Flying V, Cignal eye PBA D-League title slots

first_imgAfter Flying V’s semifinal scare, coach Eric Altamirano knows his Thunder need to do a lot more to advance to the title round with a perfect record.Stopping Centro Escolar University’s big men tops his list as the Thunder go for a sweep of the Scorpions in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup semifinals at 5 p.m.Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters 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 Low scores expected in Aboitiz Invt’l “We need to do a better job controlling the rebounds and blocking out their bigs,” said Altamirano after the Thunder’s narrow win over the Scorpions, 65-61, in Game 1.Cignal HD also aims for a Finals slot versus Marinerong Pilipino in the other best-of-three duel at 3 p.m.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 Hawkeyes drubbed the Skippers, 86-67, in Game 1, but Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez noted their foe’s resiliency.“Marinero is always there in the game even though they were down by so many points,” said Fernandez. “It will be tough again facing them.” LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Although Flying V and Cignal remain favored to arrange a title showdown, their opponents think they have a strong shot at forging an upset.“In basketball, nothing is impossible,” said Congolese center Rod Ebondo, the Scorpions’ main man. “We just have to deal with it and focus on the next game.” —JASMINE W. PAYO View commentslast_img read more

PH archery team wraps up SEA Games campaign sans gold

first_imgMarton dela Cruz, meanwhile, gave the Philippines its first medal—a bronze in men’s individual compound before the official opening of the regional meet. Matan and Ortega blew a golden opportunity to secure at least a bronze despite leading their Malaysian counterparts Khairul Anuar Muhammad and Nural Aliya Ghapar, 4-2, in the final set.The two, then, yielded to Vietnam’s Chu Duc Anh and Loc Thi Dao, 2-6, (34-37, 35-33, 36-37, 34-36).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“Vietnam got back at us after we beat them in the men’s and women’s team recurve for the bronze last Monday,” noted head coach Clint Sayo.Nicole Marie Tagle, 15, who competed in the individual women’s recurve, bagged the country’s lone silver. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief PH Men’s Archery composed of Earl Benjamin Yap, Joseph Vicencio and Paul Marton Dela Cruz bags the Bronze medal at the 2017 SEA Games in KL, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZThe Philippine archery team had its chances to bring home at least a gold medal but ended up settling for less in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The squad hauled one silver and four bronze medals after Florante Matan and Nicole Ortega were booted out in the semifinals of the mixed doubles event after bowing to Indonesia in a sudden-death shoot-off, 19-16.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gamescenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Wong finally gets gold in wushu for PHs sixth SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View commentslast_img read more

Cignal guns for crown vs CEU five

first_imgContinent’s best gear up for Asian Karting Open So Fernandez wants his wards to play consistently when his Hawkeyes go for the crown in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Thursday.“This is a team capable of coming back and if you give them that chance, then we have a problem,” Fernandez said of the Scorpions, who stunned No. 1 Flying V in the semifinals.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 Scorpions, who rose from a 0-1 deficit in the semifinals, hope to replicate that feat and force a decider in Game 2 of the best-of-three finals at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.“We’re not quitting,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “I always push my players to give their best and come out competing. That’s important because it’s not often that we reach the championship.” Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Cignal HD may have enough tools to complete a championship sweep but coach Boyet Fernandez reminded how Centro Escolar University could spoil any favorite.ADVERTISEMENT Cignal took Game 1, 78-56, in Game 1 last Tuesday. —JASMINE W. PAYOlast_img read more

