Neymar could finally make PSG debut on Sunday

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brazilian soccer star Neymar speaks during a press conference in Paris Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. Neymar arrived in Paris on Friday the day after he became the most expensive player in soccer history when completing his blockbuster transfer to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million).(AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Neymar is expected to make his much-awaited debut for Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday in the small Brittany town of Guingamp after French football authorities finally received his international transfer certificate.The French Football Federation received the document from its Spanish counterpart on Friday, more than a week after PSG signed the Brazilian from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The French football league then told The Associated Press the ITC was submitted by the federation, and Neymar’s transfer would be ratified later Friday, clearing the way for him to play at Guingamp on Sunday.The hold-up prevented Neymar from making his PSG debut last Saturday against Amiens after completing his world-record 222 million euros ($262 million) transfer.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 shutoutPSG wanted Neymar to start the season at its Parc des Princes home but his debut was delayed because of the paperwork issues. Neymar was unveiled to the PSG fans on Saturday but could only watch from the stands as his new team started its league campaign with a 2-0 win.Barcelona said there was nothing strange about the situation and the wait was due to the banks. Just a few hours before the French federation said it had received the ITC, the 222 million euros was made available in Barcelona’s accounts. LATEST STORIES Kevin Durant apologizes for India comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:13Neymar: ‘I couldn’t look at a football’ after the World Cup01:37Protesters 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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Barcelona denied speculation that slowed down the process in retaliation for PSG luring one of its biggest stars out of the Camp Nou. Barcelona said it had been waiting on the banks to complete the transaction for the massive amount of money.PSG coach Unai Emery has yet to announce his squad for the trip to Guingamp, but wants Neymar to be playing.“We all want him to start playing,” Emery told a news conference on Friday. “We want him in the squad, and in the starting 11. He has trained well, and we have also worked on tactical aspects and set-pieces. He is ready.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimeslast_img read more

