Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In this file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during a weigh-in for a fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.  APUFC President Dana White dropped a bombshell revelation on Wednesday, claiming that he was having “real” talks with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. about possibly fighting inside the octagon.The 40-year-old slugger, however, denied White’s claims and said that people have “misconstrued” his earlier comments about mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile in emotional NBA TV special Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “People said, ‘Floyd said, Oh, he’ll be fighting in the UFC for a billion dollars’ – that’s not what I said,” Mayweather explained in an interview with FightHype.com. “What I said was this: I made a billion dollars. If I made a billion dollars before, I’ll do it again. If I choose to get in the UFC and fight for the UFC, or fight three fights or four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars, which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights. I could make a billion dollars.”After cashing in over a hundred million dollars in his retirement bout against UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor last August—notching a 50-0 pro career record in the process—fight fans marveled at the idea of a rematch under MMA rules.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“If I choose to get in the octagon and fight – fight three fights, three or four fights, and then fight Conor McGregor in the octagon. We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather, and I don’t look forward to getting back in the boxing ring,” he said.“That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. So, I’m just saying, I could (make a billion in the UFC). I’m not doing it. But I’m saying, what I could do is make a billion dollars quick if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities McGregor, meanwhile, has noted publicly several times that he wants a rematch against Mayweather but under the UFC banner.Pundits, however, doubt the cunning Mayweather will risk his unblemished fighting record, especially out of the comforts of the boxing ring.“I never said I was going to fight in the UFC,” Mayweather said. “I didn’t say that. I just said if I wanted to and what I could do. ‘Would’ and ‘could’ do isn’t the same thing. I’m not going to do it, though.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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La Salle management ‘firmly behind’ Ayo in Green Archers’ rebuilding phase

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next De La Salle University on Wednesday threw its “full support” for head coach Aldin Ayo after the Green Archers lost in the UAAP championship round to archrival Ateneo in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ La Salle management, however, did not quell any speculation regarding Ayo’s time as head coach of the Green Archers but it implied that the 40-year-old will still call the shots for the team in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in February.“We stand united as a team to regroup and regain the crown next season,” said the management in the statement. “Now more than ever, we are strongly committed to bounce back with a resolve that is uncompromising and unflinching.”“We will forever hold our banner high and bright, a shield of green and white.”ADVERTISEMENT In a statement from the university’s Office of Sports Development, the management said it is “firmly behind coach Aldin Ayo and his staff as we start the process of rebuilding for the future.”The Green Archers lost 88-86 in the third game of the series that saw the Blue Eagles hoist the Season 80 trophy.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 shutoutThe loss also sparked the rumors surrounding ding the tenure of Ayo with De La Salle.It’s been rumored that Ayo will leave La Salle in the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with University of Santo Tomas looming as the likely destination for the former UAAP and NCAA champion coach. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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McCarthy guarantees win for Kia

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Playing significant minutes this time, the 28-year-old McCarthy impressed with 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists, proving that he could thrive in a situation outside the shadows of his former San Miguel teammates like Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter.But the Westbury, New York, native shared that the season he spent with the Beermen was helpful in making him the player that he is now, with him banking on those lessons as he takes on a bigger role at Kia.“Those are my guys, I learned a lot from Chris, Alex, Marcio, and all the guys who have helped me there. So I’m just trying to take some of the things I learned from those guys and bring it over here: just play hard, next play mentality, and just continue to work hard,” he said as he expects to perform better in the coming games as a key contributor for the Picanto this conference.“It feels good to get out on the court and play. I feel like I need to get my conditioning in because I haven’t played that many minutes, but it’s a work in progress. I felt good though.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRashawn McCarthy believes Kia’s unconventional approach is bound to deliver wins on the court.The new recruit even went as far as assuring a win by the Picanto this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “I wasn’t part of that Kia team (last conference), but they didn’t finish with a victory. We’re gonna get a victory this conference, for sure,” he guaranteed.Kia came close to getting that elusive win on Wednesday when it almost caught NLEX off guard before taking a 119-115 loss.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 shutoutMcCarthy, however, sees the game as a statement of sorts for the Picanto, showing everyone that ragtag as the team may be, they are still capable of pulling off surprises against their favored foes.“We got a lot of guys that have a lot of heart so I expect us to come out and fight every night,” he said. “I don’t expect us to just roll over and give other teams easy victories. I think we showed we lot of heart and showed we wanted the victory. We fell short but we fought hard.” Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Thompson, Durant lead injured Warriors to 10th straight win 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img read more

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Busy 2018 for volleyball

first_imgPhilippine volleyball will have a major reshuffling at the start of the coming year.That’s according to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVPI) acting president Peter Cayco, who told the Inquirer that they set a meeting in January to discuss the changes they will make for the national team—including athletes and coaches.ADVERTISEMENT “Actually, it’s the players who wanted to call for the meeting; they called me and said they wanted to sit down and talk,” Cayco said.He noted that even the coaching staff may be affected as they are looking for a mentor who can implement his program given the complicated set-up of Philippine volleyball.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“We will talk to all leagues including the club and collegiate leagues,” said Cayco. “And we are looking at several names to be the national coach.”He said it will be a busy 2018 for the LVPI, which is eyeing slots for the men’s and women’s national teams in the Jakarta Asian Games. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The men’s team finished sixth place in the last Southeast Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur. The popular and star-studded women’s team finished fourth.But Cayco said they might use the results of the 2017 Asian Women’s Championships as basis for inclusion.“We placed in the quarterfinals of the Asian championships, that may have carry weight for the Asian Games Task Force (to endorse us),” added Cayco.The Philippines, led by the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Dawn Macandili, finished eighth in the Asians held here which was won by Japan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Nextcenter_img MOST READ Cold weather, fever fail to stop Mag-aso Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View commentslast_img read more

