Month: November 2019

Martinez eager to move on as he gears for 2018 Winter Olympics

first_imgCatriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next 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 Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Michael Martinez competes in the men’s individual figure skating in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLMichael Martinez could’ve had another golden moment for the Philippines in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games but he fell short in the men’s individual free skating event.After his spirited appearance in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics and gold medal finish in the Asian Trophy, Martinez was tabbed to take home the top prize in the Kuala Lumpur Games.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Breaking the ice with Michael MartinezThe 20-year-old, however, is eager to put his frustrations behind as he looks forward to his next challenge—the 2018 Winter Games.“For me, it’s still the Olympics over of the SEA Games,” said Martinez. “And of course this loss motivated me especially when the judges approached me [saying] that this was my best performance I’ve done in my career.”PH ice athletes get warm welcome after SEAG stint360 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Martinez bags silver, Perticheto wins bronze in figure skatingBut Martinez settled for the silver and 40th-ranked skater in the world admitted the failure stung.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 be honest, it hurt because my goal was to really win the gold medal,” said Martinez Thursday during their homecoming celebration at SM Megamall’s skating rink.Martinez scored 171.63 points to place second behind Malaysian Julian Zhi-Jie Yee, who won the gold after scoring 205.43. ADVERTISEMENT Prince Eze tops NCAA MVP race after the first round SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Kershaw buries head in hands as Astros dump Dodgers

first_imgIn Game 5, he had an outing to forget.Expected to dominate the Houston Astros and move the Dodgers within a win of their first World Series title since 1988, Kershaw wasted a four-run lead and was chased in the fifth inning of a crushing 13-12, 10-inning loss on Sunday night. Los Angeles headed home in a 3-2 World Series deficit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just lost my command a little bit there in that fourth inning,” he said softly in the quiet clubhouse, “and, yeah, that’s all it took.”A three-time NL Cy Young Award winner and five-time NL ERA champion, Kershaw is likely a first-ballot Hall of Famer. The 29-year-old left-hander hoped this October would be the crowning achievement of his career, a ring to fill the emotional hole left by a string of October exits. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES “Man, I’m mentally exhausted right now,” he said. “That was the, by far, the craziest game I’ve ever been a part of, probably will ever be a part of.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Astros blast by Dodgers, 13-12, in 10th, lead World Series 3-2 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters 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 “Kershaw’s picked up us up so many times this year. Obviously didn’t do what he wanted to do today,” Bellinger said. “To get that lead and to pick him up right there was pretty special.”Reprieve led only to another reversal.Kershaw walked Springer with two outs in the bottom half, shouting at himself after missing low with a slider on a 1-0 pitch.Ahead of Alex Bregman 1-2 in the count, Kershaw walked him on the 10th pitch. That was enough for Roberts, who pulled him after 94 pitches, just 57 of them for strikes.Jose Altuve sent Kenta Maeda’s seventh pitch over the Phillips 66 Home Run Porch in left-center , tying it 7-7.Kershaw allowed 27 home runs during the regular season, seven more than his previous career high. Gurriel’s was the eighth off Kershaw in the postseason, the most ever allowed by a pitcher.Kershaw induced just four swings and misses, his fewest in a start since four by San Diego on April 5, 2012.As the bats where wheeled out of the clubhouse for the charter flight back to Los Angeles, Yasiel Puig said there was no doubt the Dodgers will win Game 6.“This is not going to be finished Tuesday. It’s going to be Game 7,” said Puig, whose two-run homer sparked a three-run comeback in the ninth that sent the game to extra innings.Bellinger, who drove in four runs, also looked ahead. But first, a day of rest. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw sits in the dugout after Houston Astros’ Yuli Gurriel hit a three-run home run during the fourth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)HOUSTON — Clayton Kershaw returned to the dugout and sat down after one of the worst performances of his major league career. A few minutes later, the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lead gone, he buried his head in his hands.In the opener, he conjured memories of Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale and Orel Hershiser.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles provided Kershaw a 4-0 lead. He had faced the minimum nine batters through three innings, allowing only a single. The Dodgers had been 19-0 this year when scoring at least four runs in a game started by Kershaw, and this seemed a likely No. 20.“He was rolling. He was throwing the ball well, good rhythm,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts saidBut Kershaw walked George Springer leading off the bottom of the fourth, Jose Altuve singled of a slider with one out and Carlos Correa hit an RBI double off a fastball. Yuli Gurriel’s no-doubt, three-run homer to left , a crushed first-pitch slider, jolted most of the orange-clad crowd of 43,300 outs of the seats. A shocked Kershaw whipped around to watch the ball fly.“I just think of different pitches that you want to have back. Obviously, I don’t want to walk Springer to lead off an inning,” Kershaw said. “Altuve hit a OK pitch, but Correa hit one that — maybe I shouldn’t have thrown that pitch again. But it was an off-the-plate. He did a good job with it.”Cody Bellinger seemed to rescue the Dodgers, hitting a three-run homer in the fifth against Collin McHugh for a 7-4 lead.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Racela sees a lot of potential in surprise TNT pick Tallo

