Beermen open 3-peat bid vs Hotshots

first_imgChinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town June Mar Fajardo won his third straight MVP award the past season while Arwind Santos was the league’s best before Fajardo’s romp.Sister team Star gets first crack at the Beermen in the only game on opening day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentPaul Lee will also make his debut for the Hotshots.Blackwater, which tabbed the No. 1 pick in the Draft in Mac Belo, gets going on Wednesday against Phoenix at 4:15 p.m. MOST READ Rain or Shine then starts the post-Yeng Guiao era against perennial title contender TNT KaTropa and Jason Castro in the 7 p.m. main game. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 June Mar Fajardo goes up for a shot. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn paper, San Miguel Beer easily looks as the team to beat in a PBA Philippine Cup conference that takes the lid off the 42nd Season of Asia’s pioneering professional league.Bannered by two frontliners who have won the MVP the last four seasons, the Beermen are teeming with  firepower and are as loaded with defensive weapons as the race to stop San Miguel’s three-peat conference bid starts 5:30 p.m. this Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK View comments 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Alab Pilipinas in the mix We are young Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

LA mayor ponders 2028 Games in exchange for youth funding

first_imgView comments Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle UEFA will ‘fight’ for Europe’s right to host 2030 World Cup 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprilcenter_img Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ In this file photo, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, center, speaks during a news conference in Los Angeles. Los Angeles leaders this week are trying to sell their plan to host the Olympic Games to visiting members of the International Olympic Committee. APLOS ANGELES — The mayor of Los Angeles is talking to Olympic leaders about having his city wait until 2028 to host the Summer Games in exchange for funding for youth sports programs.At a news conference this week, Mayor Eric Garcetti said he and Olympic leaders have discussed “what it would take for us to consider one of us going first and the other going second” — a reference to the contest between Paris and Los Angeles for the 2024 Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach wants to award both the 2024 and 2028 Games, and while each city has repeatedly stressed its bid is only for 2024, Garcetti is now acknowledging discussions with the IOC about 2028.“My dream is not so much just to bring the Olympics here, but is to bring youth sports for free to every zip code,” Garcetti said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe IOC meets next week to discuss the possibility of awarding both Olympics later this year. Bach wants to avoid another bidding debacle the likes of which he’s seen this year, with Hamburg, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; and Rome all dropping out. Los Angeles, meanwhile, was the U.S. Olympic Committee’s second choice, after Boston initially got the nod but then saw that bid flounder because of lack of public support.Officials from the LA 2024 bid did not have comment on the Garcetti news conference.last_img read more

Bitter sugar ending

first_imgSatiricus was looking forward to the coming week. It was the merry month of May, and it was made merrier for Satiricus because it had two public holidays when he and the fellas could make merry. Even though he hadn’t ever joined in on the Labour Day March, he decided to wear his red shirt to the Back Street Bar just to get a rise out of the fellas who’d be waiting for him there.“Eh, eh!! Like yuh run out a shut, or wha’?” shouted Bungi on espying Satiricus sauntering down to their table.“Naah! I’m just trying to get into the Labour Day mood early,” said Satiricus as he eased into his seat.“You!! Lay-ba Day!!” Cappo hooted. “Since w’en yuh eva lay-ba?”“It’s not easy lifting up these beer bottles every day, you know!!” grinned Satiricus.“But seriously, fellas,” said Hari. “I think we should all go to the Labour March in town this year.”“Well, me and Cappo guh go beca’se abee wa’n fuh sapport abee canecutta friends who get knack aff,” said Bungi. “Wha’ yuh gu guh fa?”“This might just be the last year we’ll get to see sugar workers in town,” said Hari seriously. “By this time next year, I think the entire industry will be gone.”“Hey!! We don’t know about that!” protested Satiricus, who didn’t like the way the gyaaf was going.“Sato,” said Bungi. “Pick sense fram nansense. Me t’ink Hari rite!”“An’ yuh leadah Nagga Man an’ Rum Jhaat ca’se all dis,” Cappo interjected bitterly.“That’s not fair!” said Satiricus. “They didn’t know the Pee ‘n See woulda do that.”“Nah because daag ah play wid yuh he nah guh bite yuh,” said Bungi. “Especially w’en de bad daag bin jus’ want yuh food.”“But Nagga Man and Rum Jhaat couldn’t do anything,” said Satiricus pleadingly.“W’en wan man mek ‘eself suga-cane, he mattie does suck am,” said Cappo.“So I have some advice for your leaders, Sato,” said Hari.“What’s that?” asked satiricus.“When man done suck suga-cane, he does dash peeling pan ground!” said Hari with a grin.last_img read more