Parker’s layup completes Sparks sweep of Mercury; Finals rematch set

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Parker, a two-time league Most Valuable Player, finished with 21 points and 11 assists.The Mercury’s Brittney Griner missed a shot as time expired and the Sparks celebrated with shouts and embraces in front of their bench.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“In Sparks fashion, we made things interesting down the stretch,” Parker said. “They jumped, and I just saw the lane and took it to the basket.”Odyssey Sims scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, tying a playoff career high. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Taurasi asked Brondello how she felt about the Mercury shooting only three free throws in the last three quarters at home.“I wish I could tell you the answer to that one,” Brondello said. “I know BG (Griner) got beaten up a lot. It is what it is. We’re not going to look back now.”NOT REALLY HER DAYOgwumike, the 2016 league MVP and the Sparks’ second-highest scorer in the series, was saddled with foul trouble early and finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.PARKER MOVES UPParker moved into ninth place all-time on the WNBA playoffs scoring list, and fifth all-time in playoff rebounds. Her 11 assists was a career high.TIP-INSPhoenix Suns big man Alan Williams, who purchased 300 tickets for fans to attend the game, sat courtside with his family. … Suns guard Devin Booker also attended. … The Sparks won their first playoff series against Phoenix since 2000.UP NEXTGame 1 of the WNBA Finals is next Sunday in Minnesota, where the Sparks will face the Lynx in Game 1. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Tough day for me,” she said. “We kept getting good looks, I just wasn’t finishing them.”Leilani Mitchell’s steal and layup with 1:21 left brought the crowd to its feet and cut the Sparks’ lead to 85-82. Then Camille Little, who scored 18 points, stole an inbounds pass and drove for a layup to make the score 85-84 with 18.6 seconds to go.Sims sank a pair of free throws with 14.1 seconds left before Taurasi’s shot tied it.The Sparks won all six meetings regular season and postseason, with the Mercury.“Look, they’re defending champs for a reason,” Taurasi said. “They make you pay anytime you make a mistake. That’s the quality of players they have on that team right now.”The Sparks trailed by as many as 11 points in the first quarter after Little’s 3 with 3:43 left, part of her 12 points in the opening 10 minutes.The Mercury’s 30-21 lead in the second quarter disappeared with a pair of Parker steals, two free throws and a nifty assist to Sims for a layup, and Los Angeles took its largest lead of the half, 43-35, on Alana Beard’s jumper 36.3 seconds before halftime.“I just take what the defense gives us,” Sims said. “Every game we executed a little bit more.”MERCURY FALLINGThe Mercury’s top two players, Taurasi and Griner, combined to make only 3 of 19 shots in the first half as Phoenix scored only 13 second-quarter points.Griner, at one point late in the third quarter, grabbed Parker in frustration for what she thought was a foul, and Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello was given technical. Taurasi was whistled for a technical seconds later. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Chelsea Gray added 14 points for the defending champion Sparks, who advanced to their second straight WNBA Finals and fifth overall. They will face Minnesota in a rematch of last year’s championship, after the Lynx completed a sweep of Washington earlier Sunday.“We know that there’s a lot of good teams in this league, so to be one of the final two standing, we feel like we’re worthy of that, but we also feel fortunate to have the opportunity to go play,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said.Diana Taurasi had tied the game at 87 with a 3-pointer from the wing with 10.8 seconds left.After a timeout, Parker scored the go-ahead basket.Taurasi’s 22 points led the Mercury while Griner added 18. Griner made just 7 of 23 shots for the game.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, middle, tries to get off a pass as Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker (3) and Alana Beard (0) defend during the first half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — Candace Parker hobbled into the postgame press conference with ice bags over both knees and slung over her left shoulder. But soreness was a small price to pay for a return trip to the WNBA Finals.Parker drove for a layup with 2.9 seconds to play, giving the Los Angeles Sparks an 89-87 win and three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semifinals Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Elite complete quarterfinals cast Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Cool Hand Lue: Cavs coach keeps NBA champs calm amid chaos

