Garcia on Ginebra loss to TNT: ‘I let my team down’

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The loss sent Ginebra to a 0-2 start this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup and the Gin Kings’ early struggles have sparked a call from their fans to replace Garcia.The Los Angeles native hears all the doubts. That’s why he himself knows that he has to perform better than what his numbers show, averaging 17.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 5.0 assists this conference.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“I got to be patient. Obviously. I’ve given up nothing. I’ve got to be more aggressive,” he said, taking responsibility for the KaTropa defeat.“I think I let my team down and I could do better out there.” Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ But it’s not all Garcia’s fault as even Cone called out his locals to show up as the Gin Kings prepare for Friday’s game against Blackwater.Garcia also remains confident that Ginebra will eventually weather this storm.“I believe in my guys. We’re gonna battle out there,” he said. “Also, it’s a system. Whatever coach Tim’s system is, I’ll go do it. It’s not about my skill set because I know what I can do. I’m not worried. It’s basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Neil Etheridge, Cardiff City earn Premier League promotion Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident PBA IMAGESCharles Garcia is keeping his faith in coach Tim Cone’s system as he aims to integrate himself better to Ginebra moving forward.“It’s a process, I’m new to the program and the team and it’s still a long season,” he said after the Gin Kings suffered another defeat, this time against TNT, 96-92 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Honorio Banario, Edward Kelly face tough foes in ONE China card

first_imgCarpio 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 In the main event, “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China will defend her women’s strawweight belt against Brazil’s Samara “Marituba” Santos, who will be making his ONE debut.The 28-year-old Banario is aiming to regain his world champion status and an impressive performance against Khan will definitely bring him closer to a title shot.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’Banario has been on a resurgence, having won his last five fights, including a split decision victory over Adrian Pang last April.Kelly hopes to get back on track after suffering a TKO loss to Narantungalag Jadambaa two months ago but he is expected to have his hands full against Lee. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – Honorio Banario celebrates after his knockout win over Jaroslav Jartim. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFilipino fighters Honorio “The Rock” Banario and Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly will be put to the test against stiff competition in ONE: Beyond the Horizon set on September 8 at Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China.Banario, the former ONE featherweight champion, faces Singaporean sensation Amir Khan in the co-featured bout while Kelly is pitted against the explosive Christian Lee.ADVERTISEMENT Lee (9-2), the younger brother of reigning ONE women’s atomweight champion Angela Lee, is also coming off a loss after failing to dethrone lightweight titleholder Martin Nguyen last May.The 20-year-old Lee’s other defeat have also come against Nguyen.Four Super Series showdowns are also scheduled as part of a stacked fight card.Ognjen Topic takes on Tukkatatong Petpayathai in a kickboxing match in the bantamweight division, Han Zi Hao clashes with Stergos Mikkios in a bantamweight Muay Thai duel, Daniel Dawson locks horns with Mustapha Haida in a kickboxing bout in a160-pound catchweight while Hakim Hamech battles Yukinori Ogasawara in a flyweight Muay Thai fight.In other MMA fights, Roman Alvarez collides with Daichi Takenaka, Chen Lei goes up against Muhammad Aiman while Phat Soda faces Elipitua Siregar.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Fajardo hard on self after missing two free throws in Beermen loss to Gin Kings View commentslast_img read more

