The Great Firewall of China

first_img One of the world’s wonders It took us pretty much a full day to get here, but we are finally in China ahead of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics. It’s been seven years since I was last in this place and four since my last trip to this side of the world. I almost forgot how difficult it can be to sit on a plane for 14 hours. Having our photographer Ricardo Makyn along this time around made things a bit better. His mid-flight ‘bucks’ were rather amusing for a Chinese family sitting across from us, who must have feared for the poor soul, conquered by sleep, as his forehead teased his knees. It’s all on video. He’ll need to give a cut from his per diem or I will be sure to share it with the world. Flight time aside, there are more than a few reasons to get excited for the fast approaching World Championships. Things do, however, seem a bit haphazard, so far, and, in terms of media manuals and certain other pertinent information, nothing seems to be ready despite the fact that the championships start in a few days. This is a major departure from what pertained the last time I was around these parts for the 2008 Olympic Games. I also didn’t remember so many persons mistaking Jamaica for an African country either. “So where are you from?” “Jamaica.” “Oh, Africa!” “No.” “Close to Africa?” “No.” “Close to where?” “It’s in the Caribbean, close to the USA.” “Ah, OK. Caribbean.” The curious middle-aged woman inside the hotel lobby seemed just as confused at the end, as she did at the beginning of our conversation. She was the third person within the hour to make that mistake. Odd. Seems they don’t have maps in China. Now when you think China, you think a few things. Chopsticks and noodles will probably rank high on most persons’ lists, but the Great Wall of China is no doubt the country’s calling card. A 13,000-mile-long series of fortifications, which had its first blocks laid in the 7th century, is certainly impressive, but it is nothing compared to the Great Firewall of China! The likes of Twitter and Facebook were not too big a deal back in 2008 when I last visited China and Instagram wasn’t even founded yet. Back then, I used Yahoo, and though I noticed some lags when trying to access my email, I marked it down to a poor Internet connection. I got a mini scare when I tried to access my accounts, only to realise that they were all blocked! Can you imagine no Facebook, Gmail, Instagram … or worse, NO TWITTER?! “They are American, we block,” laughed the lady at check-in as I raised an alarm when my timeline turned up blank. The Chinese seem to be doing just fine with their own social media platforms though. Youku (Chinese YouTube), Sina Weibo (Chinese Twitter), Pengyou (Chinese Facebook) are the main ‘allowed’ options here. Yes, ‘map lady’ gave me a crash course. Who knows, maybe I’ll create a Chinese alter ego – ‘Lowe Chi’, and create some havoc on Sina Weibo while I’m here!last_img read more

Superluminal, Nuclear Affair fancied for feature races

first_img NUCLEAR AFFAIR, a classy three-year-old filly from the stables of Gary Subratie, is coming off a fast-time win over this trip in the Seek Exercise Book Trophy on August 20. Now back to good form and Robert Halledeen retaining the ride, this year’s 1000 Guinea winner will not go down easily as she will report even fitter for this race. Stable-companion BRAWN, CAMPESINO and topweight PHINEAS are all ideally suited to the distance and should make it close, especially PHINEAS, who has beaten some of the best horses in the past year, including ‘Horse of the Year’ SEEKING MY DREAM in last November’s CTL Invitational Mile. Other firm fancies on the card are DREAMLINER, with leading jockey Omar Walker aboard in the seventh race over the straight for the Nasatol Trophy, UNBREAKABLE to repeat in the third, SEEKING THE DAWN in the fourth and BURNING MEDIC in the eighth. TODAY’S 10-race programme at Caymanas Park will feature the open allowance race over 1300 metres for the Saint Cecelia Cup and the overnight allowance race over 2000 metres for the Kenneth Mattis O.D. Memorial Trophy. With the 2015 St Leger winner SUPERLUMINAL now back to winning form, having scored decisively over 1400 metres recently, the four-year-old son of Natural Selection ought to be followed, especially over the distance at which he won the St Leger in July last year as a 35-1 outsider. Paul ‘Country’ Francis will again ride SUPERLUMINAL from the convenient mark of 53.0kg and should get the job done ahead of proven course horse, TIMEFORARMS, with apprentice Bebeto Harvey aboard. A more competitive race is the annual renewal of the Saint Cecelia Cup to be contest by 10 horses, including the recent winners NUCLEAR AFFAIR, PHINEAS and TRADITIONAL PRINCE, as well as CAMPESINO, BRAWN and DREAMCOMETRUE, who have been running well in recent months. FITTER FOR THE RACElast_img read more