Butler’s late points lift Timberwolves past Pelicans

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and nine rebounds, and the Pelicans tied it at 96 when Cousins bounced a pass to Anthony Davis cutting down the lane for a two-handed dunk.Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Holiday added 14 points for New Orleans, which has lost two straight.“We’re still a team figuring each other out and figuring out what’s best for us and what’s the best spots to put guys in,” Cousins said. “But I’m extremely confident in this team.”New Orleans trailed 92-80 before Cousins and Tony Allen each scored six points during a 14-4 run to tie it with 2:22 to go.That comeback bid was “definitely a sign that shows me this is a team that doesn’t stop fighting. That’s a plus for any team,” Cousins said. “We just need to fix a lot of minor things.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Astros win 1st World Series crown, top Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Taj Gibson had 11 points and 12 rebounds to help the Timberwolves outrebound the Pelicans 47-38. Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica scored 12 points apiece as Minnesota shot 49.4 percent (41 of 83).TIP INSTimberwolves: Towns had to sit with three fouls with 8:49 left in the second quarter after he caught Cousins across the face with his left hand. He didn’t score his first points until his put-back dunk with less than five minutes left. The third-year pro out of Kentucky has never been shut out. … Jamal Crawford, who had 11 points, closed out the first quarter by banking in a 39-foot shot from the mid-court circle. … The Timberwolves led for most of the first half, shooting 60.5 percent (26 of 43) and going up by as many as 12 points when Butler’s dunk made it 60-48.Pelicans: Allen had a season-high 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench. … The Pelicans fell to 1-3 at home after the second loss of a three-game home stand. … Cousins, who entered the game with 36 turnovers, had six in the first half and finished with eight of New Orleans’ 19 total turnovers.OFF TARGETCousins tied a career high with five 3-pointers, but missed his last three. The rest of the Pelicans were 3 of 21 combined from deep.Of the Pelicans’ 31 3s, coach Alvin Gentry said, “28 of them were really good looks and shots that you have to knock down.”QUOTABLE“Thibs is never happy. Come on now. Don’t write that. That’s fake news,” Towns said when asked whether coach Tom Thibodeau would be happy after two straight close road wins improved his club to 5-3. But Thibodeau could be seen smiling as Towns chatted with him near the locker room exit shortly afterward. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Butler can worry about that later. His go-ahead shot as he was fouled with 34 seconds left highlighted a 23-point performance and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 104-98 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points and stole the ball from Jrue Holiday with 24 seconds left to help seal the victory for Minnesota, which lost a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter before winning its third straight. Perhaps the most hopeful sign for Minnesota, which is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004, is that the Wolves won despite 22 turnovers and the fact that Karl-Anthony Towns, limited by foul trouble, scored only two points.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 shutout“It’s a different feeling. We’ve got a different confidence level,” Towns said, his constant smile, up-beat tone and subtle dance steps while grabbing grub from a buffet table in the locker room indicating how pleased he is to be on a team that can win when he has a rough game.“I’ll tell you one thing. It’s damn good to leave with a W,” Towns said. “Statistics don’t matter. It’s about making sure the team’s successful.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore (55). APNEW ORLEANS — Jimmy Butler insisted he wasn’t merely trying to earn foul shots when he faked Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore into the air, 20 feet from the basket, with the score tied in the final minute.“I was trying to get a bucket,” Butler said, agreeing that it wasn’t an easy shot with the 6-foot-4 Moore coming down on him as he put up his jumper. “It’s crazy to me, though, because I make the hard ones, but I cannot make wide-open jump shots to save my life right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “That’s why I am saying right now, UE has to revisit what direction they want to go. That is one thing also that I have to think about. We already have a disadvantage without an import and we have a hard time recruiting local guys, so that makes the job more difficult,” Pumaren said. “Sometimes I envy other teams like UST and UP which have their own imports. We don’t. It’s so hard to get a 6-7, 6-8 Filipino now, and where will we find him? Unless we go for a Fil-Am, but the budget is still another story.”Pumaren said being on the same page with the stakeholders in terms of enhancing the basketball program through better recruitment will be integral in bringing the Red Warriors back to contender status.“That’s why I said I don’t know what’s the direction. Of course, they’re looking for a win, but they have to give me also what I need,” he said. “We can’t go to war without anything to offer. When I recruit, it’s just my basketball program that I offer. It’s just like when I was able to recruit Alvin, teams were offering him big incentives, but I was just able to convince his mother. But it’s not like that every day. You’ll be lucky to get one, but it’s not enough.”“I might have a good program, but still, I have to also to have the materials. We can’t just be participants here.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors PLAY LIST 02:56UAAP Season 80 Preview: UE Red Warriors00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Pumaren was named UE head coach in 2014 but has yet to bring the Red Warriors back to the semifinals, and though UE showed a lot of promise in UAAP Season 80, it still finished with the second-worst record in the league at 3-11.“As I’ve told the team in the dugout, I think we could have done a lot better if we played consistently, both individually and as a team. I think that was the problem this season, that we were not playing consistent ball throughout,” he said.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 lack of success the past four seasons played a part in Pumaren expressing his doubts of coming back next year plus other matters that he hopes to discuss with the UE management.“I’m still thinking if I’m going to renew for next year because it depends on where they want the team’s direction to go to. Imagine, we don’t have an import, but when it comes to recruitment and getting the local guys, I would say that we’re far compared to the other teams, maybe even last,” he said. Read Next UE head coach Derrick Pumaren. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDerrick Pumaren is uncertain whether he would return to University of the East for another season after the Red Warriors failed to make the Final Four for the eighth consecutive year.“I don’t know, really. I still have to see what’s the direction of the UE management for next season and I have to think about that,” Pumaren said after his team fell to University of Santo Tomas, 85-88, on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST dominates UAAP judo anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Castro says Texters must play as a team against Beermen

first_imgView comments Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ross contributed heavily in practically all departments.“Everyone needs to contribute,” Castro said. “To beat San Miguel, that’s what we need. From Ranidel (De Ocampo), our team captain, down to our 14th guy. Everyone who plays must contribute. That’s our only chance.”Castro came out with all guns firing against the Gin Kings, shooting his first nine points inside the first four minutes of Game 4 before finishing off Ginebra with 10 of his total in the fourth.To be fair, the Texters churned out a well-balanced attack, with three other locals tossing in twin digits—RR Garcia firing 16; Kelly Williams, the 2008 Most Valuable Player, shooting 14; and rookie RR Pogoy chipping in 13.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jason Castro. INQUIRER.net PHOTO/TRISTAN TAMAYOJason Castro came up with a performance that towed TNT KaTropa past Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night and into a titanic best-of-seven clash with powerhouse San Miguel Beer for the PBA Commissioner’s Cup crown.After shooting 38 points and destroying all defenses thrown at him at the crunch in a series-clinching Game 4, it now looks like the Texters do have a chance against the Beermen, the consensus team-to-beat bannered by the champion all-Filipino core and a no-nonsense import in Charles Rhodes.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide The 5-foot-11 Castro, though, was quick to dispel any notion that TNT can beat San Miguel riding him again, like what the Texters did against the Gin Kings on Saturday.“It will not be Jason Castro versus Chris Ross or (which ever guard),” Castro said in Filipino as Game 1 is played Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We need to play as a team, and once we play as a team, things can happen.”Ross’ name was mentioned by scribes after the similarly cat-quick guard also played big in the last two games of the Beermen’s semifinal series against Star, a confrontation that ended with the same 3-1 score. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Championship may open PBA door for Racal Motors What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickenlast_img read more