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Cavaliers assign Isaiah Thomas to G-League team to practice

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Thomas, who averaged 28.9 points last season as one of the NBA’s top playmakers, said he wants to be “special” when he returns to the floor and not “just another body.”After a slow start, the Cavaliers have won 18 of 20 and 11 straight at home. They’ll visit the Golden State Warriors on Christmas and play at Sacramento and Utah next week before returning to Cleveland to face Portland on Jan. 2.The next day, they’ll play in Boston for their second matchup with Irving. This time, they might have Thomas on the floor.“We’re all excited for when he’s able to come back to the team, but he’s been around the team all year,” James said. “It’s not like he hasn’t been here and he’s been at a rehab center or something. Whenever he’s ready to go, we’ll be ready. He’s never had a timetable here. When he’s ready to go and the training staff gives him the OK and the docs give him the OK, it will be an exciting time for our team.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Loaded enough? Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments FILE – In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas catches a pass before the team’s NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in Cleveland. Thomas, who has yet to make his debut with the Cavaliers, played four-on-four with other Cleveland players and coaches on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, a significant step in his recovery from a hip injury. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)CLEVELAND — Isaiah Thomas is one big step closer to joining the Cavaliers.Cleveland assigned the All-Star point guard to its Canton G-League team so he could practice and scrimmage with the Charge on Thursday, a significant development in his recovery from a torn labrum in his right hip. Thomas was scheduled to work out at the Cavs’ training facility in Independence.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH On Wednesday, Thomas said how his body responds from the stress of 5-on-5 scrimmages will determine how soon he’ll be able to make his debut with Cleveland. He’s been sidelined since aggravating a hip injury in the playoffs last season with the Boston Celtics.The Cavs have said since October that they believed Thomas would be able to play in NBA games by Jan. 1. The 28-year-old was acquired during a hectic offseason in a trade for All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving. The Celtics sent Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a draft pick to Cleveland in the blockbuster deal.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 shutoutCleveland is eager to add him to the lineup, and LeBron James has sensed that Thomas is ready.“Yeah, his attitude is getting worse and worse because he’s getting closer and closer,” James said following the team’s morning shootaround before hosting the Chicago Bulls. “When you get closer and closer to something you love and you want, your attitude actually gets worse.” Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

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Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “We work each and every day for moments like this and I just happened to hit the shot,” Daniels said. “It feels great, I’ll tell you that. I rather for it to be on them (the Grizzlies) then anyone else.”T.J. Warren led the Suns with 27 points, and Daniels — acquired from the Grizzlies in September — added 14 off the bench. Phoenix won at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against Chicago.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 shutoutTyreke Evans led Memphis with 23 points, and Marc Gasol added 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. The Grizzlies have lost eight of nine games and nine straight on the road.“It’s a matter of who makes the most plays and who makes the least mistakes,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, “and tonight they made one more play then we did.” LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The teams traded baskets and leads for much of the fourth quarter, and there were three ties. Neither team scored from the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter until Daniels’ key 3.Memphis had two chances to tie or take the lead, but Evans’ 26-footer at the buzzer missed.I thought I could have got to the basket but I kind of stepped back and shot the 3,” Evans said. “It shouldn’t have came down to that. We had the early lead in the game.”Greg Monroe rebounded a miss and saved the ball to Daniels for his shot. Monroe had 12 rebounds.“I just wanted to make sure I stayed in bounds,” Monroe said. “If I could just get it to him, I knew he had an open shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to grab a 21-9 lead in the first quarter. But Phoenix outscored Memphis 17-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 26-25 lead going into the second.Evans scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes.“It was a struggle all night, really,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “From the opening tip, five of their first baskets where straight-on drives to the basket.”The Suns took a 53-44 lead on Warren’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the second. Then Warren scored and was fouled, making it 56-46.Warren had 17 of his points at halftime, and the Suns led 60-51 at halftime.The Grizzlies erased a 12-point third quarter deficit and took a 76-75 lead on Evans’ layup, then Kobi Simmons got a steal and layup for a three-point Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left in the third.Memphis took an 81-79 lead into the fourth quarter. DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe (14) drives to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPHOENIX — Troy Daniels knew his shot was going in the moment it left his hands, and he knew exactly where he was on the court — right in front of his former team’s bench.Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 17.6 seconds to play to give Phoenix the lead, and the Suns held off the Grizzlies 97-95 on Thursday (Friday Manila time) for their third victory in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View commentslast_img read more

