Lynx force decisive Game 5 vs Sparks in WNBA Finals

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Candace Parker, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, and the Sparks are hoping to become the league’s first repeat champion since Los Angeles in 2002.In order to do that, they’ll have to win on Minnesota’s home floor again.Ogwumike doesn’t enjoy that storyline, even though it finished with a storybook ending for the Sparks last season.“No disrespect to that question, but I’m really tired of that question,” Ogwumike said. “This year is this year. No disrespect at all. It’s just like the 100th time I’ve heard it. This year is a different year, and I know it’s the same and I know that’s what everyone here wants to talk about it, but it’s a different year.”Facing an end to their season, the Lynx were aggressive from the start, grabbing a lot of loose balls and dominating the glass. They trailed 10-8 before scoring 11 straight points in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Lynx, who never led in Game 3, built as much as a 19-point lead in the third quarter. The Sparks rallied, but could never get closer than eight points late in the fourth quarter.“I just love the way we competed for 40 minutes,” said Moore. “Everybody was really locked in and trying to be the aggressor the whole time. We didn’t play a perfect game, but did enough to beat a really good Sparks team on the road.”In the first quarter, Lynx point guard Lindsey Whalen used her arm in a chopping motion to foul Sims in transition. Whalen was called for a common foul but it was reviewed and upgraded to a Flagrant 1. Sims stayed down on the floor but was fine and would stay in the game. Still, that physical play seemed to set the tone for the Lynx, who were a different team than in a 75-64 loss two days earlier.“That was the beginning of the game,” Sims said. “It’s over now. Our mindset is focused on getting better and concentrating on Game 5.”Sims declined not to talk about that play, but it was clear it energized the Lynx.“Each team has the mindset that you don’t want to give your opponent anything easy,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It’s kind of interesting, Magic (Johnson) is sitting there and I suspect he was thinking of when that was just a foul. Not review, flagrant, just a foul. It was a playoff foul. We have this new term of unnecessary. Well that’s kind of subjective. We thought it was necessary that she not get the layup off.“With the new rules and the world we live in, it was deemed unnecessary.”PARTY OF FIVEThe Lynx didn’t have a good performance overall from their starters in Game 3 and two of them — Whalen and Seimone Augustus — didn’t score. On Sunday, four of the five starters scored in double figures. Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Fowles and Augustus combined for 65 points and 43 rebounds. Whalen scored four points, but added eight assists.FREE THROW DISPARITY BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Lynx made 19 of 30 free throws while the Sparks shot just 16 and made 12.RAINING ON THE 3-POINT PARADEThe Sparks missed 17 of 22 3-point attempts. Four of the five starters missed all of their 3-pointers. Alana Beard, Ogwumike, Parker and Chelsea Gray were a combined 0-for-12.Flying the friendly skies?The Sparks and Lynx are on the same flight from Los Angeles to Minnesota on Monday.TIP-INSActor Anthony Anderson, actress Vivica A. Fox, former WNBA player Tina Thompson and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti were at the game. … The Sparks went into their locker room during the national anthem in silent protest for the fourth consecutive game. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Chinese tennis needs to ‘grow up,’ says Li Na View comments “Advantage? No, we’re back in Game 5. We wanted to make sure we came out and we played well,” Fowles said.Minnesota, which is trying for its fourth title in seven years, played extremely well as they dominated inside the paint with baskets and rebounds. Minnesota outrebounded the Sparks 48-28. The Sparks had outrebounded the Lynx in Game 3 and that was a point of emphasis for the team to be more physical inside.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“To compete with Minnesota, you have to stay in the same game with them in the rebounding,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “Obviously, that was a wide margin. They were more aggressive, no question. They doubled our free throw attempts. I’m not saying that to debate the officiating. The point is they were a lot more aggressive and got themselves to the free-throw line. They gave themselves opportunities and second-chance points on the offensive boards. We didn’t play the way we needed to play to have success against them.”Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 18 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 17. No Sparks player reached double figures in rebounding.center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, left, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike during the first half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx weren’t about to let their season end in Los Angeles.The WNBA MVP helped the Lynx force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles 80-69 on Sunday night. It’s the second consecutive year that these two teams will play a deciding game in Minnesota for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending 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 Gameslast_img read more

