Aces fail to recover from awful start

first_imgAlaska Aces. PBA IMAGESAlaska import Cory Jefferson said the Aces didn’t show up the way it should have in a loss to the Meralco Bolts Saturday night.Alaska shot itself in the foot after coming out lackadaisically, resulting to Meralco building a 50-35 lead by halftime.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite He also said Alaska had lapses on the defensive end that translated to a ton of open looks for Meralco.“Coach prepared us well. We were ready for everything that they did. We just had some breakdowns on defense and they were hitting a lot of good shots.”Jefferson teamed up with Simon Enciso and Tony dela Cruz to pull Alaska within single digits but the Aces put themselves in too deep of a hole to recover from in limited time as they reeled to their first loss in five outings.“Coach said it the right way, we dug ourselves in the hole in the first half. We can’t expect to win doing that. I think the biggest key for us moving forward is we can’t start out that flat. It’s a tough one for us to swallow,” said Enciso, who scored eight of his 14 points in the final five minutes.“But like I said, it’s not the last two minutes where our will got ourselves to win. I think it was just we dug ourselves in such a big hole. We couldn’t get back. Gotta give our hand to Meralco.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Errors hurt La Salle in another loss to rival, says former star On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town LATEST STORIES Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos And it only got worse from that point on as the Aces trailed by as much as 25 points before a late rally in the final five minutes made it appear like a closely-contested game.“It was definitely a poor start for anybody. It was a bad start, a bad half really for us,” said Jefferson after a 99-91 loss. “As a team we knew we could do better. We know what we did wrong, we know what we can do to fix it. We go back and watch film and reflect on the game.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We weren’t ready at the beginning of the game. We came out flat, but at the same time, that’s basketball. Teams lose, teams win still plenty of games left so we will bounce back.”Jefferson led the Aces with a game-high 32 points that went with 13 rebounds and three blocks. View commentslast_img read more

Indonesia ends plan to field Denzel Bowles as naturalized player

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Indonesia was originally set to bring in Brandon Jawato but the team now awaits the player’s response since he has an existing contract with another club that will end in November, the month the SEA Games start.“We’re still waiting from a response from Brandon because he still has a contract with another team,” said Fareza.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna Boxing rivals, legends pulling for Errol Spence’s recovery after car crash LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ ‘People evacuated on their own’ MANILA, Philippines—Denzel Bowles won’t be playing in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after the Indonesian national team dropped him as its naturalized player ahead of the regional games.ADVERTISEMENT No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees MOST READ According to Indonesia website, it was the head coach Rajko Toroman’s decision to drop Bowles due to his failure to adapt to his teammates.“His mentality changes and that creates some instability,” said team manager Maulana Fareza Tamrella in the report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4“Denzel also needs to adapt with the national team but the team could not possibly wait any longer so it was immediately decided that he would be crossed out.”Bowles is a familiar face in Philippine basketball, having won a championship in the 2012 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with the Purefoods franchise. He last played in the PBA with Rain or Shine. LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Stefanos Tsitsipas beats Dominic Thiem in 3 sets to win ATP Finals title

