Month: November 2019

  • Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea’s Olympic lineup

    first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq South Korea’s media are reporting maybe 10 or so athletes will come.The North and South agreed to create a unified women’s hockey team, which would mark a first in the Olympics. The plan has gotten some criticism from the South because of concerns that South Korean athletes who made the national team might be bumped off to make room for the North’s players.South Korea’s president said fielding a joint ice hockey team would be a historic event that would move the hearts of people around the world. He also expressed support for athletes from the Koreas marching together under a blue-and-white “unification” flag. The plans still must be approved by the IOC.Two North Korean figure skaters qualified for the games, but the North failed to register them in time and they lost their slot in the pairs competition. Whether a special effort is being made to get them back into the games, or to bring in athletes for any other events, isn’t clear.No medals are involved, but the North will unleash a taekwondo squad on Pyeongchang. They’ll demonstrate the North’s version of the traditional Korean martial art, which is an official Summer Olympic event.ADVERTISEMENT Louie Alas rues ‘passive’ showing from Phoenix Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Officials from North and South will take the plan to the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland this weekend for approval.Here’s a quick look at who might be coming. And a note on who conspicuously isn’t.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:29Police 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 In this Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, photo, pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are seen on a sign during a rally for a peaceful Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. North Korea plans to send a spotlight-stealing delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in the South Korean county of Pyeongchang. The letters read “Peace bobsleigh.” (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)TOKYO — North Korea won’t be dominating any medal counts when the Winter Olympics come to Pyeongchang in South Korea next month. But it’s hoping to grab as much of the spotlight as it can with what might be an Olympic first in ice hockey and a flamboyantly crowd-pleasing all-female cheering section to liven up the stands.Negotiators from the two Koreas, fighting against the clock ahead of the games’ Feb. 9 start date, announced some of the key details of North Korea’s plans after a day of talks Wednesday in the Demilitarized Zone that divides them.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES There has been some speculation about the attendance of high-ranking officials from the North. Kim Jong Un sent three of his top lieutenants to the South for the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon — one of whom hasn’t been seen lately, sparking rumors last month of a purge.If a similarly senior bunch were to go, that would be big news.THE CHEERING SQUADSThe real crowd pleasers at North Korean sporting events are often in the stands.North Korea is known for the highly trained, ultra-serious and usually all-female cheering groups wearing bright outfits that it sends to motivate its athletes — and grab media attention — at important competitions abroad. North Korea intends to send 230 of them to Pyeongchang, according to Seoul’s Unification Ministry.It’s widely believed that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s wife, Ri Sol Ju, is an “Army of Beauty” alumna, having traveled to Incheon in 2005 as part of a cheering squad at the Asian Athletics Championships.The women are chosen not only for their cheering skills but also for their youth and good looks.The mere prospect of seeing the women in action has already touched off quite a stir on South Korean and Japanese television shows.If nothing else, they will be ratings gold.… AND THE DIVAS THAT GOT AWAYIn talks earlier this week, North Korea sent the leader of its most popular girl band to negotiate, raising hopes the band would be coming to the games. That had the potential to be huge. Super Bowl halftime huge.Hand-picked by Kim himself, the Moranbong Band serves as the “soft” public face of the regime. Its members alternate between miniskirts and military uniforms on stage and are often called up to do concerts marking major political events, frequently with missiles or photos of the leader covering the big screens looming behind them.The presence of bandleader Hyon Song Wol in itself was sensational. South Korean media reports in 2013 claimed she had been executed by firing squad for her role in a salacious scandal. She put that speculation to rest by appearing on TV about a year later and is now an alternate member of the ruling party’s central committee.In the end, North Korea announced its 140-member Samjiyon band — an orchestra with dancers and vocalists — will make the trip.Maybe that’s for the best.The Moranbong Band was supposed to make its international debut in Beijing in 2015, but that fell through mysteriously at the last minute. Considering the more delicate North-South situation, concerns had been raised over what the band would perform in Pyeongchang — its repertoire includes such hits as “We Can’t Live Without His Care,” ”The Song of the Hwasong Artillerymen,” and “My Country is the Best.” Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities THE ATHLETESWho, how many, and maybe even if there will be any at all — those are still open questions at this point. View commentslast_img read more

