D-League: Marinero loses 17-point lead but holds off Zark’s-Lyceum

first_img3×3 could be PH’s path to Olympic basketball stint Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending 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 The Skippers’ depth was in full display in the game between the early contenders as Banal afforded to field in top rookie selections Alvin Pasaol and Abu Tratter late in the second half, a move which paid dividends considering the short time the two had in preparing with the team.“They delivered down the stretch. They’re still feeling their way in the system, but the good thing is that they were able to deliver when their numbers were called,” said coach Koy Banal.Despite coming out on top, Banal doesn’t want Marinerong Pilipino to get too ahead of itself early in the conference.“This win means nothing. We need to keep on working get better every day because everybody will now prepare for us,” he said.Jaycee Marcelino carried Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with 20 points, four rebounds, and three assists, while Perez had 19 markers and five assists in the defeat.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 94 — Subido 20, Ayonayon 15, Paredes 14, Banal 14, Robles 10, Tolentino 4, Tratter 4, Pasaol 4, Terso 3, Lopez 2, Iñigo 2, Babilonia 2, Toth 0.ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 92 — Jc. Marcelino 20, Perez 19, Nzeusseu 18, Ayaay 11, Ibañez 6, Jv. Marcelino 6, Cinco 5, Tansingco 3, Santos 2, Pretta 2, Marata 0, Liwag 0.Quarters: 17-19, 47-34, 69-58, 94-92. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Marinerong Pilipino vs Zark’s Burger-Lyceuym. PBA IMAGESBanking on its experience, Marinerong Pilipino stamped its class over the retooled Zark’s Burger-Lyceum with a tight 94-92 victory in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Skippers squandered a 17-point lead, 56-39, with 7:57 remaining in the third quarter, but held off the Jawbreakers late courtesy of three freethrows from Rian Ayonayon  with 25.6 seconds remaining that put his side up 89-85.ADVERTISEMENT Mike Nzeusseu and CJ Perez then botched their three-point attempts for Zark’s in the final minute.Renzo Subido paced Marinerong Pilipino with 20 points, five assists, and three rebounds, while Ayonayon scattered 15 markers, three boards, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGab Banal also tallied a double-double of 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals despite committing 10 turnovers, while Papot Paredes got 12 of his 14 markers in the first half, where the Skippers established a comfortable lead.Marinerong Pilipino staged a 12-0 run in the first half to erect a 47-35 halftime lead, which extended to 17, 56-39 early in the third frame. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View commentslast_img read more

