‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF “His presence is very important for us. He explained to us how the game is played and how we can mesh,” he said. “He just told us to enjoy this because this is a rare chance for us to be together. It’s not everyday that we can be in one team so we have to make the most out of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution Star turns back Meralco Turning into some sort of an agent for the 3×3 crew, Ravena hoped to also get Raymar Jose onboard to infuse some hustle and energy, but the team eventually settled for JR Quiñahan after the former’s obligations with Cignal in the PBA D-League.READ: Against bigger foes, PH team to bank on teamwork in Fiba 3×3 World CupRavena, though, was still satisfied, saying that the NLEX big man can provide the same and more, particularly veteran smarts, for the young team.“Kuya JR, fortunately, will bring us the same thing,” he said.Seeing how talented the team is, Ravena knows that the one of the biggest concerns for the team is forming a strong bond which he believes shouldn’t be a problem under the guidance of coach Eric Altamirano.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans LATEST STORIES Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “He was in our house and on our way to the gym when Anton (Altamirano) were discussing who has already committed,” shared Kiefer Ravena.READ: Quiñahan joins Paras, Teng, Ravena in PH 3×3 squadFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe two-time UAAP MVP broached the idea to the 19-year-old prodigy, who was vacationing in the country after transferring from Creighton to Cal State Northridge.“It was only Jeron (Teng) and I who have stated our commitment and I told him, ‘Kobes, you’ll redshirt, right? Maybe you want to play for us?’ He said he’ll look at it and eventually got the green light,” he said. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Kiefer Ravena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ Joaqui FloresFunny how a simple conversation between gym buddies escalated to a partnership for flag and country.That was how Kobe Paras came to be part of Chooks-Pilipinas 3×3 squad which will compete in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 World Cup in June.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend
Photo from FIBA.comPerlas Pilipinas wrapped up its 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup stint with a 78-63 thumping of North Korea to retain its Division A status in the continental tilt.It was the first victory for the Filipinos in the tournament held in India after four straight losses, the last an 87-53 rout to Chinese Taipei that put its place in the elite Division A in peril.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games 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 View comments MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jet Spikers in Final 4; Lady maroons avoid cellar This time, everything clicked for Perlas Pilipinas as it shot 50% from the field even as the Koreans knocked down 10 triples but registered a flimsy 34.3% shooting clip.All but one of the 11 players scored for the Philippines with Allana Lim leading the way with 16 points that went with four rebounds.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 starsAnalyn Almazan added 13 points and five rebounds while Cindy Resultay had a double-double with 10 points and 10 boardsThe North Koreans, meanwhile, were relegated to Division B after a winless campaign. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Teng brothers team up as part of Chooks Pilipinas MOST READ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “We expect to really give our hearts out. You’re already there, so why not go for the win and do everything you can? We’re in a group where we have a chance to advance to the next stage, so hopefully we can win as many games as we can,” he said.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas is in Group A along with ONGC of India, Mono Vampire of Thailand, Petrochimi of Iran, and Sarreyet Ramallah of Palestine.“Again, it’s a test of character, a test of our willingness to win. These are the games where every game will be a grind out game. You have no choice but to find a way to win and we will find it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA veteran of numerous international wars, Kiefer Ravena is set to lead Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas in the 2017 Fiba Asia Champions Cup which starts on Friday in Chenzhou, China.Even coach Chot Reyes admitted he expects a lot from the 23-year-old guard, who is coming off a fourth gold medal in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The former Ateneo Blue Eagle is no stranger to international competitions but he said that the continental club championship presents a different challenge not just for him but for the whole team.“This is my first time here and not discounting the SEA Games and the SEABA (Championship), in terms of Asian basketball, this is the highest level I’ve been in. Playing in 3-on-3 in the world is still different from the 5-on-5 game,” he said.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 openingRavena also said that the leadership role won’t be solely on his shoulders, as he looks forward to linking up with prospective naturalization candidate Isaiah Austin, granting the lanky 7-foot-1 center gets his Chinese visa.“Isaiah is going to be big for us. Hopefully, his papers will go as smooth as possible. In terms of this tournament, he’s really an asset to the team. It’s not very often you see a 7-1 who can play the wing in Asia. We’re very lucky. Hopefully, he fixes it and helps the team,” he said. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors
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Just as Manjeet Singh’s career was beginning to take off, the young boxer was dealt a body blow when he tested positive for a banned substance.That was a year ago. He is yet to get a proper hearing before the anti-doping disciplinary panel.The 22-year-old Manjeet, who is a railways employee, arrived for his hearing on Tuesday with former Indian boxing team doctor Karanjeet Singh but the hearing had to be adjourned till August 5 as one of the panel members did not arrive.Worse still, the 2007 Asian Championships bronze medallist is posted in Kolkata and has to make the journey to the Capital for the hearings, none of which have been conclusive so far. Karanjeet, who was with the Indian boxing team till the Delhi Common wealth Games, arrived from Himachal Pradesh where he is working as a medical officer, to testify that he had prescribed soframycin to Manjeet after the boxer suffered a road accident.The doctor claims that he had even written to the Indian Boxing Federation (IBF) that the doctors at the NIS, Patiala, had applied clostebol on the wounds due to which he tested positive.”I checked the records at NIS, Patiala, and found that the nurse at the medical centre had used clostebol on his wounds, the substance for which he has tested positive,” Karanjeet told Mail Today. Records available with Manjeet also claim that the ointment applied on him was clostebol. But the records that NIS, Patiala, have furnished does not have any mention of using clostebol on Manjeet’s wounds.advertisementDefence counsel Rohit Kaliyar claims that NIS officials have fudged the records and the ones with him are authentic. Manjeet is worried that he hasn’t been given a proper hearing.”I am aware of what all has happened. I know that Manjeet hasn’t done anything wrong and it is only because of a mistake by NIS officials that Manjeet has landed into this soup. “But if this is how it works here, I won’t be able to come back again to testify. I get nothing for coming here. I have to bear my own expenses and don’t even get paid leaves to appear before the panel,” Karanjeet said.A senior scientific officer, who came from Patiala with the records, also said he won’t be able to attend the hearing on August 5.”I have to be present at the NIS on August 5 as Justice Mukul Mudgal, who is looking into the recent dope scandal, will be in Patiala. So I won’t be able to attend the next hearing,” the NIS official said.
A Big Let-downP. ChidambaramIt is as if the horse that was expected to win the race stopped midway (“Big Bucks, No Bang”, March 12). P. Chidambaram has disappointed the common man. Obviously, many political factors have been influencing the minister.K.V. RAGHURAM, Wayanad Budget 2007 is a wasteful exercise. There is,A Big Let-downP. ChidambaramIt is as if the horse that was expected to win the race stopped midway (“Big Bucks, No Bang”, March 12). P. Chidambaram has disappointed the common man. Obviously, many political factors have been influencing the minister.K.V. RAGHURAM, WayanadBudget 2007 is a wasteful exercise. There is no relief for genuine taxpayers and no provision to check black money transactions.M.S. SHARADA PRASAD, BangaloreThe Budget brings no cheer for the salaried class. The poor are becoming poorer and the rich are getting richer. Housing loan rates are going up as purchasing power is going down. Inflation is spiralling. What is the Planning Commission doing?C.K. RAMANI and JAYANTHI, MumbaiThe finance minister could have been kinder to corporate India. Instead, he has enhanced dividend tax, which will prove to be counter-productive.K. GOPAKUMAR MENON, ThrissurChidambaram has lost a very good chance to prove that he can not only mobilise money for the country’s needs but also check inflation. He has tried to ride high on revenue without going in for new financial exercises.S.S. RAMANATHA RAO, BangaloreThe finance minister deserves appreciation for being socialistic in his approach. He has reduced duty on pet food so that human beings may also change their eating habits.MADHU AGRAWAL, DelhiThe Budget is a success on two counts. One, it has allocated more funds to the long-neglected agriculture sector. This is aimed at arresting the unrest among farmers. Secondly, the focus on education will yield positive results.Y.N. MURTHY, HyderabadA large part of funds may be allocated to agriculture, but the sector does not show any signs of growth. This is because only a small percentage of the allocated amount is actually utilised in this vital sector.VINEETH MARKONDA, on e-mailThe paltry budgetary allocation for training sportsmen in the country and the absence of exemptions for corporates sponsoring sports other than