Isolated in Gulf, Qatar campaigns to protect 2022 World Cup

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of the 2022 Qatar World Cup Supreme Committee for Delivery Legacy, poses for a photo following an interview with The Associated Press in Sheffield, England on Thursday Nov. 9 2017. Following comments earlier this year attributed to German soccer federation president Reinhard Grindel, Al Thawadi said Thursday that “Qatar does not support terrorism. Qatar is at the forefront of the fight against terrorism.” APSHEFFIELD, England — The birthplace of modern soccer is now an unassuming site: A couple of pitches with no stands for supporters, and a ramshackle indoor facility where damp rises on the walls and paint peels from the goalposts.When Sheffield FC formed in this northern English steel city 160 years ago, the wealth awash in the modern game was unimaginable to the founders of the world’s first soccer club. The symbol of how vastly soccer has changed is thousands of miles away in the Gulf, where stadiums are springing up in the Qatari desert and tens of billions of dollars are invested in infrastructure to ensure a tiny nation can host the 32-team World Cup in 2022.ADVERTISEMENT An association with the trailblazing Sheffield FC, which plays eight divisions below the Premier League, might seem tenuous. But Al Thawadi studied law at the University of Sheffield and this week he returned after 16 years to finally collect his graduation certificate during a brief presentation.Sheffield FC sought Qatar’s assistance because it was fighting for its future and being overlooked in a country that hosts the world’s richest soccer league. It started in 2009 while Al Thawadi was canvassing for FIFA votes in South Africa, and led in 2015 to 100,000 pounds (then $153,000) being invested by Al Thawadi to help the women’s team. Now Al Thawadi is trying to spur investment from across the English game to allow Sheffield FC to leave its base on the outskirts of the city and build a 6,000-seat venue and museum at its spiritual home at Olive Grove.“Too often the money takes the lead with Paris Saint-Germain and Neymar,” Sheffield FC chairman Richard Tims said, discussing wealth in the modern game that saw the Brazil forward bought by the Qatar-owned French club for a world record 222 million euros in August. “This project is the other end of the game.”Clubs are being asked to donate a sum corresponding with their foundation year, and it started with Premier League champion Chelsea agreeing to hand over 1,905 British pounds at a low-key event inside the rundown sports hall at Olive Grove.Tims flattered his guests, proclaiming: “The new pioneers of football are Qatar.” Al Thawadi then sought to assure the small group of dignitaries that the backing for Sheffield FC is a sign of Qatar’s commitment to the wider game. It is not, Al Thawadi maintained in a later interview, about latching on to Sheffield FC to add a shiny veneer to Qatar’s battered image.“Sheffield FC represents the start of football,” he said, “but more importantly represents playing football for the love of the game.”Qatar, though, appears locked into a perpetual struggle, requiring charm offensives like the trip to England to protect its status as 2022 hosts.“If it means we have to continue every day validating our right to host this World Cup,” Al Thawadi said, “so be it.” The greatest threat to Qatar’s hosting status initially came from corruption investigators, who were troubled by some of the bid conduct but ultimately found there was no improper activity that swayed the vote.Censure came from labor watchdogs who believed a form of modern slavery formed the backbone of World Cup construction, and Qatar was compelled to safeguard rights and conditions for migrant workers. While progress has been made in a region unaccustomed to providing such protections, Qatar still faces demands to be more transparent about the cause of worker deaths and to eradicate exploitative practices like the “kafala” sponsorship system which binds workers to their employer.“The World Cup is a catalyst and an engine for accelerated reforms,” Al Thawadi said.Now more powerful forces are at play threatening the World Cup: Four Arab countries have severed diplomatic ties and placed Qatar under a blockade since June in a move claimed to stop the natural-gas-rich country from supporting terrorism — charges denied by Al Thawadi.“For whoever may want to bring this World Cup into a political debate, that is an action that they are doing unilaterally,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT But Olive Grove, where the first rules of the modern game were conceived by Sheffield FC’s founders, was the latest stop this week for Qatar World Cup leader Hassan Al Thawadi on a mission to convince the global football community that his country remains a worthy host of the FIFA showpiece.Seven years after the controversial vote and five years until kickoff, doubts linger about Qatar’s suitability and right to host the Middle East’s first World Cup.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“I believe we will always be in campaign mode,” Hassan Al Thawadi, secretary general of Qatar’s World Cup organizing committee, said at the self-styled “Home of Football” in an interview with The Associated Press. “Most host nations or host cities suffered from criticism.”Perhaps, but none on the scale faced by Qatar, which was unprepared for the sharp scrutiny that followed victory in the secret ballot that took the game’s biggest showcase to the smallest country yet. 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However sure Al Thawadi is, the World Cup will be played as scheduled from Nov. 21 to Dec. 18 2022 — contentiously chosen by FIFA to avoid the fierce summer heat in the usual June-July slot — and he is clearly troubled by attempts to undermine the tournament.A day after speaking to The AP in Sheffield, Al Thawadi ducked out of the royal box at Wembley Stadium in London just before watching England play Germany to launch a broadside against what he perceives as efforts by Qatar’s regional rivals to bring down the World Cup.Dubai’s security chief has already said the only way to end “Qatar’s crisis” was to give up the event, though he later said he was referring to the financial impact of hosting. An Emirati minister followed up by tweeting that Qatar’s hosting of the tournament should “include a repudiation of policies supporting extremism & terrorism.”Lobbying firms backed by the nations opposing Doha have increasingly targeted the World Cup, while Twitter has been promoting anonymous paid posts attacking Qatar’s fitness as a tournament host, citing corruption allegations and worker abuses.“We refuse to have this World Cup used as political pawn or a political tool because we believe in separating politics from sports … and using sports as a means of resolving conflict,” Al Thawadi said in the Wembley library. “I hope that the blockading nations see reason to be able to participate and join for the sake of the region benefiting out of this World Cup.”The crisis has exposed the scale of risks associated with taking the World Cup to a region in flux. Stadium costs are rising after Qatar was forced to find alternative routes to import building materials, and security concerns linger.“You can’t always prepare for a specific incident, but you can always prepare with contingency plans and be ready with a very resourceful and very quick and effective reactionary mindset as well,” Al Thawadi said. “As soon as the blockade occurred, we were able to put Plan B and Plan C quickly in place and address some of the concerns and challenges that the blockade caused.”Originally pitched to FIFA voters as a World Cup to benefit the Middle East, the idealism appears to have been sunk. The vision could potentially be revived by sharing games with neighbors, a proposition floated externally during the bid and still perceived as an objective in the region.“Qatar has always been open to dialogue,” Al Thawadi said. “It’s always been open and it’s always supported our brother nations, to the extent that if (sharing the World Cup) was the ultimate goal, all that would have required was a simple conversation.”For now, England is where Al Thawadi has come to speak to shore up support for his World Cup project. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

