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Adversity brings team closer as Beermen rally for Austria, ailing wife

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES San Miguel Beermen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdversity tests the character of a family.For the better part of the last five years, San Miguel has proven to be one of the most resilient teams in addressing tough situations, further forging their bond through challenges both on and off-the-court.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We really wanted to just play for him and his family,” shared Chris Ross.“We know that he had a heavy heart and he hasn’t been getting much sleep. He’s been with us at practice every day, hasn’t complained about it, hasn’t brought it up, and hasn’t mentioned it. That’s just a testament to the type of professional that he is. He’s really a hard worker, and he really puts a lot of time into preparing us for what we have to do.READ: Fajardo, Beermen step up for coach Ross said San Miguel tried its best to make Austria feel a little bit better. “We kind of just gave him a big hug and let him know that we’re there for him.”Arwind Santos also knows how tough Austria’s situation is.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 After all, he had to go through the same ordeal back in 2015 when his mom Araceli was rushed out of the venue due to profuse bleeding on the nose during one of San Miguel’s game, coincidentally, against TNT.“Even I went through that, too,” said the 36-year-old forward in Filipino. “We knew we just had to be strong. We can’t control what happens in the world and what happens to us. If those things happen, we can’t do anything but to pray and focus on what we need to do. We have to fight through the emotions so that we can still play despite our situation. We used her as our inspiration.”READ: Fajardo wreaks havoc as San Miguel ousts TNT, advances to semis The Beermen came together and pulled one off for their coach and his family, dedicating the triumph as they progressed to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.Austria, too, can heave a sigh of relief as his wife’s operation was a success.“That was for coach Leo and (his son) Bacon. We really wanted to go out there and play hard and try to get that win for the Austria family,” said Ross. “Luckily, we’re able to go out there and play hard and get the win for him. Going forward, we’ll be playing for him and his family as well.”“At least, we were able to give coach a little bit of a relief, lift him up, and get us closer to our goal,” said Santos. “I believe we’ll be harder to beat because of that.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Ceres blanks Shan United, keeps top spot in AFC Cup LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving On Tuesday, the Beermen’s mettle was once again tested.With San Miguel starting its quest for a rare four-peat in the all-Filipino conference with a tough draw against TNT in the quarterfinals, coach Leo Austria had his attention divided as wife Nanette had just undergone a kidney transplant at Cardinal Santos Medical Center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Austria turns emotional after SMB win as wife undergoes kidney transplantLacking in sleep, the three-time Coach of the Year tried to fight through the emotions, holding strong for his team before eventually breaking down in the press room and once again in the dugout after the squad pulled off the 106-93 win to advance to the semifinals. View commentslast_img read more

Hawks send center Dwight Howard to Hornets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage The Howard trade is the first deal for new Hawks GM Travis Schlenk, who faces the difficult challenge of re-signing free-agent forward Paul Millsap.“It is extremely important for our organization that we maintain our flexibility and this trade helps us achieve that critical goal,” Schlenk said. “We appreciate the contributions that Dwight made on the court and in the greater Atlanta community this past season.”Howard, 31, is due to earn $23.5 million each of the next two seasons.Plumlee, 28, still has three years remaining on his contract at $12.5 million per season. Belinelli, 31, is set to earn $6.6 million in the final year of his deal.Michael Jordan’s Hornets have been attempting to land a star player for quite some time and Howard potentially gives them that if he can return to playing at a high level.Point guard Kemba Walker has developed into an All-Star, but Nicolas Batum struggled last season after being handed a $120 million, five-year contract — the largest ever given to a Hornets player.The trade also satisfies the Hornets’ search for a true center since losing Al Jefferson to free agency last summer. They had hoped that Roy Hibbert would fill the role of a rim protector, but injuries slowed him down and he was eventually traded to Milwaukee in a midseason deal that brought Plumlee to Charlotte.Plumlee wasn’t much of a contributor last season for Charlotte and he was beset by injuries.The Hornets traded away their first-round draft pick in 2016 to acquire Belinelli after losing Courtney Lee and Jeremy Lin in free agency. Belinelli played in 74 games last season and averaged 10.5 points per game on 42.9 percent shooting. What offseason? A week after Finals, the NBA in overdrive Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Howard, an eight-time All-Star and three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year, will be playing for his third team in three seasons following a disappointing one-year return to his Atlanta hometown.“We are excited to add a player of Dwight’s stature to our roster,” Charlotte general manager Rich Cho said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He has been a very talented player, an elite rebounder and rim protector as well as a physical presence since the moment he entered the league. Howard’s best seasons came alongside coach Steve Clifford and we believe their familiarity will make an immediate impact for the Hornets this upcoming season.”Clifford was an assistant with Orlando and the Los Angeles Lakers during Howard’s stints with those teams. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken 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 Dwight Howard saw his homecoming to Atlanta cut short as he was dealt to the Charlotte Hornets. AFPATLANTA — Dwight Howard’s Atlanta homecoming was short-lived.The Hawks sent Howard and the No. 31 overall pick in the NBA draft to Charlotte for center Miles Plumlee, shooting guard Marco Belinelli and the 41st pick, getting the deal completed late Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT View comments What ‘missteps’? Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ “I’m excited about working with Dwight again,” Clifford said. “He brings a defensive mindset, shot blocking ability and a level of physicality that will be a huge asset for us. We look forward to him continuing his career here in Charlotte.”Howard signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with Atlanta and then sat out the fourth quarter in two of six playoff games in the Hawks’ first-round loss to Washington.Howard’s averages with the Hawks — 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds — were close to his production in his last of three seasons with Houston in 2015-16. Still, he finished the season unhappy about his diminished role in the playoffs, when he averaged eight points and 10.7 rebounds.“It was very difficult. I want to play,” Howard said after the season. “I want to be on the floor. I want to make an impact. You can’t do it on the bench.”The Hawks were eliminated in the first round for the first time since 2014. Following the season, coach Mike Budenholzer resigned his additional role as president of basketball operations and Wes Wilcox stepped down as general manager.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidelast_img read more

