Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next The closest Blackwater got to Alaska was in the 2:09 mark of the fourth after Mac Belo and Michael Digregorio made two straight three-pointers to cut the deficit to one, 81-80.And as if fate strummed its strings, Chris Banchero converted twice from the line to gave Alaska an 83-80 buffer with 1:49 left in the game.Banchero finished the game with a conference-high 16 points with seven rebounds and five steals while Vic Manuel also had 16 points for Alaska.Kevin Racal and Teng also finished in double digits for the Aces with 14 and 10 points, respectively.JP Erram led the Elite with 14 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks while Digregorio and Belo paced Blackwater with 15 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO LATEST STORIES Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESAlaska continued its upward trajectory in the PBA Philippine Cup after holding off Blackwater, 88-84, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After starting the conference at 0-2, the Aces have now strung together four straight wins for a 4-2 record while Elite slipped to their third straight loss for 2-4.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises With the two teams trading blows in the final six minutes of the game, Alaska rookie Jeron Teng dealt the haymaker with 1:04 left in the game with a triple from the top of the key that gave the Aces an 86-80 lead.“I am very relieved,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “Obviously it helped us that they missed a bunch of free throws, it seemed like in the second half they really missed a bunch and in a close game that matters.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlackwater mounted a 21-8 run across the third and fourth quarters that cut Alaska’s lead to two, 70-68, early in the final period.And although the Elite kept it close, they never tied nor took the lead as they missed seven free throws in the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter allowing the Aces to keep them at bay. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:29Police 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 Abueva leaves Alaska-Blackwater game due to ‘personal emergency’ MOST READ View comments
Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ‘It is gonna be a classic’ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving JR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Chicken noodle or tomato? J.R. Smith didn’t serve up any explanation.Cleveland’s mercurial shooting guard declined an interview request Friday, a day after the Cavaliers suspended him one game for throwing a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Smith did not address the team over the latest drama for a team that has had no shortage of theater this season.“I had a little discussion with him,” Lue said before refusing to say if he was the one who suspended Smith.The 32-year-old Smith, who served his suspension while the Cavs were beaten by the Sixers, had a history of fines and other issues before arriving in Cleveland by a trade in 2015. However, he’s had few problems with the Cavs and has been a key member of three straight Eastern Conference championship teams. Smith has endeared himself to Cleveland fans with his hustle and knack for knocking down big shots.But Smith hasn’t been himself this season. He’s always been a streaky shooter, but his shot isn’t falling as often. In 59 games (56 starts), Smith is averaging 8.3 points — the second-lowest average of his career — and shooting 39 percent.An emotional player and person, Smith was clearly bothered by the arrival before the season of Dwyane Wade, who briefly took his starting spot. Wade was traded to Miami at the deadline, and the move seemed to invigorate Smith.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Rodney Hood started in Smith’s place against the Sixers and scored 11 points on 5 of 14 shooting. Before Thursday’s game, Lue said Smith will return to the starting lineup following his suspension.Smith’s target, Jones, previously played for the Cavs and is in his second season as an assistant on Lue’s staff. Jones played in the NBA for 11 seasons for 10 teams.Before Thursday’s clash with Smith, the talkative Jones engaged in a lively shooting contest with point guard George Hill. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The soup toss came following Thursday’s shootaround at the team’s training facility, hours before the Cavs played the Philadelphia 76ers, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team has not disclosed details.Smith was with his teammates Friday — the Cavs didn’t practice, but watched film — and after getting in some extra shots, he told a team spokesman he will address the media at Saturday’s shootaround before the Cavs play Denver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUntil then, what triggered his brothy outburst remains a mystery.ESPN.com first reported the reason for Smith’s suspension. 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding
Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel is primed for yet another title run heading into the playoffs of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup with an 8-2 record and one more eliminations game in its schedule.The Beermen brushed off also-ran Blackwater, 124-113, Wednesday at Cuneta Astrodome to tack on two straight wins, their first win streak since going 5-0 at the start of the conference, but earning their 8th win wasn’t met without hardships.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ For the past five games, the Beermen has played inconsistent, with sluggish starts to their games.Though their record of 3-2 in the last five games seems respectable, the first halves have been pedestrian at best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAnd that is an area of concern for the Beermen, despite both outings ending in wins“We’re worried about our performance because we’ve started slowly in our past two games and we can’t afford to have games like that,” said Beermen head coach Leo Austria. Marcio Lassiter, who finished with 21 points and eight steals against the Elite, said it all boils down to how their defensive intensity responds to their opponent’s offensive power.“We understand that the playoffs are around the corner and we have to continue to step up and play the defense we’re capable of playing,” said Lassiter. “It shouldn’t take us a half to realize that. We should be able to do that from the beginning, no matter who we’re playing.”Austria, pointing to the league’s intangibles, said even if they get to take one of the top two spots in the conference, he’s still wary of the 7th or 8th seeded teams come playoff time.