Nationals back as top teams collide

first_imgLATEST STORIES PBA Women’s 3×3 – March 18, 2016 PLAY LIST 35:47PBA Women’s 3×3 – March 18, 201616:08PBA Women’s 3×3 Tournament – December 16, 201500:47Romeo credits coaches, team after 41-point night01:37Protesters 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 PSC, Cayetano to meet on SEA Games hosting Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding All eyes, however, are on Romeo, who bailed Gilas out of the woods in two critical games in Beirut, as he returns to a Batang Pier crew badly needing a shot in the arm in a bid to join the frenzied hunt for top four berths and twice-to-beat privileges in the season-closing conference.And about the only thing coach Franz Pumaren is worried about is his prized5-foot-10 point guard getting enough sleep for GlobalPort’s 7 p.m. clash with powerhouse San Miguel Beer, which will welcome back Fajardo.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“He practiced (Thursday) but said that he hasn’t had any sleep yet,” Pumaren told the Inquirer over the phone.Romeo arrived with the rest of the PH team on Tuesday night and is battling jetlag, which could hit all the Nationals the hardest on Friday.“That’s the only problem we have right now,” Pumaren added. “Otherwise, he seems to be good. We will be using him (for the game) depending on how he feels. But definitely, he will play.” LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Romeo was the hero in Gilas’ 97-86 victory over China in the group stage and against Jordan, 75-70, in the clash for seventh place in the Fiba Asia Cup, and his return to GlobalPort certainly gives the Batang Pier more teeth against the Beermen.San Miguel is at 3-1 and will play the 6-foot-10 Fajardo limited minutes because of a pulled calf muscle that kept him out of the first three Gilas games.Wright, on the other hand, is sorely needed back at Phoenix Petroleum as the Fuel Masters try to arrest a five-game slide against TNT KaTropa in the 4:15 p.m. contest.The Texters are set to get back Castro and Pogoy.Phoenix will now have two deadly outside guns against TNT with Wright and new acquisition Jeff Chan.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Photo from Fiba.comSleep or no sleep, Terrence Romeo—Gilas Pilipinas’ most explosive scorer in the recent Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon—is back to give GlobalPort a boost.June Mar Fajardo, Matthew Wright, Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy are returning as well, as teams slowly return to full force with the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations to enter its second half starting Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: Lady Falcons eager to sustain winning culture for Adamson

first_img“I really want to set goals for ourselves, every team’s dream, on the top of their goal list, is to win the championship,” said Padda. “I know that they’ve been working hard, but we are hungry and we can battle this year.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Adamson University is done playing in the fringes, and for Season 80 the Lady Falcons have nowhere to go but soar upwards.Never mind that the Lady Falcons have a combined record of 2-26 for the past two UAAP seasons, that figure is a mere statistic for a now determined Adamson squad that is eager to challenge the league’s volleyball powers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHead coach Airess Padda said that if the men’s basketball team and the Pep Squad can change the landscape, so can the Lady Falcons.“Well one, I think we’re a school that didn’t really have a fighting winning culture until now,” said Padda. “Our basketball team ended up in the Final Four and our Pep Squad brought it home this year.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “I think we have the best attitude but I also think we’re hungry. To see an underdog come from behind and fight, I think that’s what we have this year. We have that fighting spirit.”And that fighting spirit already emanated for the Lady Falcons during the offseason when they went on a tear of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and won six straight games before bowing out in the semifinals.Although skipper Jema Galanza was injured during the Final Four, the fight the remaining Lady Falcons brought against Arellano Univesity was enough for Padda to hope for the coming UAAP season.With Galanza fully recovered and the returning Fhem Emnas and Mylene Paat in the fold, Padda is looking forward for a renewed passion her team can bring.Adamson also brought in former champion Eli Soyud, who played with La Salle a few years back, to give the team that winning experience.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Read Next LATEST STORIES Head coach: Airess PaddaLast season: 1-13Key holdovers: Jema Galanza, Joy DacoronKey additions/returnees: Fhem Emnas, Mylene Paat, Eli SoyudADVERTISEMENT Coach hopes to see Team Lakay sustain good start to 2018 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Marinero pounds Wangs-Letran for 1st back-to-back wins

