knack has been his shaky relationship with his teammates and coaches from his time with GlobalPort, the team that drafted him fifth overall in 2013, to his short uneventful stint with TNT where the two sides had a nasty fallout.But the Romeo experiment has been a success so far for San Miguel, who added a lethal offensive spark off the bench to its already loaded roster.“I got nothing but praise for him. Since he’s been with us, he’s been one of the best teammates you can have,” Ross said. “He’s adapting to our style of play and he’s adapting to what we do as a team.”“He’s been with us for such a short time and he’s made so many strides in his game to fit with us and he’s a welcoming piece for us.”Playing his best game yet as a member of the Beermen, Romeo deflected the credit to his teammates particularly Ross.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Credit to my teammates especially to my brother Chris Ross because he really looks for me and he gives me the confidence to just keep playing my game,” Romeo said in Filipino.SMB coach Leo Austria also raved about Romeo’s play in the third quarter which he believed became the “turning point” in Game 4.“He was our main man tonight,” Austria said.For Romeo, however, he remains just part of the main core’s supporting cast.“The core of this team is still the first five. We’re just here to give them a good rest so that they’ll have fresh legs when they go back in,” he said. “I’ve accepted my role with the team. I’m okay with whatever role I play as long as it will help the team win.”Four months ago, TNT traded away Romeo for reserves David Semerad and Brian Heruela and a 2021 first round pick.On Tuesday night, Romeo finds himself just a win away from booking his first trip to the finals.“My teammates have won many championships. They already know what it feels like to be in the finals. Me, if ever, it will be just my first time,” Romeo said. “But I’m not thinking about that yet. Phoenix will be prepared and we need to be focused on our next game.” Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid San Miguel will only get better PLAY LIST 01:33San Miguel will only get better03:16PBA Season 43 Preview: San Miguel Beermen05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—San Miguel Beer faced a lot of questions from onlookers when it traded for the enigmatic yet dazzling guard Terrence Romeo in the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Terrence Romeo stars as San Miguel blows out Phoenix, nears finals berthlast_img read more

Tendons and muscles

first_imgTendons connect muscles to their bony origins and insertions.Review Date:8/11/2012Reviewed By:Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc.last_img

New Mercedes GLK spied; to be released in 2015

first_imgExpected 2015 Mercedes GLKGerman luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz’s second-generation GLK Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) has been spied on international roads. The SUV is expected to make its debut at the 2015 Detroit Motor Show. It has been developed as part of a joint engineering programme with the fourth-generation C-class  and shares crucial elements of the car’s platform, drivelines and technical features.Codenamed as X253, the second generation Mercedes GLK aims to provide stiff competition to the Audi Q5, BMW X3 and the upcoming Land Rover Discovery Sport.The new GLK’s modular platform, first used on the international C-Class, provides scope for production of both left and right-hand-drive variants due to a newly engineered driveshaft arrangement for the front wheels that preserves right-hand footwell space.A senior Mercedes official was quoted as saying, “With the adoption of the new platform, we will be able to offer both formats. The second-generation model will be a central pillar in our plans to increase worldwide sales, particularly in right-hand-drive markets that have so far been denied to the GLK.”Stylistically, the latest GLK is radically different from its predecessor. Instead of square-edged military vehicle-inspired lines on the first generation, the SUV will now have a more expressive exterior design with more heavily raked screen angles, bringing it closer to the C-Class.Sleeker styling can be seen in the five-seat cabin as well. On the inside, you will be greeted by a swoopy dashboard with a free-standing multimedia monitor. Its steering wheel, instruments, switchgear, trim and seats are all as per the latest Mercedes design. With a longer wheelbase and wider tracks, Mercedes claims that the second-generation GLK offers greater interior accommodation than its predecessor, though there are no plans for a third row of seats. In addition, boot capacity is also said to have increased. advertisementMercedes GLK will be sold with a range of longitudinally mounted in-line, 4-cylinder and V6 petrol and diesel engines, brought over from the new C-class range. The turbocharged petrol and diesel engines will come with either a standard 7 or 9-speed automatic gearbox. Apart from this, buyers will also be offered a choice between rear and four-wheel drive, depending on the chosen engine. The GLK will reportedly be rebadged as GLC as part of a new nomenclature system, to reportedly position the GLK as the C-class of the Merc SUV line-up.last_img read more

