Creamline coolly smashes foe sans star Valdez

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAt least for the moment, there appears to be no need for Alyssa Valdez.Creamline played without its heroine and still came through with a convincing 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 win over Power Smashers Wednesday night to remain spotless in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles02:02‘Bata’ Reyes bows to Vietnamese foe for another SEA Games bronze01:40Filipinos 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade LATEST STORIES Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Mapua battles Perpetual at home Jia Morado tossed 50 excellent sets, fanning out the offensive chores masterfully.It was a sorry loss for the Power Smashers, who succumbed to their fourth defeat in five matches.What happened in the third set mirrored the second when Creamline fell behind, 18-21, against the youthful but inexperienced squad.Rosemarie Vargas strung up three straight points—all through soft-touch hits— while Colleen Bravo scored three kill blocks to lift the Cool Smashers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation The win practically qualified the Cool Smashers to the next round—they have won all their five matches so far.“It’s a challenge for the team, really. So we have to step up and prove that it’s all team effort,” said Pau Soriano in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The veteran spiker accounted for 15 points including five straight in the homestretch as the Cool Smashers raced from a 20-22 hole en route to the straight sets victory.But most importantly, Creamline proved that it can stand its ground even without top scorer and team leader Valdez, who is currently in Japan training with the Philippine team. View commentslast_img read more

Arellano brushes off San Beda for second PVL win

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Arellano University took down San Beda in straight sets, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, to keep an unblemished slate in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Eunika Torres dealt the final blow for the Lady Chiefs as they improve to 2-0 while the Red Spikers slipped to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu View comments Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees LATEST STORIEScenter_img LOOK: Retired NBA, WNBA vets confirmed as cast members for upcoming film ‘Uncle Drew’ The Lady Chiefs, though, had to battle back in the third set after San Beda got the early lead in the final period.“That has always been our problem whenever we get two set, we start to dip in performance come the third,” said Lady Chiefs head coach Obet Javier. “So I always tell them that the third set will be crucial for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Arellano was down 8-6 early in the third set before Regine Arocha converted on a service ace to cap off a 7-1 run and give the Lady Chiefs a 13-9 lead.Arocha had a game-high 16 points to lead Arellano while captain Jovielyn Prado added 13 with Mary Anne Esguerra chipping in 10. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Pingoy downplays record-setting performance in win over FEU

first_imgPhoto by TristanAdamson guard Jerie Pingoy had just set the single game assists and steals record in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, but he was quick to defer his success to his teammates’ play.Pingoy orchestrated the Soaring Falcons’ offense in their 95-79 win over Far Eastern University as he finished with 10 points, 10 assists, and three steals with the two latter figures the highest marks in the tournament so far.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES NU gains finals, outlasts Arellano in grueling comeback win “I’m just going to do my job, my role as a point guard,” said Pingoy in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I’ll just do the little things, and it’s a good thing my teammates made their shots so the credit goes to them.”READ: Adamson blasts FEU, takes solo third FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPingoy terrorized FEU’s defense with pinpoint passing, most of which went to Jerrick Ahanmisi who had 17 points in the game, nine coming off from beyond the arc.The point guard’s spirited play allowed the Falcons to establish their dominance as early as the first quarter when they took a 21-8 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Adamson’s lead eventually ballooned to 61-40 by the break.Pingoy added he wanted to repay the trust his coaches gave him when he got the starting point guard job.“My spot in the starting lineup is not a permanent one,” said Pingoy as his team ended the first round at third seed with a 5-2 record. “I still have to work harder in the future because everyone in the lineup deserves a starting spot.”“I’m just happy to be named as a starter and I’ll do everything what the coaches tell me.”ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yet

