With extraordinary political theater, Winter Olympics begin

first_imgNorth Korea’s Hwang Chung Gum and South Korea’s Won Yun-jong arrive during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — In an extraordinary show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger, suspicion and bloodshed.The sister of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in — and appeared genuinely pleased — while they watched an elaborate show of light, sound and human performance. Minutes later came a moment stunning in its optics and its implications: the United States, represented by Vice President Mike Pence, sitting a row ahead of Kim’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the North’s nominal head of state, all watching the games begin — officials from two nations that many worry have been on the brink of nuclear conflict.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Grizzlies coach Bickerstaff gets $25,000 fine from NBA On Saturday morning, the North’s official news agency, KCNA, issued a report about the Olympics opening that was notable in its lack of the loaded language it usually uses when writing about the South and the United States, which it characterizes as Seoul’s overlord.“The 23rd Winter Olympics opened in Phyongchang of south Korea,” KCNA wrote in English, using an alternate spelling for the Olympic city and, notably, the lower-case “south” — a style it uses to show it does not endorse the names “South Korea” and “North Korea.”On Friday night, a huge crowd gathered in the freezing Olympics Stadium as performances displayed the sweep of Korean history and culture. The march of athletes from the world’s many nations saw them girded against a frigid Korean night with temperatures that dipped below freezing and biting winds.One notable visual came with the appearance of the Russian delegation, which marched in unable to carry its flag because of doping-related sanctions by the International Olympic Committee. Normally dressed in blazing red, they paraded in wearing grey and white jackets and seemed — uncommonly for that delegation — quite sedate.Members of a delegation from North Korea, part of an Olympics partnership between the two Korean rivals, watched from high in the stadium a performance called “The Land of Peace” and as past South Korean athletes paraded a large southern flag. The North Koreans, dressed in identical garb, cheered in careful coordination.The North has sent nearly 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games including officials, athletes, artists and cheerleaders after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures to mark the games. More than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries will compete here, making it the biggest Winter Olympics to date.Pyeongchang was not supposed to share the spotlight with Pyongyang. This was not supposed to be, as some in Seoul grumble, the “Pyongyang Games,” a play on the North Korean capital’s phonetic similarity to Pyeongchang.After two failed Olympic bids that emphasized the high-sounding notion that the games could help make peace with North Korea, Pyeongchang finally sold its successful try in 2011 on the decidedly capitalistic goal of boosting winter sports tourism in Asia.But North Korea has a habit of not letting itself be ignored when it comes to its southern rival.Its agents blew up a South Korean airliner ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics in an attempt to dissuade visitors; then it boycotted its rival’s Olympic debut on the world stage. A few years later, the discovery of the huge progress Pyongyang had been surreptitiously making on its nuclear programs plunged the Korean Peninsula into crisis. It has only deepened over the years as the North closes in on the ability to field an arsenal of nukes that can hit U.S. cities. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Not long after, North and South Korean athletes entered Olympic Stadium together, waving flags showing a unified Korea — the long-time dream, in theory at least, of many Koreans both North and South. It was the rivals’ first joint Olympic march since 2007. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach then handed the podium to Moon, who declared the Olympics officially open.The ceremony’s signature moment delivered another flash of unity and deft political stage-managing, too. Two athletes from the joint Koreas women’s hockey team climbed stairs to the cauldron with the Olympic torch. At the last moment, though, they handed off the flame to former Olympic champion figure skater Yuna Kim, arguably South Korea’s most famous person. She actually lit the cauldron as the home crowd roared.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMoon, in a statement, said athletes from North and South will “work together for victory.” And Bach lauded the joint march of the two Koreas as a “powerful message.”“We are all touched by this wonderful gesture. We all join and support you in your message of peace,” Bach said. After years of frustration, billions of dollars and a nagging national debate about their worth, the opening ceremonies took place before a world watching the moment not only for its athletic significance and global spectacle, but for clues about what the peninsula’s political future could hold.There is a palpable excitement in this isolated, rugged mountain town, as one of the poorest, coldest and most disgruntled parts of an otherwise prosperous South Korea kicks off two weeks of winter sports, spectacle and, from the looks of things, some inter-Korean reconciliation.After a chaotic year of nuclear war threats and nuclear and missile tests from the North, the opening ceremony proved to be an evening of striking visual moments.The significance of Pence and the North Koreans sitting in the same box seemed to run counter to the mission he was supposed to undertake. He’d been dispatched from Washington for the Olympics in part, he said, to make sure the world didn’t forget that North Korea was a misbehaving and dangerous neighbor in the community of nations.What did seem clear was that, deliberately or not, the North Korean government had managed to edge its way onto center stage during the South’s biggest global moment in years.ADVERTISEMENT And so, with a little help from a liberal South Korean president eager to engage Pyongyang, the 2018 Pyeongchang Games open.They do so with as much focus on the North, which has zero real medal contenders, as the South, which in the three decades since its last Olympics has built a solid winter program as it went from economic backwater and military dictatorship to Asia’s fourth-biggest economy and a bulwark of liberal democracy.Could Pyeongchang’s initial pitch — that it could contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula — actually become reality? The opening ceremony offered at least some hints about that, and maybe more. What’s certain is that these Games, more so than any in recent memory, are about far more than sports.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas to have hip surgery, ending season