Horn wants rematch in PH

first_imgChina furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Very few believed the former school teacher then as he was the huge underdog in his WBO tussle against the legendary Pacquiao.But Horn believed in himself, confident with his abilities and the preparations he and his trainers had taken during their 10-month training camp.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“It feels amazing,” Horn said during the postfight conference at a function room of Suncorp Stadium. “I felt just lucky throwing a lot of punches to upset his rhythm.”That was part of the 10-point plan charted by Glenn Rushton, Horn’s millionaire trainer. While he preferred his first title defense to be held in Brisbane, Horn said he’s open to the idea of going over to the Philippines to give Pacquiao a chance to regain the 147-pound crown.Another goal for Horn is to unify the welterweight titles and said he doesn’t mind facing unified world champion Keith Thurman or International Boxing Federation king Errol Spence, both Americans.Horn, who reportedly earned $500,000 for his title crack against Pacquiao, who stands to get around $8 to 10 million, said he was also motivated by the desire to give his wife and their unborn child a better life. Now that he’s a champion, Horn, only 29, can dream on without restrictions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next According to Horn, who showed up with his handsome face marked with welts, cuts and bruises, performing before over 50,000 people propped him up.And hearing them chanting his moniker, Hornet, gave him the strength to survive a near knockout in the ninth round and finish the bout still firing away.“That’s just my heart,” said Horn. “It keeps me going a couple of more rounds. I still feel good and came back in the 10th, 11th and 12th rounds. “Those homestretch rounds turned out to be pivotal as the referees awarded it to him for the marginal points in a unanimous decision over Pacquiao, 117-111 once, and 115-113 twice.Acknowledging that Pacquiao was indeed a great champion, Horn said he’s willing to give Pacquiao a rematch.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Jeff Horn of Australia celebrates after beating Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during their WBO World welterweight title fight in Brisbane, Australia, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)BRISBANE—Jeff Horn’s vision has come true. When the final bell rang, his arms were raised and the World Boxing Organization welterweight title was on his waist.While Manny Pacquiao saw no sign, nor dreamed of emerging the loser in their “Battle of Brisbane,” Horn bared during Wednesday’s press conference that he pictured himself at the top of the ring, victorious.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Only Pacman knows LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more

JRU back on track, pips Letran

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ JRU saw its winning run snapped at four by the Arellano Chiefs and JRU head coach Vergel Meneses praised his team for showing maturity in bouncing back from a loss.“It was important for us to bounce back after we lost to Arellano,” said Meneses in Filipino. “And this win showed the character of the players, that they can recover after a heartbreaking loss.”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 openingIn the second game, Christian Garcia dropped 20 of his 27 points in the first quarter alone and Sidney Onwuebere had 16 points and 15 rebounds as Emilio Aguinaldo College ripped Mapua University, 85-72, to keep its Final Four hopes afloat.Already playing minus big man Hamadou Laminou, who went down with a season-ending ACL injury, the Generals also lost bruiser Juju Bautista, who hurt his shoulder in a previous match. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES So-Baadur match goes to tiebreaks But it hardly mattered against an undermanned Cardinals squad, who dropped to 1-11 for the season. The Generals, meanwhile, improved to 5-6 to move to within half a game out of the playoff circle. —BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NETSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul 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 JRU’s Teytey Teodoro (right) evades the defense of Letran’s JP Calvo. —AUGUST DELA CRUZJose Rizal University wasted no time in getting back to the win column by frustrating Letran, 77-68, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Heavy Bombers held on to the third seed with a 7-4 record while the Knights slipped to a 5-6 card to hang precariously out of the top four.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Lomachenko and Rigondeaux to meet Dec. 9

