Gilas training under wraps

first_imgView comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Reyes, although appreciative of Abueva’s effort, said the he was there as “part of the pool.” But Abueva is not counting on it.“I’m here to give everything that I have [in practice],” Abueva said. “We all don’t know what can happen.”Gilas won its first two matches in this grueling qualifying home-and-away series being used by the Fiba for the first time, routing the Japanese in Tokyo and then carving out a tight win over Chinese Taipei at Smart Araneta Coliseum last November.Naturalized center Andray Blatche planed in on Friday and was glad to rejoin practice, appearing to be in far better shape compared to the previous times when he came over after long vacations.June Mar Fajardo, Japeth Aguilar, Jayson Castro, Gabe Norwood, RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, Matthew Wright, Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena are the other members of the Gilas team bracketed in Group B with Australia, Japan and Taiwan. They will be fighting for one of seven available slots for Asia.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES MOST READ The injured Troy Rosario was the only one missing in practice at West Greenhills g.ym and would likely be out for the duel with the Aussies at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne and against Japan at Mall of Asia Arena three days later.Rosario took a horrific fall in TNT KaTropa’s game against Phoenix Petroleum last week and sat out the Texters’ next game against Barangay Ginebra on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe hit the floor face first and had to be wheeled out of the game strapped in a gurney.Calvin Abueva, who along with Raymond Almazan were dropped for the coming matches by Reyes after failing to attend several practice sessions, was at the workout on Monday which fueled speculations that he could be recalled with Rosario likely to be out. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gilas Pilipinas has started practicing full time and in full force, but coach Chot Reyes is seeking understanding from everyone as he again made it a closed-door session as the Filipinos gear up for a tough battle with Australia on Feb. 22 in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Has the POC president gone deaf and blind? Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Lakers overcome Ball’s injury to beat Mavs, reach title game

first_img17-year-old amateur misses chance to win US Women’s Open Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points, Matt Thomas had 20 and Vander Blue added 17 to help the Lakers reach the championship game. They will face the Portland Trail Blazers, who beat Memphis 87-82 in the other semifinal, on Monday night.Smith scored 21 points on 7-for-13 shooting for the Mavericks, who trailed by as many as 26 points in the second half before mounting a huge comeback in the fourth quarter. Yogi Ferrell added 15 points and Dorian Finney-Smith and Brandon Ashley each had 13.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWearing Jordans on his feet instead of the family’s Big Baller Brand ZO2s, Ball made 5 of 7 shots and had a beautiful punch-ahead pass to Alex Caruso for a dunk that had thousands of Lakers fans out of their seats in the first half. He also had four rebounds, putting him well on his way to this third triple-double of summer league play before his right calf tightened up.Ball tried to jog it off in a back hallway in the third quarter, but he was hobbling a little bit and was shut down for the remainder of the game. Lakers summer league coach Jud Buechler said it was too soon to tell if Ball would be available for the championship game. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “His health comes first,” Buechler told reporters after the game. “We’ll see how he feels in the morning.”The injury took a little of the edge away from an anticipated matchup of two rookie point guards who have excelled in Vegas. Ball was drafted second overall and Dennis Smith was taken ninth. Both have been cast as the future faces of their respective franchises, and both have made strong first impressions in summer league play.The two went right at each other from the jump, combining to hit their first seven field goals in a back-and-forth affair.The Lakers led by as many as 26 points before the Mavericks mounted a comeback, trimming the deficit to two with 2 minutes to play. Smith went right to the rim, using a little Euro-step to draw a foul.But Thomas, who went 6 of 7 from 3-point range, hit a 3 on the other end and the Lakers were able to hold off the charge.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. APLAS VEGAS — Lonzo Ball’s bid for a third straight triple-double was short-circuited by a calf injury. The lead he helped the Los Angeles Lakers build while he was in the game proved to be just enough to top Dennis Smith Jr. and the Dallas Mavericks.Ball had 16 points and 10 assists in 21 minutes before leaving with a strained right calf, and the Lakers held on for a 108-98 victory in the Las Vegas Summer League semifinals on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ In the other game on Sunday night:___TRAIL BLAZERS 87, GRIZZLIES 82Jarnell Stokes had 22 points and 15 rebounds to lead Portland over Memphis in the first semifinal on Sunday night.Caleb Swanigan continued his strong summer league with 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Blazers, who trailed by 16 points in the first half before rallying to overtake the Grizzlies in the second half.Stokes got his NBA start with the Grizzlies, playing 19 games for Memphis in 2014-15 after he was acquired in a draft-night trade with Utah. The Grizzlies traded Stokes to Miami the following season in the deal that brought Mario Chalmers to Memphis. He played two games with the Nuggets last season.Wayne Selden led the Grizzlies with 13 points in 22 minutes.Jorge Gutierrez added 16 points and eight assists, including a pair of nifty, behind-the-back passes for easy layups, for the Grizzlies. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Sania catapults to 14th in doubles rankings

first_imgSania Mirza on Monday touched a new high as she achieved a career-best doubles ranking of 14th and along with her Russian partner Elena Vesnina, became world number three in the WTA Championship race owing to their French Open runners-up finish.Sania and Elena, who have already won two WTA titles this season, are now in contention for the year- ending WTA championship, to be held in Istanbul, Turkey. They have 3606 points and only the top- four pairs make the cut for the elite event.In singles, Sania made a significant jump as she zoomed to 58 from 72 despite the second round exit from French Open.The stupendous show at Roland Garros, where she and Elena ended runners- up in the women’s doubles meant that Sania improved her doubles ranking by 11 places. The standings are being led by Kveta Peschke of Czech Republic and Slovakia’s Katarina Srebotnik (4395), followed by Russia’s Maria Kirilenko and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ( 3865).Meanhwile, in the ATP singles rankings, Somdev Devvarman slipped a spot to 67.In doubles, Rohan Bopanna further improved his career best ranking by reaching the number 10 spot while Leander Paes moved out of top- 10 to be at 11th position. Mahesh Bhupathi maintained his fifth rank.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Despite win, coaches not happy with Indias display against SA