Smith, Griffin help Pistons beat Hawks to end 3-game skid

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Hawks: Atlanta missed 20 of its first 22 3-pointers. . Taurean Prince has started all 59 of Atlanta’s games, but the other four starters — Dedmon, John Collins, Tyler Dorsey and Malcolm Delaney — had 29 starts combined before Wednesday.Pistons: Detroit is now 5-3 with Griffin in the lineup. . Drummond led the Pistons in rebounds for the 19th straight game.GRIFFIN GETS COMFORTABLEGriffin felt it was his best offensive performance since joining the Pistons, despite going 4 for 10 from the floor and missing his only three shots from inside the 3-point line.“We had a good flow going, and that was a big reason we jumped out to that big lead,” he said. “It is definitely getting easier to recognize what we’re doing in the offensive sets.”UP NEXTHawks: Host the Indiana Pacers on Feb. 23 after an eight-day All-Star break.Pistons: Host the Boston Celtics on Feb. 23 after an eight-day All-Star break. “I’ve only had two shootarounds with the team, so I’ve been trying to memorize the video playbook they gave me,” White said. “I’ve worked as hard as I’ve ever worked over the last three days, just to get ready for the minute or two I thought I might play.”The Hawks, who beat the Pistons 118-115 on Sunday, were missing three key players, including leading scorers Dennis Schroder (lower back) and Kent Bazemore (rest). Former Piston Ersan Ilyasova (shoulder) also sat out.“It is pretty obvious that this was a night that didn’t look like it was going to go well for us as a group,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “It looked like they were going to pull away on us, but it is a credit to the character of these guys that they fought back and made it a game.”Detroit led by 12 points at the half, then started the third quarter with its second 17-2 run of the game. That put the Pistons ahead by 25, and the margin was 30 before the Hawks finally broke 40 points with 5:20 left in the third.Detroit still led 82-61 at quarter’s end, but Van Gundy called a timeout after the Hawks cut the margin to 89-74 with 6:58 to play. Atlanta got the lead to single figures, 94-86, with 2:58 left, forcing another timeout. The Pistons fouled two 3-point shots in the final minute along with allowing a three-point play, much to Van Gundy’s disgust.That made it 100-96 with 10 seconds to play, but Smith hit two free throws to clinch the game.“That was an embarrassing fourth quarter,” Van Gundy said. “We played well for about 35 minutes, but we didn’t bring anything after that.”The undermanned Hawks got off to a quick lead, but Detroit finished the first quarter on a 17-2 run to lead 22-14. The offenses continued to struggle in the second, with the Pistons outscoring Atlanta 23-19 to take a 45-33 lead at the half.“I thought we were playing decent basketball, but we just couldn’t get a shot to go in the basket in the first half,” Budenholzer said.Detroit shot 38 percent in the half, led by 12 points from Smith, and held Atlanta to 33.3 percent. Dewayne Dedmon led the Hawks with eight points and seven rebounds in the half, but didn’t have a basket or a rebound in 11 second-half minutes.TIP-INS Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending 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 Read Nextcenter_img Detroit led by 30 points midway through the third quarter, but was outscored 59-35 in the final 17 minutes as Atlanta got as close as four before the Pistons held on for a 104-98 victory on Wednesday night in their final game before the All-Star break.“We gave our bench a 30-point lead, and they didn’t even try at either end of the floor,” he said. “We should have been able to shut down our starters, but we had to bring them back, and they didn’t bring anything either.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We left 15 minutes early for the break, but I’ll take the win and move on.”Blake Griffin narrowly missed his first triple-double with the Pistons, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists, but agreed with his coach that the end of the game wasn’t acceptable. Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala (31) and Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) battle for a rebound in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. Detroit won 104-98. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Ending a three-game losing streak wasn’t enough to make Stan Van Gundy happy.Not after the Pistons made it much harder than necessary.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We moved the ball and we played great defense to build the lead to 30,” he said. “But there’s no excuse for the way we played defense for the rest of the game. We were still OK on offense, but we missed a lot of open shots.”Van Gundy thought his team’s poor shooting — 26.3 percent in the fourth quarter — cost Griffin his milestone.“He probably should have had 14 or 15 assists, but we kept missing wide-open looks and layups,” Van Gundy said. “He was doing a great job of passing.”Ish Smith had 22 points and nine assists, while Andre Drummond added 13 points and 15 rebounds. Detroit had seven players in double figures.Andrew White III had 15 points for the Hawks in his NBA debut, while John Collins had 11 points and 10 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT PBA greenlights Jericho Cruz trade to TNT View commentslast_img read more

NZ confirms participation in CWG

first_imgAfter days of indecision, the New Zealand Olympic Committee on Friday confirmed participation in the Delhi Commonwealth Games after seeing positive steps being taken by the organisers to improve the situation.New Zealand Olympic Committee board gave its nod for the planned departures from September 28 after being briefed by NZOC President Mike Stanley and Secretary General Barry Maister, who were in Delhi to take stock of the situation.Staneley said the situation was grim but it has started changing following intervention by the state and the central governments. New Zealand’s CWG chef de mission Dave Currie, who had slammed the conditions at the Games Village and said the event could even be called off, is now “more optimistic” that things will be better. “Our responsibility is to ensure there is a safe, secure environment for the athletes to arrive in, but we want the Games to go ahead as do the athletes who have trained for a long time,” Currie said.last_img read more

India vs South Africa 3rd ODI: Smith says Pathan made the difference

first_imgSouth Africa captain Graeme Smith on Tuesday said that Yusuf Pathan’s breezy innings ruined the day for his side in the third ODI against India at Newlands in Cape Town.Pathan proved to be the difference between the two sidesas he took his chances and hammered the South African bowlers, especially the spinners, to all parts of the ground en route to his 50-ball 59-run knock on a two-paced Newlands track.Chasing 221 for win, Pathan teamed up with Suresh Raina (37 off 47) to bring India back in contention with less than arun-a-ball 75-run sixth wicket stand after the visitors were reeling at 93 for five at one stage.”It was very disappointing to end up on the losing side. We were probably 20 runs short but Pathan’s knock made the difference today,” Smith said after his side two-wicket loss.”It was a two-paced wicket. It was not the best of ODI wickets. All batters struggled here except for Pathan. He looked it was easy to bat on here,” he said.He also lauded Morne Morkel (3/28) for his lion-hearted performance.”As usual Morkel was incredible for us. But we need to work on our batting in powerplay. We need to regroup and better our performance in the next match,” Smith added.Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni too lauded Pathan and said he is happy as long as the hard-hitter plays his natural game.”It was good effort from the batsmen. The lower middle-order also played well. But Pathan was superb. He played his natural game. I want him to continue playing the kind of cricket he plays,” Dhoni said.advertisementDhoni also lauded his death bowlers for their superb show during the fag end of the South African innings.”The best thing today was our powerplay and death bowling,” the Indian skipper said.Man-of-the-match Pathan said he was just playing his natural game.”It’s a good win for us. I was just looking to hit the balls which were in my areas,” he said.last_img read more

2G scam: SC to hear Kanimozhi, Sharad Kumar’s bail pleas on June 20

first_imgDMK MP Kanimozhi.A special Supreme Court bench will on Monday hear the bail plea of DMK MP Kanimozhi and Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar in the 2G spectrum scam case after two of the judges recused from hearing the matter.Kanimozhi is likely to face some tough time in convincing the court to grant her bail as the case will be heard by a bench headed by Justice G S Singvi, who has been monitoring the case since the beginning and had asked searching questions to the government on the role of several influential people in the multi-crore scam.It would be the last hope for DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s 43-year-old daughter Kanimozhi, who has been in jail for almost a month, after her plea was rejected first by the special CBI court and then by the Delhi High Court.Kanimozhi and Kumar have been accused by the CBI to be involved in the illegal transaction of Rs 200 crore to Kalaignar TV which was alleged to be a bribe given by a telecom operator which had benefited in the scam.The CBI in its affidavit filed in the apex court opposed their bail pleas on the ground that if released, they could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses.Earlier two judges — P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik — before whom the matter was listed had recused themselves from the high-profile case.Instead, Justice Singhvi, whose bench has been monitoring the case, will tomorrow hold a special hearing along with Justice B S Chauhan to decide the bail.advertisementAccording to informed sources, justices P Sathasivam and A K Patnaik conveyed their decision to recuse to Chief Justice S H Kapadia, following which he constituted another bench.Opposing the bail plea, the probe agency contended in its affidavit that Kanimozhi and Kumar were key conspirators and Rs 200 crore transferred to Kalaignar TV was part of the “bribe” amount and not a loan as claimed by the accused.The central agency submitted the special CBI court and later the Delhi High Court carefully evaluated material evidence and other factors to refuse bail to them.The apex court had on June 13 agreed to hear their bail plea and asked CBI to explain where the Rs 200 crore, allegedly diverted to DMK-owned Kalaignar TV in 2G scam, has gone and also to file a response on their bail pleas in a week’s time.The court had also asked CBI to come out with a status report on the loss to the state exchequer due to the award of 13 licences to one of the telecom operators and trial proceedings in the CBI special court.Kanimozhi and Kumar had moved the apex court seeking bail on June 10 challenging the Delhi High Court verdict that rejected their bail on the ground that they have strong political connections and the possibility of them influencing witnesses cannot be ruled out.- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Coaches are aiding doping at the camps: Kripa Shankar