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DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq He hit two free throws with 53 seconds left after Philadelphia’s Robert Covington missed a go-ahead 3-point attempt, and then two more with 6.4 seconds left put it away.DeRozan finished 13 of 15 from the line to best the 43 points he scored against Boston last season. The Sixers only took 14 free throws as a team.“That’s been my career the past few years, getting to the free throw line,” DeRozan said. “Being able to close out the game and me understanding to slow the game down. Get the momentum going our way and try to kill them at the free-throw line.”Kyle Lowry added 23 points to help the Raptors to their 11th win in 12 games.“Sometimes you’re going to have games where you let your All-Star, your superstar, take over,” Lowry said of DeRozan.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Tokyo cuts estimated tab for 2020 Olympics to $12 billion Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) gets the ball away from Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the first half on an NBA basketball game. APPHILADELPHIA (AP) — With DeMar DeRozan knocking down 3-pointers early, Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey thought he was back in Seattle.Down the stretch, Casey watched DeRozan do what’s made him a three-time All-Star: get to the foul line.ADVERTISEMENT Ben Simmons scored 20 points but had seven of the Sixers’ 23 turnovers in their fourth straight loss. Covington added 19 points and Dario Saric had 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists.Philadelphia, which blew a 16-point lead Tuesday night in a loss to Sacramento, fell to 1-7 without Embiid.“We need to come and play dirty, play tough,” Saric said.It was another day of uncertainty and false hope for the Sixers regarding their oft-injured franchise center, who went from questionable to probable to out in eight hours.Embiid missed two games with back tightness after logging a career-high 49 minutes in a triple-overtime loss to Oklahoma City last Friday. But the big man participated in shootaround and coach Brett Brown said less than two hours before tipoff that Embiid was “probable” and would play barring a setback in warmups.Embiid didn’t show any discomfort during pregame drills, but was ruled out about 30 minutes before tipoff.“He felt OK in the morning and then half an hour before the game, we learned he didn’t feel comfortable playing.” Brown said. “So we decided to rest him again.”The Sixers were also without starting shooting guard JJ Redick (right hamstring), but used Covington’s 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range to race ahead by 22.Things quickly fell apart. Lowry and Delon Wright (12 points) got hot in a 22-2 run that included bad passes and poor shots by the Sixers.“We’re going to get healthy,” Brown said. “We’re going to get better.” DeRozan combined the two to score a career-high 45 points and the Raptors overcame a 22-point deficit to beat the Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia 76ers 114-109 on Thursday (Friday Manila time).DeRozan, a career 28 percent shooter from 3-point range, set a career high with six 3s in nine attempts in Toronto’s fifth straight win.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 thought he was a young Ray Allen,” Casey said about DeRozan’s 4-of-4 first-quarter shooting from 3, reminiscing of his days as an assistant coach with the Seattle SuperSonics in the early 2000s. “That’s what we need from him. It opens up the floor, especially on nights when we just didn’t have it. We were playing in mud in the first half.”DeRozan became more conventional in the fourth quarter. His jumper with 4:13 left put the Raptors ahead to stay after they trailed 76-54 early in the third quarter. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Tokyo cuts estimated tab for 2020 Olympics to $12 billion

first_imgThe organizers said Friday that the event will cost a total 1.35 trillion yen ($11.9 billion).In their release, Tokyo 2020 officials said the U.S. dollar cost would be $12.6 billion. But at the current exchange rate of about 113 yen to the dollar it is just under $12 billion.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 shutoutWhen Tokyo won the Olympics in September 2013, its bid was for 730 billion yen. That ballooned to over 3 trillion yen but was slashed to 1.4 trillion yen after Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike launched a cost cutting campaign.Organizers have managed to cut still more from the estimated cost by moving some events outside of Tokyo and using existing and temporary facilities. TOKYO — The latest price tag for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics has been trimmed slightly, but is still nearly twice the initial estimate even after a major cost-cutting effort.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities A cost-allocation agreement calls for the city of Tokyo and the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee to pay 600 billion yen ($5.4 billion) each. The central government will contribute 150 billion yen ($1.4 billion).The remaining 35 billion yen ($315 million) will be covered by lottery revenues, officials said. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Tokyo’s games won’t be the priciest ever: the 2012 London Olympics cost $19 billion, compared with the bid estimate of $6.5 billion.Cities tend to exclude large amounts of associated costs when they submit a bid to host the Olympics. Such bids usually include only core components such as the main facilities so that the bids are easier to compare. Building design, security measures, transportation and other costs are largely excluded.Thomas Bach, who took over as IOC president in 2013, has sought to slash costs to entice cities to bid for future Games and minimize damage to the Olympic brand. The IOC has urged Tokyo to cut $1 billion more.The addition of five new sports after Tokyo pushed the tab up, but one of the biggest factors is rising construction costs.The budget figure announced Friday does not include a contingency fund of between 100 billion-300 billion yen ($882 million-$2.6 billion).ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Mbala on La Salle departure: ‘It’s final’ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

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Hood scores 29 points as Jazz beat Spurs

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Hood had 29 points and the Jazz fended off multiple comeback attempts by San Antonio to beat the Spurs 100-89 on Thursday (Friday Manila time).Utah played without rookie guard and top scorer Donovan Mitchell, who missed his second consecutive game with a bruised right big toe.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“When Donovan is out, I have to be a lot more aggressive,” Hood said.The Jazz led most of the way, but the Spurs fought back each time it appeared Utah was ready to put the game away. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES San Antonio Spurs guard Bryn Forbes, right, guards Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APSALT LAKE CITY — Missing their leading scorer for the second consecutive game, the Utah Jazz needed Rodney Hood to score in bunches.He did exactly that, including 11 fourth-quarter points to help Utah end a three-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The Jazz led 50-38 at halftime thanks to a 14-point half by Hood. Utah used a 17-3 run spanning the end of the first quarter and the beginning of the second, highlighted by back-to-back 3s from Joe Johnson and Rubio, to take a 30-17 lead.The Spurs opened the third quarter with an 11-1 run as LaMarcus Aldridge warmed up and cut the lead to two. San Antonio answered each time the Jazz tried to pull away before Hood finally sealed it.“We knew they were going to go on a run,” Hood said. “I saw daylight and just had to rise up and shoot the ball and make the right play when they started trapping me and blitzing me.”The loss broke a three-game winning streak for the Spurs.“There really shouldn’t be (any) excuses for mental mistakes,” San Antonio guard Patty Mills said. “We understand this is a long season and a long grind … but the other team is going through it as well. We just had too many of those tonight.” Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Hood took over in the fourth quarter after San Antonio cut the lead to 82-81. Utah went on a 13-2 run with Hood scoring nine straight points, including a contested pull-up 3-pointer from the corner and a spinning, mid-range jumper to push the lead to 12.“You noticed he was pretty good, huh?” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I thought they did a really good job in pick-and-roll, attacking and getting the ball to really open shooters. The last two 3s he hit, they were contested pretty well and he made great shots.“In general they did a great job executing and finding the open man out of pick-and-roll and they really sliced and diced us in that regard. That was nice to watch in a weird sort of way.”Ricky Rubio had 11 points and 11 rebounds, while Derrick Favors finished with 14 points and nine rebounds.Bryn Forbes led the Spurs with 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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After dropping 32, Beasley says he’s had a hot hand since day he was born