  • High expectations for 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup staging in PH

    first_imgOfficials from the SBP and Fiba launch the logo for the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAs a precursor to the 2023 Fiba World Cup, the Philippines is set to host the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup from June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.“Coming from the heels of the country together with Japan and Indonesia winning the 2023 World Cup, we’re very excited about us staging another World Cup,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio at the launch on Thursday at Bonifacio High Street in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea’s Olympic lineup Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “It’s exciting times for basketball in general for the Philippines. We don’t have to wait for 2023 because we’ve brought the 3×3 World Cup here.”A total of 40 teams, 20 for men’s and 20 for women’s, will converge at the world’s largest indoor stadium to dispute who are the best half-court ballers all over the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSBP executive director Sonny Barrios also sees the occasion as a fitting culmination for this year’s Independence Day celebration.“We’re all working together to make it aside from a basketball event but also a part of the independence week celebration,” he shared. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIEScenter_img Though the Philippines has yet to come up with the 3×3 squad which will compete in both divisions, the SBP officials are highly optimistic that the event will give Fiba a glimpse of what awaits the international basketball community for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.“We need everyone’s help to drum up support for this event in June so that we can exceed expectations. We all know how much we love the sport of basketball,” said SBP chairman Sen. Sonny Angara. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Facing former team Magnolia not a revenge game for Blackwater’s Allein Maliksi

    first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “It was supposed to be our birthday gift to coach Leo. It’s unfortunate because we were there and faltered in the end,” he said after Blackwater lost to Magnolia, 78-72.Blackwater had a chance to steal the game, tying the game at 72 with 1:07 left after trailing by as much as 18.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Elite, however, didn’t have enough gas left in their tank in the endgame to fall to their fourth consecutive defeat.“It’s unfortunate because we were there in the game. But we shouldn’t have allowed ourselves to be down that big. We need to help each other and give a collective effort so that we can beat an elite team,” said Maliksi, who finished with 17 points on 7-of-20 shooting from the field, to go along with four rebounds. AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Just like last time, Maliksi hopes that Blackwater learned its lesson following another tight loss as it seeks to finally end its misery against San Miguel next Friday.“We need to improve as teammates and as a team for our next game,” he said. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIEScenter_img Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMany labeled Blackwater’s tussle against Magnolia on Friday as a revenge game for Elite swingman Allein Maliksi, who faced his former team for the first time.But it was the least of Maliksi’s concerns with his focus giving his coach Leo Isaac a win a victory on his birthday which the he and the rest of the Elite failed to do.ADVERTISEMENT Ancajas impresses in US debut, stops Gonzalez to retain IBF title Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