first_imgArjuna award winning wrestler Kripa Shankar has come out with a startling revelation and claims that Jagminder Singh and Ravinder Mann are the two coaches who have been encouraging the national grapplers to take banned substances for months.Speaking to MAIL TODAY on Tuesday, Kripa, who was amongst the CWG probables (but had to pull out following an injury to his nose), said that both Jagminder and Ravinder have been abetting dope for some time now. “They both have been doing this in all the national camps for the last six months,” he said.What makes the situation worse is that Ravinder Mann is not even a qualified coach. “He does not even have an NIS diploma in coaching. Nor was he a wrestler of repute. Can someone please tell me what he is doing as a coach in the Commonwealth Games team,” queried Kripa.He also said that Ravinder Mann was nobody in the wrestling fraternity one year back. “Nobody even knew who he was a year ago. About eight months back, he was grafted as a coach. That too replacing a good coach like Rishi Pal. He is very close to the top brass of the WFI and has been pampered by them,” That Ravinder Mann does not have the right credentials to be a coach was corroborated by one of the leading coaches of the sport.Speaking on condition of anonymity the coach said that, “I won’t say more than one thing and that is Ravinder cannot be termed a coach by any stretch of imagination. The rest is for you to interpret,” he said.advertisementWhen queried, Kartar Singh, secretary of the WFI agreed that Ravinder Mann was not a qualified coach. “I fully agree that he (Mann) is not a qualified coach. We have never claimed that he is a coach,” he went on to add.But then he went on to defend the decision of appointment of Ravinder Mann on the basis of his reputation as a wrestler who has represented the country in many international meets.”Ravinder has played many international tournaments. And in wrestling, we have a precedent of appointing a wrestler of repute as a coach. So the appointment of Ravinder as a coach should not come as a surprise,” he said.But when asked to name the tournaments where Ravinder represented the country, Kartar drew a blank.”Right now, I am in Jalandhar and I cannot recall the tournaments in which he has played. I am coming to Delhi on Wednesday and will get back to you on which all international tournaments he has participated in,” he said.As regards the charges that both Jagminder and Ravinder were helping the wrestlers to take banned substances in the camps, Kartar said that these were all baseless allegations.”The WFI will not like to comment on these baseless allegations regarding these two coaches. Their credentials are beyond question,” he said.’B’ SAMPLE RESULTS TO BE OUT TODAYThe ‘B’ sample results of two swimmers and two athletes, who are under provisional suspension for failing a dope test, will be out on Wednesday.Swimmers Richa Mishra, Jyotsana Pansare and shot putter Saurav Vij were part of the national team’s Commonwealth Games squad but were found positive for methylhexanamine, a stimulant that was added to the list of banned substances by WADA this year.Discus thrower Akash Antil is the fourth athlete who flunked the dope test while swimmer Amar Muralitharan is yet to appear for his ‘B’ sample test.The six wrestlers, who also tested positive for the same drug, came up with the same result in their ‘B’ sample test and the sanctions to be imposed upon them will be decided by a three-member anti-doping disciplinary panel.The chairman of the disciplinary panel – Dinesh Dayal – has called the other two members of the committee on Thursday when the date for the hearing of the six wrestlers will be decided.last_img read more

London Olympics: Parupalli Kashyap and Saina Nehwal make history

first_imgS KannanParupalli Kashyap created history as he became the first Indian male badminton player to enter the quarter-finals at the Olympics.Indian badminton has become synonymous with Saina Nehwal, but Kashyap too has caught the eye in London, and on Wednesday, he defeated Sri Lankan Niluka Karunaratne 21-14, 15-21, 21-9.Later in the day, Saina too made it to the quarter-finals of the women’s singles, with a 21-14, 21-16 victory over Jie Yao.The world No.5 tired out the Chinese-born Dutch by engaging her in rallies and executed her strokes with perfection in a 40-minute match.After two easy matches in the group stages, it was a good workout for the 22-year-old, who will take on two-time All England champion Tine Baun of Denmark. Baun progressed after her opponent, Sayaka Sato of Japan, retired.Before Kashyap, the best performance from an Indian man came at Barcelona 1992, when Dipankar Bhattacharya made it to the pre-quarter finals.”I cannot express how happy I am,” said the 25-year-old Kashyap at the Wembley Arena.”It was a very tough match, tougher than what the scores suggest. I am happy that I was able to keep my concentration and focus. I never imagined I would be in the quarter-finals of the Olympics. I am still hoping my parents will be able to come and see me play as they are waiting for their visas.”Interestingly, Kashyap is not too bothered even as he plays World No.1 Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia) next. “Right now I am not bothered about my opponent. It is the quarter-final of the Olympics and things get much tougher from now on,” he added.advertisementIn the first game, it was Niluka who raced to a 7-4 lead with some stinging smashes and delectable drops. Thereafter, Kashyap came into his own with powerful smashes to level the score at 9-all before jumping to a 17-11 lead. He eventually won the game 21-14.In the second game, Niluka did not give up. Realising that the Indian played at a fast pace, Niluka slowed down the game by engaging the Indian in long rallies.That resulted in Kashyap making unforced errors. Though the Hyderabadi managed to save eight game points, he went on to lose the game 15-21.There was no mistaking Kashyap’s superiority in the decider. He stepped up the pace with some scorching smashes and was the master at the net. He opened up an 8-3 lead and then sealed victory at 21-9.last_img read more

