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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have failed to become the sixth team to achieve the Grand Slam, but the Beermen still gained a piece of history with four players being named in the Mythical First Team.Newly-minted Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Commissioner’s Cup BPC Chris Ross, clutch playmaker Alex Cabagnot, and former MVP Arwind Santos all earned their spot in the season’s best five, typifying the Beermen’s dominance this year.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters 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 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion And San Miguel coach Leo Austria believes that the historic distinction is a testament of his players’ unwavering dedication.READ: Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5FEATURED 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’s only the first time in the league history that four players from the same team made it to the Mythical Five.“I think it’s a product of their hardwork. Since the all-Filipino conference, I rarely changed my starting five except if there is an import, and even if we had an import, you can see how great our local players are because they’re still contributing to the team,” he said.center_img View comments Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Austria has always leaned on his starters and in return, they never let him down, showing poise through out the season, as San Miguel racked up win after win and championship after championship.“I’m proud and I’m happy for them because they understand what we need from them, and they’re proving that what we’re doing is what’s good for the team and it brought us two championships,” the affable mentor said.But Austria knows that the work wasn’t done by the starters alone, giving credit to his bench as an integral part of the Beermen’s success.“Our bench players sacrificed a lot,” he said. “They don’t get much playing time, but when we put them in the game, you could see that they’re stepping up. And even if they’re on the bench, they keep on cheering our first five and I think that’s a big reason why we’re winning.”ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Coach Luke Walton admits players ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball due to hype MOST READ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAlast_img read more

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first_imgRobinson takes blame for Lyceum’s first loss: ‘I made some bad decisions’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES The 21-year-old Team Lakay member bounced back from his loss to Hayato Suzuki back in August and Pacio knows his victory was a statement win in ONE’s strawweight division.“It’s up to ONE on who I’ll fight next but this win proves I’m still at the top of the division,” said Pacio, who once competed for the title but lost to Yoshitaka Naito in 2016.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 shutoutIn the women’s atomweight division, Pacio’s Team Lakay co-member Gina Iniong brought down Indonesia’s Priscilla Gaol.Iniong (6-2) held Gaol (0-2) in the crucifix position and proceeded to rain down right hands prompting the referee to stop to the contest with 2:12 in the second round. Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion This was Iniong’s third straight MMA win and her second straight in ONE.Chinese fighter Peng Xue Wen opened the night with a solid knockout victory over Cambodian Phat Soda in the strawweight division.Xue Wen (1-1) slammed Soda (0-2) with a German suplex and immediately transitioned to a rear naked choke but the referee called the knockout victory 2:17 into the first round.Xie Chao followed earned a technical knockout victory over Malaysian Kelvin Ong in the featherweight division.Ong (1-2) suffered a deep cut on his forehead that prompted the doctors to stop the fight awarding Xie (4-1) the victory 1:48 into the first round.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio returned to form and scored an impressive knockout victory over Philippine compatriot Roy Doliguez in ONE Championship’s Legends of the World card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Pacio (10-2) connected with a spinning back fist that landed square on Doliguez’ (7-5) jaw knocking out the former boxer 38 seconds into the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next “We want to give an opportunity for more people to see the games,” he said.READ: SBP starts forming best PH team for 2018 Fiba 3×3 World CupFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPreviously, Fiba 3×3 events were held inside malls. SM Megamall in Mandaluyong served as hosts for the 2014 World Tour Manila Masters, while Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita had the rights in the 2015 edition.“I think we’ve been very successful holding it in the malls. Almost 4,000 people are watching the games. But now, we chose to move it to a bigger venue,” said Panlilio. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Miranda, Isip bring leadership to Marinerong Pilipino Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “From a Philippine basketball point of view, that gives an opportunity for the youth to watch the game. From the point of view of SBP and Fiba, we want to see bigger crowds in 3×3 and that’s something we want to deliver to Fiba. Hosting events have put the Philippines in the map and shows that we can host events like this, and that’s the reason we also pushed for the hosting of the 3×3 World Cup.”READ: High expectations for 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup hostingGilas Pilipinas backer Ronald Mascariñas of Chooks-to-Go also thinks that this event could break attendance records in the 55,000-seater arena.