PH duel vs China ‘just another game’ for debuting Clarkson

first_imgNational team head coach Yeng Guiao, right, assistant Caloy Garcia, center, and guard Jordan Clarkson during practice. Musong R. Castillo/INQUIRERJAKARTA—For someone whom Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao described as one that “could break down any defense at will,” Jordan Clarkson looked so passive offensively in practice Sunday afternoon he bordered on being boring.Guiao, though, in the very short time that he has handled the Cleveland star in the NBA, knows exactly what Clarkson is up to.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I want to use him in a way that can make the team better,” Guiao told the Inquirer. “With the attention that he is getting here, counting the international media, we can be sure that all defenses will be trying to shut him down.“And that’s where his teammates should step up to help him,” Guiao went on. “You saw how he can pass the ball. With his skill set, he could definitely find the open man once he’s in trouble (with the defense).”But given an endgame scenario, when the clock is winding down and the Philippines having the ball with a chance to win it with one shot, Guiao was asked whom will he go to for the final play.“Of course we all know what we’re going to do,” Guiao said with a wide smile. “We’ll give the ball to Asi (Taulava) behind the three-point line.”He then went off and made his way to the bus, chuckling like a little kid before looking back and saying: “Like I said, JC (Clarkson) can break down any defense in the last six or seven seconds (of the game clock).”Guiao didn’t need to say that he was kidding about Taulava.RELATED VIDEO Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms NLEX blasts NorthPort for 2-0 start Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ And it’s because of Clarkson.“It’s just another game,” Clarkson told the Inquirer before boarding the team bus back to the Athletes Village. “I’m excited to play, yeah. But, you know, I’ll just treat it like any other game, play the best that I can play and help the team win.”Clarkson has become the toast of these Games, as reports have reached Philippine Team coaching staff and management of brisk ticket sales among local fans wanting to get a glimpse of the 26-year-old half-Filipino in action.“He really is different,” Guiao said of Clarkson. “He’s special. I have never coached anyone with the talent and athleticism that he has. And I am truly honored to be the first (Filipino) to coach an active NBA player.”Guiao reiterated that Clarkson will not be a one-man wrecking crew for Gilas against the Chinese—or whomever the Filipinos will play afterwards.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “It seems as if he’s trying to gauge his teammates,” Guiao told Filipino scribes who were in Day 4 of the Clarkson watch, as Gilas practiced for two solid hours in preparation for a mammoth contest with tournament favorite China happening Tuesday afternoon.“You can see him passing more often than taking a shot because he’s trying to find out who among his teammates could be the most reliable in game situations,” Guiao explained after the full-throttle practice at Plaza Festival gym here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“But if you look at him closely, kayang-kaya niya itong level of basketball dito (he can easily dominate the level of basketball here),” Guiao said.Gilas slugs it out with China at 4 p.m. (5 p.m. in Manila) on Tuesday at GBK’s Basketball Hall, and though the Philippines is listed as the great underdog against the Great Wall, Guiao and the rest of his gang are exuding some confidence. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 awardlast_img read more