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next Mac Tallo was picked 10th by TNT in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMac Tallo will be the first to admit that entering the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft was nothing short of a leap of faith.Coming off a stellar run with Southwestern University in Cebu, the 23-year-old could not sustain his groove when he took his act in the PBA D-League, posting pedestrian numbers in the lone conference he played in with Racal.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m excited because all of us there are Visayans,” Tallo said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MMA fighter after collapse: ‘I died tonight in the cage’ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:02From UAAP to PBA, Austria and Racela renew coaching battle in finals00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith01:37Protesters 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 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Racela also joked that the surprise selection did seem like an “unconventional move” for them, taking a swipe at Kia’s unique style.But he made it clear that the TNT brass liked Tallo’s qualities dating back to his days in CESAFI.“People were expecting somebody else, but we saw a lot of potential in him. We followed him since his days in Cebu. We liked his point guard qualities, and I think that’s something that we could develop more when he stays with TNT,” Racela said.Tallo knows the things TNT needs from him, and he’s looking forward to linking up with the team’s veterans, with Castro and Ryan Reyes set to serve his mentors.But more than anything, what the 6-foot guard relishes the most will be his chance to reunite with his fellow Cebuanos Roger Pogoy and Alfrancis Tamsi.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa But little did he know that his skillset alone will be his ticket on his way to being drafted by TNT as the 10th overall selection.“The risk was worth it,” Tallo shared in Filipino. “I didn’t expect to be picked in the first round. I was just praying that I get drafted. I felt I’ll end up in the second round, but when my name was called, I couldn’t believe it. I’m really happy that I made my dreams come true.”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 shutoutIt may be a shocking pick for many but KaTropa coach Nash Racela said Tallo has always been high on their list as the team looks to reinforce their guard rotation and find another playmaker.“Ever since when we draft, we always look into consideration someone who could back up for Jayson Castro. So the process has been continuous for us,” he said. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Gilas size key vs Taipei

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Gabe Norwood is also a no-brainer inclusion, as he will again be tasked to put the cuffs on Taipei’s deadliest gun. On Friday, he wound up as one of four players in twin digits in scoring with 10. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Gilas has a deeper bench, and it is this depth that Reyes hopes to maximize as he got little from some of the more established players in his team like June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar and Calvin Abueva.Taipei will be coming into the contest fresh from a 104-66 shellacking at the hands of world No. 9 Australia, also Friday.Gilas will be playing with size against Taipei as Blatche will be joined in the frontline by the 6-foot-10 Fajardo and athletic 6-foot-9 forward Aguilar.Both Fajardo and Aguilar will be coming off relatively silent games after failing to score in twin digits and combining for just six rebounds against the Japanese.Castro will surely be a marked man, more so after showing the field how he took over when the chips were down for the Filipinos.He finished with 26 points on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Global Cebu settles for 2nd in Singapore Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “Yes, [we’re playing the] same team,” Reyes said in a text message to the Inquirer. “We want to see improvement [compared to our first game].”After identifying some flaws in the game against Japan, Reyes and his staff decided to stick it out with the same team, leaving Raymond Almazan, Carl Bryan Cruz and Mac Belo in the freezer.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 shutoutGilas blew hot and cold against the Japanese, relying on its defense and the guns of Andray Blatche and Jayson Castro in the stretch to keep intact a winning streak against Japan that dates back to 2004.The Filipinos will be clashing with a Taiwan side that dealt them a very painful defeat in Manila four years ago, with Wen Cheng Tsai and naturalized center Quincy Davis III leading the enemy anew. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Photo from Fiba.comSame lineup, yet Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes hopes to see something different from his charges on Monday against Chinese Taipei in the first window of their Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifying series.Reyes did not tinker with the 12-man roster that pulled off a 77-71 decision of Japan on Friday night in Tokyo, but obviously, the firebrand tactician doesn’t want to go through the same scare when they battle the Taiwanese at 7:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Jackson lifts Gamboa-St. Clare to 1st win in PBA D-League