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Far from done Andray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai Sotto DSWD Bicol donates P1.5M worth of food packs for Taal eruption evacuees Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas PLAY LIST 01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption The 21-year-old Greek bounced back from dropping a tight first set by racing out to a 4-0 lead in the second, and then held off the Austrian’s comeback in the third.Tsitsipas couldn’t capitalize on another early break and a 3-1 lead in the deciding set but won the last three points of the tiebreaker, clinching the win when Thiem sent a return wide.”I missed some very close balls in the tiebreak,” Thiem said. ”But I cannot do anything now about it. It was a great match from both of us.”The win caps a breakthrough season for Tsitsipas, who reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, won two ATP titles and became the first Greek man to break into the top 10.He also leaves London with $2.6 million in prize money for this win and joins a group of young players — including last year’s ATP Finals champion Alexander Zverev and U.S. Open runner-up Daniil Medvedev — who are seen as the top up-and-coming talents and challengers to the sport’s Big Three of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.ADVERTISEMENT “I remember myself watching this event on TV and thinking, ‘Oh, these guys have done an insane year to be playing here,’” said the 21-year-old Tsitsipas, who was making his first appearance at the tournament. ”And now I’m in the position to be champion, so it feels awesome.”It’s been quite a journey for Tsitsipas, who first met Thiem at the O2 Arena in 2016 when he was the world’s top-ranked junior and was invited to be a hitting partner for the ATP Finals participants.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4”That is unbelievable,” Tsitsipas said when reminded of that day. “I just remembered (that), first time I met Dominic was I came here as a sparring partner. I think my first hit was with Dominic. It’s unbelievable, isn’t it? We are now facing each other in the final.”It was quite a final, too. Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece reacts after defeating Austria’s Dominic Thiem to win their ATP World Finals singles final tennis match at the O2 arena in London, Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Three years after coming to the ATP Finals as a hitting partner to the top pros, Stefanos Tsitsipas is leaving the tournament as champion.Tsitsipas rallied to beat Dominic Thiem 6-7 (6), 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Sunday for the biggest title of his career, becoming the youngest champion at the season-ending event in 18 years.ADVERTISEMENT 2 village execs nabbed in Bohol buy-bustcenter_img Phivolcs: Cloud seeding in ashfall affected areas needs study ‘People evacuated on their own’ The Greek has already grown quite the fan base, partly because of a Bjorn Borg-style haircut and partly because of an aggressive playing style that is a bit old-school with frequent forays to the net.”He’s great for tennis, because he has a very attractive game style, one-handed backhand, comes in a lot,” Thiem said. ”It’s great that he’s up on the top. It’s great that he’s going to fight for the big titles in the future. I’m 100% sure of that. I’m also very sure of the fact that I can challenge him in every single match we’re going to play. … I really hope that we’re going to have a lot of big matches coming, the two of us.”Thiem beat both Federer and five-time winner Djokovic in the group stage but lost another big final after twice finishing runner-up to Nadal at the French Open.This one was much closer than his losses to Nadal, though, which made it tougher to swallow.”That’s why it’s probably mentally the most brutal sport existing, because you can play such a great match and end up losing in the championship match,” Thiem said. ”From that point of view, it’s a very disappointing loss, very hard to digest. But on the same hand, I had some amazing wins also.”It is the fourth year in a row that there is a first-time champion at the ATP Finals, following wins by Andy Murray in 2016, Gregor Dimitrov in 2017 and Alexander Zverev last year.Earlier, French duo Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert won the doubles title by beating Raven Klaasen of South Africa and Michael Venus of New Zealand 6-3, 6-4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 400 evacuees from Taal eruption take refuge in Mt. Banahaw Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more

SEA Games windsurfing event in Subic postponed due to ‘Tisoy’

first_imgNFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Taal Volcano’s lava fountain weakens, but Phivolcs says it’s not sign of slowing down Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday SUBIC BAY FREEPORT, Philippines — Due to bad weather, the 30th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games organizers have postponed the windsurfing competition slated at the Subic Bay Yacht Club here.Ramon Agregado, Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) senior deputy administrator for support services, said the event would be held once the weather had cleared up.ADVERTISEMENT Thailand reports case of coronavirus from China MOST READ Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations ‘People evacuated on their own’ View comments Agregado, who also chairs the SEA Games committee of the SBMA, said the windsurfing event was originally set to begin on Monday, Dec. 2.In a weather bulletin on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Tisoy is forecast to make landfall in Bicol Region between Monday evening and Tuesday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4The state weather bureau said Tisoy might bring strong winds and occasional to frequent heavy rains. SEA Games: PH tennis bets start out strong in singles opener No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistlast_img read more

Region 9 brothers slapped with narco possession charge

first_imgTwo brothers of Rupununi, Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) were on Monday charged with narcotics possession when they appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts before Chief Magistrate Ann McLennan.Nelson Gordon, 20, and Arnold Gordon, 21, both of Kumung Village, Central Rupununi, Region Nine, pleaded not guilty to their respective offences.It is alleged that on July 6, 2016, at Rupununi, Nelson Gordon had in his possession nine grams of cannabis.Additionally, it is alleged that on the same day at the same location, Arnold Gordon also had in his possession 146 grams of cannabis for the purpose of trafficking.Nelson Gordon was granted $25,000 bail, while Arnold Gordon was remanded to prison. They will both return to court on August 9.last_img read more

‘He should stay at Arsenal,’ says Arsene Wenger amid defender’s exit reports

first_img1 Kieran Gibbs: The 27-year-old is out of contract in 2018 Arsene Wenger wants Kieran Gibbs to stay at Arsenal, amid rumours the 27-year-old is set to leave the club.The left-back is out of contract in 2018 and it has been reported that talks about a new deal have not even started yet.That has led to suggestions that the England international could be on his way out, with a string of Premier League clubs monitoring his situation.But Wenger thinks Gibbs, who has made 220 first-team appearances for the Gunners, should not think about leaving.When asked for an update on Gibbs’ contract, the manager said: “We cannot make a case of every single contract negotiation.“But personally I think that Gibbs should stay here.”last_img read more