first_imgGood fight: Durham, Meralco come up short anew but with their head held high Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:19Robredo refuses ‘unfair’ tag; asks critics to read her drug war report00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jared Dillinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Despite another hard-fought battle in a PBA Finals series, Jared Dillinger wouldn’t use the word rival to describe Ginebra and Meralco.Not until Meralco wins on over the crowd favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “Rivals? I wouldn’t call them much of a rival if they beat us twice,” said the outspoken Dillinger after the Bolts surrendered Game 7 to Ginebra, 101-96. “I mean, until we can actually win a championship against them, they’re not really a rival.”Dillinger couldn’t help but regret to have his best performance of the Finals come too little too late, as he fired a series-best 20 points on a 5-of-10 shooting from beyond the arc, on top of five rebounds and two assists in the clincher.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I wish my shot came a little bit sooner in this series,” he said. “But that’s the name of the game. Sometimes, your shot’s off, it’s off. You gotta stay positive and find ways to work through it. You gotta try to to help the team in other ways. It happens. My shots are finally falling tonight but it doesn’t matter, we lost. It doesn’t matter anymore. I wish we won so it would be some kind of a rivalry but we didn’t win.”Dillinger, though, was proud with the fight the Bolts showed in the decider even if they found themselves down by as big as 20 points in the first half. “I’m speechless a little bit. It’s just tough we’re right here again — right at the edge and lose again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We didn’t give up. But when you go down big against Ginebra, especially in the first half like that, it’s gonna be hard. It’s gonna be a grind to get back,” he said, saying that playing catch-up all game long took a toll on the team.“I think we pretty much lost the game by the first half. We were just playing catch-up the whole time. We wanted to let Ginebra shoot, tried to clog the paint, but tonight they hit their shots.”Amid all the frustrations, it doesn’t mean that the Bolts couldn’t learn a thing or two from this bridesmaid finish.“We have great pieces, for sure. We have good solid group of vets and young guys. We have a good team. It’s just we have to continue to build a good culture. We have a great coaching staff, management is very supportive, so we can continue to build.”Still, one can’t fault Dillinger for feeling bad after botching another chance for the title.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Late run lifts Beermen past TNT in Iloilo

first_imgReigning three-time champion San Miguel Beer went on a big surge in the final five minutes to beat rival TNT, 88-76, to remain undefeated in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at University of San Agustin Gym in Iloilo.ADVERTISEMENT Aldridge’s trade request sparked his resurgence, says Popovich The Beermen ended the game on a 17-5 run, led by Alex Cabagnot and Arwind Santos, to pull away from a 71-deadlock in the last five minutes and 10 seconds.Cabagnot and Santos combined for 12 points in the killer stretch for San Miguel, which is the lone unbeaten team in the league at 3-0.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSantos finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks while Cabagnot also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. June Mar Fajardo led all scorers with 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field.Troy Rosario scored a team-high 15 points that went with a game-best 13 rebounds for the KaTropa, who slipped to 1-2. TNT led by as much as 12, 24-12, in the first quarter. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award TNT star Jayson Castro, who saw multiple defenders thrown at him, struggled mightily on the offensive end, scoring nine points on 3-of-16 shooting with four turnovers in 28 minutes. He did have eight rebounds and eight assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

Parks explodes for 30 as Alab moves on brink of ABL crown

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Brownlee joined forces with Parks, Josh Urbiztondo and Pamboy Raymundo as Alab closed out the third quarter with a 15-2 run to turn a 60-65 deficit to a 75-67 lead heading into the final period. Balkman looked to have taken the fight out of Mono by extending Alab’s lead to 87-78 with 3:28 left, but Mike Singletary willed the home squad back into the game with seven points in a 12-6 counter. Parks hit two back-to-back treys to quell the fightback, before nailing a tough fadeaway over Paul Zamar with 55 seconds left to put away Mono, 95-90.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ BANGKOK – Ray Parks made the biggest shots down the stretch as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas turned back Mono Vampire, 99-93, last Saturday night to regain the lead in the ASEAN Basketball League finals series at Stadium 29 here. ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast La Salle nears 3-peat, pounces on error-prone FEU in Game 1 Three days after being named the league’s local Most Valuable Player for the second straight season, Parks scattered 30 points, including eight of Alab’s last 12 points, as the Filipino club kept its poise in front of a lively Mono home crowd to grab a 2-1 advantage in the best-of-five series. Parks made six treys with his last two helping Alab weather a late surge by Mono. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAlab can become the third Filipino club to wrest the ABL crown with another win in Game 4 on Monday here. Justin Brownlee caught fire in the second half to pump in 27 points, helping Alab build enough cushion to weather a late surge by Mono. Renaldo Balkman kept the Filipinos afloat with 18 of his 24 points in the first half, before Brownlee took charge in the third period. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