Fisherman on bail for simple larceny

first_imgFisherman Arshal Ali was on Monday arraigned before Georgetown Magistrate Judy Latchman on a simple larceny charge allegedly committed on August 31, 2017 at the junction of Regent and Alexander Streets in Georgetown, when he stole from Nickeiola Cameron-Cole one handbag, a purse and ,000 cash, to a total of ,000.Police Prosecutor Sanj Singh detailed that virtual complainant Cameron-Cole was sitting in a car stuck in traffic when the defendant approached the motor vehicle from behind and snatched the bag which was in the back seat. A report made to the Police led to Ali’s arrest and positive identification by the VC.The Magistrate placed Ali on ,000 bail, and scheduled the case for continuation on October 5, 2017.last_img read more

Not much relief in Angels’ loss

first_imgBASEBALL: Blalock hits a grand slam off Shields in the eighth, helping rally Texas to a victory. By Ben Villa STAFF WRITER Even with all the Angels’ success this season, Manager Mike Scioscia was adamant before Sunday night’s game that the team needs to play at a higher level the rest of the way. Apparently, Scot Shields didn’t get the memo. Shields’ second-half struggles continued when he gave up a grand slam to Hank Blalock in the eighth inning that propelled the Rangers past the Angels, 8-7, in front of 40,635 at Angel Stadium. Fortunately for the Angels, the lost didn’t cost them in the standings because the Seattle Mariners lost their ninth straight game earlier in the day. The Angels’ lead in the American League West remained 61/2 games with 26 to play. “Scot obviously had trouble getting balls in a good zone tonight and he’s obviously not where he needs to be,” Scioscia said. “He was out there without a good breaking ball and he could never find it. His confidence is not real sky-high right now and we’re going to look at some things, because for us to reach our goals, we have to hold leads and this one got away.” Shields has been in a funk since the All-Star break. Before Sunday’s game, Shields’ ERA in his last 10 games was 6.48. In the previous 30 days, it was 11.00. He’s had trouble lately with his mechanics, not to mention confidence, and there was even a brief period in August when he was held out of games to clear his head. On Sunday, he was asked to hold a 5-4 lead when he entered the game in the top of the eighth inning, but he couldn’t do it. Angels starter John Lackey was solid if not spectacular, pitching 62/3 innings and allowing four runs and six hits. Lackey, trying to win his 17th, left the game with two outs and two on in the seventh inning, nursing a one-run lead. Justin Speier came out of the bullpen and retired Ramon Vazquez on a fly out to escape the jam. Scioscia opted to bring in Shields instead of letting Speier pitch the eighth, and the move backfired. Shields gave up a leadoff single to Michael Young and a one-out walk to Brad Wilkerson before hitting Frank Catalanotto to load the bases. After fouling off several pitches, Blalock finally got a fastball he liked and crushed it into the right-field stands for a grand slam. The home run gave the Rangers an 8-5 lead and Shields was gone. It was his fifth blown save of the season as well as his fifth loss. “It was just a lot of everything,” Shields said. “I couldn’t throw strikes and I couldn’t get my breaking ball over. The one time I did throw a strike, you saw what happened. I probably should have thrown a breaking ball, but I didn’t want to go to 3-2 on Blalock. “So I kept trying to throw low fastballs in order to get a 6-4-3 double play, but it didn’t work out. “I’m upset because I didn’t get the job done today and we could have distanced ourselves further from the Mariners. It’s not a mental thing. If it was, then it would be time for me to go home.” After the game, Scioscia hinted that their could be changes in the bullpen, ranging from Shields possibly losing his setup role to him throwing extra bullpen sessions. “The biggest thing is, he’s behind in too many counts,” Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher said. “I don’t care who you are, you’re going to get hit when you keep falling behind.” The Angels did not go quietly into the night. They mounted a ninth-inning rally against Rangers closer C.J. Wilson. Howie Kendrick began the inning by doubling, and after Gary Matthews Jr. struck out, Robb Quinlan singled him home to cut the Rangers’ lead to 8-6. Jeff Mathis followed with a double to put runners on second and third base with two outs. Wilson then hit Orlando Cabrera to load the bases for the Angels’ best hitter, Vladimir Guerrero. Wilson walked Guerrero to drive in Quinlan with the Angels’ seventh run. Garret Anderson, who’s been as hot as the weather lately, was up next. Anderson hit a three-run home run off Wilson Saturday, but he fell behind Sunday night. Wilson then threw a cut fastball with two strikes and Anderson checked his swing. Plate umpire Lance Barksdale ruled that Anderson swung and the game was over. “My understanding is, the rule is you have to attempt to swing, and at the time, I didn’t think I went around,” Anderson said. “We tried to win the game in the ninth inning. We didn’t just lie down and accept losing.” ben.villa@presstelegram.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

