Month: November 2019

Neymar leads PSG past Bayern, Batshuayi stuns Atletico

first_imgChelsea are now clear of Roma at the top of Group C by two points, after the Italians held on to beat Qarabag 2-1 in the early kick-off in Baku.Kostas Manolas and Edin Dzeko put the visitors two goals to the good inside quarter of an hour, and although Pedro Henrique pulled one back for Qarabag, the home side couldn’t find a maiden Champions League point.United outclass CSKAThree-time winners Manchester United brushed aside CSKA Moscow 4-1 to maintain their unbeaten record in the Russian capital, with Romelu Lukaku continuing his extraordinary start to life at the club with a brace.The Belgian striker headed Jose Mourinho’s visitors in front, before Anthony Martial made it two from the penalty spot.Lukaku tapped in his 10th goal of the season before half-time and Henrikh Mkhitaryan scored the fourth before a late consolation from teenager Konstantin Kuchaev.“It is a great achievement (Lukaku’s goals), but it’s only possible with a good team,” said Mourinho.“But for Romelu, these are incredible numbers. He is humble, he wants to learn, he is ambitious.”The other game in Group A saw Basel make it back-to-back defeats for 10-man Benfica, with a stunning 5-0 thrashing in Switzerland.Michael Lang slotted into an empty net and Dimitri Oberlin finished off a breakaway to get Basel off to a brilliant start.Ricky van Wolfswinkel’s penalty ended the game as a contest and Andre Almeida was sent off for a horrendous tackle, with the 19-year-old Oberlin completing a brace. PSG’s Neymar clenches his fist after scoring his side’s third goal as PSG’s Dani Alves, left, runs to hug Neymar during a Champions League Group B soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)Neymar starred as Paris Saint-Germain sent out a statement of intent with an impressive 3-0 Champions League victory over Bayern Munich on Wednesday, while Michy Batshuayi grabbed an injury-time winner as Chelsea won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid.It took PSG less than two minutes to break the deadlock in the Group B clash against Bayern, as world-record signing Neymar teed up fellow Brazilian Dani Alves to hammer home.ADVERTISEMENT Basel’s biggest ever win in the Champions League was sealed by teenager Blas Riveros.Last season’s runners-up Juventus struggled for long periods at home to Olympiakos, but eventually saw off their stubborn visitors 2-0 as Gonzalo Higuain came off the bench to score.A brave effort from Olympiakos was in vain as Mario Mandzukic bundled in a second.Barcelona overcame a stuttering display to edge out Sporting 1-0 in the Portuguese capital.Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez both wasted excellent chances in the opening 45 minutes, but Ernesto Valverde’s side were fortunate to score a 49th-minute winner through Sebastian Coates’ own goal.Barca lead Juve and Sporting by three points at the top of Group D.Celtic cruised past Anderlecht 3-0 in what looks to be a fight for third place behind PSG and Bayern in Group B.Leigh Griffiths grabbed the first goal shortly before half-time in Brussels and the Glaswegians wrapped it up in the second period as Serigne Kara put through his own net and Scott Sinclair rifled home. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Atletico were handed the opener against English champions Chelsea when David Luiz needlessly gave away a penalty and Antoine Griezmann slotted past keeper Thibaut Courtois.But the Wanda Metropolitano — as well as the watching Diego Costa, signed this week from Chelsea — was silenced as former Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata headed in an excellent Eden Hazard cross.Antonio Conte’s men deserved all three points and snatched the win in the fourth minute of added time as Belgian subsitute Batshuayi picked out the bottom corner.“Michy scores every time he’s on the field! He can score every time. I’m so happy for him,” said winger Hazard.“We want to play games like these. We play for Chelsea, one of the biggest clubs in the world and we want to win everything.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Bayern piled on the pressure but failed to take their chances, before Edinson Cavani finished a sweeping counter-attack with an exquisite strike into the top corner.Unai Emery’s men finished off their visitors in the 63rd minute when Neymar pounced after Kylian Mbappe had bamboozled the Bayern defence.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“The main thing is the three points, but it’s also important for me that the fans enjoy the match and seeing us win against a top-level side,” said Spanish coach Emery.PSG now lead the five-time champions by three points in the race to finish top of Group B.center_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  San Miguel aims for All-Filipino Cup history after failed Grand Slam bid BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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George scores 42 as Thunder beat Clippers to snap 4-game skid

