Foton downs Iriga, extends win run to 4

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Reigning champion Foton expectedly trounced Iriga City, 25-10, 25-23, 25-19, Tuesday in the Chooks to-Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:42Cops track down 4 persons of interest in ambush of DOLE employee01:37Protesters 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 trillioncenter_img PSL says Soltones fine sticks; PVL calls decision ‘absurd’ MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Sara Klisura of Serbia and skipper Jaja Santiago powered Foton to its fourth straight win in as many outings as Iriga solely missed the services of star player Gretchel Soltones, who was slapped a one-year ban by the league.Klisura paced the assault with 10 kills, a block and an ace for a total of 12 points while Santiago contributed 11 points.“The league and the team owners do not want this to happen to Soltones, but we have to honor and follow league rules,” PSLPresident Ramon ’Tats’ Suzara said. “All the PSL players are under contract with their respective squads and they follow our rules. No player is exempt from them.”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 shutoutFoton head coach Moro Branislav admitted that the Tornadoes relaxed a bit in the second set before they went for the kill in the deciding set.“We were a little easy in the second set. We relaxed which is very difficult. It was good thing the local and foreign players jelled in the deciding set to win the match,” Branislav said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Branislav added he was impressed with the performance of local players Maika Ortiz and Ivy Perez, who delivered down the stretch.Serbian import Tamara Kmezic fired 17 points off 15 kills and a pair of service aces while Japanese Saam Miyagawa had 11 points for the Lady Oragons, who fell to 1-1. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

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Robinson takes blame for Lyceum’s first loss: ‘I made some bad decisions’

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Topex Robinson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLyceum’s perfect season has come to an end after it absorbed a 94-87 defeat to San Beda in the NCAA Season 93 Finals on Friday.Head coach Topex Robinson, who is responsible for turning around the school’s program this season, readily took all the blame for the loss.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robinson said that if anyone else should be ready for these high-stakes situation, it should’ve been him.“When it comes to the Finals, you really have to adjust, keep on adjusting, keep on trying new combinations. Again, at the end of the day, it’s my responsibility to find ways to win. Whatever the result, at the end of the day, it’s my head. I made the mistake and I’m sorry,” he said.The youthful mentor then vowed that he’ll have a better gameplan for the Pirates come Game 2, with the team’s championship aspirations hanging in the balance.“I’ll try to lead them better come Game 2. My players played really played well, but I told them, ‘I’m sorry. It’s my fault.’ We will try to work on those mismatches and try to figure out ways to cover that. I’ll be a better coach next game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “I’m sorry. It’s my fault. I made some bad decisions, bad coaching. San Beda was really the great team this afternoon. We really lost to a better team,” he said.READ: San Beda hands Lyceum first loss of season, nears NCAA titleFEATURED 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 shutoutEngaged in a tight affair late, the Pirates’ small-ball lineup did not work as much as Robinson planned as Tankoua had his way in the paint in the fourth quarter.Though Lyceum kept itself in the game late, Robert Bolick was just too good in the clutch for the Red Lions. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding San Beda hands Lyceum first loss of season, nears NCAA title View commentslast_img read more

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Bivol stops Barrera in 12th, defends light heavyweight title

first_imgView comments Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ NEW YORK — Dmitry Bivol of Russia stopped Cuba’s Sullivan Barrera in the 12th round Saturday night to defend his WBA light heavyweight title.Bivol was dominating the fight and a little over a minute from winning an easy decision when he caught Barrera with a hard right to the head to set up the knockdown. Barrera was able to get up in time but the referee stopped the fight at 1:41 of the round.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mexico’s Uzcategui stops Dirrell for interim IBF crown LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatuscenter_img Bivol (13-0, 11 KOs) outlanded Barrera 243-75 in total punches, according the final stats, in the first of two light heavyweight title fights at Madison Square Garden. Sergey Kovalev then defended his WBO belt against Igor Mikhalkin.It was Bivol’s second defense of the title he was given when Andre Ward vacated it upon retirement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBarrera (21-2) was offered a fight first with Kovalev but chose instead to take less money for a shot at Bivol, perhaps counting on his experience over his 27-year-old opponent.But he had no answer for the champion’s speed and accuracy and did well to last as long as he did. His only previous loss had been to Ward. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Bivol wasn’t bothered by a cut near the right eye in the second round from what appeared to be a clash of heads that the ringside doctor checked a couple of times in the later rounds but never affected him.He began to assert control in the fourth, catching Barrera with a left early in the round and following with a flurry of punches and a couple solid hooks. He kept piling up the punches and appeared to have Barrera hurt again in the eight. , then scored again later in the fourth with some solid left hooks.Barrera fought hard from there but Bivol was just too fast and accurate, and hurt the challenger again in the eighth.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Pocari nails three-peat

