NLEX zooms to 5th win

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Korea deals PH 2nd loss Guiao said their fifth victory in six games is like “passing a tough test against a quality team.”“It’s still a reality check for us,” Guiao said. “It’s still kind of surreal seeing ourselves atop the standings after beating a good team like Meralco with the reigning Best Import.”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 shutoutThe NLEX victory left idle leader Star as the only undefeated team at 3-0.And Guiao was quick to point out that he was more appreciative at one very glaring intangible that they achieved in bringing down the Bolts, which fell to 4-1, and Allen Durham. “I think the maturity of this team is developing,” Guiao said.Earlier, Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia gave his new look crew a passing grade in their first game together, though the Elasto Painters hardly looked championship material against Kia Picanto.J’Nathan Bullock scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds and Chris Tiu came off the bench to shoot 13 in 31 minutes as they led the Painters to a 94-86 decision of winless KIA that snapped a two-game skid.With three new players in the roster, counting Bullock and Norwood and Raymond Almazan playing for Gilas Pilipinas in the ongoing Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, the Painters couldn’t put the Picanto away with authority.But Garcia praised Bullock, Ed Daquioag and Mark Borboran for coming up with decent games despite being with the team for just over a week after an overhaul that saw management deali away resident star shooter Jeff Chan.ADVERTISEMENT K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NLEX bounced back from its first loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup by taking down fancied Meralco on Sunday night, and coach Yeng Guiao wants to pinch himself if this is really happening.Kevin Alas scored 21 points and hit some crucial baskets down the stretch as the Road Warriors became the first team to deal the Bolts a loss, 100-94, at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next “They played well today and gave us quality minutes,” Garcia said of Daquioag and Borboran. “I don’t think we will have a problem achieving chemistry [in the long run].”Rain or Shine improved to 2-2 and dealt the Picanto a sixth straight loss.KIA has now lost its last seven games dating back to the Commissioner’s Cup and is 0-9 against the Painters since joining the league in 2014 together with fellow expansion club Blackwater.Former University of Santo Tomas star Daquioag, acquired from Meralco in exchange for fellow rookie and Gilas Cadet Mike Tolomia, finished with eight points after hitting all his three attempts from the field.last_img read more

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Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp

first_imgDraymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPThe Golden State Warriors were the last team standing when the NBA season closed in June. Thanks to a preseason trip to China, they are one of the first teams to get going this season as the league gets up and rolling again.The Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will hold their media days on Friday and open training camps Saturday, a few days ahead of the rest of the league as they prepare for an early October trip to China for games in Shanghai and Shenzhen as part of the league’s ongoing efforts to grow the game in the basketball-crazy nation.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ So as media days and training camps get up and running, here are a few things to watch at the outset:HARD FEELINGS? It appeared that Durant was on his way to mending some fences in Oklahoma City after he left the organization to join Golden State last season. But the fence posts may have been torn down again when Durant disparaged the Thunder team and coach Billy Donovan as the biggest reasons he left to join the Warriors. Durant has since apologized , but the topic will likely come up again when he speaks to the media on Friday. And it should be interesting to see if Russell Westbrook has anything to say about it when the Thunder open early next week.CP3 ARRIVES: The most intriguing roster experiment this year may be in Houston, where GM Daryl Morey is teaming James Harden with Chris Paul in a star-studded backcourt. Harden finished second in the MVP voting last season after moving from shooting guard to point guard and now will have to move back to accommodate Paul. Both players are used to having the ball in their hands and orchestrating the offense, so there will likely be some feeling-out that needs to be done in camp. The two have already appeared in a television commercial together, so they’re off to a running start.KYRIE’S MOVE: The biggest headline in a wild offseason was Kyrie Irving’s request for a trade from the Cavaliers. He landed in Boston in a move that could define his legacy, the All-Star who didn’t want to play with LeBron James. Irving did little to shed light on his motives in an enigmatic interview with ESPN and likely will be bombarded with questions about it at media day. How the Celtics handle the early crush of attention and move past Irving’s exit from Cleveland could play a big role in their ability to truly challenge the Cavs in the Eastern Conference.CRASH COURSE: The Timberwolves are one of the teams that made significant roster changes this summer after a disappointing 31-win season in Tom Thibodeau’s first year as coach. They added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford while trading away Ricky Rubio in an offseason overhaul aimed at ending the league’s longest active playoff drought at 13 seasons. Thibodeau asked owner Glen Taylor to allow the team to hold training camp in San Diego before they head out to China to get them away from the distractions of home and allow them to bond in a preseason that only includes three games. That Butler and Gibson played for Thibodeau with the Bulls should help that transition, but it will no doubt be a process worth watching.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight RULES CHANGES: When players start taking the court for exhibition games, it will offer an opportunity for them to start to adjust to rules changes and points of emphasis that are new every season. One notable difference this year will be the “James Harden rule,” a change in the way the game is called aimed at reducing the number of instances a player tricks a defender into fouling them and then goes into a shooting motion to try to earn free throw attempts. Harden is the master , though dozens of players do the same thing. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals? PLAY LIST 01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:37Protesters 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 View comments Golden State will be the headliner in China, just like it has been in the NBA for the last three seasons.And the Warriors open camp this season with a major advantage over everyone else that goes above and beyond the sheer talent the organization has assembled with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.While the rest of the league spent the entire summer scrambling to upgrade in a desperate attempt to enter Golden State’s stratosphere, the Warriors return almost the entire roster from the team that won its second championship in three seasons. In fact, Golden State should only be better this year because it will not have to spend part of the early season figuring out how to incorporate Durant’s game with three other All-Stars.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 shutoutMeanwhile, teams like the Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder, Timberwolves and Celtics will need all of the preseason and then some to get on the same page with the new stars in town.There will be no such orientation process in Golden State. Free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi will have to acclimate, but that is a lot easier to do when Durant and Curry are showing them around. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globalport third import Thomas fails height test LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarylast_img read more

