EAC’s Laminou out for the NCAA season due to torn ACL

first_imgHamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College’s drive to the Final Four gets a little more bumpy as big man Hamadou Laminou suffered a torn ACL on his right knee and will miss the remainder of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Coach Ariel Sison, who confirmed the news Thursday, was left with no words as the Generals will have a huge hole in the middle with the absence of the Cameroonian big man.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I don’t know what to say right now. I’m just so down thinking that Laminou is out for the season,” he said.Laminou has been averaging 10.2 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks in the five games he played this season.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 shutoutHe went down late in the first quarter of EAC’s 85-79 win over Arellano on Tuesday with a knee injury as the coaching staff downplayed the matter and hoped that it would only be a minor injury.“I thought it’s just another minor injury,” said Sison, obviously disappointed with the recent turn of events. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jason Day ‘hungry,’ eager to return to top of golf world MOST READ K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:05NCAA Season 93 Preview: EAC Generals00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Laminou also incurred an MCL injury on his left knee in the preseason, but was able to make it in time for the Generals’ campaign this year.Sison has no other recourse but to continue fighting behind senior Sidney Onwubere, Jerome Garcia, Juju Bautista, and Francis Munsayac with EAC currently in third place with a 3-2 card.“Laminou is Laminou. It’s still different if he’s on the bench and ready to play, but we have other bigs who are ready to step up,” the mentor said.The Generals will play league leader Lyceum today at EAC Gym.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

San Miguel to debut new import vs ‘team to beat’ Ginebra

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES De Ocampo jokes as challenge on LeBron goes viral: I made him popular Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Austria defended the team’s change of import. He said the team wanted an import who can be a complementary piece to reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.READ: McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam“What we’re thinking is to have a player who can matchup with the import of other teams like Justin Brownlee. What we want is somebody who an attack in the middle, shoot from the outside and who can bring down the ball. At least not a one-dimensional player,” he said.“Wendell is a good import, but he and June Mar play almost the same position. June Mar is already healthy that’s why want someone who can complement him, we want someone who can shoot from the perimeter,” he added.Austria expects war against Gin Kings, who he believes as this conference’s favorites.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “The new import is already here. We was just not able to play because he still needs to accomplish necessary papers,” he said after the Beermen snapped a two-game slide with a 103-96 win over the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.READ: PBA: San Miguel snaps skid, downs Rain or ShineFEATURED 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“But definitely, we will have a new import next game.”The Beermen made an eyebrow-raising move when they sent Wendell McKines home and took flak when Bridgeman underperformed, scoring only two points in his PBA debut in a loss to Alaska Saturday. MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer head coach Leo Austria said his new import Terrence Watson will make his debut against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.Austria said Watson, who was tapped to replace Terik Bridgeman, arrived in Manila Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT “Ginebra is playing really well and for me, they are the team to beat because of the arrival of Greg Slaughter.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief View commentslast_img read more

