MOST READ WATCH: Nike unveils new ‘Statement Jerseys’ for 30 NBA teams LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra regained its winning ways after scraping past Rain or Shine, 89-82, to inch closer to a top four finish in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena.The Gin Kings, again, claimed solo leadership at 8-2 but not after withstanding a fight from the Elasto Painters, who rallied from a 16-point deficit in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Justin Brownlee led Ginebra with 28 points and 10 rebounds while LA Tenorio hit timely baskets late to finish with 16 points.Scottie Thompson did a little bit of everything with 12 points, nine rebounds, five assists and one block for the Kings, who redeemed themselves after a loss to the San Miguel Beermen on Sunday.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 shutoutRaymond Almazan nearly had a double-double with 20 points and eight rebounds for the Painters three nights after posting 25 points and 11 rebounds in a win over Phoenix in Antipolo.Rain or Shine missed a chance to secure a playoff berth and fell to 5-4. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Read Next View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next MOST READ Reyes is expected to name the final 12-man roster on Thursday. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES Naturalized center Andray Blatche, four-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, and lead guard Jayson Castro lead the 15-man pool.Joining the three are veteran national team members Gabe Norwood, Calvin Abueva, and Japeth Aguilar, together with Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kevin Alas, sophomores Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Mac Belo, and Carl Bryan Cruz, and rookie Kiefer Ravena.Terrence Romeo missed the trip due to a knee injury.The duel between Gilas and Japan will be held at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo.The team, then, flies back home to host Chinese Taipei on Nov. 27 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA CONTRIBUTED PHOTOGilas Pilipinas on Tuesday arrived in Tokyo, Japan for the Fiba World Cup qualifying.National team coach Chot Reyes snapped a photo of the squad on his Instagram account. Gilas takes on Japan on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “Touchdown Tokyo #gilasWCQ,” he wrote. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Kobe Bryant shares which university he would have chosen for college View comments
Mila’s Lechon are 0-4 in its run with an average losing margin of 26.3 points, including a 47-point mauling, 55-102, at the hands of Zark’s Burger-Lyceum last Thursday.Incidentally, that defeat raised questions regarding the team’s purpose in the league after its players seemingly showed no desire to play the game as they made head-scratching plays and miscues that turned a closely contested game into a humiliating blowout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutObservers saw the Mighty Roasters commit unforced turnovers and forcefully botched their shot attempts in the second half.Making matters worse were testaments from the Jawbreakers relating that the players from Mila’s Lechon were urging them to run the score up in an apparent desire to stretch the lead to as high as 50 points. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Clutch Ravena named PBA Player of the Week for 2nd time Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next This pathetic showing led the PBA’s technical committee to launch an inquiry, with the league summoning head coach Jesse Ricardo and lead assistant Edward Deveza on Friday. The league also called for the players’ presence on Monday afternoon to air their side of the story.This isn’t the first time the league newcomer found themselves embroiled in an issue this conference.The Mighty Roasters severed ties from then-leading scorers Leo Gabo and Andoy Estrella after just one game when the two decided to miss their game against Perpetual on January 30.Both Gabo and Estrella didn’t give any notice to the Mila’s Lechon brass as they opted to prioritize their commitments with the Quezon City Capitols in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL), which had a game later in that day.Despite the pullout, the management hopes to make a comeback and field in a better team for the 2018 Foundation Cup later this year.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers AFP official booed out of forum With Mila’s Lechon’s withdrawal from the league, wins of JRU, Perpetual, Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare, and Zark’s-Lyceum over the squad will all be nullified as the conference proceeds with just 12 teams. Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas PLAY LIST 00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas00:50Trending Articles01:17Sotto says ‘ninja cops’ existed even before Duterte administration01:29Police 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 PBA IMAGESAmid controversies surrounding the team, Mila’s Lechon has decided to withdraw from the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Team owner Aika Salanguit made the announcement on Monday, citing “internal problems” in fielding a competitive crew which led to their decision to disband the Mighty Roasters’ campaign in their maiden conference.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES
Time to face the monster Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Yet on Wednesday, the third year Lady Eagle got switched to a defense-centric player when head coach Tai Bundit decided that Gaston will be an effective libero against Far Eastern University.And Bundit’s gamble paid off with the Lady Eagles taking their fifth win of the season with a three-set sweep of the Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGaston, who has a minor sprain on her left ankle, said she only knew of her assignment the night before they faced FEU at the second round of the tournament.“I have a sprain so I knew that my only job would be to receive and I can do that,” said Gaston, who shared libero duties with Ria Lo, in Filipino. “I knew I didn’t have to jump and I just focused on my job and make my teammates happy.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At the start of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Ponggay Gaston was listed as an opposite hitter for Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 2013 PLAY LIST 01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:29‘A game changing day:’ Gordon releases Senate panel report on ‘ninja cops’ probe00:50Trending 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 Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games MOST READ Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Gaston isn’t new in playing different positions as she was a middle blocker during her high school days at University of Santo Tomas and she once played as an outside hitter for Ateneo in Premier Volleyball League.And in her first game playing as a libero, Gaston registered seven excellent receptions and that is just one less than Lo had.“When I got to Ateneo my position really changed so I’m used to all this constant changing,” said Gaston. “So whatever coach Tai tells me I’ll just do it and instead of complaining I’ll just think that coach Tai gave me this responsibility because I can do it.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus
Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tenorio vs CastroWho wouldn’t like to see two of the league’s best guards go at it? Tenorio and Jayson Castro have had countless battles before and with the two facing off again, expect these veterans to pick up where they left off.Tenorio had 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from deep and six assists while Castro collected 20 points, five rebounds and five assists the last time they shared the court in April.Young gunsAnother intriguing subplot is the matchup between Thompson and Roger Pogoy, who has been a solid contributor for TNT in just his first year in the league.While Thompson is known for his all-around game, Pogoy is making a name for himself as a big time shotmaker who savors pressure-packed situations.Pogoy could be TNT’s X-factor in this series with Ginebra’s defense focused on limiting Castro and containing Smith inside. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 Smith, who stands 6-foot-8 and weighs around 300 pounds, gives TNT a legitimate man in the middle that could pose problems for Ginebra.But the Gin Kings will most likely counter the KaTropa’s size with their up-and-down game and floorspacers starting with Justin Brownlee.Brownlee, who is second among imports in the statistical race for Best Import, is a handful for opposing teams due to his versatility.In fact, he gave TNT fits with 34 points, 15 and six assists.With guards like Scottie Thompson, Sol Mercado and LA Tenorio, Ginebra has been deadly in the open floor and their fast-paced game may force TNT to play small as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Neil’s huge save Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games What ‘missteps’? But while it seemed like Ginebra had it easy against TNT after winning by 18, the Gin Kings actually trailed by six at the half and were leading by only six before pulling away in the fourth quarter.The KaTropa also had a different import back then in Donte Greene, who has been replaced by the hefty Joshua Smith.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOn the eve of Game 1, here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory.Size vs Speed WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netExpect a physical and heated duel as rivals top seed Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and No. 4 TNT figure in a best-of-five semifinals that is loaded with firepower.The Gin Kings beat the KaTropa, 107-89 in their only meeting in the elimination round on April 23.ADVERTISEMENT