Pistons land Griffin from Clippers as LA sheds another star

first_imgView comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “Those guys are flying in here tonight, they’ll get physical tomorrow, so I think from our end, we’ll be good,” Van Gundy said Tuesday at Detroit’s practice facility in Auburn Hills. “But I don’t know if we’ll be good from their end. The players have 48 hours to report, but then they’ve got another 24 hours, the organization, to get the physical done. … Now, if the 72 hours expires with six minutes to go in the game, we’ll run him in there.”The 28-year-old Griffin is averaging 22.6 points, 7.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 33 games this season, but the Clippers have been plagued by injuries and are ninth in the Western Conference standings.Detroit is scuffling as well. The Pistons have lost eight straight.“Needed a night to digest and reflect on what happened….” Griffin tweeted. “From being a (hashtag)1 pick, to Lob City, to six straight Playoff appearances, I am so proud to have been part of the success of the Clippers organization. LA has been my home since I started in the league and I will be forever grateful to the city for embracing me and supporting me. To the fans, you have been awesome every step of the way. Thank you for years of support.“Now I’m ready for the next chapter, getting to work and helping the Detroit Pistons make a run in the Eastern Conference.”Last July, Griffin agreed to a $171 million, five-year deal, ending a brief flirtation with free agency. He told his teammates, coach Doc Rivers and owner Steve Ballmer, “I want my legacy to be a Clipper.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next MOST READ NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Man City signs defender Laporte for club-record $80 million Detroit sent forward Tobias Harris, guard Avery Bradley and center Boban Marjanovic to Los Angeles, with the Clippers also receiving draft picks. Detroit also acquired forward Brice Johnson and center Willie Reed.“We are serious about winning, and this is a major move to improve our team,” Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement. “Blake Griffin is one of the NBA’s elite players, and when you get an opportunity to add that kind of talent, you take it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFor the Clippers, moving Griffin is another step in a makeover of a franchise that has never made it past the second round of the playoffs.pic.twitter.com/xVoNx2dW83— Blake Griffin (@blakegriffin32) January 30, 2018Griffin was not expected to play in Tuesday night’s home game against Cleveland, and Stan Van Gundy — Detroit’s coach and team president — said his status is uncertain for Thursday night against Memphis.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting He has averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in his career.“Blake Griffin had a tremendous impact on this organization and his legacy within the community of Los Angeles will be permanent,” Balmer said. “It was a pleasure getting to know and cheer for Blake. I wish him, as well as Brice and Willie, the best of luck.” For the Clippers, moving Griffin continues a makeover of a franchise that has never made it past the second round of the playoffs.The Clippers were one game above .500 going into Tuesday night’s game against Portland. They traded All-Star point guard Chris Paul to Houston last summer. He had been credited with bringing respectability to the team that was once a laughingstock. Without Paul, Los Angeles won its first four games to open the season, and then lost nine of its next 11.“Blake is one of the best players ever to wear a Clippers jersey. We want to express our gratitude and respect for everything he has done for this team and the city of Los Angeles,” said Lawrence Frank, Clippers president of basketball operations. “This was a very difficult decision, but we ultimately felt it was appropriate for the franchise.”Paul’s replacement, Patrick Beverley, has missed the entire season after right knee surgery. Also missing time have been DeAndre Jordan, Danilo Gallinari, Austin Rivers and Milos Teodosic.Yet owner Steve Ballmer remains optimistic.“While change is hard, my confidence in our front office, led by Lawrence Frank and Michael Winger, along with the sage counsel of Jerry West, has never been higher,” he said in a statement. “I believe today, more than ever, in our ultimate goal of winning an NBA championship.”Los Angeles receives a protected first-round draft choice and a second-round pick from the Pistons.The Clippers drafted Griffin first overall out of Oklahoma in 2009. However, he missed the 2009-10 season after surgery on his broken left kneecap. Griffin missed 21 games last season and 47 in 2015-16 because of injuries.“We know the injury history, that’s the risk on it, but that risk was worth it because of the talent that we’re bringing back,” Van Gundy said.As a rookie, Griffin was an All-Star, won the slam dunk contest and was named NBA Rookie of the Year. The deal didn’t include a no-trade clause for the second-leading scorer in franchise history with 10,863 points.Griffin gives Detroit’s frontcourt another standout alongside Andre Drummond, but it also represents a clear change in course from the roster the Pistons had assembled. Detroit acquired Bradley in a trade with Boston last offseason, but he’s in the final season of his contract. Harris has been impressive for the Pistons this season, shooting a career-best 41 percent from 3-point range.Detroit did not give up Luke Kennard or Stanley Johnson, the team’s first-round picks in 2017 and 2015.“For Blake, we probably would have done a lot of things, but yeah, we didn’t want to totally deplete our roster. Obviously, they got our two leading scorers, and a first-round pick, and Boban, who had started to play very effectively for us,” Van Gundy said. “We were concerned, quite honestly, with our ability to re-sign Avery anyway, so we were exploring what we could do with him at the trade deadline. Tobias was obviously really, really hard to give up.”Detroit’s season was looking promising until a late-December injury to point guard Reggie Jackson. The Pistons have stumbled while he’s been out with a sprained right ankle, and the team is facing the prospect of missing the playoffs in its first season at its new downtown arena.Detroit’s next six games are at home, so the Pistons will have a chance to turn this season around — and an opportunity to build for a future with both Griffin and Drummond. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Jan. 11, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin smiles during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Sacramento, Calif. The Detroit Pistons dramatically shook their struggling roster by acquiring one of the NBA’s top players in Griffin in a trade with the Clippers. The deal for the five-time All-Star forward was announced early Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, giving Detroit a player who has been the face of the Clippers but whose career has been undercut by injuries. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The Detroit Pistons dramatically shook their struggling roster by acquiring one of the NBA’s top players in Blake Griffin in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers.The deal for the five-time All-Star forward was announced early Tuesday, giving Detroit a player who has been the face of the Clippers but whose career has been undercut by injuries.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Kemba Walker to replace Porzingis in NBA All-Star Game

first_imgLATEST STORIES Walker will make his second straight All-Star Game appearance. He is averaging 22.6 points and 5.8 assists.Porzingis was the fourth player drafted by captain LeBron James who had to be replaced because of injury, joining DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love and John Wall.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe NBA also says Detroit All-Star center Andre Drummond will replace Porzingis, the defending champion, in the Skills Challenge. MOST READ Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker, left, knocks the ball away from Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray as he drives to the rim in the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 121-104. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)NEW YORK — Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker has been picked to replace the injured Kristaps Porzingis in the NBA All-Star Game.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver selected Walker on Thursday for the opening on Team LeBron that was created when Porzingis tore his left ACL on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Turnover: Cavs overhaul roster with stunning trades John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 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 Games01:29Police 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 AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ebondo saves Scorpions from Heavy Bombers