NBA MVP Curry fires respectable 74 in pro golf debut

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Curry stood 11 strokes back of the leader Nicholas Thompson but managed to make three birdies and several difficult shots on the challenging Stonebrae course in Hayward, California.Curry got off to a inauspicious start as he began his round on the back nine. His drive at the 10th hole landed in the cupholder of a golf cart sitting left of the fairway and he scrambled to make bogey on the hole.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 stars“My first shot on the tour was in the cup, not in the right cup,” Curry joked. “That was probably a first on the tour. There was a golf cart just left of my target on hole number one. It went right in the cup holder. Not an ideal way to start, having to calling a rules official over, but I settled in after that.” National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Golden State Warriors NBA basketball player Stephen Curry reacts after saving par on the 18th green during the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in Hayward, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)NBA star Stephen Curry got off to a rocky start but then held his own Thursday in his professional golf debut, shooting a four-over 74 in the first round of the Web.com Tour’s Ellie Mae Classic.The two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, who in June helped the Golden State Warriors to their second NBA title in three seasons, is playing the event on a sponsor’s exemption.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Among the players Curry finished ahead of was two-time PGA Tour winner Frank Lickliter.“If you told me I was going to shoot 74 on the first round I would take that all day every day,” he said. Asked if he was going to make the weekend cut, Curry said, “I got the jitters out. Hopefully that will happen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ 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 Gamescenter_img FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments ’NBA Live 18’ to feature WNBA teams for first time ever Curry finished with three birdies, five bogeys, one double bogey and nine pars. He hit eight of 18 fairways while needing 27 putts and posted a better score than eight players in the morning session.“It was a day of firsts for everything,” Curry said. “First opportunity to play with these guys, first tee shot was crazy, first par I made trying to settle in and then obviously the first birdie was a really cool moment.”Curry said he was nervous on the first tee and compared it to the pressure of a NBA contest.“The feeling is the same,” he said. “The adrenaline rush is there but you have a whole lot more time to think about what is going on. The best guys out here are able to master those thoughts for five hours.“Soon as he said my name on the first tee I could barely feel my hands I had to take a deep breath. After third or fourth hole, it was just golf like normal.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Rahul most preferred for CWG brand ambassador: Survey

