Cardona makes PBA return with GlobalPort: ‘I feel like a rookie again’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Close to quitting, Tiongson finds resurgence with NLEX LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Mac Cardona of GlobalPort makes his PBA return against NLEX on Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Cardona finished with four points and two rebounds in a 109-99 loss. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMac Cardona quest to make it back to the PBA has ended with GlobalPort on Sunday.Falling on hard times last year, the 35-year-old Cardona was able to pick up the pieces and he feels rejuvenated after being given a second chance.ADVERTISEMENT The former La Salle standout didn’t deny that he felt overwhelmed with his return.“I feel goosebumps that it’s like I’m back in the UAAP. When I was gone for almost a year, I was able to rest and I felt excited to play again,” said Cardona, who had four points and two rebounds in eight minutes of action.Cardona’s journey back into the PBA started in the PBA D-League where newcomer Zark’s Burger signed him up to play a couple of games in the 2017 Foundation Cup.“It was like a sign from the Lord that when they called me to play in the D-League, I still can make it back playing basketball,” he said.It didn’t take long the opportunity for a PBA return came knocking and it was his former college coach at La Salle in Franz Pumaren, who gave him the shot in his road to redemption.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Even if his return ended in a 99-109 defeat to NLEX, which ironically, is the previous PBA team he played for before a drug overdose in an apparent suicide attempt nearly ended his life, Cardona remains grateful for his new beginning, sharing that he has already moved past that dark chapter and is now hoping to live his life to the fullest.“Whatever happened to me in the past — I know I’ve made mistakes — but I tried to move on because I can no longer take those back. I’m just grateful for all the support that I got because if not for them, I wouldn’t have had my drive to get back here. I’m moving forward,” he said. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding “I feel like a rookie again,” quipped Cardona. “I don’t remember how the court looks. I’m just happy that I made it back to the PBA and the people saw me playing again.”But it’s not just the fans, but also his new Batang Pier teammates, who welcomed him with open arms.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“They’re happy to see me back, especially Terrence (Romeo). He was telling me that I still got it, that they’re there for me. The same goes for Mike (Cortez) and Ryan (Araña),” he said.“I’m just happy to get back. I didn’t expect that I’ll still be able to play in the PBA after all that happened to me last year. So I’m thankful for coach Franz (Pumaren), boss Mikee Romero, and boss Erick Arejola because they gave me a chance that I can still play.”  MOST READlast_img read more

NBA players go on trial in 2015 Phoenix assault

first_imgTwo of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Wednesday to the same charges. That leaves the Morris brothers and one other defendant standing trial this week. The third defendant is Gerald Bowman, a former University of Southern California football player.Police say Hood was leaving a high school basketball game when he was approached by a friend of the Morris brothers. Hood told Phoenix police the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.Hood ran to his car but fell down, before the men punched and kicked him repeatedly, authorities say. All five left in a Rolls Royce Phantom as bystanders began to appear.Hood provided an account of the attack as the first prosecution witness Monday, calling it “the most terrifying moment in my life.”He said Marcus Morris kicked him “relentlessly” and Bowman “just jumped straight up and landed on me with two feet.” Hood previously told police he was attacked by Markieff Morris, but recalled on the stand Monday that he later clarified his statement and said he could not be sure whether Markieff participated in the beating.Hood told police he suffered a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.At the time of the attack, the 6-foot-9 Morris twins were teammates on the Phoenix Suns. Tyson Fury urges UK Anti-Doping for resolution MOST READ E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The Boston Celtics acquired Marcus Morris from Detroit in the offseason as part of an overhaul of their roster, while Markieff was a solid contributor for the Washington Wizards last year.The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood, who has known the twins since they were promising teenage AAU players.In youth basketball parlance, Hood was known as a “runner” — someone who connects promising young athletes with representatives and agents in hopes of getting a cut of a lucrative NBA contract, Eckstein said.He said Hood viewed the Morris twins as his “lottery ticket” after they went onto a successful career at the University of Kansas. They had a falling out while the Morris brothers were at Kansas, and they were later drafted into the NBA.Defense lawyers don’t dispute that the beating took place, but they say the Morris brothers weren’t involved and believe Hood was trying to pin blame on them for financial gain.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Prosecutor Dan Fisher said it was a coordinated mission and “orchestrated attack” after the victim sent text messages to the Morris twins’ mother that angered them.Defense lawyers insisted the twins did not participate in the attack and questioned the reliability and financial motives of the man who was beaten. The lawyer for Marcus Morris, Timothy Eckstein, said witness statements that form the basis of the case are “entirely inconsistent and incompatible with the truth.”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 twin brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA, including a minimum 10-game suspension, if they are found guilty.The two-week trial also threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight FILE – In this Oct. 17, 2013, file photo, official Ron Garretson talks with Phoenix Suns forwards Marcus Morris center and his twin brother, Markieff, before the Suns’ NBA preseason basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)PHOENIX — NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris went on trial Monday on felony assault charges stemming from a 2015 beating that prosecutors labeled as an “orchestrated attack” and defense lawyers dismissed as a ploy to get money out of the athletes.Opening statements began with prosecutors saying the two NBA stars and three other men each had a role in a beating that left a former acquaintance with a broken nose and other injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Sarr still groping for form despite posting another double-double

