DeMar DeRozan’s triple-double lift Spurs past Raptors in Kawhi Leonard’s return

first_imgTS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments LATEST STORIES Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) and San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) jockey for a rebound during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The Spurs’ suffocating defense, scoring runs and fans’ unrelenting contempt for the opposing team’s star player have often overwhelmed the opposition.Kawhi Leonard has seen it many times in San Antonio, but the Toronto star never experienced it from the opposing bench until Thursday night. It was worse than he expected.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion The Spurs gave reason for the fans to constantly cheer, leading by as many as 28 points against a Raptors team that has been atop the Eastern Conference for much of the season.LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points for San Antonio, Bryn Forbes added 20, Derrick White 19 and Rudy Gay 13.“Yeah it was a different kind of game, it was more of a playoff atmosphere, but that’s what we live for,” Gay said. “It’s the NBA, you’re going to have times like this, those are times you have to step up.”The night belonged to DeRozan, though, as he became the first San Antonio player with a triple-double at home since Tim Duncan in 2003.“I told him it was about time,” Popovich said.DeRozan shot 7 for 15 from the field, collecting 13 defensive rebounds and finishing with just three turnovers in 33 minutes.DeRozan’s 10th assist came on an entry to Aldridge that the Spurs center punctuated with a celebration in honor of his teammate’s career milestone.“He was in high gear tonight,” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He was in his fast, athletic gear tonight and when he’s in that gear, he’s tough to handle, as we all know.”After leading by as many as 26 points in the first half, San Antonio opened the second half on a 12-0 run to take a 79-51 lead.The crowd erupted during a sequence of plays when Leonard had the ball tipped away, which led to a slam dunk by White. That possession was followed by Leonard being unable to corral an alley-oop pass, which led to DeRozan tossing in a runner and being fouled by Serge Ibaka. DeRozan made the free throw amid chants of “MVP! MVP!” — something Leonard heard during his time in San Antonio. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READcenter_img The reception didn’t surprise Leonard.“No,” Leonard said. “Media does a great mind to stir people’s minds and to influence them to think a certain way. So, I already knew how that was going to be the way the media was.”Fans were angry that Leonard forced his way out of San Antonio this offseason in a trade that yielded DeRozan and Jakob Poeltl from Toronto for him and Danny Green.Leonard was booed heavily from the moment he walked onto the court for warmup. The boos continued during a pregame video tribute and player introductions, whenever he touched the ball and as he walked off the court following the lopsided loss.“I felt badly about it,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Kawhi’s a high-character guy. We all make decisions in our lives about what we’re going to do with our futures and he has that same right as any of us. So, I felt badly, honestly.”ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo top early NBA All-Star vote totals Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “We didn’t do a good job in transition, defense,” Leonard said. “We didn’t play well at all defensively. Spurs did a great job pushing the pace and kicking out for wide-open shots.”As the game ended, Popovich and Leonard embraced in a long hug and the Spurs coach led his former star to San Antonio’s bench to greet assistant coach Ettore Messina.TIP-INSRaptors: The Spurs played a tribute video for Leonard and Green prior to the game that ended with “Thank you Danny and Kawhi.” Green ran over to and hugged Popovich prior to tipoff. Green finished with no points on 0-for-7 shooting. … Lowry missed his fourth straight game due to lower back pain.Spurs: DeRozan is the first Spurs player to have at least 15 points 10 rebounds and five assists in a half since Tim Duncan in 2007. DeRozan also recorded his first double-double in a half. … Gay played 23 minutes to Popovich’s surprise, who thought the 13-year veteran would miss the game with a sprained left wrist.UP NEXTRaptors: At Milwaukee on Saturday night.Spurs: Host Memphis on Saturday night. DeMar DeRozan 21 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists for first career triple-double and San Antonio welcomed back Leonard with thunderous jeers in the Spurs’ 125-107 victory over the Raptors.“You’ve got to thrive in moments like that,” DeRozan said. “You’ve got to love to play in that type of atmosphere, whether it’s at home or on the road. It kind of fuels you, kind of gets you going. That’s what made it so fun.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionIt wasn’t much fun for Leonard and the Raptors, who saw a three-game winning streak snapped in inglorious fashion.Leonard scored 21 points on 8-for-13 shooting, but the anger the Spurs’ fans showered on him seemed to impact the MVP candidate. Leonard had to take a step back at the free throw line and compose himself amid chants of “Traitor! Traitor!” and “Quitter! Quitter!” from the capacity crowd that adored him during his seven seasons in San Antonio. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