TRANSFER SHOCK! Chelsea eye January move for Manchester United outcast

first_imgChelsea are lining up a shock move for Manchester United goalkeeper Victor Valdes in January, according to reports in Italy.Jose Mourinho’s goalkeeping resources have been stretched so far this season with new signing Asmir Begovic having to deputise for Thibaut Courtois due to suspension and injury.The Belgian No.1 is out for three months with a knee injury which has left former Stoke star Begovic as the club’s only fit experienced shot stopper in the ranks.It has led to speculation that the defending Premier League champions could plot a surprise swoop for ex-Barcelona star Valdes – who is surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.The Spaniard tried desperately to secure a last-minute move to Besiktas on the eve of the transfer window but the switch fell through and he is unlikely to feature for Louis van Gaal’s men again given David De Gea’s new contract. Victor Valdes 1last_img read more

SHOCK REPORT: Conte under pressure at Chelsea as Abramovich holds crisis talks

first_imgAntonio Conte is already under pressure at Chelsea, claims a shock newspaper report.The Italian coach, who quit the national team job to become Jose Mourinho’s permanent successor in the summer, has only taken charge of six games for the Blues.He won his first four matches at the helm and his training methods have been publicly praised by a number of players.But Chelsea have failed to get maximum points from their past two matches, drawing 2-2 at Swansea and losing 2-1 at home to Liverpool.And, according to the Daily Star, club owner Roman Abramovich was furious with the team’s latest display against the Reds.A report in the paper claims the Russia held emergency talks with senior executives until the early hours following Friday’s clash at Stamford Bridge.Abramovich was said to have questioned some of Conte’s decisions during the match and whether the squad is good enough to challenge for major silverware this season. Antonio Conte 1last_img read more

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham: Spurs stars rated and slated