first_imgProtesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 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 Games LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Honestly, I feel myself at 60 percent and in practice I’m not myself yet,” said Sarr, who had 15 points and 16 rebounds.“I’m not okay yet, but I feel that by the next games or in the second round I’m probably going to be in shape.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 shutoutSarr suffered a groin injury before the season started and sat out Adamson’s opener as a precaution.And since his return, the 6-foot-8 big man has averaged 14 points and 12.5 rebounds. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPapi Sarr has already logged four games in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament and helped Adamson University get to the fourth spot with a 3-2 record.The center, however, admitted he’s still not at peak form despite his string of double-doubles with the third leading the Falcons’ 79-60 rout of University of the East on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Dillinger sparks, completes Bolts’ Game 1 comeback Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Sarr has also recorded three straight triple-doubles for Adamson.“I’ve been trying to get back after my injury but I’m thankful coach Franz [Pumaren] gave me the time and I’m trying to get back,” said Sarr. “I’m lucky I had a double-double and that actually helped the team win.” MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

Source: Spurs, Aldridge agree on extension

first_imgAldridge and the Spurs reached agreement on a three-year extension on Monday that ensures the five-time All-Star will be under contract through the 2020-21 season. The agreement involves Aldridge exercising the 2018-19 player option on the original four-year max deal he signed with the Spurs in 2015. He then will get another two years and $50 million tacked on to the deal, a person with knowledge of the agreement told The Associated Press.ESPN first reported the agreement.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 shutoutWhen the Spurs beat out the Suns, Lakers and several other suitors for Aldridge two summers ago, it was a departure from the franchise’s long history of drafting and developing its stars. With Tim Duncan nearing retirement and Kawhi Leonard emerging as the team’s next focal point, the Spurs splurged for Aldridge in free agency to try to extend the team’s window for competing in the Western Conference.He came from Portland, where he had spent years as the No. 1 option for the Trail Blazers, a formidable low-post presence with a strong mid-range game. Aldridge was an All-Star in his first season in San Antonio, but his individual numbers declined significantly. That was to be expected in San Antonio’s system, which emphasizes ball movement and tries to limit minutes to keep veterans fresh for the postseason. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LeBron’s status for opener vs. Celtics still unclear Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, dribbles as Houston Rockets center Clint Capela defends during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)LaMarcus Aldridge and the San Antonio Spurs have at times seemed an ill-fitting pair, with a player who spent nine years in another franchise before landing with Gregg Popovich not always looking comfortable in the NBA’s most well-established system.The kinks the two sides have been trying to work through had league observers believing Aldridge might not be long for San Antonio. Just as they have for more than 20 years, the Spurs care little about what others think.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Last year, Aldridge averaged 17.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, both career lows. But the Spurs won 61 games and advanced to the Western Conference finals, where they were swept by the Golden State Warriors after Leonard injured his ankle in Game 1.The 32-year-old Aldridge and Popovich met this fall to try to find ways to make him feel more comfortable and effective. The dialogue helped strengthen their relationship, made Aldridge feel open to staying in San Antonio and gave the Spurs the peace of mind that they could continue to feature him as a much-needed supporting star for Leonard.The Warriors return almost their entire team and a deeper bench in pursuit of their third championship in four seasons. Oklahoma City added Paul George and Carmelo Anthony as wing men for Russell Westbrook, the Houston Rockets brought in Chris Paul, and the Minnesota Timberwolves added Jimmy Butler all in an effort to make things more difficult for Golden State.With Leonard missing the entire preseason and also scheduled to miss the season opener on Wednesday against Minnesota because of a quadriceps injury, Aldridge’s offensive presence is more important than ever.ADVERTISEMENT SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case PLAY LIST 01:51SC gives QC court one month extension to resolve Maguindanao massacre case02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue01:37Protesters 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 View commentslast_img read more