San Miguel seals its twin towers

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Archers destroy Tigers, near twice-to-beat bonus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:37Protesters 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 Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger was selected first overall by San Miguel Beer as expected on Sunday afternoon, and after coming up short in completing the franchise’s second Triple Crown sweep in the recently concluded PBA Season, the Beermen have added a blue-chip material to make another go at it.The 6-foot-8 Fil-German joins the star-studded team and will form a lethal twin tower combine with reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo as the Beermen added yet another piece in an effort to extend their dynasty while matching up with sister team and newly minted Governors’ Cup titlist Barangay Ginebra’s frontline.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Phoenix tapped hardworking forward Sidney Onwubere eighth overall with Star also adding some ceiling by picking Lervin Flores ninth.TNT KaTropa used the 10th and 11th picks to tab Cebuano guard Mac Tallo of SWU and Colegio de San Lorenzo slotman Jon Gabriel, respectively.Ginebra claimed UP slasher Jett Manuel as the 12th pick to round out the first round.NLEX continued to add youth to its frontline, tapping JRU forward Ervin Grospe to open the second round.Star picked slotman Joseph Gabayni next, Blackwater nabbed slasher Emil Palma, forward Julian Sargent went to Star, while Louie Vigil went to San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT Davon Potts was selected by Alaska 18th overall, followed by Jom Sollano, who was tabbed by Rain or Shine.Gwynne Capacio (Star), Jayson Grimaldo (Phoenix), Monbert Arong (TNT), Wilson Baltazar (Phoenix), and Andreas Cahilig (GlobalPort) round out the second round picks. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 And while San Miguel got bigger, NLEX got the best small man in the 43-man pool as the Road Warriors made heady point guard Kiefer Ravena No. 2 overall, with Blackwater tabbing former Far Eastern U bruiser Raymar Jose at third, Phoenix Petroleum making Jason Perkins the fourth overall pick and Alaska getting the talented Jeron Teng at No. 5.Standhardinger is expected to join San Miguel early in the Commissioner’s Cup as he will have to play out a live contract with Hong Kong in the Asean Basketball League, and when he arrives, the Beermen can challenge the Gin Kings’ combo of 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar underneath.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 shutoutThere are no other teams which can talk of at least coming close as far as size is concerned.GlobalPort went with Fil-Am wingman Robbie Herndon at sixth, with Rey Nambatac, after being selected seventh, getting reunited with former Letran teammate Raymond Almazan and coach Caloy Garcia at Rain or Shine. Read Nextlast_img read more

Nguyen ready for jeers as he fights hometown hero Folayang

first_imgJeers will rain down upon Martin Nguyen on Friday night when he challenges Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang for the lightweight title in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fernandez buries the hatchet with Macaraya Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nguyen, who holds an impressive 9-1 record, is fighting in Manila for the second time after scoring a stoppage victory over Li Kai Wen in August of last year.But it will be his first time going up against a Filipino here. Although, he said that he’s no stranger to fighting in a hostile environment.“I’m used to fighting in hostile territory. As I’ve said, I’ve been an underdog my whole career. Coming to another country and fighting the hometown hero is nothing new to me.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Nextcenter_img And Nguyen likes it that way.“I’m very excited to be facing the hometown here. I don’t expect anyone from the crowd to be going for me, but you know what? I’ve been the underdog my whole life and this is my story and this is my history down the road,” the Australian fighter told reporters in a press conference Tuesday.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 28-year-old Nguyen, the current featherweight titleholder, is looking to become ONE Championship’s first double champion.His shot at history comes just three months after stopping Marat Gafurov, who was previously unbeaten, in a rematch to claim the featherweight belt. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week00:50Trending 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 MOST READ View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

Padda ‘embarrassed’ of Adamson’s 52 errors in loss to UE

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Adamson, which has been the surprise contenders this season after going 1-13 in 2017, has been making a case for elite status this year after it showed promise in the first three games where it went 2-1.And after two straight losses, the Lady Falcons got back on the winning track with a massive four-set upset of reigning champion De La Salle but they took another step back with the loss to the Lady Warriors.Padda, who sat out starters Jema Galanza, Chiara Permentilla, and Eli Soyud in the first set, said her team flat out didn’t give respect to UE.“They showed up with a very weak mindset today, they were really complacent, they didn’t respect UE and they didn’t care, they’re too cocky,” said Padda. “I don’t know why. The coaches were shocked, I don’t know.”Pushing the numbers further, the Lady Warriors scored just 36 points off their own spikes and even committed 31 unforced errors.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games View comments MOST READ Austria ‘really worried’ about TNT with addition of Cruz Read Next And in the fourth set alone, Adamson committed 16 errors leaving UE to score just nine points to force the fifth set.“I’m just still trying to take in what happened. I don’t understand how we made those many errors,” said Padda. “It was almost they were playing for the other team like they wanted UE to win, I don’t know.” LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico For one, the Lady Falcons unloaded 59 kills against University of the East and normally, that mark would’ve been more than enough to propel them to the victory, but it was the Lady Warriors who left Filoil Flying V Centre on Sunday with the five-set victory.That’s because on the other end of the spectrum, Adamson gave ways 52 free points to UE due to its errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd those errors certainly not sit well with head coach Air Padda, who blasted her team after its 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, loss to an erstwhile winless UE team.“That was embarrassing,” said Padda, whose team dropped to 3-4 at the end of the first round. “For me it’s embarrassing because we don’t train like that. I don’t know who that team was out there.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Adamson University just had one of the most interesting games in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Chalmers back with Grizzlies after season on sidelines