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lomachenko won gold in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics fighting for Ukraine, while Rigondeaux won his golds in 2000 and 2004 for Cuba. Both are widely regarded as two of the best amateur fighters in history.Rigondeaux is 17-0 with 11 knockouts as a pro, while Lomachenko is 9-1 with seven knockouts.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 opening Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ex-NBA player sentenced to prison for selling stolen guns NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Vasyl Lomachenko, of Ukraine, celebrates after defeating Nicholas Walters, of Jamaica, in a WBO junior lightweight title boxing match Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016, in Las Vegas. APNEW YORK — Vasyl Lomachenko and Guillermo Rigondeaux, who both own two Olympic gold medals, will meet Dec. 9 in the latest in a series of Saturday night fights on ESPN.Lomachenko will defend his 130-pound title against Rigondeaux, a defensive specialist who will be moving up in weight from 122 pounds to challenge for the belt. Promoter Top Rank said Friday that the fight will be held in the theater at Madison Square Garden.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Paris disappointment past her, Saina eyes CWG gold

first_imgThe quarter-final ouster in World Championship is a thing of past for ace shuttler Saina Nehwal whose only target is now to clinch a medal for the country in next month’s Commonwealth Games to be held in Delhi.”My aim is to win a medal for the country at the Commonwealth Games,” the shuttler said even as she went into intense preparations at the Pullela Gopichand-Nimmagadda Foundation Badminton Academy at Gachibowli here.”I have four more weeks for that (Commonwealth Games). This time I will be preparing even more harder, because it’s happening in India. It’s a big tournament. I am focusing on my game and I have to win a medal. Let’s see what happens finally,” the World Number 3 Saina said.”For me it’s only preparations now for doing well in the Commonwealth Games,” she added.Asked about her experience at the World Championship in Paris, where she lost to Chinese Shixian Wang, the 20-year-old said: “I think I was not moving quite well on that day. It was really a slow game for me, though I gave her a tough fight.”But it happens. When you play at that level you lose badly sometimes. I was really disappointed at the loss. I thought the way I played in the last few tournaments compared to that it was a bit slower this time,” she pointed out, adding “I could have reached the semi-finals.””I need to work more on my movements and also on my mental strength, because in this match I noticed that I gave up some points. I didn’t even think I will do such kind of silly mistakes. May be next time I will overcome (mistakes),” the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna awardee noted.advertisementSaina, who slipped one spot from her career-best position of world number two in the latest international badminton rankings, observed:”No regrets. I have been playing very well. Last two years have been fantastic. I am sure the rest of the year will be a very good one for me.”Chief national coach and Saina’s mentor Pullela Gopichand, when asked about his disciple’s performance in the World Championship, remarked: “Yes, a little disappointment but we have to move on.””I think there are lessons to be learnt. The sooner we learn the better it is. We have big tournaments coming up with the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi from October 3 before the Asian Games and we need to get over it (loss at World Championships) as quickly as there is not enough time. We have to get back to work and make the amends quickly to get results,” Gopichand added.last_img read more