Neymar to miss Manchester United tie after being ruled out for 10 weeks

first_img(FILES) This file photo taken on January 15, 2019 shows Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar adjusting his shoe during the team’s winter training camp at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha. – Paris Saint-Germain’s coach said on January 28, 2019 it would be “super difficult” for Neymar to be ready in time for the Champions League last-16, first leg against Manchester United at Old Trafford on February 12. (Photo by Karim JAAFAR / AFP)Neymar will miss both legs of Paris Saint-Germain’s upcoming Champions League last-16 tie against Manchester United after the French club confirmed on Tuesday that the world’s most expensive player would be out for 10 weeks with a metatarsal injury.However, Neymar will not undergo an operation, with PSG saying the Brazilian had instead agreed on “a conservative treatment” that could see him return in time for the Champions League quarter-finals in April should they qualify.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “Paris Saint-Germain sends its strongest support and encouragement to Neymar Jr. to overcome this injury, with the courage and determination that the player has always shown,” the club added.While Neymar will now sit out a crucial period in PSG’s season, there has also been concern back in Brazil, which will host the Copa America in June and July.An operation would have put Neymar’s participation in that tournament at risk, as well as effectively ending his club season.Brazil coach Tite and national team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar have been in Paris this week to visit Neymar, who suffered a fracture to the same right foot at the end of February last year.He underwent an operation, performed by Lasmar, and returned just in time for the World Cup in Russia last June.ADVERTISEMENT “After detailed analysis by specialists, a consensus was reached of a conservative treatment of Neymar’s injury to the fifth right metatarsal,” the French champions said.“Informed of this recommendation, Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian international striker agreed with this protocol. As a result, Neymar is expected to return to the field within 10 weeks.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsNeymar suffered the injury in PSG’s French Cup win against Strasbourg last week, and his coach Thomas Tuchel had already all but ruled the 222-million-euro forward out of the first leg against United at Old Trafford on February 12.The second leg of that tie is scheduled for March 6, and the timeline announced by the club means he could just make it back in time for a quarter-final first leg, due to be played on April 9 and 10. The second legs are set for the following week. PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Aaron Black says goodbye to Ateneo as he skips final UAAP year US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

No ownership issues in Kings XI Punjab, says COO

first_imgPreity Zinta and Ness WadiaKings XI Punjab are set to be back in action on the cricket field in the upcoming Champions League T20, the first time after their star owners Priety Zinta and Ness Wadia battled out an ugly police case which remains in the news three months after the incident.Bollywood star Zinta had filed a police complaint alleging molestation by her former lover and co-owner of the team Ness Wadia during the IPL qualifier match played on May 30 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.Ironically, the incident had come to light at a time when the franchisee had, for the first time in IPL history, found their feet and qualified for the finals where they finished second after Kolkata Knight Riders.Kings XI Punjab COO Fraser Castellino when asked about the effect the warring owners would have on the team and its ownership pattern said it would remain a personal issue between two individuals. “I am not aware of any ownership issues within the team. If you are referring to issues between two individuals, that will in no way affect our cricket or our business. We will continue to strive to win matches on the cricket field.”Kings XI who have qualified for the Champions league for the first time would start their campaign against Hobart Hurricanes on September 18. Fraser confirmed that they would be retaining their support staff for the series even as two of their coaches are now serving the Indian team in England. “I can confirm that Sanjay Bangar will be back in action as our coach, and so will fielding coach R Sridhar. I have been speaking with Sanjay regularly and he would be joining our camp on the 12th,” he said.advertisementInterestingly Australian Joe Dawes, whose innings as Indian team bowling coach may have ended after the test series loss to England, would continue to serve as the bowling coach of Kings XI. While Dawes was asked to step back from duties for the one-day series, Bangar and Sridhar got their first opportunity with the national team in England over their IPL showing.BCCI would be deciding on the make up of the support staff for the West Indies series after the ODI series concludes in England.last_img read more