first_imgRobredo: 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 Chalmers developed a relationship with Grizzlies coach David Fizdale when Chalmers played for the Miami Heat and Fizdale was a Heat assistant.Chalmers won NBA titles with the LeBron James-led Heat in 2012 and 2013.Chalmers averaged 10.8 points, 3.8 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.5 steals in 55 games with the Grizzlies in 2015-16.Last season the Grizzlies finished in seventh place in the Western Conference and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Mario Chalmers #6 of the Memphis Grizzlies dribbles against the Boston Celtics during the second quarter at TD Garden on March 9, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.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. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPThe Memphis Grizzlies inked Mario Chalmers to a contract on Wednesday, a day after the guard indicated he was headed back to his old NBA team.The Grizzlies did not reveal terms of the deal, but multiple media reports said Chalmers agreed to a one-year contract.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Chalmers used Instagram on Tuesday to post a picture of himself in a Grizzlies uniform with a caption that read “GNG… enough said.” “Grit and grind” is the Grizzlies’ motto.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 starsChalmers, 31, has battled back from a torn right Achilles tendon he sustained in March 2016 while playing for the Grizzlies.The Grizzlies released Chalmers after he was injured, and he missed all of the 2016-17 NBA season. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Marbury opts for final season with Beijing Fly Dragonslast_img read more

Cool Smashers secure No. 1

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Valdez missed three games with the Cool Smashers after joining the 17-day training camp. And during a bull session with the national team Sunday, she expressed intention to play as soon as possible.At any rate, there appeared to be no immediate need for the superstar spiker to suit up for Creamline which swept the eliminations with a victory over Perlas-BanKo Sunday night in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.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 starsThe 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 28-26 victory was the seventh—and fourth without Valdez—in as many matches and assured the Cool Smashers the No. 1 spot in the semifinals.Cheska Racraquin scored a career-high 23 points, including four of her team’s last six points, for Creamline which will face the No. 4 ranked team in the semifinals. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games The Perlas Spikers dropped to 3-4, their fate hanging in the balance as a win by Pocari Sweat over BaliPure late Sunday would force a playoff for the last semis slot on Wednesday. If it wins, BaliPure will complete the semifinals cast.“This win gave us the confidence going into the semifinals and proved that we can beat them,” said Racraquin, the 20-year-old open spiker from San Beda.The Cool Smashers worked very hard to take the win, climbing from big deficits in sets 2 and 4 before hacking it out.In the fourth frame alone, the Cool Smashers stared at a 17-8 deficit.ADVERTISEMENT Huelgas asserts Superiority over SEA rivals Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlyssa Valdez, currently training with the national squad in Japan, has asked permission to play for Creamline upon the team’s arrival on Wednesday.National team coach Francis Vicente has yet to decide whether she will be allowed to play because officials have planned for them to be quartered all the way to the Asian Seniors Volleyball Championships set Aug. 9.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Fajardo still ready to play in Fiba Asia Cup if calf injury improves

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant “[The moment I feel better] of course, I’ll play,” Fajardo told reporters in Filipino after the Beermen lost to the Star Hotshots, 104-98.“It’s painful. The result appears to show that it’s on my old tear and it’s being overused and painful,” he said.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 starsFajardo will be joining his Gilas teammates when they leave for Lebanon early Sunday morning.“Of course, I’ll go with them and if I feel okay, I’ll play,” Fajardo said. View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Gilas main backer apologizes for max-salary offer for full-time Gilas playerscenter_img Fajardo added he has the go-signal from SMB to play for Gilas but knows he has to be careful not to worsen his injury.“Of course, it’s my future and it would be hard if I end up prolonging my recovery from the injury. Of course I want to play.”SMB coach Leo Austria also has no problems with Fajardo possibly seeing action in the Fiba Asia as long as he’s not feeling any pain.“We advised him to play if he’s not feeling any pain, but he has to think of his future because it’s recurring when it comes to the hamstring or calf unless it’s fully healed,” said Austria. “But the only way for it to fully heal is through rest.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netSan Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo hasn’t ruled himself out of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon just yet.Fajardo is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a strained right calf he suffered on Wednesday in a win over TNT, but there is still a slight possibility that he could play for Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Meralco nips Star to clinch playoff berth

