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Out of quarterfinals, PH volleybelles stay unfazed as they eye 5th place

first_imgNorth and South Korea plan to bid for 2032 Summer Olympics Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title No wonder Japan, fielding its Team B, remained unfazed by its two losses in Group A. Chinese Taipei finished the preliminaries without a win in Group B.That left the teams in Group C composed of Australia, Iran, Kazakhstan and Philippines to fight for the last two slots in the quarters. Australia and Iran came from behind to beat the Philippines via five sets.“The team takes this as a blessing in disguise,” said Delos Santos. “We played 14 sets in three matches, we need to recover and rest.”He said that had the Philippines made the quarterfinals, it would have played four straight days and ended up facing a top ranked team.“And now we have two days to prepare. Today we had weights training and then tomorrow ball training,” added Delos Santos. “Now we are in better shape to come up with higher placing.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The team went down the to pump weights in the Sima Thani Hotel gym before heading to lunch Wednesday. The  Filipinas are set to watch Korea-Chinese Taipei quarterfinal match at Korat Sanchai Hall before heading to the swanky Terminal 21 Mall.“No need to think about what could have been, we are taking it very positive and move forward,” said coach Shaq delos Santos.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Philippines, with Alyssa Valdez, Mylene Paat and Aby Marano leading the charge, destroyed Kazakhstan Tuesday night to post its first win in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Cup here.The win could have easily qualified the country to the quarterfinals, but tournament used a new format that automatically seeded six teams in Groups A and B (China, Thailand, Korea, Vietnam, Japan and Chinese Taipei) to the quarterfinals based on their performances in the Asian Championships last year. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FILE – Philippine women’s volleyball team during the 2018 Asian Games. POOL PHOTONAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand — Team Philippines quickly became known here for strong court presence as well as for its winsome, pretty players.So it’s not surprising that when the news came of its exclusion from the quarterfinals, the Philippines simply brushed it off — and with a hair flip so to speak.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption They will face on Friday the loser of the Korea-Taipei match in the classification match. A win would line the Philippines up for battle for seventh place, while a loss would toss it to a contest for 9th.The best scenario is for the country to win on Friday and then on Saturday against a still undetermined opponent to finish fifth, its best ever in the tournament.“In reality, we are fighting in the level of 5th down,” said Delos Santos. “We are not there yet, but we are getting there.”With the way they played in the preliminaries, it’s only a matter of time before the Filipinas — the sport’s biggest stars back home — take the spotlight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Fly the Flag Fridays launched

first_imgMiller Matola, CEO of theInternational Marketing Council.(Image: Nicky Rehbock)  If you’re one of those South Africans who proudly flew the national flag from your car or house during the 2010 Fifa World Cup, and wore a scarf, beanie or football jersey with a local flavour, keep it up – and encourage others to do the same.This is the message from Miller Matola, CEO of the International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa, the institution tasked by the Presidency to promote Brand South Africa.Matola said the aim of the new initiative, Fly the Flag Fridays, is to harness the spirit, unity, solidarity and sense of pride experienced by South Africans during the World Cup and let it invigorate our post-tournament activities and attitude.He was speaking at the launch of the campaign on Friday 16 July 2010 at the Primedia studios in Sandton, Johannesburg. Face-painters and African drummers were on hand at this event to paint mini flags on employees’ faces and set the rhythm for the day.Fly the Flag Fridays is a “continuation of campaigns started in the run-up to the World Cup, like Football Fridays, which inspired the nation and built spirit. Let’s keep the momentum going,” Matola said.It will be celebrated every Friday from now on, he said, and can take many forms. It can be interpreted literally by simply flying the flag, or be observed by buying South African-produced goods, wearing any of the national colours, supporting South African sports teams and music, or getting involved in a good cause.“We want to encourage people to engage in any activity that reflects the South African spirit of ubuntu, which is ‘You exist because I exist.’ It should be something that can be useful for the nation,” Matola added.“The idea of Fly the Flag Fridays belongs to all South Africans. Let’s show the world we’re a hospitable nation and that ubuntu is one of our hallmarks.”What we can take from the World CupThe World Cup helped to rebrand the nation and dispel negative perceptions about South Africa and Africa, Matola said, while showing the world what Africans are capable of, given the chance.By building on this, Matola believes South Africans will become more united as a nation and have greater confidence in the country’s future. It will also help keep up morale.“Once Bafana Bafana was out of World Cup, most South Africans still rallied around African teams and the continent. Let’s bottle this and put it to good use – put it towards initiatives that drive social cohesion,” he said.“The small steps we start with will lead to huge leaps that will have a positive impact on the nation. With this campaign going, we can light up a fire.“The can-do attitude of South Africans shown during the World Cup should now apply everywhere, even to social development and service delivery. There should also be a sense of pride shown in new facilities. Keeping your area clean is part of showing that pride,” Matola said.Although there are listed ways of bringing the concept to life, South Africans are encouraged to get creative and come up with their own ideas of how to celebrate Fly the Flag Fridays.“People are doing that already – it shows that the greater majority is ready to take up the campaign,” he said.“By continuing to stand together, there is nothing we cannot do. As our visitors go home, let us remind them to keep coming back to South Africa because we are a nation proud of its achievements, and a country that is open for business.”last_img read more