ISL team Mumbai City FC launches grassroots initiative

first_imgMumbai, Sep 22 (PTI) Mumbai City FC has teamed up with Navi Mumbai Area Schools Association (NMASA) to launch the first-ever grassroot football league, commencing today. The tournament would see over 150 teams from schools associated with the NMASA compete in the U-8, U-10, U-12 and U-14 age categories at the Fr Agnel Sports Complex, Vashi, said a media release here today. The league will feature matches that make the children play in age specific formats, i.e. 5v5 for the U-8 age group, 7v7 for U-10 and so on, giving them a chance to play more and more matches. In the league phase, each team is to play a minimum of seven matches, with the top teams from each group going on to play in the knockout stage. Over 700 matches will be played in total across all age categories and these are in accordance with the guidelines set by FIFA, the release said. “We firmly believe this high level of competition is a stepping stone to bring the best out of the citys youngsters. With an eye on the future, as we build the franchise at one level, we need to ensure that there is a strong feeder pipeline in place to take the legacy of Mumbai City FC forward,” said Indranil Das Blah, CEO of Mumbai City FC. PTI SSR ARS CMlast_img read more

Don’t blame it on Rio!

first_imgSalt of the earth: Wrestler Babita Kumari in the ‘Namak ke Waastey’ campaign null A string of champs from God’s own arena Salt of the earth: Boxer Shiva Thapa in the ‘Namak ke Waastey’ campaign For brands looking to associate themselves with the Olympics, Rio 2016 is admittedly one of the riskiest Games to sponsor. Brazil is in the midst of a political crisis and a recession, haunted by the Zika virus, and to top it all the Russian doping scandal threatens to play spoilsport. Particularly in contrast to the London 2012 Games, where brands created quite a buzz, Rio feels like a subdued party.But don’t blame it on Rio alone. In India, at least, even brands that traditionally team up with big-ticket sports events find that activations around Olympics make little sense as traditionally the Games have low viewership at home. This time, the time difference – India is 8-1/2 hours ahead of Brazil – is a spoiler too.Also, gone are the days when brands geared up months ahead of D-day. Today, even at the global level, activations start much later – although P&G kicked off its Rio campaign 100 days ahead of the opening ceremony. Also, this time around, many companies are strategically choosing digital and social media, which require far less time and monies to flag off.Legacy connectionsWhen you look at the official sponsors of the Games, there are no surprises. It’s the old-economy warhorses – Coca-Cola, Atos, Bridgestone, Dow, GE, McDonald’s, Omega, Panasonic, P&G, Samsung, Toyota and Visa – that are supporting the games. Where are the world’s most valuable brands: the new economy giants such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Uber?Brand strategist Ambi Parameswaran has a theory about this. He points out that if sponsorship costs X million dollars, the brand will have to be ready to spend 2X million dollars in promoting the association to get a positive rub-off. As he explains, “When it comes to leverage, legacy brands with retail presence and physical product space have a big advantage. They have a lot more ‘owned media’ so to speak. The new-age digital brands like Amazon, Airbnb or Uber are yet to get a handle on how to do this.”Having said that, of course, Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Airbnb are all there at the Game of Gods in a big way. Airbnb is already creating a huge buzz as the official ‘hospitality’ supplier to Rio, pipping big hotel chains. Microsoft is an official supplier too. Facebook’s content stream is exploding in innovative ways as it takes its 1.65 billion users to the Games.History has shown that brands can extract mileage from the event even without being a sponsor. In order to be top Olympic partner, brands like P&G, Coke and McDonald’s spend upward of $1 billion and, yet, Nike — which is not a sponsor, although it is an official supplier — usually walks away from the Games with as much brand recall.Coca-Cola goes for goldQuite a few of the Olympic sponsors have got off the starting blocks already. P&G, which scored a mega hit at London with its ‘Thank You Mum’ campaign, is continuing with it, bringing moms back at Rio; Big Mac is putting kids centrestage, sending 200 children from around the world to the Rio Olympics village, where it will have a dedicated eatery; Samsung has a heartwarming anthem on international unity featuring its Galaxy S7 edge and some top global athletes, even though in India its Olympic Ratna programme is glaring in its absence.Meanwhile, Coca-Cola, one of the oldest partners of the Olympics (it has been a sponsor since 1928), is staying loyal to the Games and aiming for gold at Rio. #That’sGold is the Coke campaign theme at Rio. India will stick to the theme, but mainly through digital activations. “We will be executing the #That’sGold creative idea in India by primarily leveraging the social and digital media space,” says a Coke spokesperson.A small group of employees of Coca-Cola India and its bottling companies are being sent to Rio to experience and narrate their own gold stories and share them. Coca-Cola India will also celebrate achievements of Indian Olympians at Rio, their wins and their regimen through stories on social media. Nimesh Shah, head maven at social media agency Windchimes, feels the right strategy in India is to go solely digital. “The cost of on-ground activation is very high, and given that the attention on the Olympics is limited, it may not pay off. Whereas with social and digital media, you can activate quickly and inexpensively,” he says.Blood, sweat and saltEven if the global sponsors are fairly low key in their India efforts, local brands like Tata Salt have stepped up and are going full sprint with the Olympics hype. The fact that this year India is sending its largest-ever contingent is spurring Tata Salt. Says Sagar Boke, Head-Marketing, Tata Chemicals Ltd (Consumer Products Business), “We believe that at this year’s Olympics, what really matters is the fact that India is sending its largest contingent ever in its history and that it is up to us as a nation to encourage their participation rather than focussing on winning at the Olympics.”Tata Salt’s Namak ke Waastey campaign is using digital, social media, radio, TV as well as on-ground activations. From the Great Indian Run spread over six States, to limited-edition Olympics packs that will reach out to over 7 crore households and urging consumers to give a missed call to record their wishes to support the Indian Olympics contingent, the brand has lots planned. And even before our sporting heroes make it to the victory podium, Tata Salt has a one billion victory selfie campaign all planned out too! COMMENTS COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL sport SHARE August 05, 2016 Salt of the earth: Boxer Shiva Thapa in the ‘Namak ke Waastey’ campaign 2/2 Hope fills Indian hearts as the ‘samba’ Games begin × Salt of the earth: Wrestler Babita Kumari in the ‘Namak ke Waastey’ campaign Published on RELATED Going on a Gold hunt Rio 2016: Faster, Higher, Stronger events 1/2 If brands appear less vocal this time going into the Olympics, there are other factors at play than the troubles plaguing Brazillast_img read more