Cricket Australia (CA) has reinstated the tri-series ODI concept after four years and extended its regular Test dates to host India in a four-match series.Australia unveiled a southern summer programme on Tuesday that features two Tests against New Zealand in Brisbane and Hobart at the start of December followed by a four-Test series against India starting December 26, the traditional Boxing Day slot at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. The subsequent Tests will be played in Sydney and Perth and the series ends in Adelaide from January 24- 28.A two-match Twenty20 International series will follow that, leading into the February 5- March 8 ODI tri- series involving the hosts, India and Sri Lanka.Australia abandoned the tri-series format in favour of bilateral series for three seasons amid diminishing popularity for the 50-over game and increasing interest in T20, but has reinstated the three-way contest in what will be a hectic summer.The Test series will clash with the Australian Open. The main Test series in Australia has usually culminated with the New Year’s match in Sydney in the first week of the new year, but the Australian team has a packed schedule in the lead up to the domestic summer.Itinerary Tests: Dec 1- 5: Aus-NZ 1st Test in Brisbane; Dec 9- 13: Aus-NZ 2nd Test in Hobart; Dec 26-30: Aus-India 1st Test in Melbourne; Jan 3-7: Aus-India 2nd Test in Sydney; Jan 13-17: Aus-India 3rd Test in Perth; Jan 24- 28: Aus-India 4th Test in Adelaide; Feb 1: Aus-India T20 in Sydney; Feb 3: Aus-India 2nd T20 in MelbourneadvertisementODI tri-series: Feb 5: Aus-India in Melbourne; Feb 8: India-SL in Perth; Feb 10: Aus-SL in Perth; Feb 12: Aus-India in Adelaide; Feb 14: India-SL in Adelaide; Feb 17: Aus-SL in Sydney; Feb 19: Aus-India in Brisbane; Feb 21: India-SL in Brisbane; Feb 24: Aus-SL in Hobart; Feb 26: Aus-India in Sydney; Feb 28: India-SL in Hobart; Mar 2: Aus-SL in Melbourne; Mar 4: 1st final in Brisbane; Mar 6: 2nd final in Adelaide; Feb 8: 3rd final in Adelaide
Maria Sharapova had talked about getting some good sleep a day before the final. On Saturday, she seemed to be in a state of stupor as cherubic Petra Kvitova stunned her with a clinical 6-3, 6-4 verdict to clinch the ladies’ singles title at Wimbledon.In its 125th edition, there had to be something special about The Championships. That Kvitova would soar like a kite in the clear blue sky over the Centre Court was not expected against the former champion whose aggressive brand of tennis was missing.Left-handers in any sport are natural and graceful. Kvitova was no different as the Czech Republic native, the first left-hander after Martina Navratilova to win the title here, churned out smart tennis against the seasoned champion.Petra Kvitova vs Maria SharapovaAs the match progressed, Kvitova was on fire. She got the vital break for a 4-2 lead in the first set when Sharapova hit two straight double faults from 30-all. She eventually served out the set at love.Each fan lucky enough to be present inside Centre Court loved the brand of tennis which Kvitova played. But what caught the attention of the fans’ was her unflappable temperament in the biggest match of her career.Shouts of ‘Maria… Maria..” rent the air initially, as the Russian is better known here and has been coming to the Mecca of tennis for such a long time.The high decibel grunts were accompanied by heavy forehands as well. But where Sharapova came short was in her own service games, unable to hold as well as she is capable of.advertisementBreaks exchanged hands quickly in the second set. Finally, Kvitova made the big surge ahead for a 4-2 lead. More unforced errors crept into Sharapova’s game and Kvitova knew all that she had to do was play her natural game.There were times when Kvitova missed the ball in the speedy rallies. But with the crowds changing loyalties, she was fully focused. Serving for The Championship at 5-4, Kvitova blasted two forehand winners for a 30-0 lead. Sharapova then slammed a return into the net.Championship point for the 21-year-old. The six feet tall Kvitova took a deep breath, cranked her left arm up and let fly an ace. A new champion was born and Kvitova sank on her knees and then stood up after a short while. She kissed Sharpova