BJP organises ‘Corruption under UPA government’ exhibition

first_imgFor a party that reserves dancing as a fundamental right and has patented the mythological rath yatra as the new-age equivalent of the humble protest march, it was natural for the BJP to set about portraying even corruption in an exhibition. Literally.Invites were issued to the media on Saturday morning to picture the president of the principal Opposition party Nitin Gadkari inaugurating an exhibition.Indeed, the theme of this ostensibly creative exercise was “corruption under UPA government”. Naturally, the allusions to corruption in the BJP-ruled Karnataka and Uttarakhand were not to be expected. And they were not made.The most iconic images of political corruption before Suresh Kalmadi of the Commonwealth Games infamy appeared on television screens with a smirk were naturally not on display.The BJP’s creative fight against corruption was sadly wanting in the absence of former BJP president Bangaru Laxman gleefully accepting wads of cash in the Tehelka tapes and party MP from Chhattisgarh Dilip Singh Judev’s lyrical tribute to his bribe- givers: “Paisa Khuda to nahin, par Khuda ki kasam, Khuda se kam bhi nahin (Money is not God. But by God, it is no less than God.)” Unmindful of such oversights, the BJP’s media wing was clearly concentrating on the task at hand. The early morning message was altered soon to announce that it was, in fact, not the BJP president but former president M. Venkaiah Naidu who will “inaugurate the exhibition”. Gadkari was stuck in a storm at Badrinath, not an unusual happenstance where the Hindu party is concerned.advertisementCameras were duly stationed and the party general secretary Vijay Goel, a manabout- town who is adept at organising such curious events, quickly collected a crowd of excited party workers.”It was my idea,” Goel was happy to inform. “The president gave his approval.In fact, he has said that our exhibition should travel to all the states.” Goel strung a red ribbon across the entrance to the conference hall in the BJP’s headquarters. A tray covered with colourful cloth materialised with a pair of scissors wrapped in saffron ribbons.Naidu arrived in his SUV to be given a ceremonial welcome by the three general secretaries – Ram Lal, Goel and J. P. Nadda. Party vice- president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi joined in and the welcome party strode towards the venue where cameras waited and work-ers in saffron shouted slogans, holding placards displaying caricatures of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as an oppressor and yoga guru Ramdev as a victim.Naidu cut the red ribbon to thunderous applause and the gathering moved indoors where the “exhibition” was on. It included large cutouts of newspaper clippings on an assortment of scams – CWG, 2G, Antrix-Devas et al. Pictures, mostly of Gadkari in righteous rage, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, L. K. Advani sitting on their day’s satyagraha at Rajghat minus, of course, the images of the midnight dance performance by the leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, were on display.A television looped the midnight crackdown at Ramdev’s protest in Ramlila Maidan surrounded by still images of him in various stages of undress till he appeared in women’s clothing.The party is confident the effort will awaken consciousness about political graft. If just the creative and aesthetic value of the exercise was to be ascertained by the masses, it would probably have the potential of reversing the popular sentiment against corruption.Thankfully for the BJP, the show will remain restricted to the faithful.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

Andre Villas Boas Chelsea’s new manager

first_imgAll eyes are on Blues’ New Manager. The English Premier League runners up Chelsea officially unveiled their new manager Andre Villas Boas.  The former Porto manager was handed a three-year contract that starts with immediate effect on a reported contract of five-million pounds sterling a year.  It’s not the first time though that Boas will be working at Stamford Bridge having assisted Jose Mourinho during his time at the club.  Fresh from guiding Portuguese giants FC Porto to domestic league and Europa League titles, his first task will be to decide at what stage the team – featuring ageing stars like Frank Lampard, Didier Drogba and John Terry – needs to be dismantled and rebuilt. The man often compared to his former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is hoping to bring some much-needed dynamism to a club that failed to land any silverware last season.For more News, click here.last_img read more

Punjab govt announces Rs 25 lakh for Hockey India team

first_imgAfter the outrage over Hockey India’s meagre incentives to the victorious hockey players, state governments are showing the way.   Even as the Union Sports Ministry washed its hands off the entire episode, the Punjab and Maharashtra state governments have announced bigger cash rewards for the players. While Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal has announced Rs 25 lakh for the entire team, the Maharashtra government is giving 10 lakh to Yuvraj Walmiki, a player from the state. The move comes even as the Sports Minister Ajay Maken failed to announce any rewards suggesting they had spent enough on Indian hockey.  In fact, after announcing the reward, the Punjab deputy CM said the Centre should apologise for the shabby treatment of the players after their big win. Hockey India had offered the players a paltry sum of Rs 25,000 for the recently won Asian Champions Trophy, which was refused by the team. The players were offered the money by HI during their felicitation on Tuesday. But the players refused, saying the amount was too less and would not even fetch them a decent playing kit. The Indian team beat archrivals Pakistan 4-2 in a tie-breaker in the finals of the inaugural championship in China. Hockey management in India too is under perennial crisis. Recently, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) withdrew the hosting rights for the 2011 men’s Champions Trophy from India. Maken was quick to absolve the Sports Ministry of any blame in the matter. He tweeted that the government had nothing to do with the measly reward for the new Asian champions. The Sports Minister tweeted, “Rs 25000 cash award was not announced by Govt but by the Hockey India. Govt spends all the money on training, coaching & foreign exposure.” He went on to tweet that the government has spent almost Rs eight crore on the hockey team in the last six months, Rs 5.97 crore on national coaching camps, Rs 1.75cr on foreign visits and Rs 8.75 lakh on foreign experts.advertisementlast_img read more

