Month: November 2019

Racela apologizes to seniors Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exit

first_imgHealso apologized to Trinidad, who began the tournament as a starter but fell out of the rotation through the course of the season.“Ron’s growth is actually a reflection of the team’s growth, wherever Ron went the team went with him,” said Racela. “There’s a bright future for him, he’s a good role player and many will be interested in him.”“I also apologized to Jojo for what he went through this season. He started for us, fell from the rotation, and started for us again but you didn’t hear anything from him. It’s all team for him and I appreciate it.”ADVERTISEMENT “I would like to apologize to these two because I couldn’t bring them to the Finals in their last year,” said Racela in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “These two are very good players, not just good players, but very good people.”FEU, which finished fourth in Season 80 after a 7-7 record in the elimination round, was able to force Ateneo, the top-seeded team with a 13-1 slate, to use its twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals with an 80-67 beating in the first game.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 shutoutAteneo, though, battled back in the second game to secure a win in overtime and set up a Finals date with defending champion De La Salle.Racela, who just finished his first head coaching year at FEU, said Dennison was the reflection of the Tamaraws’ growth. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 FEU head coach Olsen Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad bid goodbye to Far Eastern University, and if there’s one person who is saddened to see the two leave is head coach Olsen Racela. Racela and the Tamaraws failed to enter the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals after losing to Ateneo, 88-84, in their rubber match and this will forever be in the former PBA star’s mind as he regrets not seeing his seniors play for a title.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort FEU alum Santos says Tams should learn from Final 4 loss Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8002:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’03:43UAAP Season 80 Preview: FEU Tamaraws01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice LATEST STORIES Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Halep and Wozniacki aim for Australian Open first

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Defeat for Halep would see her toppled by Wozniacki, who is currently second.Defending men’s champion Roger Federer plays Croat Marin Cilic in the men’s final on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Swiss ace, who leads Cilic 8-1 in their previous meetings, is targeting an incredible 20th Grand Slam title and his sixth in Australia.In contrast, Halep and Wozniacki are looking for their first. They are both in their third major decider, but have never won. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises The gritty Halep, 26, made her only previous Grand Slam final appearances at Roland Garros in 2014 and 2017.The Romanian has only beaten Wozniacki twice in their six previous matches, the most recent meeting ending in a 6-0, 6-2 battering by the Dane at the 2017 WTA Finals in Singapore.“The way she’s playing, she’s not missing,” said Halep of Wozniacki. “She’s running very well. So she’s a strong opponent. I played her many times. I won against her few times.“It’s going to be a different match. Emotions are there. Pressures are there for both of us. We’ll see what is going to happen.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Romania’s Simona Halep celebrates after defeating Germany’s Angelique Kerber in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki face off for the Australian Open title on Saturday in a culmination of two weeks of intense tennis that will see a new name engraved on the trophy.The Romanian is the top seed and the Dane number two, with the evening decider on Rod Laver Arena having an extra enticement for both players with the number one world ranking at stake.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Wozniacki, 27, has long carried the unwanted moniker of best player never to claim a major, having reached the US Open final in 2009 and 2014, and first becoming number one in 2010.She is in her 43rd Grand Slam appearance and desperate to get off the mark.“I always believed in myself,” she said. “I knew that if I can stay healthy and I work hard, my game is good enough for it.”Her hard work was rewarded with a renaissance in 2017, reaching eight finals — winning in Tokyo and at the season-ending WTA Finals, where she banished another hoodoo by registering a first career win over Venus Williams.She continued her sparkling form at the start of this year and has 10 wins and only one defeat, to Julia Goerges in the warm-up Auckland final.ADVERTISEMENT Painters turn back Road Warriors Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View commentslast_img read more