JN’s Jarrett excited with growth of Heroes’ in action

first_imgWESTERN BUREAU: YEAR TWO of the Jamaica National (JN) and the Usain Bolt Foundation Heroes in Action 8K Run/Walk and 4K Fun Run has been given the thumbs up by JN’s general manager, Earl Jarrett. The event, which brought together close to 2,000 participants in the picturesque, historical Georgian-styled town of Falmouth, more than doubled last year’s registration numbers, with a beaming Jarrett admitting that the charity races will be the recipient of international attention in 2017. “I am very happy with what I have seen this year; the numbers have increased almost to double of last year and in any exam 100 percent is good,” said Jarrett. “We definitely will be back next year with an international component to it, as we seek to make this event a bigger and indeed better one each time it’s held,” he added. The 28-eight year-old Lenford Adams copped first prize and was named the overall winner of the event, after taking the staple event, the 8K Run, in a time of 30.31 minutes. The always present Ronique Williams took second place, crossing the finish line in 30.34, with third place going to Lucien Graham (40.36). Ann-Marie Finegan took the top prize for the women in 39.21 minutes, as Ashelaun Linton took second in a time of 40.02. Seventeen-year-old Chantel Cornwall copped third in 40.36. The 4K event, which criss-crossed the historic town, saw the William Knibb Memorial High School’s 14-year-old student, Shawna-Kay Prince, taking the crown. Denache Johnson of Melia Runners was second, with 11-year-old Marsha McKoy of Duncans All-Age third. On the male side, the title went to 14-year-old Jamario Daley of JADA. Go-Run Running Club’s Andre Smith crossed the finish line in second and another pre-teen, 11-year-old Locordo Daley, was third, as various high schools used the event to sharpen their athletes’ strength and stamina ahead the upcoming track season.  Home town superhero, Usain Bolt, said his delight is with the cause to help children with various challenges. He was very demonstrative in pledging to support the event as long as it is held. Bolt, the world’s fast man over the 100m and 200m, as well as sharing in multiple records with Jamaica’s 4x100m relay teams, obliged the crowd by signing autographs and taking selfies with his adoring fans. He underlined his pleasure at being associated with the event on many levels, primarily because it means giving back to needy children and that it brings Falmouth to the public in a way not before seen.last_img read more

ROS roster shakeup ‘hard to accept at first,’ admits Belga

first_img“Sinabi niya nga sa amin na it’s our job,” he shared. “Di namin alam kung saan kami mapupunta, kung bukas makalawa, di mo alam kung nasa anong team ka na. You have to be prepared sa pinakamalupit na mangyayari.”(He told us that it’s our job. We don’t know where we’ll end up, if tomorrow or the other day, we’ll be in another team. You have to be prepared for the worst that can happen.)Belga is bracing for what’s next for his team, sharing that he’s open on whatever path the Rain or Shine management decides to put him on.“It’s their decision if they think they want to trade me. I can’t do anything there and I have no control over that. The only thing I can control is my game. For that matter, it’s going to be the management’s decision,” he said.Belga added he will do his best to keep the Elasto Painters in contention, especially in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate “Yung feeling, masakit kasi binuo ito ni coach Yeng as a family. Yung isa isang nawawala, parang sa una, mahirap tanggapin,” he said.(It’s a painful feeling seeing players one-by-one go because the team coach Yeng built was a family and it’s really hard to accept at first.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Since the team won the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup last season, Rain or Shine has never made it past the quarterfinals, with roster changes abound since Guiao’s departure.But true to the lessons ingrained by their old mentor, Belga said he has no other recourse but to keep doing his job as the Painters hope to finally turn the page for the Elasto Painters and get themselves back to their championship-contending ways. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:09‘I am prepared:’ Duterte reiterates openness to accept Rohingya refugees01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments MOST READ “Each of us need to adapt to the system. We’re okay. With the new additions, I think we can have a better run this conference,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe recent changes in Rain or Shine really hits home for Beau Belga.From coach Yeng Guiao’s departure last season, to trades involving Paul Lee, JR Quiñahan, and now Jeff Chan, the burly big man has been a silent witness as remnants of the old Elasto Painters crew fade away.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ PH’s SEA Games campaign gets going Tuesday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Pacquiao conqueror Horn wins top Aussie award