  • Foles, Eagles outshoot Patriots for 1st Super Bowl

    first_imgMINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: The Philadelphia Eagles celebrated defeating the New England Patriots 41-33 in Super Bowl LII at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — The Philadelphia Eagles’ flight from last to first ended up with a Lombardi Trophy.In a record-setting shootout between Nick Foles and Tom Brady of the favored New England Patriots, the backup quarterback led a pressure-packed 75-yard drive to the winning touchdown, 11 yards to Zach Ertz with 2:21 to go Sunday night. Then a defense that had been shredded throughout the second half made two final stands to win 41-33.ADVERTISEMENT Each team started with 67-yard drives to field goals — New England had never scored a first-quarter point with Brady in a Super Bowl.Each kicker later faltered, with Elliott missing the extra point, his fifth failed PAT this season, after Jeffery’s 34-yard touchdown. Then Gostkowski hit the left upright with a 26-yard field goal after holder Ryan Allen mishandled the snap. Gostkowski also missed an extra point.When LeGarrette Blount, who won the title last season with the Patriots, scored on a 21-yard burst, Pederson went for 2, but the pass failed, making it 15-3.The Eagles and Pederson brushed it off and stayed with their usual aggressive approach. Breathtakingly, it eventually paid off. It was the first Super Bowl title for Philadelphia (16-3), which went from 7-9 last season to the franchise’s first NFL title since 1960.“If there’s a word (it’s) called everything,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. “That’s what it means to Eagles fans everywhere. And for Eagles fans everywhere, this is for them.”Super Bowl MVP Foles orchestrated the victory with the kind of drive NFL MVP Brady, a five-time champion, is known for. The drive covered 14 plays, including a fourth-down conversion.“I felt calm. I mean, we have such a great group of guys, such a great coaching staff,” Foles said. “We felt confident coming in, and we just went out there and played football.”The Eagles had to survive a video replay because ball pop into the air as Ertz crossed the goal line.ADVERTISEMENT “If they would have overturned that, I don’t know what would have happened to the city of Philadelphia,” Ertz said. “But I’m so glad they didn’t overturn it.”The touchdown stood — and so did thousands of green-clad Eagles fans who weren’t going to mind the frigid conditions outside US Bank Stadium once they headed out to celebrate. But not before a rousing rendition of “Fly Eagles Fly” reverberated throughout the stands once the trophy was presented to Lurie. Later, fans danced along with the “Gonna Fly Now,” the theme from “Rocky,” the city’s best-known fictional underdog.The Patriots (15-4) seemed ready to take their sixth championship with Brady and coach Bill Belichick in eight Super Bowls. Brady threw for a game-record 505 yards and three TDs, hitting Rob Gronkowski for 4 yards before Stephen Gostkowski’s extra point gave New England its first lead, 33-32.Then Foles made them forget Wentz — and least for now — with the gutsiest drive of his life, including a fourth-down conversion to Ertz at midfield.Foles has been something of a journeyman in his six pro seasons, but he has been spectacular in four career playoff games. He finished 28 of 43 for 373 yards and three TDs.The combined 1,151 yards were the most in any modern NFL game, and Brady’s 505 were the most in any playoff contest. The 40-year-old master finished 28 of 48 and picked apart the Eagles until the final two series.It was such a wild game that Foles caught a touchdown pass, and Brady was on the opposite end of a Danny Amendola throw that went off his fingertips.Eagles coach Doug Pederson brought home the championship in his second year in charge. Belichick is 5-3 in Super Bowls and his teams have only a plus-4 overall margin in those games.So this one was in keeping with that trend: breathtaking and even a bit bizarre.Brady and the Patriots looked more like five-time champions by opening the second half with a 75-yard touchdown drive. Gronkowski was unstoppable, grabbing four passes for 69 yards, including the 5-yard score. LATEST STORIES Brandon Graham strip-sacked Brady and Derek Barnett recovered, setting up rookie Jake Elliot’s 46-yard field goal for an 8-point lead.Brady got his team to midfield, but his desperation pass fell to the ground in the end zone.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe underdog Eagles (16-3), even injured starting quarterback Carson Wentz, came bolting off the sideline in ecstasy while Brady sat on the ground, disconsolate.“For us, it was all about one stop we had to make. We went out here and made that one stop,” Graham said. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:26Keith Thurman gambling on himself to KO Manny Pacquiao in 1st round01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Philly didn’t flinch, answering with a precise 75-yard march and three more third-down conversions; the Eagles were 10 for 16. The last was on Foles’ perfect pass to Clement over double coverage. The rookie’s reception was upheld by review, and the Eagles were back on top by 10.Brady shrugged and, getting steadfast protection, went over 400 yards passing on the next TD drive. Chris Hogan scored from the 26 as he turned around safety Rodney McLeod.When all the Eagles could manage was Elliott’s 42-yarder for a 32-26 lead, it seemed inevitable the Patriots would go in front, then become the first repeat Super Bowl winner since they did it in the 2004 and ’05 games.Foles, Ertz, and — at last — a revitalized defense said otherwise.The weird image of Brady ambling downfield on a pass pattern came three plays after New England lost receiver Brandin Cooks to a concussion on a vicious but clean hit by Malcolm Jenkins in the second quarter. Amendola’s pass required an over-the-shoulder grab and the ball fell off Brady’s outstretched hands.When he got back to what he has done better than anyone in Super Bowls, Brady led a 90-yard drive following an equally strange play. Alshon Jeffery nearly made a spectacular attempt near the Patriots’ goal line, only to juggle the ball into the air while off-balance. Duron Harmon picked it off at the 10. Moments later, Brady was connecting with Chris Hogan for 42 yards.James White broke several tackles with a brilliant 26-yard run and it was 15-12. That gave White seven touchdowns in his past three postseason games, including the overtime winner last year.But the Eagles still had 2:04 left in the half — and some more magic in their bag.A short third-down throw to rookie Corey Clement on a circle route turned into a 55-yard explosion down to the Patriots 8. Philly got to the 1 and on fourth down, it was Foles’ turn to morph into a receiver.He did better than Brady. On fourth down, Clement took a direct snap, pitched to tight end Trey Burton, and the former Florida QB hit an uncovered Foles. The Eagles were up 22-12 at halftime, the most points New England has allowed in the opening half of a Super Bowl under Belichick. AFP official booed out of forum San Miguel reclaims lead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • National U eyes stronger performance vs Ateneo