ONE: Iniong’s win streak ends with UD loss to Yamaguchi

first_imgRead Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Japanese fighter is looking to challenge Lee for the belt anew, but told her to “take their time” when it came to her recovery. The hard-fighting Iniong, meanwhile, absorbed her first loss in Asia’s top mixed martial arts promotion, but not before giving Yamaguchi all she could handle in the ring. Iniong managed to stuff some of Yamaguchi’s takedowns attempts but her Japanese foe always found a way to try again. ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ The 27-year-old Team Lakay bet struggled to land solid blows against Yamaguchi, who controlled the action and showcased her superior grappling skills. It was the vengeance that Yamaguchi was looking for, three years since their last fight that ended in split decision in favor of Iniong.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 shutoutYamaguchi then called out Angela Lee, who she was supposed to face for the ONE Atomweight belt before the Singaporean met a car accident tow eeeks ago.“I wanna avenge that loss too,” Yamaguchi told Lee, who had emotional entrance before the main card. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi vs Philippines’ Gina Iniong during their ONE: Immortal Pursuit bout at Singapore Stadium. INQUIRER PHOTO/Sherwin VardeleonSINGAPORE—- Gina Iniong put on a tough stand but Mei Yamaguchi just showed why she’s the top fighters in the division. Iniong had her win streak snapped as she bowed to Yamaguchi via unanimous decision in ONE: Immortal Pursuit at Singapore Stadium here. ADVERTISEMENT ONE: PH’s Corminal loses by submission to Lepont Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Rosario stars in TNT win a day after celebrating 26th birthday