Austria challenges SMB import Rhodes: ‘Ratliffe is the best import right now’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide LATEST STORIES Victolero keeps faith in Lee despite missing potential game winner It was the fourth most number of rebounds by a player in a PBA game and the second highest rebound output in the playoffs next to Michael Hackett’s 45 back in 1985.“Next time, we should limit his rebounding as well as his scoring,” said Austria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRhodes found himself in foul trouble again, but still came away with a decent showing with 21 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and a block.“After the first half, we know that Ratliffe already has 22 rebounds. He got 30-plus rebounds, but as long as their locals aren’t scoring, it’s okay for us. We won by one point, but next time, we have to limit their locals again,” he said. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel emerged victorious in Game 2, but Beermen coach Leo Austria is expecting more from his import Charles Rhodes after Star’s reinforcement Ricardo Ratliffe nearly led his team to a win with a dominating performance Monday night.Ratliffe outplayed Rhodes with a 25-point, 35-rebound performance in the Beermen’s 77-76 escape to knot the semifinals series at 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 MOST READcenter_img View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire What ‘missteps’? Austria also issued a challenge to Rhodes.“For me, [Ratliffe] is the best import right now. Maybe, Charles can argue with that and it’s up to him,” he said. “Because of eagerness to block and to attack, sometimes he gets called for an offensive foul. He knows that Ratliffe is really the kind of import who you can’t take lightly, so he should step up because this next game is very important for us.”Game 3 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo uses just 6 pairs of shoes in a season

first_imgFEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:49Robredo: 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 Antetokounmpo said out of the scores of pairs he receives from Nike, he makes it a point to save every one.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bonleon holds off transfer to Arellano, stays with UST for academics National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Antetokounmpo grew up in poverty when he and his family was still in Greece where his parents always feared if they would be deported back to Nigeria, according to Sports Illustrated’s Lee Jenkins.In his rookie year, Antetokounmpo saved a pair of shoes then-teammate Caron Butler threw away saying it was still good enough to play in.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 stars“Growing up [throwing good condition shoes] did not exist,” said Antetokounmpo, who is in the country for a charity event organized by King Bally Entertainment Group.“I realized now that I’m four years in the league and you get so many shoes you can throw some but for me, I’m not saying it was a bad thing what Caron did, but it kind of shocked me.” LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netMilwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo may be under contract with sporting giant Nike and is set to earn around $100 million for the next four years, but he still maintains his frugal ways.“Last year I used five or six pairs of sneakers, so if we played around 100 games, around 20 games per pair,” said Antetokounmpo during his media availability for the “Greek Freak Invades Manila” Sunday at Fairmont Makati.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

Top-seeded John Isner wins 3rd Hall of Fame title

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Olympian Michael Phelps loses race against Great White Shark LATEST STORIES 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 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’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant FILE PHOTO – John Isner of the US returns to Croatia’s Marin Cilic during their men’s singles first round tennis match at the ATP Aegon Championships tennis tournament at Queen’s Club in west London on June 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRKNEWPORT, R.I. — Top-seeded John Isner beat Australian qualifier Matthew Ebden 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for his third Hall of Fame Open title.The hard-serving American also won the grass-court event in 2011 and 2012. He has 11th career titles, all at the ATP World Tour 250 level.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “It’s hard to win a tournament,” Isner said. “It’s no small feat to come out here and be the last man standing. I’m very happy about that. It’s been two years since I won a tournament, so I had that weighing on my mind.”Isner became the second player to win an ATP title without facing a break point since records began in 1991. Tommy Haas also accomplished the feat in Memphis, Tennessee, in 2007.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 stars“I’m very happy with how I played all week,” Isner said. “It was a perfect week and I couldn’t ask for anything better.”Ebden was playing his first tour-level final. “It’s a lot of reward for a lot of hard work, a lot of years of sacrifice,” Ebden said. “It’s disappointing, but at the same time I have to be happy with my week.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Phoenix import Brown: ‘We’re not a well-respected team’