Ek Tha Tiger grosses Rs 155 crore

first_imgIf reports are to be believed, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Ek Tha Tiger has grossed a whopping Rs 155 crore in just one week!  Seems like Salman Khan’s Tiger avatar could well be on its way to becoming the biggest Bollywood hit of all times.Incidentally, Ek Tha Tiger also creates a new record for the fastest Rs. 100 crore earning at the box office. Now, the trade is abuzz with the prediction that Ek Tha Tiger will cross Rs. 200 crore very soon and could well break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs. 385 crore.The film released on August 15, 2012.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Salman Khan starrer superhit film Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move.”We have not thought of a sequel for Ek Tha Tiger. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.advertisementKatrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.last_img read more

Don’t write off Bhajji yet, says Kumble

first_imgHarbhajan Singh’s comeback at the World T20 was a mixed bag. He took four wickets against England, but was thrashed for 20 runs in two overs by the Australians.The attack by David Warner, coupled with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s decision to stick to a seven batsmen- four bowler policy, saw Harbhajan sitting out of India’s remaining matches.But India’s highest Test wicket- taker Anil Kumble feels it would be foolish to count Harbhajan out. “You can never discard Harbhajan. He has more than 400 Test wickets to his name and he is only 31 or 32, which is the right age for a spinner to mature,” he said, on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Tenvic Sports Academy at Ryan International School, Rohini.The chairman of the BCCI technical committee had words of praise for new spin spearhead R Ashwin.” Ashwin has matured a lot in the few matches he has played. On the international front, I think Graeme Swann is going great and Pakistan’s Saeed Ajmal is also doing wonders,” Kumble said.Another issue that has been a cause of much debate in Indian cricket of late is how long Sachin Tendulkar will carry on. The maestro himself told a TV channel that he will reassess his career in November as he thinks there is not much cricket left in him. Kumble, a former India captain, felt that that it would be tough for the team without Tendulkar. ” I can’t think of Indian cricket without him. I want to see him play,” he said.”It is never easy to call it a day when you are playing for so long.”advertisementlast_img read more

Fun couple Kiefer Ravena, Alyssa Valdez win charity beach volleyball game

first_imgView comments MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Joshua Pacio-Hayato Suzuki rematch ‘a 50-50 bout,’ says Filipino veteran Rene Catalan Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Ravena, the NLEX Road Warriors star in the PBA, and Valdez, the face of Philippine volleyball, pulled off the comeback victory in a game where proceeds will go to Mindanao State University-Marawi College of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation Academy.“It’s been an honor being able to play the game that we love and at the same time being able to help our young brothers and sisters in Marawi,” said Soriano. who is also the founder of BVR. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“With the help of all those who supported, the CSPEAR Sports Academy of MSU-Marawi will be able to teach more and more kids so that these children’s lives will be filled with laughter instead of anger, love instead of hate, and hope instead of fear. That, for me, is the true value of sport.”Banko-Perlas 1’s Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan, meanwhile, won the gold in the women’s division after dominating National University-Boysen’s Roma Doromal and Kly Orillaneda. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño In men’s action, Air Force’s Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez topped Cignal’s Fauzi Ismail and Edmar Bonono, 21-17, 21-18, to bag the title.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Couple Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez, superstars in their respective sports, showed they also have the chemistry as teammates on the sand court.Ravena and Valdez teamed up to edge Charo Soriano and John Vic de Guzman, 23-21, in a highly-amusing celebrity and charity match during the Beach Volleyball Republic (BVR) December Open at Sands SM by the Bay on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

James Harden scores 39, leads Rockets past Spurs

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan, left, walks off the court after the team’s loss to the Houston Rockets as Houston player development coach John Lucas offers encouragement in an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Houston. Houston won the game 108-101. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — James Harden took control for the Houston Rockets in the first game of what could be a lengthy period without point guard Chris Paul.Harden played a bruising 41 minutes and had 39 points, 10 assists, four rebounds and two steals as the Rockets defeated the San Antonio Spurs 108-101 and won for the first time this season without Paul.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Bradley Beal triple-double leads Wizards to 3OT win vs Suns DeRozan, a childhood friend of Harden’s, said there’s only one thing you can do defensively when Harden gets going.“Hope he misses,” he said.The Rockets scored 43 points in the third quarter and carried a 15-point lead in the final period. That followed one of their lowest-scoring first two periods of the season, including a 13-point second quarter. San Antonio led 43-41 at the break.In the third quarter, the Rockets made 9 of 13 3-pointers and finished the game with 19 3s on 54 attempts (35.2 percent). The Rockets were two games removed from setting an NBA record with 26 3s in a 136-118 win over Washington.Danuel House Jr. made his first start of the season for Houston. In 28 minutes, House had four points and three rebounds.Houston missed its first seven shots of the second quarter and went scoreless through the first five minutes of the period. The Rockets ended up with just 13 points in the second quarter, but trailed by just two points at halftime.The Rockets opened up the third quarter on a 12-0 run and took a 10-point lead. Houston had a season-high 43 points in the third quarter. That followed a 41-point first half.“I mean, we made shots,” D’Antoni said on Houston’s third-quarter turnaround. “I know it’s a simple answer, but a lot of it is that, and then we cut off that energy. I thought our defense was good all the way from the first quarter on to give ourselves a chance.”Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said Houston’s rebounding made the difference. San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds“Overall, the killer was the offensive boards,” Popovich said. “Capela was great. I didn’t look at the stat sheet yet, but that was the killer.” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni was asked where the line is between letting the reigning league MVP carry the team and putting too much on his plate.“I haven’t found the line yet — I’m still looking for it,” D’Antoni said. “I can tell him afterward, but he has a better feeling about what he needs to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefD’Antoni said Harden is playing in “another atmosphere” following his sixth straight game of scoring at least 30 points. After the Rockets let a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead slip and fell behind 97-96 with three minutes remaining, Harden scored nine of Houston’s final 12 points, including two 3s, to close out the win.“That’s what we do,” Harden said. “We do it at a high level, we shoot the ball, we shoot it with confidence. Some are going to go in, some aren’t. That’s the way we play.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?center_img TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Rockets have won six of their last seven, while the Spurs lost for just the second time in their last nine games.“We’ve gotten better, for sure,” Aldridge said. “We’re playing a better brand of basketball, and I think we’ve learned how to play better with each other, and we’ll get better, too.”TIP-INSSpurs: San Antonio fell to 1-8 when being outrebounded by an opponent on the road. The Spurs were outrebounded 58-43 and gave up a season-high 19 offensive rebounds. … SG Derrick White had three blocks in the game.Rockets: Backup PG Brandon Knight was playing under a minutes’ restriction that was capped at 20, coach Mike D’Antoni said before the game. Knight played 12 minutes in the game. … SF James Ennis III missed his sixth straight game with a right hamstring strain.UP NEXTSpurs: Host Nuggets on Wednesday.Rockets: Host Thunder on Tuesday. The Rockets were playing without Paul, who suffered a Grade-2 left hamstring strain on Thursday night in Miami and is expected to be out at least two-to-four weeks. Houston entered Saturday winless in five games without Paul this season.Clint Capela had 21 points and a season-high 23 rebounds, and Eric Gordon had 18 points on 4-of-12 shooting from 3-point range.Capela said his performance was partly inspired by Paul’s absence.“Everyone needs to step up because we don’t have a choice,” Capela said. “Tonight, we did a great job, but we’ve got a lot of things to work on because Chris is going to be out for a little while so we’re all going to have to step up.”DeMar DeRozan led San Antonio with 28 points and eight assists. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points, and Rudy Gay added 13.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño View commentslast_img read more