first_imgRead Next Rosario sparked the early breakaway as he fired 12 of his 22 points in the opening frame. He shot 6-of-10 from three while also grabbing 10 rebounds to lead TNT to back-to-back wins.But as much as coach Nash Racela was happy with the way the 6-foot-7 performed, he’s wishing that the former National University Bulldog will be able to do similar performances consistently.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It won’t be his birthday every day. It’s nice that he shot well while celebrating his birthday, but he also needs to shoot well during the other days. That’s how you become consistent,” Racela said.Rosario is well aware of his mentor’s demands as he seeks to sustain his impressive outing and finally end the KaTropa’s up-and-down ride this conference. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The road, however, is about to get tougher for the KaTropa as they take on streaking Magnolia on Saturday. MOST READ ONE: Xiong wins strawweight title, beats Teo Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 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 LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Turning 26 on Saturday, Troy Rosario continued his birthday celebration on Sunday as he gave TNT a treat with his fiery shooting to propel the KaTropa over over Meralco at Ynares Center here.“It feels like my birthday got extended,” he said as the KaTropa (3-2) claimed solo fourth place in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup following a 99-81 rout.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “Coming off a win last week, we really wanted to continue getting wins early because we’ll eventually face the stronger teams. We have the playoffs as our goal and we want to use this victories as our leverage to make it to the top four and get the twice-to-beat advantage,” Rosario said.That’s the reason for Rosario’s tireless effort in TNT’s practices, something that didn’t go unnoticed.“I think it’s just a product of Troy’s hard work. He takes a lot of shots before practice, and then even after practice, he’s left in the gym to take more shots. So I’m not really surprised with the way he shot today,” Racela said.The second overall pick in the 2015 PBA Draft, however, noted that the KaTropa can’t be satisfied with this performance as they aim to shoot better from downtown.“Coming into this game, we ranked last when it comes to three-point field goals. Our coaches have been telling us that we need to shoot smarter, so we should be more responsible with our possessions and it showed today,” said Rosario after TNT shot a conference-best 18 threes in the win.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Woods 4 back with everyone around him at Honda Classic

