Cavaliers moving Love to center, Thompson to reserve role

first_img“With Jae starting at the four, LeBron’s able to roam freely on the defensive end,” Lue said. “Jae will take the toughest matchup between the 3s and the 4s and LeBron will be able to roam and kind of quarterback our defense. Being that back line defense, talking, communicating, and also being able to pick off passes when guys are throwing bad passes. I like LeBron in that role because he’s great at being the help guy, being in the right spots at the right places, so I think it will be good for us.”For now, James is sidelined with a sprained left ankle sustained last week in practice. Lue said the three-time champion will not play in Wednesday night’s exhibition opener against Atlanta. James’ injury is not believed to be serious, and the Cavs will make sure he’s full healed before he plays.Lue said he expects James on the court at some point in the preseason. Cleveland opens the regular season on Oct. 17 against Irving and the Celtics. Lue has experimented with Love at center during training camp and believes the new-look lineup will create matchup problems for opposing centers as well as open the floor for LeBron James, Derrick Rose and others.“He’s a great passer,” Lue said of Love. “Fives (centers) have to get out and try to guard him on the pick and roll with LeBron and D-Rose and those guys making plays, so it’s going to be tough for those guys. We liked it.”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 shutoutCenter Tristan Thompson will come off the bench, and newly acquired forward Jae Crowder will take Love’s former spot, Lue said. Crowder, acquired this summer in the Kyrie Irving trade, is a strong defender.Lue said he spoke to Thompson about the switch and “it was great.” Thompson started all 78 games at center for Cleveland last season. In 2016, he made just 33 starts and the Cavs went on to win the NBA title. Kevin Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates his basket in the first quarter against the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on January 6, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND— Cavaliers All-Star Kevin Love is being moved after all — from forward to center.Love, who has been the subject of trade speculation for three years in Cleveland, will be the club’s new starting center, coach Tyronn Lue announced Monday night after the team played an intra-squad scrimmage at Quicken Loans Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nadal credits passion and overcoming injuries for success Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 “I told him I’m one guy you don’t have to worry about,” Thompson said. “I’m a team-first guy. I understand that at the end of the day it’s about winning and if you win, we all look good — whether you come off the bench or you start. And it’s not about who starts the game, it’s about who is in the game in the fourth and who is finishing it. So, I’m not worried. The last time I came off the bench, if history repeats itself, we had a parade in June. So, I’ll take it.“I’m going to go for Sixth Man of the Year, put myself in position to do that.”Lue has more options this season after Cleveland’s roster was overhauled with Irving being traded to Boston and the additions of Rose, Crowder, Dwyane Wade, Isaiah Thomas and Jeff Green.Wade will likely be Cleveland’s backup point guard until Thomas recovers from a hip injury, but Lue said he hasn’t committed to that idea just yet.As for Crowder, Lue said his defensive presence will free up James.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

NU outlasts La Salle, stays perfect

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Shin targets Solaire PH Open crown at TCC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It was business as usual for Jaja Santiago, who dominated anew with 27 points for NU.“These players delivered,” said NU coach Babes Castillo in Filipino as he pointed to Santiago and setter Jasmine Nabor. “Actually the only thing I did was remind them on what they had to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLa Salle took a 12-8 lead in the fifth set, before Santiago rallied NU to match point, 14-13, with a brutal quick kill from the middle.May Luna was able to tie the set at 14-14 but Santiago once again proved her worth when she powered home Nabor’s pass for a 15-14 lead, before Aiko Urdas iced the match with a service ace. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH LATEST STORIES Read Next View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READcenter_img PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In a showdown between unbeaten teams, National University walked away with a perfect record after outlasting defending champion La Salle, 26-24, 19-24, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs now own sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the standings with a 4-0 record, the best start in recent memory, while the Lady Spikers slipped to second at 3-1.ADVERTISEMENT Undermanned University of Santo Tomas, though, made quick work of Adamson, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19, in the second game.Leaning on Cherry Rondina anew, the Tigresses improved to 2-2 and forced a four-way logjam at the third spot with the Lady Falcons, Ateneo, and Far Eastern University.Rondina led all scorers with 22 points.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Regine Arocha named NCAA Finals MVP