first_imgPBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino coasted to its first back-to-back wins in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, humbling Wangs Basketball-Letran, 96-84, Thursday at Pasig Sports Center.Behind Renzo Subido and Abu Tratter, the Skippers finished the first half  on a 7-0 spurt and sustained that run in the third period with Billy Robles leading the charge to push the lead to as big as 23 numerous times.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Troy Rosario avoids serious injury after scary fall John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in 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 View comments Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Rian Ayonayon topscored for Marinerong Pilipino with 14 points, six assists, and four rebounds, Subido went 4-of-6 from threes for his 12 markers, and Robles got 12 points and five rebounds to spearhead the balanced attack.Kyle Toth also shot 4-of-6 from downtown to nab 12 markers, while Gab Banal recorded a double-double with 10 points and 15 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Everybody knows the gameplan, believed in it, and understood it. We’re just happy that everybody came in with laser-focus and executed our gameplan well,” said coach Koy Banal as his side improved to 3-2.The Skippers did a good job in setting the tempo for the game, taking 22 fastbreak points against Wangs-Letran’s 10 and dishing out 23 assists to their foes’ 14. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Bong Quinto carried the Couriers with 22 points as they fell to their second consecutive defeat.Rey Publico and Alex Mandreza got 11 in the loss.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 96 — Ayonayon 14, Robles 12, Subido 12, Toth 12, Banal 10, Tratter 9, Pasaol 8, Lopez 7, Paredes 5, Brill 2, Iñigo 2, Tolentino 2, Babilonia 1, Terso 0.WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 84 — Quinto 22, Mandreza 11, Publico 11, Calvo 9, Balagasay 6, Muyang 6, Taladua 6, Fajarito 5, Batiller 4, Ambohot 2, Trinidad 2, Balanza 0, Vacaro 0, Yu 0.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quarters: 21-23, 47-40, 75-54, 96-84.last_img read more

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Daquis’ departure from national team saddens buddy Gonzaga

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken No. 1 pick Fultz raring to help turn things around for Philly And it wasn’t just in international competitions that the two wore the same uniform. They’ve shared the court as members of Philippine Army and now the two wear the red of Cignal in the Philippine Super Liga.READ: Dy gets slot as Daquis leaves national teamFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTheir partnership in the national team, however, came to an end Friday when the 29-year-old Daquis left the national team without giving any reason.This left Gonzaga a void she now tries to fill. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img READ: Daquis weighing free agency options“Of course it’s sad because Buday is my buddy,” said Gonzaga of Daquis. “I became dependent on her on so many things and I’m comfortable whenever she’s around. Wherever she goes, I go.”The national team is set to fly to Korea mid-July for training camp, and Gonzaga already knows what it would be like not having her longtime teammate.“Of course, I will really miss her.”ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Daquis and Gonzaga are selected to the PSL team for the FIVB World Club Championships. Photo by Bong LozadaJovelyn Gonzaga and Rachel Anne Daquis have formed a volleyball partnership unlike no other.The two represented the Philippines in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games, with Gonzaga as captain, and in the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, where Daquis took the role of skipper.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201300:50Trending 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Anand backs Bharat Ratna demand for Tendulkar

first_imgWorld Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand on Thursday joined the growing list of top athletes supporting the demand that iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar be conferred the Bharat Ratna – the highest civilian honour in India.When asked whether Tendulkar, who recently hit his 50th Test century, deserves to be awarded the Bharat Ratna, Anand said, “Sure, he has done a great job.””Especially the form our guys are showing should be great for the World Cup. It is not even that the team is depending on one guy, three-four guys are doing well, and hopefully we will pick the World Cup next year. He (Sachin) has been doing a great job,” Anand said.Tendulkar had slammed his 50th Test century in the second innings against South Africa in the first cricket Test in Centurion last Sunday.Celebrities from different fields have backed the demand for the top honour for the 37-year-old batsman.The high-profile backers include ace shuttler Saina Nehwal and singing legends Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhonsle.Even some politicians, including BJP MP and Archery Association of India V K Malhotra have also said that Tendulkar should be conferred the honour for his achievements.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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22,480 Enthusiasts set chess world record

first_imgA new world record was set in Ahmedabad on Friday when 22,480 people played chess simultaneously. The feat surpassed the previous mark of 13,446 players set in Mexico in October 21, 2006.Chess world champion Viswanathan Anand and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi were present at the occasion.Guinness Book of World Records representative Tarika Vara awarded the certificate to both of them after witnessing the event with her team.More than 20,000 students and 1,200 experts gathered at around 5.00 pm and played chess simultaneously to break the world record. Each expert took on 20 players. Another 200 experts were on standby. The event was organized by Gujarat State Chess Association, NIIT and the Gujarat Sports Authority after 10 months of preparation.The Gujarat University ground was divided into 64 squares with 320 participants in one square. From top of the GMDC building, the venue looked like a big chess board.” I can’t tell you how incredibly proud I am at this point of time. This is an amazing event,”Anand said. ” I feel like I won one of the biggest title in chess today. I always wanted to do something more for the game apart from just playing it so I started efforts for popularising it across the nation.I am really proud to be the part of this record- breaking event and will work for spreading awareness for chess in Gujarat.”Modi pointed out that India has now completed 300 world records and thanked Anand for his help. ” I am thankful to Anand because he came to Gujarat more than once, he guided the players, and instilled the faith that this was possible.” Tarika said: ” I am truly amazed with the talent and turnout here.advertisementIt’s a great pleasure to announce that 22,480 played chess at this place simultaneously, and have set a new world record.”last_img read more