“It’s in the discussion if we’re going to break the record in attendance. But I think the question there is not if we’re going to break, but how many more times we will. Because Fiba should see how passionate the Filipinos are about basketball. That’s a given,” said the Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president.The current mark for biggest attendance inside the world’s largest indoor stadium is held by the PBA, set last October 27, 2017 in Game 7 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals where 54,083 fans trooped to the venue.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCompared to past 3×3 events staged in the country, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) is going big at home as it is set hold the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup at massive Philippine Arena in June.SBP president Al Panlilio feels that it’s time for the halfcourt game to be staged in bigger venues so that it will be seen by bigger crowds.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

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first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The world No.2 crucially broke to 2-0 when Cilic netted a forehand and held the next service game under pressure to lead 3-0.Federer got the vital double break when Cilic netted a forehand, leaving the Swiss to serve out for the championship. Cilic was break point down in the ninth, but crucially got out of it with a second serve ace down the middle followed by a forehand winner.The Croat had a big moment in the 10th game when two Federer double faults gave him set point but a tentative backhand into the net and a wild backhand cost him his chance.In the tiebreaker, Cilic got to two set points when his forehand clipped the line before a winning smash levelled the match after 84 minutes as Federer dropped his first set of the tournament.But Cilic lost serve on the back of a couple of ground stroke errors and Federer raced 4-2 up in the third set.The defending champion shifted gears with a stunning forehand off his toes and confidently held serve to lead 5-2.Federer closed the door, serving out clinically for the third set in 29 minutes.Cilic was then broken in the opening game of the fourth set with a poor backhand dropshot into the net as Federer closed in for the kill.But the Croat broke back in the sixth game with three break points when Federer netted and fought off a break point in the next game to put his nose in front.Cilic was now more in the flow and broke Federer again with his big forehands starting to find their mark. He served it out to take the absorbing final into a fifth set.Federer was under pressure to keep his opening service but produced quality backhands to hold on amid mounting tension.  2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Switzerland’s Roger Federer holds his trophy aloft after defeating Croatia’s Marin Cilic during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Roger Federer powered home to beat Marin Cilic in five sets to win his sixth Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam title in a riveting final on Sunday.The Swiss defending champion dropped his only sets of the tournament before completing a 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over the sixth seeded Croatian in 3hr 3min.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img The Croat was finding it difficult to settle and changed racquets in his second service game, but it had no obvious benefit as he dropped serve again after three break points to trail 0-3.He finally held serve to get on to the board and trail 4-1 with Federer hitting the ball cleanly.The Swiss star served out the first set in just 24 minutes after a double break and a shaky Cilic opening.Federer fought off two break points in his opening service in the second set with pinpoint serves, while Cilic had a tussle before holding in the third game.Cilic worked his way back into the match as both players traded furious forehands to stay on serve.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Motivated’ Nabong has no axe to grind vs Bolts Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Federer, playing in his 30th Grand Slam final, joined Novak Djokovic and Australian great Roy Emerson as joint top for the most Australian Open men’s titles.He added to his already imposing win-loss record in Melbourne and is now 94-13. His overall his Grand Slam mark stands at 332-52.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoger Federer. AFP PHOTOThe roof was closed over Rod Laver Arena as the tournament’s heat policy was implemented amid evening temperatures of 38 Celsius (100 Fahrenheit).Cilic’s serve came under immediate pressure with a whipping backhand return winner for break point which the Croatian followed with a smash into the net for a break in the opening game. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Versoza scored 17 points, including timely hits to knock the Lady Knights out of the Final Four race.