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMany believed Regine Arocha deserved to be the Finals MVP in Arellano University’s championship run last season.But nonetheless, Arocha now has her own trophy apart from another championship after leading the Lady Chiefs to their third NCAA women’s volleyball crown in four years following a sweep of the San Beda Lady Red Spikers.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We just really wanted to win,” said the third-year spiker. “Yesterday in training we were really telling ourselves that it would be our last practice this season that’s why we worked very hard to get the championship today.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises READ: Arellano sweeps San Beda for 3rd title in 4 years“It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” said Arocha in Filipino. “I’m just so happy right now.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m so happy for her because she really improved a lot,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier.Arocha finished with 15 points and 12 digs on Sunday to lead Arellano’s dominating Game 2 performance as an encore to her 14-point outing in a five-set win in the finals opener three days ago. Arellano sweeps San Beda for 3rd NCAA title in 4 years Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Defending champs F2 Logistics wastes little time crushing Smart

first_imgIs Pacquiao into promoting himself nowadays? But F2 Logistics soon caught up, unleashing a strong windup through a Kim Fajardo kill-block on Silva and a Perez slam for a 20-17 lead.“We still need to improve on a lot of things especially in controlling our errors and we have to find balance in our game,” added Perez who finished with 15 points including three blocks.Though missing key players who are playing for La Salle in the UAAP, F2 outscored Smart, 75-57, but thrived most on net defense (10-3) and service game (8-4 in aces).ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next “It doesn’t matter which opponent we play; we have to play at our best and keep on improving every game,” said last year’s MVP Maria Jose Perez. “Every game is important for us.”F2 Logistics proved it had the bite to back up that bark, raining down its serves on the 6-foot-3 Silva, who was also on the receiving end of most of F2’s 10 kill blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We try to keep a positive mind,” said the low-key Venezuelan spiker. “One thing going for the team is that we have a good chemistry and communications inside.”Indeed, the Cargo Movers were able to quickly shake off the Giga Hitters’ strong start that allowed the debuting team to post a 13-10 lead in the opening frame. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kennedy Lynn Bryan of F2 over Sanja Trivunuvic and Maureen Penetramte-Ouano of SmartDefending champion F2 Logistics was in no mood to take it easy against overmatched newcomer Smart Prepaid Thursday night.The Cargo Movers fired away unflinchingly against a Giga Hitters squad relying solely on Cuban Gyselle Silva to score a 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 for their second win in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at FilOil Flying V Centre.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 LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Tomic can’t ‘find any motivation’ at Wimbledon

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection He has not advanced as far as the quarterfinals at a Grand Slam event since losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic in 2011 — when at 18 he became the youngest man to reach the final eight at Wimbledon since Boris Becker defended his title in 1986.Tomic, who reached a high of No. 17 in the world rankings in January 2016, entered Wimbledon ranked No. 59 after reaching the quarterfinals in Eastbourne, where he beat Zverev 6-3, 6-2 last week in the second round.“Some weeks I play well and beat a bunch of players and do super well in tournaments … but now it’s a roller coaster, and I just can’t seem to find, like, the commitment to work hard, to enjoy (playing) and to lift trophies,” Tomic said.Zverev broke Tomic late in the first set and again early in the second set, after which the Australian said he mentally “wasn’t there.” Tomic also admitted that when he called for a medical timeout, he did so to “try to break a bit of momentum” — although Zverev said later that he believed Tomic was injured.“It kind of made it almost tougher for me, because I didn’t know what to expect, because between points he was walking slowly, and he definitely acted like something was wrong,” Zverev said. “But then he would still, you know — if the ball is within reach, he would still hit the ball hard, especially with the forehand, place it well, and hit a lot of winners.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Australia’s Bernard Tomic looks on during his Men’s Singles Match against Germany’s Mischa Zverev on day two at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — After all the hard work and dedication it takes to get to Wimbledon, at least one player couldn’t be bothered with actually trying to win.Bernard Tomic, a 24-year-old Australian who reached the quarterfinals at the All England Club in 2011, said Tuesday he “just couldn’t find any motivation” to compete this year.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucenacenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Zverev finished with 18 aces, compared to Tomic’s four. He also had 11 fewer unforced errors than Tomic, who committed 25.“I feel like Bernie has been playing Wimbledon since he was about 11,” said Thanasi Kokkinakis, an Australian who lost to Juan Martin del Potro in his first-round match. “Maybe he’s bored. I’m not sure. I do know he’s skillful and hopefully he gets it together because he’s a good player.”After acknowledging his lack of interest, Tomic was asked about whether he would give back his prize money because of his performance — a question he quickly shot down. He also disagreed with a suggestion that he didn’t give his best effort against Zverev.“While I do feel a bit of guilt and I’m like, maybe I could have played four or five sets,” Tomic said, “in my opinion, he played well and I was just playing terrible and I just couldn’t find any rhythm, and he deserved to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I felt a little bit bored out there,” Tomic said, “to be completely honest with you.”Tomic was playing at Wimbledon for the eighth time. He lost to Mischa Zverev 6-4, 6-3, 6-4 on Court 14.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“I feel holding a trophy or, you know, doing well, it doesn’t satisfy me anymore,” Tomic said. “It’s not there. I couldn’t care less if I make a fourth-round U.S. Open or I lose (in the) first round. To me, everything is the same. I’m going to play another 10 years, and I know after my career I won’t have to work again.”Tomic has won three titles in his career, the first in Sydney in 2013. He then won consecutive titles in Bogota, Colombia, in 2014 and 2015. Pacquiao demands ‘closure’ from WBO on controversial ‘Battle of Brisbane’ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Estrella nails game-winning, step-back 3 as Mapua stuns Letran