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Australia squad

first_imgAustralia are going through a bad patch. Considering this their aim of retaining the World Cup is a far cry.Skipper Ricky Ponting be relying on the experienced pacer Brett Lee to deliver the goods. Mitchell Johnson’s presence in the bowling department provides his skipper with some hope, but it’s the spin department which is still a major worry for him and in India the problem gets magnified with most pitches assisting the spinners.  Ponting would be hoping his deputy Michael Clarke too comes good with his bat.Squad: Ricky Ponting (captain), Michael Clarke, Doug Bollinger, Brad Haddin, John Hastings, Jason Krejza, David Hussey, Callum Ferguson, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Tim Paine, Steve Smith, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson, Cameron White.last_img read more

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World Cup 2011 final: President, Rahul and stars at Wankhede

first_imgThe high-voltage India-Lanka encounter in Mumbai on Saturday witnessed dignitaries and celebrities descending on the Wankhede Stadium in hordes.Among the dignitaries present were President Pratibha Patil and her Sri Lankan counterpart Mahinda Rajapakse, who reached Mumbai a little while earlier.Politicians including senior BJP leader L.K. Advani, Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Ashok Chavan and Shiv Sena’s Udhav Thakre also reached the stadium to cheer for Team India.The Bollywood too turned up in force to witness history in the making. Stars at the World Cup final included Rajinikanth, Aamir Khan, Saif Ali Khan and Sunil Shetty, while other celebrities include Mukesh and Nita Ambani.last_img read more

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Govt flogging petrol users

first_imgThe government has been relentlessly hiking the price of petrol and burdening it with heavy taxes as it sees it essentially as the rich man’s fuel. However, this does not seem to be the solution to the oil sector’s problems that run much deeper.Official data reveals that while the consumption of petrol in the country ranges between 1.1 to 1.2 million tonnes a month, that of diesel is nearly five times as much at five to 5.5 million tonnes each month.A senior Indian Oil Corp (IOC) official told Mail Today that given the much higher volumes of diesel sold in the market, any increase in the price of the fuel brings in more revenue than petrol. The lower volumes of petrol cannot cover up the huge gap created by selling diesel, kerosene and LPG below market price, he explained. However, while petrol price has been raised by as much as 32 per cent in eight successive hikes during the last 11 months, the government has been shying away from raising the price of diesel even though the underrecoveries are much higher at Rs 18 per litre.The gap between petrol and diesel prices has now gone up to a whopping Rs 25 per litre and this is also causing a shift in demand towards diesel-fuelled cars and sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Oil company officials also say that the concept of petrol being purely a rich man’s fuel needs to be revisited since two-wheeler and small car owners also use petrol to run their vehicles.The IOC official said that the base price of petrol is currently at around Rs 36.52 a litre, while the rest of the price component consists of various Central and state levies. Excise duty and other Central government levies on petrol add up to over Rs 30 per litre. In addition, the Delhi government imposes a 20 per cent sales tax on the fuel.advertisementIn contrast, the levies on diesel, which is considered to be a fuel used by the vote-catching farm sector and public transport utilities, attracts much lower taxes. While the Central government’s levies on diesel work out to around Rs 10 a litre, the state government imposes a lower 12.5 per cent sales tax. Interestingly, the retail price of both fuels include a customs duty element, even though they are produced within the country and are not imported.The oil marketing companies say this duty is included as it enables them to pass on a part of the five per cent customs duty that the government levies on crude oil imports to consumers. Senior officials of the oil companies are of the view that it makes little sense to levy this customs duty on crude oil, as refined products such as diesel, LPG and kerosene have to be sold at subsidised prices.”The finance ministry first takes away the money from the oil companies in the form of tax as it wants to reduce the fiscal deficit but has to give the money back to the oil companies as compensation for the subsidy,” an oil company official said. “In the process a lot of time is lost and the oil companies have to borrow money at high rates of interest to finance crude imports,” he explained.The fact that the customs duty is levied on the value of the imports makes matters worse as each time the price of crude goes up the duty that has to be paid also increases, putting a greater burden on the oil companies and the consumers.last_img read more

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