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Defending champion Rickie Fowler had six bogeys on his front nine and shot 77 to miss the cut.“It’s unfortunate that the greens have changed this much in a year,” Fowler said. “They typically get slick and quick on the weekend because they dry out, but at least there’s some sort of surface. But like I said, everyone’s playing the same greens.”It looked as though List was playing a different course when he went out with a bogey-free 32 on the back nine, added a pair of birdies on the front nine and then dropped his only shot when he caught an awkward lie in the bunker on the par-3 seventh.“It’s very relentless,” List said. “There’s not really too many easy holes, but if you hit fairways and go from there, you can make a few birdies out there.”List and Lovemark, both Californians, have never won on the PGA Tour. This is the third time List has had at least a share of the 36- hole lead, most recently in South Korea at the CJ Cup, where he shot 76-72 on the weekend.“It’s kind of irrelevant because there’s going to be 30 guys within a couple shots of the lead,” List said. “It’s going to be that type of week.”He was exaggerating — there were 11 players within three shots of the lead.And there was another guy four shots behind.Woods brought big energy to a Friday afternoon that already was hopping before he overcame a sluggish start and holed a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 9 to make the turn at 1 under for his round, and leaving him two shots out of the lead. Everyone knew it just from listening to the roars.Woods had his chances, twice missing birdie putts from inside 10 feet at Nos. 10 and 12, sandwiched around a 12-foot par save. His round appeared to come undone when he found the water on the 15th and made double bogey for the second straight day. Tommy Fleetwood, who won the Race to Dubai on the European Tour last year, scratched out a 68 and was one shot out of the lead along with Webb Simpson (72), Russell Henley (70) and Rory Sabbatini (69).Justin Thomas and Daniel Berger each shot 72 and were in a large group at 139. They were among only 10 players remaining under par.Fleetwood laughed when asked the last time he was at 2 under after 36 holes and only one shot out of the lead.“Maybe some junior event,” he said. “It’s good, though. These are the toughest test in golf. Generally, one of the best players prevail at the end of weeks like this. Weeks like this challenge you to the ultimate level. Whether you shoot two 80s or you lead after two rounds, you can see what you need to do and see where your game is. Because this is as hard as it’s ever going to get for you.”The difficulty was primarily from the wind, which blew just as hard in the morning when List shot his 66 as it did in the afternoon. More aggravating to the players are the greens, which are old and bare, firm and crusty. It’s a recipe for not making many putts.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Read Next View comments AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Tiger Woods hits out of a bunker on the 18th hole during the second round of the Honda Classic golf tournament, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. — Even with a tee shot into the water for another double bogey, Tiger Woods could see the big picture in the Honda Classic.He was four shots out of the lead going into the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Then, he hit out of a fairway bunker, over the water and onto the green at the dangerous 16th hole and faced a 65-foot putt. He misread the speed and the line, so badly that it was similar to a car driving from Chicago to Denver and winding up in Phoenix. A bogey dropped him to 2 over.The big moment was the 17th hole, 184 waters into the wind and over water. That’s where Rory McIlroy made triple bogey earlier in the day that ruined his otherwise solid round of 72, leaving him seven behind. Making it even tougher for Woods is the Brandt Snedeker hit 5-iron before him to about 6 feet. Woods got to the tee and the wind died, meaning 5-iron was too much and 6-iron wouldn’t clear the water.He went with the 5-iron.“I started that thing pretty far left and hit a pretty big cut in there because I had just too much stick,” Wood said.It landed 12 feet below the hole for a birdie putt.Thomas made 17 pars and a double bogey when he three-putted from 6 feet on No. 16. He felt the same way as Woods.“I’m in a good spot — really good spot — going into this week,” Thomas said. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Luke List delivered a round not many others found possible in such difficult conditions Friday, a 4-under 66 that gave him a share of the lead with Jamie Lovemark (69). They were at 3-under 137, the highest score to lead at the halfway point of the Honda Classic since it moved to PGA National in 2007.So bunched were the scores that Woods was four shots out of the lead and four shots from last place among the 76 players who made the cut at 5-over 145. More importantly, he only had 13 players in front of him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“This is a difficult golf course right now,” Woods said. “Making pars is a good thing. I’ve done that, and I’m right there with a chance.”And he has plenty of company. Chemistry between Ross, Lassiter made SMB’s winning play happen 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 Citylast_img read more

Playing coach Avenido carries Gamboa past Zark’s

first_imgLeo Avenido. PBA IMAGESLeo Avenido took matters into his own hands down the stretch as Gamboa Coffee Mix pulled off an 85-84 stunner over Zark’s Burger Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 38-year-old playing coach drained the go-ahead freethrows with 3.1 seconds left to complete the Coffee Lovers’ comeback from 13-points down for their first win in the developmental league.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It was hard because I’m not Jawo,” said Avenido, alluding to legendary Ginebra playing coach Robert Jaworski.“The ball just found me. As a veteran, I just did what I could to lift the morale of the players.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingHe finished with 15 points, five rebounds, two assists, and two steals for Gamboa Coffee Mix, which battled back from an early 32-19 hole and unleashed a 32-point third quarter to close the gap to two, 68-66.Ken Acibar topped the Coffee Lovers with 17 markers and seven boards, while Jens Knuttel added 12 points, four dimes, and three rebounds. More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robby Celiz still tried to steal the victory, but his three-pointer fell way short as the Coffee Lovers’ defense clamped down on him as the buzzer sounded.The veteran swingman paced the Jawbreakers with 26 points on a 10-of-25 shooting from the field, while also hauling down nine rebounds and three assists.The Scores:GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 85 – Acibar 17, Avenido 15, Knuttel 12, Acuna 9, Sarangay 8, Padilla 7, Vidal 7, Arellano 6, Jumao-as 2, Montuano 2, Riva 0, Dadjilul 0.ZARK’S BURGER 84 – Celiz 26, Cayabyab 9, Mangahas 9, Argamino 8, Sheriff 8, De Leon 6, Ferrer 6, Bautista 5, Cudal 5, Juruena 2, Nalos 0.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF Air Force upsets Pocari to break seven-game skid Quarters: 17-29, 34-46, 66-68, 85-84.Gamboa playing coach Leo Avenido on his team’s first win. pic.twitter.com/H0QGsxclMT— Cedelf P. Tupas (@cedelfptINQ) May 25, 2017 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Suns sign draft pick Josh Jackson, guard Mike James