Premier League: Raheem Sterling Shines as Manchester City Stroll Past Aston Villa

first_imgManchester: Pep Guardiola was relieved Manchester City found their rhythm in time to close the gap on Premier League leaders Liverpool to three points as Raheem Sterling inspired a 3-0 win over Aston Villa on Saturday.Guardiola’s side survived a tame opening period as second half goals from Sterling, David Silva and Ilkay Gundogan put Villa to the sword. City’s second successive league victory lifted them above Leicester into second place and put pressure on Liverpool to beat Tottenham in Sunday’s clash at Anfield.Fernandinho was dismissed after earning a second booking when the City star tugged at Keinan Davis in the 87th minute.Guardiola conceded the champions had been below their best at the start, but he was delighted with the way they took control after the interval.”Aston Villa played very well in the first half and we played not so good. They are newly-promoted and played with real spirit, attacking the channels well,” Guardiola said.”But the second half, I don’t know if we played good because we scored early or it was because we played differently, but we won. It was a special second half, we were another level.”PEP 💬 We played good for 45 minutes, but not the other one. Respect and credit to Aston Villa.We have to be aggressive with the ball. The only person in the first half who was aggressive was @sterling7. In the second half it happened.🔵 #MCIAVL #ManCity— Manchester City (@ManCity) October 26, 2019 City were upset by Wolves in their last league fixture at the Etihad Stadium, but Guardiola had never lost back-to-back home league games as a manager and Sterling was key to ensuring that impressive record wasn’t ruined.Sterling’s latest virtuoso display came just days after his second hat-trick of the campaign in City’s Champions League demolition of Atalanta.The England winger has made a convincing case to be regarded as genuine superstar over the last 18 months and Villa had no answer to his intelligent movement, sublime skills and predatory finishing.City have scored 32 league goals this season, 11 more than Liverpool, and their firepower was clear to see as they saw off Villa with their record scorer Sergio Aguero on the bench.Gabriel Jesus made consecutive Premier League starts for the first time since December, but he squandered a chance to put City ahead when he dragged his close-range shot wide from Sterling’s pass.No fewer than 11 City stars have suffered injuries this season, with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Rodri the latest to be sidelined for several weeks.ROUTE ONE CITYGuardiola admitted he was “a little bit concerned” about how City would cope, yet with Sterling in his side, anything is possible.Sterling appealed for a penalty when his shot cannoned off Bjorn Engels’ arm, then glanced a header just wide.John Stones gifted possession to Villa and Douglas Luiz almost took advantage when he tangled with City keeper Ederson, who narrowly avoided conceding a penalty in the melee.Despite their lack of rhythm in the first half, City should have been ahead at the break when Sterling teed up Silva, only for the Spanish midfielder to shoot inches wide of the far post.Usually firmly dedicated to Guardiola’s passing principles, City finally broke Villa’s stubborn resistence with a goal straight from the route one handbook.A huge punt forward by Ederson was flicked on by Jesus into the path of the unmarked Sterling, who took one touch before shooting under Tom Heaton for his 13th goal in 14 appearances in all competitions this term.City should have doubled their lead when Engels gave the ball away to Sterling and he picked out Jesus, but the Brazilian’s shot was brilliantly cleared off the line by Tyrone Mings.It made no difference as Guardiola’s side were in the groove and they killed off Villa with two goals in five minutes.In the 65th minute, Kevin De Bruyne swung in a cross that Silva flicked into the net despite a long VAR review followed to check for offside against Sterling.Gundogan put the result beyond doubt in the 70th minute with a clinical finish after Villa failed to clear. Aston Villafootballmanchester cityPep Guardiola First Published: October 26, 2019, 10:12 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Belinda Bencic Calls Out ‘Terrible’ Court Conditions at WTA Finals After Retirement