“Even if we get to the top two, we’re still not assured of a sure spot because the teams in the bottom have the materials to beat any team in the league and we should be very careful because every team wants to beat us,” said Austria.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next San Miguel, despite winning three out of five in the recent stretch, has been outplayed in the first 24 minutes of play.Opponents were outscoring the Beermen 54 points per game to 50 ppg in the first halves of the last five matches.Digging deeper into the numbers, San Miguel has been dismal in the two losses.TnT and Barangay Ginebra ran the Beermen out of the gym in the first 24 minutes, 52.5 ppg to San Miguel’s 40.5 ppg.Even the Beermen’s recent victory over the Elite started off poorly for San Miguel with Blackwater taking an early 72-56 lead going into the third.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cavs the champs but Warriors the favorites in NBA Finals BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds
Former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi is learnt to have told the Enforcement Directorate (ED) that he faces a threat to life and cannot return to India.In a letter to ED Assistant Director D.K. Sinha on October 12, available with Headlines Today, Modi said he had received an email from an unknown source threatening him with dire consequences.The letter said the Mumbai Police had intercepted communication that indicated that the underworld had plans to assassinate Modi.Modi said he had been advised to stay away from India as long as the threat remained.Modi’s lawyers have responded to the ED’s summons, attaching the detailed correspondence between him and the police
After the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG), one of the main questions that did the rounds amongst the sports fraternity was whether the stadiums, built spending crores of rupees, would ultimately be available to the athletes for training or whether they would turn into proverbial ‘white elephants’. Sports minister Ajay Maken announced on Saturday the formation of a committee comprising renowned sportspersons, which would submit a report about ways to utilise the stadiums in the best possible way.Sports Minister Ajay Maken at the National Stadium in New DelhiMaken, who on Saturday went on a visit to five CWG stadiums, added that the committee will have their first meeting on Monday and would submit their report within four weeks after which steps will be taken keeping in mind the London 2012 Olympics.”I am happy to see the worldclass infrastructure in place. At the same time, it was disappointing to see that no players are practising in these state-of-the art stadiums.”So we have decided to form a committee comprising renowned sportspersons PT Usha, Mary Kom, Bhaichung Bhutia and Dilip Tirkey who would prepare a report on how to utilise the stadiums for the benefit of the athletes. Veteran journalist K Dutta would also be a member of the committee headed by secretary (sports),” Maken said.”We will be mainly focussing on three aspects regarding the stadiums: firstly, how to utilise them as training centres for young athletes; secondly, making the stadiums available to top athletes keeping in mind the London 2012 Olympics and thirdly, hosting national and international sporting events – the calendar of which will be out soon,” said Maken.advertisementRegarding the maintenance of the stadiums, the minister declared that he would like them to be maintained by the government rather than a public-private-partnership model.”The sports ministry has decided to hand over three stadiums to NDMC for cleaning and another two would be maintained by the Sports Authority of India (SAI). CPWD had to do the maintenance till March 31 and we are considering allowing them to do so beyond that date,” he said.Maken added that the SAI is also in touch with sport federations as well as the DDA regarding training of athletes for London 2012.”What we could not provide to the athletes during the CWG, we would like to do that for the Olympics which is 15 months away. The SAI is constantly in touch with the federations regarding their preparations.We are also in consultation with the DDA to arrange their accommodation during their stay in the capital,” Maken said.Maken visited Dr SPM Swimming Complex, National Stadium, IGI Stadium and JLN Stadium and Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range.
The sports ministry’s proposal for merger of the two rival hockey federations is an offer that neither can refuse.IHF president RK Shetty with HI secretary Narinder Batra.With both Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) embroiled in a legal battle, sports minister Ajay Maken’s proposal to expand the former’s executive board to accommodate members of the rival body seems a move to placate both bodies.As a result, neither federation can afford to reject it outright.”It is an honest effort and a good initiative by the government,” Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra told Mail Today on Monday, a day before the two federations have to submit their responses with the ministry.Batra does not see much wrong with what the ministry is proposing.”We have no objections to it and our response will be on the lines of the proposals forwarded by the sports minister. We have had discussions among ourselves and have also talked with people in the IHF as well,” he said.Batra said Hockey India was willing to do its bit for the game. “It is a positive development and we are ready for whatever is good for the game.” IHF president RK Shetty was not so forthcoming on the matter, but indicated that the move was a step in the right direction.”We also want a single body for hockey in India. It is a new step by the government and needs co-operation from all three sides for the best results,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY.advertisement”We are discussing the matter, but the proposal is demanding a lot from us, without promising much in return. Even the name of our federation will be taken away.”I can’t say much before we actually submit our response. It will not be a decision taken solely by me. All my colleagues will have to be consulted,” he added.The ministry has given only three days for the two federations to respond and the hurry may be necessitated to show the Supreme Court that it is working to break the impasse.If its proposal is accepted, it can bask in the glory of engineering a solution.Otherwise, it can report to the court that one (or both) federations played spoilsport. By mooting the proposal, the ministry has lobbed the ball back in the court of the two warring bodies.