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Isner an easy winner, returns to Miami Open semifinals Thomas averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 assists in 17 games with the Lakers, who acquired him from Cleveland in February. His hip problems also limited him to just 15 appearances with the Cavaliers.Thomas will have surgery Thursday. The procedure typically requires months of rehabilitation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThomas is a two-time All-Star selection who will be a free agent this summer. He has expressed interest in staying with Los Angeles, but the Lakers will first attempt to sign two elite free agents to maximum contracts.center_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Monday, March 19, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers in Indianapolis. Thomas will have season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, the team announced Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Thomas averaged 15.6 points and 5.0 assists in 17 games with the Lakers, who acquired him from Cleveland in February. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers guard Isaiah Thomas will have arthroscopic surgery on his right hip, ending his season.The Lakers announced the decision Wednesday before their game against Dallas. Los Angeles (32-41) already is eliminated from playoff contention for the franchise-record fifth consecutive season.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterslast_img read more

Millsap scores 36 as Nuggets top Thunder in OT

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Malone: “They went on a big run in the fourth quarter, but we answered and we responded and made enough plays to get a hell of a win for us. Proud of all of our guys.”STAT OF THE NIGHTThe Thunder, who entered the game fifth in the league in rebounding and first in offensive rebounding, were outrebounded 58-50.UP NEXTThe Nuggets host the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday.The Thunder play at the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee, left, and guard Devin Harris, right, try to take the ball from Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams, center, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Denver coach Michael Malone said before the game that Paul Millsap was improving, but it wouldn’t be fair to expect the veteran forward to be as good as he was before a left wrist sprain cost him 44 games.Millsap was actually better on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback He scored a season-high 36 points to help the Nuggets beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 126-125 in overtime.Millsap made 13 of 18 field goals and grabbed nine rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“These past few days, it’s been feeling pretty good, so I’ve been able to drive left a lot and got to get back in and play my game,” Millsap said. “Pretty much, that’s some of it. The rest of it was Coach calling plays and my teammates giving me the ball.”Nikola Jokic had 23 points and 16 rebounds, and Will Barton added 18 points for the Nuggets, who were 2-4 on their road trip and desperately needed the win for the Western Conference playoff race. Denver entered the night two games out of the No. 8 spot. “It’s a good win, especially with how we executed down the stretch,” Millsap said. “The way we did it was very special because we have been struggling on this road trip. To get a win like this against a really good team and beating them in the fashion that we did you know it was special to us.”Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook had 33 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds, but he missed what would have been a game-winning 3-pointer at the end of regulation. Carmelo Anthony scored 23 points and Jerami Grant added 16 for the Thunder, who have lost four of five. Those losses have been by a combined nine points, with none by more than four.“I wouldn’t use the word frustration, but I would — certainly, I think there’s been things as it relates to execution,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said.Denver led 122-121 in overtime and had the ball before the Thunder tied up Jamal Murray and forced a jump ball with 15 seconds left. The Thunder got possession on the jump ball, but Denver’s Mason Plumlee blocked Grant’s layup.“I felt like I had the chance to contest it without fouling and not put them back on the free throw line, so we get the block and the rebound and it was all good,” Plumlee said.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Millsap made two free throws at the other end to put Denver up 124-121.Oklahoma City’s Paul George was fouled with 4.6 seconds left. He made the first free throw, then the Thunder were called for a lane violation on George’s intentional miss. Barton made two free throws on the other end to seal it.Millsap scored 15 points in the first half to give Denver a 62-58 lead. The Nuggets scored the first six points of the second half, including two buckets by Millsap, to go up 10. The Nuggets expanded their lead to 15 later in the quarter and took a 92-79 advantage into the fourth.Oklahoma City’s reserves helped the Thunder climb back into the game. Westbrook tied the game at 94 on a drive when the Nuggets were called for goaltending, and the Thunder finally took a 99-97 lead on a 3-pointer by Grant.Barton made a layup with nine seconds left to tie the score at 114. Westbrook missed a deep three in the closing seconds, and the game went to overtime.Donovan said he wanted Westbrook to drive to the hoop at the end of regulation, but it wasn’t available. Westbrook has been one of the most effective drivers and free-throw shooters in the league in recent years, but the 29 percent 3-point shooter chose to launch from 27 feet.“I thought he created a good shot for himself,” Donovan said. “I didn’t think he took a bad shot. He had an opportunity to make it. He didn’t make it.”TIP-INSNuggets: Shot 52.2 percent in the first half. … F Wilson Chandler left the game with a nose contusion. … G Gary Harris missed his seventh straight game with a right knee strain. Malone said he expects Harris to miss at least another week.Thunder: Opened the game with a 9-0 lead. … Made just 15 of 26 free throws. … Made a franchise-record 20 3-pointers.QUOTABLE Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Madrid rests Ronaldo and other key players for league game View commentslast_img read more

Meralco guns for 2nd win vs Tautuaa-less GlobalPort

first_imgThings have not gone Mo Tautuaa’s way in his career reboot: He lost his first game in a GlobalPort uniform—to his former team—and will now miss his club’s second outing in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding F2 Logistics sweeps Foton Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Led by comebacking import Arinze Onuaku’s 30 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, three steals and four blocks, the Bolts dismantled Columbian Dyip, 116-103, Wednesday.Meralco will gun for a second win Friday at 4:30 p.m., right before Alaska and Rain or Shine take the Smart Araneta Coliseum floor.“[Onuaku] gives us exactly what we need—rebounds and post play,” Black said.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The PBA slapped a one-game suspension and a P35,000 fine on the Filipino-Tongan center for his flagrant fouls incurred in the Batang Pier’s game against TNT on Sunday.Tautuaa kicked KaTropa reinforcement Jeremy Tyler in the chest on his way down from a dunk which led to his ejection with 2:41 left in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Dunking and putting your feet in my face, where I come from, is very disrespectful,” Tyler said after the game.TNT eventually wound up with a 128-114 victory and the Batang Pier will be hard-pressed to bounce back from that defeat, especially since they face a Meralco squad that won its opening match. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Arrival of Courtois ignites fight in Real Madrid goal

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite often being criticized, Navas hasn’t had to seriously compete for the starting position in goal since taking over from club idol Iker Casillas, who was the team’s main ‘keeper for more than a decade until leaving for Porto in 2015.The last time the position was competitive came after Casillas got injured in 2013 and lost his position to Diego Lopez, who remained as the starter for some time after Casillas recovered.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The 26-year-old Courtois arrived from Chelsea touted as one of the best goalkeepers in the world, finishing third with Belgium at the World Cup where he won the Golden Glove award as the tournament’s best goalkeeper.But Courtois isn’t getting over-confident. Greek teen Tsitsipas upsets Djokovic in Toronto LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I’ve met Keylor, we’ve had a little chat,” Courtois said in a news conference at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. “From what people have told me, he’s a really great guy, and from a professional point of view, I consider him a fantastic goalkeeper as well. I come in with absolute respect and to compete at the top level.”Coach Julen Lopetegui, making his debut with Madrid this season, will make his first decision about the starting goalkeeper when Madrid faces Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday.Courtois, who played three years with Atletico, said he still isn’t in top form following the World Cup, but will be ready to play in the Super Cup if needed.“I feel great, we’ll have to wait and see,” Courtois said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Nobody has given me any guarantees about being the starter,” Courtois said at his presentation with Madrid on Thursday. “It would be a mistake for the club to do that. I’ll have to show I deserve to be the starter during the training sessions. That’s how it should be. I was never given guarantees in any of the clubs where I played. I arrived at Chelsea when (Petr) Cech was there and I ended playing. I arrive to give my best, then the coach will decide who will be the starter.”Navas has succeeded with Madrid but the club has been linked with a new goalkeeper in nearly every transfer window since he became the first choice in 2015.Madrid tried to sign David De Gea from Manchester United after Casillas left but it missed a deadline and the deal didn’t go through. Last season, the club reportedly also tried to sign Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, the Spain international who has joined Chelsea as Courtois’ replacement. Madrid was also linked to Brazil goalkeeper Alisson, who ended transferring from Roma to Liverpool.Kiko Casillas was Navas’ reserve last season, and Luca Zidane, son of the team’s former player and coach Zinedine Zidane, has been included in the squad this season. Madrid earlier this year also signed 19-year-old Ukrainian goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.According to Spanish media, Navas said he is not worried about Courtois’ arrival, while the Belgian is welcoming the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments MOST READ Belgian new Real Madrid soccer player Thibaut Courtois poses for the media during his official presentation for Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018. Chelsea has sold a player — goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois — to Real Madrid. The Belgian was replaced by Kepa Arrizabalaga after Chelsea met the goalkeeper’s 80 million euro ($93 million) buyout clause from Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Andrea Comas)MADRID — Real Madrid will start the season with something it hasn’t had in years: Competition over who will start in goal.Thibaut Courtois was introduced by Madrid on Thursday, setting up a rivalry with Keylor Navas, the Spanish team’s goalkeeper when it won the last three Champions League titles.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Messi record 33rd title as Barcelona wins Spanish Super Cup

first_imgSimona Halep wins in Montreal, beating Sloane Stephens Ousmane Dembele scored a late winning goal with a blistering strike from outside the area. The 21-year-old France winger stunned Sevilla’s defense with a right-footed shot that hit the underside of the crossbar in the 78th minute.Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen secured the win when he saved a penalty kick from Sevilla substitute Wissam Ben Yedder in the 89th after Ter Stegen fouled former Barcelona forward Aleix Vidal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Pablo Sarabia opened for Sevilla in the ninth, when the video assistant referee overruled an offside call in the first use of VAR in Spanish competition.Gerard Pique equalized three minutes before halftime when he finished off a free kick by Messi that hit the post and ricocheted off the back of goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik — and again off the upright — before falling to the Barcelona defender. Barcelona players pose with the trophy after winning the Spanish Super Cup soccer match between Sevilla and Barcelona in Tangier, Morocco, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018. Barcelona won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mosa’ab Elshamy)TANGIER, Morocco — Lionel Messi won his 33rd title with Barcelona on Sunday to become the most successful player in the Catalan club’s history.Barcelona beat Sevilla 2-1 in the Spanish Super Cup as Messi overtook Andres Iniesta, who had 32 titles when he left this summer for the Japanese league.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments LATEST STORIES The Super Cup is played between the previous season’s league and Copa del Rey winners. Since Barcelona won both competitions, Sevilla played the match as the Copa runners-up after losing 5-0 in last season’s cup final to Barcelona.Played in Tangier, Morocco, this was the first Spanish Super Cup held outside Spain and the first time it was played as a single match, instead of a two-leg series.Sevilla played the match, which serves as a curtain raiser for the Spanish league season, in the middle of its playoff to qualify for the Europa League’s group phase. Sevilla faces Zalgiris on Thursday after winning their first match 1-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ While Barcelona dominated possession, Sevilla went close to going back in front when Franco Vazquez’s glancing header hit the top of the goal-frame in the 62nd before Dembele took his winner.A year ago, Barcelona broke their own transfer record to sign Dembele from Borussia Dortmund in August for a fee of 105 million euros (now $120 million) that could rise to 147 million euros. But his first season at Camp Nou was limited by injuries as Dembele struggled to replace the hole left by Neymar after he went to Paris Saint-Germain.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said that he hoped that Dembele’s goal is a sign of better things to come this season.“We have placed lots of hope (in Dembele),” Valverde said. “He has an amazing ability to break down defenses with his speed. He is a very young player and we hope that little by little he makes progress.”Former Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal debuted for Barcelona as a late substitute.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

‘Ompong’ forces UAAP cancelation anew

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Inquirer calls for support for the victims of typhoon OmpongResponding to appeals for help, the Philippine Daily Inquirer is extending its relief to victims of the recent typhoon Ompong.Cash donations may be deposited in the Inquirer Foundation Corp. Banco De Oro (BDO) Current Account No: 007960018860 and Swift Code: BNORPHMM.Inquiries may be addressed to Inquirer’s Corporate Affairs office through Connie Kalagayan at 897-4426, ckalagayan@inquirer.com.ph and Bianca Kasilag-Macahilig at 897-8808 local 352, bkasilag@inquirer.com.ph. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Students from participating schools during the UAAP 81 opening ceremony at the Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe UAAP has also canceled its men’s basketball games set for Sunday due to the effects of typhoon “Ompong.”UAAP Season 81 president Nilo Ocampo said in a statement Saturday that the league also decided to suspend the rest of the weekend’s games as “Ompong” continued to batter Metro Manila and North Luzon.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The games between University of the East against National University at 2pm and University of Santo Tomas against University of the Philippines at 4pm were initially scheduled at Filoil Flying V Centre.Saturday’s matchups schedule also scrapped.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration spotted “Ompong,” which has since been downgraded to a typhoon from a super typhoon, at 65 kilometers west of Laoag, Ilocos Norte as of 12 pm.Public storm signal no.1 is still raised over Metro Manila. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ PSG make light of Mbappe, Neymar absence in Parc stroll Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Rematch of the century?

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But it proves Mayweather’s flair and showmanship as a promoter. With Pacquiao-Mayweather 1, sold by both camps as the “Fight of the Century,” panned by critics and boxing purists as the fight that was five years past its shelf life when it was finally held in Las Vegas in 2015, the only way to generate a lucrative “Rematch of the Century” would be to start promoting it early.Pacquiao has said he would fight one more time this year, targeting a December playdate.Despite their first fight failing to meet boxing expectations—there was little slam-bang action from two of the best welterweights of all time and Pacquiao complained of a shoulder injury later—it was the richest bout in history until Mayweather tangled with UFC star Conor McGregor in a crossover duel.If Mayweather, indeed, signs up to fight Pacquiao, who has been clamoring for a rematch, and hopes to get within sniffing distance of what he earned against McGregor, he’ll have to start promoting early—which may exactly be what he’s doing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award That alone would have lit the social media feeds of boxing fans. The caption that accompanied it, though, set the rumor mill on fire.“I’m coming back to fight Manny Pacquiao this year another 9 figure pay day on the way @mayweatherpromotions,” wrote Mayweather.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe post garnered more than 100,000 likes and 1,300 comments in just 20 minutes, underscoring the drawing power of both boxing superstars, who are generally considered the best of their era and the most influential fighters of their generation.Do a little digging and you’ll get to a video posted by boxing journalist Lance Pugmire on YouTube, where Mayweather was even more explicit. In the video, Mayweather is hamming it up with boxing manager and matchmaker Sean Gibbons, with the latter goading him about going after win No. 51 and referencing Wanheng Menayothin, the Thai fighter who one-upped Mayweather by hiking his record to 51-0 after beating Filipino Pedro Taduran.Gibbons was in the midst of talking about Menayothin, who has never fought outside of Thailand, when Mayweather interrupted him. The two went on an exchange that ended with “Money” laying the challenge for Pacquiao.“We’re gonna take the belt, we’re gonna get the payday and I don’t want no shoulder excuses,” Mayweather said.And while the whole episode was titillating enough to tickle boxing fans’ fancy or, at the very least, induce rounds of debate on whether it would make for palatable viewing, there was little confirmation on whether Mayweather was serious or this was just another outlandish PR stunt.Pacquiao, on the other hand, could not be reached for comment at press time.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. PHOTO BY REM ZAMORA/INQUIRERThe video was quick, less than 50 seconds on Instagram. Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his posse crossed paths with Manny Pacquiao and his entourage and the two exchanged a few words.Both were in an event in Japan and the loud music drowned out a lot of the exchange. In the video, which the undefeated American boxer posted on his Instagram account, Mayweather can be heard saying: “I’m coming back” and Pacquiao repeatedly answering “I’ve got the belt.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gallant silver for PH rowers Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READlast_img read more

UP Maroons, FEU Lady Tams looking to raise their game with PSL stint

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Along with Perpetual’s rise, Prince Eze works his way from support role to top gun Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu said he wants his team to have more exposure to different competitors as they try to become the UAAP’s elite once the tournament begins in early 2019.“My team is composed of very young rookies and some veteran members so this tournament will help us get the exposure we need,” said Okumu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUP placed sixth in Season 80 with a 6-8 record but has since started to show signs of improvement after its title run in another offseason collegiate league.“I believe that my team will learn again how to deal with losses and wins every game, so to me, this tournament can help us grow especially our young players,” said Okumu. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe start of the women’s volleyball tournament in UAAP Season 81 is still a few months away but teams aren’t going stay idle and wait for the games to begin.University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University are already gearing up for some stiff competition with the two teams looking at the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam to fine tune their respective rosters.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college As for the Lady Tamaraws, coach Rey Diaz said the Collegiate Grand Slam is a perfect opportunity for his team to grow.“We treat this as a blessing,” said Diaz. “We’re expecting the players to gain a lot of exposure and raise their level of competition here in the PSL.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

After Game 1 rout, Blaze Spikers still got more to give

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. There is no way Petron is taking any chances.After whipping F2 Logistics in the opener of their Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference best-of-three finals, Petron coach Shaq delos Santos said they are going back to the drawing board and think of ways to answer their opponent’s expected counterattacks.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda trounces Cebu five; CKSC stuns mapua Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ LATEST STORIES No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In contrast, F2 Logistics didn’t have anyone scoring in double figures, stymied by Petron’s well-placed floor defense that yielded 79 excellent digs compare to 54 by the Cargo Movers.Delos Santos may have learned his lessons during last year’s Grand Prix final when F2 coach Ramil de Jesus tweaked his lineup which threw off the Blaze Spikers’ game plan.“We go back and study Game 1 and see how much we can still improve,” added Delos Santos, the national team mentor.The Cargo Movers leaned heavily on Ara Galang who banged in nine points but could not get the usual numbers from Kim Kianna Dy and Majoy Baron, who were limited to a combined seven points.F2 team leaders Aby Maraño and Cha Cruz were also silent, scoring a total of six points, aside from making 27 errors against Petron’s 16.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Game 2 is slated Tuesday at 7 p.m., also at MOA Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We know that they will come back strong, we know how they work,” said Delos Santos, whose squad scored a 25-23, 25-11, 25-17 win on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena to move just a win away from a perfect conference.But even in the cusp of a historic repeat, the Petron mentor said they could still do better.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We don’t think of the sweep. Right now, we rest and try to recover and then give it our all on Game 2 [on Tuesday],” added Delos Santos. “But for tonight (Game 1), I’m very proud of the way my players performed.”Sisi Rondina scored 12 points for Petron’s 13th victory in as many games this conference. The high-leaping Rondina was a big factor off the bench to halt Rhea Dimaculangan’s combination plays. Bernadeth Pons added 10, while middle hitter Remy Palma had nine. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View commentslast_img read more