Korea deals PH 2nd loss

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Netball aims to do better in KL meet K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding The Kazakhs dropped the first set but eventually overcame the Vietnamese, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 25-20, to likewise tote a 2-0 slate.Vietnam is at 0-2.The classification stage will be used to determine the eight teams’ seeding come the quarterfinals.Japan actually owns a 3-0 record but with Australia getting eliminated from the tournament, its win over the Aussies won’t be counted in the classification rounds. —WITH REPORTS FROM BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETADVERTISEMENT 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 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 Gamescenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKorea handed the Philippines another loss, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12, in the Asian Volleyball Championship (AVC) Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship classification stage on Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna.The Koreans, ranked 10th in the world along with the Argentines, are undefeated in two matches in the classification stage.They have a shot at a top-four seeding in the quarterfinal round.The Philippines, meanwhile, absorbed its second straight loss. On Saturday, it bowed to Kazakhstan, 23-25, 20-25, 19-25.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The Philippines whipped Hong Kong, 25-16, 25-21,25-17, to jump-start its group stage campaign on Wednesday.In other matches, Japan and Kazakhstan also prevailed.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 shutoutJapan, No. 6 in the world, swept Taiwan, 25-19, 25-16, 25-20, to also improve to 2-0.The Taiwanese slipped to 1-1. Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

Game 5 at PH Arena sets attendance record in PBA Finals game

first_imgMOST READ “Ginebra has played here before so they know pretty much what it feels like to play here in Philippine Arena. We never played here before so it’s new for us, but that’s no excuse. We’re professionals and we’re assigned to play in this gym so we just got to be our best,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Attracting 36,445 fans on Sunday for the all-important Game 5, the tussle between Ginebra and Meralco set the record for biggest attendance in a PBA Finals game.“Man, we got 36,000 people and it still looked like it wasn’t full, did it? It’s incredible,” he said.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 shutoutLike his coach, Justin Brownlee was also left in awe.“I haven’t played in any other arena as big as this one. It just looks amazing. You see the crowd, they’re super excited. This stadium is the best I’ve seen, it’s truly a blessing to be here and play in front of the fans.” Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Durham on Bolts’ Game 5 loss: Officiating was really bad down the stretch LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The returning import was magnificent once again, pouring in 20 points on top of 12 rebounds, five assists, and three steals to help Ginebra take a 85-74 win over Meralco on Sunday.Not only did the win put the Gin Kings on the brink of repeating as Governors’ Cup champions, but it also pushed the crowd favorite’s perfect record at the huge venue to 3-0.“I don’t know but it’s a nice facility. We actually played well here as a group,” said Cone.That’s exactly the challenge Meralco has to weather as it braces for a do-or-die tiff on Wednesday for Game 6.Meralco coach Norman Black acknowledged the slight edge Ginebra with the Bolts playing in the venue for the first time. But he expects his wards not to be overwhelmed with the crowd next game and play to their potential, especially with their season on the line.ADVERTISEMENT Game 5 of the 2017 Governors’ Cup Finals set the record for the largest attendance in a PBA Finals game with 36,445. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone has already been inside the colossal Philippine Arena twice before, but even in his third time coaching inside the world’s largest indoor arena, he still couldn’t help but be amazed with the size of the venue.“Aren’t these facilities awesome? I mean, look at this room. It’s the best press room I’ve ever seen. You guys got to check out the locker rooms, the locker rooms are awesome. It’s a great facility and it’s nice,” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP 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 crowd01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

Adamson thwarts UST, strengthens hold on third seed

first_imgLATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Read Next Jerrick Ahanmisi was cold-blooded for Adamson down the stretch, hitting a floater with 54.3 seconds left to give the Falcons a 70-66 lead and nailing the two charities for the game’s final score line.Carlos Escalambre managed to give UST a final gasp of life with a triple with 14 seconds left that cut the deficit to three, 73-70, before Ahanmisi put the game away.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 shutoutAdamson head coach Franz Pumaren was aware of the huge disparity between the two teams’ rankings and he expected a better showing from his group.Unfortunately for Pumaren, what he saw was the complete opposite of what he expected. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE — Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson U tightened its grip on the third seed and knocked down University of Santo Tomas, 75-70, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Soaring Falcons bumped their record to 7-4 behind La Salle to also keep their chance for a twice-to-beat edge while the Growling Tigers saw their losing streak extend to an historic eleven straight games.ADVERTISEMENT Bong Ravena suprised with Kiefer’s all-out effort in Draft Combine “I was so disappointed, but you know these guys are trying to level down because probably their mindset going into this game was that UST is winless so they thought those players would just lie down,” said Pumaren.“It’s not that we’re going to cruise along but at least with this victory we have a hold of third place.”Ahanmisi finished with a game-high 21 points while Papi Sarr held the fort in the paint with 12 points and 14 boards.Regie Basibas led UST in scoring with 17 points while Jeepy Faundo and Steve Akomo put up respective double-doubles.Faundo had 12 points and 12 boards while Akomo put up 10 points and grabbed 17 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino 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 View commentslast_img read more

Former Purefoods point guard Ulysses ‘Buboy’ Tanigue passes away

first_imgUlysses “Buboy” Tanigue. PHOTO FROM TANIGUE’S FACEBOOKCOTABATO CITY — Former Purefoods point guard star Ulysses “Buboy” Tanigue passed away at 43 years old on Sunday around 9 a.m. due to a lingering illness.Efren Piñol, Tanigue’s former coach with the North Cotabato Braves, which played in the Manila Basketball League in 2004, said Tanigue had died after eight years of battling leukemia.ADVERTISEMENT Tanigue started his career with the San Sebastian Stags and was eventually drafted by Purefoods.Tanigue was a three-time Most Valuable Player of the Stags.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe also played with the Chowking team at the Philippine Basketball League.He later quit basketball and worked as sports coordinator of Mlang, North Cotabato. While working in Mlang in 2010, he was diagnosed with chronic leukemia. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC In 2016, he worked at the office of Agriculture Sec. Emmanuel Piñol but had to go on medical leave after his operation for tumor.Tanigue is survived by his wife, Emelyn, and children Anne Margaret, 14; and Pete Maverick 13. His wake was at the Tanigue Residence in Barangay Poblacion in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental. /je Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Jokic has triple-double as Nuggets beat Mavericks Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Contentious IOC meetings kick off with Olympics set to open

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum Castro worried about chemistry as Gilas yet to have full practices International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach leads the 132nd IOC Session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — IOC President Thomas Bach called it “a lively and spirited debate.”That’s an understatement.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pound then asked for time to respond. And he shot back.“I think it’s extremely inappropriate to turn this in to an ad hominem (a character attack),” Pound said. “The fact I have a different opinion from others … does not mean I am not entitled to the opinion. I think it’s very unfortunate in a collegial gathering like this to suggest that I am not entitled to give that opinion.”As Pound and Werthein clashed, 32 Russian athletes on Tuesday filed yet more appeals with the Court of Arbitration for Sport seeking spots in the games. The 32 failed to pass IOC vetting and were not invited.The CAS decision is expected on Wednesday.“We’re not fearful in any way,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said. “We wait for the decision tomorrow. We’re very confident with the stance we’ve taken.”The IOC expects 168 Russian athletes who have been deemed “clean” to participate in the games under the banner of “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” absent any national flags, uniforms or national logos.The contentious issue of the Russian ban, and the way it was handled by the IOC, threatens to overshadow the games themselves with 3,000 athletes expected to compete.“We have to change and learn from this difficult situation,” Bach said.The IOC will hope to shift the focus to good news as North Korean and South Korean athletes compete alongside each other under a symbolic deal aimed at easing tension on the Korean peninsula. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH With the Winter Olympics set to open in only three days, Bach faced a barrage of criticism — and entrenched support — from roughly 100 International Olympic Committee members on Tuesday over the decision to exclude many Russian athletes from the Pyeongchang Games.Two members — Richard Pound and Gerardo Werthein — got into a nasty exchange on the floor of the spacious meeting room, rare in the genteel traditions of the Olympic body.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPound is the IOC’s longest-serving member, and he was among more than a dozen to air views in what he called “the matter of Russian doping activities.” Pound is also the former president of WADA, the world body charged with policing doping in sports.“I believe that in the collective mind of a significant portion of the world, and among the athletes of the world, the IOC has not only failed to protect athletes, but has made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against the clean athletes,” Pound said, describing the IOC’s world as a “comfortable cocoon.” LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers “We talk more than we walk,” Pound added. “The athletes and the public at large … no longer have confidence that their interests are being protected. Our commitment to both is in serious doubt. With respect, I don’t think we can talk our way out of this problem.”Werthein jumped in, siding with Bach and going directly after Pound with the other 100 members listening.“For some reason if Mr. Pound doesn’t agree, then it’s wrong,” Werthein said. “We have to understand that this is not Mr. Pound’s organization. But this is the IOC.”Werthein went on, calling what some of what Pound says “very unfair.”“He makes statements that create an environment of doubt,” Werthein added. “In one way it discredits the work that is being done in the IOC.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

LeBron: Jordan chase about motivation, not greatness

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds EAC earns second win at expense of struggling Benilde Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast James will be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals after Cleveland dumped Boston, 135-102.He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason’s leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBut the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players.“It’s just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that’s all,” James said. “You guys are gonna have the conversations about who’s the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn’t matter to me.” MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James celebrates after sinking a three point shot during the second half of Game 5 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, on Thursday, May 25, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan’s accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It’s not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA’s greatest player.James spoke Thursday during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports.“It’s never talked about (in the) NFL, who’s the greatest quarterback. It’s just like (Dan) Marino, (John) Elway, (Peyton) Manning, (Tom) Brady – all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us,” James said. “We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night.“The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing – I think it’s great for barbershops.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Gameslast_img read more

Air Force eyes semis anew

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ After succumbing to the full force of defending champion Pocari Sweat last Wednesday, Air Force vies to cruise to the semifinals against an inexperienced Adamson at 6:30 p.m.Also-ran teams Power Smashers and University of the Philippines collide at 4 p.m. in a bid to close out the conference on a winning note.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 starsThe Jet Spikers bowed to the Lady Warriors, 25-19, 25-20, 29-27, in a match that assured the latter a semifinal seat with unbeaten leader Creamline.Iari Yongco, Wendy Semana, Jocemer Tapic and May Ann Pantino banner the Jet Spikers’ bid. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grounded the last time, Air Force hopes to complete its flight to the semifinals against a struggling Adamson-Akari in the Premier Volleyball League Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH team asks injured Dolor to stay in camp El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View commentslast_img read more

Man testifies in trial over NBA players assault

first_imgUnder Armour’s Bandit 3 running shoes are ready to help you take on the street NBA players Markieff, left, and Marcus Morris arrive at Superior Court for the second day of their aggravated assault trial, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Phoenix. The twins, along with Gerald Bowman, are charged with assaulting Erik Hood outside a recreation center in 2015 in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The man accusing NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris of aggravated assault was pressed Tuesday by defense lawyers about his financial motives in the case.An Arizona grand jury indicted the Morris brothers on felony aggravated assault charges. They are accused of helping three other people beat Erik Hood outside a Phoenix recreation center on Jan. 24, 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Two of the other co-defendants pleaded guilty Sept. 13 to the same charges. The Morris brothers and the final defendant, Gerald Bowman, have pleaded not guilty.Hood told Phoenix police he was leaving a high school basketball game when he was approached by a friend of the Morris brothers. Hood said the man was speaking to him when he was punched in the back of the head.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 openingHood tried to run but fell down before five men, including the Morris twins, punched and kicked him repeatedly, authorities said. All five left in a Rolls Royce Phantom, according to police.Hood, 36, testified he wanted justice for the incident that left him with a broken nose and other injuries. LATEST STORIES 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 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hood stressed in court that he wasn’t looking at any of the defendants differently from each other.Hood initially identified both Marcus and Markieff Morris as assailants, but testified that he later changed his statement to police to say Markieff did not physically assault him but had been in the vicinity.Defense attorneys pressed Hood on his knowing about the NBA players’ substantial assets and asked if he was intent on having a claim on at least one of the Morris twins for his financial gain. Hood denied that claim.Eckstein reviewed text messages Hood sent to multiple people indicating the Morris twins would have to pay him millions in financial damages for the case.The Morris brothers face the possibility of prison time and discipline from the NBA, including a minimum 10-game suspension, if they are found guilty. Marcus was traded to the Boston Celtics in July, and Markieff is now with the Washington Wizards.The two-week trial also threatens to disrupt the start of their 2017 NBA season, with training camp set to begin for both players on Sept. 26.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups The Morris brothers have known Hood since they were promising teenage AAU players, but Hood testified they had a falling out in 2011.Hood testified that his relationship with the brothers became strained because of a misinterpreted text message he sent their mother. He said there was nothing “improper” happening with him and their mother.Defense attorney Timothy Eckstein suggested Hood knew he had no chance of having a professional relationship with the players after the 2011 incident, but Hood insisted their relationship was not based on the twins making it to the NBA.The Morris brothers were drafted back-to-back in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft.The 6-foot-9 twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns. ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Leading batsman played suspiciously in IPL: Report

first_imgThe corruption scandal that has rocked international cricket could engulf the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well with reports claiming that a leading batsman played so “suspiciously” in the event that he had to be moved up the order to stop him from “manipulating matches”.According to a report in The Australian, quoting two unnamed IPL officials, “a leading batsman had played so suspiciously that they could not explain his behaviour.””…both officials agreed that his performances were highly suspect. They did not want him named for fear that it could be traced back to them and lead to retribution in India,” the report stated.The newspaper said the officials found the “player’s performances were puzzling, particularly scoring slowly towards the end of an innings when the opposite should have been happening.””He consistently under-performed and often appeared uninterested or distracted.”The report said IPL officials have also been receiving complaints of “matches being rigged” by various franchises.”He has been under the scanner for a while,” the official said.The newspaper said the ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit is “frustrated” with several boards in the subcontinent “for failing to take stronger action against their players after being provided with information about dubious behaviour.The two main targets have been the Pakistan team and the IPL.”The latest report comes in the wake of the ongoing spot-fixing scandal exposed by a British tabloid which has led to the suspension of three Pakistani cricketers — Test captain Salman Butt and fast bowlers Mohammad Aamir and Mohammad Asif — and an inquiry by the Scotland Yard.advertisementlast_img read more

Political reasons affecting Indo-Pak cricket ties: Qureshi

first_imgOne half of the ‘Indo-Pak Express’ that has touched hearts with its message of peace, Pakistan tennis player Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi hoped that his partnership with Rohan Bopanna would inspire a resumption of cricketing ties between the two countries.Qureshi and Bopanna finished runners-up in the US Open finals on Friday after going down to top-seeded American brothers Mike and Bob Bryan 6-7 (5) 6-7 (4).The pair, which has been playing with the message of ‘Stop War and Start Tennis’, has become a symbol of peace in both India and Pakistan — the two neighbours whose already strained ties deteriorated further after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.Since the attack, the cricket ties between the two countries have all but snapped and Qureshi hoped that there is a resumption soon.”I hope people take it in a positive way; no politics or religion should ever come in sports. I feel cricket is affected because of the strong political aspect to it,” Qureshi said.”Both countries have cricket loving people and only political reasons are stopping the teams from not playing each other. I remember when India toured Pakistan, they had great support, the atmosphere was unbelievable. I really hope the governments keep political aspects out of the games,” he added.Qureshi said his flood-ravaged country, which has also been shamed by a betting scam involving some of its top cricketers, has had little to cheer about.”Pakistan is going through a very dark time right now, with the terrorist attacks, floods, cricket controversies, I really hope that my performance here bring some good news back home,” he said.advertisement”I really don’t know how people are reacting back home, I guess when I go back I will know. But I must really thank Rohan for being with me throughout these two weeks, and helping me in my cause. I hope Inshaallah when I go back home the receptions is good,” an emotional Qureshi added.Bopanna said despite finishing on the losing side in the finals, he considers the US Open runners-up trophy one of the biggest of his career.”I mean this is obviously right up there, has to be one of our best moments ever,” he said.On the message of peace that the duo has been spreading, Bopanna said neither he nor Qureshi intend to make a political statement with it.”We are not here to make any statement, we just love to play tennis and we are pursuing our careers, obviously it’s wonderful being ambassadors of Peace and Sport and spreading that message through our Tennis is great. There is nothing else though; we are not here to make political statements,” he said.last_img read more