Texas could be Ferrari’s last stand in 2018

first_img“We mustn’t look at the past as we can’t change it,” Vettel said when Ferrari arrived in Texas. “We need to focus and look forward to the next four races. We will still try to do our best and then we’ll see what happens.”No one at Ferrari wants to look at the past eight months. They would only see another collapse for the most famous team in racing.Ferrari hasn’t won an F1 driver’s championship since 2007. This season looked like it could be the one to break the drought.Vettel sparked a potentially delicious duel with Hamilton by winning the first two races. For a few months it was, as the two four-time champions chased a fifth title to tie Argentina’s Juan Manuel Fangio. Only Germany’s Michael Schumacher has more (seven).And early on, even Hamilton had to admit Ferrari had the better car.ADVERTISEMENT Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel, of Germany, steers his car during the second practice session for the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix auto race at the Circuit of the Americas, Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)AUSTIN, Texas — Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene watched his red cars slip and splash around a wet Circuit of the Americas while Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton cut the quickest laps of the U.S. Grand Prix practice session.A few minutes later, Arrivabene sized up the task in front of Ferrari and driver Sebastian Vettel: Win Sunday or stay close enough to Hamilton to keep alive their rapidly-vanishing hopes of winning the season championship.ADVERTISEMENT “We are here to compete with a mission impossible,” Arrivabene said Friday. “I know the numbers are all against us … our job is to go there to the track without giving up.”That’s an apt summation of Ferrari’s fading title chances on a Texas racetrack about an hour north of the Alamo.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 ChrissWith a 67-point lead and just four races left, Hamilton can win the championship Sunday with any result that puts him eight points clear of Vettel. If Hamilton wins, which he’s done here five of the previous six years, Vettel must finish no worse than second to extend the championship into next week in Mexico City.Even that got harder to do Friday when the early practice session produced another Ferrari unforced error in a season full of them. Vettel was given a three-place starting grid penalty for not slowing down quickly enough under a red flag. That means he can start no higher than fourth on Sunday. Changes are coming in 2019, some for certain, others rumored.Raikkonen, the last Ferrari driver to win a championship, is leaving. He’ll be replaced by Sauber’s Charles Leclerc. Ironically, Leclerc is the driver whose spin on the track Friday prompted the red flag that led to Vettel’s critical penalty.Leclerc has shown considerable skill and scored impressive results this season in an overmatched car, leading to speculation he could challenge Vettel once he’s in a Ferrari.Italian media have linked Arrivabene with a possible move to management in the Juventus soccer club. Arrivabene was appointed team principal at Ferrari by Marchionne in late 2014 with hopes he could deliver an elusive championship.“I said my future is in Ferrari, but it (is) the top management that have to give me their final blessing,” Arrivabene said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title PBA: San Miguel gaining steam after stopping TNT 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 LATEST STORIES View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But Ferrari’s problems began mounting in the form of self-inflicted errors by drivers, crew and management, while Hamilton was sharpening into his typical second-half dominance.A Ferrari team mechanic’s leg was broken when Kimi Raikkonen’s car was released too early from a pit stop in Bahrain (a race Vettel won). Vettel crashed out from the lead late in the rainy German Grand Prix, allowing Hamilton to win.A week later in Hungary, Vettel spun out in qualifying. In Japan, a team gamble resulted in a poor tire choice in qualifying that cost Vettel dearly again.And tragedy struck Ferrari when Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sergio Marchionne died in July from complications after surgery.Vettel’s last win came in Belgium on Aug. 26, and he hasn’t finished better than third since. He didn’t even make the podium in Ferrari’s home race in Italy.Hamilton won Italy and Vettel fumed about an opening-lap collision between the rivals. Most saw it as a good move by Hamilton in wheel-to-wheel racing.Vettel has been the target of pointed criticism over his mistakes. Hamilton, who has been steadily choking off the championship with six wins in the last seven races, defended Vettel on social media this week. Hamilton demanded “more respect for Sebastian” from media and fans.“As a four-time world champion, it is the most intense year that we’ve had,” Hamilton said in Texas. “Every hiccup is magnified … But there have been many, or several, times that I’ve been in the firing range and Seb’s always been really respectful and supported me, so I thought it only just to do the same.”Arrivabene also defended Vettel.“Criticism of Sebastian is not coming from the team. I have said many, many times, we are winning and losing together,” Arrivabene said. 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UST remains undefeated in UAAP taekwondo

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST06:22SEA Games 2019: PH’s Reyes, Ninobla taekwondo poomsae individual02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)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 NCAA: No Finals Game 2 suspension for Robinson for remarks on Perez ban National University also owns a 3-0 card in the women’s division after it overpowered Far Eastern University, 7-0, to tie UST atop the standings.University of the Philippines sits at the second spot of the men’s division with a 3-1 slate after a 4-3 win over Ateneo while NU’s men’s team scored a 6-1 victory over University of the East.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 ChrissNU and UE are at second-place tie in the men’s division with 2-1 records.The Lady Eagles erased their 0-2 start and jumped to the third seed in the women’s division with a 2-2 record after wins over the Lady Tamaraws, 7-0, and the Lady Warriors, 4-3. The last day of the tournament is on Friday and will start at 9 am.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img University of Santo Tomas remained undefeated in both the men’s and women’s divisions midway through the Season 81 taekwondo tournament Thursday at Blue Eagle Gym.The Tiger Jins own a perfect 2-0 slate in the men’s division and 3-0 in the women’s division after getting past De La Salle, 3-4, in Day 2.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