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments LATEST STORIES FILE – In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) talks with Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, in Washington. Lue would prefer less attention, but it comes with the territory as coach of the defending NBA champions. Lue is back in the NBA Finals, and the Cavaliers acknowledge they probably wouldn’t be in position to win another title if not for Lue’s calming influence. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)CLEVELAND — Moments after the Eastern Conference championship banner was raised by the Cavaliers for the third straight time and the obligatory postgame interviews ended, Tyronn Lue slipped quietly away.Cleveland’s coach ducked into the shadows, his preferred location.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t like the attention,” he said.But Lue, once a journeyman point guard who steered the Cavs to an NBA championship last season, has grown more accepting of his frontman role. He’ll again be at center stage this week as Cleveland meets Golden State in the third installment of their title trilogy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingREAD: ‘He’s human’: Cavs coach defends LeBron after ‘weird’ lossIf the unassuming, easygoing Lue had his preference, the teams would duke it out for the Larry O’Brien Trophy on a playground court in a stifling hot gymnasium, with only a handful of onlookers present. A student of the game, he’s old school with a fresh perspective. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP He stayed cool last spring when Cleveland fought back from a 3-1 deficit to win its first title. Lue made subtle tweaks to his rotation, drew up key inbounds plays, then isolated Irving late in Game 7 on Curry. The Cavs All-Star guard made his now famous go-ahead, step-back 3-pointer.Pressure intensifies in the postseason, when possessions, turnovers and rebounds are magnified.As the drama builds, Lue stays composed, setting the tone for his players.“Throughout the postseason there’s so many different emotions,” James said. “Going high, going low. And if you’re a coach able to just stay even-keeled throughout the whole thing, it relaxes the rest of the group.”Don’t be fooled by Lue’s cool. He can get fiery when needed.“I always get mad when guys make shots in the first quarter, second quarter, pumping their chest and then the game on the line they miss,” Lue said. “So you’re doing all that for no reason. I always like to stay even-keeled and just play the game the right way.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Roach open to Pacquiao fighting McGregor in a boxing match BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Of the many juicy subplots between the Cavs and Warriors, one that frequently goes overlooked is Lue, the former assistant who has blossomed in no time into one of the league’s brightest young head coaches and a playoff savant.He’s 28-6 in two postseasons with Cleveland. His players credit Lue’s soothing, steady influence — on and off the floor — as nearly as vital to their success as a clutch Kyrie Irving 3-pointer.READ: Irving’s 42, LeBron’s 34 push Cavs past Celtics in Game 4 “It’s just his level of calmness no matter what’s going on,” LeBron James said following practice. “He always talks about, at the end of the day, he’s already won in life, so whatever else happens after this is extra credit. And I feel the same way. That’s why I relate to him so much. Lose here, or you win a game here, it’s like, ‘All right, cool. I’ve already done so much more than anybody ever gave me credit of doing or thought I can do, so there’s no reason to get too high or too low.’“So it’s the even-keel mentality about our coach and it definitely helps us as players when we’re going out into a war.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Lue has been preparing for the biggest battle of his basketball career this week.From the moment he returned home from Boston following the Cavs’ win in Game 5 of the conference finals, Lue has immersed himself in the Warriors, a virtual All-Star team featuring two league MVPs (Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry), a dead-eye shooter (Klay Thompson) and a triple-threat performer (Draymond Green).READ: Citizen/King: LeBron James wins NBA citizenship awardLue’s defensive strategy to this point in the playoffs has been to neutralize the opponents’ top player. The Cavs were able to do that with Indiana’s Paul George, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Boston’s Isaiah Thomas, who aggravated a hip injury in Game 2 and missed the remainder of the series. Cleveland blitzed, double-teamed and did all it could take away the other team’s offensive threat.Lue was asked if it’s more difficult to identify who that is on Golden State.“Hell yeah,” he said, his voice rising. “It’s tough.”There are few weaknesses in these Warriors, the first team to head into the final round 12-0 and winning by an average of 16.3 points per game.READ: Monster mash: LeBron James undaunted by beastly Warriors “They have so many weapons,” Lue said, “having four All-Stars and now adding KD to the mix who I’ve always loved as a scorer, just how he scores so easy. They have a lot of options. It’s going to be tough, but we have to lock into what we have to do defensively, and sometimes you can play great defense and it doesn’t work. Steph is making tough shots, Klay is making tough shots and KD is making tough shots. But all you can do is play your defense, stick to your principles and just make it as tough as possible.”The Cavs know Lue won’t panic.last_img read more

Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1

first_imgChanges coming? NBA commissioner wants draft rules amended BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 James had 28 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists a day after dealing with bigotry far away from basketball. Someone painted a racial slur — the N-word — on the gate of his Los Angeles home, leaving James to address racism rather than his seventh straight Finals appearance. James said he would do his best to be ready for the series opener when his mind was elsewhere, concerned for his wife and children back in Ohio.Durant punished Cleveland for leaving him free, taking the ball to the hoop for emphatic dunks as a man on a mission to deliver exactly what he came for: a championship. He had six slams in the first half alone for the Warriors, who at 13-0 are already the first team to go this far in a postseason unblemished.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think the start of the game, we were a little too anxious and we missed some layups, we gave up some open shots,” Durant said. “I think we just locked in from the second quarter on.”Game 2 in the series is Sunday back at Oracle Arena with its deafening sellout crowd. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after dunking against the Cleveland Cavaliers next to forward Andre Iguodala during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, California. APOAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant drove through the lane untouched for dazzling dunks time and again, finishing with 38 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in his first NBA Finals for Golden State and leading the Warriors past LeBron James and the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers, 113-91 on Thursday (Friday Manila time) in Game 1.Stephen Curry scored 28 points with six 3-pointers and 10 assists as this sure-to-be thrilling trilogy began at last, a long-expected, spectacular grand finale envisioned ever since that July day Durant left Oklahoma City to join the loaded Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors starting center Zaza Pachulia returned after missing the final two games at San Antonio with a bruised right heel and contributed eight points and six rebounds while plugging the paint.Golden State’s four turnovers tied an NBA Finals low. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Kyrie Irving, who hit the deciding 3-pointer with Curry’s hand in his face last June as Cleveland rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to win the city’s first major team title in 52 years, scored 24 points on 10-of-22 shooting. Kevin Love grabbed 21 rebounds and scored 15 points, while Tristan Thompson was held scoreless and to four boards.Durant’s only other Finals ended at the hands of LeBron and Miami in 2012. He shot 14 for 26 in his fifth 30-point performance this postseason, receiving a rousing ovation when he sat down for good with 2:16 remaining.Curry sported a fresh haircut for the occasion and the two-time reigning MVP initially wore a black sleeve on his shooting arm to protect a tender elbow that still had some swelling, but he quickly removed it and found his stroke. He shot 11 for 22, 6 of 11 on 3s.This marks the first time in NBA history the same two teams played in three straight Finals and just the fourth time it has happened in the four major sports leagues.The shooting was far from pretty, and Cleveland’s defense was a step behind most of the night, unable to stop the star-studded roster of All-Stars and key role players on the other side. Golden State finally warmed up after nine days off, while the Cavs had a six-day break since beating Boston in the Eastern Conference finals.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

Will break favor BaliPure, Power smashers?

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Their Final Four, meanwhile, needed to survive grueling quarterfinal matches marked by five-set thrillers.Pocari Sweat swept the four-team field while Creamline finished 2-1 as they clinched the last two semifinals slots over Perlas Spikers and Air Force.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut BaliPure enjoys a big psychological edge over Creamline in their best-of-three semis series as the Water Defenders toppled the Cool Smashers their two meetings in the elimination round of the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision.The marquee match at 4 p.m. will not only feature the league’s top two local hitters in Grethcel Soltones and Alyssa Valdez, but also a pair of talented imports in Jennifer Keddy and Jaroensri Bualee (BaliPure) and Laura Schaudt and Kuttika Kaewpin. Valdez emerged the top spiker in the eliminations but BaliPure was the No. 1 attacking team and No. 2 in blocks. The Cool Smashers lorded it over the field in service.BaliPure coach Roger Gorayeb hopes to also draw the best from setter Jasmine Nabor, Risa Sato, Aiko Urdas and Jorelle Singh. Tai Bundit of Creamline will eye support from Pau Soriano and Ivy Remulla.The 6:30 p.m. clash between the Power Smashers and the defending champions is also expected to go the full route with both teams splitting their two elimination-round duels.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Tokyo 2020 qualifiers to train in Japan 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Grethcel Soltones of Bali Pure attempts a spike against two Philippine Air Force blockers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOTop seed BaliPure and No. 2 Power Smashers hope to come out fresh from a weeklong break as they take on Creamline and Pocari Sweat, respectively, at the start of the Premier Volleyball League semifinals Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Water Defenders and the Power Smashers earned their rest after gaining outright semifinal berths following a 1-2 finish in the double round eliminations.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Day 1: CWG schedule for October 4