James, Caldwell-Pope star as Lakers snap Hornets’ winning run

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, yells after dunking as Charlotte Hornets guard Devonte’ Graham watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 29, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers wanted to move the ball on offense and contain Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker on defense.They succeeded on both goals, completing an emphatic sweep of the two-game season series.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James had 27 points and nine assists, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 points and the Lakers ended the Hornets’ four-game winning streak with a 129-115 victory on Friday night.Rajon Rondo had 17 of the Lakers’ 34 assists, and Kyle Kuzma added 20 points as the Lakers won their third straight at home.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“The ball movement has been great. We’ve been spacing the floor, getting it to the open guy,” Caldwell-Pope said. “It’s been good for us, and the way we’ve been playing on both ends of the ball has been amazing.”Walker scored 24 points and had six assists for the Hornets, who trail Miami for the final playoff spot from the Eastern Conference by two games with seven games remaining. Caldwell-Pope did most of his damage from 3-point range, where he was 6 of 10, and the rest of the Lakers dominated from inside the arc by making 62 percent of their shots there (33 for 53).While many of their best offensive performances have come when playing fast and getting out in transition, Los Angeles only had 16 fast-break points, which reflected Charlotte coach James Borrego’s assessment of a poor defensive effort.“They didn’t feel us all night on the other end,” Borrego said. “They got the shots they wanted. Guys we were trying to run off the line, they got shots, so you got to give the Lakers credit. We’ve got to come to compete a little bit more at that end of the floor.”Caldwell-Pope had 17 points in the first half and made 4 of 6 3-point attempts, helping the Lakers take a 69-59 lead at the break.The Hornets didn’t fare much better to start the second half, with the Lakers opening the third quarter on a 14-4 run and pushing out the lead to as many as 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TIP-INSHornets: The Hornets had six players score in double figures. Bridges had 17, Frank Kaminsky III and Marvin Williams each added 13, and Devonte Graham scored 11. … Charlotte was 16 of 17 at the free throw line, with the only miss from Bismack Biyombo.Lakers: Rondo had five steals to go with his season high in assists, becoming the first Laker with at least 17 assists and five steals since Magic Johnson on Dec. 15, 1989, at Boston. . Lance Stephenson got his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 13 rebounds.UP NEXTHornets: Visit Golden State on Sunday.Lakers: Visit New Orleans on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event “It basically comes down to us just not being all the way locked in,” said Hornets guard Dwayne Bacon, who had 21 points.Los Angeles was just as effective in limiting Walker, who was 1 for 7 from 3. It didn’t help the Hornets’ cause that Jeremy Lamb was 1 for 11 for seven points in 20 minutes after spraining his right ankle against San Antonio on Tuesday.“We just wanted to contain (Walker), get the ball out of his hands as much as possible, make other guys make plays,” Caldwell-Pope said.EMBRACING THE ROLELakers coach Luke Walton downplayed the idea that his team had taken to playing spoiler after being eliminated from playoff contention for the sixth consecutive season, but Caldwell-Pope liked dealing a blow to someone else’s aspirations.“Why not? We wanted to be in the playoffs as bad as the other team, but, unfortunately, we’re not there,” Caldwell-Pope said. “So why not wreck some other teams?”The Lakers could still have a say in postseason seeding and matchups as their final five games are against Western Conference teams currently holding playoff spots.SHAKE IT OFFThe Hornets got off to a good start with a 12-0 run in the first quarter, but rookie forward Miles Bridges said they “kind of backed up a little bit” after taking an early eight-point lead.“We have to keep the pedal to the metal,” Bridges said. Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles UAAP men’s volleyball: NU survives Ateneo for 9th straight win, Adamson fends off UP View commentslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo’s 2nd half explosion leads Bucks past Pistons for 2-0 lead