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nash, Kidd, Hill, Allen eligible for basketball Hall of Fame Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Beasley knew those chants were usually reserved for Porzingis, who had a dismal return from a two-game absence with a 0-11 shooting clip. But that night against the Knicks’ Atlantic Division rivals, he deserved the praise and reveled in it a bit.“It’s nice to hear but I am pretty sure it’s for KP,” said Beasley at the locker room.“I’m just here for the team. Whatever they need, whenever they need. Scoring, rebounding, defense. I just try my best. As humbly as I can say it I just feel like every shot is going in.”Knicks coachh Jeff Hornacek was not at all surprised with Beasley’s performance.“Mike, he can do a lot of things with the ball He was the second pick in the draft 10 years ago, after all. He’s talented and you all saw that tonight,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Beasley, who struggled with substance abuse in his days in Miami, bounced around the league and became an MVP in China before joining the Knicks, has settled well into his role as a reliable sub after getting a few starts early in the season.In fact, according research by Elias Sports Bureau, he is the only Knick to have scored 32 and got 12 rebounds not at a starter.“Coming off the bench, starting, whatever the team needs I’m going to do,” Beasley said. “If the team needs me to sit on the end of the bench and be a cheerleader then give me my pom poms. However I can help this team win I’m going to do.”This night, he did things the Knicks’ most valuable player usually did.“Michael Beasley had my back tonight,” Porzingis said. LATEST STORIES “January 9, 1989,” said Beasley, referring to his birth date, when asked about the second-half explosion that carried the New York Knicks to a 102-93 win over Boston Celtics Thursday night here.Beasley took over for the Knicks when they couldn’t sustain their hot start as the team’s best player Kristaps Porzingis struggled and the Celtics, owner of the league’s best record, crawled back and threatened to break away late in the third quarter with a nine-point lead.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 shutoutREAD: MVP chants as Beasley scores 32 to lead Knicks past CelticsThe former 2008 second overall draft pick unleashed a stunning offensive showcase, including 18 of his 32 points in the payoff period, that had fans at historic Madison Square Garden on their feet chanting “MVP! MVP” every time Beasley stepped up to the line. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ New York Knicks’ Michael Beasley, center looks at the screen during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics at Madison Square Garden in New York, Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK—Michael Beasley knew had the hot hand way before his third quarter breakout.He started feeling it 28 years go.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Nets rout Wizards to end four-game losing streak

first_imgWall scored 10 points and Beal had only four as the pair combined to miss 20 of its 26 shots.“You’re not going to expect that type of performance from them,” Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie said. “They are who they are for a reason. They’re great players, All-Stars obviously. Just good preparation and we obviously got lucky a little bit, too.”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 shutoutRondae Hollis-Jefferson had 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Nets. Caris LeVert scored 17 points, while DeMarre Carroll, Dinwiddie and Nik Stauskas added 15 apiece to help Brooklyn snap its four-game losing streak.Kelly Oubre Jr. had 13 points for the Wizards. Dinwiddie, who did not score in the first half, scored 11 straight to give the Nets a 64-47 lead with 9:24 left in the third quarter. That was followed by a three-point play by Carroll as Brooklyn went up by 20.Later in the quarter, Jarrett Allen put together a six-point streak to put the Nets up by 30 points and they went on to an 88-61 lead heading into the final quarter.Dinwiddie scored all of his points in that decisive third quarter.The lead continued to grow, this time with Stauskas taking the lead role. He made three consecutive 3-pointers, added a free throw and hit a driving layup with 3:32 remaining to give the Nets a 116-76 bulge.“We got our butts kicked, myself included,” said Wizards coach Scott Brooks. “We just seemed a step slow all the way. We’ve got to show more resolve and we didn’t do that tonight.”Allen finished with 10 points.Wall only played 16 minutes. He missed nine games (Nov. 25-Dec. 12) with a sore left knee and Washington went 4-5 during that span.“I was going to play him just eight minutes in the first half and get him most of his minutes in the second, but we didn’t keep the game close,” Brooks said.Overall, Washington shot 36.6 percent, while Brooklyn connected on half its shots. Washington Wizards’ Markieff Morris, right, competes for the ball with Brooklyn Nets’ Rondae Hollis-Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APNEW YORK — One of the NBA’s best backcourts sure didn’t play that way.And with John Wall and Bradley Beal shut down, the Brooklyn Nets led the Washington Wizards by as many as 40 points in a 119-84 victory on Friday (Saturday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was terrible,” Beal said. “We couldn’t make shots, get around or defend anybody. It was bad. It was really bad. It’s really one of those games you want to forget about and move on to the next one.”The Nets never trailed in the game, taking an early 10-point lead before settling for a 26-23 advantage after the first quarter.A layup by Hollis-Jefferson with 2:36 left in the second quarter gave the Nets an 11-point lead, and they went into halftime ahead 53-43.Hollis-Jefferson finished the first half with 15 points and eight rebounds.“You want to come out, you want to compete. You want to be fierce. You want to be someone that the guys look to as far as energy and competitive spirit,” Hollis-Jefferson said. “I feel this is the start of something new.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Pelicans hand Magic seventh straight loss LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’last_img read more