English Premier League confirms winter break from 2020

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Norbert Torres still waiting for clearance to join practice after BGC stabbing Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? To accommodate the break, the FA Cup fifth round will be moved to mid-week and there will be no replays if necessary; instead, extra time and penalties.“This is a significant moment for English football and one that we believe will greatly benefit both club and country,” FA chief executive Martin Glenn said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe measures are being introduced only to the country’s top tier. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Sunday, May 6, 2018 file photo, Manchester City players lift the English Premier League trophy after the soccer match between Manchester City and Huddersfield Town at Etihad stadium in Manchester, England. A February winter break will be introduced in the English Premier League from the 2019-20 season, the Football Association announced on Friday June 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, File)LONDON — A February winter break will be introduced in the English Premier League from the 2019-20 season, the Football Association announced on Friday.The breaks will be staggered to ensure that Premier League action still takes place on every weekend during the period, with five games on each weekend, allowing two weeks’ rest for players.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘Major concern’ for TNT ahead of crucial game as key cogs fulfill Gilas duties

first_img“But it’s just so hard when you practice with just 10 players… we’ll just make our adjustments while the other teams are not almost complete.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial FEU knocks out La Salle to enter Filoil semis MOST READ Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Roger Pogoy—basically half of TNT’s core—are all part of the Gilas team that is in Taiwan for the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Although the PBA Commissioner’s Cup is on a two-week break to accommodate Gilas, TNT head coach Nash Racela couldn’t shake off the feeling that he couldn’t use the layoff to improve his team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s not easy on our part right now because you don’t have your Gilas players,” said Racela in Filipino Thursday during their training at Moro Lorenzo Sports Center in Ateneo.“This is a major concern for us because when you lose four players, you don’t get to practice and prepare as a group so it’s really a concern.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew TNT has the distinction of being the best-represented team in the Philippine national basketball team, but that honor came at a price for the KaTropa in the club level.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Apart from the four Gilas players, Racela also has three more players who couldn’t practice with the team with Joshua Smith, Kelly Williams, and Alex Nuyles saddled with injuries.This predicament comes at an unfortunate time for the KaTropa who are tied with Alaska at the second seed with 7-3 records and will need every bit of advantage to lock up that last no.2 spot.One slip up could deny them of the second spot, which will give a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals, with just one more game left in their schedule.Waiting for TNT in its last game is no.1 Rain or Shine that holds a 9-1 record.“We can only focus on things we can control, which is our game against Rain or Shine, we can’t control what happens in Alaska’s game so we’ll just do our part in preparing for our last match,” said Racela.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Two Koreas hold first unification basketball match in 15 years

first_imgTop Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names At the dinner, Kim Il-guk, North Korean sports minister, said that the basketball event would lay the groundwork for further sports exchange between the Koreas and improving relations.According to reports, a North Korean official stated that the welcome event held on the first day of the South Korean delegation’s visit is a reflection of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s will and the good atmosphere among the leadership regarding the event.While only the basketball-related schedule has been confirmed, it is widely speculated that Cho is likely to meet with high-level North Korean officials including Ri Son-gwon during the trip.Before the delegation set out from Seoul, a Unification Ministry official told reporters that playing basketball would not be the sole objective of the event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The game, held at Pyongyang’s Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium, was played by men’s and women’s teams comprising a mix of South and North Korean athletes. On Thursday, the two Koreas are scheduled to play against each other. Chung Ju-yung is the late founder of the Hyundai Group that ran a number of inter-Korean businesses, including a resort on the North’s Kumgangsan. All projects are currently suspended.Wednesday’s match was attended by a number of high-level North Korean officials including Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son-gwon, chairman of the North’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The inter-Korean basketball friendlies started in 1999, when two events were held in Seoul and Pyongyang. Although the two sides had agreed to hold the event on an annual basis, the games were discontinued after the third event held in Pyongyang in 2003.For this year’s event a 101-member delegation led by Minister of Unification Cho Myoung-gyon arrived in Pyongyang on Tuesday. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil South Korean basketball players engage in training at the Ryugyong Chung Ju-yung Gymnasium in Pyongyang on Wednesday. Joint Press Corps/THE KOREA HERALDSEOUL — Basketball players of South and North Korea played a friendly match in mixed teams, for the first time in 15 years.South and North Korean basketball players held their first match Wednesday, beginning a two-day event in Pyongyang.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The South Korean team is led by coach Hur Jae, who had played in the 2003 inter-Korean basketball game.“(I) am back here at the gymnasium after 15 years. Like the first time, (I) feel tense,” Hur said after a training session Wednesday. He added that North Korean athletes he had gotten to know seem to be in high-level posts.Along with Cho, three government officials and Korean Sport and Olympic Committee President Lee Kee-heung are leading the delegation, which includes 30 members of the media as well as support staff.On the first day of the four-day trip, the North hosted a welcome dinner.“Sports exchange has towed reconciliation and peace on the Korean Peninsula at every important juncture in inter-Korean relations,” Cho said at the dinner, going on to express hopes for further inter-Korean sporting events in a wider range of sports.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SBP expecting for the worst as it awaits sanctions from Fibalast_img read more