Ivica Zubac, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope lead shorthanded Lakers past Suns

first_imgMOST READ Devin Booker scored 21 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 17 and Mikal Bridges 16 for Phoenix, which has dropped eight straight for its second-longest losing streak of the season. The Suns dropped 10 in a row from Nov. 25 to Dec. 11.Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton, the first pick in the NBA draft, missed his fifth straight game with a sprained left ankle. Rookie guard De’Anthony Melton missed his second game because of a sprained right ankle. While coach Igor Kokoskov is hopeful of having Ayton back this week, he said Melton will miss a significant amount of time.Richaun Holmes returned after missing the past four games with a sprained right foot and scored 12 points with 10 rebounds.“They were attacking our bodies, they were attacking the paint and the rim. We were passive. We were just defending ourselves,” Kokoskov said. “We have to guard the yard. There was no secret.”The Lakers jumped out to a 12-2 lead less than five minutes into the game as the Suns missed eight of their first nine shots from the field. Phoenix found its shooting stroke, though, and went on a 14-4 run, which included three straight 3-pointers, to tie it at 16. It would be tied three more times in the first quarter before the Lakers went on a 6-2 run the final 1:06 to lead 31-27 at the end of the first.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Los Angeles began to steadily pull away in the second quarter and saw its lead grow to 63-46 with 1:15 remaining on Rajon Rondo’s driving layup. The Lakers were 16 of 26 from the field in the quarter as they led 65-53 at halftime.Phoenix slowly cut into the Lakers’ lead in the second half and got within six at 90-84 with 11:25 remaining on a three-point play by Holmes. But the Lakers put it out of reach again with a 14-4 run, which included 11 points by Lance Stephenson.TIP-INSSuns: Emanuel Terry, who was signed to a 10-day contract Sunday, made his NBA debut during the second quarter and finished with five points. … Jamal Crawford appeared in his 1,304th game and moved past Elvin Hayes for 20th in NBA history in games played.Lakers: Los Angeles is 6-10 since James was injured in a Dec. 25 game at Golden State. … Stephenson finished with 17 points and is averaging 11.5 points in the past four games. … Rajon Rondo had 11 assists and has 24 in the two games since he returned from a finger injury.UP NEXTSuns: Travel to the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday night.Lakers: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. Read Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Offensive lines key in Super Bowl for both Rams and Patriots Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, and Los Angeles Lakers center Ivica Zubac reach for a loose ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 116-102. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Lakers coach Luke Walton gave his short-handed team one important key going into Sunday’s game against Phoenix: Attack the paint.The Lakers were able to do that, and in the process snapped a three-game losing streak with a 116-102 victory over the Suns.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Ivica Zubac and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope each scored 24 points and Brandon Ingram added 22 as Los Angeles won for the first time with LeBron James and Lonzo Ball both out of the lineup. Walton was also missing Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Tyson Chandler (rest). Still, the Lakers dominated the inside against a small Phoenix lineup as it had a 70-46 advantage in points in the paint.“I was boxing out my guy and my teammates were also boxing out their guys. Their guards weren’t able to fly in and get the boards,” said Zubac, who also had a career-high 16 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lakers’ domination in the paint also opened up the perimeter. They were 10 of 23 on 3-pointers, including an 8-of-15 clip in the second half.“When you’re getting downhill and putting pressure on the rim like that, when you do get 3s, they have a tendency to go in more often,” Walton said. “We needed a win and we got a real nice game.” View commentslast_img read more

FIFA World Cup kicks off: Amitabh Bachchan, SRK ecstatic

first_imgFrom megastar Amitabh Bachchan to superstar Shah Rukh Khan – the Hindi film fraternity is glued to their TV sets to catch the excitement of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil.After the grand opening ceremony Thursday at Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Group A game between Brazil and Croatia began.Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull in the FIFA 2014 official songCelebs took to Twitter to share their excitement about the matches. Here’s what they have to say:Shah Rukh: “And on the most exciting note. I am completely over the moon with FIFA starting. TV glue ready!!!”Mini Mathur: “Chilled room, Pot of Green tea, Pyjamas, Brazilian team scarf, Tata sky in the rain.”Nikhil Advani: “All set to watch the beautiful game. #FifaWorldCup #Brazil.”Ronnie Screwvala: “It is testament to the sport of football that despite such massive clouds on integrity – we are all excited for the World Cup. No other sport can unite the world at a global level than Football. So much untapped potential for social good.”Amitabh Bachchan: “FIFA pre nuptials on now on Sony Six .. what a fantastic run up.. glued, hued and spewed.. tonight is late night delight!! FIFA opening! Been glued to TV since long and shall see the first game too.. ! Me with Brazil ball !!”Bipasha Basu: “Watching #WorldsCup with #CocaCola. Where are you?”Kunal Kohli: “@SrBachchan so true sir. Totally hooked to the super moments they’re showing now.”Salman Khan: “#WorldsCup dekhne ka kya plan hai?”Chitrangda Singh a@IChitrangda 2h Heyyy! Fiffffa! Cheeerss to the madness :))advertisementJohn Abraham: “aTime to grab your favorite jersey, football biggest party starts tonight. #Worldcup is here! #CafeRio only on @SonySIX”Ayushmann Khurrana: “It’s game day, it doesn’t get bigger than this #WorldsCup.”last_img read more