Harden’s triple-double lifts Rockets past Hornets

first_imgMOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Of course, the Rockets are known for their long-distance shooting.This was the 15th time in NBA history a team has attempted at least 50 3-pointers. The Rockets account for 11 of those — all since the start of last season.“We are going to take them. If that is what is available and it’s a good shot then everybody has the green light,” D’Antoni said. “Maybe one or two guys shouldn’t shoot them, but when we pass them up guys get mad at each other. So we’re taking them.”Harden admitted as much.“We’re going to continue to tell everyone to shoot the ball,” Harden said. “We create opportunities in space, shoot it. Luc (Mbah a Moute) passed up a couple. PJ Tucker passed up a couple, even when Chris (Paul) gets back he’s got to get used to shooting the ball more than he ever has. It’s going to take some time but the more games we get under our belt, they’ll get a feel for it.”ADVERTISEMENT CHARLOTTE, NC – OCTOBER 27: James Harden #13 of the Houston Rockets and Dwight Howard #12 of the Charlotte Hornets watch on during their game at Spectrum Center on October 27, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — Houston Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni seemed genuinely disappointed his team only attempted 55 3-pointers against the Charlotte Hornets.“I don’t know why we didn’t shoot 60,” D’Antoni quipped. “We passed up about four.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIES The Rockets hit some backbreaking clutch shots just before the shot clock expired, including Harden’s 25-footer over Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from the top of the key in the third quarter.Kidd-Gilchrist had worked extremely hard denying Harden a drive and a shot, only to watch the five-time NBA All-Star elevate and drain a jumper in his grill one second before the buzzer sounded.“Harden and Gordon both made a couple of shots where there was just nothing you could do — but that’s just part of playing them,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.he Rockets took advantage of the Hornets’ cold shooting in the first half and built a 10-point lead at halftime. The Hornets started the second half on an 8-0 run but could never get the lead and the Rockets pulled away in the fourth quarter.Kemba Walker led the Hornets with 26 points, and Dwight Howard had another strong game with 19 points and 16 rebounds against his former team. It’s the fifth straight game Howard has recorded at least 15 rebounds, a new Hornets record.TIP-INSRockets: Outscored the Hornets 29-16 in the second quarter and held the Hornets to 4 of 22 shooting from the field. … Paul, Nene and Trevor Ariza did not play due to injuries.Hornets: Shot 31.3 percent from the field in the first half. … Howard recorded his 670th career double-double. … Nic Batum, Cody Zeller, Michael Carter-Williams, Treveon Graham and Julyan Stone did not play due to injuries.FOULING HOWARD:Howard’s poor free throw shooting — he was 5 of 15 — cost the Hornets points and momentum. Anderson admitted the Rockets fouled the big man on purpose in the fourth quarter. Howard is now 16 of 40 from the stripe this season, well below his career mark of 56.5 percent. View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At one point in the second quarter Howard made both free throw attempts — banking the second one off the glass — and crowd erupted in a sarcastic cheer.STAGNANT OFFENSE: Guard Jeremy Lamb, who is starting for Batum, felt like the Hornets got stagnant on offense.“Bigs, we have to do a better job of screening and creating action and creating indecision I guess on the defensive part,” Lamb said. “We didn’t do a good job with the switching.”UP NEXTRockets: At Memphis on Saturday night.Hornets: Host Orlando on Sunday night.center_img Las Vegas marathon moves start line away from shooting scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 James Harden had his first triple-double of the season with 27 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds, and the Rockets finished 22 of 57 from beyond the 3-point arc in a 109-93 win Friday night.Houston nearly broke its own NBA regular season records of 24 3-pointers and 61 3-pointers attempted set last December.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 shutoutEric Gordon and Ryan Anderson led the 3-point barrage. Gordon was 6 of 16 from beyond the arc and had 26 points, while Anderson was 6 of 15 and finished with 21 points.“As soon Eric and I got (to Houston) it felt natural within the offense (to shoot deep 3-pointers) to give James as much space as possible,” Anderson said. “When we catch the ball that far from the basket that is not a shot we’re afraid to take.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