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew After scoring 10 points and playing only 14 minutes in the first half, Antetokounmpo scored Milwaukee’s first seven points in the third quarter.“It is about will,” Antetokounmpo said. “I knew they were going to put guys in the paint, crowd me. I just tried to have patience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAs the Bucks took the court after halftime, Eric Bledsoe had some words of advice for the team’s leader.“Eric told me, ‘Be aggressive, it is going to come.’ That is what I tried to do,” Antetokounmpo said. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “For the most part, we came out and competed and we definitely made them feel us,” Jackson said.Game 3 is Saturday night in Detroit.Detroit clawed within seven in the fourth before the Bucks put it away, capped by a hard drive by Antetokounmpo on a break. He banked in an awkward reverse-angle shot while crashing to the floor after being fouled by Drummond. He completed the three-point play to make it 105-87.After falling behind early, Detroit battled back in the second quarter, finally taking a 57-56 lead on Jackson’s jumper with 28 seconds left. Bledsoe briefly put the Bucks back in front, but Jackson closed the half with a layup to give Detroit a 59-58 lead.“I thought we set the tone in the second quarter,” Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. “Our challenge has been extending hard play, not getting bored with fundamentals, not getting bored kicking the ball out, doing those things offensively.”TIP-INSPistons: Griffin took part in light drills at the morning’s shootaround while wearing a heavy brace on his leg. … Thon Maker, acquired from Milwaukee near the trading deadline, started in Griffin’s place for the second straight game. … Detroit committed two turnovers in the first half.Bucks: G Tony Snell, who continues to deal with a left ankle sprain, was inactive. Snell has been sidelined since rolling his ankle March 24 against Cleveland. Sterling Brown started at shooting guard in place of Snell. … Pau Gasol (left foot soreness) and Malcolm Brogdon (right foot plantar fascia) also remained out. … F Nikola Mirotic, who played 15 minutes and scored four points Sunday, had two points in 11 minutes in Game 2. Mirotic missed the last 11 games of the regular season after fracturing his left thumb March 19.LONG DISTANCEAntetokounmpo made a 3-pointer as part of his personal 7-0 run to start the third quarter. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bucks outscored Detroit 35-17 in the period to take a 93-76 lead into the fourth.“I don’t think he felt great about how he played in the first half,” Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said about Antetokounmpo. “When he feels that way, he’s going to do something to change it.”Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 points, and Khris Middleton had 24. Milwaukee is trying to win a series for the first time since 2001.“We knew they was going to come out with fight,” Bledsoe said. “We just had to match their intensity.”Luke Kennard had 19 points for Detroit. Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond each added 18, and Drummond had 16 rebounds. Detroit star Blake Griffin sat out again with a left knee injury, but received a technical for the second straight game for arguing from the bench.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READcenter_img Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo gives high-fives to his teammates during the first half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Saddled with early foul trouble and faced with an aggressive defensive scheme that kept him in check for the first two quarters, Giannis Antetokounmpo set the tone immediately in the second half.Antetokounmpo scored 13 of his 26 points in Milwaukee’s big third quarter and the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 120-99 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.ADVERTISEMENT Celtics rally past Pacers to pull ahead 2-0 in first round series “I have been working on it a lot,” he said. “It is a part of my game now. That one went in and we were able to make a run. I know they are going to give me those shots the whole game. I’ve just got to be able to be mentally prepared and get to my rhythm and take those shots.”Detroit’s plan was to keep Antetokounmpo out of the paint and force him to shoot from deep. “That’s the shot right now in his career, you want him to shoot those threes. But the day is going to come when Antetokounmpo is going to make that shot consistently and we are all going to be in trouble.”KENNARD GETS STARTAfter Luke Kennard scored 21 points off the bench in Game 1, Casey inserted into the starting lineup.“Starting or coming off the bench, either way is fine with me,” Kennard said. “We wanted to create a little bit more space on offense. I thought we did that and got some good looks.”PACKERS SHOW SUPPORTGreen Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and girlfriend Danica Patrick attended the game. Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari, sporting a Bucks cap, guzzled can of Spotted Cow beer while being shown on the scoreboard.BREWERS CHEERING SECTIONSeveral members of the Milwaukee Brewers also cheered on the Bucks, including reigning National League MVP Christian Yelich, pitchers Jhoulys Chacín and Jeremy Jeffress, manager Craig Counsell and president of baseball operations and general manager David Stearns. 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James Harden played Game 2 with blurred vision and stinging eyes

