LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:37Protesters 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 RELATED STORYKaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tiltPhoto courtesy of Paco Guerrero Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses McGregor vows fast finish against Mayweather MOST READ View comments Photo courtesy of Paco GuerreroKaya Futbol Club (FC) Academy Under-12 has advanced to the last 32 stages of the Gothia Cup in Shenyang, China.Kaya FC, the last remaining Filipino team in the competition, topped their group after beating Dong Sheng Erxiao, 2-0, and amassing the perfect 9 points, scoring on 17 goals and giving up none.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Kaya would next faceTaiwanese team Xinzhu Academy Taipei.“It was a good experience playing teams from around the world. We are happy to represent the Philippines and show the world we can play good football,” team captain Enzo Courbet said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We mustn’t be overconfident going into the knockout stages,” he added.Gothia Cup, which originated in Sweden in 1975, is considered the biggest youth football tournament in the world. Its staging in Asia, which is considered the second biggest in the world, was first held in Shenyang, China last year. IDL Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief
Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments MOST READ Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant, center, drives the ball against Philadelphia 76ers’ Robert Covington, left, and Ben Simmons (25). APOAKLAND, California — Kevin Durant returned from missing one game with a leg injury to finish with 29 points, leading the Golden State Warriors past the Philadelphia 76ers, 135-114 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their sixth straight win.Draymond Green contributed 10 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and two steals. Stephen Curry added 22 points and nine assists to surpass the 4,000-assist mark for his career and Klay Thompson scored 23 as the Warriors pulled away in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES CURRY’S WORDSCurry made clear “I care about our veterans deeply” in a piece he wrote for The Players’ Tribune that published Saturday for Veterans Day expressing his support for the troops and explaining his stance — even if he didn’t want to visit the Trump White House.The two-time MVP said: “… When someone tells me that my stances, or athlete stances in general, are ‘disrespecting the military’ — which has become a popular thing to accuse peaceful protesters of — it’s something that I’m going to take very, very seriously. One of the beliefs that I hold most dear is how proud I am to be an American — and how incredibly thankful I am for our troops. I know how fortunate I am to live in this country, and to do what I do for a living, and to raise my daughters in peace and prosperity. But I also hear from plenty of people who don’t have it nearly as good as I do. Plenty of people who are genuinely struggling in this country. Especially our veterans.“And every single veteran I’ve spoken to, they’ve all said pretty much the exact same thing: That this conversation we’ve started to have in the world of sports … whether it’s been Colin (Kaepernick) kneeling, or entire NFL teams finding their own ways to show unity, or me saying that I didn’t want to go to the White House — it’s the opposite of disrespectful to them.”Kerr applauded his superstar again.“I thought it was beautiful,” Kerr said. “He’s very thoughtful, he’s very compassionate, very smart and he’s humble. I’ve made the comment before that he is incredibly arrogant on the floor and humble off the court. I think that’s a really powerful combination. … When he speaks it’s from the heart.”TIP-INS76ers: The Sixers forced Golden State into eight first-quarter turnovers. … Philadelphia shot 51.9 percent in the first half to stay within 65-64 at the break.Warriors: Andre Iguodala, who started in Durant’s place Wednesday, was out for rest. … Curry moved into a tie with Guy Rodgers for 10th place on the franchise list for all-time games played at 587. These two are the only Warriors to reach 4,000 assists, Rodgers with 4,855. … The Warriors blocked 11 shots, their 12th time in 13 games with at least seven blocks. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Warriors won their ninth straight against the Sixers and sixth in a row at Oracle Arena.MCADOO’S RING76ers two-way player James Michael McAdoo received his Warriors championship ring in a pregame ceremony. He was cheered when he checked in for the first time midway through the fourth.Coach Steve Kerr texted with him leading up to the game.“I’m thrilled that he was here, and I thought it was a great gesture by the Sixers to make sure he was here,” Kerr said. “I know he’ll get a huge ovation from the crowd tonight, he deserves it.”ADVERTISEMENT Cousins, Davis help Pelicans beat Clippers Durant sat out Wednesday’s win against the Timberwolves with a bruised left thigh but hardly showed any signs of an issue. Curry, sporting new cornrows in his hair, briefly went to the locker room early in the second but returned.JJ Redick scored 17 points to lead the Sixers.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 Warriors have won by 17 or more points in each game of this winning streak, averaging 122.8 points.Golden State built its first double-digit lead of the night at 86-76 on Nick Young’s 3-pointer with 4:14 left in the third, and rolled from there getting another quick 3 by Young, one from Curry and a Durant jumper. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