With the series already under their belt, a confident India will look to continue their dominating run and complete a 4-1 drubbing over an inconsistent Sri Lanka in the final one-dayer in Pallekele on Saturday.India have been consistent and have dominated the five-match series right from the start, barring the second ODI, which they lost by nine wickets.The visitors took an unassailable 3-1 lead after winning the fourth one-dayer by six wickets in their last outing and Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will now aim to end the series on a high.Sri Lanka, on the other hand, never bargained to be 1-3 down with just one to play in the one-day series and Mahela Jayawardene’s men will hope to salvage some pride by making it 2-3 rather than facing the 1-4 ignominy.Jayawardene was honest in his assessment that the hosts were simply not good enough against the world champions and blamed their inconsistency for the sorry state.The hosts came to Colombo with series level at 1-1. Given the consistent home favour in the history of games at the Premadasa, the expectations were high from the home team to press ahead the home advantage.But it was not to be. Rather, it was Dhoni’s men who created history at Premadasa by comfortably winning the third and fourth ODI by five and six wickets respectively.For Sri Lanka, it was not just inconsistency but more of an under-performance which has never been seen in a home series of such high stake.Apart from Kumar Sangakkara’s brilliant 133 in the first game at Hambantota, Sri Lankans have been below par. Take the case of Tillakaratne Dilshan.The opener has failed to fire at the top with only one 50 in the four outings. His partner Tharanga was slightly better getting two 50s.Jayawardene himself has been patchy. His decision to drop down the order to allow the young Dinesh Chandimal to take charge has not proved to be a wise option and the Sri Lankan captain would do well to return to his familiar position to see if he could inspire the team on Saturday.The middle-order of Angelo Mathews and Chandimal have produced only flashes of brilliance while Thisara Perera’s allround efforts were not at par with his performance against Pakistan.Sri Lanka also have been suffering from a series of injury worries.Losing in-form Sangakkara after the third ODI following his fracture in the little finger of his right hand has affected their cause.The fast bowling unit also looks bare with as many as six pacers being out through injuries. Lasith Malinga has been leading the attack but has accounted for only five wickets in four games, while giving away runs at a premium.Jayawardene now wants a decent performance from his team in the last ODI at Kandy and then his focus will be on the availability of resources ahead of a busy schedule.”I need to speak to the management and see how best we can do that. I know a couple of guys are really struggling with fatigue. We will see what the options are and try and motivate them to go out and take up the challenge, he said.advertisement
The fate of Indian Premier League (IPL) team Deccan Chargers — currently owned by Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL ) — could be decided on Thursday with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) opening the bids made by potential buyers and announcing the new buyer if all the criteria set are met.The cash strapped owners of the troubled franchise have put the team up for sale and auction bids would be tabled in Chennai. DCHL has been in a major financial crisis so it put the team up for sale after breaching IPL rules by mortgaging Deccan Chargers to various banks against borrowed funds.Failing to resolve the matter with the BCCI, the owners were left with no option but to put the 2009 champions up for sale. Reports claimed the expected base price for the bid could be around Rs 750 crore.Sources claimed that the likes of RPG Group, Jaypee Group, Peepul Capital and Adani Group were in the fray to procure the franchise. Deccan Chargers was originally bought by DCHL ahead of the inaugural season in 2008 for a price of Rs 428 crore.For a side that is one of only the four IPL teams to have won the prestigious title, Deccan Chargers’ fall from champions to the auction comes as a shock. The fortunes of the 2009 IPL champions’ parent company took an unexpected dip, affecting the team’s operations.To add to their woes, the on-field fortunes of the team too have been on the downswing since the dizzy heights of 2009. Following the poor on-field displays major sponsors too reportedly withdrew their association with the team. An overhaul of the management team too seemed to backfire leading to further crisis in the Deccan Chargers camp.advertisement
India’s top archer Deepika Kumari settled for a silver medal after losing to World No.1 Bo Bae Ki of South Korea in the World Cup Final here Sunday.Deepika, who slipped to the number two spot in the rankings following her shocking first round loss in the London Olympics last month, gave the South Korean a tough fight before going down 4-6.It turned out to be a low-scoring tie with Ki’s 28 in third end being the highest score. Deepika shot a 27 in the second end for her best score in the match.Another South Korean, Hyeonju Choi, secured the bronze defeating America’s Jennifer Nichols 6-4 in the third place play-off.Deepika had beaten Nichols in the semifinals following her win over Miki Kanie of Japan in the last eight stage.