Ravena vows ‘composed’ Ateneo come Finals against La Salle

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Ateneo faltered against La Salle in their return to the Finals in the Season 79, absorbing a sweep against the dominant Green Archers.“Hopefully we learned from our mistakes last year,” said Ravena. “We have to more composed this year because La Salle is not going to play us any softer.”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 shutoutWhat made things more painful for Ravena last year was he practically disappeared in Game 2, missing all of his 10 shots to finish with just three points and seven rebounds.But Ravena assured that sorry version of him won’t be making an appearance this time around. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Hopefully that won’t happen this year,” said Ravena, who finished second in MVP voting behind back-to-back winner Ben Mbala this season.Ravena added there’s pressure on the team to bounce back especially after taking the top seed in the elimination before losing to La Salle in their final game.“Sometimes you’ll think what if we lost again, we’ve done so much this season just to lose again,” said Ravena. “So we have to learn that we should be composed when we go into the Finals.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Oscar Pistorius’ sentence increased to 13 years, 5 months Thirdy Ravena promised there would be a better Ateneo team in the title round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after losing in the Finals the year before.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UP Maroons to rely on solid core under new coach

first_imgHarden has first 60-point triple-double in NBA history John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The Lady Maroons are hoping to return to the Final Four this year, after a failed bid in Season 79 where they enjoyed a blistering  4-0 start before dropping four straight games then settling for a 7-7 record.Okumu will rely on the team’s core that has been together for three years with the likes of Ayel Estrañero, Diana Carlos, Isa Molde, and Justine Dorog leading the Lady Fighting Maroons.One of the things that Okumu brings to the table, meanwhile, is his mastery of quick adjustments.“I don’t want to plan too much, and when the day comes, the opponents could change the way they play,” said Okumu. “So more often than not, I play it like a chess game. You make your move then I make my move.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ That is how new head coach Godfrey Okumu is treating the competition this season in his first year at helm.“All the teams have the same aim,” said Okumu, who replaced former mentor Jerry Yee. “Everybody wants to win, so I cannot say this team is strong or this team is weak. We are after the same thing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he can say for sure that UP is not to be messed with.“We are also a team that should be reckoned with just like any other team,” he said. FILE – UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHead coach: Godfrey OkumuLast season: 7-7Key holdovers: Ayel Estrañero, Isa Molde, Diana Carlos, Justine DorogKey losses: Nicole Tiamzon, Pia Gaiser, Kathy BersolaUniversity of the Philippines is heading into UAAP Season 80 bearing in mind that all teams are on equal footing.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Country Wide Basketball League promotes regional basketball

first_imgTeam owners/sponsors 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 SEA Games: 16 Malaysian athletes hit by food poisoning MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Read Next The Country Wide Basketball League (CWBL) is a commercial league that aims to promote basketball at regional levels with nationwide exposure thru television and the use of live streaming thru CWBL web site and other digital platforms via internet.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ CWBL will develop a broad fan base nationwide by conducting actual games at various locations in cities and towns where participating teams are located. These games are then made available for viewing by fans anywhere thru television and live streaming thru CWBL web site and other social media platforms like YouTube, Facebook, etc.The league also aims to develop local players thru competitive games and provide them with much-needed exposure to assist their career progression. Only Filipinos and duly-recognized players holding valid Philippine Passport issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs or with complete certification(s) issued by Bureau of Immigration and Deportation are allowed to play in the League.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 opening Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim CWBL is an “alternative league” that gives team owners and sponsors of teams an opportunity to obtain effective manner marketing and promotional benefits from exposure for games being played at various locations and viewed by fans anywhere. It provides reasonable terms for participation in two regular conferences every season. The top four teams after the two conferences – conference champions and teams with best cumulative win-loss records – advance to the Grand Finals at no additional participation fees to compete for the title of Overall Champion for the Season.Players and coachesThe Country Wide Basketball League can offer graduating collegiate players and aspiring coaches, who are products of basketball programs, opportunities for competitive development and playing/coaching career progression. Very few are chosen in the professional league, leaving several players and coaches with skills behind.CWBL with the support of participating teams has the potential to be the League where skills continue to develop and where playing/coaching career goals are achievable. ADVTADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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. View commentslast_img read more