Read Next Calvin Abueva. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJust a week removed from the national team pool, Calvin Abueva made a shock appearance in Gilas Pilipinas’ fourth Monday evening practice at Meralco Gym.Alaska’s energizer bunny showed up for the first time to join the squad, but it’s unclear if he has already hashed things out with Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Also making his first appearance is “23-for-23” cadet and Ateneo Blue Eaglet Kai Sotto.Present from the cadet pool were Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Matt Nieto, CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, Javee Mocon, Paul Desiderio, Juan Gomez de Liaño, J-Jay Alejandro, Abu Tratter, Jeo Ambohot, Arvin Tolentino, Kenneth Tuffin, and Will Gozum.Joshua Sinclair, who is recovering from an ACL injury, and Ricci Rivero also watched the practice at the sidelines.Nigerians Ola Adeogun and Eugene Toba of San Beda and Chibueze Ikeh of Ateneo also helped in the preparations.The Philippines will take on Australia at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 22, before flying back home to battle Japan at Mall of Asia Arena on February 25.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Publico nails winner as Wangs-Letran shocks Che’Lu-San Sebastian LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last week, Reyes announced that he decided to cut Abueva along with Raymond Almazan for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers for missing the first three practices.Unlike Abueva, Almazan did not show up as he was the lone absentee from the current pool.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro bannered the 34 men who participated in the session, together with current pool members Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, Roger Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena.June Mar Fajardo and Japeth Aguilar, who both had games on Sunday, sat out the session. View comments
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 World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 15 players called up as Gilas resumes practice; Ravena, Paras on the list View comments “Going into the game I already knew she got her ITC but it would be unfair to the Power Smashers if we entered her in the last minute,” said Abella after his team swept the Power Smashers 25-19, 25-22, 25-21, in the decider. “So it’s just right that she sit this one first,”Rivers, though, will be eligible to play in the finals against Bali Pure come Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDuring the semis game, the 5-foot-11 import wanted to see a copy of her ITC from the website of the FIVB, the world’s governing body of volleyball, but the volleyball information system (VIS) was down.The league got e-mail from Carlo Roberto de Assis, the FIVB International Transfer Coordinator, coursed through Peter Cayco, the vice president of the Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas, saying that “seeing that the FIVB VIS has not solved the problem yet, the FIVB permits the player Krystal Rivers to play for now.” WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Pocari Sweat import Krystal Rivers awaiting updates on her ITC. Photo by Bong LozadaKrystal Rivers had to wait until the last semifinals game in the Premier Volleyball League before she got to wear her Pocari Sweat jersey, but the former University of Alabama middle blocker still had to sit it out.The Lady Warriors were in the middle of their Game 3 showdown against the Power Smashers Thursday at Philsports Arena when Rivers received her International Transfer Certificate at 6:51 pm but head coach Rommel Abella decided not to use the former Crimson Tide any longer.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rivers’ addition will be a big boost to the loaded Pocari Sweat, which already has Myla Pablo and import Michelle Strizak, in the best-of-three finals series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’?
Will it be safe for athletes and officials to go to Delhi? The Delhi Police’s security blueprint for the Commonwealth Games is sure to quell fears raised by a spate of reports in the foreign media that suggested athletes from several countries are considering pulling out of the event, fearing for their safety.Paramilitary personnel guard the Thyagaraj stadium.In terms of manpower and planning, the Game security plan surpasses the arrangements during the Independence Day and Republic Day celebrations in the Capital. More than 80,000 Delhi Police personnel, 17,500 paramilitary personnel, 3,000 commandos, 100 anti-sabotage teams, over 200 dogs and 15 bomb disposal squads will work day and night to ensure the safety of the more than 10,000 athletes and one-lakh foreign visitors expected in the city during the event.If a medal is what the athletes will aim for, the biggest achievement for Delhi Police officers will be an incident-free Games. Athletes, officials, dignitaries and foreign heads of states arriving in the Capital will be covered by a four-tier security cordon from the moment they step out of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA).AIRPORT The parking lots around IGIA will be sanitised days before the Games and slots reserved for vehicles that will ferry athletes, officials and dignitaries to hotels.Each of these vehicles will be assigned an RFID (radio frequency identification tag) and their drivers issued with unique IDs. Anti-sabotage, commando and sniper teams will be deployed in and around the airport. A team of commandos will escort buses ferrying officials and athletes.advertisementBetween the airport and the Games Village, the Delhi Police will set up 15 