first_imgPBA IMAGESSTA. Rosa, Laguna – Allan Durham scored 29 points, had 27 rebounds and missed a triple double by just three assists in leading Meralco to a 96-90 decision of Star in a Petron Saturday Special Game that sealed a playoff berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex here.The Bolts built big leads early and showed a lot of poise and composure in staving off rallies by the Hotshots all the way until the final buzzer, as they bounced back from a tough loss to sister team TNT KaTropa to formalize entry into the quarterfinals after rising to 6-2.ADVERTISEMENT Lady Tamaraws stop Lady Eagles for 2-0 start in PVL Meanwhile, Barangay Ginebra shoots for an eighth straight win – and possibly top seeding – on Sunday when the streaking Gin Kings battle Grand Slam-seeking sister team San Miguel Beer at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Kings got the perfect workout they needed on Friday night in dispatching Blackwater, and extending the conference’s longest winning run would, in all likelihood, mean a top four berth and a twice-to-beat incentive in the first round of the playoffs.Game time is 6:45 p.m.With a 4-3 record, the Beermen are still out of the top four and a loss would greatly hamper their chancesof tabbing that win-once advantage in the quarterfinals.Despite the great form they are enjoying, Ginebra coach Tim Cone refuses to admit that they are the team to beat thus far in the conference.“San Miguel is the team to beat,” Cone said after a 98-81 win over the Elite two nights ago. “I read somewhere that coach Leo (Austria) was saying that. I just chuckled after reading it.”And Ginebra has the motivation to beat San Miguel and make life hard for the Beermen entering the homestretch of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT “We’re still hurting from that all-Filipino Finals,” Cone added. “We will come into that game with the positive energy (after beating the Elite handily), all I wished is that we had one more day to prepare for them.”In the first game, Alaska also tries to extend its own streak and get solidly in the fight for a playoff berth when the Aces battle sputtering KIA Picantos at 4:30 p.m.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Durham didn’t do it all, actually, as the entire Meralco starting unit finished in twin digits in scoring with Chris Newsome spiking a 17-point night with seven assists and Baser Amer making three triples in finishing with 13.The loss was the third straight after four consecutive wins for the Hotshots, who have now dropped out of the top four for the meantime and allowed the Texters to squeeze in.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMeralco will still face Alaska, GlobalPort and San Miguel Beer, in that order, in closing out its elimination round schedule and would need to go at least 2-1 to seal a top four berth, and a twice-to-beat privilege.Malcolm Hill had 28 points and 10 rebounds for the Hotshots. 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Team India’s poor World Cup performance troubles BCCI