cricket have virtually ensured that at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, India will be nowhere.RAGHAV KAPUR, DelhiCuriously, the finance minister has levied a two-tier excise duty on cement-something that hasn’t been done often in Union Budgets. DILIP SHAH, UdaipurThe finance minister has a golden wand that can be used to contain inflation. If only he had reduced wasteful government expenditure and brought down tax rates, he would have earned the gratitude and the votes of the nation.SURESH PANDIT, MumbaiI am an army officer’s wife, and the Budget hasn’t made life easier for me. Army officers are the most honest taxpayers in the country, yet they are not granted any relief. They end up losing most of their inadequate salaries as tax.MADHU R.D. SINGH, AmbalaIn his 2008 Budget speech, the finance minister should present a progress report of all the budgetary provisions made this year, explaining any negative deviations from expected outcomes, and fixing responsibilities where required. This report should then form the basis of the new Budget.NAVNEET DHAWAN, DelhiBureau of IncompetenceThe CBI has been caught trying to protect Italian businessman Ottavio Quattrocchi for the second time since the UPA came to power (“Not Minding Q”, March 12). The manner in which the supposedly autonomous investigating agency has chosen to crawl before the regime of the day to appease those who hold the reins of power is shameful.J. AKSHAY, SecunderabadPrice Led to the FallThe dismal performance of the Congress in the Punjab and Uttarakhand Assembly elections is attributable to its inability to sympathise with the common man and his worries (“A Dash of Saffron”, March 12). People seem to be looking at the BJP for succour. The party should focus on good governance and avoid communalism.RANJANA MANCHANDA, on e-mailThe results of the Punjab Assembly elections clearly show the wisdom of the voters, who punished the Congress for its indifference to their woes and insensitivity to the concept of accountability to the people. Parkash Singh Badal has done well by saying he will not follow the politics of vendetta that the Congress had adopted.JAYATHEERTHA S. A., HyderabadFamily ChannelIt is nice to read about Chief Minister Kumaraswamy launching a Kannada channel (“Family Serial”, March 12). The Kannada audience is not crazy about filmbased programmes alone, which is the case in some neighbouring states.SURESH N., BangaloreMammoth CorridorsThe idea of providing animal corridors in Rajaji National Park for safe transit of elephants is both timely and necessary (“The Jumbo Job”, March 12). There are many such flyovers for caribou, moose, deer and elk in Africa and Australia and Canada. For elephants, these flyovers must be strong and gently sloping. They are also urgently required in the Dooars, where there are many fatalities due to the Kolkata-Siliguri road and rail link. D.N. BOSE, on e-mailOn a Name and a PrayerThe UPA is against yoga and surya namaskar, but it may allow these in schools provided they are performed under the name of rozana adaab. UDITA AGRAWAL, DelhiTRAIN TO LALU LANDLalu Prasad YadavLalu Yadav’s efforts to provide better facilities at no extra cost (“The Money Train”, March 12) are praiseworthy. VIRENDRA KUMAR TANGRI, DehradunA paltry sum has been allocated to new railway lines such as Haridaspur-Paradip and Bolangir-Khurda Road in Orissa, a state that generates a lot of freight revenue. J.N. MAHANTY, PuriLalu deserves praise for bringing in considerable profits, that too without burdening passengers or freight.JAYANT M. LANJEWAR, NagpurIt is good to see a UPA minister adopting a healthy mix of populism and prudence. Lalu’s Budget is simply stunning.MEGHANA A., Hyderabad advertisementadvertisement
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The security company G4S which failed to provide enough personnel for the Olympics has accepted that their reputation is in “humiliating shambles,” as its CEO Nick Buckles said it will pay for police and military personnel to step in.Buckles was grilled by members of the Parliament’s Home Affairs Select Committee, who tore into him for having failed the people and the country.However, Jeremy Hunt, minister for Culture and Olympics, sought to assure the public that the Games would be held “safe and secure” as they always had contingency plans in place.Buckles said that the contract signed last December with the Games organising committee for 10,400 additional security staff would remain unfulfilled as they were now hoping to supply up to 7,000 personnel. So far, the company has only been able to send 4,200 people, less than half of the contracted number. The total requirement for security has been put at between 21,000 and 24,000, with the police and army taking up the slack left by G4S.Chairman of the committee Keith Vaz made Buckles agree that their reputation was “in tatters,” and that the largest security company in the world, and third largest private sector employer with 660,000 employees, had not been able to meet its obligations. It is estimated the company is likely to lose at least 50 million because of the fiasco.Buckles told members that he came to know of the shortfall on July 3 and he was “utterly shocked” and they