Month: November 2019

Month: November 2019

first_img“The league office will determine how to deal with any possible instance in which a player, coach or trainer does not stand for the anthem. (Teams do not have the discretion to waive this rule),” the memo says.The memo builds on discussions held by the NBA’s Board of Governors this week, and follows up on one Silver and players association executive director Michele Roberts sent to players recently.It recommends that teams organize internal discussions to hear the players’ perspectives, if they haven’t already, and to start or expand programs within their communities.“The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities,” Tatum wrote.The memo was first reported by ESPN.com.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters 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 View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight St. Benilde records first win in final game in PVLcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Golden State Warriors line up during the national anthem prior to Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers at ORACLE Arena on June 12, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The NBA is recommending teams address fans or show videos expressing themes of unity before their first home games, while reminding them of the rule that players must stand for the national anthem.A memo was sent to teams Friday, a day after Commissioner Adam Silver said he expected players would stand for the anthem .ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  In the memo, obtained by The Associated Press, Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum suggested teams use their opening games “to demonstrate your commitment to the NBA’s core values of equality, diversity, inclusion and serve as a unifying force in the community.”He recommended an address by a player or coach to fans before the anthem, or a video featuring players or community leaders speaking about important issues and showing photos from past community events.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 league’s preseason schedule begins Saturday with two games, including the NBA champion Golden State Warriors hosting Denver.Tatum said the league supports and encourages players to express their views on matters that are important to them, while reminding of the rule that players, coaches and trainers stand respectfully for the anthem.last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Salem last broke the 10-point barrier back in Sept. 16 against La Salle when he had 12 points and the following four games saw Bulldog wingman average just 4.5 points a game.And Salem put up just 3.8 points a game during the Bulldogs’ three-match skid.“Coach (Jamike Jarin) texted me and told me to just relax, play my game, and ‘we’re here for you,’” said Salem. “It’s just within me and that I just had to relax.”ADVERTISEMENT The Bulldogs were in dire need of a win to finish the first half of the season on a positive note when Salem finally hit his stride.NU’s captain fired 21 points in the Bulldogs’ 77-70 win over University of the Philippines, and Salem couldn’t help but breathe a huge sigh of relief.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 View comments Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took almost a month for Matt Salem to get his scoring groove back, and oh did he recover just when it mattered the most.National University was in a three-game skid in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and slipped to a dangerous 2-4 record near the end of the first round. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8000:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “It’s a learning experience for me and I’ll take these struggles I had in the first round and put it to good use,” said Salem Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Those things are something you come to.”“I might have been putting too much pressure on myself and it was affecting my game.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City UST, FEU advance to UAAP beach volleyball semifinals MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgLATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Irving-less Celtics hold off Raptors for 12th straight victory Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sock is one of four players to qualify for the tournament for the first time. Zverev, Grigor Dimitrov and David Goffin also qualified, though Goffin played in the tournament last year as an alternate after Gael Monfils withdrew.After the Federer match, Rafael Nadal was given his trophy for finishing the year as the No. 1 player in the rankings.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 Spaniard will play his first match at the tournament for the top eight players in the world on Monday against Goffin. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates at match point after beating Jack Sock of the United States in their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)Federer has won a record six titles at the ATP Finals, including two in Houston, two in Shanghai and two in London. His last one came in 2011.In 2017, he has won a tour-best seven titles, the most he has won since taking eight in 2007.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort He announced his retirement in an essay written for The Players’ Tribune website. His story touched on what finally winning a championship meant to him.“I realized early on that my purpose in this game was to share knowledge with younger players and to give back to the game of baseball,” he wrote. “I always wanted to do that — that, and be the best teammate I could possibly be. Over 20 years, I feel like I accomplished that.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“So whether we won or lost Game 7, I would have still been happy with my career. But it still feels nice to have a ring,” he continued.Besides being named an All-Star nine times, most recently in 2016, and the 1999 AL Rookie of the Year, he won three Gold Glove and two Silver Slugger awards. Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals after loss to Goffin Many of his current and former teammates expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Beltran on social media after his announcement on Monday. Correa posted a picture of the two of them on Instagram with a caption that read in part: “I will always look up to you brother! Thanks for making me a better player and a better person! I’m going to miss you so much!”Houston right-hander Justin Verlander tweeted about Beltran’s retirement, writing: “We only played together for a short time but what a ride we had! I learned a lot about what being a veteran means and the impact we can have. You’re an amazing teammate and leader. What a way to bow out … a World Champion!”Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wouldn’t say whether Beltran was a candidate to replace Joe Girardi as his team’s manager. But he did rave about his career and the respect he has for him.