Alab Pilipinas taps Ivan Johnson as import

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight So far, joining Johnson in the Alab Pilipinas roster are reigning ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and returning Heritage Import Lawrence Domingo. View comments Read Next LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img MOST READ Eustaquio shrugs off close loss, hopes to be included in Manila card Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE PHOTO – TNT Import Ivan Johnson. PBA IMAGESAlab Pilipinas is bringing in the big guns this as it signed up Ivan Johnson as its first World Import for the coming Asean Basketball League season.The menacing 6-foot-8 bruiser is undoubtedly a huge addition for the Philippine team and immediately propels the squad among the favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Johnson has proven to be a winner having led TNT to a PBA title in the 2015 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The former NBA veteran returned to the PBA the following year, but was handed a lifetime ban, which was later downgraded to a one-year suspension by the league after disrespecting commissioner Chito Narvasa.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 shutoutJohnson last saw action for Sagesse in the Lebanese Basketball League, where he averaged 17.3 points on 33 percent shooting from three, on top of 7.8 rebounds last season.The 33-year-old, though, is expected to be in a better state of mind for the regional tournament with Jimmy Alapag, a respected figure not only in the Philippines but also in Asia, calling the shots for Alab. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters 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 Gameslast_img read more

Vanguardia steps down, Alas appointed as new Phoenix coach

first_imgLouie Alas. PBA IMAGESPhoenix is off to a new path.Louie Alas has been installed as the new head coach for the Fuel Masters, days before the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Doesn’t matter how it’s done, Brownlee just wants to win title for Ginebra Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment01:28Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough01:37Protesters 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 Gamescenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion “The said coaches represent two of the brightest coaching minds in the game today and we feel fortunate that they will be leading the future of our team as well as other basketball related activities,” the statement continued. “The management is elated with these changes and are expecting a different Fuel Masters team in terms of attitude, passion, intensity and pride in each game they play in Asia’s oldest professional basketball league.”Alas and Robinson were a part of coach Alex Compton’s staff in Alaska.“I’m super excited to take on a head Coaching position again as it will be a big challenge. I’m likewise sad as I’m leaving Alaska, especially Coach Alex who has very supportive and a dear friend to me and my family,” said Alas of his new post.He will be the franchise’s third coach, following Koy Banal and Vanguardia.Alas last took the helm with Letran back in NCAA Season 88 in 2012, while Robinson is currently steering Lyceum this NCAA Season 93, with the Pirates already qualified in the Finals after their 18-0 eliminations sweep.ADVERTISEMENT Team governor Raymond Zorilla announced the news on Thursday after coach Ariel Vanguardia and lead deputy Justino Pinat resigned from their duties.“After evaluating the performance of the team this past season, Mssrs. Ariel Vanguardia and Justino Pinat have earlier stepped down from their coaching positions with the best interest of the team in mind,” the team 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 shutoutVanguardia amassed a 17-27 record with Phoenix since assuming the position prior to the 2016 PBA Governors’ Cup. He led the team to three quarterfinals appearances in his tenure but failed to advance past that stage.In their lieu, coaches Alas and Topex Robinson have been signed to lead the Fuel Masters to a new beginning.last_img read more

WATCH: LeBron James, Cavaliers take NYC subway

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. While waiting at the 34th Street-Penn Station platform just below the Garden, James revealed that it was his first time riding the subway in NYC.ADVERTISEMENT Cariño named Perpetual Help volleyball director, women’s coach Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:51Clarkson on being PH flag-bearer: One of the happiest moments in my career01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:37Protesters 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort LATEST STORIES A subway rider sitting beside James, though, looked uncomfortable being filmed and had to transfer seats.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img “Trying to look like a real citizen, man,” J.R. Smith said in the video posted on NBA’s Instagram.While onboard the train, James continued documenting their quick trip on video, looking ecstatic about taking a “different mode of transporation.” Just @KingJames & the @cavs making the Monday morning NY subway commute. NBD. pic.twitter.com/kfCSNH1ghQ— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) November 13, 2017Between a 45-minute bus ride and a six-minute subway trip, it was an easy choice for the Cleveland Cavaliers.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 shutoutLeBron James and the visiting Cavaliers had to take the New York City Subway from the Madison Square Garden to their hotel nearby after their morning shootarounds due to traffic delays.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The guy, who was later identified as comedian James Michael Angelo, said in a Twitter post later that he didn’t know who James, one of the biggest basketball stars in the planet, was.Just for the record @KingJames pic.twitter.com/oBu28u4m5f— James Michael Angelo (@JMANewYork) November 13, 2017The Cavaliers defeated the Knicks, 104-101, later in the day after rallying from 15 points down in the fourth quarter.  They are now at ninth place in the Eastern Division with a 7-7 record. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READlast_img read more