moved to inform the organising committee. He said the police and army personnel would be able to fill the gaps left by his company’s non-fulfillment of the obligations.advertisementMembers of Parliament questioned him on when he came to know about the problem and who he informed, and whether he should resign after the fiasco. Buckles said he had the confidence of the board of his company, which made 600 million last year. The largest investor in G4S, Invesco also signalled that they were behind Buckles who was the right person to bring the company out of its current problems.The shares of G4S slipped 15 per cent even though many other shareholders were supporting the company officials. Secretary Hunt said that the government needed to get to the bottom of the matter. “But the time for that is not now,” he told media.For now, he said, they had to deliver the Games, and that later they would be investigating in detail on how this happened. The members said that one of the reasons for G4S’s failure may have been its employment policies which paid security staff about 8.5 per hour, not much higher than minimum wages. Also, they were not paid for training, unless they turned up for actual work.Last few days, several expected security staff of G4S did not turn up for work at cycling events and some manning requirements in Manchester. Buckles said a 10 per cent shortfall was also expected, but MPs said in some place only about 20 to 30 per cent staff turned up.Buckles is paid 830,000 a year and may be eligible for several million pounds in pension funds and performance bonus. Meanwhile, the 3,500 military personnel drafted for security work have started moving into the Olympic Park and other Games venues.
Janet Jackson is serious about helping to end world hunger, which is why she co-founded NutriBank with Nutrisystem. Heres how it works: in 2012, Nutrisystem will match every pound Americans lose on the eating plan with a dollars worth of Nutrisystem food up to $10 millionto be delivered to hunger-relief agencies for the neediest people. Were taking those pounds and turning them into dollars,?? Janet says, not just here in America, but globally as well.?? Go to prevention.com/nutribank to get involved.The idea of someone whos gained and lost weight in this very public way, and also someone whos an emotional eater,?? Janet says. Among the divas triggers are boredom, sadness, frustration, stress, work andwhen she was youngerreacting to her famous brothers calling her pig,?? cow,?? and worse. It didnt help that she loves sweets. Chocolate, cake, caramel applesthere arent many things I dont love,?? Janet says. The stress has also pushed her to the other end of the spectrum: undereating at stressful times. Knowing I have these problems with body image, I ask my friends and family to tell me when Ive lost too much. Because I will continue to pick on myself, like all women do, and say: you need to (lose) more here, more there.?? For Janet, looking good is only part of the equation: Health was always a concern. When I gained weight in 2005, my nutritionist was very worried. I was close to having diabetes. Even when I lost it (and) then gained quite a bit back, there was always the thought of heart disease.?? Thats why exercise is a major part of Janets health regimen. I dont like to work out, and I get bored easily,?? she says. Tony Martinez (her trainer) is great. He comes up with something new all the time. There are times when I dont want to run on the beach, but he knows I love sports, so hell bring a football or Im just like a dog with a tennis ball. When Im getting ready for a tour, Ill work out with the dancers. Hell put us in teams, and well do all sorts of drills and races.?? Her focus on weight control follows her awareness that shes a beacon for young people. I try to be a model for healthy eating, but I let kids know that they are beautiful as god made them,?? Janet says. You dont have to be a size zero to be considered beautiful.?? She knows shes also an example to young people closer to home, like her niece Paris, Michaels 14-year-old daughter, who has already landed her first film role in Lundons Bridge and the Three Keys. Weve spoken about the fact that youre a child only once,?? Jackson says. I think theres a time for everything, and now is not the time (to act in films). I told her I thought she should enjoy being a kid, possibly go to collegeor notbut wait till she turns 18. Shes a very tough, smart girl. But its a cut-throat industry. I wouldnt want my child to do it.?? Romance is still very much on Janets personal playlistspecifically, with Wissam Al Mana, a businessman from Qatar. Does she believe in love at first sight? I think its definitely possible,?? she says. Its that energy, when you feel thats your soulmate whos been put on this earth just to connect with you.??advertisement