No holiday break

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Manny Pacquiao (left) is backwith trainer Freddie Roach. —TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.NETManny Pacquiao did not skip training on Christmas Day, and neither did his American challenger Adrien Broner.But while the two protagonists for the Jan. 19 WBA welterweight title fight posted their non-stop training on social media, Pacquiao and Broner offered contrasting pictures of how things are panning out.ADVERTISEMENT Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Meanwhile, for Broner, it was a brash picture of vindication.The 29-year-old talent taking a shot at stardom despite a topsy-turvy career was seen on Instagram flashing his ripped body after crossfit training and plyometrics in his Miami camp.Roundly criticized for being too out of shape to provide Pacquiao any challenge, Broner has reportedly shed 30 pounds since appearing side by side with Pacquiao during their promotional tour in LA and New York City last month.And true to his character on and off the ring, Broner used hashtags that said he has “tunnel vision set for victory,” and that on Jan. 19, he would be “the biggest star in boxing.”Pacquiao vaulted to the top of the boxing world once again after stopping Argentinian Lucas Matthyse in July in Kuala Lumpur for his first knockout win since stopping Miguel Cotto in 2009.ADVERTISEMENT National doubles amateur unfolds at Aguinaldo MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For Pacquiao, it was a quiet reunion with an old mentor.Pacquiao was reunited with Freddie Roach, his chief trainer for 17 years, right at Wild Card gym, which has served as a war room for their countless victories on boxing’s biggest theaters.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 40-year-old Filipino, working to put golden finishing touches to his glorious career, then jogged around his Los Angeles home last Tuesday with a flock of fans at his heel, according to philboxing.com.It was homecoming of sorts for the only eight-division champion in history, who will be staging his first fight in the United States in two years. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk And after Floyd Mayweather hinted of a rematch of their 2015 mega fight, his outfit, Premier Boxing Champions, made an offer for a Broner fight as some sort of a prelude.Broner is a four-division champ who has a knack for aping Mayweather’s counter-punching moves and irreverent behavior, minus the American great’s sharpness and discipline.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View commentslast_img read more

Bradley Beal, Wizards silence Thunder

first_imgPorter had been playing sparingly since coming back from a right knee contusion. He came off the bench and made 7 of 17 shots and 4 of 6 3-pointers.“I am still trying to get the rust off,” he said. “Coming off the bench allows me to add scoring coming off the bench. I’m doing whatever I can.”Porter started every game he played the previous two seasons, but Brooks is considering keeping him in a reserve role.“Otto just wants to play and play well and play the right way,” Brooks said. “If we keep him there for a while, who knows. But we have been playing some good basketball. I know we haven’t won every game, but we’ve been playing hard, and we have to keep doing it. But he has a nice rhythm coming off the bench the last few games.”Russell Westbrook had 22 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for his 12th triple-double of the season and the 116th of his career. But he also had eight turnovers. Washington had nine as a team.ADVERTISEMENT Bradley Beal scored 25 points and Washington won 116-98, beating the Thunder franchise on the road for the first time since it was still based in Seattle.The Thunder started the day with the second-best record in the Western Conference while Washington was nine games under .500 and still adjusting to losing star guard John Wall for the season. Those factors made the win sweeter for Brooks, the former Thunder coach.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“It has to be up there, there’s no question,” he said. “We battled. We played against one of the best teams in basketball. They’ve got a lot of talent. They’ve got three All-Stars on the floor and I think we battled them and did a lot of things well.”Otto Porter had 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, Jeff Green scored 16 points and Tomas Satoransky added 15 for the Wizards, who had been 0-9 against the Thunder in Oklahoma City, where they moved in 2008. “We turned the ball over too much, at least I did,” Westbrook said. “That’s the story of the game.”Paul George scored 20 points and Jerami Grant added 17 for the Thunder, who had won their previous three games.The Wizards led 54-50 at halftime, but the Thunder quickly took a 55-54 lead in the third quarter on a layup by Grant.Washington regained control. Porter’s 3-pointer capped a 15-2 run that put the Wizards up 80-69 with just under 3 minutes left in the third quarter. The Wizards led 90-79 at the end of the period.Sam Dekker’s emphatic reverse dunk put the Wizards up 96-81 with about 10 minutes to play. A 3-pointer by Green pushed Washington’s lead to 20.The Thunder don’t plan to dwell on the loss.“I know we had right intentions and that’s all that matters,” Westbrook said. “We’ve got a positive locker room and I’m optimistic about what the future holds for this team, so it’s all good.”TIP-INSWizards: Brooks was cheered during pregame introductions. He coached the Thunder from 2008-15 and led them to the NBA Finals in 2012. … The Wizards outrebounded the Thunder 55-41. … George had scored 37 points in each of his previous two games, but he shot 7 for 18 on Sunday night. … Beal took 27 shots to get his 25 points. … F Trevor Ariza made just 1 of 9 shots.Thunder: Reserve G Alex Abrines missed his fourth straight game due to personal reasons. … Westbrook had eight turnovers. … C Steven Adams scored 10 points in the first quarter and two the rest of the game. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) shoots as Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) defends in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Washington coach Scott Brooks thinks his team delivered one of its best performances of the season on Sunday night.That’s what it took for the Wizards to finally win in Oklahoma City.ADVERTISEMENT STAT LINESThe Thunder were outscored by 32 points during backup point guard Dennis Schroder’s 17 minutes. He scored nine points on 3-for-10 shooting.HE SAID ITWestbrook on the off night for the team: “Eighty-two games. You think you’re going to play good every night, you’ve got another thing coming.”UP NEXTWizards: Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.Thunder: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Asian Cup: Jordan stuns defending champ Australia Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles00:55Next challenge for OKC is ‘getting on same page,’ says Adams02:14Carpio 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 MOST READcenter_img Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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FIFA: Gulf nations must restore ties with Qatar to join hosting of World Cup