LOOK: Kyrie Irving is cover athlete of NBA 2K18

first_img“It is well known that I’m an avid player of this series and I am honored to be the cover athlete of NBA 2K18,” he was quoted as saying in the report.  “It’s surreal to be featured on the cover and I can’t wait to dominate on the virtual court with all of my fans this fall.”NBA 2K18 is set to to invade video game stores on Sept. 19.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Curry, Durant power Warriors past Cavs in Game 1Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Durant makes his mark in Game 1 of NBA Finals for Warriors BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIEScenter_img Alfie Brody, vice president of marketing for NBA 2K, shared why “Uncle Drew” was bestowed the honor to grace this year’s cover.“It’s obvious that Kyrie isn’t disappearing from the spotlight anytime soon, so we’re thrilled to have him as our cover athlete, alongside Shaq for the NBA 2K18 Legend Edition,” he said in a statement, as relayed by Fox Sports.“He’s a more-than-worthy recipient of this honor, and joins so many other greats who were cover athletes before him.”Irving has remained a fan-favorite since arriving in the league in the 2011-2012 NBA season. He won the Rookie of the Year Award the same year, was named All-Star MVP in 2014 and was a vital piece to the Cavs’ NBA Championship run last year.Currently the ball-handling savant out of Duke is focused on winning another title for Cleveland, but also expressed his gratitude upon being chosen for the cover.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ Just in time for the NBA Finals, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar point guard Kyrie Irving was named as the cover athlete for the the hit hoops simulation game. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds After revealing that NBA Hall of Famer and current Turner Sports analyst Shaquille O’Neal will represent the NBA 2K18 Legend edition, the famed basketball video game franchise unveiled its latest poster boy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWATCH: Shaq, Kobe reunite in hilarious video for NBA 2K18ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Stosur urges Court to stop comments about same-sex marriage

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds The 74-year-old Court has been a critic of homosexuality for decades, and she expanded her comments in a Christian radio station interview this week.“I think she’s digging a very big hole for herself at the moment. And for whatever reason, she wants to keep talking about it,” Stosur said Friday after beating American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of the French Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMartina Navratilova wrote an open letter this week criticizing Court and recommending that tennis officials rename the arena that bears the Australian great’s name at Melbourne Park, home to the Australian Open.Stosur, an Australian who won the 2011 U.S. Open, thinks that might need to happen. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP All so difficult for Djokovic, easy for Nadal at French Open “I think if it continues down this road, then maybe there may be no other option but to do that,” Stosur said.She also backed Navratilova.“I actually really like the column that Martina Navratilova wrote the other day,” Stosur said. “It’s about the tennis, but it’s also about who you are. And I think if there’s not a nice light in that, then why should there be that name up in lights.”At the French Open earlier this week, British player Andy Murray also rejected Court’s comments.“I don’t see why anyone has a problem with two people who love each other getting married. If it’s two men, two women, that’s great. I don’t see why it should matter. It’s not anyone else’s business,” the No. 1-ranked Murray said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Australia’s Samantha Stosur APPARIS — Samantha Stosur says Margaret Court is “digging a very big hole for herself” with her comments about same-sex marriage and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.Court won a record 24 Grand Slam singles titles in the 1960s and 1970s and is now a Christian pastor. In a letter published in The West Australian newspaper last week, Court wrote that she would stop flying Qantas “where possible” because the Australian airline “has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:24Sotto urges Robredo to accept antidrug post00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