first_imgDAY 1 EVENTSARCHERY (QUALIFIERS)Morning session: 9am to 12 noonEvening session: 2pm to 5pmVenue: Yamuna Sports ComplexINDIANS IN ACTIONDola Banerjee: Individual recurveJayanta Talukdar, Rahul Banerjee & Tarundeep Rai: Recurve teamBADMINTONMorning session: 9 am to 1 pm (Mixed team event)Afternoon/evening sessions: 2 pm to 6 pm & 7 pm to 11 pm (Mixed team event)Venue: Siri Fort Sports ComplexGYMNASTICS (ARTISTIC)Evening session: 1:30pm to 7:05 pmVenue: I.G. Sports ComplexHOCKEYEvening session: 10:30 am to 2 pmWomen’s: New Zealand vs Wales; South Africa vs Trinidad & TobagoEvening sessions: 4 pm to 7:30 pmWomen’s: Canada vs Malaysia; India vs ScotlandVenue: Major Dhyan Chand National StadiumLAWN BOWLSEvening sessions: 12 pm to 10 pmVenue: J.N. Sports ComplexNETBALLMorning/Evening session: 9:30 am to 6:30 pmVenue: Thyagaraj Sports ComplexINDIANS IN ACTIONWomen’s pairs: Australia vs IndiaMen’s pairs: India vs SamoaWomen’s triples: Australia vs IndiaMen’s triples: Australia vs IndiaWomen’s pairs: Cook Islands vs IndiaSQUASHMorning session: 10 am to 2 pmMen’s singles (Round I heats); Women’s singles (Round I heats); Men’s singles (Round of 32 plate)Evening sessions: 4 pm to 8 pmMen’s singles (Round of 32 heats); Women’s singles (Round of 32 heats)Venue: Siri Fort Sports ComplexSWIMMINGMorning session: 8:30 am to 10:30 amWomen’s (heats): 200m freestyle; 50 m butterfly; 200m individual medley; 50m breaststroke; Men’s (heats): 50m backstroke; 400m freestyle; 200m butterfly; 4x100m freestyle Evening sessions: 4 pm to 5:32 pmWomen’s: 200m freestyle (final); 50m butterfly (semi-final); 200m individual medley (final); 50m breaststroke (semi-final) Men’s: 50m backstroke (semi-final); 400m freestyle (final); 200m butterfly (final); 4x100m freestyle (final)Venue: S.P. Mukherjee Swimming ComplexWATCH OUT FORLeisel Jones (Australia): 100 & 200m breaststrokeRebecca Adlington (England): 400 & 800m freestyleadvertisementTABLE TENNISMorning session: 9.30 am to 2:30 pmWomen’s team event (Round I); Men’s team event (Round I) Evening sessions: 4 pm to 9 pmWomen’s team event (Round II); Men’s team event (Round II)Venue: Yamuna Sports ComplexTENNISMorning session: 10 am to 3 pmMixed doubles (Round I); Women’s singles (Round I); Men’s singles (Round I)Evening sessions: 5 pm to 10 pmMixed doubles (Round I); Women’s singles (Round I); Men’s singles (Round I), Men’s doubles (Round I)Venue: R.K. Khanna Tennis StadiumWEIGHTLIFTINGAfternoon session: 2 pm to 4.30 pmWomen’s 48kgEvening sessions: 6.30 pm to 9 pmMen’s 56kg categoryVenue: J.N. Sports Complexlast_img read more

Gibbs offered a Bollywood role

first_imgFormer South African star opener Herschelle Gibbs revealed in his autobiography To the Point that he has been offered a lucrative role in Bollywood movie.”A totally unexpected surprise came my way recently when I was offered a role in a Bollywood movie that will start filming at the end of May 2011. I’m not sure what the part is or what I’m supposed to do, but my agent has told me it’s very good money for only a day’s work.”India is always full of surprises,” Gibbs wrote in his book.However, Gibbs added that he would not like to play a negative character and would first find out more about the role.”Playing a bad-boy cricketer who gets involved in match-fixing probably won’t be the smartest career move,” Gibbs wrote.After staying away from India for about five years because of fears of being arrested by Indian police, who wanted to question him about his role in the Hansie Cronje match-fixing saga in 2000, Gibbs said that he now loved going back to India.”I always used to love coming back to India as it is ? especially after the match-fixing issue was settled and I knew I wasn’t going to be arrested the minute I set foot in the country.”The controversial batsman had a colourful life, frequently getting into trouble with authorities for drinking, ‘womanising’ by his own admission, drug-taking with other team members in the West Indies, and even drunken driving charges.last_img read more