Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green (14) knocks the ball away from Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — Klay Thompson scored 27 points, Kevin Durant had 24 and the Golden State Warriors overcame a lethargic first half to beat the injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs 112-92 on Thursday night.Steph Curry added 21 points for Golden State in its first meeting against the Spurs since sweeping the Western Conference finals en route to the NBA title.ADVERTISEMENT The Spurs played without Kawhi Leonard and Tony Parker, as they did in the conference finals. Unlike those blowout victories, Golden State struggled to close out San Antonio.Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 10 rebounds, continuing his resurgent season. Kyle Anderson added 16 points in place of Leonard, whose return from an injured right quadriceps is still undetermined.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 Warriors took their first lead two minutes into the third quarter at 60-57 on Durant’s 3-pointer.Aldridge and Pau Gasol took and made the Spurs’ first two 3-pointers. The Spurs made four of their first six 3-pointers in running to a 22-12 lead. San Antonio led 31-12 lead after Golden State went scoreless for 4 1/2 minutes midway through the opening period. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pooping in MMA fight will now result in TKO loss LATEST STORIES Golden State slowly cut into the lead behind its defense. After shooting 48 percent in the first quarter, the Spurs were held to 33 percent in the second quarter. San Antonio was 1 for 5 on 3-pointers and 7 for 21 overall in the second quarter.The Spurs finished 7 for 24 on 3-pointers, failing to make a 3 in the second half after draining six in the opening quarter.Zaza Pachulia, making his first appearance in San Antonio since Leonard was lost after landing on the center’s foot in Game 1, was heavily booed throughout the game.Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was ejected with 4:47 remaining in the game after complaining that traveling was not called on Patrick McCaw minutes after Aldridge was assessed a traveling violation.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Warriors: Golden State has made at least 10 3-pointers in each of its games this season. The Warriors were 14 for 28 on 3s against the Spurs. … Thompson has a 3-pointer in 63 straight games, the league’s longest active streak. … Durant has scored at least 20 points in all but one of the team’s nine games this season. … The Warriors shot 96 for 166 in their previous two games. … JaVale McGee played in his 500th career game. … Golden State closes out a three-game trip in Denver.Spurs: Leonard and Parker have played a combined three quarters against the Warriors in the last five games, including the postseason. … Parker missed the entire conference finals with a ruptured quadriceps tendon and Leonard aggravated an ankle injury in the third quarter of the opening game. … Mills made his 600th career 3-pointer, 551 of which have come with the Spurs. … San Antonio is 62-19 at home against Golden State.UP NEXTWarriors: Visit Denver on Saturday night trying to end a two-game skid against the Nuggets.Spurs: Host Charlotte on Friday night in the second of a six-game homestand.
They are counting on LaVine to work his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee, for Dunn to improve on a disappointing rookie season after being drafted No. 5 overall and for the 7-foot Markkanen to make a smooth transition to the NBA with his sweet shot.“I’m feeling really good,” said LaVine, who was averaging 18.9 points when he was injured in February. “I’m attacking this injury like I do everything in life, working my butt off for it every day, in the gym and doing as much as possible. There’s always that base timeline of 9-12 months with it. I feel like with my ability I’m able to come back early. But I really haven’t set a timetable for that. I’m very confident that I’ll come back better.”Agent Bill Duffy said LaVine is “definitely ahead of schedule” and called him the “consummate workaholic.”“But on the other hand, you’ve got to kind of mitigate his progress because he’s eager to be at the (practice) facility,” he added. “We’re going to have to put the brakes on at some point.”Dunn, meanwhile, acknowledged a difficult rookie season under coach Tom Thibodeau. He didn’t live up to the hype that accompanied him from Providence. He gets another chance with the Bulls, who tried getting him and LaVine a year ago for Butler.Dunn described last season as a “roller coaster ride.” But he also credited Thibodeau, the former Bulls coach.“He helped me become a professional,” Dunn said. “He loves players that love to work. He made sure all his guys are always in the gym working hard, attacking every day, trying to improve each day. Just keep learning the game. Tom really helped me be a pro.”Markkanen, who shot 49.2 percent from the field and 42.3 from 3-point range in his lone season at Arizona, sees his offense translating to the NBA. His defense needs work.“I’m going to work on that,” he said. “I know I’m going to get better when I put the work in.” What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games PBA Finals ‘far from over,’ says Beermen’s Austria Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Chicago Bulls seventh overall draft pick Lauri Markkanen, left, Kris Dunn, center, and Zach Lavine, pose for a photo at the NBA basketball team’s training facility, Tuesday, June 27, 2017, in Chicago. Dunn and Levine was acquired by the Bulls from the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for Jimmy Butler and this year’s No. 16th overall pick, Justin Patton. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam)CHICAGO — The Chicago Bulls set a clear direction by trading All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves on draft night last week.The Bulls had plenty of people talking after they traded one of the NBA’s top two-way players for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and No. 7 overall pick Lauri Markkanen, three newcomers who were introduced at a news conference on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I’m excited about what the environment in this building is going to be like going forward,” Paxson said. “I’m not worried about perception. We understand this could take time, it’s a process. But as long as these kids can play hard and compete our fans will appreciate them, and we’ll get better.”There was plenty of room for the Bulls to improve after last season.They made the playoffs on a tiebreaker after missing out the previous season, then put up a fight against Boston before bowing out in the first round.Only once since the Michael Jordan era has Chicago advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, losing to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2011. Derrick Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in the playoff opener against Philadelphia the following year, and the Bulls haven’t been a serious championship threat since then.The Bulls sorely needed more shooting and athleticism if Hoiberg’s offense was going to work the way they hoped, and they believe they are on their way.