“He had leadership qualities, no question about that,” Cashman said. “He was someone that people gravitated to in the clubhouse. I think managers or coaches could rely, or front offices could rely on (him), kind of directing things in a positive way or keeping the ship steered in the right direction.”After what Luhnow saw from Beltran in Houston this season, he could envision him becoming a manager one day.“Certainly. He’s one of the brightest minds I’ve come across in the game,” he said. “Now whether or not, I haven’t (spoken) to him about what is intentions are after this, but I think he certainly would be a tremendous asset to any organization in whatever capacity he chooses to contribute.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement01:37Protesters 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 His production dropped dramatically this year. He hit .295 with 29 homers and 93 RBIs for the New York Yankees and Texas in 2016. He then batted .231 with 14 homers and 51 RBIs for Houston. Despite that, Beltran’s veteran presence and his work with Houston’s younger players including Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa and Marwin Gonzalez proved invaluable for the Astros.“He was worth every penny for us … he helped us win in a lot of ways, even though his numbers were not what they were last year, he contributed in a lot of ways that were not really seen by our fans,” Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said. “They were talked about a lot by our players. Also I think people know what I’m talking about. He really was a player-coach for us this year and he contributed in ways that lead me to believe there’s no way we win the championship without him this year.”He finishes with a .279 average, 435 homers, 1,587 RBIs and 312 stolen bases. He also has played for Kansas City, the New York Mets, San Francisco and St. Louis.This season was Beltran’s second stint with the Astros, after he was traded to Houston in June 2004. His work that postseason remains one of the best playoff performances in history. He hit .455 with four homers and nine RBIs in an NLDS win over Atlanta, then batted .417 with four more homers and five RBIs before Houston was eliminated by the Cardinals in the NLCS.Beltran appeared in 10 games this postseason, including three in the World Series. He finished with three hits, including two doubles, and an RBI in helping the Astros to their first title.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2017, file photo, Houston Astros’ Justin Verlander, right, and Carlos Beltran celebrate the team’s win over the Seattle Mariners to clinch the AL West crown in a baseball game in Houston. Beltran is retiring after winning his first World Series title in his 20th major league season. The 40-year-old made the announcement Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, 12 days after the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.(AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith, File)HOUSTON — It took quite some time, but Carlos Beltran finally got there, winning a World Series title after 20 seasons in the majors.Now he is leaving the Houston Astros and leaving baseball, retiring after a career in which he was a nine-time All-Star and was Rookie of the Year. The 40-year-old designated hitter and outfielder made the announcement Monday, 12 days after the Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7 of the World Series.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting TNT KaTropa coach Nash Racela is hardly ruffled despite his team’s recent slump.Even with the Texters in danger of missing out on the playoffs, Racela remains confident TNT can turn things around when it squares off with GlobalPort on Wednesday night in a crucial PBA Philippine Cup clash at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers But a victory by the Batang Pier in the 7 p.m. clash will allow Globalport to pull ahead of Ka Tropa in the playoff race.Racela has been candid enough to admit his need for improvement, but also challenged his players to rise to the challenge.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re trying to address things, probably better management from my end,” Racela said, after a 93-78 defeat to Barangay Ginebra last Sunday.“For some of our players, we’re not getting the usual numbers that we get from them basing on the previous conferences, years, so something is changing. So again, we need to make our adjustments, and be able to manage it better.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The curtain raiser at 4:30 p.m. pitting Phoenix and Meralco also has huge playoff implications with the Fuel Masters looking to gain a share of fifth spot with NLEX and Ginebra.The Fuel Masters stunned TNT, 74-72, in thrilling fashion last Friday, with guard Matthew Wright hoping the victory can spark a stirring finish in the elimination round.“We’re not taking any of those teams lightly in our remaining games,” said Wright. “We are confident in our abilities, and we’re expecting to go 4-and-0 in our last four games. We took care of TNT, so we just got to take care of the next three.”The Bolts are in need of a jolt after dropping to 2-6 following the 87-85 loss to NLEX last Friday.“We just got to keep trying, come back next game and win the game,” said Meralco coach Norman Black, after the Bolts surrendered an 18-point lead in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Former champs headline TCC tourney Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 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 Racela’s squad rallied late in the same tournament last season and even dragged eventual champion San Miguel Beer to a Game 7 in the semifinals before bowing out.“We just need to break the losing streak,” Racela said. “We just have to find ways to win the next one. We don’t really have a choice, but to focus on the next game.”The Batang Pier boosted their roster ahead of the duel with the Texters after signing former Rain or Shine gunner Jeric Teng, who will be reunited with ex-University of Santo Tomas coach Pido Jarencio, now at the helm at GlobalPort. View commentslast_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgMissing six of its first eight shots, Gilas’ lackluster start saw the visitors run to a 20-4 lead before Ravena turned the tide and ignited a 17-2 blast to close the gap, 22-21, at the end of the first quarter.Rosario kept that flame burning in the second quarter as the Philippines staged a 20-4 run to grab a 41-26 lead. Makoto Hiejima and Ira Brown conspired to help the Japanese recover and pull within two, 43-41, before Rosario ended the first half with a booming triple for a 46-41 halftime edge.Blatche finally played true to form in the third frame, keeping Gilas in front before Castro and Calvin Abueva picked up the slack late and give the home team a 72-61 lead at the end of the period.Gilas Pilipinas faces Chinese Taipei in Taiwan on June 29, before seeking retribution against Australia at Philippine Arena on July 2 to wrap up the first round of the Asian qualifiers.Hiejima paced winless Japan (0-4) with 23 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two blocks, while Brown got 16 markers and eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico NU sustains dominance, beats UST Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES The Scores:PHILIPPINES 89 — Blatche 18, Rosario 14, Ravena 13, Abueva 8, Castro William 8, Norwood 8, Fajardo 7, Pogoy 6, Aguilar 5, Jalalon 2, Wright 0.JAPAN 84 — Hiejima 23, Brown 16, Tanaka 12, Shinoyama 9, Tsuji 8, Ota 6, Takeuchi 5, Uto 3, Harimoto 2, Furukawa 0, Hashimoto 0, Nagayoshi 0.Quarters: 21-22, 46-41, 72-61, 89-84. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJayson Castro made the game-sealing floater with 10.6 seconds left as Gilas Pilipinas bounced back with an 89-84 win over Japan Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines lost a 15-point lead but denied the visitors the upset behind Castro and Andray Blatche, who split his charities with 5.5 ticks remaining.ADVERTISEMENT The Filipinos rose to 3-1 in Group B of the first round of the qualifiers, sweeping Japan in their home-and-away series and clinched a spot in the second round.Blatche had his best outing to date in the World Cup qualifiers, finishing with 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block in 30 minutes of play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTroy Rosario also had a triumphant return, firing 14 markers on 2-of-4 shooting from three and grabbing four boards, while Kiefer Ravena provided the spark 13 points, two rebounds, five assists and two steals.Castro, who returned to the lineup after missing the game against Australia due to an ankle sprain, had all of his eight markers in the second half. View commentslast_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ADVERTISEMENT “But he knows what’s in front of him and I think the better he does in this fight, the bigger fight he’ll get next.”The 38-year-old Pacquiao, who won eight of his 11 fights from Sept. 2005 to Nov. 2009 by stoppage including a brutal KO win in the second round over Ricky Hatton, beat Jessie Vargas and Timothy Bradley by unanimous decision in his last two fights.In contrast, the unheralded Horn, who is known more for being a school teacher in Australia than a boxer, has won his previous three fights by KO.Fernandez: Team Pacquiao likes a challenge4.3K viewsNewsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pacquiao happy with conditioning 1 month before fight2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR “His power is as good as ever. He is showing me that he still has the power,” said the Hall-of-Fame cornerman. “Believe me he does. The other day when he gave me a shot I think he broke my rib. It’s still sore. He has great punching power and still has KO power.”“I’m looking for a knockout too. He has the speed and the power. He lost his killer instinct along the way but I still think he wins this fight by knockout.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingRoach said Pacquiao needs to win by knockout not only to break the dry spell but more significantly, to land big fights in the future.“I believe that Manny needs to really look good in this fight to get Mayweather. To have a big fight, you have to have great performances. I told Manny, ‘If you want Mayweather you really need to look good in this fight’ and I said, ‘We should knock this guy out,’” Roach said. In this photo taken on September 29, 2016, Philippine boxing icon Manny Pacquiao trains at a gym in Manila, ahead of his November 6 bout with Mexican boxer Jessie Vargas. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBEManny Pacquiao may not be as heavy handed as he once was during his prime but his longtime trainer Freddie Roach believes his prized student can still pack a punch.Pacquiao hasn’t won by stoppage since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2009 but Roach is convinced the drought will finally end against Jeff Horn on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Roach: Pacquiao is the most skilled fighter in the world2.6K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gamescenter_img Wangs rises to the occasion, stuns CEU BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pacquiao sparring partner predicts 7th round KO for Manny4.1K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES “There has been a lot of trash talkers (through his career) and at the end of the day, he’s not bad.“We will rate him number two, I’m number one. He’s got heart. You need more guys to be more aggressive to each other, do more trash talking to each other.”By day four in London, some of the lines had already been heard, but not that the estimated crowd of 10,000 at the SSE Arena cared much. They lapped it up and cheered, but only for McGregor.Mayweather, a five-weight world boxing champion who knocked out Briton Ricky Hatton in 2007, was booed loudly by the fans, many of whom were Irish, and he could barely be heard.The pair met on a makeshift stage, a boxing ring, in the middle of the venue.“This is my first time in a boxing ring, and in six weeks I run boxing,” said McGregor.“Four years ago I fought in front of 400 people. Now I get to quadruple my met worth for half a fight.”At one point McGregor walked behind Mayweather and rubbed his head, before calling him a “bald” profanity and then throwing the microphone in the air.Their fight could be the richest in boxing history, making more than the $623.5 million generated by Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao in May 2015.Mayweather, who has earned approximately $700 million in his boxing career according to Forbes magazine, is the best boxer of his generation and has won world titles in five weight classes and is looking to extend his unbeaten record to 50-0. McGregor, a UFC featherweight and lightweight champion, has never had a professional bout and is a big betting underdog, but can still expect to make $100million from the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The pair meet in a light-middleweight boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on August 26 in what could be boxing’s richest ever fight.But the event has received some negative publicity since McGregor said to Mayweather at a press conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, “Dance for me, boy”.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“If he feels disrespected he’s an idiot and **** him as well,” McGregor told reporters at a press conference.“I think it’s ****ing ridiculous. I don’t understand it. I know who I am as a person. Most realistic people can see that. He’s trying to sway something by (saying I’m) disrespecting women.” Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gamescenter_img Wipeout But Mayweather, 40, was just as guilty as McGregor in using insulting terms for women on Friday.Their latest trash-talking exchange was full of profanities and insults, just like the previous events in New York, Toronto and Los Angeles.READ: Mayweather, McGregor take trash-talk tour to New YorkBoth claimed victory in the war of words.“I smoked him in all four rounds,” McGregor said.“In the first round, they set me up with no music or anything. The **** you suit I wore went viral. Toronto was a wipeout, a 10-7 round, and New York was alright, and tonight I smoked him so it’s 4-0, or 3-1 if you want to be generous.”But Mayweather, who has not fought since September 2015, believes he got the better of McGregor.