Ivory Coast football team at the Estadio Nacional in Brasilia, Brazil, on June 18. (AP PhotoIvory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi believes his team’s second match against Colombia is shaping up as “a final of the group.”Both teams won their openers, with Colombia beating Greece 3-0 despite the absence of star striker Radamal Falcao and Ivory Coast scoring a 2-1 comeback win over Japan.Teofilo Gutierrez has stepped in as Colombia’s chief striker – scoring the second goal against Greece – while playmaker James Rodriguez had an outstanding game against Greece.Didier Drogba’s entry against Japan sparked the turnaround – the Ivorians scored twice within four minutes after he went on as a second-half substitute.Despite Drogba’s impact, Lamouchi is again likely to keep the 36-year-old on the bench at the start, with Wilfried Bony likely to start.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel invoked the name of George Halas, the team’s founder, in welcoming the news.“George ‘Papa Bear’ Halas and the NFL’s co-founders probably didn’t imagine the federation they established 100 years ago in cities and towns across the Midwest would one day be the most successful professional sports league in the world,” Emanuel said in a statement. “But that’s what their vision achieved. Chicago — the most American of American cities — is the perfect venue for this game.”Schroeder and Brian Rolapp, the NFL’s chief media and business officer, outlined other plans for the 100th season: NFL Films will produce a series that selects the 100 greatest teams, plays, games, characters and game changers; an all-time team is being chosen and will be featured in a TV series; and Peyton Manning will talk to fans around the country about the history of the NFL for another television series.The league also disclosed plans for next month’s draft that will supplement the proceedings in Nashville. Teams will make selections in eight of the original 13 towns that comprised the NFL for its first season. In Dayton, Ohio, the field used back then, Triangle Park, still exists, and a selection will be made there. The NFL also has committed to installing new turf on the field.“This is a really special moment for our city,” Dayton mayor Nan Whaley said. “We’re excited that the NFL is recognizing the places that were there in the very beginning and that they are celebrating Dayton’s special history in paving the way for the league with a donation that will leave a lasting impact in the community.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google Philippines names new country director Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Blazers lose Jusuf Nurkic to severe leg injury, edge Nets in 2 OTs Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Staging the Thursday night game at Chicago’s Soldier Field — even if it is a modernized version of the stadium — adds to the theme. There will be a free fan festival and concert in nearby Grant Park and, for the first time, the league has approved a free viewing event of the game in the park.“We see that around other sports,” said Peter O’Reilly, the NFL’s executive vice president for league events. Such viewings, for example, have been a staple of the World Cup for decades, and hockey also has adopted the practice. “It will create a big festival environment.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThis will be the first time since 2003 the Super Bowl champion has not played in the opener. New England instead will open at home in the prime-time game Sunday night, Sept. 8. The opponent has not yet been determined. The full schedule will be announced next month.“With the 100th season, we want to do something to kick it off in a special way,” said Hans Schroeder, the league’s chief operating officer of media. “We’re celebrating the Bears, one of the original member clubs, in their 100th season, and the Packers are in their 101st. It’s an iconic matchup.” Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event LATEST STORIES Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Arizona Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald listens during a news conference on social justice during the annual NFL football owners meetings, Monday, March 25, 2019, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — As part of the celebration of its 100th season, the NFL will break from tradition and feature the Packers vs. the Bears in its season opener Sept. 5.Usually, the Super Bowl champion is the home team for the prime-time opener, but the league wants to salute historic rivalries in 2019. None fits better than Chicago-Green Bay. The teams have met 198 times since 1921, when the Bears were the Chicago Staleys. Green Bay leads the series 97-95-6, including the clubs splitting two postseason games.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Each of the 32 clubs will stage a “Fantennial Weekend” during the regular season in which it will work in conjunction with local high school football teams on a Friday, stage a fan festival on Saturday, and then have former players from the NFL club at the game on Sunday. The home team also will reveal the greatest moment or play in its history that day.Rolapp said the league is talking to DIRECTV about expanding the digital presence for its popular Sunday Ticket option that makes available all out-of-market games. The NFL could opt out of its contract with DIRECTV after next season.