PBA stars put family first on Christmas

first_imgBREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Stars such as Gabe Norwood, who is also a longtime national team player, had quite a hectic year having played abroad to represent the country in the Asian Games and Fiba World Cup Asian qualifers while also suiting up for Rain or Shine in the PBA .The holiday season, however, provides a much-needed respite and  opportunity to make up for lost time with family.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Athletes spend much of their time training and preparing for the next competition. They participate in one tournament after another and at times, travel out of town and overseas.That’s what some PBA players go through on a yearly basis.ADVERTISEMENT Jazz pull away for 117-96 win over Blazers Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES MOST READ Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Fellow PBA stars Chris Ross, Mark Barroca and Rome dela Rosa, meanwhile, spent the Yuletide season in the US.Ross, the six-time PBA champion from San Miguel Beer, went back to San Antonio, Texas where he played high school basketball to be with his family while dela Rosa, who helped Magnolia bag the 2018 Governors’ Cup title, had Christmas with his wife and two daughters in San Diego, California where he grew up.Barroca, who was the Finals MVP of the series, took a trip to New York City with his wife and daughter.Photo from Chris Ross’ Instagram accountPhoto from Rome dela Rosa’s Instagram accountPhoto from Mark Barroca’s Instagram accountADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Christmas 2018! 🎄🎅🏽⛄️❄️🧣 pic.twitter.com/d4TIQsdqNe— Gabe Norwood (@GNorwood5) December 25, 2018 View commentslast_img read more

Team Lakay’s rough start lights a fire under Danny Kingad

first_imgRiled up by the losses, Kingad has no shortage of motivation when he kicks off Team Lakay’s bid at ONE: Hero’s Ascent at Mall of Asia Arena where his stablemate Geje Eustaquio is defending his flyweight strap.“I’m really eager to bounce back after what happened to Joshua and Kelly,” the 23-year-old Kingad, who is facing Tatsumitsu Wada of Japan, told reporters Tuesday after the press conference at City of Dreams.FEATURED 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 feel like I’m excited and angry at the same time. I just want to win this bad.” Stakes are higher for Kingad this time, with the winner of his bout entering the Flyweight World Grand Prix where eight of the best in the division will face off in a last-man-standing format for the world title.From the looks of it, the Grand Prix tournaments will be one of the highlights of the year for the promotion as the fighters they get to test their mettle against ONE’s newest prized recruits.“I really prepared for this because there’s a chance to be in the Grand Prix,” said Kingad. “I’m really ready for this bout.”ADVERTISEMENT Rafael Nadal puts Stefanos Tsitsipas in crosshairs after slaying giantkiller Frances Tiafoe Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Team Lakay’s Danny Kingad. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Seeing two of his brothers fall just sparked a fire inside Danny Kingad, who is all the more determined to deliver Team Lakay its first win of the year on Friday.Edward Kelly and Joshua Pacio failed in their campaigns in ONE: Eternal Glory last Saturday in Jakarta as Team Lakay lost its strawweight belt after Pacio dropped a split decision to Yosuke Saruta in the main event.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READlast_img read more

Kat Tolentino hopes to finally experience winning UAAP title before leaving Ateneo

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Over 3k athletes converge at 2019 Batang Pinoy in Tagum City SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte She had spend quite some time on the sidelines recovering from the anterior cruciate ligament tear in her right knee but being healthy for the past three years, she only has one goal in mind—to win that elusive title.“I’m hoping to get that championship before I leave,” said Tolentino Friday at Blue Eagle Gym in Ateneo after the team’s practice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesTolentino was one of Ateneo’s best players in Season 80 tallying a total of 185 points to become the ninth best scorer in the league and the second-highest scoring Lady Eagle behind Jhoanna Maraguinot who had a total of 203 points.She’s also seen gradual improvement from the team that struggled to return to championship form since three-time UAAP MVP and two-time champion Alyssa Valdez graduated in 2016. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments “I think it’s really a good year for the team because we’re really blending in well with coach O’s [Oliver Almadro] system and you can see the improvement since our training in July last year,” said Tolentino. “I’m really happy with the team.”Tolentino knows that getting to the championship round, a place Ateneo has been in for six straight seasons beginning in 2012 until 2017, will require the combined efforts of a rather polarizing roster.The Lady Eagles have a mixed bag of seniors in Tolentino, captain Bea De Leon, co-captain Maddie Madayag, Kim Gequillana, and Ponggay Gaston, and a ton of rookies.“It’s a challenge because the majority of the team is made up of rookies and at the same time we have quite a few seniors in Bea, Maddie, and Kim and they’ve taken up the leadership role,” said Tolentino.“It’s not too bad because we have our own goal and coach O has given us that role since the beginning so we all prepared and we all contributed to the team in any way we can.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MANILA, Philippines—Kat Tolentino was supposed to be part of the 2015 Ateneo team that won the UAAP women’s volleyball title but a knee injury prevented her from even stepping into the padded floors.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warlast_img read more