Mighty Sports falls short, misses out on finals berth in Dubai tourney

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The loss relegated the Philippine side to the bronze medal game in a rematch against Homenetmen, a team it beat in the elimination round, 96-89.Mighty Sports may have lost but it went down swinging despite facing a seemingly insurmountable lead in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Mighty Sports’ Juan Gomez de Liano tries to score against a Lebanese defender during their match Friday in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Patrick CastilloMighty Sports Philippines dropped out of title contention after falling short on its comeback against many-time champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon, 84-89, in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship.It was Mighty Sports’ first loss of the tournament after entering the knockout semifinals stage with a 5-0 record and it couldn’t have come at a worse moment.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img MOST READ “I like the way we fought back,” said coach Charles Tiu said after the game. “You have to appreciate the effort of the guys. Medyo naunahan lang kami sa start, We couldn’t defend their ball screens. Their shooters were hot.”With Al Riyadi firing on all cylinders, Mighty Sports found itself trailing by as much as 23, 65-42, with 7:35 remaining in the third quarter. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Staying perfect Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations And that’s when Justin Brownlee teamed up with Jeremiah Gray to spark Mighty’s rally.Brownlee led the team with 24 points while Gray added 17 off the bench. Randolph Morris had 21 points, including two free throws that pulled Mighty Sports within five, 84-89, with 43.7 ticks to go.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

Without Kyrie Irving, Celtics beat 76ers again

first_img‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Playing without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who sprained his right knee Saturday night, the Celtics beat the Sixers for the third straight meeting this season after defeating them in five games in the Eastern Conference semifinals last season.“Against a very quality opponent was big, especially on the road without Kyrie, it was huge,” Hayward said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJoel Embiid had 23 points and 14 rebounds and Jimmy Butler scored 22 for Philadelphia.Hayward’s 3 from the corner put Boston up 105-103 and Marcus Smart added a free throw. The Sixers had a chance to tie when Jimmy Butler went to the line for three free throws but he missed two. After a turnover, Embiid lost the ball with under a minute left. Smart then blew past Ben Simmons for a dunk to extend the lead to 108-104 with 24 seconds left. Butler made a driving layup and a free throw to cut it to 108-107. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ “We understood Philly’s been playing at a high level,” Horford said. “We had disappointing losses at home. I felt like our backs were against the wall, so we all needed to come out and set the tone and we did that.”After trailing for nearly the entire first half, the Sixers opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 55-52 lead. JJ Redick’s 3-pointer capped the run. Minutes later, Simmons thrilled the crowd by driving around Tatum and throwing down a thunderous right-handed jam. But Tatum answered at the opposite end with a spin move around Embiid and dunk over Simmons.NO TAMPERINGThe NBA said Los Angeles Lakers president Magic Johnson did not break any league tampering rules when he spoke about possibly working with Simmons in the offseason. The investigation was initiated after it was revealed Sunday that Simmons wanted to meet with Johnson to talk about the art of being an elite point guard. Johnson complimented Simmons publicly on Sunday. Sixers GM Elton Brand said Monday he already told Simmons he wouldn’t allow it.TIP-INSCeltics: Improved to 14-13 on the road. … Horford was 6 for 23 from beyond the arc over his last 10 games before making 3 of 5. … Morris had 17 points.76ers: Fell to 23-7 at home. … Embiid was 9 of 22, including 2 of 8 from 3-point range. … Harris was 0 for 6 beyond the arc.UP NEXTCeltics: Host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.76ers: Visit the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Boston Celtics’ Jayson Tatum goes up for a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — The Boston Celtics still own the Philadelphia 76ers no matter who is on the court.Gordon Hayward scored 26 points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:50 remaining, and Boston beat Philadelphia 112-109 on Tuesday night. Al Horford had 23 and Jayson Tatum scored 20 and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Celtics continued their dominance over the Sixers.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants After Horford sank two free throws, Tobias Harris missed a 3 and Embiid put it back in with only 2.4 seconds left. Butler couldn’t get a desperation 3 off in time before the buzzer sounded as the Sixers dropped their first game in three since acquiring Harris in a flurry of moves last week.“This is a new team,” Simmons said. “There are things we’re going to work on, things we need to get better at, but it’s a good test for us to see where we’re at with this new team. But I’m excited with everyone we have and to see how far we can go.”The Celtics answered the call in their first game since Marcus Morris questioned the team’s toughness after they surrendered leads of 28 points to the Clippers and 18 points to the Lakers on their home court.“Good teams have clunkers, but good teams respond to those with the right effort and approach,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.Both teams are tied for the fourth spot in the East with a 36-21 record.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes No. 2 Duke rallies from 23 down, beats No. 16 Louisville SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View commentslast_img read more

Ticket sales: The least understood side of the Olympics

first_imgFILE – In this June 20, 2016, file photo, a man handles the Olympic tickets he just purchased at a shopping mall in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tokyo Olympic organizers launched their ticket website on Thursday, April 18, 2019, which is where only Japan residents can buy tickets when they go on sale on May 9. The site can also be accessed by people outside Japan, where basic prices are listed. But they can’t buy there. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File)TOKYO— It’s Olympic ticket sales time again, perhaps the least understood side of the games.“Time flies,” said Kosuke Kitajima, a four-time Olympic swimming gold medalist from Japan. “It’s as if the Rio de Janeiro Olympics were just yesterday.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Under Olympic rules, ticket resellers are appointed by the local national Olympic committee. The reseller for the United States is CoSport, which also handles sales in Australia, Jordan and several European countries. Resellers can mark up the ticket price by 20 percent, which is termed a “handling charge.”However, many sought-after tickets are packaged by resellers with top hotels and other perks, and the markups can be much more than 20 percent. These are aimed at the wealthy, hospitality packages and corporate buyers, for whom price is not always a concern. The resellers also run the risk of getting stuck with tickets they can’t sell.CoSport, a division of Jet Set Sports and based in Far Hill, New Jersey, came under criticism at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Not only did buyers have to pay the markups, but they were also penalized by the fluctuation in the exchange rate at that time in Brazil. That was not CoSport’s fault, but it pushed some prices up by another 50 percent to buyers outside Brazil.Hidenori Suzuki, the senior director of tickets for the Tokyo Olympics, said local organizers try to scrutinize the authorized ticket resellers.“In case the resellers set inappropriate ticket prices, there will be some procedures we are getting into,” Suzuki said Thursday, speaking through an interpreter. “The most rigorous case is the ticket reseller might have their license revoked.”ADVERTISEMENT If buyers outside Japan are patient and don’t rush to buy they may get some deals. It happened in Brazil. And it happened at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.Tokyo organizers will open sales globally in the spring of 2020, meaning any remaining, unsold tickets can be purchased at the prices offered in Japan. In Rio de Janeiro, many top tickets were unsold as the games neared, and some desirable tickets were put back into the pool after they were sold but never paid for.Tokyo estimates it will have 7.8 million tickets to sell, with 20-30% dedicated to sales outside Japan. Organizers hope to generate about $800 million in ticket sales, a large source of revenue for the $5.6 billion privately funded operating budget.Overall, Japan will spend about $20 billion to prepare for the games, and about 70 percent is public money.Suzuki said the 7.8 million ticket number could change with stadiums and arenas still being configured for seating.“We still lack information about the physical structure and layout of some of the venues,” Suzuki said. “This is the same with past games.”The opening ceremony on July 24 will feature the most expensive ticket — 300,000 yen ($2,680). The most expensive ticket for the closing ceremony is 220,000 yen ($1,965).The most expensive ticket for the men’s 100-meter final is 130,000 ($1,160), while the men’s basketball final goes for 108,000 yen ($970).Tokyo organizers say 50 percent of the tickets will sell for 8,000 yen ($70) or less. The cheapest ticket is 2,500 yen ($22). The now-retired Kitajima helped Tokyo Olympic organizers launch their ticket website on Thursday, where only Japan residents can buy tickets when they go on sale in the host country on May 9. But the useful site can also be accessed in English by people outside Japan, where basic prices are listed along with the full competition schedule.But you can only start to buy if you’re a Japan resident.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, logisticsTo purchase tickets, everyone else in the world has to contact what are known as “authorized ticket resellers,” which operate in most major countries. They can’t start selling tickets until June 15 and they are also listed on the website.Buying in the host nation — this time Japan — is straightforward with prices clearly set. But buyers outside Japan need to be careful. They will pay more; sometimes a lot more. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue LOOK: Scottie Thompson turns dream into reality with new home DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View commentslast_img read more