first_imgMOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 1918 World Series key in US love affair with national anthem Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Phoenix Suns first-round draft pick Josh Jackson speaks to the media, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Phoenix as the NBA basketball team’s second-round picks Davon Reed, right, and Alec Peters listen. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have signed top draft pick Josh Jackson to a four-year deal that includes two one-year team options.Phoenix also signed guard Mike James, an NBA rookie who played five professional seasons in Europe, on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection A standout at Kansas, Jackson was selected with the fourth overall pick of last month’s draft. The athletic 6-foot-8 forward averaged 16.3 points on 51 percent shooting, 7.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his lone season in Lawrence. He will make his professional debut with the Suns’ NBA Summer League team in Las Vegas.The 6-foot-1 James averaged 13.1 points and 3.0 assists in 25 games with Panathinaikos of the Greek Basketball League last season. He once scored 52 points in a game while at Lamar.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 View commentslast_img read more

Vietnam shuts out PH in men’s football

first_imgBullock shines as Rain or Shine rips TNT FILE – PH’s Dylan Alain De Bruycker against Cambodia’s Sam Oeun Pidor during the Philippines vs Cambodia’s men’s football match. PH upset Cambodia, 2-0. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZVietnam sent the Philippines under-22 team to its second loss, 4-0, in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games men’s football tournament Sunday at Shah Alam Stadium in Selangor, Malaysia.The Vietnamese, bronze medalists of the 2015 meet, finally got through the Filipinos’ defense in the 38th minute with Nguyen Cong Phuong scoring the first goal past goalkeeper RJ Joyel.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ With its confidence on a high, Vietnam continued to pounce on the Philippines as Vu Van Thanh doubled the lead, 2-0, in added time in the first half.Things continued to go down south for the Filipinos in the second half, as Nguyen Van Toan scored at the 50th minute before Ho Tuan Tai squeaked another goal at the 89th minute to cap off the dominating win.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 openingThe defeat kept the Filipinos at fourth place in Group B with three points and sending them in further danger of missing the semifinals. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