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kings open title defense vs vengeance-seeking Bolts Pacquiao pulled out of a planned rematch in Australia later his year, with Horn close to finalizing another opponent to defend his World Boxing Organisation welterweight title.Englishman Gary Corcoran is shaping up as the most likely challenger, with the fight expected to be in Brisbane in December, local reports have said. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jeff Horn. PHOTO FROM SPORTS AUSTRALIA HALL OF FAME INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTSYDNEY—Boxer Jeff Horn’s stunning upset of Filipino great Manny Pacquiao has earned him one of Australia’s top sporting honors as the most inspirational athlete of the year.The unheralded 29-year-old stunned the boxing world with a unanimous 12-round decision over Pacquiao in Brisbane on July 2 in a hotly contested result that rattled the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “I can remember growing up being inspired by previous winners such as Cathy Freeman and Ian Thorpe.“To know I am potentially inspiring the future generation of athletes like these guys have done for me is an incredible feeling.”Horn said he still sometimes found it hard to believe he took down one of the world’s greatest ever fighters, who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.READ: Jeff Horn’s vision comes to fruition with win over Pacquiao“Many days I have thought to myself, did that really happen? It’s been very hectic since the win but recognition and awards like this certainly help,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson READ: Horn stuns Pacquiao for unanimous decision winIn recognition, he walked away with ‘The Don’ award at the annual Sport Australia Hall Of Fame dinner in Melbourne on Thursday evening.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNamed after cricketer Donald Bradman, prior winners of the prize include swimmer Ian Thorpe, runner Cathy Freeman, cyclist Cadel Evans, hurdler Sally Pearson, golfer Jason Day and last year’s recipient jockey Michelle Payne.“It is massive,” Horn said, calling it a career highlight. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

UE continues resurgence, beats UP

first_imgMark Maloles and Alvin Pasaol exchanged back-to-back triples in a span of 18 seconds to give UE a 68-58 with 2:49 remaining in the fourth quarter.Pasaol then delivered the dagger, converting a three-point play for a 71-62 lead with 1:33 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUE head coach Derrick Pumaren is aware of their position in the Final Four race and he used their first win in the UAAP as their starting point and motivation in getting to the semifinals.“Until there’s a fourth team that makes it then we still have a shot at it,” said Pumaren of their Final Four shot. “We just have to stay positive in the things that are going on. We just have to play as a team and keep playing as one unit.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments NU back on track, dumps winless UST Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East strengthened its bid for a Final Four spot after humbling University of the Philippines, 73-64, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Warriors won their third game in four outings to improve to 3-7 and them on track of getting the fourth spot in the league while the Fighting Maroons slipped to a 4-6 record.ADVERTISEMENT Pasaol showed his might with 32 points and 13 rebounds to lead UE while Mark Olayon narrowly missed out on a triple-double finishing with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and eight assists.Rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño had 22 points and eight rebounds to lead UP while older brother Javi finished with 17 points and 11 boards. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)02:57UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UP Fighting Maroons02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Foton tries to snap F2 Logistics win streak