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In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire

first_imgIn Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire PLAY LIST 02:31In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire00:50Trending Articles01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events01:29Police 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 When life knocks you down, you have a choice: Stay down or get back up.Paul Zamar chose the latter—continuing his basketball dream in Thailand, where he plays for Mono Vampire in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m thankful to the ABL because they give us players a chance,” he said.Looking back, things would have been different for the 31-year-old had he decided to leave the game for good.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 shutoutLife seemed to have been at its best for Zamar back in 2016.Marrying longtime girlfriend Jane Arcangel in April, the steady playmaker out of University of the East churned out an MVP-caliber performance for Cafe France as he steered the Bakers to the 2016 Aspirants’ Cup Finals. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues He continued that solid outing in the 2016 Foundation Cup, but the Bakers once again crashed to the powerhouse Phoenix squad, which eventually won both PBA D-League titles that season.Though his team fell short, Zamar’s performance alone should have merited a call up, an invite at the very least, to the big league.Paul Zamar delivered solid performances for Cafe France in the PBA D-League before the team decided to change directions, leaving the former UE playmaker without a team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSome things, however, just weren’t in his control, and with Cafe France opting to go on a different direction, that left the 5-foot-11 Zamar unemployed. Without a direction to latch onto going forward, and with his PBA dream as distant as ever, Zamar’s situation almost drove him to depression.Paul’s father, Boycie, meanwhile, approached it differently, telling his son to keep on playing. After all, the now-San Miguel assistant coach himself has experienced this overseas way of living as he played and coached in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore years before.“Life is unfair, and that’s always the case,” he told his son then. “You have a choice to do good things or bad things. Either way, people will say something at you, so it’s better that you just do good.”ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Those words reverberated for the younger Zamar, and until this day, he keeps that in his mind, driving him to continue dreaming.That led him overseas to his new home in Mono Thewphaingarm, where he immediately brought the house down and set a new Thailand Basketball Super League scoring record of 52 points in the team’s victory over Hi-Tech back in June.His stupendous run in the local league led to his eventual stint with Mono Vampire in the ABL, where he now forms a killer backcourt duo with Fil-Am court general Jason Brickman.“The PBA is still crowded for us guards and we know have to work. As players, we want to improve, continue playing, and still be visible to the public. The chance is being given here for us and we’re just taking this opportunity,” he said.Mono Vampire’s @paulzamar willingly obliges for photos with Thai kids after the game. #ABL8 pic.twitter.com/zw5cw4XoOW— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) December 8, 2017In Mono Vampire, Zamar is a superstar, with the team expecting him to rack up solid numbers and be one of the key cogs to lead the team to victories. That also comes with the perks of his popularity with young basketball players try to chase him after games asking for picture and autographs.He’s not alone, though, as a number of Filipino cagers have taken their acts internationally and are now counted on as Heritage Imports in the ABL. Names like Leo Avenido, Jerick Cañada, and Froilan Baguion made lasting impact in their respective stints in regional circuit previously, with former PBA players like Reil Cervantes, Rudy Lingganay, and James Forrester now following suit.Zamar didn’t deny that it took him a lot of time before he was able to adjust to this brand new setting, from meshing with his new teammates as well as inculcating himself to the new culture. But what fast-tracked Zamar’s adjustment period is the same reason that drove him to this foreign land — the game of basketball. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I was still feeling my way in the beginning, but after two weeks of playing with them, it eventually became ok,” he said, as he spent the last six months of his life living in Bangkok. “It’s still different that you’ll go to the games on the road compared to here that we’re always flying. But I feel ok here with the freedom the coach has been giving me in the games.”Mono Vampire’s Paul Zamar tries to evade the defense of fellow Filipino Christian Standhardinger of Hong Kong Eastern. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueBut Zamar isn’t looking at this run as a demotion of sorts. Moreover, he feels challenged with the improved competition in the region, a testament to the evolution of the ABL over the years.“I was watching ABL before and I felt that I would like to play here because I saw the competition. A number of Filipinos have also played here, and we’re taking on American imports.Before, there are only Southeast Asian teams. But now, East Asian teams are joining like China, Hong Kong, and Chinese Taipei, so the level of play here in the ABL has truly improved,” he said. “You can say that it’s the best of the best of the countries that are being sent here, and it really fuels me to perform at my best, especially that I’m looked at here as an import. It really tests me to be on my toes because I’m out of my comfort zone and as my father reminded me, I’m always under the microscope as an import.”The cream always rises to the top, and for Zamar, this stint has been nothing but promising, as he averages 15.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists in his seven games for Mono Vampire this season.Zamar has been nothing short of impressive but he reiterates that he still hasn’t given up on coming back home and playing in the PBA, where he was drafted in the fourth round by Ginebra back in 2012.“Home is where the heart is,” he said. “My family, my wife is in the Philippines. It’s hard here abroad where I’m always alone. Sometimes, you’ll wake up and you’re all by your lonesome. It’s really difficult. That’s why if there’s a chance for me to make it to the PBA, I will really grab it.”But now that the opportunity is dry, Zamar is content on making his name and improving his game in Thailand.“For now, I’m thankful for this opportunity that I’m getting here in Mono. I’ll concentrate on my job here.”Photo from ASEAN Basketball League View comments In Thailand, Paul Zamar resuscitates PBA dream with Mono Vampire4.7K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Depleted Bolts get boost from Canaleta, new additions Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Ball to miss Lakers’ Christmas game with shoulder sprain