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The reigning MVP hopes he will feel better with a few days off before the Rockets’ Western Conference semifinal series against Golden State resumes Saturday in Houston with his team trailing 2-0 following a 115-109 loss Tuesday night in Game 2.Harden scored 29 points on 9-for-19 shooting to go with seven rebounds, four assists and six turnovers. Eye drops he received only helped so much to relieve the discomfort.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe injured his eyes with 6:39 left in the first quarter, grabbing at his face after he and Green fought for a loose rebound and Green’s left hand got Harden in the face.“I can barely see. Just tried to go out there and do what I can to help my teammates,” Harden said. “It’s pretty blurry right now. Hopefully it gets better day by day.” View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Houston Rockets’ James Harden wipes his injured eye with a towel during the first half of Game 2 of the team’s second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, April 30, 2019. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California— James Harden’s eyes were still red and stinging well after the final buzzer.He could barely see on the court let alone read the box score after the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Kevin Durant on James Harden: He’s ‘clever’ but not cheater When Harden went to the locker room with 6:27 remaining and a towel over his left eye for a cut, Green patted him on the back and checked to make sure he was OK. Harden returned at the 7:09 mark of the second.“We were fighting for a rebound. I made a mistake and hit him in his eye,” Green said. “It’s not about hurting anybody out here. So many times people forget, when a guy has an injury, you live with that every day, every second of every day. It’s not just about this game. If his eye is messed up, he’s got to live that every day. Just want to check on the guy. At the end of the day it’s bigger than basketball when it comes to injuries.”Harden scored seven straight Houston points during one stretch midway through the fourth, including a 3 at 7:25 that got the Rockets within 92-89. Stephen Curry then connected for a key 3 at the 6:31 mark.As good as he still was, Harden didn’t seem completely comfortable.“He fought through some stuff. The guy looked like he was not in great shape the first half, I think it might have cleared up a little bit,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But he got raked pretty good in the eyes. But that’s him. I didn’t have a doubt he was coming back unless it was something catastrophic. I’m sure he would have loved to have played better. Under the circumstances, I thought he played great.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Boxing chief ‘optimistic’ over ending Tokyo Olympics threat

first_imgIf the AIBA’s Olympic suspension is maintained the IOC has said it will step in to ensure the sport appears in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ricci Rivero leads Gilas team for Fiba 3×3 Asia Cup LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew (FILES) In this file photo taken on April 12, 2019 International Boxing Federation AIBA interim president, Morocco’s Mohamed Moustahsane poses during an interview with AFP in Lausanne. – (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)Amateur boxing’s governing body the AIBA emerged from talks with the IOC on Monday “optimistic” of retaining the right to organize the event at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The International Olympic Committee has frozen boxing’s preparations for next year’s Games as it seeks proof that the AIBA has cleaned up its act after concern over its governance and finances.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting AIBA interim president Mohamed Moustahsane said: “We had a very productive meeting with the IOC inquiry committee today.”He said he was confident the inquiry would produce a positive report with the IOC which is due to meet to decide on its verdict on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMoustahsane, in a statement, added: “We remain optimistic about the future of Olympic boxing and AIBA’s ability to safeguard this great sport.”The Moroccan doctor was joined by AIBA’s American chief executive Tom Virgets in an eight-strong delegation at the hearing with the three-member IOC inquiry led by Nenad Lalovic, the president of wrestling’s ruling body. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportlast_img read more