    first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Perpetual, JRU ice Final 4 cast AFP official booed out of forum When National University shoots for the early solo lead, team star Jaja Santiago knows it won’t get past Ateneo if the Lady Bulldogs come out gasping for air again in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.“We still need to work out so many things with coach Babes [Castillo] especially on our conditioning,” said Santiago in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Lady Bulldogs go for a 2-0 start versus the Lady Eagles at 4 p.m., right after University of Santo Tomas and University of the East vie for a first win at 2 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs grounded Adamson on opening day, 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13, but looked spent by the third set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Our team performed well, but for me, I know that this isn’t still the best that we can play,” said Santiago.Although Ateneo opened its campaign with a loss to Far Eastern University, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9, team captain Maddie Madayag thinks the experience will help the Lady Eagles. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending 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 “This was a learning experience for us because we knew what we still have things to improve and work on after this loss,” said Madayag. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETlast_img read more

  • Bulanadi powers stags to semis

    first_imgAFP official booed out of forum View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Allyn Bulanadi made seven three-pointers on his way to 31 points as San Sebastian College routed Holy Trinity College, 93-75, Saturday in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League Elite Eight at Ynares Sports Arena.The Stags thus joined NCAA champion San Beda to the crossover semifinals starting Monday at Filoil Flying V Arena in San Juan.The Lions, unbeaten in two games, go for a sweep against winless La Salle Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT In Group A, Lyceum mauled Naga College Foundation Tigers, 94-82, to boost its semifinal bid.CJ Perez had 17 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals for the Pirates who picked up their second straight win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLyceum will make the Final Four if Ateneo defeats University of Visayas in their showdown. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Teenager Krog races to silver in Asian championships LATEST STORIES Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerslast_img read more