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 MOST READ Serena Williams to play 1st competition since giving birth The rookie guard will be re-evaluated in a week.Ball is averaging 10.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 7.1 assists. The Lakers are 11-20 and third in the Pacific Division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa AFP FILE PHOTOEL SEGUNDO, California — Lonzo Ball has a sprained left shoulder and will sit out of the Lakers’ game against Minnesota on Christmas night.The team said Sunday (Monday Manila time) an MRI revealed the sprain that Ball sustained in the second quarter against Portland on Saturday night. He played through it and finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Do not bring these items in SEA Games venueslast_img read more

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Beleaguered Mutko steps down as president of Russian Football Union

first_imgRead Next 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 Mutko sat on FIFA’s ruling council until March, when he was barred from running for re-election because his government position was judged a conflict of interest. Mutko was replaced by his longtime associate and fellow World Cup organizer Alexei Sorokin.FIFA thanked Mutko for what it called a “responsible step … taken in the best interest of the FIFA World Cup next summer.”“Mr. Mutko’s decision will have no impact on the successful staging of the FIFA World Cup next summer, as FIFA, the Russian Government, RFU and the LOC (Local Organizing Committee) continue their fruitful cooperation on the preparations for the FIFA World Cup according to plan,” it said in a statement. “In the coming days, FIFA will discuss with all relevant parties and agree on the next steps related to the LOC.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ginebra, NLEX turn back rivals 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Mutko said at a briefing that he would suspend his activities as president for half-a-year, and Alexander Alayev would serve as the acting head of the Russian Football Union.Mutko would retain the job of deputy prime minister overseeing sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderInvestigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee alleged that Mutko was involved in a sophisticated state-sponsored doping program during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Mutko, who served as Russia’s sports minister during the Games, has strongly denied all doping allegations.The IOC didn’t accuse Mutko of being personally involved in doping, but banned him from the Olympics for life, saying he and his ministry bore overall responsibility for “failure to respect” anti-doping rules. LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Mutko said he wanted to have his duties as president of the Russian Football Union suspended as he was planning to contest his ban from the Olympics at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.He added that he would also likely step down as the head of the World Cup’s organizing committee.Dmitry Svishchev, a member of the committee for sports and tourism at the lower house of Russian parliament, told the state RIA Novosti news agency that Mutko was stepping down in order to defuse criticism of Russia before the run-up to the World Cup.At a joint news conference with FIFA president Gianni Infantino ahead of the World Cup draw in Moscow on Dec. 1, Mutko reaffirmed his denial of the doping accusations.“There is no proof” Russian ran a state-backed doping scheme, he said. “Nowadays everyone is trying to make some kind of axis of evil out of us, just because we’re a great sporting power.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ In this file photo, Vitaly Mutko, Russian Federation Deputy Prime Minister & Russia 2018 World Cup Local Organising Committee Chairman, speaks with press during the opening of the WCup Fan ID distribution center in Moscow, Russia.Vitaly Mutko, a Russian government official who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in doping, has temporarily stepped down as president of the Russian Football Union, a move apparently intended to deflect international criticism as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup. APMOSCOW — Vitaly Mutko, a Russian government official who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in doping, said Monday he would temporarily step down as president of the Russian Football Union.It’s a move apparently intended to deflect international criticism as Russia prepares to host the 2018 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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LOOK: LA Tenorio meets lookalike on Christmas Day

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. BOCAUE — LA Tenorio got quite a Christmas surprise when he met his doppelganger on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT “There’s a lot of them who have those stories, who come from far-flung provinces just to see us and it warms our hearts,” he said. “We’re lucky to have fanatics like them. It adds motivation for us every game to play hard and give our 100-percent because that’s what they want from us — to give our 100-percent effort, win or lose.”Tenorio did send Bago home happy as he delivered the goods for the Gin Kings with his statline of 15 points, eight assists, five rebounds, and five steals in the victory, giving the Ginebra faithfuls, who trooped to the world’s largest indoor arena a merry Christmas. View comments Victolero praises Ginebra’s defense in Magnolia loss Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Nextcenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Lando Bago, 38, came in full Barangay Ginebra uniform at Philippine Arena here as he watched his idol lead the crowd favorites to an 89-78 victory over fierce rival Magnolia.Tenorio couldn’t help but smile during the encounter as he thanked the Sta. Maria, Bulacan native for his undying love and support for the Gin Kings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“There’s a lot of them (lookalikes). From Mark (Caguioa) to Jayjay (Helterbrand). But for us, for them to show their support with that, it’s really a good thing for me and I’m thankful for them,” he said.The 33-year-old playmaker said that fans like Bago give Ginebra players inspiration as they go out of their way just to show support for their idols. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting PLAY LIST 03:07Anne Curtis headlines Araneta City’s Christmas tree lighting01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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Retired NBA star Tim Duncan training in MMA, coach says he could fight professionally