Blue Eagles roll past Green Spikers; Falcons outlast Tigers

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MANILA, Philippines—Ateneo had a Sunday cruise after dismantling De La Salle in three sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-15, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Tony Koyfmann had 15 points to lead the Blue Eagles while Chumason Njigha and Ishmael Rivera added 10 points apiece for Season 80’s runners-up.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the other game, Adamson University survived University of Santo Tomas in five sets, 33-31, 23-25, 16-25, 25-15, 16-14.Paolo Pablico led the Soaring Falcons with 23 points while Lheo Miranda had 13.Joshua Umandal had 22 points for the Tiger Spikers while Manuel Medina added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrantscenter_img PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo head coach Timothy Sto. Tomas said he was surprised his team was able to pull off the sweep against the Green Spikers since the Blue Eagles are essentially on a rebuild after the departure of setter Ish Polvorosa and Marck Espejo due to graduation.“This is definitely a morale-booster for us because people are saying that we don’t have Marck or Ish and they’ll think that we won’t have any scorers,” said Sto. Tomas in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“But that’s the thing because now I was able to instill in them that everyone will score for the team, that’s their mentality right now.”Chris Dumago led La Salle with 12 points. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations UST holds off Adamson in season-opening win View commentslast_img read more

Indonesia makes 2032 Olympics bid official

first_imgGrace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Tiger Woods, Novak Djokovic, Lindsey Vonn win Laureus World Sports Awards “Indonesia is ready to host the Olympics,” Madang told The Associated Press. “What we need now is support from all the Indonesian people and the international community.”Widodo, who is campaigning for re-election, made a surprise announcement of plans to bid for the 2032 games after the Indonesian cities of Jakarta and Palembang co-hosted the 18th Asian Games in August, and the process has gathered momentum. The Olympics have never been held in Southeast Asia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThere were doubts Indonesia could successfully host the Asian Games, an event involving more than 10,000 athletes, but its reasonably smooth execution was praised by the IOC, paving the way for a tilt at even bigger sports events.India is planning to bid for the 2032 games and North and South Korea have confirmed an intention to launch a joint bid. Australia and Russia have also expressed interest. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Problems with the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, a developing country that like Indonesia suffers endemic corruption, may count against the chances of the Indonesian bid.By some estimates it cost Brazil about $20 billion to host the Olympics, the kind of bill that is likely to raise objections in Indonesia, despite projections it will be among the world’s 10 biggest economies by 2030 with a population nearing 300 million.Tokyo is hosting the 2020 Olympics. Paris and Los Angeles have already been selected to host the following two games, in 2024 and 2028, respectively.___ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Fireworks explode over the Gelora Bung Karno main stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. (Photo by Arief Bagus / AFP)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesia has officially joined bidding to host the 2032 Olympics following its success staging the Asian Games last year, the deputy chairman of its national Olympic committee said Tuesday, highlighting the rising ambitions of the giant but perennially underperforming Southeast Asian nation.Muddai Madang said letters from President Joko Widodo and the national Olympic committee were delivered to the International Olympic Committee’s president in Lausanne last week by Indonesia’s ambassador to Switzerland.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

ONE: Jeremy Miado confident he can conquer Dejdamrong anew

first_imgSteph Curry joins Barack Obama at ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ event US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Jeremy Miado sets the tone for Filipinos in ONE: Conquest of Champions card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena. photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino strawweight Jeremy Miado expects the same result when he fights Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke in a rematch on Friday in ONE: Call to Greatness in Singapore.Miado sees himself beating Amnuaysirichoke again after knocking the Thai warrior just 84 seconds into their first fight last year.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting “It’s going to be an explosive contest and I expect to emerge the victor once again,” Miado said.“I have the greatest respect for Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, but I am coming for the win and I am confident I can do it again in this rematch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAmnuaysirichoke, meanwhile, vows to be a better fighter the second time around.“Jeremy Miado is a tough warrior and I can’t underestimate him. I will give a better performance in this rematch and make my fans in Singapore and Thailand proud,” the former strawweight champion said. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more