Megan Rapinoe kicks FIFA, says women’s soccer not treated equally

first_imgA champion at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 World Cup, the Seattle Reign midfielder has been the most outspoken American player.FIFA doubled prize money for the women to $30 million this year from the amount four years ago and the amount for the winning team to $4 million. That remains a fraction of the money at last year’s men’s World Cup, where France received $38 million from a $400 million pool. FIFA has raised the men’s pool to $440 million for 2022.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I would like to see a major paradigm shift and sort of a major overhaul,” Rapinoe said. “There’s been such a lack of investment for all of these years and such a lack of care and attention that doubling or tripling or quadrupling investment, care, attention to the women’s game I think would be appropriate.”FIFA pointed to the increase in resources devoted to women since Gianni Infantino became FIFA’s president in 2016, including the hiring of Fatma Samoura as secretary general, the first woman to hold the post; the addition of Sarai Bareman as FIFA’s first chief women’s football officer and the establishment of a FIFA’s women’s division; and using video assistant referees at the Women’s World Cup following the introduction of VAR at last year’s men’s World Cup. FIFA said its staff at the World Cup will include 214 women and 218 men. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Breanna Stewart to be WNBA ambassador this season DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Players on the U.S. team sued the U.S. Soccer Federation in March, charging institutionalized gender discrimination. The USSF countered that pay and benefits for members of the men’s and women’s teams, bargained by separate unions, can’t be compared and said there was no basis for allegations of illegal conduct.“It’s not this divide. It’s very much a cohesive unit,” U.S. coach Jill Ellis said. “It doesn’t enter the locker room. It doesn’t enter the meeting space. We’re working together and making this work and, yeah, I understand. I’m a woman. I have a young daughter. I understand a lot of the bigger social issues out there in terms of that. But I also know right now the job is to get the team focused and they are focused.”Preparing for her third World Cup, Rapinoe is among three American co-captains, joined by two-time FIFA player of the year Carli Lloyd and Alex Morgan. With short, spikey dyed blond hair, Rapinoe is the most recognizable U.S. women’s player.Before the 2012 Olympics, she came out as gay. She knelt during the national anthem three years ago in support of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and this year became the first openly gay woman to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue .Rapinoe is not surprised at attacks on LGBTQ rights and abortion rights.“Equality for all requires people who have more of it right now to give up some which I think, obviously, is a good thing for everyone,” she said. “But some people don’t want to give that up, so they’re doing everything they can to keep all of it to themselves. I don’t think it’s surprising. I think those people are probably going to do everything they can to keep all the power that they have for as long as they possibly can.”She maintains inequality for women in sports goes beyond soccer.“I think it’s pretty clear women in sport have not been treated with the same care and financing and all of that that men’s sports has,” she said. “So I don’t think anyone’s really arguing about that anymore.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue In addition to the boost in prize money, FIFA added $11.5 million for teams’ preparations for the Women’s World Cup and $8.5 million for club benefits, raising spending to $50 million. FIFA spent $48 million for teams’ preparations at last year’s men’s World Cup and $209 million for club benefits , so by that metric the disparity is $657 million to $50 million.Rapinoe also criticized FIFA for allowing three major finals to take place on the same day, splitting focus that could otherwise be solely on the women. The women’s final in Lyon, France, will kick off at 11 a.m. EDT and be followed by the Copa America championship match in Rio de Janeiro at 4 p.m. EDT and the CONCACAF Gold Cup final in Chicago at 9 p.m. EDT.“It’s ridiculous and disappointing, to be honest,” Rapinoe said.FIFA said playing the three finals on the same day would boost attention for all.“The scheduling of the different events has gone through a comprehensive consultancy process, which has involved all key stakeholders and taken into account different aspects of the women’s and men’s international match calendars,” it said in a statement. “It is a rare and exciting occurrence.”ADVERTISEMENT Megan Rapinoe, a member of the United States women’s national soccer team, speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York, Friday, May 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK — U.S. star Megan Rapinoe gave FIFA some kicks two weeks ahead of the World Cup, maintaining the sport’s top executives are not doing enough to close a huge gender disparity in investment.“They have essentially unlimited resources. I don’t think that it’s really been a huge change at all,” the 33-year-old Californian said Friday, two days ahead of the Americans’ send-off match against Mexico. “Sort of the incremental change that we’ve seen is just not enough.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Sarita Devi: Indian boxer faces AIBA probe for speaking her mind!