Oh, yes! Nurse, Raptors look to finish series with Magic

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess 76ers lead, 3-1. Game 5, 8 p.m. EDT, TNT.NEED TO KNOW: Brooklyn guard D’Angelo Russell has 89 points through four games. That’s tied for the second-most among Nets players whose first four career postseason games came with the team. He trails only Brook Lopez (90 points, 2013).KEEP AN EYE ON: Nets guard Caris Levert. He’s the first Nets guard to score 25 or more points in consecutive postseason games since Vince Carter in 2007.PRESSURE IS ON: Philly forward Tobias Harris, who’s hitting 50% of his 3-pointers in the postseason. This after draining 32.6% in the regular season after being acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers.SPURS AT NUGGETSSeries tied at 2. Game 5, 9:30 p.m. EDT, NBA TV.NEED TO KNOW: The Spurs hold a 22-8 postseason record against Denver. …The Nuggets were an NBA-best 34-7 at home in the regular season.KEEP AN EYE ON: Nuggets forward Torrey Craig. He got the start over Will Barton on Saturday and had 18 points. Also played stellar defense on DeRozan.PRESSURE IS ON: Derrick White. The Colorado native/Spurs guard scored eight points in a home loss to the Nuggets on Saturday. Gary Harris was assigned to cover him after White erupted for 36 points the game before.THUNDER AT TRAIL BLAZERS Informed it erupted on social media, Nurse said: “Is that a good thing?”Here’s perhaps a not-so-good thing: Toronto’s history in closing out series. The Raptors are 5-6 when they have a chance to win a playoff series, according to the team.“This team, let’s see if they can start their own history,” Nurse said. “We need to do our best to take care of business.”It certainly was a wild weekend around the league, with Brooklyn GM Sean Marks drawing a one-game suspension — and a fine — for entering the referees’ locker room after a Game 4 loss to Philadelphia on Saturday. In that game, Brooklyn’s Jared Dudley and Philadelphia’s Jimmy Butler were ejected after a scuffle broke out following Joel Embiid’s flagrant foul against Jarrett Allen in the third quarter. The league fined Dudley $25,000 and Butler $15,000.San Antonio guard DeMar DeRozan got hit in the wallet by the league, too, after tossing the basketball in the direction of an official following a called he didn’t like in a Game 4 loss. Asked Monday at practice if there was anything he regrets about the incident besides the $25,000, DeRozan responded: “The 25-grand. I don’t want to just give away that much money.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The series between the Nuggets and Spurs has been highly entertaining, with each team earning a win on the other’s home floor.“Back at square one,” DeRozan said. “Got to go in there and win in a tough environment. It should be fun.”Here’s a look at Tuesday’s games:MAGIC AT RAPTORSRaptors lead 3-1. Game 5, 7 p.m. EDT, NBA TVNEED TO KNOW: Unbelievable as this may sound, the Raptors have never won four consecutive postseason games. After Kawhi Leonard’s 34-point outing in Game 4, Toronto now will have a chance to change that.KEEP AN EYE ON: Orlando has been resilient all season, and Magic coach Steve Clifford thrives off that. There’s a history of toughness from Orlando in the playoffs — the Magic are 5-4 in their last nine games when facing elimination. Clifford was an assistant coach for most of those Orlando teams.INJURY WATCH: Magic C Nikola Vucevic was grabbing at his right ankle after tussling with Leonard for a loose ball late in Game 4. But neither team is likely to have any lineup changes for Game 5.PRESSURE IS ON: Toronto. The Raptors should want to send a message, end this series, get a few days off and ensure themselves at least a full week at home before hitting the road for Game 3 of the second round.NETS AT 76ERS Now leading 3-1, Nurse and the Raptors look to close out their series with the Magic at home Tuesday. The same goes for Philadelphia against Brooklyn and Portland against Oklahoma City.The second-seeded Denver Nuggets return home Tuesday following their first victory in San Antonio since 2012. Tied at 2, they’ve reclaimed home-court advantage as Nuggets coach Michael Malone finds himself in quite a chess match with his counterpart Gregg Popovich.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“He’s Bobby Fischer,” Malone said, in comparing Popovich to the chess prodigy. “He’s a savant. So I’m not worried about matching wits with Gregg Popovich. I’m worried about helping our team.”Face it, this was comical: The look of Nurse, who instantly became a meme with his expression during a Game 4 win. After a 3-second call on Fred VanVleet in the opening quarter, Nurse stood almost perfectly still on the sideline, his mouth ajar. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse pumps his fist after his team scored a basket against the Orlando Magic during the second half in Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Friday, April 19, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)DENVER— In response to an early call, Toronto coach Nick Nurse formed the perfect “O” with his mouth and held it for a dozen or so seconds.Oh, these playoffs. They can leave your mouth agape — just like Nurse’s gone-viral expression on the bench during a win Sunday in Orlando.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess James Yap no regrets over missed game-tying 3 in Game 4 loss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trail Blazers lead 3-1. Game 5, 10:30 p.m. EDT, TNTNEED TO KNOW: Portland is 82-42 all-time at home in the postseason.KEEP AN EYE ON: The Blazers dynamic backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who have combined for 51 or more points in every game of the series. McCollum and the Blazers quietly went about their business Sunday. They didn’t talk trash, but let their play do the talking in a 111-98 win. “I think we are a lot more mature than we were in past years,” McCollum said on the Blazers’ website.PRESSURE IS ON: Westbrook. In Game 4, he was 5 of 21 from the field for 14 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal threaten Novak Djokovic bid for historic Grand Slam

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew It is such a rare feat that only Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) — all calendar Grand Slams — have pulled off the sweep in the sport’s history.Djokovic, who turned 32 on Wednesday, is playing down his potential date with destiny even if it would put him halfway to a 2019 calendar Slam of his own.After losing to Nadal in the Italian Open final last weekend, the Serb was in no doubt that it was the Spaniard who would likely be celebrating a 12th Roland Garros title in a little over two weeks’ time.“Nadal, number one favorite, without a doubt — then everyone else,” he said.Djokovic, who will be top seed in Thursday’s draw, could be forgiven his caution.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue World number one Djokovic completed his first private stranglehold of all four Slams with victory at Roland Garros in 2016.Having clinched the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open titles and then a seventh Australian Open crown in January this year, the Serb is tantalizingly close to another ‘Djoko Slam’.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, logisticsFederer and Nadal, with 20 and 17 career Grand Slam titles each respectively, may be ahead of 15-time major winner Djokovic in total hauls and have also completed career Slams.However, not even Federer or Nadal have managed to hold all four of the sport’s greatest prizes at the same time. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH 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 At Roland Garros in 2018, he was shocked by Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato in the quarter-finals, a defeat which was such a crushing body blow that he even contemplated skipping Wimbledon.Federer is returning to Roland Garros for the first time since 2015 having turned his back on clay court tennis to focus on Wimbledon.10th anniversaryThis year marks the 10th anniversary of his one and only Paris triumph and should the 37-year-old defy the odds and clinch the 2019 title he would become the oldest Grand Slam champion of all time.Age hasn’t dimmed his ability with Federer saving match points to beat Gael Monfils in Madrid and in Rome against Borna Coric as he found his feet again on European red clay.“It’s been interesting and fun, but not so challenging, to be honest,” said Federer despite his Rome campaign being cut short by a leg injury.Nadal, whose record at Roland Garros stands at a staggering 11 titles and a win-loss record of 86-2, claimed a ninth Italian Open title and a record 34th Masters on Sunday.His three-set win over Djokovic was timely as it was his first title of 2019 and had followed three successive semi-final losses at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.The last two of those were against Dominic Thiem and Stefanos Tsitsipas, both of whom play with a one-handed backhand, just like Federer.Thiem, the 2018 runner-up to Nadal at Roland Garros, has defeated the Spaniard four times on clay. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport “There is a new wave coming through with the one-handed backhand that can counter some of Rafa’s spins and lefty play,” said Federer, a four-time runner-up in Paris.Outside of Djokovic and Federer, world number four Thiem and sixth-ranked Tsitsipas are the most likely candidates to dethrone Nadal.The same cannot be said for Germany’s Alexander Zverev, for so long touted as the brightest star of the so-called ‘Next Gen’.The German’s run to the quarter-finals last year remains his best Slam performance while he has yet to get beyond the last eight at any of the European clay events in the run-up to Paris.“He has lost his self-confidence, he gets very angry, gets down and destroys himself,” said compatriot Tommy Haas, a former world number two.“What he urgently needs is a success.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rafael Nadal (R) of Spain poses with Novak Djokovic of Serbia after winning the ATP Masters tournament final tennis match at the Foro Italico in Rome on May 19, 2019. (Photo by Filippo MONTEFORTE / AFP)Novak Djokovic can become only the second man in history to have twice held all four Grand Slam titles at the same time with victory at the French Open.However, a returning Roger Federer and rejuvenated Rafael Nadal will once again stand in his way.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess MOST READ LATEST STORIES Louie Gonzales hopes to turn JRU into one of NCAA’s most hardworking team Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too View commentslast_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas first Greek in 83 years to reach French Open last 16

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44Undas tradition: 2 mom’s crusade against trash at cemeteries03:14Mom of 3 year old girl slain in anti drug ops files raps vs Rodriguez cops02:42PH 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 MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport The last Greek player to reach the second week at Roland Garros was Lazaros Stalios in 1936.Tsitsipas, who stunned Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open semi-finals earlier this year, had battled back from 5-2 down in the third set to keep his hopes of a straight-sets win alive.World number 60 Krajinovic has good memories of the French capital, though, having reached the Paris Masters final in 2017, and forced a fourth set in a high-quality tie-break.He looked likely to take the match into a decider when Tsitsipas made back-to-back double faults to be broken in the seventh game, but Krajinovic played a dreadful game when serving for the set and was broken to love.Tsitsipas took full advantage, forcing another breaker, in which he sealed victory after saving a set point on his first match point.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas plays a shot against Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic during their third round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Saturday, June 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena )Stefanos Tsitsipas became the first Greek player in 83 years to reach the second week at Roland Garros on Saturday as he survived a scare in the third round against Filip Krajinovic.The sixth seed led by two sets overnight, with the match suspended at 5-5 in the third due to darkness at 9:52 p.m. local time, and saw Serbia’s Krajinovic launch a comeback.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP LATEST STORIES PBA: Ginebra picks up ‘ugly win’ as it turns back NorthPort Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Tsitsipas lost the set in a tie-break but sealed a 7-5, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 7-6 (8/6) success on Court Philippe Chatrier after overturning a 5-3 deficit and saving a set point in the fourth.The 20-year-old will take on either former champion Stan Wawrinka or Grigor Dimitrov for a place in his second Grand Slam quarter-final after their match was also suspended on Friday evening.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“It’s really tricky when you come back after a day. It’s unusual, you don’t do it that often,” said Tsitsipas.“It was important I saved those set points. Closing in the fourth set, it’s important to save energy.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, toolast_img read more