Discus throw: India bags all medals

first_imgDiscus’ions regarding India’s performance in the track and field events of the XIX Commonwealth Games were put to rest once and for all at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Monday.The Indian contingent, led by the trio of Krishna Poonia, Harwant Kaur and Seema Antil, did what no country has ever done in the history of women’s discus throw – they swept the medals for a top-three finish.Incidentally, this was the first time India had swept all the medals in a single discipline in athletics – a feat that will take some time to beat. Not only did Krishna break the jinx of the 52-year wait for a gold-Milkha Singh won gold in 440 yards (400m) in the 1958 Games – she also became the first Indian woman to secure the coveted gold.If the exuberant crowd was anything to go by, it felt as if it was not the Commonwealth Games but the Olympics. But then, they can be forgiven as it’s not often that Indian spectators get to watch such feats.The pulse inside the stadium when the Indian national anthem was being played to commemorate the trio’s performance was exhilarating. The look of amusement on the faces of the foreign athletes, officials and spectators said it all.Poonia’s throw of 61.51m wasn’t her best, but she could be forgiven for failing to overcome the goosebumps of performing in front of 45,000 spectators. Even Harwant (60.16m) and Seema (58.46m) could be forgiven for failing to eclipse their season’s best performances.advertisementBut Tintu Luka, looking for gold in the women’s 800m, failed to time her run and floundered in the second lap to come a sixth with a timing of 2:01.25sec. Inexperience was once again her bane as she failed to keep the tempo going.Gold went to Kenya’s Nancy Lan’gat (2:00.01sec). In men’s pole vault, Steve Hooker (Australia) walked away with the gold with a performance of 5.60m. Even though it was way below his own standard, the level of competition wasn’t intense either.Having been stripped off the gold in the women’s 100m on Thursday, Sally Pearson avenged the humiliation by not only winning the women’s 100m hurdles, but also clocking a Games’ record timing of 12.67sec.The women’s 200m final, which had to be deferred due to a protest by Cyprus, took place on Monday. Cayman Islands’ Cydonie Mothersill not only won the gold (22.89sec), but also became the islands’ first gold medallist in the process. The men’s 3,000m steeplechase was a cake-walk for the Kenyans.While Richard Mateelong came first (8:16.39sec), Ezekiel Cheboi and Brimin Kipruto came second and third. In the relay qualifiers, Indians didn’t disappoint as all three teams qualified for the finals.The men’s 10,000m was testimony to the willpower of the African athletes as Uganda’s Moses Kipsiro ran away with gold (27:57.39sec). The silver and bronze went to Kenya’s Daniel Salel and Joseph Birech.last_img read more

Ind vs WI: Chanderpaul frustrates India with a defiant century

first_imgShivnarine Chanderpaul struck a defiant century to frustrate India’s victory march as West Indies reached 294 for eight at lunch on the fifth day of the third and final cricket Test here on Sunday.The veteran left-hander was batting on 105 at lunch, his 23rd Test century and sixth against India, and kept glued to one end as West Indies stretched their overall lead to 151 runs at the break.India, who have already taken an unbeatable 1-0 lead in the three-match series, will have to remove the two batsmen quickly at the post-lunch session if they are to win 2-0 for the first time in the West Indies.Chanderpaul reached his century by flicking Ishant Sharma for two and his milestone arrived in 356 minutes off 255 balls, inclusive of five fours.The Guyanese batsman frustrated the Indians with his 38-run ninth wicket stand with Fidel Edwards (16 batting) as the pair batted for nearly two hours and 22 overs together.West Indies, resuming at 224 for six, lost the wickets of overnight batsman Darren Sammy (17) and Ravi Rampaul (1) and both the dismissals generated heat among a seizable crowd at Windsor Park, the newest Test venue of the Caribbean.Sammy was given out caught at forward short leg off Harbhajan Singh when the ball had clearly gone off the pads.The West Indian skipper had looked good to play his first substantial innings of the series and put on 33 runs with Chanderpaul when umpire Richard Kettleborough intervened.- With PTI inputslast_img read more