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I just shot the ball and it went in,” said Estrella. “Coach told me to get the ball and take the last shot. I had a lot of confidence before I took that shot.”The Knights still had a chance to force overtime, but Rey Nambatac airballed his three-pointer at the buzzer.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 starsEstrella carried much of the load for Mapua with 18 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, while JB Raflores notched a double-double with his 12 markers and 11 boards.Leo Gabo, who is playing his first game since serving the last of his four-game suspension dating back from 2015, went on a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc, two of which coming in the final three minutes as the Cardinals mounted a huge fightback after going down 71-65. He finished with 12 points and four assists. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend PH Dragon Boat team eyes Asian Games gold 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAndoy Estrella came up with the biggest shot in the clutch, drilling a gutsy step-back three to carry Mapua to a 78-75 stunner over Letran Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The senior playmaker took the ball when it mattered the most and drained the game-winning trey with five seconds to spare over the outstretched arms of Jeo Ambohot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIEScenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Quarters: 17-19, 38-41, 56-61, 78-75. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Jerrick Balanza topped Letran with 15 points, while Nambatac got 13 markers and three assists.Prodigal sons Bong Quinto and JP Calvo almost delivered the victory for the Knights as they took charge in the fourth quarter. The two combined for 23 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort.The Scores:MAPUA 78 – Estrella 18, Raflores 12, Gabo 12, Bunag 10, Victoria 8, Aguirre 6, Pelayo 5, Nieles 4, Orquina 3.LETRAN 75 – Balanza 15, Nambatac 13, Quinto 12, Ambohot 11, Calvo 11, Taladua 6, Vacaro 4, Bernabe 3, Balagasay 0, Gedaria 0, Pascual 0, Mandreza 0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Team Caguioa rules Ginebra 3-on-3 Camarines Sur leg

first_imgLATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The last two teams standing will move on to the semi-finals and the championship game, to be held on Sept. 3 at halftime of a Manila Classico Game (Barangay Ginebra San Miguel vs Hot Shots) at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sept. 3.The 2017 PBA Ginebra San Miguel 3-on-3 National Champion will take home P50,000 in cash prize, a trophy, and Ginebra products.For updates, check Ginebra San Miguel’s Facebook page @BarangayGinebra or visit the website www.ginebrasanmiguel.com.ph.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reality check hits Gilas ahead of Fiba Asia Cup 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 Team Caguioa banked on the hot hands of Gawyn Fernandez to trip Team Slaughter, 15-13, and snare the title in the Camarines Sur leg of the 2017 PBA Ginebra San Miguel 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in Calabanga last Friday.With the game tied at 13 with 11 seconds left, Fernandez drained the marginal two-pointer from the right corner to seal the victory and tow Team Caguioa to the National Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet The 6-foot-3 Fernandez , who topscored with nine points, was joined by Dan Michael Martin, Daniell Martin Uy, and Raphael Jude De Vera in Team Caguioa.Team Aguilar prevailed in Sariaya, Quezon, the previous week as Kenneth Mercado, Jervin Deduyo, Virgilio VJ Serios, and Junmark Silvarez routed Team Tenorio, 21-10, in the Finals at Computer Systems Technological College Gym.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 starsTeam Caguioa and Team Aguilar hiked the National Finalists to 12, with four more regional tiffs set in La Union, Davao, Cebu, and Tacloban in August.Once the field of 16 “Ganado Sa Buhay” teams are complete, they will all move on to the knockout National Finals on Sept. 1, to be held at SM Megamall Activity Center. MOST READ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View commentslast_img read more

UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping test

first_imgIf the violation is confirmed, Jones seems likely to face a multiyear suspension from the sport, taking away even more of his fighting prime. The UFC also will be harmed by the lengthy absence of its best fighter and a burgeoning pay-per-view draw.The UFC also could lose its dream matchup between Jones and former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. The superstars both appeared eager to meet next year in a heavyweight fight that would be among the biggest events in the UFC’s history.The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency administers the UFC’s doping policy. The California State Athletic Commission has jurisdiction over Jones’ test along with USADA.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this April 9, 2017, file photo, mixed martial arts fighter Jon Jones watches a bout at UFC 210 in Buffalo, N.Y. Light heavyweight champion Jones has been notified of another potential violation of the UFC’s anti-doping policy. The UFC announced the potential violation Tuesday night, Aug. 22, for Jones, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes, File)LAS VEGAS — Jon Jones could face a lengthy suspension from mixed martial arts after the UFC light heavyweight champion was notified Tuesday of his second potential violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy.Jones is widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the sport, but his potential violation stems from a sample collected after his weigh-in July 28 for his title fight against Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jones won the fight and reclaimed his 205-pound belt after sitting out the previous year for a failed doping test. The victory appeared to be a return to glory for a long-troubled fighter who has repeatedly hindered his stellar career with misbehavior outside the octagon.Jones was stripped of his belt in 2015 after being involved in a hit-and-run accident. He was scheduled to fight Cormier for the title in July 2016, but was pulled from the UFC 200 card for what he claimed was a failed test due to a sexual enhancement pill.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 openingJones hasn’t yet been stripped of his title for a second time, UFC President Dana White said. Cormier held the belt for most of Jones’ absence, and he had said he didn’t plan to retire after his second loss to Jones.Jones’ camp and his manager, Malki Kawa, released a statement: “We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.”center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Carnival hits town as Mayweather and McGregor ready to fight View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Hurting Keys tells Stephens ‘drinks are on you’

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES READ: Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open titleBut Keys fully expected her pal to make up for the pain she caused.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Of course I will go to the celebration, I would 100% go. She can buy me drinks, all of the drinks,” said Keys.Stephens would have no problem in funding the party after her win on Saturday earned a staggering $3.7 million (3.07 million euros). Madison Keys, of the United States, returns a shot from Sloane Stephens, of the United States, during the women’s singles final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)Madison Keys surveyed the wreckage of her US Open rout at the hands of close friend Sloane Stephens and told the new champion to foot the bar bill when the championship party starts.Keys, the 15th seed, was trounced 6-3, 6-0 by world number 83 Stephens in a one-sided final that lasted just over an hour.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Make it 17: Indians win 17th straight, beat Orioles MOST READ The brutal statistics illustrate her lack of cutting edge in the final.Keys, the youngest finalist in New York since 19-year-old Caroline Wozniacki lost to Kim Clijsters in 2009, went into the match having fired 34 aces in the tournament.But Saturday saw her manage just three.Keys also committed 30 unforced errors to Stephens’s six.“I didn’t play my best tennis today. I’m really disappointed,” said Keys.“But if you told me as I was getting on a plane to go have my second surgery that I could have a Grand Slam finalist trophy in my hands at the end of the year, I think I’d be really happy. “I think I mostly learned that I’m a fighter. No matter what, I can figure things out. In a couple of days, I will be really happy, but right now still a little bit disappointed.”Keys said she was not surprised that Stephens had become a first-time Grand Slam champion even if her friend was ranked at 957 just under two months ago after missing 11 months with a left foot injury.“I don’t think as a 13-year-old you have that ability to think that far in the future,” she added.“But when she made her semi-final run in Australia (2015), I think we all saw how great she was — I’m definitely not surprised that she was able to do this.” The 22-year-old Keys had undergone a second left wrist surgery after the French Open before winning a July title at Stanford.But her problems on Saturday were more in the mind than with the body.“I definitely think my play today came down to nerves and all of that, and I just don’t think I handled the occasion perfectly,” admitted Keys, playing in her first Slam final.“I was obviously nervous all morning. Sloane’s a tough opponent to play when you’re not making a lot of balls, but then, at the same time, she’s not going to miss, either. “I didn’t totally know what to do once I got on the court, which just intensifies those nerves even more. So I was definitely not feeling 100% good on the court at any point.”ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Turning point in West Indies vs Ireland tie

first_imgThe turning point in the West Indies versus Ireland World Cup Group B match has to be the wicket of Irish batsman Ed Joyce.Joyce along with Gary Wilson were scoring at a good rate. In fact while they were at the crease, Ireland had a better run rate than West Indies at one stage.But no sooner did Andre Russell’s yorker break their stand that the Irish batting line-up folded.The duo had put on 91 runs for the fourth wicket – the best partnership on the day.With Joyce gone, Wilson too fell after posting a dogged 61. He was trapped leg-before on opposition skipper Darren Sammy’s ball in the 42nd over.Man-of-the-MatchKieron Pollard, who hammered a 55-ball 94 and won the MoM award to his batting blitz.But, opener Devon Smith’s 107, though slow, paved the way for the West Indies win.last_img read more