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Chris dela Peña paced the winless Batangas-EAC (0-2) with 14 points and three rebounds, while JP Maguliano had 13 markers and six boards.The scores:GAMBOA COFFEE MIX-ST. CLARE 104 — Jackson 30, Pare 18, Ambuludto 13, Dionisio 9, Hallare 9, Bitoon 8, Rubio 6, Rebugio 6, Penaredondo 3, Acuno 2, Alcober 0, Fontanilla 0, Jumaquio 0.BATANGAS-EAC 81 — Dela Peña 14, Maguliano 13, De Joya 9, E. Mendoza 8, Laude 7, Diego 7, J. Mendoza 6, Bautista 5, Altamirano 4, Tampoc 4, Martin 0, Pate 0.Quarters: 20-21, 53-38, 81-59, 104-81.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Thunder’s Roberson expected to miss rest of season John Ambuludto added 13 points and nine rebounds, while Aris Dionisio was a rock down low with his nine markers and 17 boards as he proved to be the stabilizing force for his crew in the victory.“We’re facing a lot of good school-based teams which entered, but I told the players to take it one game at a time and we’ll eventually get those wins,” said Gamboa-St. Clare coach Jinino Manansala.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Coffee Lovers broke loose from a close affair in the first quarter as they unloaded 33 points in the second period to grab the 53-38 lead.Jackson then, went to work in the third frame as he captained the breakaway which saw Gamboa-St. Clare take a 31-point lead, 99-68 late in the game. LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESGamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare was just too much for Batangas-EAC in a 104-81 victory for its first win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Trevis Jackson led the charge as he poured in 12 of his 30 points in the third quarter. He also had four rebounds, while Malian big man Mohammed Pare got 18 markers and 11 boards for the 1-1 Coffee Lovers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

UST, UP top UAAP football standings after dominating wins

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Happy to see him playing in the UAAP, although he wasn’t able to score at least he had chances,” said Allado in Filipino. It took Anotado no time to contribute to UST’s cause as he assisted Bricenio in the latter’s 68th minute goal while Benecio scored his double in the 17th and 41st minute.Jusue Pilarca was sent off in the stoppage time of the first half that left Adamson playing with just 10 men.In the final game, De La Salle came back from a goal down and trumped Far Eastern University, 3-1.Rico Andes gave the Tamaraws the 1-0 lead in the 21st minute before Matthew Custodio equalized 14 minutes later for the Green Archers.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments “I thought it was a very disciplined performance, we stuck with the game plan,” said UP head coach Anto Gonzales. “We are very patient in the build-up and execution.”Dexter Benecio earned himself a first-half brace to lead the Golden Booters past 10-man Adamson University, 3-0.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarvin Bricenio also found the back of the net, his fourth goal of the season for UST, in the match against the Soaring Falcons off an assist from the returning Steven Anotado as the Golden Booters kept another clean sheet.UST head coach Marjo Allado was happy he had Anotado back in the lineup as the striker, who got in the pitch in the 67th minute, missed two years of play due to a knee injury. Chrisopher Lawless then broke the tie in the 76th minute and Yoshi Koizumi firmly ended the match for La Salle in the 79th. Winter Olympics: Lots of gold medals, sure, but how about those 15,000 eggs Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ King Miyagi netted a brace tas University of the Philippines blanked University of the East, 3-0 and take a share of the top spot in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament at Rizal Memorial Stadium.JB Borlongan also netted a goal, his second of the season, for UP as the Fighting Maroons tied University of Santo Tomas atop the table with six points each.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Salado repays team’s trust with clutch performance

