Gilas Pilipinas, Korea resume bitter basketball rivalry

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games That victory was the first after a series of heartrending defeats in major international events, and it left the packed Mall of Asia Arena crowd shedding tears of joy as the Filipinos entered the title game. They eventually lost to Hamed Haddadi and Iran the following day.But it wasn’t the gold-medal loss that remained in the minds of the Filipino fans.Up until this day, when Jimmy Alapag, the retired former Gilas captain, anchored Team Philippines’ swashbuckling finish with huge triples, the game this country remembers most is the one against Korea.Of that Gilas squad, only Gabe Norwood, Jason Castro and the injured June Mar Fajardo are in Lebanon.Korea also has a new look, with the veteran Oh Se Keun leading this young squad that dealt the Philippines an 83-72 defeat in the Jones Cup in Taipei more than three weeks ago.ADVERTISEMENT Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ Water polo team sinks Thailand View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Oh Se Keun helps Korea shoot down Japan and is expected to be a major obstacle to Gilas Pilipinas’ bid to reach the semifinals. —FIBA.COMThe stage is set for another emotional match that could end in either heartbreak or triumph.Gilas Pilipinas battles South Korea again Wednesday and, unlike the last time these two countries met just over three weeks ago, their quarterfinal clash in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon has a lot at stake.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding But that loss didn’t hurt, it was actually just a pinch.Knowing the rivalry of these two teams, defeating the resilient Koreans could matter more than the Filipinos’ upset of the Chinese. So much so that the game will be a guaranteed tearjerker.The Koreans sealed their clash with the gung-ho Filipinos after ripping Japan, 81-68, on Monday night. They will be the first of three huge roadblocks Gilas has to hurdle to regain Asian cage supremacy.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 shutoutGetting back to the top of Asia in the sport the Philippines treats like religion became an achievable dream a week ago when the Filipinos upset the balance of power in the biennial conclave. Undersized as usual and with less than two weeks practicing together, they brought down defending champion China.The game is set at 11:30 p.m. (Manila time) at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in the Lebanese capital of Beirut and the Filipinos would like nothing less than a repeat of their 2013 triumph in the Final Four of this event in Manila. Read Next Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Soaring Eagles pierce Archers

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES The Archers had one final stab at stealing the victory, but Ben Mbala and Montalbo bungled their attempts under duress as the Eagles completed a seven-game sweep of the first round while sending their rivals to their second loss in seven games for a tie of second with Adamson.Earlier, National U sent University of the Philippines reeling to a third straight loss while enhancing its own Final Four bid with a 77-70 victory.Matt Salem produced a breakout performance with 21 points as the Bulldogs notched their third win in seven games, tying their victims at fifth spot.Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga quickly quashed talk that the Eagles have supplanted the Archers as the favorites this season.“Its too early to talk about that,” said Arespacochaga. “It was an upset on our part. La Salle is still the favorite, I guess.”Mbala, coming off a career-best 39 points against University of the East on Thursday, was held to just 18 this time as the Eagles clogged the lane and double teamed him at every opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa A missed free throw during last season’s finals haunted Ateneo guard Matt Nieto until Sunday when he delivered the Blue Eagles’ biggest victory yet in UAAP Season 80.Given the opportunity to exorcise the ghost of the loss to fierce rival La Salle, Nieto came through with the biggest plays of the game, including two foul shots with 3.1 seconds remaining that lifted the Blue Eagles to a thrilling 76-75 victory over the Green Archers before a crowd of 14,717 at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT First Game: NU 77 – UP 70NU 77—Salem 21, Gaye 13, Alejandro 12, Joson 6, Diputado 5, Tibayan 4, Yu 3, Abatayo 3, Mosqueda 2, Morido 2, Aquino 2, Bartlett 2, Flores 2, Cauilan 0, Lastimosa 0, Rangel 0.UP 70—Desiderio 15, Dario 11, Gomez de Liano Ja 10, Lim 7, Ouattara 6, Manzo 6, Lao 6, Prado 5, Gomez de Liano Ju 4, Vito 0, Ricafort 0.Quarters: 18-21, 33-38, 56-53, 77-70Second Game: ATENEO 76 – DLSU 75ATENEO 76—Nieto Ma 16, Asistio 14, Mendoza 10, Ravena 9, Verano 6, Go 4, Tolentino 4, Nieto Mi 4, Black 4, Mamuyac 3, Ikeh 2.DLSU 75—Rivero R 19, Mbala 18, Go 11, Rivero P 8, Caracut 5, Paraiso 5, Tratter 4, Montalbo 3, Santillian 2, Gonzales 0.Quarters: 28-16, 43-36, 63-62, 76-75 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Meralco back for unfinished business Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “Everyday I kept thinking about that,” Nieto said of his missed free throw in Game 2 of the finals that hastened the Eagles’ loss to the Archers. “I promised myself it won’t happen again.”Down 74-75 with 7.1 seconds remaining, Nieto forced the turnover on the inbound play for Andrei Caracut, before drawing the foul off Kib Montalbo that sent him to the line.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 shutoutIt wasn’t total redemption, but for Nieto, there was plenty of satisfaction knowing that his pressure-packed foul shots sealed the win, fashioned out desspite Ateneo not hitting a field goal in the last five minutes.“I was just relaxed, just like in practice,” said the third-year guard, who finished with 16 points. “It’s still a long way to go for us (this season), but its just nice to beat La Salle.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