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico “That’s our problem, our complacency,” he said.“We started flat and that’s the reason why we struggled. Luckily, we were able to focus in the end game.”Kris Porter posted 21 points on 5-of-9 shooting from three-point area for the Heavy Bombers, who absorbed their sixth straight defeat and dropped to 1-6.Paolo Pontejos added 14 points, five rebounds, and three assists, while Ervin Grospe had 10. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img Rod Ebondo saved the day anew for Centro Escolar University in a 77-75 thriller over Jose Rizal University in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday at Pasig Sports Center.Ebondo poured in 33 points, including the game-winning jumper with 1.1 seconds left, and had 15 rebounds on top of three assists, two steals and two blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Settling NSA disputes among Vargas’ top priorities “We’re just lucky that Rodrigue’s shot went down,” said coach Yong Garcia.Ebondo also came up with a huge defensive play, blocking Jeckster Apinan’s attempt in the final 15 seconds before hitting the go-ahead basket as the league-leading Scorpions improved to 5-1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoseph Manlangit chipped in 15 markers, while Art Aquino had eight, none bigger than his undergoal stab to knot the score at 75 with 20.6 seconds left.Despite the victory that kept the Scorpions on top of the leaderboard, Garcia rued his team’s tendency to play complacent against a lower-rung team like JRU. View commentslast_img read more

Silver says NBA will do more to combat racism

first_imgLATEST STORIES “It’s a sad state of affairs we still have these issues in society,” Silver said in his annual state of the league news conference ahead of the NBA Finals opener.“There’s a strong history in this league of speaking out on issues of inequality, of racial injustice. LeBron himself has been incredibly articulate on these issues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There’s a role we can continue to play as a uniter. We’re going to redouble our efforts, working with the players association, on speaking out on some of these issues.”James spoke out Wednesday about what Silver called a “horrific incident”. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds 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 LOOK: Kyrie Irving is cover athlete of NBA 2K18 Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)By speaking out against racism and setting an example against intolerance, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said Thursday he hopes the league can unify people and help spur social change.A day after police said a racial insult was spray-painted upon the front gates of NBA superstar LeBron James’s Los Angeles home, Silver said the league will do more to combat racism.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ “Trying to measure precisely whether it was enough progress, we ultimately felt it was. I respect those who feel we may have made the wrong decision,” Silver said.“We can be in a position where we go in and say, this is what it looks like to operate under a set of egalitarian principles, and this is what it looks like to be non-discriminatory … “And my hope is by setting that example, we can unify people and that the state will follow.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “If this is to shed a light and continue to keep the conversation going on my behalf, then I’m OK with it,” James said. “But it just goes to show that racism will always be a part of the world, a part of America.“Hate in America, especially for African-Americans, is living every day. No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.“And we’ve got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans, until we feel equal in America.”NBA’s global reach hugeIn all, 75 percent of NBA players are African-American and one in four NBA players is from outside the United States.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a true melting pot,” Silver said. “You have people coming together from all walks of life, from around the world, all playing together on the floor under a common set of rules.“This is an opportunity to continue to unify people, to demonstrate to people, they see it out on the floor, what it means to run a system as close as we have in our society to true egalitarian system, where people are judged entirely on merit.“And I think there’s a role we can continue to play in society as a unifier.”The sport’s global reach will help spread the message, Silver said.“We project that over one billion people will either watch some portion of these finals or engage through social media, so roughly one out of seven people on this planet will have a direct connection to these finals, which is pretty spectacular,” Silver said.Silver defends All-Star nodLast week, the league awarded the 2019 NBA All-Star Game to Charlotte after having moved this year’s contest from Charlotte to New Orleans, in protest at the state of North Carolina adopting a law deemed discriminatory to the gay and transgender community.A portion of the law requiring people to use the bathroom corresponding to their birth gender was struck down this year, and while many critics were unsatisfied by the extent of the rollback, it was good enough for Silver and the league.“The law was changed. Sufficient is a tough (call),” Silver said. “The answer is yes, I felt that they made incremental progress. And I felt there’s a role the league can play in demonstrating what equality looks like to a community.”By making sure NBA All-Star related events conform to league expectations for treatment of all, Silver thinks the NBA can set an example that North Carolina would want to follow on greater social change. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more