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Manute Bol could have been ’40 or 50 years old’ while in NBA, ex-coach says

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UCF’s Tacko Fall is 7-foot-6, and his game is still growing QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “Every athletic door is open at 19, every athletic door is closed when you’re 35,” the former bench boss explained.  “He was probably 40, 50 years old when he was playing in the NBA.”Bol passed away due to kidney failure in 2010 and was believed to have been 47 years old at the time.A capable three-point shooter and elite rim protector, Bol is the only player in history to have tallied more career blocked shots (2,086) than points (1,599).He is survived by his son Bol Bol, an upcoming NBA prospect who recently committed to the University of Oregon.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Apart form his pole-like stature and penchant for blocking shots, Bol is perhaps best remembered for his supposedly dubious age, as fans have long disputed if he really was 23 years old when when he entered the league in 1985.Among those doubters include former Cleveland State head coach Kevin Mackey, who first recruited Bol when he arrived in the US in the mid-1980s.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 shutout“I gave him his birthday (Oct. 16, 1962) because they didn’t know how old he was,” Mackey revealed to Zagsblog’s Adam Zagoria.With Bol’s origin in question, Mackey admitted that he made the lanky center appear as young as plausible to get him into the program. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sudanese former NBA star Manute Bol sits in the southern Sudanese capital of Juba on Feb. 16, 2009.  AFP/PETER MARTELLManute Bol didn’t have a stellar career in the NBA, but he certainly was one of the league’s most memorable players.Standing 7 feet and 7 inches tall and tied with Gheorghe Muresan as the NBA’s tallest player, the willowy Sudanese giant suited up four teams in a career that spanned 10 seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Davis, Cousins, power Pelicans’ rout of Spurs Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

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EAC, Letran triumph

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Atoning for missed opportunities in previous games when the Generals relied on his shotmaking, Munsayac did not disappoint with an assist and a key basket inside the last minute as the Generals completed an impressive comeback for their sixth win in 12 games.“We’re very thankful for this win because we’ve been struggling to adjust without (Hamadou) Laminou,” said EAC coach Ariel Sison. The 6-foot-8 Laminou has been sidelined for more than a month after sustaining a season-ending ACL injury.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 openingLetran also improved to 6-6, while gifting coach Jeff Napa a victory on his 37th birthday as the Knights turned back the Arellano Chiefs, 84-73, in the second game.JP Calvo and Bong Quinto fired 20 points each for the Knights, who led by as large as 18 points in the third period. Still, Letran went through anxious moments when the Chiefs closed in at 73-79 with 37 seconds remaining only for Calvo to stop the bleeding with a triple. Beermen, Painters try to bolster Q’Final bid 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 ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “At least, we’re back on the win column,” said Napa. “It’s an important win because it’s a tight race from No. 3 to No. 6 and a lot of things can happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jeric Diego of EAC and JRU’s Abdul Wahab battle for position for the rebound. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFinally figuring out a way to cope with the absence of its prized big man, Emilio Aguinaldo College brought down another contender Tuesday in NCAA Season 93.Sidney Onwubere exploded for 28 points, but it was diminutive guard Francis Munsayac who made the biggest plays down the stretch as the Generals subdued the Jose Rizal U Heavy Bombers, 88-84, to stay within Final Four range at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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World media hails CWG opening show