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Dillinger fighting, but struggling against ‘big boys’ at Ginebra

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOutspoken against Ginebra going to the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals, Jared Dillinger seems to have bit more than he can chew as Meralco stares at a 0-2 deficit in the championship series.But the Fil-Am forward is man enough to admit that the Bolts, especially the locals, have their work cut out for them after a dismal showing in the first two games.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Letran slips past St. Benilde to earn Final 4 playoff Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City READ: Brownlee fires 32 as Ginebra draws first blood in PBA FinalsThe 33-year-old acknowledges that the taller and bigger Gin Kings have played a part on intimidating and forcing the Bolts shooters to struggle in the series.“It’s tough. Those guys are 20-30 pounds heavier than me. I’m fighting but they’re big boys over there. It’s not like we don’t know that to begin with, but it wears down on you especially when they post up on you,” he said.But Meralco isn’t just going to roll over and die as Dillinger and company plot their revenge on Game 3 on Wednesday.“We just got to go back and look at the film, keep doing the same routine you got to get some shots up, see the ball going a little bit. No excuses. It’s tough, but we got to adjust and we have to figure it out,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Brownlee, Tenorio shine as Ginebra takes 2-0 Finals lead“Something’s got to happen. Aside from Allen Durham, no one’s shooting that well – Del (de Ocampo), me, Baser (Amer), (Chris) Newsome, Cliff (Hodge). We got to make shots, that’s it. We’re not making our end and it’s tough on AD,” he said.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 shutoutThrough the first two games, Meralco has shot 23 percent from three, down from their average of 37 percent, the league-best, prior to the Finals.Dillinger has also played subpar in the series, where he’s averaging 5.5 points on a 17-percent shooting, 5.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals while committing two turnovers.last_img read more

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Tennys Sandgren blasts media in final shot at Aussie Open

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting But in Melbourne, Sandgren came out of nowhere to stun two top-10 players — Stan Wawrinka and Dominic Thiem — en route to being just the second man in the last 20 years to reach the quarterfinals on his Australian Open debut.What started off as a fairytale story, though, began to change tenor when Sandgren’s social media activity came to light.Before he scrubbed his Twitter history on Tuesday, Sandgren’s tweets had included one saying the unfounded “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory linking Democrats to a child-sex ring at a Washington pizzeria was “sickening and the collective evidence is too much to ignore.”Among his recent retweets was a video by Nicholas Fuentes, former host of a podcast called “America First” who attended last year’s white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.And he apparently targeted Serena Williams, calling a video of her yelling at Roberta Vinci during their U.S. Open semifinal in 2015 “disgusting.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments #KicksStalker: George dedicates 2nd shoe to up-and-comers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:29Police 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 Games01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ “With a handful of follows and some likes on Twitter, my fate has been sealed in your minds,” Sandgren said, reading from his mobile phone. “To write an edgy story, to create sensationalist coverage, there are a few lengths you wouldn’t go to to mark me as the man you desperately want me to be.”Sandgren refused to answer questions about his statement, saying that the focus around him “has gone very far away from the tennis.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIf one thing is clear after the past few days, it certainly has.Given what he’s accomplished on the courts at Melbourne Park, Sandgren’s story was initially focused on his tennis. The 26-year-old Tennessee native has never come close to experiencing this type of success before. Prior to coming to Melbourne, Sandgren was a mainstay on the second-tier Challenger Tour — the minor leagues of tennis. He had only won two matches at the ATP Tour level — and never played in a Grand Slam. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH United States’ Tennys Sandgren leaves Rod Laver Arena after losing his quarterfinal to South Korea’s Chung Hyeon at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — After losing in the Australian Open quarterfinals on Wednesday, Tennys Sandgren saved his final shot of the tournament for the media.Sandgren opened his news conference following a 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 loss to Hyeon Chung by reading a prepared statement directed at the media that has scrutinized his Twitter feed during his unexpected run at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT Williams had apparently taken notice, sending her own tweet during Sandgren’s match, saying “Turns channel” — a message her followers interpreted as a response.Sandgren has defended his social media activity this week, denying being a supporter of the far right while saying he finds “some of the content interesting.”“Who you follow on Twitter I feel doesn’t matter even a little bit,” he said following his win over Thiem. “To say, well, he’s following X person, so he believes all the things that this person believes, I think it’s ridiculous.”He explained in an interview with ESPN that he deleted all of his tweets not because it’s “something that I’m really necessary embarrassed about,” but because he thought that “creating a version of a cleaner start is not a bad call.”With his prepared statement on Wednesday, though, Sandgren made clear he’s done explaining his tweets.“You seek to put people in these little boxes so that you can order the world in your already assumed preconceived ideas,” he said, addressing reporters at his news conference. “You strip away any individuality for the sake of demonizing by way of the collective.”Refusing to take any more questions about social media, Sandgren then shifted gears and offered praise for his quarterfinal opponent, Chung.Later, though, he did return to the subject briefly to offer perspective on the storm of attention he’s received in the past week and a half, saying he was going to go home, turn his phone off and reflect on everything that’s happened.“I constantly try to be introspective as to what’s going on in my life,” he said. “This has been a lot of information to digest in the last few weeks. So I need to take ample time to do so, so I can move forward correctly.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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Wrong number text leads couple to free Stanley Cup tickets