Reyes to pick just 2 players even as Gilas reps from GlobalPort grow to 4

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio shed some light on GlobalPort’s situation for the Gilas Pilipinas program, with the team housing four players who are part of coach Chot Reyes’ pool.Originally, Terrence Romeo and rookie Von Pessumal are the Batang Pier representatives to the pool.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Panlilio added that the move is aimed to keep the parity between the 12 teams and avoid GlobalPort from being forced to give up four players once the pool members are called up for national team duty.READ: Ex-NBA vet Greene open to playing for Gilas“It’s going to be unfair for GlobalPort because the commitment is a minimum of one (player). So we’ll have to ask Chot who among the three he will choose. Your guess is as good as mine whoever that is and I think it’s obvious. Chot will then choose from Meralco and NLEX on who he feels should be part of the pool. For that, it will have to be a question that you will ask Chot,” he said.Panlilio reiterated that the partnership between SBP and the PBA is still going strong, and the two parties just need to hash out some issues in preparation for the upcoming international tournaments, especially the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.READ: Fajardo all ears as he sits out Gilas practiceADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments “It was reinforced in the board meeting that the commitment of both the SBP and the PBA is the same and we’re on the same page. We want to work together and really build the best competitive team we can come up with to join the important tournaments. The objective hasn’t changed, and so is the desire. The spirit is there to help each other out,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES Lassiter heats up as San Miguel cruises to PBA semiscenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ 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 But the list was expanded after the three-team trade involving GlobalPort, Meralco, and NLEX led to Bradwyn Guinto and Jonathan Grey changing jerseys to neon green.READ: Greg Smith welcomes naturalization for GilasFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe affable executive explained on Monday that Reyes will drop two players from the four and will pick the replacements for Meralco and NLEX, the two teams which were left with just one representative to the pool.“The spirit of the agreement is sacred. One player per team is committed to the pool, together with the cadets which were picked in the draft. It’s the prerogative of the national coach to identify the player which will join the pool. Because of trades, there will be adjustments,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Uichico working on ‘maximizing strengths’ as Gilas struggles without big man

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 Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “He’ll join us at a later date so that means we are practicing without him,” Uichico said. “We can’t do anything about it. We just have to work hard. We’re small so we have to box out and rebound. If we’re quicker, we run.”Former national team coach Tab Baldwin, who calls the shots for the Blue Eagles, pointed out possible concerns for the Cadets heading into the SEA Games including the lack of size upfront and chemistry.“I think the obvious that jumps out is they don’t have a center. They lack a big man in the middle and we’re (Ateneo) not really the type of team who can exploit that because that’s not our stength either,” said Baldwin, who led the national team to a gold medal in the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore.“They got good guards, they have good leadership, but I think they need more time together. They need time to settle down and become a team.”Baldwin said Standhardinger addresses the Cadets’ frontline issues but it will depend on how he would fare playing back-to-back tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Gilas Cadets in a huddle during their tune up against Ateneo on Tuesday. Photo by Mark GiongcoGilas cadets’ lack of big men and preparation showed in their first tuneup game against the Ateneo Blue Eagles on Tuesday.The Philippine team is building up for the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and so far, there’s still a lot of work to be done.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Players’ shaved heads symbol of ‘unity,’ says Tang, as Blazers snap skid LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I think he’s (Standhardinger) gonna do double duty so he’s gotta stay healthy. Obviously, playing two tournaments back-to-back isn’t easy either. I don’t know what else they can do, but they really need some help in the middle.”The Cadets play three more exhibition games against Adamson, Far Eastern University and National U.The team opens its SEA Games campaign against a tough Thailand side.Baldwin doesn’t exactly know the kind of competition the Cadets are going to face in Malaysia, but he’s certain that the national team will fight.“I like these players a lot. I’ve coached a lot of those players. There’s some talented players there, others are very competitive guys. This team is not gonna back down from anybody but I don’t really know what they’re gonna face,” he said.“Thailand’s gonna be tough, Indonesia”s gonna be tough. Who knows, who else? The zone is changing, the zone is maturing. I know that we would like to send our best players, but we always have to battle the political landscape here, and that’s what Gilas will continue to do. These guys will go in there and will play compete hard.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We lack big men. It’s hard to play without a big man, but these are the players that will play in the Southeast Asian Games, so we will just try to maximize our strengths and see how we can make up for our deficiencies,” said Jong Uichico, who will coach the Gilas cadets in the SEA Games after escaping Ateneo, 86-79.Christian Standhardinger, the Cadets’ lone center, won’t be with the team until he finishes his commitments in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon.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 starsWithout the rugged 6-foot-8 Fil-German, the Cadets will have to play with either Troy Rosario, who is a forward, or Raymar Jose at center.Due to a scheduling conflict with the SEA Games and Fiba Asia Cup, Standhardinger could miss the Cadets’ opening game against one of its toughest challengers in Thailand. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Letran snaps 3-game skid, holds off Arellano