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) shoots between Los Angeles Clippers center Willie Reed, left, and guard Austin Rivers, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Oklahoma City won 120-111. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — This was the Paul George that Thunder fans had been waiting for.George scored 42 points and Oklahoma City snapped a four-game losing streak with a 120-111 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 Gamescenter_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Solo accuses former FIFA President Blatter of grabbing her Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “It’s hard because they have so many options,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “A lot of times you have the one-two option, they’ve got the one-two-three option. It’s tough.”George made 13 of 22 shots and had nine rebounds and seven assists.“I was just trying to stay in attack mode,” he said. “If plays opened up and there was opportunities to find guys, I was trying to, but it just seems that a lot of the plays just ended up me one on one with a big at the rim.”Lou Williams scored 35 points for the Clippers, and Blake Griffin had 17 points on 5-for-19 shooting. Los Angeles has lost four straight.The Thunder led 63-55 at halftime behind 21 points by George.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding It was George’s highest scoring performance since joining the Thunder in an offseason trade with Indiana. He said his new teammates are starting to figure out how his game works.“It really is just chemistry,” he said. “When I got here, one of the talks we had about what was best with offense was the movement. Coach (Billy) Donovan was happy that he could utilize me in that situation of moving and getting some flow in offense, so I’m comfortable with that. It’s good for me to get going and move around a little bit.”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 shutoutRussell Westbrook had 22 points and eight assists in the Thunder’s highest-scoring game of the season. Carmelo Anthony and Alex Abrines each scored 14 points.Westbrook and Anthony made it tough for Los Angeles to deal with George. DROPPING DIMESGriffin had five assists to surpass 2,000 in his career. He led the team in assists, and the team finished with just 13.UP NEXTClippers: At New Orleans on Saturday night.Thunder: Host Dallas on Sunday night. “All of the sudden, he got it going,” Rivers said. “I thought that changed the game when he got it going. That stretched the floor some more.”The Thunder continued their surge early in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Anthony pushed Oklahoma City’s lead to 15. The Thunder increased their advantage to 20 before the Clippers chipped away late in the quarter to close to 94-86 at the end of the period.A 3-pointer by Austin Rivers tied it at 105 midway through the fourth, but the Thunder held the Clippers to one field goal in the final three minutes to regain control.TIP-INSClippers: G Jawun Evans, who played at nearby Oklahoma State last season, scored three points in 16 minutes. … G Patrick Beverley sat out with a sore right knee. F Danilo Gallinari missed the game with a strained left glute. … G Sindarius Thornwell got his first career start in place of Beverley and scored 10 points. … Williams hit a double-clutch shot from half court to end the first quarter. He was called for a technical foul in the fourth.Thunder: C Steven Adams missed the game with a right calf contusion. … Dakari Johnson got his first career start in Adams’ place and finished with nine points. He was a G-League All-Star last season. … George hit a short jumper at the halftime buzzer. He was issued a technical foul in the third quarter. … G Andre Roberson had 11 rebounds.STAT LINESEach of the Thunder’s wins has been by at least nine points. All their losses have been by nine or fewer. Even with a 5-7 record, the Thunder have outscored their opponents by 58 points this season.QUOTABLEJohnson on facing DeAndre Jordan in his first career start: “It was good. I just tried to go out there and be competitive, just compete. He’s a very great player. I’m not scared of anybody, so I just went out there and competed.”Jordan finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. View commentslast_img read more