‘He HAS got to play’ – Arsenal hero backs Ozil to make difference against Bayern

first_imgPaul Merson thinks Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil could prove to be the difference in Wednesday night’s Champions League tie against Bayern Munich.The Gunners are looking to progress to the quarter-finals for the first time since 2010, and the former Arsenal star believes the German’s class will prove fundamental against Bayern.talkSPORT has live and exclusive national radio commentary of Bayern Munich v Arsenal on Wednesday night.Ozil has received plenty of criticism for his supposed failure to show up in the big games, and his nonchalant playing style, but Merson has backed the playmaker and would select him every week if it was up to him.“I know he doesn’t turn up too often in the big football matches but when he does he will be the difference,” said Merson on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“If he comes off the pitch tonight and he’s played well, I would be surprised if Arsenal are not still in this cup tie. I would have to play him all the time.“The problem he has is he’s not one of those ‘run-arounders’ who is going to go round kicking people.“When fans go in the pub after the game, if they lose, the first thing they say is ‘well, Ozil didn’t fancy it.’“He’s not going to get out of trouble playing that way but he’s got that class about him and, for me, he has to play every week.“I know he doesn’t turn up all the time but he’s got to play.”If you think you have what it takes to be the best in Europe then sign up to Dream Team’s new Fantasy Football game and you could win a huge £100,000.last_img read more

Finn Russell to leave Glasgow Warriors when season ends

first_img“The 25-year-old’s performances for both club and country have attracted attention from a number of clubs across Europe and he has been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”Warriors managing director Nathan Bombrys says Russell, who has already been linked with a move to France, has been tempted away by a spectacular deal. “Our club has an excellent track record of retaining our key players in recent years,” he said. “However, in this instance Finn has decided to move on and accept a lucrative opportunity at another club. “We respect his decision and when the time comes we will thank him for his contribution to the club. It has been great watching him develop and grow wearing a Glasgow Warriors shirt.” Scotland fly-half Finn Russell will leave Glasgow Warriors at the end of the season after being offered a bumper deal by another club. The news was announced on Sunday evening by the PRO14 outfit and will see Russell depart after a five-year stint at Scotstoun.He says he wants to challenge himself outside of his comfort zone and in a new rugby culture, fuelling reports and speculation he is set to join Paris-based Racing 92.“Glasgow Warriors can confirm that fly-half Finn Russell will leave the club at the end of the season,” the club said. Russell, who briefly joined the British and Irish Lions tour in the summer, said the opportunity offered to him by his next club was too good to turn down. He said: “I’ve always wanted to experience as much as I can during what is a short rugby career. It was obviously a difficult decision to leave Glasgow, but I have the opportunity to take myself out of my comfort zone and experience a new culture and type of rugby. “However, I am fully focused on Glasgow Warriors and will do everything I can to make my final season at Scotstoun a successful one.”Racing have already recruited an international-class fly-half this year in South African Pat Lambie. Former All Blacks number 10 Dan Carter is in the final year of his contract with the French club and media in New Zealand and Japan have reported he will leave next summer to join Japanese side Kobelco Steelers.last_img read more

OpenSocial’s Failed Promise: Only 0.7% of Apps Have Crossed Networks (Updated)