Houston Rockets sold for $2.2 billion

first_imgView comments “It’s been my great joy and honor to own the Houston Rockets for the past 24 years,” Alexander said in a statement.“I’ve had the incredible opportunity to witness true greatness through the players and coaches who have won championships for the city, been named to All-Star and All-NBA teams, enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame, and done so much for our franchise and our fans.”Fertitta, the head of Landry’s Inc, a company which includes restaurants, casinos and hotels in its portfolio, has dabbled in sports ownership before.He was forced to sell a stake in the Houston Texans NFL team when he completed a purchase of the Golden Nugget casinos in Las Vegas.Alexander, whose reign included NBA title triumphs in 1994 and 1995, said he planned to remain active in Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next MOST READ Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension “The Houston community has been home to me,” Alexander said. “I will continue to support the charities I have made commitments to throughout the years. I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the fans, partners, city officials and employees who care so deeply for this team.“I’ve made this decision after much deliberation with my family and friends, and do so knowing the franchise is in great shape with the players, coaches and management team in place,” added Alexander, who last week donated $4 million towards the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. CBB WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Meralco seeks QF slot vs TNT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This file photo taken on April 1, 2016, shows Tilman Fertitta attending the 2016 NBCUniversal Summer Press Day in California. Fertitta has bought the Houston Rockets in a record-breaking $2.2 billion deal, the highest amount ever paid for an NBA franchise, a statement said on September 5, 2017.  AFPHOUSTON, United States — The Houston Rockets have been bought by US restaurant tycoon Tilman Fertitta in a record-breaking $2.2 billion deal, the highest amount ever paid for an NBA franchise, a statement said Tuesday.Fertitta, a Houston-based billionaire, was one of several potential buyers circling the Rockets, who had been put up for sale by owner Leslie Alexander.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games “I am truly honored to have been chosen as the next owner of the Houston Rockets,” Fertitta said in a release from the team.“This is a life-long dream come true. Leslie Alexander has been one of the best owners in all of sports, and I thank him immensely for this opportunity. He has the heart of a champion.”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 shutoutAlexander, 73, bought the franchise for just $85 million in 1993.Forbes had valued the franchise in February at $1.65 billion, making it the eighth most-valuable in the league, with revenues of $244 million.last_img read more

London Olympics: Podobedova wins 4th gold for Kazakhstan in women’s 75kg weightlifting

first_imgSvetlana Podobedova won Olympic gold for Kazakhstan by the narrowest of margins on Friday, edging out Russia’s Natalya Zabolotnaya in the women’s 75kg weightlifting by virtue of lighter body weight. Podobedova and Zabolotnaya both broke the Olympic record with totals of 291 kg, with the Russian setting down a new Olympic best of 131 kg in the snatch and Podobedova setting a new Olympic record of 161 kg in the clean and jerk. Podobedova was born in Russia and represented that country until she was stripped of her 2006 world junior title for doping, after which she switched allegiance to Kazakhstan. “I am grateful I could compete. In 2008 Russia didn’t allow me to go to Beijing but Kazhakstan gave me a chance. I started training for this slowly, and this gold is for Kazhakstan,” she said. “I just wished for it so much. I have been working towards this all my life.” Official results show the total Olympic record awarded to Zabolotnaya, who only joined the Russian team last week after Oksana Slivenko withdrew with injury. Belarusian lifter Iryna Kulesha was a distant third with a total of 269 kg. Podobedova’s victory brings Kazakhstan its fourth gold of the games and third in women’s weightlifting, after Zulfiya Chinshanlo won the 53kg category and Maiya Maneza took victory in the 63kg event.last_img read more