first_imgCoach Greg Chappell with Rahul DravidThe Indian team’s theme for this World Cup was called, “Let’s Win Together.” In Trinidad, the man on the street has his own theme. India, they sigh, shaking their heads and smiling crooked smiles, “plenty licks, man, plenty licks.” On the morning of match against,Coach Greg Chappell with Rahul DravidThe Indian team’s theme for this World Cup was called, “Let’s Win Together.” In Trinidad, the man on the street has his own theme. India, they sigh, shaking their heads and smiling crooked smiles, “plenty licks, man, plenty licks.” On the morning of match against Sri Lanka, Marvan Atapattu looked across at a bystander. “If we make 220, it’s enough, we’re through.” The bystander, an Indian, asked how could the Lankan could be so confident? “Look at their faces,” Atapattu said, “For them, 220 is like 350.”In the last 11 months, India’s batsmen have failed to bat out a full 50 overs in 12 of 17 ODIs outside home. Is this really what the world thinks of our cricket team? The envy that a strong India generates has given way to something approaching the ranks of tongue-clucking sympathy in the Caribbean and scorn in the Anglo-Australian cricket world. Former West Indian captain Richie Richardson admits to disappointment, “I thought India had the best batting line up on paper. We all wanted India to go a little bit further. I can’t work out what went wrong, lack of confidence maybe, or internal problems.” It’s like Indian cricket has been struck over the head with a blunt instrument and is trying to regain consciousness and comprehension. The questions are short, sharp and seek meaning from the muddle: What the…? But why? Now what?Team IndiaWhat the…? The Indian team’s training sessions at the Cup were two-faced: one, a spurt of enthusiasm in Jamaica for the warmup games, the other, a few ho-hum sessions in Port of Spain. Like all other teams, India were allotted only two and a half hours, but their sessions looked like they were men on borrowed time.”You practise like you play,” said one Indian player, indicating that younger players needed to go into nets with a purpose. May be the Indians did play like they practised: flat, perfunctory, with no urgency. Former West Indian fast bowler Ian Bishop has seen a trend over the last season: “Their fielding is un-athletic and that is just based on those matches I saw.”advertisementThe Australians, who set the benchmark in the field, have hired former American baseball pro Mike Young as their fielding coach. Their sessions work around improving ‘balance and vision’. Sri Lanka, constitutionally, temperamentally much like the Indians, put in a minimum of an hour of fielding practice in every training session, concentrating on what captain Mahela Jayawardene calls, “the small things” in one-day cricket, every run-out, every half-chance taken puts you a step closer to winning.”Sharad Pawar to take a drastic stepBut let’s not be harsh: the Indians did try, and not just the boring stuff like fielding practice. After losing to Bangladesh there were apparently attempts made to straighten out kinks in the cricketers’ ‘auras’, to rid them of ‘negative energies’. In keeping with the principles of pranic healing, the men in blue stood around a bowl of water where their bad vibes were flung in; they even tried collective prayer. It worked against Bermuda, but the gods needed more appeasement against Lanka. Okay, what the hell, let’s be harsh: maybe what cricketing deities really wanted, guys, was more fight with the bat, ball, more signs of spirit and sweat on the field.There’s a view that Dravid and Chappell should continue while four ‘difficult’ senior players must go.But why? Captain Rahul Dravid and coach Greg Chappell have said it repeatedly: “We didn’t play well. Yes, but why not? Here comes Indian cricket’s now de rigueur fig leaf, hastily put into place after every big loss: our system stinks, you see. On the surface of it, a soothing explanation: the Indian team has no permanent manager, no media manager, no medical back up at home, its itinerary is far too crowded, selection is a minefield, players have not been paid their dues for more than half a year. Words that matterSir Vivan Richards “Your team has a lot of ability, but lacks mental strength. They are babies in the mind.” SIR VIVIAN RICHARDS WEST INDIAN CRICKET LEGENDJohn Buchanan “India is one of the excitement machines that heighten competition. As a coach I’m glad they are not here.” JOHN BUCHANAN COACH, AUSTRALIAN TEAMDilip Vengsarkar “Every debacle has a silver lining. We have a young team and I have tremendous faith in them despite everything.”DILIP VENGSARKAR CHAIRMAN, SELECTION COMMITTEEIan Bishop “I did not feel from what I saw with India last year that I fancied them doing well away from home.” IAN BISHOP FORMER FAST BOWLER, WEST INDIESadvertisementSharad Pawar “Even England, where cricket originated, has not won the Cup but their players didn’t face mindless protests.” SHARAD PAWAR PRESIDENT, BCCIRichie Richardson “India had the best batting line up. We wanted India to go a little bit further. I can’t work out what went wrong.”RICHIE RICHARDSON FORMER CAPTAIN, WEST INDIESBut the system is merely the backdrop; it is not central to the plot of why India’s team bombed in the World Cup. India bombed because they didn’t hit the ground running. Dravid believes the 2003 