LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid MOST READ President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates athletes who participated in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in a ceremony held in Malacañang on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo from an RTVM video)President Rodrigo Duterte urged on Wednesday the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to widen its scope of recruitment ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, following the sixth place finish of Filipino athletes in the recently concluded edition of the biennial sporting meet.“I enjoin the PSC to widen its scope and recruit nationwide,” Duterte said in a meeting with SEA Games medalists in Malacañang. “Look for them in nontraditional places and include members of the indigenous tribes and out-of-school youth.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’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 Games Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LATEST STORIES READ: Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists“I express my heartfelt gratitude to the athletes who have represented us in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games,” Duterte said. “Through hard work and discipline, you have prevailed and made our nation proud.”Duterte urged the athletes “to focus on improving and to strive to do better in the next SEA Games.”“Rest assured that the government and the Filipino people will support [you] every step of the way,” he said. “Continue to represent the best of what the Philippines has to offer, here and abroad. Make us proud again.”/atmADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Let us give them a chance to hone their talent and live up to their fullest potential,” he added.The President said the country’s hosting of the 30th SEA Games in 2019 would be “an opportunity for us to look for talented Filipino athletes from all over the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippines bagged 121 medals, including 29 golds, in the 11-country regional sporting meet.The medalists received cash incentives and a presidential citation.
LATEST STORIES Eustaquio says he has edge in five-round fight vs Akhmetov in rematch Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While it sees playing in the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Champions League as a bonus, Philippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros is determined to put up a creditable showing as it continues its qualifying bid on Tuesday against one of the top Aussie sides in Brisbane Roar.A couple of weeks after returning from the holiday break, the Busmen are looking to pull off one of the biggest upsets in tournament history against a team that finished third in the Australian League last season.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:12Sotto: Expect something explosive as new evidence, witnesses appear vs ‘ninja cops’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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kickoff is set 5 p.m. (Manila time) at Queensland Sport and Athletic Stadium.Making the task even more difficult for the Busmen, who won the Asean zonal finals of the AFC Cup last year, is the fact that Brisbane is already in the middle of its season, although the Roar is running eighth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s still the second week of preseason for us so we are obviously unprepared to play these kind of games,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic, who survived Myanmar’s Shan United to set up a meeting with the Roar.The winner of the match will travel to China to face Tianjin Quanjian in the final round of qualifying. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide “Kung di ako magkaanak, kasalanan pa niya. Mabuti na lang meron na akong anak. Eh paano kung gusto pa ng asawa ko?,” he said, eliciting laugh from the reporters in the post-game scrum.(If I don’t get to have another kid again, that’s on him. It’s a good thing I already have kids. But what if my wife wants another one?)He continued: “Muntik pumutok yung balls ko eh. Naka-shoot na kami at tumalon lang ako para harangin yung bola, tapos nagulat nalang ako na binigyan ako ng uppercut. Imbis na maramdaman ko yung pain sa balls ko, umakyat sa ulo talaga. Galit na galit na galit na galit ako. Bakit niya ginawa yun? FEU pa naman siya. Yun lang ang kinakasama ng loob ko kanina.”(My balls almost exploded. I just went up to block the ball, then all of a sudden, I receive an uppercut. Instead of feeling the pain in my balls, it went up to my head. I was livid. How could he do that? He’s from FEU. That’s really what bothered me the most.)Santos said that he no longer had a chance to talk to Pogoy after the game as the latter was slapped with a flagrant foul penalty two for the stunt, leading to his ejection.ADVERTISEMENT “Kung gusto niya ng ganun, di bale na sa mukha niya ako suntukin. Kaysa sa ano dahil kaligayahan natin yun eh,” he said, reflecting on the heated exchange he and the TNT rookie had early in the third period.(If he wants [to punch me], then he should just punch me in the face instead of in [my groin], that’s a source of my happiness.)FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSantos jumped to rebound Alex Cabagnot’s already-made layup, but Pogoy seemingly went for an upper-cut under his outstretched legs, hitting his man parts.Infuriated, the former MVP as he exchanged words with his fellow Far Eastern U alumnus as the game was momentarily halted at the 8:36 mark of the third quarter. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The feisty Kapampangan forward wondered that there may be a reason why Pogoy no longer reached out to him.“Wala na eh, ayaw din niya makausap. Baka na-guilty din siya,” he said. “Di ko na maalala kung ano yung pinagsasabi ko eh. Talagang ang init ng ulo ko kanina. Isang ulo yung tinamaan niya eh, alam mo yun? Lalaki pa naman tayo. Ayaw natin tinatamaan yung mga ganoon. Panlaban natin yun eh. Alam niyo yan, di ba?“(He also didn’t want to talk. Maybe he feels guilty. I can’t remember what I said. I was really angry. I’m a guy, I don’t want getting hit there.)Pogoy was mum on the situation as he exited the venue together with TNT governor Pato Gregorio.But Santos warned the neophyte to not stoop down to that level and pick a dirty fight with him.“Wag niya ako subukan dahil kilala niya ako. Di ko siya aatrasan,” he said. “Para sa aming mga Kapampangan, si Calvin (Abueva) ang pinakamapangasar. Kung gusto nila ng ganoon, okay lang. Sasabayan namin siya.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Nat’l team plans to develop intangibles in Japan trip Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArwind Santos was still fuming over Roger Pogoy’s hit on his groin after San Miguel’s 102-88 victory over TNT in Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals.The veteran forward said that he’d rather have Pogoy punch him in the face rather than low-blow him again.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage
View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Khairul Jantan of Malaysia wins 100m dash. Eric Cray of the Philippines (right) comes in second. Photo from @KL2017 Twitter/MASOCKUALA LUMPUR — Nineeteen-year-old Khairul Jantan of Malaysia stunned Filipino defending champion Eric Cray to capture the men’s 100-meter dash Tuesday night in the 29th Southeast Asian Games.Cray, who ran in the 400m hurdles just one hour before the century dash final, stumbled across the finish line in an attempt to catch up with hometown bet who clearly got there first.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: SEA Games: Cray strikes gold in 400m hurdlesJantan clocked 10.38 seconds, while Cray wound up with a time of 10.43 to settle for silver in the event that he won two years ago in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJantan and Cray figured in a head-to-head battle but the Malaysian soon established a half-stride lead going into the last 10 meters.READ: Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash MOST READ Cray wins 400m hurdles by a nose with focus on century dash Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Obviously, Cray was too tired to put in his 100 percent as he was still recovering the 400m hurdles that he won.Zion Corrales Nelson didn’t place in the women’s century, an event the Philippines won in 2015 through Kayla Richardson who opted to concentrate on 200m and relays.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
Would you be outraged if someone whispered that Mahendra Singh Dhoni had wagered Rs 1 crore on an Indian victory in the World Cup? The sententious answer is yes; the honest answer is no. Dhoni would have bet on India’s side; he would have put money where his heart was, just as millions of other Indians did-in fact, those who bet on form must be kicking themselves now. We do not object to betting, even if it is illegal. We object to the unethical.Betting and cheating do not share an umbilical cord. The silly moaning about bookies is as ludicrous a bit of humbug as any devised in the long and often hypocritical history of commerce. Cheats are dishonest because they are cheats, not because they are gamblers. The best solution to illegal gambling is to legalise it. India, instead, is double-faced. Why should horse racing be permitted as a gambling sport, but not cricket? Has any government prevented anyone from gambling during Diwali? It is perfectly legal to bet on the outcome of any aspect of a cricket Test in England: has that corrupted English cricketers? No. In fact, it may be more valid to say that illegal gambling induces corruption since those in charge of the business have to, perforce, either belong to or work with the underworld.You might get a bizarre incident or two, but no systematic crime. The most famous case in my memory is that of an Australian fast bowler (still alive, honourably retired, but shall remain nameless in this column) during what has come to be known as the Botham series, thanks to the incredible feats Ian Botham engineered with both bat and ball. In one Test, England were in such a hopeless position that the odds on their victory climbed to 50-1. Our Australian pacer thought that they were too good to ignore, and placed a modest sum on Australia losing. Then Botham arrived and led England to a fairy tale win. The Australian collected from his bookie. Some eyebrows were raised, and a moustache or two possibly quivered, but no one accused the bowler of selling out.advertisementMoney and sport are natural partners, even though Victorian and post-Victorian England sponsored the classy fiction that honour was more, well, honourable, than cash. Cricket was unlawful in England till after the accession of Queen Victoria since the despotic Henry VIII banned all sport through an Act of Parliament in order to protect archery. The game survived because no law can ban anything which the people consider legitimate. Gambling was part of the fun, except when it reached ruinous proportions, or when it was hijacked by syndicates. The splendidly named and decorated Englishman, R. S. Rait Kerr CBE, DSO, MC, notes in The Laws of Cricket: Their History and Growth that stakes and gambling were “an essential factor in the development of cricket”, and that the highest royalty offered rewards as high as 1,000 guineas for an important match long before 1750.Where there is money, there will always arrive a pompous journalist, particularly if he can’t get his hands on any. The Chelmsford Chronicle intoned in 1774: “This sport has too long been perverted from diversion and innocent pastime to excessive gaming and public dissipation. Cricket matches are now degenerated into business of importance. The increasing evil our magistracy ought to suppress in the Artillery Ground. It is confidently said that a set of idle fellows, or more properly, a gang of dextrous gamblers, are hired and maintained by a most noble lord, at so little expense as 1,000 pounds a year.”Noble lord, of course. Professional bookmakers did try and steal matches, then as now, but instead of sending them underground British legislators did the necessary spadework overground. In 1774, laws were introduced to regulate and clean up betting. The British refused to throw the baby out with the bathwater. MCC removed bookmakers from Lord’s in 1820, and gradually both the sport and the flutter surrounding it found its true, and acceptable, levels.Our present legislators, across party lines, believe that if they close their eyes, there will be no bathwater. It is the sort of bogus moral pose that pretends that prohibition is necessary in Gujarat because Mahatma Gandhi was born there. Every Gandhian value is abandoned, but we cultivate his most irrelevant dictum. If Gandhi were alive, the present state of corruption would probably have turned him into a despairing alcoholic.Gandhi succeeded in mixing idealism and pragmatism in equal proportions. I daresay he would have approved legalised betting in 2011, with the provision that all its tax revenues be kept for poverty alleviation programmes. They could always be called the Mahendra Dhoni Garibi Hatao Yojana.advertisement