first_imgHe is considered to be the prime minister-in-waiting by many, but a recent survey among students has shown that Rahul Gandhi is also the face India would like to see as the brand ambassador for the Commonwealth Games.A whopping 72 per cent of those surveyed said they wanted the Gandhi scion to be the brand ambassador for the CWG.The survey was conducted by the Associated Chambers for Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM) among 10,000 students in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Dehradun, Jaipur, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Kolkata and Bhubaneswar.It revealed that Sachin Tendulkar (64 per cent) is the second choice of the nation for face of the Commonwealth Games 2010, followed by Amir Khan (56 per cent) and A R Rahman (42 per cent).The major options among the different categories included politicians, Bollywood stars, sportspersons and other public icons, who majorly influence the common man.Seventy two per cent of the respondents said Gandhi was the most honest, straightforward and trustworthy youth leader.The respondents said that the young Congress leader has instilled confidence in the youth and he is the motivational factor who can set standards for them.Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communications and Infotech got 14 per cent, while Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry and Congress MP Jitin Prasada got six per cent votes each as the face of the Games.Among the sportspersons, iconic batsman Sachin Tendulkar (64 per cent) tops the list followed by Saina Nehwal (20 per cent), Viswanathan Anand (18 per cent) and Abhinav Bindra (six per cent).advertisementThe survey also highlighted the face for Commonwealth Games 2010 among the film industry. Actor Amir Khan — the perfectionist — came out on top with 56 per cent of the respondents voting for him as the first choice.Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan with 18 per cent, Shahrukh Khan with 12 per cent and Ranbir Kapoor with six per cent followed in the list.Other public figures included A R Rahman (42 per cent), Chetan Bhagat and singer Shaan.The survey also highlighted the city which had the highest potential to organise the Commonwealth Games 2010 in India. Bangalore with 75 per cent first choice vote emerged as the most preferred city to organise the Games.It was also felt that the involvement of Indian business houses jointly with the Games organisers would have made a difference. Sixty per cent of respondents voted for Tata followed by Reliance (18 per cent), Jindal Group (15 per cent) and DLF group (seven per cent).- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Asia’s new hot spot: Oman

first_imgFind lush wadis, strikingly beautiful mountains, medieval cities, bustling souks and of course deserts in this less-known destination.Day 1: Arrive at Muscat and check into the Radisson Blu Hotel (Al Ghubrah; www.radissonblu.com), which has a brilliant view of the mountains. Take a cab to the Qurm (pronounced Kur-rum) beach, a 10-minute drive from your hotel. The best way to get around in Muscat is to cab it. There are no meters, and it is advisable to bargain. Most Omanis speak good Hindi, are warm to Indians, and mostly quote fair prices, so you don’t have to worry about getting fleeced! The road to the beach is dotted with many open-air cafes, giving it a Mediterranean feel. Choose from Italian, Portugese and Continental fare, or just head to Starbucks for some alone-time with your book. Watch the sunset on this pristine, pale sand beach which is a popular with families. Round off the day by picking up chocolate covered dates and handicrafts at the Shatti-al Qurm, a shopping centre near the beach. Day 2: Take a day drip to Nizwa–a two-hour drive from Muscat. This quaint little town, which was once the capital, is at the base of the Hajar mountains. Walk around the souk (market) and visit the majestic forts which were built in the 17th century to guard the trade routes from the coast to the interior. Start early from Muscat, so you are left with enough time to visit Jebel Akhder–a green mountain village famous for its terraced gardens of roses and pomegranates, and Jebel Shams, which is Oman’s Grand Canyon.Day 3: Leave early in the morning and head to the National Museum at Ruwi, where you can check out valuable collections of Omani heritage like dated silver and copper crafts, and a letter from the Prophet Mohammad inviting the rulers of Oman to embrace Islam, among other treasures. Next, walk to the Ruwi market nearby which has numerous Omani restaurants that serve delicious rice and meat preparations. Take the road to Muttrah, and stop at the Bait Al Baranda Museum, which is just off the Muttrah Corniche. Housed in an old villa, this museum traces the journey of Oman from the pre-historic times, and also doubles as an exhibition space at times. Walk along the Corniche, a seaside promenade where ships anchor. If you’re lucky, you might also catch a glimpse of the king’s ship! The famous Muttrah Souq is along this road. Be prepared to be stunned by this labyrinth of tiny shops selling khanjars, silver jewellery, handicrafts, old coins, and frankincense among other souvenirs. You can spend hours bargaining and walking around this market. Later in the night, head to the Club Safari at The Grand Hyatt Muscat for some live music.Day 4: Watch out for a little diversion on the road between Muscat and Sur, which leads to the Sharqiya (Wahiba) Sands. These dunes are home to the tribe Bedu–who specialise in raising camels, and is also a popular spot for camel racing. Contact the Ministry for Camel Affairs (tel: +96 82689 3204) for exact dates. These dunes are also a popular spot for sand driving, and there are a lot of tours that provide these rides for a slightly steep charge. Wahiba is also an excellent place to interact with Omani women, since they are more social here–dressed in colourful abeyas, they often rescue drivers whose cars get stuck in sands.Day 5: Feeling a little adventurous? Wake up early and head to the scenic Qantab beach (an hour away from Radisson Blu Muscat) for water sports, and a boat ride that takes you around the rocky caves in the sea. This beach is less commercial, and there is only one tiny cafe that serves soft drinks. Stop for lunch at Bin Atique at Sultan Qaboos Road, for some reasonably priced authentic Omani fare. Make sure you try Ma Owl, a preparation garnished with dried shark. Take the road towards Seeb, and stop at the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque–which is the largest mosque in Oman. Ensure your head is covered, else you will not be allowed to enter. Made of sandstone, the mosque is known for its ornate interiors. The prayer hall boasts the second largest carpet and chandelier in the world. After indulging your spiritual side, head to the City Centre Mall at Seeb for some retail therapy. The biggest mall in Oman is open from 10 a.m to 10 p.m.  Must knowGetting there: There are direct Oman Air flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Muscat. Fare: Rs. 10,000-14,000 approx. Download visa application form from http://oman.visahq.com. Currency: The Omani Riyal is about Rs. 115.Must do: Explore the wadis and terraces of Jebel Akhdar, about 330 km from Muscat. Food tip: Vegetarians may have a big problem. Try out desi fare at Mumtaz Mahal, an excellent Indian restaurant overlooking the Qurm National Park. Traveller tip: Dress conservatively. Cover your head when entering mosques.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