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We want to win this game because I believe that they are one of the biggest challenges in our goal of winning the title,” said Branislav.Whether the effort would pay off will be seen when the back-to-back champion Tornadoes take on the Cargo Movers in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Batangas City Sports Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“This game will be very crucial, F2 Logistics has yet to lose,” said Branislav, adding that a win in the 6 p.m. match would serve as a strong statement to the league.The match may decide which team takes the top ranking in the knockout phase that begins Dec. 5. Petron, meanwhile, takes on Iriga City in the opener at 4 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The entire Foton team, not just its coach Moro Branislav, showed up just to see F2 Logistics play against Cignal last Tuesday.For the outspoken Serbian coach, it’s better that the players see for themselves how the unbeaten league-leader plays ahead of their encounter on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBAPC honors ‘sixth man’ Jalalon, Pingris, Conecenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “That’s dope,” he said.The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside Cleveland, and each contains a message asking James to sign with the Sixers this summer as a free agent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe signs, which were paid for by a Chester, Pennsylvania, company were inspired by the Oscar-nominated film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But their objective was to entice James to come to Philadelphia.Although James may not see the signs because they’re not on any route he would take from his home in Bath, Ohio, to Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Three billboards trying to entice Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James to come to Philadelphia are shown near a highway, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Cleveland. The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside Cleveland, and each contains a message asking James to sign with the Sixers this summer as a free agent. Although James may not see the signs because they’re not on any route he would take from his home in Bath, Ohio, to Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)“It is actually very flattering that I’m sitting here at 33 and in my 15th year and teams or guys — I don’t want to say teams because that becomes tampering — but people in their respective city want me to play for them,” he said. “That’s cool I think.”James’ appreciation caused a commotion on social media as Sixers fans began dreaming of No. 23 in one of the team’s jerseys. NBA tampering rules prohibit teams from having any involvement in recruiting players, but there’s nothing to stop fans from making their pitch.“We’re passionate about Philadelphia,” Asher Raphael, co-CEO of by Power Home Remodeling, the company that paid for the billboards told ESPN. “We have an amazing city. It’s the best sports town and it’s an awesome place to live. We think the best athletes should want to play here.”The Sixers will visit the Cavaliers on Thursday night.James can opt out of his contract with Cleveland following this season and the superstar can hit the free-agency market.ADVERTISEMENT Without Ronaldo, Madrid loses to Espanyol in Spanish league One of three billboards trying to entice Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James to come to Philadelphia are shown near a highway, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Cleveland. The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside Cleveland, and each contains a message asking James to sign with the Sixers this summer as a free agent. Although James may not see the signs because they’re not on any route he would take from his home in Bath, Ohio, to Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James has Philadelphia’s basketball pulse racing.The NBA superstar still hasn’t seen three billboards urging him to join the 76ers, but he’s flattered by the idea that a city would want him to play there.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball PLAY LIST 02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The first billboard includes a “#23” in maroon with a crown, on a court with four numbers — the jerseys for Sixers Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Robert Covington. The second billboard has the motto: “Complete The Process,” a takeoff on the Sixers’ “Trust The Process” mantra and the third says: “#PhillyWantsLeBron.”James’ free agency figures to be the NBA’s biggest offseason story, and the four-time champion recently shot down any discussion about his future until this season ends.Following Tuesday’s shootaround before the Cavs hosted Brooklyn, James initially pretended he was unaware of the billboards.“A lot of potholes on 480,” James joked. “Got to be careful with the cars. Got to be very careful. That’s why I don’t do much driving. I sit in the backseat. You talking about the billboards, though?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Serena Williams loses in 1st round at Miami Open to Osaka

first_imgSerena Williams returns to Naomi Osaka, of Japan, during the Miami Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — The match ended with Serena Williams grinning at the net. She saved her worst shot for last, and after a rare first-round defeat she had to laugh.Still rusty in her return from pregnancy, Williams was unable to overcome a tough opening draw at the Miami Open and lost Wednesday to Naomi Osaka, 6-3, 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters On the final point, Williams thundered forward to attack an easy shot at eye level, whacked the ball six feet past the baseline and responded with a sheepish smile.Not that motherhood has mellowed Williams. She left without talking to the media.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe 20-year-old Osaka, who earned her first career title Sunday at Indian Wells, said she was nervous at the start playing her idol for the first time. Osaka said her goal was to avoid Williams winning 6-0, 6-0.“She’s the main reason I started playing tennis,” Osaka said. “I just wanted her after the match to know who I am.” Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Mission accomplished. What did Williams say when they shook hands after the match?“She said ‘good job’ and stuff,” Osaka said. “I kind of blanked out, but I’m pretty good she said ‘good job.’”Osaka, who has both American and Japanese citizenship and lives in Fort Lauderdale, raised her profile with last week’s title run and showed no signs of letup and overpowered the erratic Williams. Osaka had the stronger serve and wore down Williams in rallies working her from side to side.The matchup worthy of a final came about because both players were unseeded. Osaka is ranked a career-best 22nd, while Williams’ ranking is 491st after a layoff of more than a year.Another new mother and former No. 1, three-time champion Victoria Azarenka, defeated Catherine Bellis 6-3, 6-0. Seeded players are in action beginning Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Williams has been eliminated in the first round only four other times, most recently at the 2012 French Open. The latest defeat came at a tournament she has won a record eight times and considers her hometown event.The match was the last for Williams at Key Biscayne, 90 miles south of her home in Palm Beach Gardens. The tournament is moving next year to the Miami Dolphins’ stadium, where Williams helped with the ceremonial groundbreaking Monday.Because of Williams’ ranking, she entered the draw as a wild card, and looked the part. She needed only eight shots to win the match’s first five points, but things became much more difficult after that.Playing her fourth match since returning to the tour, Williams was a step slow to balls in the corners and often late with her swing, while she put barely half her first serves in play. Early in the second set she resorted to her patented scream of “Come on!”, but the outburst failed to turn things around.Osaka was heartened that she provoked Williams to shout at herself.“Sometimes she plays matches where she doesn’t say ‘Come on!’ at all,” Osaka said. “That’s a little bit sad, because it’s like, ‘Do you think she’s trying?’ So I just wanted her say ‘Come on!’ once. I knew then maybe she would be trying a little bit.”Williams tried, but typical of her struggle was an exchange midway through the last set. She scrambled forward to scoop a ball back, retreated to hit an awkward, lunging overhead, and then stood and watched helplessly as a crosscourt forehand from Osaka whizzed past for a winner.Osaka’s serve reached 116 mph, and she was never broken. When Williams pushed her to deuce three times in one game, Osaka closed it out with consecutive aces, and said she drew inspiration from her hero.“Sometimes when I’m in a really hard position when I’m serving, I’m like, ‘What would Serena do?’” Osaka said.That approach has served Osaka well. She’s 14-4 this year and will next face No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina as the tournament’s new player to beat. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Bucks’ Antetokounmpo leaves game with ankle sprain Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Brady sees ‘urgency’ in preseason game vs Super Bowl foe

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ New Jersey takes in $40.6 million in sports bets in July New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady watches from the sideline during the first half of a preseason NFL football game against the Washington Redskins, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady thinks his next game against the Philadelphia Eagles is a little like the last time he played them.The reigning NFL MVP says he’s eager to get back on the field for the first time since the Super Bowl, and his next chance is in Thursday night’s exhibition game against Philadelphia. Brady did not play in the preseason opener against Washington last week.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Brady, who turned 41 this month, said he is feeling healthy and planning to play on Thursday night. The decision will be up to coach Bill Belichick.“I certainly plan on being out there,” Brady said.Also Tuesday, Brady repeated that his goal is to play “a long time.” He reportedly reached an agreement that could boost his pay this year by $5 million in 2018; he is signed through next season.“You always have short-term goals and long-term goals, and this year’s the one I’m focused on,” he said. “Obviously, I want to play for a long time, so I’ve said that for a while. Feel like I’m a broken record.”ADVERTISEMENT “We’ve got a big one against the Eagles and we know the challenge they present,” Brady said on Tuesday. “So, (we’re) trying to put a lot into it and see if we can obviously get a lot out of it. You know, it’s a big test. They’re a good team and we’re going to have to play well.”Philadelphia beat the Patriots 41-33 in February for its first Super Bowl title. The teams will meet again in New England this week, with considerably less on the line.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’But you wouldn’t know if from listening to Brady, who said there is urgency even in the second game on the exhibition schedule, because the team needs to line up against an opponent to measure its progress.“They’re important,” Brady said. “If it was a waste of time, we wouldn’t do it. I think there’s a lot of urgency, and you know we’re not where we need to be, got a lot of work to do and these practices are a part of it, (along with) the opportunities that we get in the game.” View commentslast_img read more