  • Soup opera: Cavs’ Smith mum on kind of soup thrown at coach

    first_imgJR Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — J.R. Smith’s soup choice remains unknown, and so do the ingredients that steamed him so much he threw a bowl of soup at assistant coach Damon Jones.Smith was suspended one game by the Cavaliers, and Saturday the temperamental guard addressed the latest drama in what has been a tumultuous season for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.ADVERTISEMENT Smith, who is expected to start on Saturday after serving his one-game ban Thursday against Philadelphia, refused to say if he agreed with the discipline. He said he spoke with his teammates about what happened but not with Jones, a former NBA player who has been on Tyronn Lue’s staff for two seasons.“It’s not really my call,” the 31-year-old said on the merits of his punishment. “More than anything, I talked to my teammates about it, everybody seemed cool. We moved on from it as a team, so whether it warranted a suspension or not, that’s not my job. I’m just here to play basketball.”Because of Smith’s volatile reputation and shoot-first-ask-questions later playing style, his soup-throwing tantrum led to a social-media storm Friday as Twitter filled with posts about him and his possible soup choice.Smith was amused — to a point.“Some of them were actually pretty funny,” he said. “I understand that everything I do is going to have a meme or whatever behind it. That’s just part of the day and age we live in. If this was 15 years ago, nobody would have even knew. It’s just part of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Smith’s had a challenging season on the floor — his 8.3 point average is his lowest since 2005 and he’s making only 39 percent his shots — and his blowup at Jones could be the result of pent-up frustration.Smith, though, dodged a question about whether it was spur of the moment or something that had been building.“I have an idea of what I want to say, but I’m not going to say it,” he said.” So I’m going to leave that as it is.”Smith has been a key contributor to Cleveland reaching the NBA Finals the past three seasons. With All-Star Kevin Love sidelined with a broken hand, the Cavs need a dependable second scoring option behind LeBron James. Smith can fill that role — when his shot is falling and when he’s behaving.James believes Smith will come around.“’He knows how important he is to our ball club, both offensively and defensively since he got here,” James said. “We know it’s been a challenging year for him, but we expect for him to be there when we need him.”James is close with both Smith and Jones, but he refused to get dragged into their food feud.“Ain’t got nothing to do with me,” he said. “Momma told me a long time ago to mind your business. Stay out of grown folks business. That ain’t got nothing to do with me. That’s what I did.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asked what he could share about the soup spat, Smith was as cold as gazpacho.“Nothing,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd as for the kind of soup he flung?“Honestly,” he said Saturday following the team’s shootaround. “I don’t even remember.” Raising their level Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

  • SEA Games: Archery instructor collects bronze in men’s compound

    first_img“It was overwhelming. I was very nervous,” said Dela Cruz, who fired a 10 while the hugely favorite Malaysian had a nine.Dela Cruz started in recurve — the Olympic archery event — in 2003 but shifted to compound. He is an instructor at FR Sevilla Archery Range, home of the Philippine Team.The Philippines will have more chances of nailing a gold in the next few days in compound event with team competitions for men’s and women’s on tap.The rest of the individual compound archers, including former champion Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, faltered in the round robin matches.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Paul Marton De La Cruz bags the bronze medal in men’s individual compound archery in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZKUALA LUMPUR — Under gathering darkness, Paul Marton Dela Cruz came away with a bronze medal for Philippines in archery Wednesday.The 30-year-old Dela Cruz, a full-time archery and instructor, said he didn’t expect to make it to the bronze medal match because of his dismal performance in the first two ends.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony “I just told myself not to give up and continue to fight,” said Dela Cruz as he tried to calm his nerves for his first individual medal in the Southeast Asian Games in this verdant, humid city.He matched up with top-ranked Mohd Juwaidi Mazuki of Malaysia in the semifinals, lost and fell in the bronze medal match against yet another strong hometown bet Ruslan ZulfadhliFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He showed determination and I was happy that on Day 1 we were able to medal,” said head coach Clint Sayo. “It was a good fight in the bronze medal round.”Indeed, Dela Cruz finished at the same score as Zulfadhli (144-144), forcing a nerve-wracking shootout for the medal at the Synthetic Turf Field inside National Sports Council KL Sports City. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH absorbs first loss in men’s water polo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

  • Jwala, Ashwini win women’s doubles badminton gold

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