“I’m the best at it, when it comes to trash talking,” Mayweather said.“He’s not able to push my buttons. He cannot out talk me. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Before going on stage in London, American Mayweather criticized McGregor for what he perceived were racists comments made by the Irishman.“Racism still exists,” said Mayweather.“I’ve got a diverse team. It’s all about treating people how you want to be treated. You have to give respect to give it back.“He totally disrespected black women, he called black people monkeys and he was disrespectful to my (13-year-old) daughter.“I’m not going to stoop that low to talk about his wife or child. There’s certain levels and you don’t stoop to or cross. I love everyone.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Irish boxer Connor McGregor, background, touches US boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr on the head, during a press conference to promote their upcoming fight, at the SSE Arena, in Wembley, London, Friday July 14, 2017. (Scott Heavey/PA via AP)LONDON—Conor McGregor celebrated his 29th birthday by defending himself against accusations of racism during a media tour to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather in London on Friday.The Irish mixed martial arts fighter went on the defensive at the fourth press conference in as many days with American Mayweather at the SSE Arena, Wembley.ADVERTISEMENT Horn wants to set record straight a second time Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View commentslast_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgAway from their families, players of the Indian cricket team on Friday celebrated Diwali at the residence of Gujarat Ranji skipper Pathiv Patel in Ahmedabad.India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, VVS Laxman and others were spotted at Parthiv’s house.Dhoni and Raina were seen bursting fire crackers on the terrace of Parthiv’s house, along with other members of the team.India and New Zealand players are engaged in a Test series.Parthiv has been out of the Indian team for over two years and has been leading the Gujarat Ranji Trophy team where he as a player has performed well, despite the team’s inconsistent performance.Meanwhile, a few Kiwi players and their family members also celebrated the festival of lights at their hotel.Wives and children of the Kiwi players were seen burning sparklers and other fire crackers.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgThe air is so clean it makes your lungs sing an aria. Even if you don’t know what an aria is. That’s one of the reasons I’d go back to Lavasa. And because you can read a book under a tree, or crawl under ferns on nature trails like in an Enid Blyton story. Because you’ll squint at ochre-throated bats festooned in trees on the side of the lake. Because the only noise here is of someone shrieking joyfully as they race a jet ski over the water. And yes, because it’s 3,000 ft above sea level, and your prayers reach heaven faster.’Wouldn’t it be a wonderful place to get married?’ A fellow journo sighs, at the green skirts of the Sahyadri mountains, wrapped in veils of mist, at little villas dotting their sides, the lake, at the cobble-stoned town square that looks like it’s been airlifted from Europe. Hmmm. I hadn’t thought of that one. Standing by the railing near hotel Ekaant, at a viewing point, I look down and see the 20 km-long Warasgaon Lake, hugged on all sides by Dasve, the first of the three towns that make up Lavasa, India’s first planned hill city. Meant to eventually sit over seven magnificent hills, Lavasa is slowly taking shape, the Master Plan developed by design consultant, HOK, USA. You do see the odd mud lifts and other machinery working quietly in background. But you can forgive their presence. After all, they’re working towards New Urbanism, a concept that allows urban life and nature to subsist in wonderful harmony. Translated, it means you bump into butterflies on your stroll to work, instead of potholes and traffic. About four hours out of Mumbai, Lavasa is a city, as the brochures say, where you will live, learn, work and play. And how! About 25,000 acres–nearly a fourth the size of Mumbai, only about 200 times greener–of carefully designed space is one big playground. And right now, you can begin with Dasve. With waterfront apartments, Lavasa International Convention Centre and the promenade on one bank, and Dasvino Country Club on the other. (Yes, on the bank of the lake–just in case you have to rush, and take a speed boat to the conference). Of course, one can soak in a few cocktails at the pub or wake up sleeping muscles at the gym. But I wonder why anyone would want to stay indoors when there’s a Yamaha wave runner zipping across the water at high speed leaving surf trails in its wake.Yes, that’s where the action is, the guide tells us. “The Watersports Zone had 5,000 tourists in the last two years.” Why? Good reasons: Kayaking, parasailing, a children’s pool, jet skis… Oh, that’s why the trained lifeguards from Jebelali. And well, also because the lake is 100 ft deep. As our own boat bobs through the water towards the orange spire of the Dasve village temple standing sentinel in the trees, our guide mentions that the lake is full with tilapia, katla, rohu… Yes, you can fish here. Yes, you can proudly take a picture with your trophy. No, you can’t keep it. Please sir, throw the fish back in the water. A fountain will soon take its place in the centre of the lake, the tallest in Asia. I wonder if the birds that migrate here really care. In the trees along the banks, looking quite indifferent to our cackling, egrets, kingfishers, grey heron, rest before they take off for lunch. Speaking of which, since you can’t cook your own fish, you can stop at the cafes on the promenade. Granma’s Homemade Patisserie, Chor Bizarre, the All American Diner…. Pick any. And while you slide into a bench taking your time over a burger, you can watch children roller-skate, students from Ecole Hoteliere take a break (yes, the famous French culinary school, actually exists here), or simply enjoy the space–yeah, when you come from the city as we know it, you treasure it like the precious stuff miners go 1000 ft deep for. Later, you can spend afternoons letting your coffee go cold, contemplating the little bridges, listening to water make music as it gurgles out of the sluices of the Warasgaon dam. Evenings? They tell me that Past Times, an English pub, is coming up soon and what cooler thought than to be able to say, ‘I’m walking down to the pub.’ And maybe then the bartender will tell you about the Karvi flower, which blooms only once in seven years. And you’ll drink another scotch to that. Yes, it’s a charming town. A little building calls itself Post Office. Here you can mail actual letters, or a postcard if you please, but before you imagine Dasve is rural, stop. Lavasa has a municipal corporation that uses e-governance. How’s that for high-tech? It’s slated to be home to non-polluting businesses like Hollywood-affiliated film studios, IT companies, research centres. We had the option of watching the latest movies at The Lavasa Experience Center, but I preferred to walk in the fresh drizzle. And I relished it, as much as I relished the song of the ‘Whistling Schoolboy’ also called the Malabar Whistling Thrush, and the dustbins on the street that say ‘wet’ and ‘dry’. Yup, it seems like Lavasa is looking to be friends with nature. It’s a good sign: separate garbage equals recycling, vermiculture, clean hills. It’s part of their Environment Management Plan (EMP), that includes biomimicry, hydro seeding–a hi-tech process that gives back the mountains its green blanket, and mass plantation: ‘8,000 trees have already been planted,’ Ajay Gulabchand, chairman, tells me. Well, here’s to more shady paths to stand and stare. But if you want to take some plants back, find the nursery. If you’d rather hang upside down from a cliff, with the blood rushing to your brains, there’s what they call XThrill Adventure Sports that tests your nerve. Let’s see now, you can go back and tell friends, ‘I went bungee jumping’. Or rappelling, rock-climbing, valley crossing–crossing ravines with the help of high tension ropes, paragliding, cross country cycling on a mountain bike. (Though we doubt you’ll need it, Lavasa has Apollo hospital, and for the aches, some world-class health spas.)Me, I’d just like to get a cycle–the hotels let you borrow them–and explore the many paths, the hidden streams. Or sing like Julie Andrews in the movie The Sound of Music. Only, I’d scare all the precious migrant birds out of the trees.advertisementadvertisement Fact fileGetting there: About 4 hours from Mumbai, and 1.5 from Pune. The best way to get there is by car, but keep in mind that the roads near Lavasa are winding. Check www.lavasa.com for more details.When to go: Anytime except the monsoon, when there are no watersports. Plus saysStay:Fortune Select Dasve; tel: (020) 3099 4444Ekaant; tel: (020) 6675 7000Mercure; tel: (020) 6792 9000Eat: There are multiple restaurants in Lavasa offering varied cuisine.Shop: At Bamboosa craft factory for bamboo products.See: The mountains and the lovely landscape around.FYIMercure hotel:Part of the Accor group, Mercure is the first international hotel in Lavasa. Each of its 130 rooms offers a calming view–my walk-out balcony that still needed some finishing, overlooked a little stream. The rooms feature a neat contemporary style, and luxurious beds, but it seems like the hotel has been put together in a hurry. Loved the beautifully designed, ‘Mercure and me’ range of bath products. Strongly believe the food left a lot to be desired.last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgIf you choose to look at positives, the Indian men’s tennis team certainly needs to be lauded despite losing 1-2 to Chinese Taipei and settling for bronze on Monday. Minus the superstars, few had expected that the men’s team to win a medal.Somdev Devvarman was there, but for someone playing collegiate tennis in the US (Sanam Singh) to compete hard was least expected. In the last edition of the Asian Games at Doha, India had lost in the first round of the team event to the same opponents.But here, in the semi-final, some hard tennis was on display before Sanam went down in three sets to Tsung Hua Yang. Tsung was all fire, serving hard and fully motivated with loud cheering from the stands. With the match tied up at one set all, where Sanam lost his way was in the 11th game of the decider.He was up 30-0 when he was the victim of a wrong call while receiving serve. In no time, Sanam’s concentration had gone and he played a bad tie-break to lose the match 7-6(3), 2-6, 6-7(5).Somdev was his usual confident self as he rolled over Ti Chen 6-2, 7-6(4) in the second singles.However, the decision to pair Somdev with Sanam for the doubles seemed a dubious one from captain Nandan Bal as the latter was not fully fit. He had back trouble and had received treatment during his singles match.In hindsight, it could have been better had Vishnu Vardhan been put in for doubles because Somdev and Sanam lost 4-6, 6-7(1) to Tsung and Chu-Huan Yi.advertisementBut, looking at the way Indian tennis has struggled for new players, the arrival of Sanam and Vishnu needs to be welcomed. There are already suggestions that the management needs to look beyond Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi sooner than later.At the same time, one needs to ensure Yuki Bhambri is motivated to play for India. His absence here has been baffling, though he cited pneumonia as the reason. But then, how he played an ATP event in the US last week has not been answered.last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgHaving created quite a ruckus by deciding to leave the Indian football squad just days before the team departs for the 2011 Asian Cup in Doha, manager Pradeep Chowdhury tried to clear the air on Saturday.Chowdhury called a team meeting and said that although he had issues with national coach Bob Houghton, that wasn’t the sole reason behind his decision to return to India.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, a team official said that the players were quite surprised when Chowdhury, who has otherwise remained aloof since joining the players a week ago, called them just minutes before the team left for their morning training session.”Chowdhury called the players for a meeting and although they were taken aback initially as they were busy getting on to the team bus, they all decided to go ahead and give him a sound hearing.”In the meeting, he said that although he had issues with Houghton, that wasn’t the reason behind his decision to return home.”Having joined the team a week back, he said that he had some pending work and also some health issues which forced him to take the call.” However, the official said that Chowdhury had initially decided to leave without informing any of the players or the team management.”It was Bhaichung Bhutia who confronted Chowdhury on Friday after dinner and that is when he came clean and said that he couldn’t take it anymore and was heading home,” he said.”He has been with team for more than four years now and every player is disappointed that he couldn’t look at the wider picture and stay with the team at a time when India’s first match in the Asian Cup against Australia on January 10 is about two weeks away.” Defender Gouramangi Singh feels that at a time when the players were regaining confidence after the drubbing in the recent friendlies, such an incident could have easily been avoided.advertisement”Pradip da has been an inspiration for us and till now he has always maintained that Houghton was the best thing to happen to Indian football. Now that he has issues, he suddenly decides to abandon the team.This isn’t something we expected from him.”The team’s morale was anyway down after the recent defeats and just when we were looking to bounce back, this incident once again hit us. But we won’t let this incident affect our preparations and we will ensure that when we reach Doha, we are fully prepared,” Gouramangi told M AIL T ODAY from Dubai.”When so many people – 30 players and quite a few officials – stay together as a family, issues are bound to take place.But do we abandon our family mid- way if we have problems with them? It is sad that he didn’t feel the need to stay with the team when we need senior figures like him with us.” Syed Rahim Nabi echoed Gouramangi’s sentiments saying that if Chowdhury had issues with Houghton, he should have left earlier rather than waiting for so long.”I can understand that he had issues with Houghton. But why did he wait so long before making his displeasure public? He should have left right at the start rather than waiting for so long. This won’t augur well for the morale of the team,” he said.Meanwhile, a senior member in the team said that although Houghton would name the 23- member squad for the Asian Cup on Monday, the seven players omitted were free to stay with the team.”Houghton has said that while he will be picking the 23- member squad on Monday, the rest of the 30- member squad could stay back before we leave for Doha on January 6,” he said.Commenting on the fitness of key players, the player said: ” Bhutia looks in doubt for the showpiece event although he will surely travel to Doha. As for Sunil Chhetri, he has started training with us after an injury to his big toe on his left foot.”Even Samir Naik, who has been perennially injured since the Nehru Cup, has started training although he is yet to join the rest of the players.”last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgEngland cricket coach Andy Flower wants his Ashes victors to refocus for the fifth Test in Sydney and finish the tour on a winning note, and not to believe that his team can’t accomplish more.Speaking a day after England completed an innings and 157-run win in the fourth Test to ensure it holds the Ashes, Flower said on Thursday that “it’s far too early to feel satisfied.”England lead the series 2-1, marking the first time since the 1986-87 season that they have retained the Ashes in Australia. The fifth Test begins Monday.Flower said the celebrations in the Melbourne Cricket Ground changerooms on Wednesday were memorable and noted some players were “conspicuous by their absence” for breakfast on Thursday morning at the team hotel.”But we also will realize there’s a lot of cricket ahead on this tour and there’s a lot of cricket left to be played in this fifth test,” Flower said. “We came out here to win the series and we’ll be doing everything we can to do that.”He said the Ashes was one step in a long-term ambition of winning the limited-overs World Cup beginning in February and becoming the world’s No. 1 Test team.”There are a lot of things out there for us to aim for,” Flower said.The team had the day off on Thursday after wrapping up the Melbourne Test in four days.”They can enjoy each other’s success and each other’s company for a little period of time in the sanctuary of the dressing room and the families joined us for a short time,” Flower said.advertisement”I know the guys enjoyed having their loved ones around them, too, to share it with. We celebrated yesterday and it’s time to move on now.”last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgSuresh Kalmadi.Officials in the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee’s (OC) headquarters are tight-lipped about the nearly-completed audit of accounts of the OC by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India’s office.As the files are moved out of the OC headquarters at 1 Jai Singh Road, some have hinted that it will be tough for the sacked OC boss, Suresh Kalmadi and his close associates to clear the air on accreditation, the ticketing mess, overlays and the Beijing Olympics junket.The CAG started its audit of the OC’s accounts on November 15, 2010. A CAG official said: “We are still in the drafting stage, as we are corroborating the collected data with the agencies involved with the CWG, including the Union sports ministry and the Delhi government.”The CAG will not question the OC directly, but through the concerned ministries – sports, urban development, finance and the Delhi government. The source said: “Many who attended the OC-led Beijing trip, which included over 160 people, had virtually no role to play in the Games.””The major worry for the OC would be to clarify the suspicion over the ‘restrictive’ bidding process done for the overlays contract,” a senior OC official said. It is alleged the Rs 800 crore overlays contract was drafted to deliberately keep many competitors outside the bidding process. It eventually went to a UK firm, inviting criticism of favouritism.last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgIndia and Sri Lanka were billed as the favourites for the World Cup title and both have made it to the final.A look at their performance in the pastODI Head to Head: Played: 128, Wins: India 67, Sri Lanka 50, No Result: 11.Last meeting: August 28, 2010 – Sri Lanka 299-8 (50 ov) defeated India 225 (46.5 ov) by 74 runs.World Cup Head to head: Played: 7, Wins: India 2, Sri Lanka 4 No Result: 1.World Cup Last meeting: March 23, 2007, Sri Lanka 254-6 (50 ov) defeated India 185 (43.4 ov) by 69 runs.last_img


Month: November 2019

first_imgThe doping scandal has taken a dangerous turn. A former SAI doctor, who exposed how doping was rampant at National Institute of Sports, has been beaten up at Patiala. Dr Sajib Nandi had recently revealed to Headlines Today how the authorities at NIS Patiala were hand in glove in the doping scandal. Nandi was beaten up at the entrance of NIS Patiala and dragged out of the campus by the security guards as he was set to meet Justice Mudgal, who is probing the doping scam. Nandi told Headlines Today, “I’m filing report with the police shortly. The NIS director is a corrupt person.” Unfortunately, this is not the first time that Nandi has been attacked in his attempt to cleanse the system. Back in 2002 too, he was beaten up as he tried to expose the authorities’ role and involvement in doping at Patiala. Recently, Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir singh Badal has taken action on the chemist shops in Patiala selling banned drugs. While raids were conducted on the shops, the state government was getting ready to cancel licences of all those found guilty of selling banned drugs. On July 5, Headlines Today had exposed how performance enhancing drugs were openly sold over the counter at chemist shops around NIS in Patiala. The expose had come amid the dope stink involving eight athletes, including golden girl Ashwini Akkunji. Headlines Today special investigation team went shopping and found no checks in place here to control the sale of banned drugs. NIS Patiala has a tarnished history dating back to 2001, when syringes and steroid strips were found in its hostels. An inquiry was ordered into the functioning of NIS by the Sports Authority of India in 2003.  