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Troubles were worth it as Pablo relishes Finals MVP trophy Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat is Premier Volleyball League champion for the third straight time.Krsytal Rivers starred in the Lady Warriors’ latest victory as the University of Alabama stalwart scored 27 points—15 in the first two frames—to lead a20-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 win over the BaliPure Water Defenders on Thursday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’?center_img “All I want is to help my team win,” said Rivers. “And the team has a strong will to win.”Gyselle Sy made 24 excellent sets and 12 excellent digs on top of an ace that gave Pocari a 16-8 lead in the third set.“It was a fulfilling win for us because this team has been through a lot of adversities,” said Pocari coach Rommel Abella, whose team joined the league only last season.The Lady Warriors held off the Water Defenders in the opener of the best-of-three series, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, but dropped a 15-25, 24-26, 26-24, 26-24, 13-15 decision in the next.Jaroensri Bualee, on her last tour of duty as import here, went all-out in offense in the first frame, nailing three straight points late in the set.But Pocari, led by Rivers, rose to the occasion and stepped up its attack in the second set, exploding with 25attacks against 17 by the Water Defenders.ADVERTISEMENT Playing only in the best-of-three finals because of the delayed release of her International Transfer Certificate, Rivers more than made up for it as she helped Pocari keep its Reinforced Conference crown.Pocari also ruled last year’s Open Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMichelle Strizak slammed through the enemy’s defense when BaliPure started to creep in from 13-23 to 19-24, before Jessey de Leon scored the title-clinching point.Rivers, who battled lymphoma while playing in the American collegiate league, was a last-minute replacement for injured Edina Selimovic. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal02:49Robredo: 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 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

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One and done: Trawick plays first and last game for GlobalPort

first_imgElastopainters hold on to beat Batang Pier Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pumaren added Trawick is already on his way out and that his replacement, whom he did not disclose the name, is set to suit up in GlobalPort’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Trawick’s horrible outing, however, wasn’t the reason why the Batang Pier bowed to the Elasto Painters, who, in contrast, drew a 25-point, 15-rebound effort from import James Weatherspoon.“We lost because of our mental lapses, it’s more mental mistakes, offensive rebound, leaving the guy wide open, those things,” Pumaren saidADVERTISEMENT 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 Trawick had twice as many fouls as points. He scored three points on 1-of-5 shooting from the field in 16 minutes of action before fouling out with still 5:46 left.READ: Elastopainters hold on to beat Batang PierFEATURED 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 starsBut the early ouster of the 25-year-old guard also turned out to be a blessing in disguise for GlobalPort, which played comfortable without Trawick on the floor.“We’re not happy the way he’s performing, especially in our last tune-up game against Meralco,” said Pumaren. “First tune-up game, he played well, 27 points, but second game, he looked different.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jabril Trawick. PBA IMAGESJabril Trawick’s PBA debut was also his last game for GlobalPort.Trawick didn’t make it hard for the Batang Pier to let him go with an atrocious showing in the team’s 98-96 loss to Rain or Shine Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View commentslast_img read more

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Giannis relishes pressure

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo /Inquirer.netThe current trend of superstars changing teams in the NBA has only fueled Greek star Giannis Antetokounmpo to work harder on his game as he tries to lead the Milwaukee Bucks deeper in the playoffs next season.“I’m just staying on one corner, working on getting better every day,” was the curt reply of the man called the “Greek Freak” in reaction to NBA free agency that saw several stars, including Paul George, moving away from the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Antetokounmpo is in Manila for “The Greek Freak Invades Manila” produced by King Bally Entertainment, which also donated a fully refurbished basketball court to the campus of Makati Science High School.The 7-foot Antetokounmpo mindset has worked wonders the past season when he jacked up his numbers on all statistical categories, earning Most Improved Player honors in his fourth season in the league.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 starsGolden State star Kevin Durant was among those who have tipped Antetokounmpo as a future MVP of the league.“It won’t matter if you don’t put in the work,” he said in an interview with the Inquirer at Fairmont Hotel in Makati on Sunday. “I get comments from LeBron (James) and Steph Curry about my game. I put pressure on myself to work harder.” PAF, Pocari near semis National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Antetokounmpo is the son of Nigerian immigrants. 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 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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IPL players’ auction may be put off