22 and through: Indians’ AL record win streak stopped at 22

first_imgCleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor sits near second base after being forced out in a double play in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/David Dermer)CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations.Their historic winning streak is, well, history.ADVERTISEMENT The Indians, who are already assured a playoff spot, not only broke the previous AL record of 20 held by the 2002 “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics, but they served notice that they well could be the team to beat in the postseason as they attempt to get back to the World Series and perhaps end their 68-year title drought after the Chicago Cubs halted their 108-year dryspell at Cleveland’s expense in 2016.With one last chance in the ninth, the Indians put the tying run on base before Royals reliever Mike Minor struck out the side for his first pro save, fanning Lindor on a pitch in the dirt for the final out.It was Lindor on Thursday night who had prolonged the streak with a two-out, two-strike RBI double in the ninth inning before Bruce doubled home the winning run in the 10th to give Cleveland win No. 22.That touched off a wild celebration, which shook Progressive Field and gave Cleveland fans a chance to get ready for bigger games to come.“I think it was appropriate. We haven’t lost a game in three weeks. We played a good game,” Cleveland outfielder Jay Bruce said. “It wasn’t like we got just blown out or anything. I think (it was important) to have a bit of a light-hearted attitude about it all, and not take it too hard, obviously, because we’re in a great position.“We just did something that, depending on who you ask, one or no teams have ever done. So, it’s one of those deals where we understand what the situation is, and this is not something that would happen very often.”For the better part of a month, the Indians had no equals.“What they did over there was amazing. I mean, it’s utterly amazing,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “It’s just unfathomable for me that you can go three weeks without losing a game. I mean, it was a tremendous accomplishment.”“I mean, we’ve got a runner on first, two outs, two strikes on Lindor, and I told Jirsch (third base coach Mike Jirschele), ‘man, we’ve been here before.’ Luckily we got through it tonight,” he said.On their way to making AL history, the Indians romped through the league like no team has before. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Cleveland had its AL record run stopped at 22 straight games on Friday night as the Indians were beaten 4-3 by the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23.Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss homered off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals, who were beaten five times by Cleveland over the past few weeks, ended baseball’s longest win streak in 101 years.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 openingThe Indians set a new league mark and came within four of matching the overall record held by the 1916 New York Giants, a 26-game string that included one tie.Despite the loss, Cleveland’s magic number for clinching the AL Central dropped to two following Minnesota’s loss to Toronto. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jay-Z dedicates song to Colin Kaepernick at NYC concert They outscored opponents 145-41, led in all but 12 of 207 innings, hit 42 homers and captured the attention of baseball fans fixated on the hot-then-cold Los Angeles Dodgers, Houston Astros and seeing how far Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge could hit homers.Francona kept his players focused throughout the streak, mindful that it could become too big. They’ll likely wrap it up this weekend and can start looking ahead to a postseason where the only streak that will matter is winning the last game they play.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez sat out with a pulled muscle in his side and is considered day-to-day. He was injured taking a swing Thursday. … RHP Joakim Soria is expected to join the team Saturday after returning to Arizona for the birth of his son.Indians: OF Lonnie Chisenall had his calf re-examined by the medical staff after leaving with tightness on Thursday night. The club is hoping the injury is nothing serious after Chisenhall missed more than two months with a calf injury. … OF Jason Kipnis is expected to play five innings in center field on Sunday when he’s activated after his second DL stint with a calf injury. The Indians are lacking outfield depth following injuries to Chisenhall and rookie Bradley Zimmer (broken hand).UP NEXTRHP Carlos Carrasco tries get the Indians to their ninth division title since 1995 on Saturday, when he faces Royals RHP Jason Hammel.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 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 View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Following a magical, walk-off win in extra innings on Thursday night, the Indians couldn’t muster another late rally.When Francisco Lindor struck out with a runner on first to end it, the sellout crowd of 34,025 gave the Indians a prolonged standing ovation. Manager Terry Francona brought Cleveland’s players out of the dugout to salute their fans, whose cheering grew louder and louder.This was something they’ll likely never see again in their lifetimes and both the Indians and their fans wanted to savor every second of an accomplishment while looking forward to October, when the games become more meaningful.“They’ve been so supportive,” Francona said of the crowd. “The atmosphere around here is incredible and I think our players wanted to show their appreciation. It’s by no means the last game of the year or anything like that, it’s just been pretty incredible how they’ve reacted and we just wanted to show our appreciation because we don’t take it for granted.“I don’t think anything is over.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NBA: Ex-teammate Kanter on Durant’s Twitter comments: ‘It’s just really sad’

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Former Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant (35) and Enes Kanter (0).  AP File PhotoReigning NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant recently owned up to his recent comments regarding his former team, the Oklahoma City Thunder, admitting it was “childish and idiotic.”The Golden State Warriors forward was caught red-handed using an alternate Twitter account to answer a negative comment made by a netizen about him, but failed miserably as he accidentally replied using his own verified handle.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ SMB draw collective effort in win over Phoenix ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Durant also claimed that with the exemption of Russell Westbrook, his former OKC squad mates  were not talented enough to win an NBA title.Despite the stinging words, Kanter took more offense on Durant’s critical comments on coach Billy Donovan.“What he said about Billy Donovan, I don’t know if anyone made the conference finals in his first year in the NBA,” Kanter said. “Billy Donovan, of course he’s pretty new in the NBA, but I feel like he’s done an amazing job. There’s coaches in the NBA that have not made the playoffs yet, and they’ve been in the league for 10, 15 years, but he made the playoffs in his first two years, and I think he’s done a good job.”Although Kanter does not deny Durant’s supreme talent, he claims that a player of his stature shouldn’t try to please everybody and pay attention to critics.“You just won a championship. You were the Finals MVP,” he said of KD. “I understand interacting with fans, but having a fake account and just answering back and trying to have a conversation with them and stuff, come on, man. If you’re Kevin Durant, you don’t do that. He is one of the top five players in the league. Come on, man. Just go do your thing.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups 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 MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges The outspoken Kanter added: “Play basketball and try to be the best. When he’s doing all these little things to all those people who sit on their laptop and just writing comments – they got no life. Come on, man. You don’t do that.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite the public apology, his former teammate Enes Kanter couldn’t help but chastise the NBA superstar.“Well, I’m not angry. It’s just really sad,” the 25-year-old Turkish center said of Durant’s comments.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“I remember when he was here – I played with him one-and-a-half years – and when he was here, this organization and these fans, this whole state, gave him everything he asked for, everything he wanted,” he explained to CBS Sports Radio’s Andrew Bogusch, as relayed by The Score.“The cooks, the chefs, the massage therapists, the coaches, players – everything – just (to make) sure he is okay and getting what he wanted to get.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