first_imgThe international media has heaped praises on India for Sunday’s spectacular show that declared the Commonwealth Games (CWG) open. Media organisations, which had made loud noises about poor preparations for the Games, were on Monday hailing the opening ceremony held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. “The concerns of recent weeks forgotten as dazzling event launches Games amid atmosphere of national pride and celebrations,” reported The Guardian newspaper of UK.  The Telegraph newspaper, also published from London, said: “The biggest sporting spectacle India has ever hosted kicked off in typically colourful fashion… And there we were thinking it might never happen.” The BBC too praised the opening ceremony that attempted to capture the history and culture of India.  “DELHI DELIGHT!” screamed The Daily Mail, going on to describe how India finally projected the image to the world it was craving to for so long. The Australian media too gave a thumbs-up to the opening ceremony.  The Herald Sun ran “DELHI DAZZLES!” as its headline. Drawing comparisons with the Beijing Olympics, the paper said: “Indian Games officials should feel proud of the opening ceremony, classy and showy but somehow warmer and less contrived than the Beijing experience.” The newspaper appreciated how India had brushed aside terror threats, the collapse of a footbridge, problems at the Games Village and dengue threats to deliver a lively opening ceremony. The Australian, published from New South Wales, wrote, “After weeks dominated by the old India of corruption, poverty and chaos the new ‘Incredible India’ of diversity and cultural pride showed its face.” The Sydney Morning Herald was surprised at how a country as vast and populous as India could pull off a spectacular opening ceremony.advertisementlast_img read more

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Women are fighting big battles: Aroon Purie

first_imgAt the 3rd India Today Woman Summit, Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief of The India Today Group, in his inaugural speech welcomed the guests attending the summit. He said that it is a different energy every year to attend and organize the Summit. He also added that women are special – they are caring, warm and emotional in their approach to everything in life. Speaking of a new decade which can be easily dedicated to woman empowerment, he pointed out the achievements of women in different fields. “Women are fighting battles both big and small stepping out of their houses and joining the workforce,” he said. Mr Purie touched upon the high points in women empowerment in previous year. “This is a year when women from small towns have made their mark in sports by winning medals at International sporting events,” he said. He also referred to the large number of women being elected to the Assembly in Bihar. It is because of such achievement that this Summit is about ‘Changing the Game’. Mr Purie said that the society which acknowledges women’s role at home is coming to terms to acknowledge their role in the workplace. Inspite of these advancements, there are still places where the society is still lacking in some ways. While the Supreme Court recognized live-in relationships as legal the women in such relationships are still considered keeps and cannot make financial claims if the relationships break. Honour killings, gender gap and reservation in the Lok Sabha are still the areas which need to be looked upon. He ended his welcome speech by saying that he believes that our society will solve these problems and further empower its women. advertisementlast_img read more

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BPO revolution now heads to rural India