first_imgWith the Cricket Board entangled in legal battles against Indian Premier League franchisees Rajasthan Royals and King’s XI Punjab, the players’ auction scheduled for January 8-9 may be postponed, a BCCI source said on Saturday.”There is a possibility that the IPL players’ auction may be postponed,” the source said, indicating that the court cases might drag on and upset the BCCI’s calculations for holding the auction as scheduled.Barring 12 Indian and overseas players retained by the eight original IPL franchises and the foreign cricketers (four maximum) not previously seen in the IPL and signed by the two new franchisees Kochi and Pune, all the remaining top players will go under the auctioneer’s hammer.The 12 cricketers who have been retained are:Chennai Super Kings — MS Dhoni (Ind), Murali Vijay (Ind), Suresh Raina (Ind) and Albie Morkel (SA).Mumbai Indians — Sachin Tendulkar (Ind), Harbhajan Singh (Ind), Lasith Malinga (SL), Kieron Pollard (WI).Rajasthan Royals — Shane Warne (Aus), Shane Watson (Aus).Delhi Daredevils — Virender Sehwag (Ind).Royal Challengers Bangalore — Virat Kohli (Ind).With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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Saina to skip nationals next month

first_imgSaina Nehwal will miss the senior national badminton championships in Rohtak from January 3-10, since the meet will clash with the Super Series finals, which get underway in Taipei on January 5.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, the Hyderabadi, who won the Hong Kong Super Series meet on Sunday, said the clash of dates with the season- ending Super Series event was the reason for her missing the nationals.”The fact that I have to play in the Super Series final is very important for my rankings. This year I skipped five such events and as a result could not finish higher up.”But then, I had to do this since winning gold at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games was my top priority,” she said.Saina, who arrived in Hyderabad late on Monday, said that she was happy with the way she executed her tactics in the final against Wang Shixian of China.”I am extremely happy that I was able to play my best in the final against her (Shixian). She is one of the best players in the world and I am happy that I could win despite losing the opening game,” Saina said.Saina also felt that all the emphasis she had laid on improving her fitness has paid off.”More than anything else, I would credit my success this year to my fitness. I think I have never been so fit before this in my career.”I have been working very hard on this aspect and it was because of this that I could outlast Shixian in the decider,” she said.advertisementDespite losing the opener, Saina said she knew the match was not going to slip out of her hands.”I was confident that I could win this match. I had worked out my tactics with Baskar Babu (coach who accompanied her to Hong Kong).”We knew that we were in for a long match. And once I had won the second game, I knew I was in with a chance. She was making uncharacteristic mistakes. I think the pressure got to her,” Saina added.Playing at Indian OpenMeanwhile, Saina will be in action at the rechristened Indian Open, which gets underway in Hyderabad on Wednesday. This tournament was known as the Syed Modi International till last year.”I had a great year. I would like to end that on a positive note by winning in front of my home crowd,” said Saina.last_img read more

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CWG broadcast deal under ED scanner

first_imgPrasar Bharati’s Rs 246-crore deal with a UK-based broadcast firm for the coverage of the Commonwealth Games has now come under the scanner of the Enforcement Directorate.Official sources said the multi-crore deal struck with SIS Live in UK is the latest of the various projects connected with the CWG being scrutinised by the country’s premier agency against money laundering and forex violations.The latest move by the Directorate will bring under scrutiny role of certain top officials of Prasar Bharati, they said.The ED has already sought information from the Income Tax department, which had carried out a survey at the premises of the local arm of the UK firm.The deal came under scanner because the public broadcaster entered into a Rs 246-crore agreement with SIS Live for the broadcast of the sporting extravaganza and later, the UK company sub-contracted the same to an Indian firm ‘Zoom Communication’ for just Rs 177 crore.Sources said the I-T department had first raised the red flag over the deal following scrutiny of sub-contract papers. The ED is in the process of issuing summons in connection with the case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).President Pratibha Patil had late last year ordered suspension of Prasar Bharti’s controversial CEO B S Lalli.Lalli, who assumed the post in December 2006, was indicted by the Central Vigilance Commission which accused him of breach of Parliamentary privilege, giving undue favours to some broadcast companies and financial mismanagement.The two-member Committee headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General V K Shunglu, which went into alleged financial irregularities in the CWG, has strongly indicted suspended Lalli and Doordarshan Director General Aruna Sharma, accusing them of “collusion” with the UK-based firm which benefited Rs 135 crore in the broadcast deal.advertisementThe Committee said that based on documents available, it has concluded that the actual cost of the contract awarded to SIS Live was at best about Rs 111 crore, thus resulting in a profit of at least Rs 135 crore for the UK-based company and Zoom Communications.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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