October 6: CWG Events

first_imgArcheryMorning: 8.30 am to 11 amWomen: Recurve. Men: RecurveAFTERNOON: 1.30 pm to 4 pm.Women: Compound. Men: CompoundAthleticsEvening: 1.30 pm to 6.35 pm.Women: Hammer throw; 100m; 400m.Men: 100m; shot put; 5000m (final)BadmintonMORNING: 9 am to 1 pmMixed team event (group matches)AFTERNOON: 2 pm to 6 pmMixed team event (group matches)EVENING: 7 pm to 11 pmMixed team event (group matches)BoxingAfternoon: 1 pm to 5 pmLight flyweight, bantamweight, light welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, flyweight, lightweight, welterweightEVENING: 6.30 pm to 10.30 pmHeavyweight, super heavyweightCycling trackMorning: 11.30 am to 3.30 pmMen’s: Keirin (final); 40-km pointsrace (final). Women: 25-km pointsrace (final); team sprint (final)Gymnastics (Artistic)Afternoon: 1.30 pm to 7 pmMen’s: Individual all-around (final)Women: Individual all-around (final)HockeyMorning: 8.30 am to 12 pmMen’s: Australia vs Scotland.Women’s: Canada vs EnglandAfternoon: 1.30 pm to 5 pmMen’s: England vs Trinidad & Tobago.Evening: 6.30 pm to 10 pmMen: New Zealand vs South Africa;Pakistan vs MalaysiaShootingClay TargetMORNING: 10 am to 4.30 pmMen’s: Double trap pairs (final)Pistol and Small BoreMORNING: 9 am to 6 pmMen’s: 10m air rifle (final); 50m pistol(final) . Women: 25m pistol (final)SquashAfternoon: 1 pm to 4 pmMen’s: Singles (quarter-finals).Women: Singles (quarter-finals)Evening: 5 pm to 8 pmMen’s: Singles (quarter-finals).Women’s: Singles (quarter-finals)Swimming and synchronised swimmingMorning: 8.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s: 800m freestyle(heats); 100m butterfly (heats);200m breaststroke; 4x200mfreestyle (heats); 100mfreestyle (heats); solo technicalroutine (final); duet technicalroutine (final).Men’s 100m freestyle (heats); 200mbackstroke (heats); 4x200m freestyle (heats), routine finalEvening: 4 pm to 6.17 pmMen’s: 200m backstroke (final), 100mfreestyle (semi-final); 50m butterfly(final); 100m breaststroke (final); 4 x 200m freestyle (final). Women: 100mfreestyle (final); 100m butterfly(semi-final); 200m breaststroke(final); 100m backstroke (final); 4 x 200m freestyle (final)advertisementTable TennisMorning: 9.30 am to 2.30 pmWomen’s team event (Rd V)Men’s team event (Rd V)Evening: 4 pm to 9 pmWomen: Team event (quarterfinals).Men’s: Classification gamesTennisMorning: 10 am to 3 pmMixed team event (group matches)Women: Singles (Rd II); doubles (RdI). Men’s: Singles (Rd II); doubles (RdI)Evening Session: 5 pm to 10 pm)Mixed team event (quarter-finals)Women: Singles (Rd II); doubles(Rd I). Men’s: Singles (Rd II); doubles(Rd I)WeightliftingWomen’s 58kgEvening Session: 6.30 pm to 9 pmMen’s 69kgWrestlingMorning Session: 9 am to 1 pmMen: Greco roman [55kg, 66kg,84kg, 120kg (elimination)].Evening Session: 4.30 pm to 7.30 pmMen: Greco roman [55kg,66kg, 84kg, 120kg – repechage(finals)]Star To Watch Out For – Shane PerkinsCountry: Australia Sport: CyclingSilver medallist in sprint race at the 2010 World ChampionshipsBronze medallist at the 2006 Commonwealth Gameslast_img read more