Healthy again, Paul Lee leads way for Hotshots

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPaul Lee didn’t look like someone who just recovered from a knee injury when he took the court on Wednesday.In his first game back, Lee reintroduced himself in leading Magnolia to a 108-95 victory over Alaska.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I didn’t do much when I returned to practice. I rested on Monday and our practice yesterday wasn’t that intense, so I felt I really saved energy for my legs today,” he said.“I felt lucky with my shots so I took advantage of the open shots. Also, if my teammates were open, I also tried my best to find them.”The 28-year-old Lee feels like he’s slowly closing in on getting back to his tip-top shape.“I feel like I’m getting my groove back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venuescenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Teng to use excitement as motivation in rookie year Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I’m very happy with how I feel. I feel like I just graduated in college,” he shared on Wednesday as the Hotshots started their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup on a winning note.Lee blitzed his way to 30 points on a superb 11-of-14 shooting, on top of seven rebounds and six assists.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“Paul just practiced with us for three days, but you can really see the heart of the kid. He really wants to play, he wants to help the team, and I’m very thankful to Paul,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero.Rust was not a factor for Lee, who used his time off the court as an opportunity to rest his body and have fresh legs. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more

TNT makes playoffs, routs Phoenix

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Troy Rosario went 4-of-7 from three to topscore with 18 markers and four rebounds off the bench, Jericho Cruz contributed 17 points, and Roger Pogoy chipped in 15 markers and three rebounds in a balanced attack by TNT.It was an impressive showing by the KaTropa, but they have no time for any celebration as they brace for defending three-time Philippine Cup champion and top-seed San Miguel, which is armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.“We’re number eight and we play the number one team, but the important thing is we’re still alive,” he said as he prepares for the rematch of last season’s Commissioner’s Cup Finals.TNT averted missing the bus for the first time since the 2015 Governors’ Cup, and kept its streak of consecutive playoff appearances in the all-Filipino conference since failing to advance back in 1998.Matthew Wright led Phoenix with 18 points, six rebounds, and six assists but shot just 1-of-6 from downtown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Castro was content to pick his spots early, but ultimately landed the haymaker in the third quarter, where he poured in 10 in TNT’s 40-point explosion. The KaTropa went on a 21-6 tear in the pivotal third period to take a 75-55 lead.The star guard finished with a near-triple-double performance of 17 points, eight rebounds and nine assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think at this point of the conference, all you want is a day to live,” said coach Nash Racela. “From our last elimination game, we’re fighting for our lives. Every game to us is a do or die game, so we live to fight another day. That’s what we wanted before we ended the eliminations.“It didn’t hurt that KaTropa were getting their shots down from beyond the arc with their 15-of-36 shooting that helped extend their lead to as high as 29, 112-83, midway through the final frame. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT almost seemed to have given Phoenix a handicap, putting in Jayson Castro off the bench to start the game.But it was a different story after the break as the four-time Best Player of the Conference stepped on the gas pedal to lead the KaTropa’s decimation of the Fuel Masters, 118-97, in a playoff for the last quarterfinals slot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Doug Kramer, the hero of the Fuel Masters’ 74-72 elimination victory over TNT, mustered a double-double of 16 markers and 11 boards, while Gelo Alolino had 13.The scores:TNT 118 — Rosario 18, Castro 17, Cruz 17, Pogoy 15, Semerad 12, Williams 11, Tautuaa 10, Reyes 5, Garcia 4, Tamsi 4, Paredes 3, Nuyles 2, Carey 0, Golla 0, Torres 0.PHOENIX 97 — Wright 18, Kramer 16, Alolino 13, Jazul 11, Perkins 10, Chan 9, Mendoza 7, Eriobu 5, Intal 4, Guevarra 2, Wilson 2, Cortes 0, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0.Quarters: 27-25, 54-49, 94-76, 118-97. UE gets fired up after Adamson coach rests starters in first setlast_img read more