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Though the foul discrepancy is just two between the two teams, 29-27 with less calls going to TNT, the KaTropa had 33 free throw attempts while the Fuel Masters had just 22.TNT also had 10 free throw attempts in the final period while Phoenix had just six. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingBrown, who finished with a game-high 49 points, said the only way to get the same level of respect their opponents’ enjoy is to stay consistent and win some games. Phoenix have lost six straight games and languish at the 10th seed with a 2-6 card.  PBA IMAGESPhoenix import Brandon Brown said Friday that his Fuel Masters team isn’t on the same level as the other franchises in the PBA in terms of getting respect from game officials.“We’re not a well-respected team in this league, I mean the referees are not going to give us any calls down the stretch,” said Brown Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after losing to TNT 110-103.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We can’t just hope we get calls at the line and hope we get lucky shots, we just got to stay consistent,” said Brown who repeated the word “consistent” two more times “That’s the only way we can win games.”And as for his point-production, Brown expressed his disappointment since he wasn’t able to help his team get the victory. “I don’t like it. We lost,” said Brown who also grabbed 19 boards. “I don’t care about the stats. I’m just trying anything that can help us win. I can have 60 but we lost so it won’t matter. I just want to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View commentscenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Philippines defends basketball title, rips Indonesia for the gold Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

Women’s Hockey: India closing gap with top teams, says coach

first_imgThe Indian women’s hockey team finished seventh among eight teams in his debut assignment at the Champions Challenge I, but coach CR Kumar believes that even though there are weak areas, the gap with the top teams has been reduced to an extent.CR Kumar feels team has reduce mistakesIndia’s final placement at the second tier tournament has given food for thought to the team management, which has an eye towards the Olympic qualifiers on home turf in February next year.”It’s a very short period to develop all the parameters to the desired level. Basically, we worked to balance every needs,” Kumar told Mail Today on Tuesday.Several senior players -such as goalkeeper Dipika Murthy, Surinder Kaur, Mamta Kharab and Subhadra Pradhan -did not make the trip to Dublin, Ireland, due to injury or personal issues and the coach said this affected the preparation of the team. “Many players carried injuries to the camp so we were unable to push them very hard. The advantage of the last camp is that we worked a lot with stick and ball and obviously we drastically reduced soft and silly mistakes.”The basics in ball handling have improved a lot. From this tournament we learnt that we have to enhance and perfect our current potential to match the demands,” Kumar said. Under previous coach Sandeep Somesh, India played three major events -World Cup, Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asiad -but failed to make a lasting impression.The most disappointing was the team’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the Commonwealth Games on home turf after they had won a gold medal and a silver in the previous two editions. They also finished outside the medal bracket at the Asiad.advertisementKumar said the gulf with the top eight teams in the world, who were simultaneously in action at the Champions Trophy, has been reduced. “We have narrowed the gap. By saying that we have reduced goal conceding and we maintain better ball possession. Even the world champions have to play their best on the given day to win a game.” However, fitness and stamina continue to be areas of concern for the team.”The areas that we have to focus on are a high level of fitness, penetration and deep defending.”The critical areas will be focused when the next national camp gets underway in Bhopal. Kumar is also looking to provide more international exposure to the younger and more inexperienced players in the set-up.”India has many youngsters with potential but without much international experience. We are trying to bring them in and expose them to a higher level in the next camps. “Tournaments like the second Asian Champions Trophy, in Ordos, China, are crucial. Further programmes will be finalised to gain more international exposure to elevate the team’s standard before the Olympic qualifier,” the coach said.After his first tournament in charge, Kumar is in a much better position to assess what needs to be done in the days ahead.”At the Bhopal camp, we will give priority to develop speed, endurance and optimum strength,” he said. “Finishing skills as well as penetration, aggressive on and offthe- ball running, penalty corner conversion and defending and other set pieces will be our priority in this camp.” The Bhopal camp will start later this week and is expected to continue till August end before the team leaves for the Asian Champions Trophy.”We are planning to conduct tests with the support of Sports Authority of India and comprehensive suggestions from them,” Kumar said.The coach is insistent that the players themselves need to take responsibility for their fitness when they are not on national duty. “The homework and necessary advice have been given by the trainer. The national players have to join the national camp with optimum fitness. if they fail, the time taken to regain it will slow down our progress,” Kumar added.last_img read more