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 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 View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said debating which team got the better end of the deal is “the wrong way to look at it” at the moment.“We’ve defined our direction,” he said. “We made the playoffs (eight of nine) years. Wasn’t good enough. We have to now reset what we’re about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Bulls added three players to the mix who are 23 or younger. They believe they are starting to build a team that fits coach Fred Hoiberg’s pace-and-space offensive system as he heads into his third season.They see a promising core that can help lay the foundation for bigger things. And they’re not too concerned about what others think.
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Senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader L K Advani on Monday described the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony as “spectacular and dazzling” but maintained that this did not mean the principal opposition would give up its campaign against alleged corruption in the Games preparations.”Yesterday when I saw the opening (ceremony), it was a spectacular show. Dazzling, no doubt about it. And I congratulated Shiela Dikshit, I congratulated Suresh Kalmadi and all those whom I met,” Advani told PTI.The senior leader attended the ceremony along with his wife Kamala, daughter Pratibha and Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj, among others.He reiterated that as an Indian, he felt proud of the Games and wanted it to be a success. However, he insisted that this did not mean BJP would give up its campaign against corruption in the Games projects and the party would pursue it after the event is over.”I am not happy with all the reports that I have read. Particularly that there has been corruption. But as an Indian I would like these Games to be successful,” he said.The senior leader maintained that he looked at the whole issue of wrong-doings in the preparations differently.”I view it in a different way. Wherever Games have been held in the past. Any big sporting event whether in China, Australia, anywhere. For six-eight months, the country is hailed and praised… that this has been completed, that stadium has been completed. But here for six-eight months we have been losing face. Everything was negative,” Advani said.advertisementHe indicated that Organising Committee Chairperson Suresh Kalmadi may not be the only one under a cloud of suspicion.Recalling the events of 2003 when India got the right to hold Games when NDA was in power, Advani said that the BJP-led government had then taken a Cabinet decision that the accomodation for the Games should later be converted into hostels for Delhi University students but the UPA government overturned it.Advani, who had stated this in one of his recent blogs, said Kalmadi had called him later to complain.”I also got a call from Suresh Kalmadi saying you have also written against me. I said I have not written against you. I have written against the government. Our government took one decision and your government changed it. I do not know if you were a party to the decision,” he said.- With inputs from PTI
Former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan considers India the favourites for the 2011 World Cup due to be held in the subcontinent from February 19 to April 2, 2011.Khan, who was in the capital on Thursday with other former World Cup greats Kapil Dev, Sir Vivian Richards and Arjuna Ranatunga, said, “India are the favourites and Sri Lanka come a close second.”But he followed the statement with a word of caution for the team. “Every now and then the best team in the competition comes under pressure. And then it’s all about coping with it, especially during the knock-out stage.”Khan, who had led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 edition, cited India’s example. “India won in 1983 as they were better able to cope with the pressure than the West Indies (the other finalists).”Ranatunga, however, said Sri Lanka are the clear favourites. Explaining his point, he said, “We are one of the favourites. No doubt, India have too many cricketers to pick from, but they can panic in front of their home crowd.”The home factor is largely missing for the Sri Lankans as the three venues where Sri Lanka will be playing their homes matches during the knock-out stage are new.””In that case, I would request the crowds to stay at home,” said Kapil Dev, taking a jibe at Ranatunga.For Dev, the presence of Sachin Tendulkar in the squad was enough to scare the best of the sides away. “He is the most important cricketer in the team and he leads from the front.”advertisement”People have been saying that it is his last World Cup, but I don’t think so. I want him to carry on.”Tendulkar apart, he remained largely noncommittal. When asked to identify a trump card in the side, he said, “There are so many of them. It depends on how they perform.” When pointed out that Harbhajan Singh was not performing as per expectations, he said, “He can come back to his peak anytime.”But, he felt that a tour just before the World Cup wasn’t the ideal situation for the team. “They (India) should not play so much cricket as there is always the possibility of sustaining an injury ahead of the tournament.”Khan, however, disagreed. “A good tour ahead of the World Cup builds the team’s confidence. As far as injuries are concerned, that can happen anytime.”Recounting his experience during the 1992 World Cup, he said, “I was training very hard ahead of the World Cup and I was very fit even though I was 39 then. But as luck would have it, I got injured during the nets just a day before the tournament was to begin.”For Richards too, India are the favourites. “There main players are not playing in this series against New Zealand and yet they are winning. This speaks volumes about their bench-strength.”And for Richards, Virender Sehwag stood out from the rest. “He is the most devastating cricketer today,” he said.On a personal front, Richards said, “West Indies players do have the talent and I am hoping and praying for them.”Khan hoped his team fares well despite the fact they are going through a bad patch. “If Shahid Afridi hits a purple patch, he can pull it off. But I am not too sure if he can pull it off, but if there is anyone who can, it has to be Afridi.”He was also clear on the fact that the team would be missing their two strike bowlers Mohammad Aamer and Mohammad Asif, who figure in the spot-fixing scandal. “I don’t know what is the status on them, but I am hoping they come clean.”