World champions India play West Indies in first of 5 ODIs

first_imgOff to a perfect start by winning the lone Twenty20 game of the tour, a second-string India will have to shift gears quickly and brace for an ODI battle against a depleted West Indies in a five-match series starting in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on Monday.This is India’s first ODI match since the World Cup triumph in Mumbai on April 2. India are without the services of Sachin Tendulkar, regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and pace spearhead Zaheer Khan, who have all been rested, in addition to Yuvraj Singh and the injured duo of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.Led by Suresh Raina, the Indians made a confident start to the tour by easing past the hosts by 16 runs in the lone Twenty20 match on Saturday.Raina marshalled the young side well and they hardly showed any nerves while outplaying the Caribbeans, who desperately missed the services of Chris Gayle. Also, the West Indies are without pacers Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor and Kemar Roach.But facing a depleted West Indies also means the added pressure of not just winning but winning big and Raina is well aware of it.”There’s always pressure and we have done well under pressure. It’s for us as players to execute the plans of the coach well. We have to play our natural game,” he said.During the Twenty20 win, the Indians were at a precarious 56 for four by the ninth over, but Subramaniam Badrinath and Rohit Sharma added 71 runs and that launch- pad helped the lower order to plunder 72 runs in the final five overs.advertisementIndia have an untested opening pair of Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan, who failed to click in T20 game, but the rest of the line- up looks solid.Led by Munaf Patel, the Indian pace bowling is not the strongest but the spinners – spearheaded by Harbhajan Singh and R Ashwin- would be expected to do well on a track on which the ball has been turning quite a bit.West Indies have a reasonable batting line- up on paper with Darren Bravo being the pick of the lot, but the team hasn’t put enough runs on the board in recent times.All- rounder Kieron Pollard, who wasn’t included in the Twenty20 side, is back in the team for the first two ODIs and that would bolster the side.Bowling, however, would be a big concern for skipper Darren Sammy.The skipper himself did well to pick up four wickets on Saturday, but the rest of the attack let him down by conceding runs late in the innings.TEAMSIndia: Suresh Raina (capt), R Ashwin, S Badrinath, Harbhajan Singh ( vice- capt), Virat Kohli, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Munaf Patel, Parthiv Patel (wk), Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha ( wk), Ishant Sharma, Rohit Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwary, Shikhar Dhawan.West Indies: Darren Sammy ( capt), Carlton Baugh ( wk), Lendl Simmons, Kirk Edwards, Darren Bravo, Marlon Samuels, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Anthony Martin, Devendra Bishoo, Ravi Rampaul.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

CWG scam: CBI registers fresh case, conducts raids in Delhi, Mumbai

first_imgTightening the noose on the perpetrators of Commonwealth Games scam, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday conducted raids at a number of locations in Delhi and Mumbai. CBI teams carried out searches at various locations in the two cities early in the morning and caught the CWG-dealing offices unaware. The special investigation team (SIT) of CBI also registered a fresh case in connection with the construction of stadiums for the mega-event, held in October 2010. The FIR was in relation with the construction of Sirifort Sports Complex in the national capital. Suresh Kalmadi, the former chief of CWG organising committee (OC), has been in jail over his alleged role in the bungling during and ahead of the event. Many other former officials have also been arrested in connection with the CWG scam cases.last_img read more