Kyrie Irving’s 30 propel Celtics past Lakers

first_img1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end “Under no circumstances is it fun to lose,” Wagner said. “I told Luke after the game, it hurts to fight like that and to come away with another loss.”FRESH STARTJohnathan Williams added career bests of 18 points and 10 rebounds in the undrafted rookie from Gonzaga’s ninth appearance for the Lakers, who will get plenty of chances to show off the franchise’s impressive acumen in scouting and personnel development down the stretch of another lost season.UP NEXTCeltics: At Clippers on Monday night.Lakers: At Chicago on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rajon Rondo, whose buzzer-beating jumper beat his former team in Boston last month, had four points, nine assists and six rebounds for the Lakers.TIP-INSCeltics: Boston shot 51.6 percent and his 14 3-pointers. … Al Horford and Terry Rozier added 10 points apiece.Lakers: LA was 5-for-27 on 3-pointers, including 1-for-5 by James. … Lance Stephenson also sat out for the fourth time in five games to rest his sprained toe. … James, Ingram and Ball have played together in only 23 games this season, and the Lakers went 15-8.COMPOUNDED INJURIESThe Lakers played without Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma after receiving another round of discouraging injury news before the game. Ingram was ruled out for the season with a blood clot in his upper body , a potentially serious problem.Kuzma also wasn’t ready to return from the sprained ankle that sidelined him for a second straight game, and Ball will miss at least two more weeks with a sprained ankle that hasn’t improved enough since he was injured Jan. 19. Ball has missed big chunks of his first two NBA seasons due to injuries.Combined with coach Luke Walton’s decision to closely monitor James’ minutes over the final month, the 10th-place Lakers are already looking toward the summer and LeBron’s second season in Hollywood.AUF GEHTSMoe Wagner scored a career-high 22 points in his first start for Los Angeles, which has lost nine of 11 overall. The German rookie went 7 for 13 and grabbed six rebounds. P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 LATEST STORIES SPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIrving didn’t make the playoffs with the Cleveland Cavaliers until James returned for the 2014-15 season, so he can do more than imagine. But playoff qualification won’t be a problem for his Celtics, whose up-and-down regular season has hit a high on the West Coast during a strong trip that concludes Monday against the Clippers.“The stuff that happens in the regular season, you can barely remember it in the playoffs,” Irving said with a shrug. Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James, right, and Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving chat with their mouths covered during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — LeBron James put up a triple-double in less than 28 minutes, and it still wasn’t enough to keep his patchwork Los Angeles Lakers competitive against Kyrie Irving and the surging Boston Celtics.Irving was the biggest reason for that disappointment during a fairly predictable chapter of this storied rivalry between two franchises heading in opposite directions.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Irving scored 30 points and Marcus Smart had 16 in the Celtics’ 120-107 victory over the short-handed Lakers on Saturday night, propelling Boston to its third consecutive win on its California trip.“I feel for him,” Irving said, citing the Lakers’ injuries around James. “LeBron has always been a championship contender. Not to qualify for the playoffs is hard. I can only imagine.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston was challenged while James racked up his 80th career triple-double in a makeshift Lakers lineup missing three injured starters, but Irving hit a series of big shots down the stretch to seal it. After missing Wednesday’s win at Sacramento with a bruised thigh, Irving added seven rebounds and seven assists.Marcus Morris had 16 points and seven rebounds for the Celtics, and Gordon Hayward added 15 points.“I feel like we’re on the right track,” Hayward said. “Certainly winning three in a row helps that. Certainly we can improve, too. We just want to be playing our best basketball come playoff time.”James had 30 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in his seventh triple-double for the Lakers, who have lost five straight in a playoff chase that looks futile at this point.“I did like the way we played,” James said. “I thought we shared the ball. I thought we defended them for the majority of the game. That’s a very good team over there. Their hopes are very, very high in the Eastern Conference.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Robert Lewandowski becomes Bundesliga’s top-scoring foreign player View commentslast_img read more