Though no action has yet been taken, the report is believed to contain proof of sustained irregularities in anti-doping procedures and a nexus between NIS authorities, federation coaches and SAI officers.advertisementlast_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgFormer Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi, an accused in a corruption case, was slapped with aDelhi High Court notice on a plea opposing his visit to London during the Olympics later this month.The court has also sought a response from the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) within three days, and asked Kalmadi not to leave the country prior to July 26, his scheduled date of departure.The Public Interest Litigation filed by advocate Rahul Mehra on Wednesday sought the court’s direction to restrain Kalmadi from visiting London saying he was facing trial in a corruption case and could not be allowed to represent the country in an international event.A division bench of Acting Chief Justice AK Sikri and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, issuing notice to Kalmadi and IOA, which he heads, said: “Issue notice to respondents (IOA and Kalmadi)… He (Kalmadi) is not going to leave the country before his scheduled date of July 26.”The bench posted the matter for July 24 for further hearing.The court asked Kalmadi, who is also president of the Asian Athletes Association and member of the Council of International Association of Athletes Federation, not to advance his slated July 26 departure for Olympics.Mehra, objecting to the London trip of Kalmadi, said he was going to attend the games on public money and in violation of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) code of ethics.He also alleged that Kalmadi was in jail for nine months in a criminal case and the IOC charter also prohibited such persons from attending any event organised by it.advertisementA special CBI court July 13 had allowed Kalmadi to visit London from July 26-Aug 13 for the London Olympics 2012.During the hearing countering the argument of Mehra, senior advocate Rajiv Nayyar appearing for Kalmadi, who is out on bail in a graft case related to 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games, told the court that Kalmadi was leaving for London Olympics on his individual capacity and not in his official capacity as IOA president.On a court question to Nayyar as to in what capacity Kalmadi was going to London, he said: “He is not representing the government. He is going in his individual capacity as he is being invited there.”Mehra told the court that Kalmadi, as a president of IOA, had given two undertakings (in January and February) to remain on prolonged absent from IOA and not to interfere into its day-to-day affairs, following a letter from IOC to comply with its code of ethics, as he was facing a criminal case.last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgRanbir Kapoor’s character in Barfi doesn’t have a single dialogue. The trailer of the film, keeping his deaf and mute character in mind, relies completely on the background score to highlight Ranbir’s performance.Ranbir, who sports a thin, golden braid in Barfi, had a blast with the two leading ladies of the film – Priyanka Chopra and southern siren Illeana D’Cruz at the unveiling of the film’s first look by director Anurag Basu in Mumbai on Monday.The trailer of the film was simultaneously released on YouTube, and has received more than 1,66,000 hits within no time while Ranbir’s deaf and mute act in the film was appreciated so much that he was trending on Twitter.The 2.27-minute long fast-paced trailer on YouTube has no dialogues and shows Ranbir clowning around. He has shown great chemistry with newcomer Illeana, who is his romantic lead in the film. Priyanka, who plays a mentally challenged girl, sports short, curly hair and dowdy outfits in the film. She has gone completely de-glamorous to get into the skin of the character.Ranbir has drawn inspiration from “Charlie Chaplin and Mr Bean” for his character, where he has to convey everything through his actions and emotions. His fans have also been gushing about his braid.Illeana, a Goa-based model who has worked in several hit southern films such as Pokiri, Devdasu and Kedi, plays a Bengali girl in the film.Netizens have gone gaga over Ranbir-Illeana’s chemistry in the trailer, which doesn’t have much of Priyanka.advertisementAt the launch, Ranbir clowned around with his co-actors, putting to rest speculations that he and Priyanka shared cold vibes. Rumours were rife that the actors had a misunderstanding on the sets of their previous film Anjana Anjani in 2010.”Illeana has the maximum dialogues in the film. Since Ranbir’s character is that of a mute boy, he emotes through actions while Priyanka too has to rely on her facial expressions in the film,” director Anurag Basu said, explaining his forthcoming dark comic thriller. Basu, who has previously made films such as Life?in a Metro and Gangster, had scored a dud with his last film, the Hrithik Roshanstarrer Kites.Meanwhile, Ranbir’s fans have already declared the film a hit. “Even though RANBIR KAPOOR’s character doesn’t talk in #BARFI. He as an actor speaks volumes. Period!” tweeted Devansh Patel. “Barfi trailer charming. This Ranbir Kapoor grabs your attention and won’t let go,” tweeted producer Pritish Nandy.last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgView comments It would be the 13-time European champion’s biggest achievement yet if it can pull through again.ENGLISH REVIVALAll four of England’s representatives have advanced for the second straight season, even if two of them — Liverpool and Tottenham — left it to their final matches.They have deep squads, increasingly the best and most sought-after coaches, and a sheer force of numbers — 25 percent of the remaining field.Manchester City and Liverpool, in particular, should be among the favorites for the title.Can City manager Pep Guardiola, the outstanding coach of his generation, end what will be an eight-year personal wait to win Europe’s top prize, and for the first time away from Barcelona?Can Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp juggle contending in the Premier League with trying to reach a second straight Champions League final?MIND THE GAPThe most successful leagues in (western) Europe are becoming more successful in the Champions League.The big four leagues — England, Spain, Italy and Germany — have 12 representatives, or 75 percent of the total. Two more come from fifth-ranked Ligue 1 in France, plus there is Porto from the seventh-ranked Portuguese league. Ajax is a relative outlier from the 11th-ranked Eredivisie in Netherlands. Lionel Messi and Robert Lewandowski are the leading scorers.Is it a case of business as usual in this Champions League?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMaybe not.While there seems to be an ever-widening gap between the biggest, richest clubs and the rest, there also appears to be more potential winners than ever in a last-16 lineup that sets up what could be a thrilling knockout stage. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LATEST STORIES No eastern European team advanced. The most eastern team in Monday’s draw? Bayern Munich. Even the final is being played in Madrid, rather than Kiev last season.The Champions League seems truly a western affair. Teams not challenging for their national title, like Manchester United and Schalke, advanced with a game to spare. Russia is the sixth-ranked league by club performances in UEFA competitions yet for the third straight year its top-seeded champion — Lokomotiv Moscow — failed to advance.The round-of-16 lineup looks ever more like a Super League in waiting.PRIZE MONEY SKEWThe on-field domination of the richest teams comes in the first year of a near-40 percent hike in UEFA prize money, with more designed to go to them.UEFA and the European Club Association designed a format to distribute 1.95 billion euros ($2.22 billion) among 32 teams with a new element rewarding teams for past titles.It ensured preventing what happened two seasons ago when Leicester, a newcomer banking lucrative British television money, earned more than eventual winner Real Madrid.This season, Madrid was sure to earn 50 million euros ($57 million) from UEFA before kicking a ball.UNLUCKIEST TEAMSNapoli is due a lucky break, and Shakhtar Donetsk is long overdue a home game. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ A look at some things that stood out in group play:MADRID ON THE WANEThe most dominant team in the 27-season Champions League era might be on the wane.Real Madrid advanced as a group winner but lost home and away to CSKA Moscow and doesn’t have the same aura without Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus. The team is on its second coach of the season — a rookie in Santiago Solari — and is fourth in La Liga.Madrid’s players have won four of the last five Champions Leagues and usually come into their own in the knockout stage in terms of game management and handling the pressure. That was when they had Ronaldo to rescue them, though.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Yet, Lucien Favre’s side is better known for its attacking flair, with players like Paco Alcacer and Jadon Sancho — bought from Barcelona and Man City — particularly standing out.Dortmund has had to rebuild after selling star players such as Ousmane Dembele and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, and it has been done wisely and boldly.Five years after last reaching the final, Dortmund is a team to fear in the Champions League once again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ASEAN University Games: NU barges into men’s volleyball finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this Dec. 8, 2018 photo Dortmund players celebrate after scoring during the Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Saturday’s 2-1 win at Schalke was Dortmund’s first Ruhr derby win in three years. (Bernd Thissen/dpa via AP)The usual pretenders topped their groups.Nearly all of the top teams advanced.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Napoli had the most points — nine — of any team failing to advance after getting drawn in a group with Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool.Napoli kicked off at Anfield on top of its group on Tuesday. After a 1-0 loss, Napoli had fallen to third, edged by Liverpool on a head-to-head tiebreaker of goals scored.Five seasons ago, Napoli had 12 points yet didn’t advance because Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal also had 12 and better tiebreaker statistics.With 30 minutes to play on Wednesday, Shakhtar was on course for the round of 16. Lyon tied the game and advanced instead.The game was moved to Kiev, after Shakhtar’s previous two home games were in Kharkiv, due to martial law being imposed during the latest Russian aggression affecting Ukraine.Shakhtar has also played in Lviv since last hosting a Champions League in its modern Donbass Arena in November 2013. Weeks later, Russian annexed Crimea and the Donbass region was affected by conflict between government forces and pro-Russia separatists that continues.SURPRISE TEAMThey are young. They are fearless. They have a point to prove. It would be some story if Borussia Dortmund manages to go all the way.Like Liverpool last season and Monaco the year before, the Champions League likes to throw up a surprise story and Dortmund might be the new darling of Europe this time round.Top of the German league by seven points, Dortmund also won its Champions League group and conceded a competition-low two goals in six matches.last_img read more


Month: November 2019

first_imgBrazil’s David Luiz, coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, and Oscar practice during a training session at the Estadio Nacional. (AP Photo)Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said it would be “stupid” to think his team would consider playing deliberately for a draw against Cameroon in order to choose its second-round opponent at the World Cup.Scolari dismissed any chance that Brazil would not try to win Monday’s decisive Group A match in Brasilia.”You have to win the match, you have to advance to the next round,” Scolari said. “Some people have been saying that we might consider playing to choose our opponent, but they are either stupid or ill-intentioned. We have to play to advance, not to choose anything. We have to play to win.”Brazil, Mexico and Croatia are still in contention to advance from Group A. Netherlands and Chile are playing to determine No. 1 and No. 2 in Group B – the winners of these groups next play the second-place team in the other.Brazil needs at least a draw against Cameroon to guarantee a berth in the round of 16. A win will likely secure first place in the group, but even a loss could be enough for the hosts to advance depending on the result of the match between Mexico and Croatia, which will be played at the same time in Recife.Netherlands and Chile play in Sao Paulo before Brazil’s match on Monday. Both teams have already qualified for the next round and a draw will secure the Dutch in first place. The Netherlands eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.advertisementScolari dismissed any nation of the possibility of match fixing in Monday’s match because Cameroon is already eliminated.He said even the suggestion of “match manipulation” was “disrespectful to Cameroon, not only to us.”Brazil, the only team to play in all 20 World Cups, has advanced to the second round in every tournament since 1970. This is one of the few times that the five-time champions haven’t reached the last group match with a spot in the round of 16 virtually secured.”If we had beaten Mexico we would be a lot less anxious ahead of this match,” Scolari said. “But we know that we can advance with two of the three results.”Brazil opened with a 3-1 win over Croatia before being held to a 0-0 draw by Mexico. Cameroon began the tournament with a 1-0 loss to Mexico and then fell 4-0 to Croatia.Cameroon is already certain to start without its captain and most experienced player, Samuel Eto’o, who has a right knee injury.Scolari said Brazil will play with the same lineup he used in the opening win against Croatia, with Hulk in attack. The striker missed the match against Mexico after a left leg muscle injury.”We could change a few things if we had already advanced,” Scolari said. “But now we have to use what we think is our best team. We have to do everything possible to advance.”Brazil will be playing its 100th World Cup match on Monday, becoming the second team to reach the milestone, after Germany.last_img read more