US adjusting to Arena’s system as World Cup qualifier looms

first_imgWallace to become first black driver in Cup race since 2006 United States’ Christian Pulisic (10) celebrates with teammate DeAndre Yedlin (2) and Omar Gonzalez (3) after scoring against Venezuela during the second half of an international friendly soccer match. APCOMMERCE CITY, Colorado — U.S. coach Bruce Arena looked at the rosy side of a surprise draw with Venezuela in an exhibition game over the weekend.“Good exercise for us,” he said Monday (Tuesday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “Of course, it’s hard to breathe, to run,” said Johnson, who recently extended his contract with Borussia Moenchengladbach. “The first couple of days, you can tell in warmups and stuff. You’re breathing hard. But you get used to it.”Arena certainly liked the play of 18-year-old Christian Pulisic on Saturday as the midfielder scored the tying goal for the Americans in the 61st minute. Asked how he’s come along over the last six months, Arena responded: “Six months older.”“He’s stronger physically, mentally,” Arena said. “The young ones make more improvement. I don’t think (DaMarcus) Beasley and (Clint) Dempsey are going to get much better in six months.”Johnson met with Arena several times in Germany to discuss what’s expected of him. Johnson likes his responsibilities in the midfield, a position that’s relatively unsettled. Sebastian Lletget started against Honduras in March, scoring the opening goal, but injured his left foot in the 6-0 home win and will be sidelined four to six months.“We have to create more chances, use the space a little bit better,” Johnson said. “That’s what we’re going to try to do on Thursday.” MOST READ The Americans are still getting used to Arena’s system, along with playing at a higher altitude. But there’s not much time left, with a World Cup qualifier on Thursday in Commerce City against Trinidad and Tobago.Neither team has margin for error, with the U.S. currently in fourth place in the six-team standings with four points and Trinidad and Tobago last with three points. The top three teams qualify, with the fourth-place squad going to a playoff against Asia’s No. 5 nation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They have to understand the things we’re trying to do, and I don’t think we’re already there,” said Arena, whose team settled for a 1-1 draw with Venezuela on Saturday in Sandy, Utah. “The examples of Saturday’s game is good, to show some of the issues we have and correct them and be ready for Thursday.”The team elected to switch things up Monday, going with an afternoon practice instead of being put through its paces in a morning session. Anything to that? 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 “We just wanted to have a meeting in the morning,” Arena said. “Meeting, practice, have lunch and off the rest of the day. Wasn’t rocket science.”Figuring out what system the Americans may utilize could be, though. At times against Venezuela, the squad employed a 4-4-2 formation. At other times, it was a different alignment.“It’s better for us if the opposition doesn’t know how we’re going to play, how we’re going to start the game,” midfielder Fabian Johnson said. “It’s positive for us that we have two systems that we can also switch during the game.”Now, they just need everyone healthy. Central defender John Brooks left Saturday’s game with a bruised quadriceps muscle. Arena doesn’t know if he will be available Thursday, let alone three days later when the team plays in Mexico. But there’s also this: Forward Jozy Altidore is getting up to speed after reporting late to training camp because of his brother’s wedding.Arena has gradually increased the tempo at practice to get his team acclimatized to the higher elevation. It’s 5,200 feet in Commerce City and a lung-searing 7,820 feet at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The elevation for the exhibition game was around 4,450 feet.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudslast_img read more