first_img Son Heung-min – 7 – Looked bright and full of pace. Should have scored when put clean through on goal and gave the hosts plenty to worry about. 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 Christian Eriksen – 6 – Unable to influence the game like he did against Manchester United as he enjoyed little freedom in the pockets of space he likes to occupy. 14 Hugo Lloris – 6 – Stood no chance with Salah’s first goal but could have made the target smaller for what looked to be the winner for Liverpool. Jan Vertonghen – 6 – Looked less composed alongside the erratic Sanchez. Recovered and showed his experience in a number of testing situations. 14 14 Davinson Sanchez – 4 – Made to look clumsy and rushed by Mane and co. Hauled off in the second half and may find his place in the side is taken by the returning Alderweireld. Harry Kane – 7 – Isolated up top but showed glimpses of clever link-play. Saw his first penalty saved before earning his side a point with another spot-kick. Eric Dier – 6 – His error led to Salah’s goal but he displayed a sense of calm in possession which many of his teammates were lacking. SUB – Fernando Llorente – N/A – Sent on in the closing stages in search of an equaliser. Dele Alli – 7 – Did not look suited to playing from the right. Booked for diving but impressed in the second half. SUB – Erik Lamela – 7 – Earned his side’s second penalty after being hacked down by Virgil van Dijk. Unlucky not to have scored the rebound from Kane’s earlier failed penalty attempt. Mousa Dembele – 7 – Strong and went close with a lovely driven effort before being replaced by Wanyama in the closing stages. 14 Kieran Trippier – 7 – Kept cool under pressure and delivered a number of threatening crosses which left the Reds defence ill at ease. 14 SUB – Victor Wanyama – 8 – Scored the equaliser with an amazing long-distance strike to surprise neutral and Tottenham fans alike. His range of passing was also an impressive feature. Tottenham ensured they stayed within touching distance of top four rivals Liverpool by claiming a point at Anfield.Goals from Victor Wanyama and a late Harry Kane penalty ensured Spurs avoided a last gasp defeat at the hands of Mohamed Salah’s strike.The result keeps Mauricio Pochettino’s men two points behind Liverpool, with Spurs staying in fifth place.But how did Spurs perform against the Reds at Anfield?Click the right arrow, above, to see talkSPORT’s Tottenham player ratings… 14 Ben Davies – 7 – Another fullback who impressed on the day despite initial concerns about his lack of pace against Liverpool’s attack. 14last_img read more

Championship round-up: Sunderland and Hull’s relegation fears increase

first_img1 talkSPORT’s review of Tuesday’s second division action Aston Villa 1-1 Preston North EndLewis Grabban netted his first goal for Aston Villa to scramble a nervous 1-1 Championship home draw against Preston, in a match that was LIVE on talkSPORT 2.Tom Barkhuizen, North End’s leading marksman, put the play-off chasing Lilywhites ahead in the first half.But Villa equalised as a result of a controversial penalty converted by on-loan Bournemouth striker Grabban in the 66th minute.A struggling Villa, who had been looking to complete the double, therefore missed the chance to move into second place in the table.Barnsley 1-2 Burton AlbionNew Barnsley head coach Jose Morais lost his first game in charge as Burton won 2-1 at Oakwell with first-half goals from Jamie Allen and Jacob Davenport.Barnsley applied strong pressure in the second half but they were restricted to a solitary goal, scored by Daniel Pinillos.The result ended Burton’s run of seven games without a win and saw them climb off the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship, going above the Tykes into 22nd place.Brentford 5-0 Birmingham CityBrentford did the double over Birmingham with a 5-0 thrashing to cement their play-off hopes and edge Blues nearer the Championship drop zone.Two Ollie Watkins goals, one each from Florian Jozefzoon and Neal Maupay and a Marc Roberts own goal saw the Bees romp to an emphatic win in a scoreline that flattered Birmingham.It was a nightmare first return to Griffin Park for Blues trio Harlee Dean, Maxime Colin and Jota, who all moved on August transfer deadline day.It could have been a night to rival the hosts’ 9-0 record win over Wrexham in 1963 but for a string of David Stockdale saves and some lacklustre finishing.Middlesbrough 3-1 Hull CityMiddlesbrough returned to within two points of the play-off places as they plunged Hull deeper into the relegation mire at the Riverside.Rudy Gestede claimed his second and third league goals of the season as Boro ran out comfortable 3-1 winners, Patrick Bamford with the Teessiders’ other goal on the stroke of half-time.Having bemoaned his side’s limp attacking efforts in their weekend defeat to Cardiff, Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis will have been delighted with a much brighter display inspired by Adama Traore.There is not much cause for positivity in the Hull camp and while Evandro’s equaliser towards the end of the first half briefly threatened to dent Middlesbrough’s superiority, the visitors finished well beaten. As a result, they are only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.Millwall 2-1 Sheffield WednesdayMillwall climbed into the top half of the Championship after coming from behind to beat Sheffield Wednesday 2-1.Joey Pelupessy opened the scoring with his first goal for the Owls three minutes before the break.But second-half efforts from Lee Gregory and Steve Morison handed Millwall all three points.Nottingham Forest 1-1 ReadingLee Tomlin scored Nottingham Forest’s first home league goal since December to salvage a point in a 1-1 draw with Reading.Omar Richards’ first career goal looked likely to earn Reading a vital three points late in the first half, but on-loan Tomlin broke his duck for the Reds five minutes from time to end a run of five straight home league defeats.Sheffield United 2-1 Queens Park RangersSheffield United secured a much-needed three points in their chase for the play-offs, with a 2-1 victory over QPR.The hosts dominated the first half as Richard Stearman put them in front before John Lundstram doubled the lead soon after the break. Luke Freeman halved the deficit and piled the pressure on the hosts but it was not enough for the Rs to take anything from the game.The victory was United’s second consecutive 2-1 win in the league and kept them in contention for a top-six finish.Bolton Wanderers 1-0 SunderlandZach Clough’s first goal for Bolton since returning to the club gave the hosts an invaluable 1-0 win in their Sky Bet Championship relegation scrap with Sunderland.There was a hint of controversy about Clough’s 17th-minute effort as Chris Coleman’s visitors insisted the striker converted with a hand.But referee David Coote waved aside protests and without ever looking convincing Wanderers pushed the Black Cats closer to the second-tier trap door.Phil Parkinson’s side are now seven points clear of Coleman’s bottom-placed team and up to 19th.last_img read more