posts. Armed guards stationed there will be ready to act in case of an eventuality.HOTELSCorridors and rooms of hotels that will host athletes and visitors will be sanitised and only verified hotel staff carrying ID cards provided by the Delhi Police will be allowed access. The hotels will have watch towers and access control. Even the food and water for athletes and officials will be first tasted by security personnel and food experts.VENUES The “impregnable security” plans of the Delhi Police get tested here. All persons except for state guests will get ‘park and ride’ facility at the first tier with only designated, pretagged vehicles allowed inside the outermost cordon manned by the traffic police.In the next cordon, spectators will be guided to their designated entry gates leading to seating galleries.The galleries will be under electronic surveillance with officers moving around in plainclothes.Snipers will be positioned on the rooftop of the stands.In the next cordon, security personnel will screen the barcode of tickets being carried by spectators, and keep photocopies of spectators’ ID and photos for record. VIP vehicles entering this zone will be checked for their special RFID tags and I-cards of the drivers verified. For the first time, licence plate scanners will be in use. There will be separate entry gates for athletes, Games officials, dignitaries and spectators.The entry gates where the RFID tags and vehicles will be checked will have boom barriers, tyre-killers and road blockers in place. In case any vehicle doesn’t comply with the mandatory RFID and other checks at the entry gates, all these gadgets will automatically activate.The exclusion zone, within 30m radius of the stadium, comes next. Here, even athletes will have to get off their vehicles and go through doorframe metal detectors, hand- held detectors and manual frisking. Baggage will be put through X-ray scanners.The X-ray scanners will have a memory back-up, saving images of 250 items last scanned.The zone will be CCTV-secured.Vehicle-mounted scanners called ‘mobile cargo container inspection equipment’ have also been hired to inspect cargo without opening containers. “This gadget can scan 20 containers in an hour,” a police officer said.GAMES VILLAGEThe Games village will have unprecedented security. “In fact, the steps beat the Parliamentary session arrangements in terms of checks and counterchecks put in place,” a police officer said. The place has a 3m-high perimeter wall with a 1.5m-high iron grill running over it. “But once inside athletes will feel free to move around,” the officer added.Only RFID-tagged vehicles driven by drivers with valid IDs will be allowed in. Tyre-busters and boom barriers will be installed at the entry gates. This apart, commandos, anti-sabotage teams and intelligence officials will be deployed in and around the complex.Each of the 574 vehicles assigned to ferry athletes to venues will undergo mechanical and anti-sabotage checks every morning.When athletes and officials staying at any of the nine designated hotels or Games Village venture outside the dedicated lanes, they will get a helicopter escort.advertisementOPEN EVENTSThe trickiest part of the security plan is to provide security for events such as marathon, cycling and walkathon, which passes through busy markets and residential areas. “We will not only put restrictions on movement of vehicles but even open telephone and electricity boxes and windows will be sealed for the duration of the event,” a police officer said. Snipers will be deployed along the route along with commandos.
Sourav Ganguly, who as captain transformed the India team into a winning unit by backing a few handpicked talented youngsters, has put his money on two for the future – Suresh Raina and Cheteshwar Pujara. The former India captain picked the two for their excellent temperament and talent, which could see them representing India for long. While Raina made a sensational Test debut recently, Pujara has been selected for the upcoming home Test series against Australia.Asked about the future of Indian cricket once the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman retire in a few years, Ganguly said that talent keeps popping up.”You might get quite a few Gangulys, maybe lesser number of Dravids, but you won’t get many Tendulkars. There is talent in India,” he said at the India Today Youth Summit here on Saturday.”You see Raina’s progress, though it’s still early days in Test cricket. He showed tremendous temperament in the two Test matches in Sri Lanka recently. He has got the ability and he played a tremendous knock in Champions League T20 semi-finals (for Chennai Super Kings in Durban on Friday). He’s got the ability but we will have to wait and see.” Ganguly said that no one imagined Tendulkar and Dravid would fill the gap following Sunil Gavaskar’s retirement in 1987.”These guys have excelled in Test cricket. For all cricketers, Test matches are the most important format and it’s important that recognised players do well in this format. I am sure India will keep producing players and, as I say, India always finds its way out of disasters,” he said.advertisementThe Bengal player also praised Pujara, who plays for the Kolkata Knight Riders, captained by him. “No one is close to Tendulkar or Dravid. [But] I can say who can play for a longer time. Raina can, if he keeps improving. It’s important in sport that you keep performing every day. Pujara is one. I have seen him closely for the last two- three years for the Knight Riders,” he said.”He’s got a terrific attitude towards batting. He keeps batting all day, which is important as a batsman, if you enjoy batting. Raina and Pujara are two