“The world has really changed and how people consume games has changed,” he said. “How do we broaden these rights, deliver more easily to digital platforms?” MOST READ Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Roger Federer, of Switzerland, prepares to return the ball to Denis Shapovalov, of Canada, during the semifinals of the Miami Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 29, 2019, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Jim Rassol)Roger Federer is gearing up for a Miami Open final shootout with John Isner on Sunday after blowing away young-gun Denis Shapovalov in straight sets.Federer produced a 6-2, 6-4 masterclass at Hard Rock Stadium to leave up-and-coming star Shapovalov, who grew up idolizing the Swiss, chasing shadows during a difficult first set.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Shapovalov, who will jump to a career best 20th in the world thanks to this impressive run, enjoyed some much better moments in the second set and looked more relaxed, although the match was never in his hands.He hit just eight winners in response to Federer’s 30 but will learn from this.“It’s kind of surreal, being on the court against Roger,”admitted the Canadian who joked the only enjoyable moment for him was the warm up.“Obviously I wasn’t trying to focus on the fact that it’s him on the other side.“I was just trying to play as good as I can, but he played an excellent match. I wasn’t able stay at his level. I’m just going to try to learn from this and move forward.”Federer, assessing his own performance, said he played “very well”.“I had to because when you let Denis play, he’s got some serious power and he gets rhythm going. He can really put you in uncomfortable situations.”This was the first time since 2007 that two teenagers have reached an ATP Masters semi-finals and although both suffered disappointing defeats, they leave South Florida with their heads held high.Auger-Aliassime’s dream run finished with the youngster from Montreal competing confidently in the biggest match of his career even if he will rue the chances that escaped him after being broken while serving for the first and second set.“Unusual,” Isner called it. “It could have been a little bit of inexperience and maybe a little bit of fatigue, also.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the disappointment etched all over Auger-Aliassime’s face at the end, his run here will give him great confidence moving forward as he, and Shapovalov, aim to prove their Grand Slam credentials.The 18-year-old is the youngest-ever male semi-finalist in Miami and only the second qualifier to reach the last four after Guillermo Canas reached the same stage in 2007 before losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.Auger-Aliassime will also see his ranking jump from 55 to 33 in the world.“I think I did the best that I could,” he said. “It’s a chance you can’t miss, serving two times for the set, and just — I don’t know. It’s just terrible. The biggest lesson I learned was to stay in the present and believe in yourself.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Swiss was superb in dismantling the 19 year-old’s game, but knows with huge serving Isner lying in wait in what will be the former world number one’s 50th ATP Masters final, the key will be to defuse the reigning Miami Open champion’s monster service game.Isner used it to great effect in his 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/4) win over Shapovalov’s friend and compatriot Felix Auger-Aliassime earlier in the day, smashing down 21 aces. He’ll be looking for more of the same against 20 time Grand Slam champion Federer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Playing a big server like John is like being in a penalty shootout in soccer, but I enjoy it,” said number four seed Federer who coped brilliantly with Kevin Anderson’s dangerous serve in the quarter-finals, winning the first set to love.“Sometimes you go with momentum. Sometimes you go with feel. Sometimes you guess maybe a little bit and sometimes you see it. It’s a combination of all sort of things. 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Even though the Swiss was standing in his way of a first final, the 19 year-old stressed beforehand that it was a “dream” to take on Federer.It quickly, however, turned into a nightmare.The Canadian displayed understandable nerves early on, a struggle with his first serve proving as much in a 10 minute opening game which he eventually won.Yet it didn’t settle him down and when another horribly loose backhand flew long, Federer pocketed a vital early break and stayed in the driver’s seat.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss
LATEST STORIES New York, Cleveland and Phoenix share the best odds: They’ve all got a 14 percent chance of winning under a new format that was designed in 2017 and put into play this year to discourage teams from all-out tanking. Williamson, the consensus college basketball player of the year this past season, is expected to be in the audience when the lottery results are announced.“Whatever NBA team I land on, that’s where I want to be,” Williamson, the now-former Duke star who is turning pro after one season with the Blue Devils, said last month. “Whoever drafts me, that’s where I want to be.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIt is very much a lottery; the machine is exactly like the one used in many state lotteries and is manufactured by Smartplay International, which works with clients all over the world for various drawings. Smartplay even certifies the 14 pingpong balls that will be used to churn out the four-number combination will net some team the No. 1 pick.The Knicks, Cavaliers and Suns will all be assigned 140 of the possible 1,001 four-number combinations. Chicago gets 125, giving the Bulls the fourth-best shot. Charlotte, Miami and Sacramento will be assigned 10 of those combinations, giving them the longest odds of winning the No. 1 pick. The Kings won’t be rooting to win; their pick goes to Boston, unless it’s the first pick, and then it goes to Philadelphia. PBA D-League: Marinerong Pilipino stays on pace for playoff spot, routs Perpetual Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess By the time the telecast of the lottery begins at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, it will already have long been over. The actual drawing takes place in a secure room about an hour beforehand, witnessed by a representative from each of the 14 lottery clubs, NBA officials and some members of the media. None of them can leave or communicate with the outside world in any way until after the results are announced on television.“I’m not one to waste a lot of time on things I can’t control — which is essentially anything that happens at my house, and the lottery,” Atlanta general manager Travis Schlenk said.The Hawks could be big winners Tuesday. If Dallas doesn’t get one of the top four draft picks, the Mavericks’ pick — which would be No. 9 if they don’t move up — goes to Atlanta, which has its own lottery pick as well and a 10.5% chance of winning the No. 1 selection.The Knicks are hoping history repeats: The first draft lottery was 1985, the Knicks won it and used that No. 1 pick to draft Patrick Ewing — who will represent New York on stage Tuesday night.“We’re proud to have one of the all-time Knicks greats sit on the dais,” Knicks president Steve Mills said.ADVERTISEMENT It’ll be a Georgetown center reunion — the Heat are sending Alonzo Mourning as their onstage representative.The conference finals take center stage this week: Portland at Golden State in Game 1 in the West, which follows the draft lottery; Toronto at Milwaukee in Game 1 in the East, which begins on Wednesday. But in Chicago, it’ll be all about the future — the G League Elite Camp started Sunday and concludes Tuesday, then the draft lottery, and then the NBA draft combine starts Thursday.Williamson, his Duke teammates R.J. Barrett and Cam Reddish, Murray State star guard Ja Morant and about 100 other draft-eligible players will be in Chicago throughout the week, and many will likely find their way to the lottery. Not all will play or work out at the combine, but most are expected to at least take time to meet with some teams and submit to some basic medical exams.“I think it’s deeper than people say,” Heat president Pat Riley said when asked to evaluate the draft. “I’m not going to name names, but I’ve seen 30 players that are very good players.”Who goes where, that won’t be known until June 20.But the order will be set Tuesday — and Williamson will finally have a very good idea of where he’s heading.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue FILE – In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Duke forward Zion Williamson speaks with the news media in the locker room after an NCAA men’s East Regional final college basketball game against Michigan State in Washington. Williamson’s immediate future is likely to be decided by the bounce of 14 ping-pong balls. The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday, May 14, 2019 in Chicago, where some team will be awarded the No. 1 pick in the June 20 draft _ and, presumably, the chance to grab Williamson with that selection. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, file)CHICAGO — Zion Williamson’s immediate future is likely to be decided by the bounce of 14 pingpong balls.The NBA draft lottery is Tuesday night in Chicago, where some team will be awarded the No. 1 pick in the June 20 draft — and, presumably, the chance to grab Williamson with that selection.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Anisa Sayyed, Rahi Sarnobat and Heena Sidhu during the medal ceremony in Incheon. Photo: PTI.The Indian women’s team won the bronze medal in the 25 metre pistol shooting event of the 17th Asian Games at the Ongnyeon International Shooting Range in Incheon on Monday.The Indian team comprising Rahi Sarnobat (580), Anisa Sayyed (577) and Heena Sidhu (572) shot a total of 1,729 to claim the bronze medal. Rahi was the only Indian to qualify for the semi-final of the individual event.The team gold went to the South Korean team of Kim Jangmi (584), Kwak Junghye (583) and Lee Jungeun (581) with an accumulated score of 1,748. China got the silver after the trio of Zhang Jingjing (591), Chen Ying (580) and Zhou Qingyuan (576) shot a total of 1,747.The bronze was India’s fifth medal from the Asian Games and fourth from the shooting range. Jitu Rai won the gold medal in the 50m pistol event and led the 10m air pistol team to a bronze. Shweta Chaudhry also won the bronze medal in the women’s 10m air pistol event.
Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo surged three goals clear of Lionel Messi as the all-time Champions League top scorer with a hat-trick in a 4-0 drubbing of 10-man Shakhtar Donetsk in their Group A opener on Tuesday.Portugal captain Ronaldo scored twice from the penalty spot in the second half and added a header nine minutes from time to take his tally in Europe’s elite club competition to 80 goals, three more than Barcelona forward Messi.Also read: PSV recover to beat United 2-1, Shaw suffers double break A howler from Shakhtar keeper Andriy Pyatov let in Karim Benzema for the opener on the half-hour before the visitors were reduced to 10 men five minutes after the break when Taras Stepanenko hacked down Sergio Ramos and was shown a second yellow card.Real doubled their lead after Ronaldo’s shot hit Shakhtar captain Darijo Srna on the back in the 54th and the referee inexplicably gave a penalty and the Portuguese netted another spot kick nine minutes later after Marcio Azevedo handled.Ronaldo, who put five past Espanyol in La Liga on Saturday, completed his hat-trick at the Bernabeu when he followed up a saved Marcelo effort to set a Spanish record of 33 trebles, one more than Messi.The victory gave new Real coach Rafa Benitez a winning debut for the capital club in the competition but came at a cost as their Wales winger Gareth Bale limped off midway through the first half with a calf problem.
AdvertisementThe 33-year-old Portuguese sensation had a gala time with MUTV where he summarized his career and his mentor Sir Alex Ferguson’s contribution.Manchester United under Sir Alex Ferguson has witnessed some extraordinary talents and a very systematic scout system which has produced the finest professionals in the football world. One of them being Cristiano Ronaldo who was scouted by Sir Alex Ferguson from Sporting Lisbon and was signed on a record-breaking contract of $15.69m for a youth player at 2003. He demanded jersey no. 28 which he used to wear at Sporting Lisbon but instead got greeted by the legendary no. 7 previously worn by legends like George Best, Bryan Robson, David Beckham and others. This gesture from the gaffer made the lad exuberant to deliver for the club. Ronaldo was also the first Portuguese player to sign for the English giants.Ronaldo on his interview mentioned how SAF played a major part in his transformation from being a forward with fancy skills to an efficient and complete player. He mentioned how Ferguson used to correct his ball holding, decision making and improved his physique. He stated Sir Alex Ferguson to be his father in football.He further spoke about his interests in different sports like UFC, Basketball, Ping Pong and Tennis, where UFC topped the list of liking as he loves to watch fighting. Cristiano further talked about the importance of always looking and smelling good as he himself gets attracted to people who look and smell alluring.He concluded by talking about the best goal scored by him in his career which was against his current club Juventus in the Champions League Semi-final this year and mentioned how overwhelmed he was to get applauded by the opposition fans at that day which made him cheerful to join the Seria-A side.Also Read :Football: Here’s How You Can Get Manchester United Branded Credit Cards In India! Advertisement