Sexy sea and sand destinations

first_imgAs the mercury rises, the only way to beat the heat is to get wet. And wild, did you say? Swim and sun bathe by day; party the nights away at beachclubs. Travelocity India presents six sexy sea-and-sand combos to shake off the summer blues.MykonosOne big beach partyLocation: GreeceMykonos can safely be called the Mecca of all beach parties. The Paradise Beach is the most beautiful beach of the land, well- known for its riotous parties and beauty alike. It is also famous for its lively bars, young crowd and dazzling parties. Since this is a flat beach is ideal for water sports, and attracts surfers and scuba divers. But the highlight of the beach remain the innumerable bars it contains. The most famous of these is the Cavo Paradiso – a lavish club complete with a pool, restaurant and a beach bar. The serene beach transforms into a party zone at night with twinkling lights, music and the soft sand as the dance floor. The party here – proverbially and literally – never ends!Tip: Delos, an island close to Mykonos, is famous for its ancient temples. Delos was the most important Pan- Hellenic sanctuary, and according to mythology it was the birth- place of the gods Apollo and Artemis. Daily excursions to the island can be booked in Mykonos.AntiguaAt a-beach-a-day, it’ll take a year to explore the islandLocation: West IndiesSome say if you’ve seen one beach, you’ve seen them all. Well, those who said it, obviously have never been to Antigua. Antigua has 365 unique beaches, of which Dickenson Bay, in the northwest corner of the island, and Half Moon Bay, along the eastern coast, have been voted as the best.But it’s not all about beaches here. Antigua is also home to hundreds of stone windmills, bars, shops and restaurants which make it an ideal place to just laze. If sloth is not one of your vices, enjoy the island’s warm, steady winds, a complex coastline and a nearly unbroken wall of coral reef; the elements make Antigua an ideal spot for snorkelling, sea diving and surfing. Sailing, snorkelling, scuba diving or just plain, good ol’ lounging – whatever your heart desires, the compass always points to Antigua.Tip: One of the biggest maritime events, The Sailing Week, is held here. It is one of the top five regattas in the world and the biggest in the Caribbean. Don’t miss this one if you love the sails.PalawanThe not so lonely islandLocation: The PhilippinesEver wanted to play Robinson Crusoe and have an entire island to yourself, just for a few days? Well, at Palawan you can do just that. Often described as The Philippines’ last frontier, the Palawan archipelago is a masterpiece of nature. The limestone landscape is coloured in with tropical rainforests, underground rivers, rocky coves and sugar-white sandy beaches. Beaches such as Honda Bay, Cannon Island, Bat Island and Starfish Island offer vacation pleasures like snorkelling, scuba diving, wildlife walks. On the other hand areas such as Pandan and Meara Marina appeal to those with more reclusive tastes. Or you can simply go island-hopping.Tip: If it’s wildlife that excites you, take a dive into the Tubbataha Reef. A protected marine sanctuary, the atoll is home to over a thousand species of marine life, including endangered ones such as manta rays, lionfish and more.HavelockHobnobbing with the dolphinsLocation: Andaman & Nicobar IslandsImagine living in an underwater world, architecture created from coral reefs, with dolphins and turtles for neighbours. The Havelock Island lies 55 km northeast of Port Blair. A serene and sandy stretch of land surrounded by crystal clear water, it is home to some of the most interesting coral reefs in the world. The island offers fabulous snorkelling opportunities where you can mingle with dolphins and turtles. Rated as the best beach in Asia by Time magazine in 2004, Radhanagar creates a picture perfect image of white sands and blue seas with a green background of deep forests. Getting around is not a problem: simply hop on to a bicycle or a scooter. Or you could always ask one of the friendly dolphins for a lift!Tip: Interestingly, the villages here have no names; they are distinguished by numbers. So while the jetty is at village #1, to shop you have to pay a visit to village #3 and so on.PhuketThe best of both worldsLocation: ThailandIf you have always wanted both a serene and a hectic getaway, then Phuket is the perfect destination for you. The island offers the best of both worlds on a single plate. And that of course, saves a whole lot of your resources. Patong calls out to the party animals, the wild at heart to let their hair down, while the north seduces the peaceful one with its serenity. By day, Patong entertains the tourist with activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling and surfing and by night the town bustles with activity as the crowds visit hundreds of restaurants, chic lounge and beer bars and the intensely famous discos.The other side beckons with near deserted beaches and hidden beaches such as Laem Singh. By day and night, the beaches up north offer serenity on a platter – with great food served as a side dish.Tip: Although Phuket natives speak some English, being able to speak a few words of Thai helps smooth the way.PalolemParadise is hereLocation: GoaAlong stretch of white, surrounded by various shades of blue and speckled with green – that’s Palolem, the place its native residents know as ‘paradise beach’. When you stay at the shacks on the beach, you wake up to the sounds of the gulls and sleep to the sounds of the waves. The time between the two can be spent in a multitude of activities.Take a boat and go spot the dolphins or swim in one of the most serene waters on this coast, if you like. If you are looking for a more rigorous activity, strap on a helmet and go kayaking. Relax with some great food and then bathe in the sun. As the sun sets, the beach lights up with stars twinkling above and the candles flickering in the shacks. Now look up and sigh: if this is not paradise, then what is?TIP: Stay in the temporary coco huts that dot Palolem from the end of October to May. Plenty of options are available from budget to high-end huts.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Kevin O’Brien’s fastest ton in World Cup and more