“She’s very athletic and her attitude is also great,” said Tioseco of Versoza.JRU is currently tied with San Sebastian in fourth. The Lady Bombers face also-ran Lyceum in their final game of the elimination round while the Lady Stags clash with defending champion Arellano University.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCoach Mia Tioseco is confident about Jose Rizal University’s chances of making the Final Four in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament.After all, if the playoffs started today, the Lady Bombers would be in it.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img “For as long as the players will continue to fight then, I think we have a very good chance of making it,” said Tioseco.And any team that has a go-to guy capable of taking over the way Shola Alvarez does for the Lady Bombers is likely to go far as well.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlvarez, an MVP favorite if she propels JRU into the Final Four, set a season-high with 30 points to carry her team in a crucial win over Letran on Wednesday.But the Lady Bombers aren’t just a one-woman crew with Dolly Versoza proving to be a lethal second option. Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kelly Williams admits it felt good to ‘shoot, be free’ MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:283 Maguindanao cops nabbed in drug bust facing dismissal01:29Police 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 View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgLOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera The club launched a campaign, Equality FC, with a video stating, “How do you tell your daughter that even if she shows the same skills, the same commitment, trains just as hard and cares just as much, she’s always going to be valued less than her little brother?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAccording to The Guardian, the club’s director Jacquie Agnew said, “By committing to paying our women’s and men’s teams equally, and providing equal resource for coaching, training and facilities, we hope to spark a change across the U.K. that will help put an end to the excuses for why such a deep pay disparity has persisted in our sport.”“Together with our owners, donors and sponsors, Lewes FC can show that equal pay can be implemented to the benefit of both women and men in sport and beyond,” she said in the report. PH women’s football team qualifies for Asian CupIncome inequality between Filipino women and men remains—WB studySports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Image: Facebook/@LewesFCLewes FC, a semi-professional football club based in England, announced that it would pay both its men’s and women’s teams equally.The East Sussex club hopes to bridge the disparity that women face in sports by providing the same budget, equipment and facilities to both sides.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend MOST READ Women’s first-team manager John Donoghue said, “This sends a powerful signal to not only our players and our club, but to the whole U.K. football community that women’s football deserves an equal voice and support to men’s.”Lewes FC’s women’s team plays in the third level of the Football Association, the Premier League Southern Division.In the men’s English football league, the men’s team plays in the eighth level, the Isthmian League Division One South. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES:Women accuse US soccer federation of wage discriminationADVERTISEMENT View commentscenter_img #KicksStalker: Lonzo Ball swaps his ZO2s for a pair of Kobes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum asserted its dominance in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 97-74 decimation of Mapua to complete the first round sweep Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez anchored the Pirates with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in their ninth straight win to remain unbeaten after the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Schooling slams critics after SEA Games golden double Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul That early pullaway allowed Lyceum to distribute minutes among its third stringers, with Jeffrey Santos and Spencer Pretta pouring nine points each in the victory.“We’ll take this win,” said Robinson after the Pirates finally played the Cardinals in a game which has been postponed twice due to inclement weather.“It’s nice to come off a long break with a win. We made the most of the time that has been given to us. It’s a time for us to work on some things, time for the players to reflect on the first few games that we played. We know we still have a lot of room for improvement if we want to be one of the elite teams in the NCAA.”Christian Buñag topped Mapua (1-7) with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while JB Raflores had 16 markers and eight boards in the defeat.To add to the Cardinals’ woes Kim Magboo hurt his knee late in the first quarter leaving Atoy Co with only eight players at his disposal in the tiff against the top seed.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wilson Baltazar also notched 12 markers built on two triples.Coach Topex Robinson said that as gratifying as the 9-0 run was, the battle is only halfway done as it braces for the tougher duels in the second round.