Osaka charms Japan with her manners—and broken Japanese

first_imgPeople walk by a huge screen showing US Open women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka with her trophy, in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)TOKYO — Naomi Osaka’s halting Japanese, her manners — she bowed and apologized after beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final — and her simple charm has swelled national pride in Japan and eclipsed many questions about her mixed-race parentage in a famously insular country.Two days after becoming the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam tennis title, Osaka is still filling the front pages of the country’s three major daily newspapers and leads the discussions on talk shows.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title She smiled through the media pressure, which several newspapers have called a Japanese trait. Her broken Japanese works as an asset, apologizing occasionally for getting the wrong word — or not knowing the Japanese word at all.“She is not the type of person who asserts herself boldly, but she is shy and humble and that makes her look more like a Japanese,” Junko Okamoto, a communications specialist, wrote in the weekly magazine Toyokeizai.Okamoto also said Osaka could become a face of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, leading to big sponsorship deals.Forbes magazine has reported that Williams is the highest earning female athlete with income of $18 million per year, almost all from endorsements. The Evening Fuji tabloid newspaper, citing Forbes, speculated wildly about Osaka’s potential lifetime earnings. Its headline suggested she could earn $100 million.The Mainichi, one of top three general circulation newspapers, noted that Osaka was wearing a dress at a victory celebration from a well-known Japanese designer.Osaka’s 73-year-old grandfather, Tetsuo Osaka, surfaced in several interviews from Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido, where he heads a fishing cooperative. He said he plans to meet his granddaughter when she plays next week in a tournament in Japan.Their relationship seems solid now, but the New York Times reported that for a more than a decade Naomi’s mother, Tamaki, had little contact with her family in Japan.Roland Kirishima, a photographer who is half Japanese and Scottish, criticized some internet comments questioning if Osaka is really Japanese, because of her darker skin color.“Look at the French soccer team that won the World Cup,” he wrote on Twitter. “Half of the players are immigrants’ sons or multi-racial. I’m surprised many people in Japan are still obsessed with racial purity. It’s 21st century already. Please overcome this type of insular prejudice.”It looks like Japan has taken at least a first step. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The perspective from Japan on Monday: Osaka is being embraced as Japanese despite her mixed background. National pride — at least for now — is overriding questions of cultural identity and what it means to be Japanese.Williams’ dramatic behavior during a chaotic final on Saturday, a hot topic in the United States and around the world, has been largely brushed aside in Japan with the focus on Osaka’s poise under pressure.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissJapan’s largest newspaper, Yomiuri, called Osaka a “new heroine that Japan is proud of” and characterized her appeal as “the contrast between her strength on the court and her innocent character off the court.”Yomiuri centered Osaka’s photograph holding the U.S. Open trophy at the top of its Monday front page — as did the two other large dailies. In a headline inside the paper, Yomiuri called her an “Overnight Queen — Powerful and Stable.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Asahi newspaper also called her the “New Queen,” picking up on her mix of “strength and gentleness.”Sports and tabloid newspapers reporting Naomi Osaka’s victory in the U.S. Open tennis finals are sold at a newsstand in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 10, 2018. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. 6-2, 6-4 on Saturday night to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)None of the main-line newspapers dwelled too much on her background, which has been well reported. She was born in Japan to a Japanese mother and Haitian father, moved to the United States when she was 3 and now lives in Florida where she has trained for more than a decade.In an interview Monday from New York on Japan’s TBS television, she was asked what she wants to do now. She replied in Japanese: “Have curried rice topped with a pork cutlet.” Then she slipped into English and said: “I am very honored. I don’t know how to say that in Japanese.”She gave some of the same answers in a similar interview with Japan’s NTV television.“She is such a lovable character,” said Seiji Miyane, the NTV talk show host.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Shaw back at Man United after head knock on England duty Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more