young players who I think have a great future.”Besides, Ganguly said there are “other young players who have got talent, but it is about what you do with your talent”. As India captain, Ganguly backed players several young players like Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan and Harbhajan Singh who still form the nucleus of the team. He picked Sehwag as the most talented of the bunch and backed him to the hilt.”At a selection committee Former India captain says Pujara also has a good mix of temperament and talent meeting in Mumbai, I decided that Sehwag has to go [with the team] whatever happens.I told the chairman that this fellow needs to be on the team because I feel he is a terrific player, and one of the selectors got up and said ‘you must be mad’,” he recalled.”I said ‘why’. He said ‘ don’t do that, the short ball will kill him.Please send him with me to Hong Kong next month for a sixa- side tournament and I think he will be very useful there’. They thought he could never play the short ball, he didn’t have any footwork. And you see where Sehwag is today,” he said proudly.Ganguly underlined that Sehwag can play the short ball well. ” Geoffery Boycott, a technician, always spoke about his lack of feet movement. But India has produced a lot of great players – Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Dravid, Sehwag, who have been absolutely comfortable against the short stuff. It’s how you deal with it because a lot of it is mental.It is a problem with Indian batsmen, but there have been batsmen who have overcome it and become greats,” he pointed out.Australian speedster Mitchell Johnson, however, said in Chandigarh that Sehwag was not “too confident” against the short pitched ball. Since Aussies are known for their mind games, his statement should be treated as part of a ploy before the Test series begins in Mohali on Friday.
Beset with injury worries but bolstered by the return of talismanic skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni from a break, world number one India take on the West Indies in the first Test of a three-match series, starting in Kingston, Jamaica, on Monday.Opener Murali Vijay, who was non-starter till Monday morning, has been declared fit. But Munaf Patel is still in doubt for the Test and if he missed out, it would be a huge blow for a side which is already without senior batsmen Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan.Vijay was hit painfully on his right forefinger in his very first net session in the Caribbean and went for an X-ray on Saturday.Munaf has been inactive for the better part of the week, having injured his right elbow during the preceding one-day series which India won 3-2.”Vijay is our first choice as an opener but if he is unfit, then Parthiv Patel will open the innings,” Dhoni said, while hoping Munaf will turn up fit on the morning of the Test.With replacement pacer Abhimanyu Mithun yet to arrive in the Caribbean due to visa issues, the visitors are seriously undermined in the bowling department.It now seems certain that Praveen Kumar will make his Test debut and give company to Ishant Sharma. Ishant has lately been a regular in India’s Test eleven but he is far from being the spearhead.India would have spinners Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra as the other frontline bowlers, which is ironical given the crying need for pacers on a hard and bouncy Sabina Park pitch.advertisementWest Indies players Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul, Devendra Bishoo and Ramnaresh Sarwan during practice in Kingston on Saturday. APWest Indies, on the other hand, could end up fielding fielding four fast bowlers to make the most of the prevailing conditions and carry the momentum of winning the last two ODIs.West Indies could play Fidel Edwards, Kemar Roach, Ravi Rampaul along with skipper Darren Sammy as its pace-bowling battery. Legspinner Devendra Bishoo will be the lone slow bowler.The hosts thus have a tailormade opportunity to catch the visitors napping as their fast bowlers can work their way past the untested openers and the batsmen can take advantage of a below- par Indian pace attack.The world’s top side is missing three of its regular batsmen but still has enough class to post a healthy total on the board.In Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, the tourists have two batsmen who have 270 Tests and 47 centuries, besides nearly 20,000 Test runs between them.There would be some individual motivations for the Indians as Harbhajan Singh is just seven shy of the 400-wicket mark while Ishant Sharma (31 Tests) needs 10 more for his 100th wicket in Tests. Laxman (120 Tests) needs 97 runs to complete 8,000 runs.West Indies, despite missing on Chris Gayle, looks a reasonable side on paper. Opener Lendl Simmons was among the runs in the one-day series and left-hander Darren Bravo, along with the experienced Ramnaresh Sarwan, made a telling score in the final game. Veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul will add muscle to the middle order as would the underperforming Marlon Samuels. However, the hosts’ strength remains their bowling.- With inputs from PTI SquadsIndia: MS Dhoni (capt), Abhinav Mukund, Murali Vijay, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Praveen Kumar and Ishant SharmaWest Indies: Darren Sammy (capt), Brendan Nash (vice-captain), Adrian Barath, Carlton Baugh, Devendra Bishoo, Darren Bravo, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Fidel Edwards, Ravi Rampaul, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels and Ramnaresh SarwanMatch time: Live from Jamaica on TEN Cricket from 8:30 pm
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