Indian captain Suresh Raina on Saturday expressed relief that Chris Gayle would be missing at least the first three games of the present limited overs series against his team.”To be honest yes (I’m relieved),” Raina remarked on the eve of the Twenty20 match which opens the six-week tour against the West Indies at Port of Spain on Friday.Gayle took the recent IPL by storm. The West Indian was the highest scorer (608 runs) with a strike rate in excess of 183 for Royal Challengers Bangalore.Raina remarked there is enough for his boys to be motivated to do well in the present series.”There is no short of motivation now that we have a reputation to defend, we are the world champions.”Raina is personally looking to perform consistently which would help to exorcise his demons against short-pitched delivery and cement his place in the Test team.”I am hitting the ball well and learning all the time in the company of Stephen Fleming, Gary Kirsten and now Duncan Fletcher.”Incidentally, all the three were left-handers during their careers.Indian coach Duncan Fletcher is excited by the Indian team’s talent, which he had a chance to see first hand as a consultant to New Zealand side last winter.He also realises the challenge confronting him, not the least because different approach would be required while dealing with seniors vis-?-vis juniors.”I was consultant to New Zealand (last winter) and just watching those young Indian players was very exciting.These young players have the calibre, they have been exposed early to top class cricket. They look very positive,” he said.advertisement”Dealing juniors from seniors present different scenarios. Each player needs different handling. Personally for me, its difficult to keep up with the standards they have set. Yet there is scope to get better and improve.”Fletcher seems to not consider the volume of cricket played in the negative light.”With the volume there is also a bigger pool of cricketers. It is a reality and you need to adjust to the present demands.”West Indian captain Darren Sammy said his side was equally motivated to do well.”They are the best side of the world and you are motivated to do well against them. I haven’t performed as I would have liked to but I want to give off my best.”Sammy was not worried about the comments in the Caribbean that he did not quite deserve his place in the squad.”I can do little about these comments. Fortunately I have a set of people around me who think differently, they support me. I too have belief in my ability.”West Indies presently are having difficulty against spinners and coach Ottis Gibson believed his team has talent to tackle it.Gibson did not want to get drawn into the controversy of players vs board in the Caribbean presently and said it was not for him to comment on it.- With PTI inputs
Virender Sehwag is in doubt for the upcoming Champions League Twenty20 after he has been advised two weeks of rest because of ligament injury he sustained during India’s last Super Eights game in the ICC World Twenty20 against South Africa here.Sehwag strained a ligament in his left ankle during South Africa’s innings on Tuesday night and according to the Indian team’s media manager Dr R N Baba, the right-hander has been advised rest for 14 days.Sehwag, who had a poor World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka, scoring only 54 runs in three innings at a strike rate of 112, suffered the injury while celebrating Jacques Kallis’ dismissal off Irfan Pathan in the fourth over.He limped off the field to be replaced by Manoj Tiwary, and did not return to the field again.The injury comes as a big blow for Delhi Daredevils of whom Sehwag remains a key player despite relinquishing captaincy duties for CLT20 to be held in South Africa from October 9.The Daredevils are scheduled to open their campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders on October 13 in Centurion.
Adrien Broner reacts to his loss to Manny Pacquiao in the WBA welterweight title boxing match Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)MANILA, Philippines—Adrien Broner suffered one convincing unanimous decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in their welterweight title fight and yet he had the audacity to call himself the true winner of the lopsided bout.Speaking to Showtime’s Jim Gray during the post-fight interview at MGM Grand in Las Vegas., Broner vehemently said that he should’ve won the WBA World welterweight title.ADVERTISEMENT “I beat him, everybody out there knows I beat him,” said Broner who even said that Gray was against him.READ: Still the champ: Manny Pacquiao keeps welterweight title, outpoints Adrien BronerFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I beat him. I controlled the fight. He was missing, I hit him clean more times. I beat him.”Broner did have his moments when he landed several clean shots to Pacquiao’s head but the Filipino was on another offensive and defensive level. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 29-year-old challenger was on the receiving of a brutal beating in the seventh round when Pacquiao, 40, pinned him against three separate corners.Broner had no choice but to clinch Pacquiao to avoid extra punishment.Pacquiao, however, wasn’t done in the seventh when he connected with a booming left straight that sent Broner rocking with the American having enough wits to back pedal and lean on the ropes to avoid going down.Broner (33-4-1) is yet to win a fight after his loss to Pacquiao (61-7-2) sent him to a three-fight winless streak.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Palace: Pacquiao brings honor to country, unites Filipinos in win vs Broner SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes