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Nov
30

TNT taps Glen Rice Jr. as new import

first_imgGlen Rice Jr. AP FILE PHOTOMotivated to bounce back from its runner-up finish last conference, TNT has brought on former Washington Wizard Glen Rice Jr. as its new import for the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.The 6-foot-4 forward is set to beef up a depleted KaTropa crew with key players suiting up for Gilas Pilipinas in various international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao00:50Trending 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 Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Rice, 26, is the son of NBA legend Glen Rice and last played in the NBA D-League with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in the 2014-15 season, where he averaged 20.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 1.8 steals in 23 games.The former Georgia Institute of Technology standout will replace Michael Craig, after the burly import suited up for three games with TNT.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 shutoutCraig averaged 21.7 points, 16.7 rebounds, and 6.7 assists in his time with the team.Rice will suit up for TNT on Sunday when it faces Rain or Shine. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Letran withstands San Sebastian in OT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Nov
30

LeBron misses second straight practice with ankle injury

first_imgFrontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Cleveland’s season opener is Oct. 17 against the Boston Celtics and former Cavs guard Kyrie Irving, who was traded this summer.Wade was introduced to the media following Friday’s practice, and said James began recruiting him to come to Cleveland months ago.“He knew I could help this team in some way. I appreciated that,” Wade said. “It wasn’t the sole reason, but definitely everyone knows our relationship, and that he’s a huge reason why I decided to come here. But this team is so good, and you just want to be a part of something special like this.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES 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 Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) poses for the twitter mirror as Kendrick Perkins looks on during the NBA basketball team media day, Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, in Independence, Ohio. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James missed his second straight practice with a sprained left ankle, an injury that happened on Dwyane Wade’s first day with the Cavaliers.James was at the team’s Cleveland Clinic Courts facility getting treatment Friday, and could be seen in the training and fitness area. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said the superstar is day to day, but the team has not said much else about James’ injury.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president The three-time NBA champion rolled his ankle on Wednesday night, shortly after his good friend Wade turned down other offers to sign a one-year, $2.3 million contract with Cleveland.It’s not known how James hurt his ankle. The team said X-rays were negative.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 shutoutJames has tweaked his ankles in the past, but the 32-year-old has been incredibly durable throughout his career, playing in at least 75 games in 12 of his 14 regular seasons. He played in 74 games last season.The Cavaliers play an intra-squad scrimmage on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena and their first preseason game is scheduled for Wednesday against Atlanta. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chooks-to-go Pilipinas winds up 5th in Fiba Asia Champions Cup View commentslast_img read more

Nov
30

Clippers’ Griffin to miss ‘up to eight weeks’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next A statement posted by the Clippers on Twitter said an MRI exam showed Griffin had a medial collateral ligament sprain, “with no other structural damage.”“Recovery for this injury can take up to 8wks,” the team said. /cbb Blake Griffin #32 of the LA Clippers grabs a rebound from Larry Nance Jr. #7 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center on November 27, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin has a sprained left knee ligament that could see him sidelined for up to eight weeks, the NBA team said Tuesday.Griffin was hurt in the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 120-115 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Ateneo shoots for UAAP crown MOST READcenter_img Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities He and teammate Austin Rivers were both scrambling for a loose ball lost by Lakers guard Lonzo Ball.Ball, trying to retrieve the basketball, ran into Griffin before Rivers fell onto his teammate’s knee.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 shutoutAs his leg twisted, Griffin hit the court in obvious pain. He played about a minute longer before departing the contest.“You could see right when it happened,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said after the game. “I was yelling right away. Lonzo was just trying to make a play, but usually when you go in that hard, they call it (a foul). But I think Lonzo knocked Austin into Blake and it was a trigger effect.” NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ View commentslast_img read more

Nov
29

Rising from the ranks, Marcial tasked to heal the PBA

first_img“As you all know, the PBA has gone through a difficult process before the start of the season, and we’re looking for somebody that can put it (back) together and help us in the healing process,” Vargas said in the statement as Marcial was, unlike many others before him, given a multiyear contract.“I would just like to thank the board for the opportunity,” Marcial told reporters after his appointment as he quickly buckled down to work by meeting with his staff and various departments of the Commissioner’s Office.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMarcial was given a three-year term, something unheard of as the board, in the past, had evaluated the performance of every commissioner after every season.“At this time, it’s important to give it to somebody who grew up in the PBA, who understands the PBA,” the statement said. “He’s one who’s learned over the years in the PBA.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The board did not go through the usual selection process in arriving at its decision to tap Marcial, after the body was literally divided into two over the tenure of Chito Narvasa, whom Marcial served as special assistant and media bureau head.That is exactly the “healing process” that Vargas is talking about, and it is a huge task that Marcial would have to accomplish.Marcial has the temperament and experience to lead the PBA, having worked his way up with a hands-on approach to every task he was assigned.He kicked off his stint as officer-in-charge by forming a group to study trade proposals.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Willie Marcial. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFrom statistician, to the TV coverage’s floor director and now commissioner, Willie Marcial, a 56-year-old from Batangas, has literally risen from the ranks and has the biggest task associated with the job.“He’ll help us through, he’ll be the healing commissioner,” chair Ricky Vargas said of Marcial, who got the full nod of the board in a meeting on Thursday at the league’s offices in Libis, Quezon City.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Zark’s-Lyceum destroys AMA; new-look JRU roasts Mila’s Lechon Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more

Nov
29

NCAA men’s volley: Perpetual earns finals berth after elims sweep

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PCCL Elite Eight begins Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 AFP official booed out of forum Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The Altas ended the eliminations undefeated at 9-0 after the 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 15-9 victory and will wait for the stepladder matches between second seed Arellano, third seed San Beda, and the fourth seeded Blazers to determine their finals foe.The 6-3 Blazers and 7-2 Red Spikers will be the first to play with the winner facing the 8-1 Chiefs in the final stepladder match.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPerpetual head coach Sammy Acaylar said winning the title won’t come down solely to the whoever makes the correct plays, but which team has the attitude to go all the way.“It’s not about the Xs and Os anymore, the championship will be won by the team that is more mentally prepared,” said Acaylar, who is hoping to steer the school to its 11th title. “That is what we need to win this thing again.” 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next University of Perpetual Help earned itself an automatic slot to championship round after surviving a grueling five-setter against defending champion St. Benilde in the NCAA Season 93 men’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Nov
29

DeRozan leads Raptors past Hawks

first_imgToronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives against Atlanta Hawks guard Dennis Schroeder (17) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — For three quarters, the Toronto Raptors looked listless against the Atlanta Hawks.Finally, in the fourth, the Raptors turned in an effort worthy of the top team in the Eastern Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Ricci Rivero denies drug use, ‘lewd’ rumors MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Hawks: Visit Indiana on Friday.Raptors: Visit Detroit on Wednesday. Toronto has won four straight meetings. DeRozan said the Raptors stepped up their aggressiveness in the final frame.“Whenever we get a chance to get stops and just get out and play, we’re at our best,” DeRozan said. “It took until the fourth quarter for us to bring that out.”The Raptors are 27-5 at home, the best record in the NBA. Toronto improved to 4-16 when behind after three.“For three quarters it was some of the most competitive, best basketball we’ve played on both ends,” Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “We just kind of hit a wall in the fourth.”Kent Bazemore and John Collins each scored 15 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 12 points and 10 rebounds, but the Hawks lost for the sixth time in eight games.ADVERTISEMENT DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 15 and the Raptors used a big fourth quarter to beat the Hawks 106-90 on Tuesday night, their fifth straight win.C.J. Miles scored eight of his 14 points in the final quarter, and Delon Wright and Serge Ibaka each finished with 10 as the East leaders won for the 12th time in 13 games and completed their first season sweep of the Hawks since 2001-02.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTrailing 77-76 through three, Toronto outscored Atlanta 30-13 in the fourth. The Hawks shot 6 for 18 in the quarter and committed eight turnovers.“If you don’t play, hustle is going to beat talent,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “It shouldn’t take us three quarters to figure that out.” Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIEScenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving View comments “The fourth quarter was kind of tough,” guard Dennis Schroder said. “They made shots and got a couple of stops.”Atlanta is 5-26 on the road.The Hawks trailed 88-85 after a basket by Collins with 6:43 remaining, but Wright sandwiched baskets around a long 3-pointer by Miles as the Raptors took a 95-85 lead with 4:15 to go. After an Atlanta timeout, Toronto’s Jakob Poeltl scored back-to-back baskets to put the Raptors up 99-85.“Second half he really played,” Casey said of Poeltl.TIP-INSHawks: Bazemore returned to the starting lineup after sitting out Sunday’s win over Phoenix. … The Hawks made 22 turnovers, leading to 25 points for Toronto. Atlanta’s season high in turnovers is 24, set in a Nov. 11 loss at Washington.Raptors: F OG Anunoby (sprained right ankle) missed his third straight game, with Malcolm Miller making his second start in Anunoby’s place. … Toronto signed F Nigel Hayes to a 10-day contract. Hayes averaged 16.1 points and 6.6 rebounds in 38 games with Westchester in the G League. … DeRozan shot 12 for 14 at the free throw line.SHARING SOME LOVE FOR LOVEDeRozan, who recently opened up about his struggles with depression, said he was touched by an admission from Kevin Love in a piece on The Players’ Tribune that the Cavaliers star had a panic attack during a game.“It made me feel great,” DeRozan said. “That was my whole intent of me speaking out. I understand it’s hard to step up and do a thing like that.”TEED OFFKyle Lowry and DeRozan each picked up technical fouls in the final 35 seconds of the first half, with Lowry penalized for his angry outburst after being called for a foul on Atlanta’s Mike Muscala. Lowry was later called for a flagrant foul in the third.HOW SWEEP IT ISToronto has swept its season series with nine opponents. The Raptors are 4-0 against Atlanta, Charlotte and Chicago, and 2-0 against the Lakers, Memphis, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland, and Sacramento.UP NEXT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Nov
28

Letran withstands San Sebastian in OT

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ 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’ Alapag confident of Gilas’ chances in another PH-Korea duel Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran continued its winning ways after surviving San Sebastian, 79-75, in overtime in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Rey Nambatac posted another double-double with 23 points and 14 rebounds while JP Calvo hit the go-ahead free throws, 77-75, with 1:20 left and made a crucial steal off the inbound pass as the Knights chalked up their fourth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jeo Ambohot added 11 points and eight rebounds before going down with a right wrist injury following a nasty fall at the 5:48 mark of the third quarter. for the Knights, who blew a 12-point lead in the first half,“All credit to the boys. Their character showed when Jeo was out and everybody stepped up,” said Letran head coach Jeff Napa.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“Four [straight] wins is nothing. It’s not our main target. Our focus is to win as many games as we can,” Napa added.San Sebastian forward Michael Calisaan scored 18 points, including the game-tying triple, 71-all, with 1:14 remaining in regulation. Letran hiked its record to 5-3 while San Sebastian, which rallied from an early double-digit deficit, dropped to 3-4.Calvo wound up with 12 points and eight assists.Jerrick Balanza sealed the game by hitting two free throws with 26.9 ticks to go.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View commentslast_img read more

Nov
28

Alvarez sees a knockout and a great fight against Triple G

first_imgCanelo Alvarez, left, and Gennady Golovkin pose for photographers during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a middleweight title fight Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Canelo Alvarez was just Saul Alvarez back then, a red-haired 15-year-old who wanted nothing more than to make some money boxing.He got his chance on a summer night in 2005 in a suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico, where he grew up. His opponent was another teenager named Abraham Gonzalez, but he could have been anyone.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “This is for my country and my people,” Alvarez said. “Simply put, the people wanted this fight.”It won’t be a fight for the faint of heart. Golovkin had a 23-fight knockout streak before going the distance in his last fight, while Alvarez is a masterful counterpuncher who is not afraid to mix it up.Between them they have only one loss in 88 fights. Alvarez suffered it in 2013 against Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a fight he admitted he took too early in his career.By contrast, he may have waited until just the right time to fight Golovkin. Alvarez and his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, were widely criticized for avoiding Golovkin for the last two years, but now Alvarez has grown into a full-fledged middleweight and both fighters seem to be in their prime.There shouldn’t be many surprises. And there will certainly be no excuses.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Alvarez showed some potential by stopping Gonzalez in fourth round. Afterward he collected his first real payday.“Eighty pesos,” Alvarez recalled this week. “I think it was like $6.”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 openingA dozen years later, the pay has gotten a lot better. On Saturday night Alvarez will make millions as he meets knockout specialist Gennady Golovkin in a middleweight showdown that boxing purists are comparing to some of the division’s great fights of years past .Some 40 million of his countrymen are expected to be watching on television as the fighter who is arguably Mexico’s biggest sports hero takes on the fearsome Golovkin in a fight that could define the career of both fighters. The fight will be televised on HBO pay-per-view in the U.S. View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “I give a slight edge to Triple G because of his sheer punching power with both hands,” Leonard said. “Canelo has to fight the best fight of his life, just like when I fought Hagler. I had to be technically sharp, strategically sharp and smart.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Germany takes over at top of FIFA rankings from Brazil “My mentality is 100 percent to win,” Alvarez said. “Every night before I go to bed I visualize a knockout.”Alvarez has been on the big stage before. He and Mayweather delivered more than 2 million pay-per-view buys in their fight, and he has consistently drawn big crowds and big television numbers over the last five years.He’s done beer commercials with Sylvester Stallone, collected multi-million dollar purses, and established himself as the latest in a long succession of aggressive Mexican fighters.If he can beat Golovkin — and he’s a slight underdog — he’ll have a handful of championship belts and a signature win that will resonate throughout the sport. It’s something he thought would happen if he beat Mayweather, but at 23, he wasn’t ready for the defensive master.“Most definitely I was too young and it showed,” Alvarez said through an interpreter. “I don’t take it today as a defeat but as an experience. I learned a lot from that fight.”In Golovkin, Alvarez will be fighting a boxer who hasn’t lost since the gold medal match in the 2004 Olympics. He’ll also be facing a slugger who has 33 knockouts in 37 fights and is defending his middleweight titles for the 19th time.But Golovkin looked somewhat vulnerable in his last fight, where he went 12 rounds with Danny Jacobs. He won, but the fight that may have convinced De La Hoya to risk his most marketable fighter against Triple G.No one on either side expects it to be easy.“He has a very aggressive style. He comes to search and destroy and he comes in search of a knockout,” Alvarez said. “You know me, I don’t back down. I’m a counter puncher and I like to fight. It has all the ingredients to be one of the best fights ever.”Whether the fight will deliver the classic everyone expects remains to be seen. But it has brought talk of great middleweight fights from the 1980s, including Tommy Hearns versus Marvelous Marvin Hagler and Hagler against Sugar Ray Leonard.Leonard posted a video on Twitter this week giving his thoughts on the outcome. 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

Nov
28

Laxman’s bat eases difficult situations

first_imgEncomiums and accolades have come in a gush for VVS Laxman over the past week after his outstanding innings helped win the Mohali Test. Wordsmiths have waxed lyrical over his batsmanship while hacks appear to have an inexhaustible supply of clichs, associations and alliterations that can go with his initials or his name.’Very Very Simply’ – if I might be permitted my own little indulgence – Laxman has fired the imagination of the entire cricketing fraternity. The improbability of India winning the Test after losing their eighth wicket with 89 runs still needed finds few parallels in the history of the game.The sheer audacity (and beauty) of Laxman’s innings was not just an expression of brilliant individual talent, but also brought home the glory of sport with its vicissitudes. The ups and downs that led to the melodramatic finish kept spectators and viewers on the edge of their seats and also gave the game a kiss of life, as it were.Till just the other day, it might be remembered, cricket was trying to rid itself of the smear of spot-fixing. Five days of absorbing cricket in Mohali has helped wash much of the despair. The malaise of corruption obviously needs greater vigilance and stiff action by authority, but for the moment, cricket appears to have regained its poise and credibility.I was, however, surprised that so many fans and aficionados should be surprised at Laxman’s virtuosity. Ten years back, it can hardly be forgotten, he had scored 281 not out at Kolkata and turned a Test match against Australia on its head.advertisementFor my money, it remains the most significant innings played by an Indian batsman, Sehwag’s two triple centuries and the vast numbers of centuries one can tot up by clubbing the like of Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Dravid et al.That epochal double century apart, Laxman has several others to his credit, more notably against Australia, which are considered as modern masterpieces as much for their timeliness as well as the rich tapestry of stroke-making. He has made batting look so easy that it has often made a tough, tense situation seem like a cakewalk.Indeed, Laxman’s exquisite style has served to undermine his tenacity. He is modest, undemonstrative and retiring – almost to a fault. So much so that he has seemed like a misfit in a side now replete with a brat pack that sees virtue in a ‘ giveand- take’ philosophy where onfield aggression is concerned.But the genteel disposition is not a hindrance clearly for playing cricket the tough way. Laxman has nerves of steel and revels in a crisis. His record in second innings of matches is testimony not just to his skills, but also his adaptability and temperament.Which is why over the past 15 years, if I can be permitted the oldest clich associated with him, he has been Very Very Special.The true worth of Laxman’s innings at Mohali – in the context of this series as well as his own status in the game – however, goes beyond semantics or the gymnastics of language. For one, it has allowed India to retain their grip on the Border- Gavaskar Trophy and also increase their points tally in the ICC rankings as the number one team.Secondly, there would have been a tremendous surge in confidence in the Indian dressing room after the winning runs were scored. With the second Test beginning within a few days of the first, the momentum would be with Dhoni’s team while the Aussies would still be feeling deflated and hapless.That’s a big advantage in itself going into a fresh Test.The more compelling attribute of the Mohali victory for me, however, has been the never- saydie mindset of the Indian players.Not too long back, Indian teams would earn praise for ” going down fighting”. This side has, over the past two years and a little, acquired the ruthlessness and ambition to fight back from near- impossible positions to win a match.It may be argued that most of India’s wins in this period have come at home. With most Test series next year being played overseas, there will be several challenges to preserving their number one status. But the signs are encouraging. I might add though that if fitness and fielding don’t improve, this trend could easily be reversed so Kirsten, Dhoni and Co have a task ahead of them.They should start addressing this from Bangalore itself.(Ayaz Menon is a seasoned journalist)last_img read more

Nov
28

IPL Kochi team may be replaced