San Beda nips UP for Filoil semis seat

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda continued its immaculate run in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup and turned back University of the Philippines, 65-56, in the quarterfinals Wednesday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.The Red Lions, who are 9-0 so far in the tournament, set up a semifinals matchup against NCAA member Jose Rizal University on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Robert Bolick led San Beda’s recovery and he finished with 17 points, four rebounds, eights assists, and two blocks while Joese Presbiterio had 14 points.Ibrahim Quattara posted a 22-point, 25-rebound double-double to lead UP. LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After a tight 27-26 first half, San Beda pushed the tempo and used a strong third quarter to create some distance from UP.The Red Lions held down the Fighting Maroons to just seven points while scoring 18 of their own to head into the fourth quarter with a 45-33 lead and that became a big enough margin for San Beda to hold on to the victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez said he had to change things up in the second half to counter UP’s pressing defense, citing the Red Lions’ lack of rhythm in their offensive end for their subpar play.“If we’re going to play against UP, we’re going to execute our game plan properly,” said Fernandez. “In the first half, we kept running around like a headless chicken. I hope the players realized that we’re not going to beat UP one-on-one.” MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken JRU overcomes Adamson, enters semis in Filoillast_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 7

first_imgPH men’s poomsae team bags back-to-back SEAG golds Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net(2) CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 stealsLast Week: N/AAfter missing last week’s list, the pacesetter for the MVP plum returned with a bang.Against cellar-dweller Mapua, the Pirates followed the lead of CJ Perez, with him not only getting it done in the offense but also anchoring the team’s choking defense.His performance was so steady that even the team’s third stringers got a piece of the action en route to their dominant 97-74 blowout victory.Perez, though, acknowledges that the season is just getting started and the rest of the league will be out to deal Lyceum its first defeat come the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(3) Levi Dela Cruz – G, Arellano Chiefs24 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWith Kent Salado taking a back seat on offense, Levi dela Cruz took the baton and ran with it as he set a career-high performance to help Arellano nab the 87-81 win over St. Benilde.The 22-year-old transferee has come out of Salado’s shadows to emerge as the key component in helping the Chiefs break out of their four-game losing slump.If dela Cruz continues this tear, we may just be seeing the start of a possible second coming of Arellano’s lethal guard combo of the past.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(4) Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers19 points (4/13 3PT), 3 reboundsLast Week: N/A Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ How rude could Tey Teodoro be?He even went to San Sebastian to remind everybody why he’s one of the deadliest snipers in the league, silencing the home crowd with his three-pointers from the parking lot to help JRU secure the 73-62 victory and extend its winning run to three straight games.But echoing coach Vergel Meneses, he needs more consistent performance from Teodoro like this one if the Heavy Bombers want to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(5) Lervin Flores – F, Arellano Chiefs14 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocksLast Week: N/ASurprising as it was, Lervin Flores makes his first appearance in this list for the season thanks to his steady contributions for Arellano in its skid-busting conquest over St. Benilde.The veteran forward has finally shown what he’s capable of, commanding the Chiefs’ defense after a woeful start this season.Coach Jerry Codiñera’s offense will always revolve around Salado, but Flores’ efforts must always be there if last year’s runner-up wants to make it to the semifinals in the long run.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(6) Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas14 points, 20 rebounds, 1 assists, 4 blocksLast Week: 3Perpetual may have went on a two-game losing slide to end the first round, but Prince Eze’s contributions shouldn’t be discarded.The Nigerian remains as a force to be reckoned with down low, keeping the Altas in the game despite losing in the end to EAC. Read Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img View comments MOST READ Torrential rains couldn’t stop the NCAA this week that even the oft-postponed triple-header finally pushed through on Friday.And after it’s said and done, we are left with only two games to wrap up the first round on Tuesday, with last year’s Final Four teams wrapping up their first round assignments.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 openingAs for our list, the usual suspects did come back, churning out strong performances as they seek a spot in the annual midseason festivities that is the All-Star Game.With that being said, here’s our list of the week’s best players. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Sidney Onwubere vs AJ Coronel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net(1) Sidney Onwubere – F, EAC Generals21 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 blockLast Week: N/AWithout Hamadou Laminou to bank on, coach Ariel Sison has made it clear that EAC must double, if not triple, its effort if it wants to progress to the Final Four.And one of the measures he did was to squeeze out all the minutes Sidney Onwubere could give him.On Friday, the Fil-Nigerian forward showed that he’s more than ready to the task, leading the Generals to a gutsy 61-57 win over Perpetual to finish the first round and show why he has to be included in the discussions for the MVP plum.As daunting as the task may be, Onwubere may have to live with the reality that he’s going to need to give everything he has if EAC wants to make it to the last dance.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eze, however, could not carry the load alone as coach Jimwell Gican needs to challenge his locals, especially Gab Dagangon and GJ Ylagan, to come to Perpetual’s aid if it wants to churn out a late drive in the second round.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net(7) Jayson David – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags18 points (5/8 3PT), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 blockLast Week: N/ACoach Egay Macaraya’s secret weapon is a secret no more.Jayson David finally lived up to the hype of his mentor, going bonkers from beyond the arc despite San Sebastian losing to JRU.What better way for him to explode than on his home floor, where he stepped up for the undermanned Golden Stags, which sorely missed the presence of leader Michael Calisaan.David, though, has to prove that he’s not a one-game wonder as he needs to sustain this showing once San Sebastian springs back to action in the second round.last_img read more