Overall, economy is chugging along

first_imgWASHINGTON – Most parts of the country managed to enjoy moderate economic growth in the late fall despite troubles in the housing market and the automotive industry. The New York and Richmond, Va., Federal Reserve districts reported that growth picked up, while the Atlanta region described activity as “mixed,” the Fed said in a report released Wednesday. The Dallas district said that growth had ebbed from earlier, higher levels. The survey is based on information supplied by 12 regional Federal Reserve banks and collected before Nov. 20. This snapshot of economic health will figure into discussions at the central bank’s next meeting, scheduled for Dec. 12. Many economists predict that the Fed will again hold interest rates steady, sticking to a strategy first used in August, when policymakers voted to take a break from their two-year-long rate-raising campaign. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’The central bank’s survey comes one day after Fed chairman Ben Bernanke struck a largely positive tone that the economy should be able to weather the strains of the housing slump and weakness in the auto sector. Outside housing and autos, economic activity remains solid, he said. “Overall, the economy is likely to expand at a moderate pace going forward,” Bernanke said. The Fed survey found that consumer spending – an ingredient indispensable to the economy’s good health – advanced. Manufacturing activity was generally positive overall. And, the jobs market remained healthy, with workers’ wages growing moderately. On the shopping front, “despite continuing softness in automobile and housing-related sales, most districts reported that consumer spending increased during October and early November, and the retail sales outlook for the holiday season was cautiously optimistic,” the Fed survey said. At factories around the country, most districts saw good activity, the Fed report said. On the jobs front, there was strong demand – and in some markets shortages – for high-skilled workers. The Kansas City district, for instance, said there weren’t enough engineers, oil field workers, accountants, welders, and truck drivers to meet hiring needs. WHAT THE FED SAID ABOUT US Economic activity expanded at a moderate pace. Retailers saw sales improve, with sales at department stores and specialty shops helped by lower gasoline prices. Manufacturing activity expanded. Sales of semiconductors grew solidly. Makers of airplanes and parts operated at full capacity. In agriculture, sales rose for livestock and most crops. The housing market continued to weaken. Source: Federal Reserve Bank District for San Francisco160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more