first_imgFILE – In this Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 file photo, men work on the construction site of the Ras Abu Aboud stadium, backdropped by the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. A FIFA feasibility study concluded the 2022 World Cup can expand to 48 teams by using at least one of Qatar’s neighbors as an additional host, and found there is a low legal risk to changing the format and an additional $400 million in revenue could be generatedThe Associated Press obtained a copy of the 81-page report on Monday, March 11, 2019 that assesses the political, logistical and legal issues surrounding adding 16 teams _ a significant change to the format more than eight years after Qatar won the hosting rights. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, File)LONDON — Persian Gulf countries would have to lift boycotts of Qatar before being eligible to join hosting of the World Cup, FIFA determined in a feasibility study recommending its ruling council endorse expansion of the 2022 tournament to 48 teams despite the logistical and political complexities.The 81-page study seen by The Associated Press says Qatar would not be forced to share games with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia or the United Arab Emirates unless those countries restore diplomatic and travel ties with Doha. Because of their neutrality in the situation, Kuwait and Oman are the most viable options identified by FIFA to host games in ’22. Venues in at least one more country would be required to cope with the additional 16 teams and 16 games under the expansion proposal.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra That would come almost nine years after the vote that Qatar’s unexpected vote success. That bidding process has been subject to corruption investigations which questioned Qatar’s conduct in lobbying voters but concluded there was no misconduct. Qatar has also been forced to raise standards of working conditions and improve labor rights protections after significant outside scrutiny. Any additional host nation in 2022 would have to provide guarantees on human rights requirements, the FIFA study says.The World Cup already has been shifted from its usual June-July slot because of Qatar’s searing summer heat, despite resistance from European leagues whose season will be disrupted.Spreading hosting beyond Qatar would also change the nature of what has been promoted as a compact World Cup that doesn’t require fans to take flights between matches.The FIFA study found that the enlarged tournament could still be played in a 28-day window from Nov. 21-Dec. 18. FIFA said there would be “no major concessions to the sporting quality of the tournament” with expansion. While there were a maximum of four matches per day in the closing stages of the 2018 World Cup in Russia, FIFA said the 2022 tournament could feature six separate kickoff slots in the earlier stage to cope with the additional teams.The FIFA Congress has already agreed to expand to a 48-team tournament from the 2026 World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada. The same format is proposed, starting with a group stage consisting of 16 groups of three teams, followed by a round of 32. That would ensure a team could only play a maximum of seven matches at the tournament — like in the 32-team format.The study also breaks down how FIFA can earn an additional $400 million by adding more games. FIFA said while it cannot rule out legal action from losing bidders by changing the format, the study said it “concluded that the risk was low.”___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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ONE: Amid losing streak, Jomary Torres vows to regain focus MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Due to the geopolitical situation in the region and the recent blockade that Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE have imposed on Qatar, the involvement of such countries in organizing a co-hosted tournament with Qatar would require the lifting of such blockade, in particular the lifting of all restrictions relating to the movement of people and goods between these countries,” the FIFA feasibility study said. “Ideally, this should be evidenced as a precondition to the appointment of such co-hosts and should cover all aspects related to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.”Two other potential co-hosts — Kuwait and Oman — are more feasible because they are not part of the boycott. Qatar’s national football team used the countries as stopovers to get its team to the Asian Cup in the UAE in January because direct travel is prohibited.“Candidate co-hosts would need to be regarded as sufficiently cooperative,” the FIFA study adds. “Such co-hosts would not sanction or boycott economically or otherwise any other potential co-host country.”A document sent to the FIFA Council says its members will be asked if they agree with the report’s conclusion that World Cup expansion is “feasible provided that neighboring countries host some matches.” FIFA emphasizes that would still keep Qatar as the main host.The council will also be asked to allow FIFA and Qatar to jointly submit a proposal on using “one or more additional co-host countries” and that the congress of member associations has the final say on expansion in June.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsBut to protect itself legally, FIFA says that any alteration to the tournament plans “shall be agreed together with Qatar as the appointed host nation, and any new proposals must be prepared jointly between FIFA and Qatar.”With logistics already challenged by the existing plan to play 64 games in eight stadiums within a 30-mile radius in Qatar, FIFA said two to four additional venues are required in the region in “one or more” nation. The FIFA study identified stadiums in five countries, of which Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are currently unviable because they severed travel ties with Qatar in 2017 over accusations Doha supports extremism. Qatar denies the claims.last_img read more