across the net and threw her sweaty wrist band into her racquet bag and buried her face in the pink towel.Maria Sharapova sits in her chair after being defeated by Petra Kvitova. APIt had just taken an hour and 25 minutes to seal the title but her tennis journey from the old club courts in Bilovec (Czech Republic) to holding the Venus Rosewater Dish on Centre Court at Wimbledon was indeed emotional.”It’s hard to find words standing here with the trophy and seeing all the great players in the Royal Box,” she said just after lifting the trophy.”Of course I was nervous, because I thought I could win Wimbledon. But I did what was important and focused on each point,” added the new diva of women’s tennis.As she came for the post-match conference, Kviotva let her hair loose. She was first asked a question if there were tennis courts back home in Czech Republic!She replied calmly and then described the emotions her father has gone through. “My father is still crying and he has been crying after every match. It’s an unbelievable feeling to be a Wimbledon champion,” she said in an emotional voice.Asked on Sharapova’s game, Kviotva was reserved in her observations. “I was surprised how I was focussed on the point and the game. It was about the serve for sure and the return. Maria he made some double faults, even though I was prepared for a fast player,” she added.Kvitova has earned 1,100,000 British Pounds for her win on Saturday and this is a huge pay cheque for a player winning her first Grand Slam title.ResultsWomen’s singles final: Petra Kvitova (CZE x8) bt Maria Sharapova (RUS x5) 6-3, 6-4Men’s doubles final: Bob and Mike Bryan (USA x1) bt Robert Lindstedt (SWE) and Horia Teacau (ROU x8) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6Women’s doubles semi-finals: Sabine Lisicki (GER) and Sam Stosur (AUS) bt Marina Erakovic (NZL) and Tamarine Tanasugarn (THA) 6-3, 4-6, 8-6Mixed doubles semi-finals: Mahesh Bhupathi (IND) and Elena Vesnina (RUS x4) bt Paul Hanley (AUS) and Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) 6-2, 3-6, 7-5
In a bizarre development, the 3,000m steeplechase at the National Open Athletics Championships was cancelled due to a lack of participants.Apart from the embarrassment it caused the organisers, it also deprived Asian Games gold medallist Sudha Singh of an opportunity to qualify for the London Olympics.The Railways runner will now have to participate in events outside India to make it to the quadrennial extravaganza.According to the original starting list there were 10 competitors but only two Sudha and teammate Kiran Tiwari – reported for the event.According to the rules, more than two competitors from different teams should be involved for an event to go ahead.Sudha’s coach JS Bhatia came down hard on the organisers for their alleged mishandling of the matter. “Sudha is in a great form right now. Recently she eclipsed her own national record effort of 9:55.47 during practice in Bangalore and she could have reached the Olympic qualification mark of 9:48 minutes. Now we will have to wait till next year,” he said.”This kind of occurrence is highly unexpected, especially in an event like this where Olympic qualification is at stake.” Sudha echoed her coach’s sentiments.”This is the last domestic event this year and I have to wait till next year just because there were not enough competitors,” she rued.There were further glitches on the part of the organisers as the initial starting list had four names which appeared twice. So in effect, there were only six competitors instead of 10.”There were some organisational glitches. Those names should not have been repeated. We will definitely look into the matter,” CK Walson, chairman of the technical committee, said.advertisementThe penultimate day threw up another curious case in men’s 400m hurdles as Satender Singh and Avin A Thomas were adjudged gold medallists after a dead heat.In a rare case, they could not be separated in the photo finish and both were awarded a gold each after clocking an identical 51.49s.Railways lead the medal tally with nine gold, nine silver and six bronze while ONGC have won five gold, two silver and one bronze medal for a tally of eight. Punjab are placed third place with four gold and one bronze medal.
World champion pair Nathan Cohen and Joseph Sullivan of New Zealand timed a final burst to perfection to take rowing gold in the heavyweight double sculls on Thursday. Cohen and Sullivan paddled past Slovenia’s Luka Spik and Iztok Cop in the last 200 metres to claim gold in 6 minutes, 31.67 seconds.Italian duo Alessio Sartori and Romano Battisti raced past the beleaguered Slovenians to snatch silver in 6:32.86, by half a second.Slovenia took bronze by one hundredth of a second from Argentina.