first_imgA Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… marshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification OpenSocial was intended to help everyone else keep up with the huge success of the Facebook platform. If there’s one clear market leader, everyone else has a common interest in creating a standard that will help scale the market opportunity on their platforms vs. what Facebook can offer. It hasn’t worked out that way, though. Outside observers hoped that OpenSocial would allow for user data to be transmitted from one site to another. People thought this was the coming of Data Portability, though OpenSocial advocates quickly said that wasn’t the intent. It was just for apps to port, not user data. There is a lot of innovation going on in OpenSocial – it’s a shame the platform isn’t better appreciated.Below: I discuss OpenSocial in March of last year on G4TV, forced to break the host’s heart about data portability!Video Games – E3 2009 – Attack of the ShowWhy hasn’t cross-network development happened though? There are a few theories. The most common is that though there is a common bed of code across all the different social network containers, each of them is also tweaked just enough that it’s not that easy to “write once.” When that became apparent, OpenSocial advocates started saying that the standard still made it a lot easier to develop for multiple networks. So if not “write once, deploy everywhere” then perhaps it was “write once and then take a lot less time to write for elsewhere than you’d have to otherwise.”Clearly developers haven’t taken advantage of that opportunity.Google’s Kevin Marks, one of the leading public faces for OpenSocial, told us today that there are serious cultural differences between the networks and that this could help explain why there hasn’t been more cross pollination. One look through the directory makes it clear though that while the countless “hot bikini girl” apps may not translate from MySpace to LinkedIn well, all the other networks have their own isolated versions of many of the same insipid apps.The most viable explanation could be that Facebook is in fact the only game in town for the most sophisticated developers. That’s a real shame, because it’s never good for innovation for there to be only one game in town. Tags:#social networks#web#Yahoo Related Posts When the Google-led OpenSocial campaign launched in October 2007 it aimed to give developers a common environment that application publishers could publish widgets to with one set of code, deployable across Google sites, MySpace, Hi5 and numerous other social networks.A directory of OpenSocial Apps launched today and the reality is even further from that goal than we expected. Out of 12,456 apps listed, only 83 are running on two or more “containers.” That’s 0.7% or one out of every 1500. Update: See this reply below from Google’s Kevin Marks. Marks says that cross-network presence was counted manually and is actually larger than it appears in the directory.last_img read more

How to Make Your Location-Based App a Success: Reward People for Their Activities

first_imgLocation-based mobile applications, also now being called “check-in services” to differentiate themselves from other geo-aware apps like Google Maps, are the hottest new social applications on the mobile scene today. The lineup includes game-based applications like Foursquare and MyTown, which each provide points, credits and/or badges for “checking in” (registering your physical presence) with a particular venue. There are also dedicated shopping-related check-in services like Shopkick, which rewards retail customers with discounts and deals for patronizing select establishments. But almost all of the check-in apps integrate some form of mobile advertising. After months of experimentation with various formats, marketers are starting to discover what strategies actually work.Despite the media craze for apps like these, some analysts are rationally advising caution to marketers who are tempted to jump on this latest bandwagon – after all, only 4% of U.S. adults have ever used location-based check-in services and only 1% out of those that use them do so more than once per week. But businesses, hopeful of reaching their most engaged customers, see check-in apps as a big opportunity for marketing initiatives, not to mention a rich resource of consumer data ripe for mining.  Case in point: analyst firm ABI Research has just released a new study that finds businesses are primed to spend $1.8 billion on location-based ads in 2015, a somewhat surprising number given the small crowd of early adopters currently using check-in apps. According to ABI Research’s Neil Strother, check-in apps may raise privacy concerns among some users today, but those issues can be overcome by offering consumers deals, discounts and rewards. The “value-exchange” of receiving these rewards will be high enough that consumers won’t mind giving up privacy in order to take advantage of the benefits. “If you care about getting discounts or being rewarded for shopping,” he explains, “you’ll accept having your whereabouts known.”So What Sort of Benefits Actually Work? Marketing news site Clickz has uncovered strategies that have, so far, proved successful for location-based advertising, both on mobile and elsewhere. On mobile platforms, they agree with ABI, the clear winner is the reward system. Specifically, they find that activity-based advertising, which rewards consumers for taking specific actions, has done well. Although Clickz cites examples that have been proven successful on the iPhone, they could easily be successful on other platforms as well, we think, there just haven’t been as many mobile applications with which to test this strategy. Clickz specifically cited two examples of reward-based systems, the first being TV network Bravo’s Foursquare promotion which awarded badges to Foursquare users who checked in to venues associated with the network’s shows. The other example was wireless charging company Powermat’s MyTown promotion involving a sweepstakes. Users could enter to win a Powermat by interacting with the product in the store.ABI’s research report analyzes even more cases studies including clothing company H&M’s virtual goods in MyTown, Chili’s Foursquare promotion, Sharpie’s badges on Brightkite and more. We’ve reported on several other such initiatives ourselves, including Shopkick’s incentive program, SCVNGR’s partnership with shoe company Journeys, NYC-based hyperlocal location/group-buying startup, GroupTabs, travel rewards for frequent travelers from TopGuest, white-labeled geofenced text messasaging service ShopAlerts and many, many others. Now that app makers and marketers know rewards are the key to success, it’s a great time for companies and advertisers alike to experiment with various reward systems, promotions and deals to figure out what types of incentives actually work. Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology sarah perez Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#How To#Location#marketing#mobile#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaceslast_img read more