format gave teams time to hit their stride unlike in 2007. Four years ago, despite putting up their best impersonation of struggling fish on a line of hooks, once the Cup began, India beat the teams they were expected to beat, losing only to Australia.In the last 11 months, India’s batsmen have failed to bat out a full 50 overs in 12 of 17 ODIs outside home. They have won only three of those, beating West Indies twice and Bermuda once. Bishop saw it coming. He didn’t rank India amongst his pick of four potential semi-finalists before the event: “I didn’t feel from what I saw with India last year in the West Indies, Malaysia, Champions Trophy and South Africa that I fancied them doing well away from home.” Former Sri Lankan wicket-keeper Ranjit Fernando stands back from making the linkage between systemic malaise and specific results. Whenever Sri Lanka loses, he says the same arguments are proffered. “What does a system have to do? At the very basic, produce three-four players a generation who can play for the country. Our systems-India’s, Sri Lanka’s- are far from perfect, but every generation, they produce those threefour players.”Between May 2006 and the West Indies World Cup, despite a notoriously fractious Board, Sri Lanka ensured that its team played all its ODIs away from home. The one tournament scheduled on the island was washed out. Of course, the BCCI needs to overhaul how they run domestic cricket and how they manage the Indian team. But does the BCCI’s blinkered inefficiency explain why India couldn’t dismiss Bermuda for less than 156 and take 43.1 overs to do it? Or, heck, why it lost to Bangladesh?Now what? Now is when the mills of Indian cricket begin to churn. Insiders say that the next man who takes over will have to start from scratch, which means the team is back to where they were just before 2000-splintered, insecure, on the edge. One distinct murmur emerging from team management centres round Sourav Ganguly’s low strike rate and the failure to rotate the strike in his three innings in the Cup. Another backed by the powerful in the BCCI, name Sachin Tendulkar as Dravid’s successor. A third point of view insists that the BCCI wants Chappell and Dravid to continue in their respective positions but the team needs to purge the ‘spoilers’-Ganguly, Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh.A player said, “I feel for Rahul, it’s hard when the team loses, even more so as captain. Rahul really tried to keep the team together, but it didn’t work out.” In the post-Lanka press conference, Dravid walked on the edge of composure, saying quickly that his tenure ended with the World Cup, so he was, in fact, no longer the captain. After an India defeat, Chappell had once produced this Zen-like epigram, “Nothing’s a disaster.” Specially called into the press conference, Chappell stonewalled questions with, “We just didn’t play well,” until an exasperated Caribbean journalist asked, “Coach, by saying that all the time, aren’t you trying to shirk responsibility?” Halfprotecting his own position, half-extending sympathy to his players, Chappell, who has aimed to coach and spread his gospel through the written press, tried to spread accountability and blame around, like it were marmalade on toast.advertisementWhat could rescue Dravid’s captaincy is the fact that there is no clear choice over his succession. Dravid understands and can internalise Chappell’s philosophies but their intellectual compatibility has not found resonance with the rest of the team. It may well be the players’ own weaknesses and inadequacies, but a cricket match is not a steeplechase race in which the captain can run alone. Everyone has to be pulled along, which the team of Dravid and Chappell have been unable to do.So Indian cricket has three choices: Plans A: Dravid and Chappell stay and four ‘difficult’ players go. Plan B: Chappell goes, Dravid stays and tries to reconnect with his squad and take another shot at the job with a coach who is more of a backroom worker and less of a ruckus-magnet. Plan C: Dravid and Chappell go as team leaders, India gets a new captain and the entire churning begins again.To many, Plan A might seem like the way forward: get rid of the old, the deadwood, start with the new. Going by the Dravid-Chappell record in man management, even if the selectors get rid of the spoilers, consistency or growth is not guaranteed. The players who the two men seem to prefer have either come undone (a la Irfan Pathan) or have been undercooked at the international level (Suresh Raina). This means one of them will have to go.At the moment, Dravid is far more valuable to the team than Chappell is; whether he is valuable as captain still or if he can rescue his leadership away from the looming presence of his first coach, is a call the selectors must take. What could rescue Dravid’s captaincy is the fact that his succession is not as clear cut as it could be. Dravid’s deputy and the front runner for the job, Tendulkar faces the wrath of public disappointment. Sehwag’s return to form is tenuous and the outsider Yuvraj Singh is seen as too callow. There is, of course, another man, who has done the job before with some success, but declared since that captaincy doesn’t excite him. Sourav Ganguly doesn’t smile much these days, but surely the thought enters his head: what goes around, comes around.last_img read more