Parliamentary panel rules out passage of Lokpal Bill in Monsoon Session

first_imgThe Select Committee of Rajya Sabha, which has been looking into the Lokpal Bill, has ruled out the possibility of the passage of the anti-corruption law in the forthcoming monsoon session of Parliament, as demanded by Team Anna.Even as Team Anna started a fresh round of agitation on Wednesday seeking the passage of a strong Lokpal Bill, the chairman of the parliamentary panel, Satyavrat Chaturvedi, said, “We will not be able to meet the deadline of the last week of the monsoon session. The committee was constituted a bit late… We will broad base suggestions.”Indicating that the government was not bothered by Team Anna’s latest onslaught, Chaturvedi said, “Activists have there own agenda and I don’t want to appeal to them. They cannot challenge the independence of the House. The House is supreme… Other views too need to be respected. There is no point appealing to them. They can do what they like.”Reacting to the Congress leader’s remark, veteran activist Anna Hazare said, “They have always done this. They don’t have the will and they don’t want to bring the Lokpal Bill. Does it take one-and-a-half years to bring such a bill?””Even after repeated assurance from the prime minister, the government is still not creating the Lokpal body. It is not that we like to sit on anshan every now and then,” he said justifying the need for another round of indefinite strike, which started at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Wednesday.Hazare’s key aide Arvind Kejriwal said Team Anna was resolute to fight a conclusive battle with the government to tame corruption by facilitating the creation of a Lokpal body. “It will be a decisive battle against corruption. We will not get up before we get a solution this time,” he said.advertisementlast_img read more

London Olympics: Boxer Manoj Kumar cries foul after exit

first_imgThe Indian boxers seem to be at the receiving end in the ring – from both the opponents and the officials. A day after Vikas Krishan Yadavs controversial loss, it was the turn of Manoj Kumar, the 64kg boxer, to cry foul as he lost an exciting pre-quarter final match to Britain’s Thomas Stalker.After walking out of the ring, Manoj was furious and said this was “cheating”.The point system being awarded by the computers has come in for a lot of criticism and Manoj was declared a 16-20 loser. However from the Indian boxer to the entire support staff, they cried foul on Saturday night.”This is a district tournament it’s not an Olympic tournament. Cheating, cheating, cheating,” shouted Manoj in sheer agony later.Foreign coach BI Fernandez, who has been handling the Indian boxing team for so many years, was also vocal in his criticism.”The last round was 7-4 to Kumar, why no other rounds? All rounds were the same, it was very poor judging,” said an upset Fernandez.Coach GS Sandhu, who never minces words, was crestfallen. “My athlete did extraordinary and you saw for yourself what happened,” he thundered.Local hero Stalker won the first round 7-4 and maintained the lead by winning the second round 9-5.It was then the turn of Manoj, a Commonwealth Games gold medallist to go flat out in the last round.The Indians feel this is not an isolated incident and they are being victimised by the scoring and judges.advertisementBritain’s Stalker also said later, “I don’t deal with the scoring,  I just go and fight. In amateur boxing it happens all the time where you think you have won more points the judges differ.””I felt sluggish after the first round and being in my hotel for the last week hasn’t done me any good. All I wanted to do was fight. In my next bout I know I will do better. I didn’t box too well but a win is a win,” said the Briton.The controversy over boxing with a local pugilist also being involved has made small headlines in British papers as well.And with the Indians being at the receiving end again, the contingent has lost faith in the scoring system in a high profile sport like boxing.last_img read more