first_imgIt is official. BPOs are indeed going rural. Growth of rural BPOs is helping firms deliver services at lower cost and generate jobs in villages, noted a recent survey by the National Association of Software and Service Companies (Nasscom).New market studies sponsored by Nasscom show that rural BPOs, powered by trained human resources in Tier-III and Tier-IV cities, are driving the growth of the industry.”Lower cost of operations and better retention of employees are driving growth,” said a recent Nasscom survey titled Strategic Review 2011.This means villagers are now getting entry into the core operations of BPOs, after playing supporting roles in housekeeping, catering, security and transport, industry veterans noted.Meanwhile, governments are aiding the entry of BPOs into villages. “There is growth in the rural BPO sector, but it is limited largely to the southern states,” said industry observer Harish Bijoor.Over the last two years Karnataka alone has cleared twenty-odd village BPOs across the state. The state is promoting firms that undertook local and offshore work at Srirangapatna in Mandya, Salgame in Hassan, Gundlupet in Chamarajanagar, Shiggaon in Haveri and elsewhere.Karnataka’s rural BPO scheme invites voice and databased services of all kind, including finance, accounting, call centre, medical transcription, engineering, data management and medical services.The policy has changed villages like Kaup in Udupi. Kaup, once known for its pristine beaches and three well-known temples, can now boast of a ‘BPO. DesiCrew, a pioneering BPO firm, has a centre there.The Kaup centre, along with its counterparts in Tamil Nadu, such as Appakudal in Erode, Ammapalayam in Coimbatore, Thirukuvalai in Nagapattinam and Kollumangudi in Thiruvarur, helps flatten the globe.Young women in silk saris and davanis (half saris), sporting marigold and jasmine on their hair, can be found working on GIS applications that spot places in Africa, translate Wikipedia content or monitor the Website of a global communication and content giant in these centres.Many of these women would have quit their jobs after marriage if the place of employment was a city or would not have ventured out of their villages in the first place, managers said.”Companies are keen to outsource work to villages,” said Ashwanth G., who co-founded DesiCrew back in 2007. “People are realising that BPOs need not be fancy places in glass and chrome urban settings. And it is a mistake to limit village jobs to entry level,” Ashwanth added.”Knowledge-based tasks are more lucrative, adds value and offers growth potential,” Ashwanth said. “Two years ago, at the peak of recession, we had substantial work and did not have to cut down salaries. More opportunities are coming now.” The work sources come closer home, too. A little over an hour’s drive from Bangalore on the way to Mysore, the silk town of Ramanagaram, Comat, the Karnataka government, in an e-governance effort, bundles up mobile connectivity, basic computer education and personal accident insurance for villagers.Educated rural youth run all the services. “Government, utilities, healthcare and retail present immense growth opportunities,” the Nasscom study noted. advertisementlast_img read more

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Politicos reveal their hypocrisy

first_imgAt a time when all the political parties in the country came together in support of Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption in high places, there is one political party in Andhra Pradesh which is not in a position to join the struggle: the YSR Congress.The fledgling political party floated by Kadapa MP Y S Jaganmohan Reddy has not come out with a single statement on corruption.For, Jagan himself is caught neck-deep in allegations of graft. Following a High Court order, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has begun a full-fledged probe into Jagan’s ill-gotten assets and the alleged illegal flow of investments into his business empire in the last five years. In the last 10 days, the CBI conducted intense searches on the offices and residences of Jagan and those companies which allegedly brought huge money into his media house Sakshi at a high premium, in quid pro quo to various benefits doled out by his father late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy during his regime between 2004 and 2009.The CBI filed the FIR in the special court last week with Jagan as the accused no. 1 and charging his father with being a co-conspirator.Apart from various sections under the IPC including cheating, criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust and falsification of accounts etc, the CBI also filed cases against him under the Prevention of Corruption Act.The developments have come as an embarrassment to Jagan at a time when there was massive public outrage against corruption across the country, including various parts of Andhra Pradesh. He tried to wriggle out of the mess by moving the Supreme Court seeking a stay on the CBI inquiry, but there, too, he drew blank. What is worse, the Supreme Court too felt that there was a merit in the corruption case against him. And it has given his political rivals an opportunity to run him down for challenging the CBI inquiry fearing that it might expose his corruption.advertisementAt this stage, Jagan cannot make any comment on Anna Hazare’s crusade against corruption.It would only invite further criticism against him, as it would be ridiculous for a person facing corruption charges to comment against corruption. So, he had no other option but to remain silent. However, he decided to take the battle to the people by forcing 29 MLAs owing allegiance to him to submit their resignations.Interestingly, these MLAs, too, are, too, not talking about the corruption charges against Jagan, but said they resigned only in protest against the CBI mentioning YSR’s name in the FIR. The corruption charges against Jagan have thrown up a pertinent question: which politician is not corrupt? As a matter of fact, almost all the political leaders who are now shouting from the roof tops against corruption, have all faced corruption charges at one point of time or the other.And they are now forced to support Anna Hazare only to protect their political identity.Take for instance Telugu Desam Party president N Chandrababu Naidu. He is projecting himself as “Andhra Hazare” these days and accusing the Congress of corrupt practices to gain political mileage. Naidu himself had faced several charges of corruption during his nine-year rule between 1995 and 2004, including promotion of his own company Heritage Foods at the cost of a government dairy in Chittoor district, granting of excise contractors on extraneous considerations and allotment of 1000 acres of land for IMG-Bharata in the name of development of international sports complex etc.And now, he is talking about exposing corruption. What do we call it, if not hypocrisy?last_img read more

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