first_imgThe Cagayan de Oro native’s woes continued in the extra period when he was whistled for a foul on Mendoza with 4.0 seconds remaining and the game tied at 71, a call which he really argued with.READ: NCAA Season 93 Preview: Run-and-gun Chiefs“For me, there wasn’t any foul because I knew Lervin (Flores) was there to block his shot,” he said.Seething to atone for his miscues, Salado took responsibility in the next few seconds, taking the ball and going straight to the rack against the defense of the 6-foot-8 Abdel Poutouochi as he banked the game-winner to lead Arellano to a 73-72 victory over JRU.“I really wanted it. Everyone said that the ball will be on my hands no matter what happens,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 With Arellano down seven, 51-44, in the fourth period, Kent Salado pulled his side from the rubble and almost singlehandedly delivered the win for the Chiefs.READ: Salado the hero as Arellano repulses JRU in OT FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHowever, his heroics almost went to waste as he botched two potential game-clinching freebies with 9.8 seconds left in regulation, leaving the window open for the Heavy Bombers as Jed Mendoza drilled the game-tying trey at 62-all to force overtime.“I really regret that because I wasn’t able to shoot it,” Salado said in Filipino. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Kent Salado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArellano coach Jerry Codiñera has constantly reminded his team that no matter what the situation is, the players should always keep the trust within the team.But that was tested on Tuesday when the Chiefs faced a tough challenge against Jose Rizal University.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet OKC big man Adams open to play for NZ Tall Blacks: ‘If timing is right’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We told the team that we have to go to Salado,” said Codiñera of his final play. “It’s our trust in him. We were able to execute and he made that crucial basket for us.”Salado scattered 25 points, eight assists, six rebounds, and two steals.“I can say that I was just lucky to have made that shot because there wasn’t any time left. I really had to shoot it and I was challenged by the import, and I’m just really lucky to make it,” he said. View commentslast_img read more

Daniel Cormier’s rivalry with Jon Jones peaks at UFC 214

first_img“I can almost sympathize with Jon more today than I did before,” Cormier said. “Because I see all the traps, the excess — from girls to new friends. There’s just so much available to you that you don’t really want to be involved with. But I got it as a 36-year-old man. He was a 23-year-old kid, and then it just became a part of who he was. You’ve got to avoid those traps. I live in what’s important. My family, my training, my jobs.”When Jones blew his title shot and received a yearlong suspension last year, he also cost Cormier a great deal of money by forcing their bout’s cancellation. Anderson Silva agreed to be a late replacement, and Cormier did the only thing he could against one of his heroes: He pinned the Spider to the mat for most of their three rounds, earning an easy victory and boos from fans who have embraced Jones’ antihero ethos more than Cormier’s good-guy life.“I didn’t get here being stupid,” Cormier said. “There was no way to win in that situation, but I had to take the criticism for it.”Cormier finally has a way to win this Saturday, but he is an underdog. Jones still is widely considered the greatest fighter in the world, and he appears to be focused on regaining his belt.Their animosity hasn’t cooled, either. At their ceremonial faceoff Wednesday in downtown Los Angeles, a shirtless, chiseled Jones glowered at the smaller, suit-wearing champion.“I know what I’ve got to do,” Cormier said. “We finally have to have this moment. It’s time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Morris’ 88th minute goal gives US Gold Cup title El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. If any fighter could teach Jones about the perseverance and steadiness necessary to forge a successful career with something besides spectacular athletic talent, it would be the man standing across from Jones in the UFC 214 cage on Saturday night.“If we weren’t what we are today, there are a lot of things that I could give to him, to help him be a better version of himself,” Cormier said with a rueful laugh.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsInstead, Cormier and Jones are locked in one of the greatest rivalries in MMA history, one featuring street-clothes scuffles, epic trash-talking and a pointed animosity that can only grow out of familiarity.More than 2 1/2 years after Jones beat Cormier to defend the light heavyweight title, Cormier is the champion heading into their rematch at Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Daniel Cormier lands a solid right to the face of Jon Jones during their fight at UFC 182 last January. AP FILE PHOTOBURBANK, CALIFORNIA—Daniel Cormier recognizes the cosmic paradox at the bottom of his bitter rivalry with Jon Jones.If anybody in the world could relate to the exact pressures and pitfalls faced by Jones over the past several years as a wildly successful mixed martial artist, Cormier would be that man.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cormier (19-1) realizes he needs a victory over his self-sabotaging archrival to validate his own title reign — and any empathetic thoughts about Jones (22-1) have been drowned out by years of anger and frustration with an enemy who could have been a friend.“I’ve allowed myself to let go of that thought: ‘Why am I so disappointed in him?’” Cormier said during a recent lunch break from his other job as an MMA analyst for Fox. “Why was I so upset when he was throwing everything away? It shouldn’t matter to me. When I was finally able to let that go, it freed me.”The most anticipated MMA matchup of the summer is the headline bout on a stacked card, but Cormier is unable to take much satisfaction in this lucrative pinnacle of his career. The decisive loss to Jones in January 2015 remains the only blemish on Cormier’s record, and he has reigned atop the 205-pound division for two years since Jones’ title was stripped a few months afterward.Jones’ misdeeds are almost too long to list at this point, even when limited just to the trouble since 2014. He had a positive test for cocaine use around the time of their first bout, followed by an embarrassing hit-and-run accident in which a pregnant woman’s arm was broken, followed by another failed drug test revealed shortly before their scheduled rematch at UFC 200 and blamed on an erectile dysfunction medication.Cormier has lampooned and criticized Jones with each mistake, but only because he sees Jones making the mistakes that he has avoided. While Jones lives his madcap life, Cormier is a former Olympic wrestler with a late-blooming MMA career and a stable family existence in the Bay Area.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View commentslast_img read more