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran arrested its three-game losing skid after coming away with an 84-73 victory against Arellano in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“At least we broke the record and we’re able to get back in the winning column,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa, who celebrated his 37th birthday with the Knights earning its sixth win in 12 outingsADVERTISEMENT Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Sports prodigy and Skechers performance ambassador, Lauren Lim is set to conquer the Chicago Marathoncenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. JP Calvo buried 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three, including the dagger from the right wing with 17.4 seconds that finally douses the Chiefs fiery rally late.Calvo also had five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in the huge win.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 openingBong Quinto also shone with 20 markers, 10 boards, and two assists, while Rey Nambatac got 14 points, eight rebounds, and two dimes.Letran lost A 16-point lead, 58-42, in the third quarter as Arellano cut the deficit to just six, 79-73, after a Rence Alcoriza layup with 39.7 seconds left. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans LETRAN 84 – Calvo 20, Quinto 20, Nambatac 14, Balanza 8, Mandreza 8, Gedaria 4, Vacaro 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0.ARELLANO 73 – Salado 23, Alcoriza 10, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 7, Meca 6, Taywan 6, Canete 5, Concepcion 3, Abanes 3, Nicholls 2, Villoria 1, Enriquez 0.Quarters: 26-20, 45-36, 68-59, 84-73. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Marwin Taywan was called for an unsportsmanlike foul during an inbound play on the other end that resulted to a Nambatac free throw and the game-sealing triple by Calvo.“This is an important win for us because we’re all close at three to six. A lot of things can happen. At least, we took care of business now and we executed our game plan,” said Napa.Kent Salado fought valiantly for the skidding Chiefs and finished with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Alcoriza had 10 in the defeat.Arellano dropped back to eighth place with a 4-8 card.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Security agencies to take over CWG venues tomorrow