London Olympics: Lin Qingfeng bags gold in 69kg weightlifting, third for China in the sport

first_imgLin Qingfeng dominated the men’s 69kg competition to win China’s third weightlifting gold at the London Olympics. Lin snatched 157 kg and added 187 kg in the clean and jerk to total 344 kg, a full 11 kilos more than silver medalist Triyatno of Indonesia on Tuesday.”The medal feels really heavy, but it feels good. It is worth all the hard work and training I did. I have been dreaming about this for two years,” Lin said.”It was about revenge for the two golds we missed out on in the lower divisions.”Romania’s Razvan Constantin Martin was just one kilo behind Triyatno with 332 kg for bronze.”I am very happy. I didn’t expect to get silver as my target was bronze, like in 2008,” Triyatno said.”I had already lifted enough for the bronze medal when the Korean failed. My coach then suggested that I add another disc to make it 188 kg. He said I had to lift it to get silver.”It was a third gold for China in weightlifting.Four-time world champion Mingjuan Wang won gold in the women’s 48 kg category on Saturday, and her countrywoman Li Xueying triumphed in the 58 kg category on Monday, setting two Olympic records.last_img read more

Raptors coach Nick Nurse fined over ref rant

first_imgRevenge sweet for D’Angelo Russell as Nets sink Lakers for 6-game win streak “Tonight was a very severe case of a guy who was playing great, taking it to the rim and just getting absolutely held, grabbed, poked, slapped, hit and everything,” Nurse fumed.“They refused to call any of it. It’s unbelievable to me.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“It’s ridiculous. The guy is one of the best players in the league, and he doesn’t complain, he doesn’t do this, he doesn’t do that, and they just turn their head and go the other way. It’s been going on all year.”Nurse’s fine was confirmed by NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Head coach Nick Nurse of the Toronto Raptors works the sidelines as his team plays the Denver Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on December 16, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Matthew Stockman/Getty Images/AFPToronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has been fined $15,000 following his criticism of officiating during his team’s defeat to Denver at the weekend, the NBA confirmed Tuesday.Nurse was furious with the officiating crew during the Raptors’ 95-86 loss to the Nuggets at the Pepsi Center on Sunday, complaining they had failed to punish systematic fouls on Kawhi Leonard.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening 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 Leonard said Sunday he was nonplussed by the performance of officials.“There’s games when I do talk and get no calls,” Leonard said. “So I don’t know what it is. (I’ve) just got to keep going. Just keep playing basketball. Keep fighting and getting through it.”The Raptors have the best record in the NBA this season, and are leading the Eastern Conference with 23 wins and nine defeats.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

‘Family-oriented’ June Mar Fajardo taught by mom to always stay away from trouble

first_imgOld rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals PLAY LIST 00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals05:38San Miguel, Ginebra expect long, gruelling PBA Finals series01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’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 Gilas Pilipinas and the Australian national team got into a huge brawl late in the third quarter of their match in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers that saw basketball’s governing body suspend a total of 13 players from both teams get suspended.Of the 13, 10 were from the Philippines but Fajardo wasn’t one of them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTaking into account the heated atmosphere, it can be argued that it would’ve been easy for the 6-foot-10 Fajardo to jump into the melee but the five-time PBA MVP thought of the lessons his mother Marites taught him.Fajardo said back in July 2018 that his parents taught him to always stay away from trouble and the brawl happened with his mother Marites watching. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I could’ve easily joined in because I was in the middle of it all and my mother was watching,” said Fajardo in Filipino. “I looked at her and she was shocked and I know that you shouldn’t resort to violence and not all things will be resolved by getting physical.”As for Marites, she’s always taught Fajardo to be peaceful but she herself was surprised that her son would turn into what he is today.“I just told him that he shouldn’t join the fight because there are a lot of little kids who look up to him and idolizes him,” said Marites in Filipino Sunday. “He should always stay out of trouble and just stay where he is.”Marites added her son has always been family-oriented ever since he was a kid and she constantly reminded Fajardo to be close to the Lord.“June Mar was always a family-oriented person and I always tell him that he should always be close to the Lord’s teaching because it’s from Him whom we get our strength,” said Marites. “That was how we’ve taught our child.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ June Mar Fajardo with his trophies which includes a fifth PBA MVP award. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—June Mar Fajardo returned to the venue that hosted a dark chapter in his illustrious career.San Miguel’s jovial giant went back to Philippine Arena to collect his fifth straight MVP during the opening ceremonies of the 2019 PBA season six months after the Philippine national team got involved in one of the worst basketball incidents in sporting history.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Chooks-to-Go gives financial aid to Sisters of Mary School Boystown View commentslast_img read more