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments MOST READ 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’ Social media was ablaze as the lanky Duncan, once utilized to terrorize opposing defenses, is now being used to throw punch-and-kick combinations.“What happens when your training partner is 7ft tall ??” Echols captioned the post.Speaking to Bleacher Report, Echols said Duncan’s sheer size and natural athletic ability would be a handful to today’s professional fighters.“(Duncan) would be a legit competitor, for sure,” he said. “He has a desire to learn and compete. He has the heart for it. He most definitely would be a competitor.The veteran MMA coach also revealed he once tore his bicep during a session with the hulking athlete.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ What happens when your training parter is 7ft tall ??😵 #martialarts #kickboxing #echolsfitness #training #timduncan #goat #SanAntonio pic.twitter.com/5cQUj0r0V5— Jason Echols (@EcholsFitness) July 26, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant But despite his client’s combat prowess, Echols believes Duncan must keep doing MMA as a hobby rather than  fight professionally one day.“I would highly encourage him not to (fight). Being a retired Spurs player, I wouldn’t want him going out there and getting punched and kicked by some of those guys, but Tim would be a competitor,” he told the news outlet.Furthermore, Echols revealed that another legendary Spurs player, David Robinson, trained with them as well. He also hinted on a possible clip of the two behemoths going at it during sparring.“Maybe the public will see (that) in the coming days,” Echols said. “You never know.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:#MambaThick: Kobe posts ‘dad-bod’ pic, deletes it soon afterSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Duncan’s career as arguably one of the best forwards to ever play in the NBA may have already come to a close, but his venture into other athletic fields continues.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 starsWhile showing up in the San Antonio Spurs’ facilities and practicing with his former team from time to time, the retired basketball legend has found a new calling as he trains in mixed martial arts (MMA).His trainer, Jason Echols, recently posted a video of the now 41-year-old Duncan in action during a light kick-boxing session. LATEST STORIES NCAA: Knights shoot for third victory versus Blazerslast_img read more

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Prakash Nanjappa: Comeback story from Bell’s palsy to CWG medal!

first_imgPrakash Nanjappa has scripted a spectacular comeback story with a silver medal finish at the CWG The silver medal finish of Indian shooter Prakash Nanjappa has turned out to be a spectacular comeback story in the ongoing Glasgow Commonwealth Games.The 38-year-old marksman secured a silver medal in the 10m air pistol shooting event to extend India’s tally of medals to 11 at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday.Nanjappa scored 198.2 points finishing at the second point behind Australia’s Daniel Repacholli who clinched the top spot with a score of 199.5 points.His top performance comes almost a year after he suffered a facial paralysis during the World Cup in Granda, Spain. He flew back to his home in Bangalore following his treatment in Spain.Nanjappa was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy(a form of facial paralysis), but he made quick recovery and went back to training in a mere one-and-a-half months’ time.In a span of just three months from his paralytic attack, Nanjappa clinched a silver medal in the Men’s 50m free pistol shooting event at the Asian Air Gun Championship in Tehran.Though he was not affected by partial paralysis, Nanjappa has to use eye drops frequently due to dry syndrome.last_img read more

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With two days to go, Britain’s EU referendum vote still on knife edge

first_imgOpinion polls on Tuesday suggested growing support amongst Britons for staying in the European Union but the vote in two days time which will have far-reaching consequences for Britain and Europe remains on a knife edge.Two days to referendum Britons will vote on Thursday on whether to quit the 28-nation bloc amid warnings from politicians, economists and trade bodies across the globe that a decision to leave would plunge Britain and possibly much of Europe into recession.The bloc – already shaken by differences over migration and the future of the euro zone – would lose its second-largest economy, one of its top two military powers and by far its richest financial centre.George Soros, the billionaire who bet against the pound in 1992, wrote in an article for Britain’s Guardian newspaper on Tuesday that a vote to leave would trigger a bigger, more disruptive devaluation in Britain’s currency than the fall on Black Wednesday.What do the polls hint at? British Prime Minister David Cameron (R) and European Council President Donald Tusk attend a bilateral meeting ahead of a European Union leaders summit addressing the talks about the so-called Brexit and the migrants crisis, in Brussels, Belgium, in February 2016. Photo: ReutersOpinion polls published since the murder of pro-EU lawmaker Jo Cox, who was shot and stabbed to death in her constituency in northern England last Thursday, have suggested sentiment might be moving towards an “In” vote.An ORB poll for Tuesday’s The Daily Telegraph newspaper found support for Remain at 53 percent, up 5 percentage points on the previous one, with support for Leave on 46 percent, down three points.advertisement”All the signs of ORB’s latest and final poll point to a referendum that will truly come down to the wire,” said Lynton Crosby, a political strategist who advised the ruling Conservative Party at the last national election in 2015.The “Leave” camp had “failed to quash the almost ubiquitous perception that it is the riskier of the two options,” he said.Social research body NatCen also published a survey that found Remain on 53 percent and Leave on 47 percent, using a method that took on recommendations by an official inquiry into why pollsters got last year’s election wrong, although its research was conducted from May 16 to June 12.However, an online poll by YouGov for The Times showed Leave ahead on 44 percent, up one point, with Remain on 42 percent, down two points. That survey was conducted over the weekend after Cox was killed.Campaigning was suspended for three days after the killing, which led to soul searching about the campaign and its tone, with Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Cox’s opposition Labour Party, saying her murder was likely “extreme political violence”.Some “Leave” campaigners accuse the “Remain” camp of exploiting the murder as part of what they portray as a campaign of scaremongering over the referendum by the establishment at home and abroad.Turnout is predicted to be key to the result, and the ORB poll found that Remain supporters, who had been regarded as being more apathetic, were becoming increasingly motivated to vote as polling day approaches.STERLING AND SHARES BOOSTPrior to the murder of Cox, polls had shifted towards “Leave”, and the indication that an “In” vote was now more likely has boosted sterling and shares. Britain’s FTSE-100 shares index jumped 3 percent on Monday while in early trading on Tuesday, the British pound was at a three-week high against the dollar.According to Betfair betting odds, the implied probability of a British vote to remain in the European Union was 75 percent.The “Out” campaign argues that it is the anti-establishment choice, and its message that EU membership has handed political control to Brussels and led to uncontrolled immigration appears to have struck a chord with many Britons.That issue again gained prominence on Tuesday when Prime Minister David Cameron’s former close aide Steve Hilton said the prime minister had been told four years ago that his target to reduce net immigration to Britain to the tens of thousands was impossible.”We were told, directly and explicitly, that it was impossible for the government to meet its immigration target as long as we remained members of the EU, which of course insists on the free movement of people within in,” Hilton, who has already said he backs Brexit, wrote in the Daily Mail newspaper.Those wishing to stay in the bloc, including Cameron, have focused on what they describe as the economic advantages provided by EU membership and the risks posed by leaving.advertisementPro-EU argument The pro-EU camp, including former prime ministers Tony Blair and John Major, have warned that an exit could also trigger the break-up of the United Kingdom by prompting another Scottish independence vote if England pulled Scotland out of the EU.The Remain camp not only boasts the support from the majority of senior business figures and world leaders such as U.S. President Barack Obama and Angela Merkel, but also well-known stars from stage, screen and sport.On Tuesday, former England soccer captain and hugely-popular David Beckham added his voice to that list. “For our children and their children we should be facing the problems of the world together and not alone,” he said.(Additional reporting by Elisabeth O’Leary and Estelle Shirbon; Editing by Guy Faulconbridge)Also read:Does Brexit matter for India? 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Ohio State Buckeyes turn to Corey Philly Brown to lead undefeated team