India win third Test against NZ, clinch series

first_imgIndia beat New Zealand by an innings and 198 runs in the series-deciding third Test on Tuesday and clinched the Test series. The first two Tests, in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, were draws.SCORECARDPacer Ishant Sharma and spinner Harbhajan Singh took three wickets apiece. All-rounder Suresh Raina and spinner Pragyan Ojha also contributed with key scalps in the first session of play today.India had declared its first innings at 566-8 in reply to New Zealand’s first innings score of 193.New Zealand, resuming at 24-1, suffered an early setback as last match’s double-centurion Brendon McCullum was trapped lbw by Ojha for 25, adding just 10 runs this morning.After dismissing McCullum with the last delivery of his second over, Ojha struck again with the first one of his third.Martin Guptill was given lbw by umpire Simon Taufel, but replays showed that the ball had pitched well outside leg-stump. New Zealand fell to 38-3 and could not wriggle out of the grip of the spinners as Harbhajan replaced Ojha in the attack.Harbhajan dismissed night-watchman Gareth Hopkins when Gautam Gambhir took a fine bat-pad catch lunging to his right at short-leg. He also got the wicket of Ross Taylor, caught by substitute Cheteshwar Pujara in the same position, but the batsman was not happy with the bat-pad decision.Kane Williamson was clean bowled by Ishant and then Raina came on to bag two wickets in two overs with his innocuous off-spin. Jesse Ryder, batting with a runner due to a calf injury, gave a catch to Sharma at mid-off. Raina then trapped captain Daniel Vettori lbw.advertisementlast_img read more

Glossary: Leap of fate

first_imgHe played the young Sanjay Dutt in his father’s film Teja. Now Karanvir Bohra has grown up to take on Hollywood. The 32-year-old actor, best known for roles in tv soaps such as Kasautii Zindagii Kay, has bagged a role opposite actor Matt Damon. Based on the sports reality show,,He played the young Sanjay Dutt in his father’s film Teja. Now Karanvir Bohra has grown up to take on Hollywood. The 32-year-old actor, best known for roles in tv soaps such as Kasautii Zindagii Kay, has bagged a role opposite actor Matt Damon. Based on the sports reality show, Million Dollar Arm, and co-produced by Disney, the film is a rags-to-riches story of the two winners, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. Bohra plays Singh.last_img

Mumbai boyscores 498 runs, creates record

first_imgMumbai, which has produced several record-breaking batsmen, found yet another child prodigy on Wednesday when Armaan Jaffer scored 498 runs creating a new record of the highest individual score in an innings in school cricket history.Thirteen-year-old Armaan — nephew of the former India opener and Ranji captain of Mumbai, Wasim Jaffer — smashed 498 runs during a match for Rizvi Springfield High School against Shivaji School.He struck as many as 77 fours in 490 balls at Cross Maidan in south Mumbai before being caught just two short of yet another landmark of 500. Armaan set a new national record beating Nagpur’s Ali Zorain Khan’s score of 461 runs in a single innings.Team India has been fortunate to benefit from the talent of some young prodigies, including Sachin Tendulkar. Of course not everyone grows up to be Tendulkar but then Team India have been lucky with such prodigies. Probably Armaan could be the next big thing to watch out for.Armaan, like any other aspiring international cricketer, idolises Tendulkar. The younger Jaffer was understandably disappointed at missing out on 500 runs.”Sachin Tendulkar is my idol. It feels great to play such a long innings. I was not looking to set records but wanted to bat as long as possible,” he said at the end of his marathon innings. Armaan’s proud father Kaleem Jaffer now believes that there is more to come from the young boy.”I liked the determination and temperament that Armaan maintained during the innings. He batted responsibly and with a great patience,” Kaleem said.advertisementlast_img read more