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“As much as it’s ok, we still have nine more games to play and we have lots of things that we should work on, especially on our turnovers because it is still a problem for us,” he said.With Perez leading the charge, the Pirates jumped to a commanding 22-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, extending the lead to its biggest at 32, 78-46, with 1:49 left in the third period. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The Scores:LYCEUM 97 – Perez 18, Baltazar 12, Santos 9, Pretta 9, Tansingco 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Nzeusseu 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ayaay 5, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 3, Caduyac 2, Sinco 2, Serrano 1.MAPUA 74 – Buñag 17, Raflores 16, Nieles 13, Gabo 10, Aguirre 8, Victoria 4, Orquina 4, Magboo 2, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 22-8, 52-34, 80-51, 97-74. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “I don’t know, honestly. I’m not good enough for him,” Kyrgios responded. “You know, he’s very dedicated. He’s an unbelievable coach. You know, he probably deserves a player that is probably more dedicated to the game than I am. He deserves a better athlete than me.”When a reporter returned to that topic, asking Kyrgios to explain what he meant, he said: “I’m not dedicated to the game at all.”“I mean, you know what I mean: There are players out there that are more dedicated, that want to get better, that strive to get better every day. The ‘one-percenters.’ I’m not that guy.”Asked whether he envisions ever being “that guy,” Kyrgios answered: “I really don’t know. Probably not. Honestly not.”He then referenced his impressive run in Cincinnati and described his routine there.ADVERTISEMENT Stephon Marbury has emotional moment with Beijing fan at Q&A Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “I was playing basketball … every day for two hours. Like, I played an hour of basketball before I played (2013 French Open runner-up) David Ferrer in the semifinal,” he said. “I was … getting a milk shake every day. I was less dedicated. And this week I was dedicated — and my shoulder starts hurting.”Against Millman, Kyrgios’ shoulder was massaged by a trainer during changeovers in the third set. During that set, Kyrgios also had an argument with chair umpire Carlos Ramos after being warned for using bad language.Kyrgios pleaded that he hadn’t said anything improper, but Ramos said a linesperson had reported him.“For obvious reasons,” Ramos said, “I cannot repeat what he said you said.”As for his body, Kyrgios stopped playing during Wimbledon because of a hip injury — part of a three-match run in which he retired each time.“I have had a diabolical year at these Slams. It doesn’t surprise me. It’s just the story of my career, really. I will have good weeks; I’ll have bad weeks,” he said. “It’s just a roller-coaster.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nick Kyrgios of Australia returns a shot to John Millman of Australia during their first round Men’s Singles match on Day Three of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 30, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Richard Heathcote/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — A post-loss news conference with Nick Kyrgios often feels more like a therapy session, and Wednesday at the U.S. Open was no exception.There was a lot to unpack afterward.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ The 14th-seeded Kyrgios lamented the injured right shoulder that limited his effectiveness from the third set on during a 6-3, 1-6, 6-4, 6-1 exit against another Australian, 235th-ranked John Millman. Kyrgios called the series of health issues that have hampered him all year “diabolical.” He stated that he doesn’t care enough about working hard and, therefore, his coach should find someone else to work with.And he closed by covering his face while saying, “I keep letting people down.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingKyrgios is a supremely talented and temperamental 22-year-old who has reached two Grand Slam quarterfinals and just this month beat 15-time major champion Rafael Nadal en route to the final of the Cincinnati Masters. He is also someone who gets in trouble for his on-court actions, such as lobbing insults at his opponent or being accused of not giving his best effort.When Kyrgios was asked Wednesday whether he plans to continue being coached by former player Sebastien Grosjean, the reply was rather startling — or rather, would have been, coming from any other professional athlete. View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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first_imgKorean managers of the Rs 16,000-crore LG Electronics, based in Greater Noida, routinely play nukkad cricket, baseball style, with their colleagues on the company’s premises. They do not understand the game but know that cricket is religion in India. That’s a fact that the company, one of the 10 on-ground sponsors of the 2011 World Cup, has come to realise. No wonder, it will spend close to Rs 100 crore on cricket-related activities this year.Rs 150 crore will come from ticket sales in the World Cup, Rs 700 crore from TV ads.The company’s association with the sport has not only boosted tv sales-at least 50-60 per cent during the cricket season-but also built stronger brand equity for India’s largest consumer durables manufacturer. LG isn’t alone. Any marketer, wanting a strong toehold in the subcontinent is targeting cricket, be it Reliance Communications, Hero Honda Motors, PepsiCo or even those companies which have earlier