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Santora says the man called her back a few minutes later, saying the text’s intended recipient only wanted one set of the tickets.The tickets were priced at $329. The man told Santora she could have them for free.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantora and her husband took the man up on his offer, finding seats behind the goalie.As for the mystery texter, Santora says “whoever you are, thank you.” MOST READ Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Pittsburgh Penguins and fans celebrate a goal by Penguins’ Scott Wilson during the third period in Game 2 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Final against the Nashville Predators, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Pittsburgh. The Penguins won 4-1. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH — A text message sent to the wrong number led to a Pittsburgh couple scoring free tickets to see the Penguins play Game 2 in the Stanley Cup Final.KDKA-TV reports (http://cbsloc.al/2sjMRoJ ) Amy Santora received a text offering four tickets to Wednesday night’s game against Nashville. She called the number, and the man at the other end said he sent the text to the wrong number.ADVERTISEMENT BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Top-ranked Dustin Johnson misses cut at Memorial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Parks ready to serve PH as Reyes welcomes him in Gilas pool

first_img“Ray-Ray is now going to be added to the pool,” the outspoken mentor said Tuesday at the resumption of the practice sessions at Meralco Gym.READ: Parks shows up to Gilas practiceFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He said he wanted to come in and he wanted to be part of the pool. I said he’s welcome,” he said.With Parks now joining the training, Reyes said that he’ll be in consideration for the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian Games and 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, but not for the Jones Cup slated on July as the deadline for the submission of lineup has already elapsed. View comments What ‘missteps’? “Unless we’re able to make any representations and the organizers allow it, I don’t think he can make it anymore for the Jones Cup lineup, but certainly for the other tournaments, he can still make it. But he has to earn the spot just like everyone else,” he said.READ: ‘No chance’ for Ravena, Parks to make Gilas team in SEABAParks, who was snubbed in the initial list tweeted by Reyes earlier this month, is one of the 15 players who appeared in the Tuesday session, joining Kevin Alas, Baser Amer, and Raymar Jose as the new faces in the national team pool.The 24-year-old swingman is just ecstatic to don the national team colors once again, one year removed from his stint with the Gilas Pilipinas team which saw action in the 2017 Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament.“Being here at the gym, a lot has changed. I just walked into the lobby and I felt like everything has changed already. Just being in the national pool, there’s a lot of talent and I’m blessed just to be here right now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage READ: Parks ‘humbled, privileged’ to be part of Gilas pool Parks is leaving everything up to Reyes regarding his future with Gilas Pilipinas, saying that regardless what competition he participates in, he’ll be happy to hoist the Philippine flag high and proud anew.“To be honest, whenever my country needs me to, I’ll definitely serve. I’d love to represent the country with the best talent and with experienced players,” he said. “At the end of the day, it’s all about the Philippines as a nation and representing the country, especially with what the country’s going through right now.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img Jose replaces Van Opstal in Gilas pool 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken GIlas Pilipinas pool member Ray Parks. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBobby Ray Parks is back in the Gilas Pilipinas pool.National team coach Chot Reyes said the former two-time UAAP MVP and reigning ABL Local MVP reached out to him last Monday so he extended an invitation to attend practices for the upcoming international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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No. 1 pick Fultz raring to help turn things around for Philly