Billion hopes, handful of hopefuls

first_imgVijender SinghVijender Singh, BoxingHe became a household name after he got India an Olympic boxing bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games. But he disappointed fans at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, losing in the semis. Many felt he was losing his touch. Vijender is now at Patiala where he trains,Vijender SinghVijender Singh, BoxingHe became a household name after he got India an Olympic boxing bronze at the 2008 Beijing Games. But he disappointed fans at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, losing in the semis. Many felt he was losing his touch. Vijender is now at Patiala where he trains for more than five hours a day for the World Police Games in August in New York City. That will be followed by the Olympic qualifiers in September at the World Championships at Azerbaijan. He is confident he will succeed in both. After all, he is still No. 1 in the 75 kg category as per International Boxing Association rankings.Krishna PooniaKrishna Poonia, DiscusShe hit the headlines by winning the discus gold in the Commonwealth Games in Delhi last year. And remained in the news when she said world champion Dani Samuel of Australia was no match for her. An enraged Samuel said she was open to the challenge and a sponsor offered a $20,000 winner-takes-all show in Sydney. Poonia refused, citing training schedules. The 2010 Asian Grand Prix winner will practice in the US through the year and hopes two athletic events there at the end of the year will keep her in perfect shape for the 2012 Games.5 things we need to doGET BETTER COACHESIncrease the number of the coaches over two to three years in sure-shot events such as athletics, shooting, boxing, badminton and wrestling.They cost anywhere between Rs 40 and Rs 70 lakh a year.CREATE TOP CENTRESHike the Rs 1,121 crore annual sports budget, dissolve the seven Sports Authority of India centres-white elephants costing over Rs 240 crore annually-and create a handful of world-class facilities for training.advertisementCHECK DIETPay $3,000-plus monthly fees to trained support staff (nutritionists, physicians, physiotherapists and video analysts) for star athletes. Otherwise, untrained doctors will recommend banned substances as in the recent doping scandal.STEP UP TO THE WORLDBlend the training with routine exposure in tough global competitions throughout the year. For two years (2006-2008), the Chinese participated in all World, Grand Prix and Asian championships as preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.MAKE SPORTS A CAREERAssured job security on good commercial terms such as annual contracts will encourage many to join the big sporting rush. Otherwise, cricket will rule. Saina NehwalSaina Nehwal, BadmintonShe is currently sixth in the world because she lost in two Super Series tournaments, Singapore Open and Indonesia Open. But that is no yardstick to measure India’s best woman shuttler. Chinese badminton ace Xiong Guabao, winner of 13 major titles, feels Saina Nehwal is the only shuttler who can consistently beat the Chinese. Nehwal is peaking to give her best. The season is just halfway through and she has handled her injuries well to be in good shape. Her target is to win the World Championships in London in August. If that happens, Nehwal’s ranking will get a boost, and so will her morale before the London Games. ronjan sodhi ShooterRonjon SodhiRonjan Sodhi, Shooter India’s premier double trap shooter will settle for nothing but gold in London. He is confident of winning it and has told his friends that he will then salute steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal with it. In July, Sodhi missed the silver and had to settle for a bronze at the final issf Shotgun World Cup in Maribor, Slovenia. Till London happens, Sodhi wants to crisscross the globe and participate in as many championships. That is his way of motivating himself. “Shooters must practice and compete throughout their lives,” he says.last_img read more