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan in ICU after 6-vehicle crash

first_imgState police say actor and comedian Tracy Morgan is in intensive care after the limousine bus in which he was riding in was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.Sgt. First Class Greg Williams tells The Associated Press that the vehicle carrying the 45-year-old former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” cast member and six others was involved in a six-vehicle accident on the turnpike near Cranbury Township at about 1 a.m. Saturday.Pic courtesy: APA spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, says a patient named Tracy Morgan is in critical condition there.Williams says one person riding in the bus was killed. There was no immediate word on the condition of others involved in the accident.Williams says two tractor-trailers, a sports utility vehicle and two cars, along with Morgan’s limo bus, were involved in the accident.The 45-year-old Morgan joined “Saturday Night Live” in 1996 and was on the sketch-comedy program for seven years before leaving to star in “The Tracy Morgan Show” in 2003. That show lasted just one season. In 2006, Morgan found a long-running role in NBC’s hit show “30 Rock,” which was created by SNL co-star Tina Fey.last_img read more

Glasgow: 20th Commonwealth Games begin at Celtic Park

first_imgVijay Kumar leads the Indian contingent during the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland, July 23, 2014. Photo by Phil Noble(Reuters)The 2014 Commonwealth Games got off to a colourful start with some enthralling performances by singers Rod Stewart, Susan Boyle and violinist Nicola Benedetti at the Celtic Park and a minute’s silence for the victims of the Malaysian Airlines crash here Wednesday. In pics The British Queen Elizabeth II declared the Games open after more than two hours of colourful ceremony that was participated by some 2,000 cast members and 4,500 athletes from 71 nations and territories.”The baton relay represents a calling together of people from every part of the Commonwealth and serves as a reminder of our shared ideals and ambitions as a diverse, resourceful and cohesive family.”And now, that baton has arrived here in Glasgow, a city renowned for its dynamic cultural and sporting achievements and for the warmth of its people, for this opening ceremony of the Friendly Games,” the Queen said in her speech.During the ceremony, Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond called the crowd and athletes together to observe a minute’s silence in memory of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 crashed in the Ukraine.The crowd also became emotional when comedian Billy Connolly via a video message reminded that this is the first Commonwealth Games since the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela.Conolly also recounted how Mandela was awarded the the Freedom of the City by Glasgow in 1981 while he was still in prison on Robben Island. In 1986 Glasgow renamed St George’s Place – the street on which the South African consulate-general was based – after Mandela.advertisementThe ceremony started with Star Wars actor Ewan McGregor opening proceedings with a pre-recorded video message followed by jigs from Scottish actor John Barrowman and comedian Karen Dunbar.Dunbar appeared in the crowd and marched down to stadium centre telling the crowd and the world that “we’re a land of inventors and poets and dreamers, we’re enlightened, creative and fun.”Fittingly, Barrowman appeared from beneath a giant kilt aboard a tartan jeep decorated with some highland cow horns.The ceremony celebrated the diversity of Glasgow and what the city and Scotland have in common with the 70 other competing nations.From whisky, golf, Dolly the Sheep, marmalade, fountain pens and the Kelvin Scale, some of Scotland’s finest exports werr exhibited during the opening ceremony at the Celtic Park, which is the home of Celtic Football Club.The players’ parade was led by India, by the virtue of being the previous hosts. London Olympics silver medallist Vijay Kumar proudly carried the tri-colour.India’s female atheltes were dressed in green sarees and sported the team blazer, the males proudly flaunted the red turbans.India were followed by Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Malaysia, Pakistan and Brunei.The Malaysian athletes sported black armbands and their nation’s flag was at half mast in honour of the victims of the national airline’s two recent tragedies.The contingents were led by a Scots representative wearing tweeds and walking a Scottie terrier in a jacket and sporting the name of each country.The parade ended with the current host, Team Scotland. At the end of the parade, athletes and team officials were seated on the field of play, in the centre of the live show that followed.Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar from India, and a UNICEF goodwill star, in a pre-recorded message urged people to donate generously for the development of the children of the world.More than 4,500 sports persons from 71 Commonwealth nations will participated in the parade for the Games that will showcase 17 disciplines over 11 days of competition. The closing ceremony will take place at Hampden Stadium Aug 3.last_img read more

Philippines sets new gold medal record in Arafura Games

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine delegation in the Arafura Games. Photo from Team Phil – Arafura Games Facebook.MANILA, Philippines–The Philippine delegation collected 10 more gold medals Monday to eclipse its golden haul in the previous edition of the Arafura Games.The Filipino athletes now have 28 gold medals after the third day of competitions which is one more than the last time the games were held eight years ago.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH PLAY LIST 05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:48Trump awards Penske Presidential Medal02:42PH 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 MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PBA D-League: Diliman College-Gerry’s routs Wangs to stay in playoff hunt Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting The latest to banner the country’s campaign were swimmers Zoe Marie Hilario, Ivo Nikolai Enot, John Paul Elises, Samuel Alcos and Yarra’s Ray Martin John Martin, who all took home gold medals in record-setting fashion.Hilario, actually, bagged two golds highlighted by her record finish in the 15 to 16-year-old 200m backstroke where she clocked two minutes and 30.63 seconds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsIn athletics, Romel Bautista won the men’s 400m hurdles, while the men’s and women’s 4x400m relay captured the gold.Boxing starts Wednesday at Darwin Convention Centre where Ariel Lampacan will also compete in Muay while the basketball team goes up against New Caledonia at Marrara Indoor Stadium.last_img read more

Boateng scores winner in Bayern Munich’s 1-0 win over Man City

first_imgJerome Boateng celebrates after scoring the winning goal for Bayern Munich against Man CityJerome Boateng struck in the final minute to give Bayern Munich a 1-0 win over Manchester City in the sides’ opening Champions League game in Group E on Wednesday.Boateng scored with a wonderful half-volley that took a light deflection before flying inside the far post after the visitors failed to clear Arjen Robben’s corner.”We had so many chances to score, but we wasted all of them until the last minute. The ball came absolutely perfectly to me and I thought to myself, this one I will hit into the roof of the net and that’s what I did,” the defender said after scoring against his former side.It was looking like goalkeeper Joe Hart’s inspired performance would be enough to salvage a draw for the Premier League side, which went closest through David Silva’s flying header wide of the post in the 63rd minute.”We fought hard all night against a good team and we had chances all night. We knew we were going to be in for a tough game,” Hart said. “The goal’s come from a deflection in the end, and Jerome has come back to haunt us.”City substitute Sergio Aguero came close to equalizing in injury time, only to poke the ball wide under pressure from Bayern ‘keeper Manuel Neuer.It was the third meeting in four seasons between the sides, with Bayern avenging defeat at home to the City in their final group game last December, when the English side ended the 2013 champion’s competition record ten-game winning run.advertisementIn the group’s other game, Roma defeated CSKA Moscow 5-1 in Rome.Thomas Mueller, Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba all had good chances in a frustrating first half for Bayern, but Hart thwarted their efforts with a series of brilliant stops.”The goal is the most difficult part of the game, to score a score. It’s not easy to create so many chances,” Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. “We tried, and deserved the victory. We know how difficult the group is and a victory for the start is very, very important for us.”Mueller almost gave the home side a dream start when Lewandowski played him through in the first minute, but he only hit the side netting after rounding the goalkeeper.”As long as the team wins, I’ll lie in bed tonight with a smile,” Mueller said about his missed chances.City finally enjoyed some possession after Bayern bossed the opening minutes, and Edin Dzeko tested Neuer at the near post in the 13th.The Bosnian striker, familiar to fans from his time at Bundesliga rival Wolfsburg, was to be a thorn in Bayern’s side until his replacement in the 74th by Aguero.Dzeko’s curled shot whizzed past the far post and again went close in the 29th minute. Sandwiched between his two efforts, Hart again came to the rescue for City with Mueller and Goetze denied.David Alaba fired narrowly wide, and then drew another stop from Hart, who was relieved to see the rebound elude a number of waiting Bayern players.Lewandowski then hit the side netting in a similar manner to Mueller. After rounding the goalkeeper he failed to net and those frustrations grew for the home side in the second half.Bayern had a penalty appeal waved away when Bacary Sagna appeared to impede Mehdi Benatia, who was making his competitive debut following his move from Roma for a 26 million euro ($34 million) in the offseason.Silva went dangerously close with his header from Jesus Navas’ cross and Bayern needed the experience of Xabi Alonso to mop up the danger as nerves began to set in late on.There were penalty claims at either end for Robben and Silva, but Boateng was to have the final say.last_img read more

Tennis: Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announces comeback,Tennis: Former Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli announces comeback