first_img— Ireland batsman Kevin O’Brien on Wednesday entered into World Cup record books by hitting the fastest century in the mega event’s history in just 50 balls during his side’s Group B match against England.– O’Brien bettered Matthew Hayden’s earlier World Cup record of 66-ball hundred which the former Australian opener had hit against South Africa in St Kitts in the 2007 edition in the West Indies.– The 27-year-old O’Brien reached the milestone by taking a double off Michael Yardy in the 41st over of Ireland run chase after England had batted first and posted 327 for eight.– The right-handed middle-order batsman hit 13 fours and six sixes in his explosive innings.– O’Brien’s record is the sixth fastest overall in ODIs.– Shahid Afridi holds the record of fastest hundred in ODIs in 37 balls. He also hit another ton in 45 balls. Others who have hit faster centuries in ODIs than O’Brien are Mark Boucher (44 balls), Brian Lara (45) and Sanath Jayasuriya (48).– Ireland’s chase of 228 runs against England was also the highest in World Cup history.– Strangely, it was England skipper Andrew Strauss’s 34th Birthday on Thursday and even more strange was that he scored 34 on the day.  – With PTI inputslast_img read more

IPL 2011: Hyderabad plans to tie down dangerous Delhi

first_imgDeccan Chargers are sure to have plans ready to tie down the dangerous Delhi Daredevils openers David Warner and Virender Sehwag while home team coach Greg Shipperd admitted that the duo holds the aces for their team.While Sehwag hasn’t had an impressive start to the tournament, with just 60 runs from three games so far, Warner has played some useful knocks, scoring 101 runs.Ahead of Tuesday’s match, both camps admitted that the openers would be the cynosure of all eyes and their performance would be crucial to the final result of the match.All-rounder Cameron White said that Deccan Chargers would have to come up with a plan for Warner and Sehwag.” We will spend a lot of time on planning about those two ( Sehwag and Warner). Delhi has a lot of good players, so restricting them and taking wickets will be the key for us,” he said after the team’s training session on Monday.The Australian also pointed out that the Chargers may have registered just one victory in four outings, but they are certainly not out of reckoning as yet.” Although we have lost three games, we could have won those matches easily. The result could have gone either way. We have shown that we can win at home now. We have a brand new team and it doesn’t matter what the conditions are, I think we have the team,” said White, who hasn’t played a game yet in IPL IV. White pointed out that so far no clear cut leader has emerged.advertisement” It seems everyone is beating everyone and there is no unbeaten team so far. The tournament is wide open and it is benefit of not starting too well. The top team has two or three wins,” he said.” We have a good all- round team and in ( Amit) Mishra and ( Pragyan) Ojha we have two of the best Indian spinners and two of the best fast bowlers as well.” Chipli is one of the leading run- scorers in the tournament. He started with Bangalore, so I knew him before we moved here ( Deccan Chargers) and it’s good to see him come good. He is doing quite well. He has shown glimpses of what he can do.” Meanwhile, Daredevils coach Shipperd said after the heroics against Pune Warriors on Sunday, the team is expecting another good start from Sehwag and Warner.” There will be expectations from Sehwag and Warner. Sehwag is a world class player in all forms and Warner has a strong reputation as a T20 player,” he said. ” We have a lot of hopes on them to get us to a fine start. It was good that our batting clicked, but it gets a lot easier for the middle order if they both get us off to a good start.” It is a huge relief that we won after the two losses. It was an important game and the team responded really well. We were extremely competitive but still there are areas where we need improvement. We gifted them 20 runs more and there was some sloppy fielding. So we will have to plug those holes against a quality side like Chargers.” On Irfan Pathan, who has been off- colour so far, Shipperd said: ” He is a wise cricketer.The length of the tournament is perfect for him to get back into the groove. He is a great player and is also providing useful information to us in terms of planning good strategy for the matches.”last_img read more