10 months ago​OFF! Sevilla confident re-signing Arsenal target Banega

first_img​OFF! Sevilla confident re-signing Arsenal target Banegaby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal could be about to miss out on a key transfer target.Reports in Spain and England had suggested the club wanted to sign Ever Banega to appease manager Unai Emery.The creative midfielder is seen as a key addition, especially with Aaron Ramsey on the way out of the club. Banega has played for Emery in the past.But Estadio Deportivo suggests that Sevilla are close to getting Banega to commit to a new contract.It would raise his release clause and commit the 30-year-old to the Spanish side for the next few years. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

4 days agoFIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pair

first_imgFIGC president Gravina has message for Totti – and Juventus pairby Paul Vegas4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFIGC president Gabriele Gravina has sent a message to Roma icon Francesco Totti.The Italian great is currently out of football since quitting a desk job with the Giallorossi at the end of last season.Gravina told Le Repubblica: “Totti? I spoke with him three times. My intention is to include him in the training of young people. “But he must study to be a director.”Gravina also stated two Juventus players were in his plans.He added: “I heard from (Gigi) Buffon, I see him as a great coach in the future. And then I think of (Giorgio) Chiellini.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

Introducing The NCAA Tournament Excitement Index

Every March Madness features a couple of exhilarating games, but can we measure which games were the most exciting? In this video, Neil Paine and Reuben Fischer-Baum introduce FiveThirtyEight’s excitement index for this year’s NCAA tournaments, which will measure how exciting each game was based on swings in in-game win probability. Plus, a friendly wager: What first-round game will be the most exciting?

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Routed by Baltimore Ravens in Preseason

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco started the preseason right where he left off last year. On his way to helping his team destroy the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he completed seven of nine passes for 57 yards. Ravens running back Bernard Pierce scored on a 20-yard run, and Baltimore’s defense pummeled Tampa Bay, forcing four turnovers in the 44-16 victory on Thursday night.“We’re a very different team than we were, so we were really anxious to get on the field and just see who we are, because we really don’t know in a lot of ways,” coach John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens said after Thursday night’s 44-16 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We suspect we have a chance to be a good team, but we’ve got a long way to go as far as being on the same page in a lot of ways, so it’s a good thing we’ve got preseason, obviously.”The Ravens backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw two TD passes, including a 21-yarder to LaQuan Williams, who also scored on a blocked punt recovery in the end zone.“It’s good to see him step up and make plays,” Harbaugh said of Williams. “Here’s a guy that just brings his lunch pail every single week, puts on his blue collar work shirt and goes to work. To see him make those plays, he’s got tremendous talent.”The Ravens are the defending Super Bowl champions, and by the looks of it, they may be a heavy contender for this season’s playoffs. Then again, it’s only preseason. read more

Newcastle reject Lascelles offer

first_imgNewcastle United have rejected an offer thought to be around £25million from West Ham for defender Jamal Lascelles, according to talkSPORT.West Ham are interested in signing the 24-year-old defender for Newcastle but have had their first offer rejected by the Toon side.The Hammers are currently undergoing a squad overhaul as new boss Manuel Pellegrini looks to improve the quality of his playing squad.West Ham have already completed the signing of Issa Diop, Ryan Fredericks, Lukasz Fabianski and Jack Wilshere.But Pellegrini is keen on adding Lascelles to his squad to improve his defence.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.West Ham are hoping to lure the former Nottingham Forest centre-back to the Olympic Stadium in London but Rafael Benitez is hoping to keep his captain at the club.Newcastle have made their intentions of retaining the services of the English man known and have rejected West Ham’s bid for him.last_img read more

Manchester United Pogba posts cryptic message

first_imgManchester United’s Paul Pogba has posted a cryptic message on social media following his team’s 2-1 victory over Leicester on opening night in the Premier League, according to ESPN.Pogba was named captain for the night opened the scoring with a coolly taken penalty as early as the third minute of the game.The 25-year-old performance was praised by club manager Jose Mourinho after featuring for 80mins despite only resuming training on Monday.Pogba posted an image on social media with the caption: “I’ll always give my best for the fans and my teammates regardless of what’s going on.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.Pogba has been linked with a move to Barcelona and a return to Juventus as reports of a rift between him and Jose Mourinho continues.However, United insists the player isn’t for sale and won’t be entertaining offers for the World Cup winner. The Manchester United hierarchy are hoping that both player and manager to sort out all their differences as they look to challenge rivals Manchester City for the title this season.last_img read more