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ashleigh Bartybelinda bencicelina svitolinakarolina pliskova First Published: November 3, 2019, 10:30 AM IST Shenzhen: Belinda Bencic was unhappy with the court conditions at WTA Finals in Shenzhen after she had to retire mid-way through her semi-final against Elina Svitolina on Saturday.Svitolina won her 10th straight WTA Finals match and advanced to her second straight final as Bencic retired with the defending champion leading 5-7, 6-3, 4-1. The Swiss struggled with cramping from late in the first set but gamely fought on before retiring hurt.”I was cramping,” Bencic said after the match. “I started to feel it at the start of the second set, my hamstring. I called the physio. I started cramping in my foot and again in my hamstring.”I really didn’t want to retire. I wanted to finish the match. It was not possible. I’m really disappointed about how my body failed me.Bencic became the third player this week to retire mid-match in Shenzhen following the withdrawals of Kiki Bertens and Bianca Andreescu. While Bertens said she felt some problem with her stomach, Andreescu got her knee injured while stretching to get a shot back and had to retire.World number three Naomi Osaka withdrew from the year-ender before her second match against Barty citing shoulder injury.Bencic, however, did not mince her words and had scathing criticism for the court conditions that she felt were not good for the movement of players.”I think these courts are really not ideal. You can see there were four retirements this week.”I think these courts are terrible for movement of players and for the muscles,” Bencic said of the indoor hard court.”You stop immediately, and it goes directly into your muscles. I think since the first practice, you can feel that in your body,” said Bencic who described it like “playing on sand”.Earlier in the week, Wimbledon 2019 champion Simona Halep had also complained of the slow court conditions. “We have to do extra work on the shots and the points on this surface. This court is too tough for me,” said the Romanian.In the final on Sunday, Svitolina will look to defend her title against world No.1 Ashleigh Barty.(With AFP inputs) last_img read more

Pro Volleyball League Season 2 to Kick Off From February 7 Next Year

first_imgNew Delhi: The second season of the Pro Volleyball League will kick off from February 7 next year, Volleyball Federation of India (VFI) said on Friday.After a series of meetings involving VFI, Baseline Ventures India Pvt Ltd and world governing body (FIVB), it was announced that the second season will be longer than Season 1 and will feature a total of 22 matches with the final of the league to be played on March 1. “The RuPay Pro Volleyball League is turning out to be a real game changer. The league has given new aspirations to the young volleyball players of the country and provided an opportunity for our volleyball players to rub shoulders with some of the best in the world,” said VFI president S Vasudevan.Talking about FIVB’s plans for the sport in the country, FIVB General Director, Fabio Azevedo said, “The development of the national league is key in preparation of the top national team players on the road to Paris 2024 Olympic Games.”It’s a sign of the importance we give to this league that FIVB President Dr Ary Graa will attend the finals in March. Pro Volleyball League First Published: November 8, 2019, 11:34 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

Boxing: Daniel Roman succesfully defends his WBA Title

first_imgAdvertisementControversy preceded this fight as Flores missed weight by a pound rendering him ineligible to fight for the title. There was no feeling out period as both men traded punches early on. They matched each other punch for punch with Roman landing some good shots to the body. In the third round, Roman began using a little more movement landing some solid shots on Flores.Flores to his credit kept coming forward letting his hands go but it was Roman picking him off and making him pay landing combinations to the head and body. Roman began to assert himself in the bout as Flores began to lose steam on his punches.Roman continuously mixed up his attack but it was the tremendous work to the body that began to standout. Flores kept coming forward, unfortunately, he was applying ineffective pressure. It was Roman landing the cleaner harder punches, slowly breaking the challenger down.Flores began to absorb a lot punches as the fight went on. Roman began to do anything he pleased going down the stretch landing hooks to the head and body along with uppercuts from short and long distance. It was a gutsy performance by Flores as he kept coming forward trying to make something happen.Roman was simply the more precise boxer, showing a more diversified attack. He landed his combinations, stepping to the side constantly leaving Flores out of position. Flores made the champion earn everything in the bout, as he just let his hands go throughout.Going into the championship rounds Flores clearly needed a knockout to win the fight. Flores just kept coming in head first leaving himself open all night. It was a good consistent performance for Roman as he hasn’t suffered a lost since 2013.Ultimately it was Roman winning a unanimous decision (116-112, 118-110, 120-108), improving to 25-2-1 with 9 KO’s. It was a good solid performance by the champion. For Flores (25-1,17KO’s) he suffered his first career defeat but showed tremendous heart in the bout.Advertisementlast_img read more