first_imgCOMMENTS Published on Marion Bartoli, the 2013 Wimbledon champion, says she is coming out of retirement and returning to the tennis tour next season.The 33-year-old Frenchwoman made the announcement via a Twitter post yesterday. “Hi, guys. I have something to tell you: I am coming back…It’s going to be a huge challenge,” Bartoli said in a video she put on Twitter. “I have still a lot of practice ahead of me, but I am hoping to be ready for March and the Miami Open,” she said.Bartoli mentioned three events she is particularly looking forward to—the French Open, the Fed Cup and Wimbledon.She surprisingly won her only Grand Slam title while seeded No. 15 at the All England Club four years ago. Less than two months later, after losing a match at another tournament, she abruptly retired from professional tennis.Bartoli was an original player, and personality, during her playing career. She hit two-fisted shots for forehands and backhands, just like her idol, Monica Seles.Bartoli was coached by her father, a doctor, and they came up with other unique elements. She would cross her arms before serving, never bouncing the ball before a toss. She would stand well inside the baseline to receive an opponent’s serve. And she would hop in place or take practice swings between points. × declined defend titleHer first big breakthrough came in 2007, reaching the Wimbledon final before losing to Venus Williams.Then came the magical two-week run to the championship there six years later. Bartoli never dropped a set and capped her fortnight with a 6–1, 6–4 victory over Sabine Lisicki in the final, closing the match with an ace. A year later, Bartoli became the first woman in 17 years who declined to try to defend her Wimbledon title.At a news conference before the 2014 tournament, Bartoli tugged at the collar of her white top to reveal strips of blue tape providing support for her right shoulder and explained, “Literally, I can’t even lift my arm every morning.”That, she said, was why she harbored “definitely no regrets at all” about walking away from tennis back then.Bartoli since moved on to other pursuits, including TV commentary, launching a shoe line and designing jewelry. SHARE December 20, 2017 sport tennis COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho Pledges ‘Passion’ after Being Named Tottenham Hotspur Boss

first_img footballjose mourinhomauricio pochettinoTottenham Hotspur First Published: November 21, 2019, 1:20 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Jose Mourinho promised “real passion” following his appointment as Tottenham Hotspur boss on Wednesday after Mauricio Pochettino was sacked by the struggling Premier League club.The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United manager was announced as the new boss at White Hart Lane hours after the Argentine was dismissed on Tuesday evening. “I couldn’t be happier and look forward to the challenge,” Mourinho told Tottenham’s official website.”What can I promise? Passion, real passion. Passion for my job, but also passion for my club, that’s the way I have been all my career.”The 56-year-old, who had been out of work since leaving United last December, signed a contract until the end of the 2022-23 season after Spurs acted to halt their slide down the table.The club reached the Champions League final last season but are languishing in 14th spot in the Premier League after picking up just three wins from 12 games. They are 11 points off the top four positions which allow qualification to European club football’s top competition.”I want to try, obviously, everything to bring happiness to everyone who loves the club,” added the new manager, who has won domestic league titles in Portugal, England, Italy and Spain.Mourinho was due to take training on Wednesday before his first press conference on Thursday. His first game in charge is at West Ham on Saturday.His glittering CV includes Champions League titles with Porto and Inter Milan.He also won three Premier League titles over two spells in charge of Chelsea, and returned to England to manage Manchester United in 2016, where he won the Europa League and the League Cup.”In Jose we have one of the most successful managers in football,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. “He has a wealth of experience, can inspire teams and is a great tactician.”He has won honours at every club he has coached. We believe he will bring energy and belief to the dressing room.”Mourinho was sacked by United last December and has been without a club since, most recently working as a TV pundit.Despite his troubles in the latter stages of his tenure at Old Trafford he remains a big name, but is a divisive figure and there will be questions over whether his pragmatic style can mesh with Tottenham’s tradition of attacking football.SPURS SLIDEPochettino had transformed Spurs’ fortunes since arriving in 2014, qualifying for the Champions League four times.Although he failed to win a trophy, Tottenham made a dramatic run to the European Cup final for the first time in their history in June, losing 2-0 to Liverpool in Madrid.But that masked a worrying dip in domestic form in the second half of last season and Pochettino was unable to reverse the slide in this campaign.They were also bundled out of the League Cup by fourth-tier Colchester United and suffered an embarrassing 7-2 defeat at home to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp told the BBC that poor results had forced the club’s hand.”The same voice after six years starts to wear a little thin, a new man can find another 10 percent, they will find a spring in their step for Jose’s first game,” he said.Mourinho has a tough task on his hands. No team with as low a tally as Spurs have after 12 games — 14 points — has ever gone on to record a top-four finish.TRIBUTESPochettino, operating on a tight budget in comparison with his rivals, nurtured a squad of young players to become household names including Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.A series of Spurs players paid warm tribute to their departing manager.Tottenham and England forward Kane tweeted: “Gaffer. I’ll be forever thankful to you for helping me achieve my dreams.”South Korean forward Son Heung-min said in an Instagram post that “words are powerless to express my gratitude”.The Tottenham Hotspur Supporters’ Trust released a statement expressing “concerns” and seeking clarity over how the new boss and the board would work together.The group asked: “Is the manager solely accountable? How much has the board’s line on wages and transfers contributed to player unrest and disaffection?” last_img read more