Team Lakay coach confident of Eustaquio’s chances

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Eustaquio (9-5) will face probably the biggest threat to his title aspirations in former two-time ONE Flyweight Champion Kairat Akhmetov on Saturday in the main event of ONE: Total Victory at Jakarta Convention Center here.If victorious, the 28-year-old striker can stake his claim to challenge the promotion’s top flyweight Adriano Moraes of Brazil for the belt.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 openingThat could put Eustaquio in the limelight like fellow Team Lakay fighters like Honorio Banario and reigning ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang.But Sangiao refused to look beyond Eustaquio’s next opponent, but the decorated mentor has no doubt in his mind that his ward is more than ready to get his place in the spotlight. Ebondo ‘honored’ to possibly play for Gilas in Fiba Asia Champions Cup Team Lakay.JAKARTA — Team Lakay coach Mark Sangiao isn’t putting too much pressure on Geje Eustaquio to match the accomplishments of his contemporaries, knowing that in terms of motivation, his flyweight warrior is already aware of what he has to do to get to the level of his peers.“It’s the same. I always ask them, ‘What is the goal for every fighter?’ It’s to get the belt. So they know it and it’s already a motivation for them to do well in their training and inch closer in getting that belt soon,” he said on Thursday after the open workouts at Celebrity Fitness Gym in fX Sudirman here.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “Akhmetov will be a tough draw for us,” he admits.“In terms of confidence, Geje is 101-percent confident. You can see that he’s mentally prepared and though we’re facing a former champion, I think we have a good gameplan. Looking at his nutrition and conditioning, we’re well prepared,” said Sangiao. “If he executes our gameplan well, I think we’ll definitely get the win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

CWG mess is symptomatic of Congress’ complacency

first_imgThe public outcry over the magnitude of the Commonwealth Games scandal finally led to high level intervention that may well salvage some of the country’s pride. But the larger denouement has made everyone realise something not usually associated with a Congress- led government: the absence of a clear line of authority.How the party whose leadership has famously been identified with the words ‘High Command’ since the 1920s failed to set up such a system for a major sporting event requires closer scrutiny. A few of the problems that have reared their heads today are new.A comparison with Asiad 1982 will throw fresh light on the present. The predecessor government was headed by Charan Singh, who was an outspoken opponent of the Asian Games. His magazine, Asli Bharat was consistent in opposition, arguing that the same resources, some Rs 1,000 crore could and should be used to develop villages and not the capital city.Asiad When the Congress returned to office in January 1980, it faced a messy situation.Politics and sports bodies are closely intertwined and a Special Organising Committee was created under Bhalindra Singh. Indira Gandhi in the 1980s, not less than in the previous decade was deeply aware of rural voters and farmers’ issues, but unlike Charan Singh she saw the Games as equally important.It was not one or the other but both that mattered. Rajiv Gandhi, as general secretary of the party and newly elected MP from Amethi entered the picture late.But aided by Buta Singh, he played to his strengths. As the science journalist Dinesh C. Sharma points out in his work “N. Seshagiri Rao of the National Informatics Centre helped set up the communications network. Information and the exercise of authority went hand in hand”. The Asian Games remained controversial.advertisementThe city’s young environmentalists raised concerns about tree felling; archaeological concerns about the Siri Fort were aired by scholars. A democratic rights group probed and published reports of poor sanitation and non- compliance with the Minimum Wages Act at the building sites of flyovers.There was of course little question then as now of a turnaround on the question of hosting the Games. But in a little-noticed interview to the now defunct tabloid weekly Blitz , Rajiv Gandhi distinguished between different sets of critics. The construction of amenities he felt would benefit Delhi in the long run. Sports stadia would be used by youngsters, wider roads would ease the traffic.But on the de-greening he not only conceded there were serious concerns but felt that they needed to be addressed frontally in the future at the planning stage. He did not refer to it, but in at least one case – at Kushak Nalah (a stone’s throw from 1, Safdarjung Road) – clearing of a scrub jungle and red bed patch was halted as it was part of the green belt.Contrast this picture to the present situation.The Delhi government was hellbent on the present Games Village site, though it was clearly in the river bed of the Yamuna. This, despite the then sports minister arguing for a site in Bawana where the land is dry, the area underdeveloped and the long term benefits to residents manifold.On a broader scale, if 1982 saw leadership in a party and government work together seamlessly, the reverse was the case in the new century.True, in 1982 Delhi did not have an elected government and the Metropolitan Council polls were only held the following February. But the longest serving Congress government of chief minister Sheila Dikshit has been in office since 1998.Legitimacy Its older image of a modern administration of a city state has been seriously damaged. Let alone the poor, who backed her in record numbers in the winter 2008 assembly polls, even the middle class seems in a mood for rebellion.But above all it is the gulf between party and government at the apex that has made a difference. Ours is a system where authority flows from the head of government.In 1980- 82 there was never any doubt that the combined legitimacy of the PM and the ruling party’s most significant Lok Sabha MP were fully behind the project.By 2010, it was all running on auto pilot till literally the eleventh hour.This does raise a question: why unlike his father, then a fresh and by all accounts reluctant entrant into politics, did Rahul Gandhi stay away from the Games? Perhaps, his priority lies elsewhere, not in priming the pump of the modern sector of the economy but in reaching out to the underclasses who will make or break his party in 2014.advertisementContrast his strong advocacy of Adivasi rights or farmers’ travails of land acquisition with his silence on the Games. Or with the strong intervention on the side of an ally, the embattled chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir. Better still, his insistence that it was time India moved on beyond the Ayodhya dispute to issues of bread and butter.But politics is a strange beast, and it will not be so easy for the general secretary or the president of the All India Congress Committee to put the Games or rather what they may soon symbolise behind them.Along with the Prime Minister, they had crafted a new image of a clean party that worked for the people and had put corruption and scandal behind it. Will the Games and their aftermath crack that mirror?ThreatsAnd as for the common Indian, the political mosaic has shifted considerably from the summer of 2009. The Congress has not broken through into the bastions of its opponents in states as diverse as Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat, Karnataka and Bihar.The urban voter is also restive. The rout in the Delhi University Students’ Union polls is a warning signal. With its 4,00,000 strong electorate (though very few students actually vote), it has been the launching pad for many national leaders (including Arun Jaitley and Ajay Maken).The cadre power of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s student wing prevailed over the ruling party’s youth wing for the first time in eight years. Money power was checked by the new norms suggested by the Lyngdoh committee. Rahul Gandhi’s outreach evidently did not help his party in the country’s largest Central University.Under the surface, political India is stirring.Rather sooner than it anticipated, the second UPA government is seeing seeds of future troubles. Its success in the elections last year may have deepened complacency in its rank and file that the old days are back with no credible rival in sight.It is clear the populist wing of the party realises the newly recaptured ground cannot be held unless the poor are shielded from inflation.Its most vocal and increasingly influential leader openly calls for a cleansing of politics. All for the good, but it is the record of its governments and not the speeches of its leaders that may well be the touchstone for the voter.The division of responsibility at the top served the Congress well in its first term and got a seal of electoral approval. But now as dj vu sets in will it be a source of its nemesis? 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