first_imgCrying bitterly on the podium, Sarita Devi refused to wear the medal at the ceremony podiumIn what appears to be a clear insult to the injury, Indian boxer Sarita Devi now faces a possible disciplinary action from International Boxing Association(AIBA) for returning her bronze medal during the podium ceremony with the world governing body’s supervisor describing her act as “regretful”.The Indian lightweight boxer stunned officials and spectators by refusing to accept the bronze medal, which is now in the custody of organisers.Sarita was in disbelief yesterday when she lost against home favourite Jina Park, who ended up as the silver-medallist. She was clearly the better of the two pugilists but the judges thought otherwise.Crying bitterly on the podium, Sarita first refused to wear the medal before handing it over to Park after sharing an emotional hug with the home boxer.The former Asian and world champion then left the ceremony. Park, visibly rattled by the turn of events, left the medal on the podium and made her exit.”AIBA has already proceeded its Disciplinary Action Process to review this case, and the decision will be made immediately after the Asian Games,” AIBA said in a statement.AIBA in its statement said that its supervisor and Technical Delegate David B Francis has submitted a report to the Olympic Council of Asia(OCA) concerning the case.”The whole incident looked like a well planned scenario by her and her team, and it is regretful to watch a boxer refuse the medal regardless of what happened in the competition,” Francis wrote.advertisementSarita Devi cries looking at a medal as she is consoled by Vietnam’s Thi Duyen Luu”In this regard, as the Technical Delegate, I had to request OCA to review this incident, so any boxer or athlete in other sports will not follow in her footsteps by respecting the spirit of fair-play and sportsmanship of the Olympic Movement,” added Francis.The AIBA Supervisor argued that the whole Indian Boxing Team was protesting the AIBA Referees and Judges’ system and management, which was “obviously caused by a lack of understanding of the AIBA Technical and AOB Competition Rules.”The report further added that while protesting, the Indian did not follow the AIBA Technical Rules and protested against the judge’s decisions, though the rules only allow a protest against the referee’s decision.Sarita appeared to be a clear winner in the bout yesterday, dominating the proceedings with such ferocity that Park barely managed to stand the assault. But much to the shock of the Indian contingent and the spectators, the judges awarded the bout to Park.Miffed by the decisions, the Indian boxing contingent also lodged a protest after paying a non-refundable USD 500 fee. But, it ended up being for a lost cause as the International Boxing Association’s(AIBA) technical committee rules bar any complaints against judges and protests can only be filed against decision of the referees.”It’s not that I did not want to accept the medal. I accepted it and then gave it back to the Koreans. I had to do this to continue with my boxing career or the memory of this incident would have stayed on in my mind. I would now go back and hug my infant child,” she said.She was ready to accept the consequences of her actions but also accused the Indian officialdom of being uncaring in the whole episode.”I am prepared for any consequences. Not one Indian official came to us and consoled or even spoke to us,” she said.Sarita Devi waves and leaves the podium as China’s Yin Junhua gestures to herSarita Devi’s pent up anger came to fore as she lashed out at the Indian officials who were nowhere to find when she needed another $100 to lodge a protest against the judges’ decision. She said that her husband furnished $400 but they were still short by another $100 to register her protest. And, unlikely of the Indian officials, someone from the crowd came forward and helped her with the money.Sarita’s incident, however, wasn’t the only case of the dubious boxing scoring. India’s Devendro Singh also lost 0-3 against his Korean rival despite dominating the second and third round in the quarterfinal. The judges ruled the bout in favour of the Korean boxer in what looked like another games marred by dodgy decisions.In the other incident, a Mongolian boxer also suffered a similar fate and couldn’t believe that the judges ruled against his favour.Distraught with the decision, the Mongolian refused to leave the ring and stood there despite the judges asking him to leave.advertisementThe Mongolians were up for a fight and decided to withdraw their entire boxing team as a mark of protest. Unlike the Indian contingent, the Mongolian Chef de Mission, Contingent leader and everyone took the AIBA head on.last_img read more