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire 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 “I felt confident in my workout. And just seeing the players there and everybody there happy, and them talking to me after the workout, just telling me they liked what I did and everything like that and trying to work out something, I just feel happy for myself. Like I said, all I needed is an opportunity, and I got the opportunity, so I was satisfied,” he said.READ: Sixers like Fultz first, Lakers eye Ball as NBA draft loomsFultz has a chance to prime Philadelphia for the future alongside last year’s top selection Ben Simmons and promising center Joel Embiid, both of whom he has been in constant touch with through social media.“(Simmons) went to Montverde, so going there, I kind of knew about him and followed him on Twitter, Instagram, and then we ended up exchanging numbers. And I’ve been texting him through the college process, and just getting advice through college and just wishing him good luck,” he said.“And of course, everyone knows Embiid from Twitter and how funny he is and how good of a person he is. In the last couple weeks and stuff I started talking to him a lot more. He used to tweet and retweet my stuff. Like I said, once he figured out I had a chance to go there, he started showing more love and everything like that.”ADVERTISEMENT Washington’s Markelle Fultz answers questions during an interview after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers as the No. 1 pick overall during the 2017 NBA Draft. APMarkelle Fultz believes that the process for the Philadelphia ends here.With the 76ers picking him first in the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday (Friday Manila time), the 6-foot-4 playmaker out of Washington hopes that the franchise can finally turn things around after years of languishing in the league’s cellar.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “It’s a great opportunity and I’m very excited really. Just the fans in Philly, how they back up their players and everything like that, I’m just looking forward to going in there and giving it my all and hopefully changing the program around,” he said.READ: 76ers take Fultz with top pick in NBA draftFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPhiladelphia turned heads three days before the draft when it moved up the board and swapped picks with Boston, exchanging its no. 3 pick in this year’s class alongside a future first rounder for the right to select the 19-year-old Fultz.Fultz is excited to start a new chapter in his basketball career with the 76ers, gaining confidence from the positive feedback he got when he worked out with the team last week. What ‘missteps’?center_img Dy gets slot as Daquis leaves national team Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH MOST READ READ: Markelle Fultz set for the stage of being No. 1 pickBeing drafted is the easy part, but making your mark with the team is harder, and Fultz knows that although he’s on cloud nine now, the real work is ahead of him.But like Simmons and Embiid have embraced in their stay with the Sixers, Fultz has no hesitations about trusting the process.“This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing, and that’s pretty much what they were indicating to me, to just have fun with this process no matter where I go, and I’m happy that I came here,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Children welcome CWG guests with Namaste; Hariharan performs

first_imgHundreds of schoolchildren attired in the tricolour welcomed the Commonwealth Games 2010 to Delhi on Sunday at a glittering ceremony with ace singer Hariharan leading the performance.Hariharan took the stage and rendered the song ‘Swagatam’ (welcome) which created an amalgamation of Hindustani and Carnatic and finally climaxed into Qawali, a form of Sufi music.Over 1,000 children from various schools in the national capital performed a choreography, creating a formation of ‘Namaste’ (folded hands) as Hariharan rendered the song for over five minutes. The Namaste is the sign of welcome and respect to the honoured guests from all over the world.One of the highlights of this performance was students’ painting images of hands with ‘mehandi’.As the students attired in tricolour choreographed the Namaste sign, the 40-crore aerostat welcomed the guests from abroad and various parts of the country in 23 different languages.last_img read more

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Zaheer returns; Sreesanth, Raina rested for next 3 ODIs

first_imgPace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who missed the first two matches due to an injury, was brought back to the Indian side for the next three matches of the ongoing ODI series against New Zealand, while batsman Suresh Raina and pacer Sreesanth were rested ahead of the upcoming South Africa series.The selectors announced two separate teams for the third ODI in Baroda on Saturday and fourth and fifth matches of the series in Bangalore and Chennai on December 7 and 10 respectively.Gautam Gambhir has been retained as the captain of the side for the next three matches, BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan said in a press release after a meeting of the selection committee here.Even though the selectors have called back Zaheer, they have decided to prolong the rest period of four senior players — regular skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh, who were not considered for the first two matches due to injury concerns.Zaheer makes his way into the team in place of in-form Sreesanth, who has picked up an impressive seven wickets in the first two ODIs and has been rested ahead of the upcoming South Africa series.Zaheer missed the third Test against New Zealand and the first two ODIs of the five-match series after sustaining a groin injury during the second Test in Hyderabad last month.Left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra, who was a late induction in the team for the first two ODIs after Praveen Kumar was down with fever, has also managed to retain his place in the side for the next three matches alongwith Praveen.advertisementHowever, wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha, who retained his place for Baroda match, will hand over the gloves to Parthiv Patel in the last two matches, while R Ashwin will make way for Rohit Sharma.India lead the five-match series 2-0 against New Zealand.Team for Baroda ODI: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, R Vinay Kumar.Team for Bangalore and Chennai ODIs: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Murali Vijay, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Sourav Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan, Parthiv Patel (wk), R Ashwin, Ashish Nehra, Munaf Patel, Zaheer Khan, Praveen Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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