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury Lucknow, Dec 12 (PTI) India might have finished their pool engagements with an all-win record but their performance against South Africa today was far from impressive with the teams head coach Harendra Singh terming the display as a wake-up call for his wards ahead of the knockout stages of the mens Junior Hockey World Cup here. All but through to the quarterfinals, India were made to work hard to register a fighting 2-1 win over South Africa in their final Pool D match and keep their unbeaten run intact in the 16-nation tournament. Harendra was critical about his wards performance today. “Nothing was missing but we just did not play simple hockey today. But the good thing is that it has happened before the knockout stages,” he said. “I was not surprised with South Africas performance but I was surprised with our performance because we did not play to our potential after the first 15 minutes. I always say that I dont think about opponents, I am always concerned about our own methods. We play simple one-touch hockey and that is what we should play,” he said. The coach, however, was satisfied with the fact that they could pulled off a win. “We missed a couple of chances but if we look at the possession of the ball, circle penetrations I think we were superior. We have to work on a few areas, but overall I feel we played well. But I am happy that we could sustain the momentum,” Harendra said. Indian mens senior hockey team chief coach Roelant Oltmans, who is the manager of the junior side here, cannot afford to disagree with Harendra. “My glass is always half full. The first 15 minutes we played very well and after that the energy level went a bit down but still we created a couple of number of opportunities. The little link was missing today but it is part of sports which happens with every team. “Looking at the number of circle penetrations and possession of the ball we deserved to win but we could have done a little bit better. We know we have to be better in the next round, there is no doubt,” Oltmans said. “One thing for sure is that we cant afford to play like this in the knockout stages. I just wonder after such a good start today why all of a sudden we started doing things which is completely not according to our plans,” he said. The Dutchman called the Indian colts to use their brains a bit more and stick to their game plan instead of trying too many things. “The most important thing is to stick to our game plan and to be honest I feel we did not do that enough today. But thats a lesson for the next match. “If we would have used a little bit more brain, we could have scored more goals and that is what we have to learn. If you can close the game we should close it. We should not give our opportunity to come back into the game,” Oltmans said. Oltmans said going into the knockout stage, the hosts cant afford to be complacent at any point of time. “We made it clear to them (players) not to take the game lightly. We prepared ourselves very well for this game. After the first goal it became a bit sloppy and there was less energy and that was the disappointment for me,” he said. Indian captain Harjeet Singh, who scored the first goal for his side, said they did not stick to their game plan today which made it difficult for them against less-fancied South Africans. “We started off well and were playing simple hockey but after scoring the goal we all started to play individual hockey, no one was passing the ball and so we faced problems,” he said. PTI SSC PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Rohit Sharma to return home after daughter’s birth, will miss Sydney Test

first_imgRohit Sharma will miss the fourth and the final Test against Australia at Sydney after the India batsman left for Mumbai on the 30 December (Monday) to be with his wife Ritika Sajdeh and newborn baby girl.BCCI congratulates Rohit on the beginning of a new chapter in his life and added that there will be no replacement player in the Test squad.Rohit will join the ODI squad on the 8th of January 2019, when the team begins their preparation for the ODI series starting 12th January.Update – Rohit Sharma to join ODI squad on 8th JanuaryIndia batsman @ImRo45 left for Mumbai on the 30th of December to attend to his wife who has delivered a baby girl. The BCCI congratulates Rohit on the beginning of a new chapter in his life. pic.twitter.com/7jokivuLGTBCCI (@BCCI) December 31, 2018Rohit came back into the Test side after missing the second Test in Perth due to injury and scored a patient 63 not out in the first innings as India hammered Australia by 137 runs to win the Boxing Day Test in Australia for the first time in history.Rohit revealed his wife Ritika Sajdeh’s pregnancy in a promotional video for Hublot with former Australia captain Michael Clarke.”I cannot wait to be a father; it is going to be a game-changing moment in our lives. I am eagerly awaiting the moment of becoming a father. It will be a moment to change our life,” Rohit told Clarke.The news of Rohit and Ritika’s daughter was confirmed by Ritika’s cousin sister Seema Khan, who is the wife of actor-producer Sohail Khan, when she posted an Instagram story tagging Ritika, with the caption “Baby girl, masi’s again”advertisement Actor Sohail Khan’s wife, Seema, confirmed the news on her Insta story (Seema Khan Instagram)Rohit had earlier said that his India teammates would tease him about being a father, because of his irresponsible mannerism and his tendency to forget things.”When my teammates got to know that I am going to become a father, they were laughing at me. They were like you are going to be a father?”The reaction came in because of the mannerism and the things I have done in my previous years. They think I am irresponsible, obviously in a funny way. But I am going make sure that everything changes,” Rohit said.Also Read | Proud parents: Rohit Sharma and Ritika Sajdeh blessed with a baby girllast_img read more