invested in the Indian Premier League (IPL). “When we up the ante on cricket, our brand scores show an upward swing,” says Anil Dua, senior vice-president (marketing and sales), Hero Honda Motors.And the stakes are just going up. Around Rs 1,500 crore will be spent on cricket-related activities on tv alone during the World Cup and IPL 4. Of this, Rs 700 crore will be spent on the World Cup, while Rs 800-900 crore will be riding on the IPL. Only half of this amount was spent during the last World Cup in 2007, when India crashed out ignominiously in the first round. Comparatively, advertisement volumes for IPL 2 grew 17 per cent over IPL1. IPL 3 saw a rise of 35 per cent since the inaugural IPL in 2007. Sponsors Hero Honda, LG and PepsiCo would be spending Rs 70-80 crore each, estimate agencies.advertisementHyundai, the official car partner of the 2011 World Cup, will spend Rs 200 crore on ICC-related events till 2015. Sony India is planning to spend Rs 100 crore this year. Reebok India is planning to hike its advertising spending by 25 per cent. Sixty per cent of its total marketing budget will be consumed by the cricketing season.Around 70 million Indian households will be watching the ICC World Cup 2011.Is IPL bigger than the World Cup when it comes to advertising revenue on tv? Samir Kale, managing director of CMCG, a sports marketing consultancy, thinks so. “It has three times the playing time of the World Cup and primetime viewership which makes it more attractive for advertisers.” While average tv advertising rates would be around Rs 1-1.5 lakh for a 10-second commercial, it could go up to Rs 3.5 lakh on broadcaster ESPN Star Sports during the World Cup. Compare that to Rs 5.5 lakh during IPL on Set Max. “IPL’s tv viewership could be much more than the World Cup that has only six guaranteed India matches in the first round of 42 matches, making advertising spend riskier,” says Hiren Pandit, managing partner, GroupM.That’s the reason why LG, despite being a ground sponsor, is not buying airtime on ESPN Star Sports. “If India doesn’t do well, or doesn’t make it to the quarter-finals, public interest will drop,” says L.K. Gupta, marketing head, LG India. IPL guarantees more bang for the buck. According to tam Media, the IPL has been generating average television ratings (TVR) of 4.2-4.7, with finals shooting up to as high as 10.5, while the 2007 World Cup had average TVRs of 2.1 with the finale touching only 4.5.For some sponsors, however, both are important. While the World Cup is all about nationalistic fervour, IPL is about being with it. So Hero Honda, which was one of the ground sponsors of IPL 3 and also sponsor of the Delhi Daredevils, is ICC’s global sponsor for World Cup too.last_img read more

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first_imgPakistan’s captain Shahid Afridi, left, and India’s captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni in MohaliPakistan is in the grip of an incredible cricket fever as the ‘mother of all clashes’ – the World Cup semifinal against India — is just one day away.The whole nation — from ulemas to politicians, from students to businessmen and government officials — is praying for the success of the side in the high-voltage clash at Mohali on Wednesday.While the mass prayers are being held, public screenings in cricket stadiums, cinema houses and even in prisons are being organised.The religious scholars and ulemas have got behind the team, with around 5000 students of the well known Jamia Binnoria seminary holding special collective prayers for the success of the Pakistan team in Karachi on Tuesday.”We have had Quran Khawani and collective prayers to wish the team well. The Ulemas and our students, like the rest of the country, also want the team to do well,” a spokesman for the seminary said.Religious seminaries have usually kept a distance from cricket and have never encouraged their students to take part in cricket activities but this time the spokesman said it’s different.”Our students which include foreigners are so keen about the match. We feel it is important to support the Pakistan team in their match against India,” he added.Even in the Central jail and the Malir jail in Karachi, special arrangements have been made by the prison authorities to allow prisoners to watch the match.advertisement”In Malir Jail, we have around 200 Indian prisoners and we are making arrangements to show them the match on a big screen,” IG prison, Ghulam Qadir said.There is no cable service available for the prisoners at the Central jail but for Wednesday’s match, changes have been made.”I have never seen the people keyed up so much for even an Indo-Pak match before. It is amazing the interest this game has generated,” former Test captain Zaheer Abbas told PTI.The Pakistan Cricket Board has also announced that it is holding a special screening of the semi-final at the Gaddafi stadium on Wednesday under floodlights on the directives of the government.”We have made this arrangement keeping in mind the immense interest of the people and it will be a great experience and opportunity for the people to support their team in a stadium,” a board official said.The PCB said entry into the stadium would be free and permission was also being given to organizers to arrange similar live screenings at other stadiums under the control of the Board in other cities. The Gaddafi stadium has a seating capacity of around 35,000 people.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more