Wide receiver Corey ‘Philly’ Brown (10) celebrates a touchdown during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorWhen senior safety Christian Bryant went down with a broken ankle against Wisconsin, the Ohio State defense lost one of its most experienced players and a vocal leader.Although redshirt-senior safety Corey “Pitt” Brown has taken Bryant’s place on the field, it has been senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown who filled the void in the locker room.“People will listen … In the past, I wouldn’t be able to say something to somebody that wasn’t in my position or on the offense and whatever. They just wouldn’t listen,” “Philly” Brown said after practice Wednesday. “But now, I mean, offense, defense, specials, I mean everybody listens to me now, so I know that I got the power of influence.”After the game against Iowa Oct. 19, coach Urban Meyer said “Philly” Brown has stepped up as a leader in the locker room since Bryant’s injury against Wisconsin Sept. 28.“When you lose a Christian Bryant, I keep looking for that next guy and I found him, I think. It’s No. 10, ‘Philly’ Brown,” Meyer said last Saturday. “The emotional guy that’s in that locker room and the kickoff team.”“Philly” Brown’s leadership role is a huge improvement over last season, said Meyer, who added that the wide receiver has become a player he can really rely on.“‘Philly’ Brown, I wouldn’t walk across the street from him last year. Now he’s a guy (who is) an incredible leader,” Meyer said after the game against Iowa. “I just looked at him: ‘Don’t let me down.’ He was phenomenal today. He was picking up the slack that (Christian Bryant left).”“Philly” Brown leads the team with 33 catches for 453 yards and six touchdowns so far this season.But Meyer said “Philly” Brown’s growth has been much more visible off the field.“He’s (180-degrees) to where he was. He’s an absolute leader of this team, unchallenged, unquestionable, maybe one of the leaders. He is one of the leaders, one of the top two or three leaders on the team. If you said that a year ago, we would have gotten in an argument, because that’s not who he was of the his development as a person, a player, as a student, I couldn’t say enough,” Meyer said.Even defensive coordinator Luke Fickell has been impressed with “Philly” Brown’s growth as a player and a leader.“Guys can say things at any point in time, but it’s the guys that with their actions are consistent and that’s what you’ve seen with ‘Philly,’ whether it’s in practice, whether it’s in the game,” Fickell said after the Iowa game.Against the Hawkeyes, the Buckeyes headed into halftime struggling, after scoring only 10 points, a season-low, and allowing the Hawkeyes to score on each of their first three drives.Junior wide receiver Devin Smith said moods were low in the locker room, but “Philly” Brown helped bring the energy back up heading into the second half.“We came in and you can kind of tell that the locker room was dead, just from everybody just really not saying nothing,” Smith said Monday. “Everyone just looking at each other … ‘Philly’ just stood up and basically just said, ‘This is not how we play.’ He was screaming and just letting it pour out, really. Basically he was saying, ‘This is not us, this is not how we play. We need to come out this half and really show them what we’re about.’”“Philly” Brown said as soon as the whistle blew for halftime, he wanted to talk to the team to let them know what needed to be done to secure the victory.“I walked up to coach Meyer and I asked him, I asked him if I could say something to the team before we went out … I can’t say the exact words that I used, but it was some bad words in there and I just told them what we looked like and what we needed to do,” “Philly” Brown said.After trailing, 17-10, at halftime, OSU outscored the Hawkeyes, 24-7, in the second half en route to the 34-24 victory.Meyer agreed and said “Philly” Brown’s intensity helped push the Buckeyes to victory.“He doesn’t just open his mouth up,” Meyer said. “It’s nice to have a team meeting and show that to the team. Because they heard what he said. And then it’s easy to pop your mouth off and go sit in the back and sulk or throw your helmet. And he didn’t, he went as hard as he could. That’s the sign of a really good leader.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to host Penn State Saturday at 8 p.m. and look to push their winning streak to 20 games.“Philly” Brown said having a vocal leader on the team is nice for the players because it changes up the routine.“When a coach screams, you can kind of blank them out and just not really try to hear what they’re saying,” “Philly” Brown said. “But when a person that’s actually out there on the field with you, grinding and in the war with you, when they say it, that’s when you know it’s real.” read more

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