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Wiser economic decision was to keep sugar industry

first_imgDear Editor,Finance Minister Winston Jordan during his press conference on Friday, April 13, 2018, announced that the economy expanded by only 2.1 per cent, the lowest growth rate in recent times. Incidentally, it was Black Friday; was it coincidence?The Minister, among other things, charged that sugar production of 137,307 tonnes in 2017 was responsible for the poor economic showing. The Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU) will not rehash the reasons for the poor production which we shared publicly on more than one occasion. Though the Minister seeks to use sugar as one of his punching bags in seeking to explain what is clearly a worrying situation, at the same time, the admission by Minister Jordan serves to demonstrate the importance of the sugar industry to the wider economy.As GAWU has been saying consistently, the sugar industry cannot be seen solely and only from the financial/profitability argument the Government, like a horse with blinders, is focused on. Important as that is, the GAWU strongly believes, and must reiterate, that sugar has to be seen from its wider economic impact in terms of direct and indirect employment, taxes whether be income or consumption, foreign exchange receipts, among other things.The four closed estates aggregately paid its workers $11.9 billion in 2014, using data available from the Sugar Commission of Inquiry report. To illustrate the significance of what the economy has really lost, we contrasted what obtains in the Private Sector. Using most recently available data concerning employment costs at Banks DIH Limited, Demerara Distillers Limited (DDL), Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI), and Republic Bank (Guyana) Limited – four publicly listed companies in Guyana and among the country’s largest enterprises – we learnt they spent aggregately G$9.6 billion.Also, it is estimated that the now jobless workers of Skeldon, Rose Hall, East Demerara and Wales, conservatively, utilised about 85 per cent of their earnings on the purchase of goods and services. In other words, directly shopkeepers, market vendors, fisherfolk, transportation providers, etc have lost $10.15 billion. Indirectly, using the income multiplier formula, a further $70 billion has been removed from the economy. This is a massive and substantial hit and one which many, especially in rural Guyana, may not be able to recover from.With now four closed estates, some resuming operations in a minimalistic way at this time; it would be interesting to know what the 2018 figures would reveal. Clearly, from all appearances, the wiser economic decision was to keep the industry going while working to make it profitable and viable as the Special Purpose Unity is now seeking to do at Albion, Blairmont and Uitvlugt. What is clear, as Minister Jordan is reported in the April 14, 2018 in sections of the media to have said sugar is too big to fail.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral Secretarylast_img read more

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