first_imgDelhi Police is likely to take over all Commonwealth Games venues on Tuesday and start plugging security loopholes, if any, to ensure an incident-free event which high on terror radar.Though there is no specific threat to Games but a general one, security establishment is leaving no stones unturned for the mega event which would showcase country’s ability to hold such events.Delhi Police, which is the nodal agency for Games security, will conduct various drills, including anti-sabotage checks once they take over possession of the venues, a senior police official said on Monday.Apart from around 80,000 Delhi Police personnel, over 17,500 paramilitary personnel, 3,000 commandos and 100 anti- sabotage check teams will be deployed across the city. The Army has been asked to be alert.Once security personnel take over the venues, the entire venue will be completely sanitised by security personnel and are sealed after a thorough check.Concerns were earlier raised about the delay in handing over venues to security agencies as some quarters felt that it would hamper the security preparations.Delhi Police Commissioner Y S Dadwal, however, downplayed the delay and said the force was prepared to handle the security issues related to the sporting extravaganza.”We know the stadia and surrounding areas. We know the city very well. So securing them or other areas will not be a problem,” Dadwal said when asked whether the delay in completion of Games projects was compromising security preparedness.Union Home Minister P Chidambaram will review the arrangements on September 15, once the security overlays are put in place.advertisementHeli-borne snipers, four-layered security cordon around Commonwealth Games venues and exclusive lanes for Games vehicles were among the components of the mammoth security plan for the event.The security plan prepared for the mega event, which will see participation of around 8,500 athletes from 71 countries competing in 17 events, also envisages snipers on rooftops, commando hit teams and expert groups to tackle any chemical, biological, radio-active or nuclear attacks.Air Force will provide surveillance from the skies.Heli-borne assault teams will also be deployed to thwart any terror strikes.”We are closely working with central intelligence agencies. The Air Force will be surveying the airspace. We will have heli-borne snipers patrolling the skies,” a senior police official said.According to the plan, the venues, Games Village, practise and parking lots and Indira Gandhi International Airport where athletes arrive will have a four-layered security cordon. . At the outer cordon, the traffic will be stopped and access controlled. At the middle cordon, security-men will channelise the spectators to their designated seats while in the inner cordon, the barcode reading of tickets will take place and the spectators’ photos captured.At the centre would be an exclusion zone which is in the 30 metre radius of the stadium, where spectators and others will have to go through Door-Frame Metal Detectors and X-Ray scanning besides manual searching.Mobile Quick Reaction teams will be deployed on the outer perimeter of the venues besides a close watch through CCTV surveillance.The Games village will also have a similar elaborate security arrangement. The boundary of the village will have a three metre high perimeter wall, a 1.5 metre high iron grill on top of it, mobile QRTs and CCTV surveillance system.Elaborate arrangements are also made for the entry for athletes and vehicles into the village. After entering the village following a thorough check, the athletes can freely move around the residential and dining halls.For vehicles, the drivers will have to pass through radio frequency identity checking where the number plates are checked to see whether are authorised to enter the place.There is a boom barrier and it will be opened only after the vehicle clears the radio frequency checking. But if somebody tries to forcefully enter, there will be a tyre- killer and even if the vehicle clears it, the road blocker will block the passage of the vehicle.At the hotels, there will be “robust” security arrangements with watch towers, CCTV surveillance and access control. “All food prepared and served for Games guests in hotels will be sorted by security personnel and tasted by food experts,” the official said.With large number of athletes, officials and tourists reaching the city for the Games, security at and around the Indira Gandhi International Airport is also being augmented.Anti-sabotage teams, commando hit teams and snipers at rooftop are some of the other components of security plan for the safe journey of the athletes and other officials.On the movement of athletes and other officials to venues, the official said commandos will be deployed on buses they travel.advertisementPolice has also procured three armoured cars ahead of the Games and these vehicles move around the city and sometimes will stationed at venues during the Games.Each carrying 30 commandos, armoured vehicles would be deployed to tackle eventualities like terror strikes.For the Games, Delhi Police personnel are also being specially trained in frisking, search operations and screening baggage through X-Ray machines. Special training on enhancing communication skills and behavioural patterns were also being imparted.last_img read more

Muralitharan looks to play till 2013-14

first_imgLegendary Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan today made it clear he will continue to play cricket for another three years as he felt fit enough to feature in Indian Premier League and English county circuit.”I think my body is good enough to play cricket for another three years. I would like to play IPL and some county cricket in England. I have received some offers (from the counties) but can’t disclose them at this moment,” he said.Muralitharan was speaking at a felicitation function by his IPL team Chennai Super Super Kings here for taking 800 Test wickets.In a media interaction later, Muralitharan said that he had agreed to former Indian captain Anil Kumble’s offer to join him in starting an academy but refused to disclose the details of the venture.Asked whether he would play in next year’s World Cup in the sub continent, Muralitharan said, “It is still too early.I want to see how I play in the Champions League Twenty20 and then decide on the World Cup,” the 38-year-old Muralitharan said.Sanjay Manjrekar, who anchored the function, requested scribes before opening the floor for a question answer session not to pose questions on the match fixing allegations in Pakistan’s ongoing England tour.However, Muralitharan did answer a question on the issue, saying it is for the Pakistan Cricket Board and its English counterpart to deal with the situation and decide.”These are only allegations and I wouldn’t like to comment on these matters,” he said.advertisementMuralitharan said Harbhajan Singh has the best chance of reaching the 800 figure mark but he could not predict whether the Indian off-spinner would achieve the feat or not.”Harbhajan is only 29 and statistically it is possible for him to reach 800. But it is up to the bowler and I can’t predict anything. You should have the hunger to achieve anything,” he said.Manjrekar and former India captain S Venkataraghavan hosted a group discussion as part of the function.Tamil Nadu cricketers of Chennai Super Kings — Subramaniam Badrinath, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anirudha Srikkanth and Shadab Jakati — and operations director V B Chandrasekar recalled their experiences with their famous colleague in IPL events.Venkatraghavan, part of the famous Indian spin quartet of yesteryears, showered praise on Muralitharan and discussed the finer points of spin bowling.Venkatraghavan presented Muralitharan a Super Kings team shirt with the number 800 printed on the back and Sri Lankan star immediately wore it on the stage.last_img read more