Winning an Olympic medal is always an arduous task and for India, a track and field medal is something that still remains elusive.Renjith Maheshwary is aware of the challenges in front of him. While a medal at the Olympics would be the biggest achievement for the triple jumper, Renjith’s personal goal would be to better his own performance and leave the rest to luck.In the last couple of years, Renjith’s performance has gone down, but the Kerala jumper is known to rise to the occasion as he did at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010.Coming into the Commonwealth Games, Renjith did not have the best of marks but when at the competition, he leapt 17.07 to bag the bronze medal.Over the past eight years, Renjith has been in the vicinity of the 16m mark, although he did come up with efforts of 17.04m in 2007 and 17.07m in 2010.He qualified for the London Olympics in April this year at the Federation Cup in Patiala with a leap of 16.85m. However, there was not much for him to boast of after that and he hasn’t been part of many competitions after that.At the Olympics, however, the stakes are higher and one small mistake can cost an athlete a medal.At the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the gold medal went to Portuguese Nelson Evora with a jump of 17.67m, while Leevan Sands of Bahamas took the bronze with a 17.59m leap.Renjith hopes to cross the 17m mark at the Olympics and according to reports, he says, 17.30m is a possibility with a 22-stride run-up. Only time will tell if that effort will be good enough to get him a medal in London, if he manages to achieve that.advertisementThe triple jumper has been in Italy for some time now and expects to come good when the actual competition begins on August 7.There were questions regarding his preparation and fitness for the Olympics, but Renjith answered them in the best possible way with a 16.45m in mere nine strides this week.Thereafter, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) could not do much but give clearance to Renjith for the London Games. Expecting a medal would be too much of an ask from Renjith, or from any track and field athlete, but an improved performance could pave the way for better things.rahul.rawat @ mailtoday.in
An event meant to honour India’s Olympic heroes turned out to be chaotic. It was an eventful day for London medal winners who hopped from one function to the other, but the felicitation by the Sports Ministry at the National Stadium left a lot to be desired.It had all the makings of a hastily arranged programme without much thought going into it. One wondered why the stadium was not used for the venue, and instead a makeshift dais was put up near the gate. Hundreds of people strolled in without any security checks, making it a nightmare for police officials. Youngsters enrolled in the “Come and play scheme” of the Sports Authority of India and schoolchildren were called to attend the function. Besides, fans got too close to the dais, giving security officials a headache.Many of the athletes who were part of the India’s Olympic contingent had no place to sit and even the coaches were left to rue the mismanagement. Boxers Vijender Kumar and Manoj Kumar left in a huff while the hockey team quietly moved to a corner.”This isn’t the way to organise an event of this scale. We were felicitated after the Commonwealth Games at the same venue but that happened inside the stadium not in an open area like this,” said one of the athletes, part of India’s contingent in London.”It was a completely chaotic function. This could have been a security issue for everyone present here,” he added.Silver medallists Sushil Kumar and Vijay Kumar, bronze medal winners Yogeshwar, Saina Nehwal, MC Mary Kom and Gagan Narang all wore broad smiles as they were greeted by ministry officials. They were later taken in open jeeps to the Amar Jawan Jyoti at Indian Gate where they paid floral tributes to the martyrs. All the while the crowd followed them along with a strong media contingent.advertisementAt the stadium, Maken handed cheques of Rs30 lakh each to the silver medallists while the bronze medalists received Rs20 lakh each. Maken said that the government would continue its support to the athletes under the ‘Operation Excellence’ 2010 scheme.”We aim to win 25 medals at the 2020 Olympics. We will provide all assistance,” he said.A faux pax during the event spelled embarrassment for the medallists. Eyebrows were raised, jokes did the rounds when the master of ceremonies called Saina Nehwal ‘Sania Nehwal’.That was not all. Yogeshwar Dutt was welcomed as ‘Yogendra Dutt’, shooter Joydeep Karmakar was identified as an ‘archer’ and Gagan Narang’s bronze medal changed colour to ‘silver’. The athletes somehow maintained their poise.Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh slammed the ministry. “This is not the way to treat the national heroes and their family,” he told Mail Today. “There was no place to sit. There were four disciplines that earned us medals, but the names of federations were not mentioned,” he said.
‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ View comments And the rest of the NFL writhes in pain.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes NASCAR tries to end slide with push for more exciting racing No matter where football fans outside the New England base turn, however, the finish often hurts.Why?Wide receiver Chris Hogan, who has been to Super Bowls in all three of his seasons in New England, explains it well.“We have been in these situations so many times before in big games and we don’t really blink,” Hogan said. “We practice these situations, we run these situations, we know how to execute in these situations — that is what it comes down to. Four-minute drives and trying to end a football game, take care of the ball, run blocking and doing all of the fundamentals when it really counts. And we have been in this situation before and it just helps.”The Patriots have been in every position before. So when they need to rely on Brady to light up the scoreboard, they can. And if the game environment calls for grinding it out, they can.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town No blowouts.They began this unprecedented run using a bruising defense that turned the Rams’ Greatest Show on Turf into a tentative outfit that at times looked intimidated 17 years ago. On Sunday night, they brought it all full circle with a masterful defensive performance that humbled the Rams once more, even more so.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe Patriots take down opponents in the most painful ways, whether in shootouts like against Carolina and Atlanta, or in comebacks — Atlanta again, and Seattle. While it’s always foolish to get into a tit-for-tat scoring binge with Brady, the 13-3 victory over Los Angeles proved the Pats can do the dirty work, win in the trenches and still survive.It’s maddening for the rest of the NFL. It’s maddening for so much of America that wants to see someone — anyone else — shut down this show. It leads to Patriots haters noting that one of the worst officiating errors in NFL history cost the rightful NFC champions, the Saints, a shot at New England. Or that coin tosses have handed the Patriots the ball in a Super Bowl and a conference title game overtime, and eventually they were lifting the Lombardi Trophy. In this Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, photo New England Patriots’ Julian Edelman and Tom Brady celebrate after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. Edelman was named the Most Valuable Player. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)ATLANTA — There’s something surgical about the Patriots’ dynasty that has made the rest of the NFL reel for nearly two decades.They are 6-3 in Super Bowls in Bill Belichick’s reign and with Tom Brady doing the clutch work. Yet the overall points for those games, dating to 2002, stand at 215 for New England, 201 for the opposition.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES One thing they never do is back off. In their losses to the Giants and Eagles in the Super Bowl, the Patriots remained aggressive. So did the opponent, though, and New York and Philadelphia simply made more key plays. Perhaps only one more key play, but that was enough.When the Seahawks and Falcons lifted off the accelerator — or made unwise strategic moves — New England swooped in.The decisive drive in the fourth quarter Sunday night was typical of the clinical manner in which they keep winning. Sloppy, particularly on third downs, and even a tad frustrated by the 3-3 score, they put together a classic drive: five plays, four of them passes, for 69 yards, capped by rookie Sony Michel’s 2-yard touchdown run.Brady went to his meal tickets and they ate up an LA defense that had been relatively staunch. An 18-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski, followed by 13 yards to game MVP Julian Edelman.Then a 7-yarder to Rex Burkhead led to a play that causes every defensive coordinator to lose sleep: Gronk going deep and overpowering as well as outreaching defenders — in this case double coverage — for 29 yards to the 2.Once Michel scored, it seemed inevitable the Rams would find nothing but disappointment the rest of the way.Leave it to Gronkowski to sum up what at some points looked like a so-so season for the Patriots. Yet there they were, at the summit again.“I’ll tell you this, it was the most satisfying year I’ve ever been a part of,” said the star tight end who just might have played his last game; he’s contemplating retirement, as he did last year before returning. “How we came together, the obstacles we had to overcome, the grind from the beginning of training camp to now. That was our identity; wear the other team out.“We weren’t making big, flashy plays all the time … but we stuck together, we grinded, ran the ball.“Now we’re Super Bowl champions, we’re world champions.”