Referee for England-US match loves yellow card

first_imgCarlos Simon, who will referee the match between England and the United States at the World Cup, went through cards with the speed of a Las Vegas dealer at the 2006 tournament.The Brazilian referee issued five yellows during Italy’s 2-0 first-round victory over Ghana, handing the first to Daniele de Rossi 10 minutes in.He gave out eight more in Spain’s 3-1 win over Tunisia, and added four yellows and a red to his total as Germany beat Sweden 2-0 in the second round.He’s been selected to officiate England’s first match at this year’s World Cup, on Saturday. Given an English team and an American side filled with Premier Leaguers, it could make for a match of attrition.”A foul in England is a foul,” American goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann said. “In another country, they’re wondering if it’s a yellow card or a red card.”The U.S. had its own card-filled night at the last World Cup. In the 1-1 draw against Italy, the Americans went a man up when De Rossi was sent off by Uruguayan Jorge Larrionda in the 28th minute for an elbow that split Brian McBride’s left cheek.Seventeen minutes later, the sides were evened when Pablo Mastroeni was shown red for a studs-up tackle on Andrea Pirlo.American defender Eddie Pope was sent off two minutes into the second half for his second yellow.World Cup matches generally are refereed more tightly than league games, especially than those in England.”You go into a World Cup, you always want to have a little bit of sense of what FIFA has now chosen to clamp down on,” American midfielder Michael Bradley said. “That will be something we think about.”advertisementBradley, who plays for Borussia Moenchengladbach in Germany, missed last year’s Confederations Cup final against Brazil after getting a red card in the semifinal victory over Spain for a lunging tackle.Yet, he doesn’t want think about curbing the roughness too much.”Having a physical edge is something that we bring on our best days and I think we need to look to have on Saturday,” he said.England forward Wayne Rooney will be playing his first World Cup match since his team’s penalty-shootout loss to Portugal in the 2006 quarterfinals. He got a red card that night for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho’s groin _ with then-Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo running over to Argentinian referee Horacio Elizondo to plead for Rooney’s dismissal.”I think you always have to be conscious of referees and their decisions,” said American defender Jay DeMerit, captain of Watford in England’s second-tier Championship.”If you go in and do a tackle that you think you might be able to get away with in England, you might not be able to get away with it on this type of stage, you know. And I think that’s our job, to realize that, and to understand the rules.”FIFA has tried to increase protection of goal-scorers, telling referees to give red cards for career-threatening fouls. But just because Simon gave out lots of cards four years ago, American right back Steve Cherundolo doesn’t necessarily expect a similar spate.”I think the game Saturday, of course it will be a hard-fought game,” he said. “Both teams want to win. Both are physically talented. So I assume there will be some tackles that may be reported or punished by a yellow card _ I hope no red cards. It’s part of the game, but I don’t expect the referee to show more only because he has in the past.”Coach Bob Bradley knows games probably will be called tightly, and has made his feelings known.”It’s important that there’s discipline,” he said Wednesday. “I think we’ve seen in a number of World Cups, especially in the first round, the fact that players must respect the game, must respect their opponents. Otherwise, there will be cards given.last_img read more

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India beat England by 6 wickets in 4th ODI

first_imgIndia rode on stroke-filled half centuries from Suresh Raina (80) and Virat Kohli (86) as they recovered from an early jolt to post a comfortable six-wicket victory over England and take 4-0 lead in the five-match ODI series in Mumbai on Sunday.Chasing England’s modest total of 220 all out, Kohli and Raina combined well to put on a match-winning partnership of 131 in 113 balls to help India overhaul the target with 9.5 overs to spare at the Wankhede Stadium.Returning to the Wankhede Stadium, the scene of their famous triumph in the World Cup final on April 2, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men first put England on the mat with a clinically efficient bowling display after the visitors had gone off to a flying start of 39 in six overs.The modest target set by England, who were dismissed in only 46.1 overs, was not stiff enough to test the batting strength of the home team who wobbled at 21 for 2 and then 46 for 3 before Raina and Kohli took the game away from the tourists.Raina, who hit his 19th half ton in 129 games, departed at 171 but skipper Dhoni (15 not out) was cool as ever in the company of Kohli, who struck his 18th fifty in 68 ODIs, as the fifth wicket duo stitched an unconquered stand of 52 runs to pull India past the finish line in 40.1 overs.The home team, thus, kept themselves in the hunt for a 5-0 clean sweep in the series with the final ODI scheduled at Kolkata on October 25.It was, incidentally, the first-ever ODI victory for the hosts at this venue against England following defeats in the 1987 World Cup semi final and the 2001-02 bilateral series encounter.advertisementEarlier, India dismissed England for a modest total 220 in 46.1 overs after the visiting team had started in a bright fashion after opting to bat first on a slow surface.last_img read more

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Decision to field first in 1996 WC semis stunned me: Kambli

first_imgFormer cricketer Vinod Kambli on Friday raised suspicion on the 1996 World Cup semi-final between India and Sri Lanka and said he found “something amiss” in the game, a claim which came in for sharp criticism from Sourav Ganguly.Kambli, who scored 1084 runs in 17 Tests and 2477 runs in 104 ODIs for India, said he was suspicious of then captain Mohammed Azharuddin’s decision to field first in the semi-final which was eventually awarded to Sri Lanka because of crowd problem.However, Ganguly said just because India batted second in the match doesn’t mean that it was fixed and Kambli should back up his claims with solid proof.Kambli claims that his suspicion arose due to Mohammed Azharuddin’s decision to field first even though it was unanimously decided that the team would bat after winning the toss.”I will never forget the 1996 match because my career ended after this and I was dropped from the team. I was stunned by India’s decision to field,” Kambli said while participating in a STAR News debate on ex-chief of ICC anti-corruption unit Paul Condon’s statement that in the 90s and in the following years all of cricket’s leading countries were involved in fixing major matches.”I was standing on one side and on the other end my fellow batsman was telling me that we would chase the target.However, soon after they quickly got out one by one. I don’t know what transpired.”Something was definitely amiss. However, I was not given a chance to speak and was dropped soon after. Our team manager at that time Ajit Wadekar was aware of everything. He had even written an article afterwards that Vinod Kambli had been made a scapegoat,” he said.advertisementKambli said he was shocked when it came to know that they have to field when everybody was mentally prepared to bat.”We had been playing well during the entire World Cup and even defeated the likes of West Indies and Pakistan to reach the semifinal. Our openers were all set to bat, however, at the nick of time, we learnt we had to field. I got a huge shock after learning this,” he said.last_img read more

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Tihar shows the way

first_imgNew Delhi’s Tihar Jail has always prided itself as being a cut above the others in the country. It has held VIPs and conmen and murderers and thieves, but it also has an aggressive programme to engage prisoners through “extra curricular” activities like yoga, sports, computer education and so on.Instead of getting into drugs and violence which are endemic in prisons, the inmates are entertained, as well as provided an opportunity to do something productive.Tihar’s latest experiment is a project in using the universal love for music to engage its inmates. The 18th century poet and playwright William Congreve once said, “Music has charms to soothe a savage breast.” He may not quite have had rock music in mind, but the general idea is the same.A recent rock concert for the inmates featured several Delhi bands as well as an in-house group, “Flying Souls”, which pointed to the ways in which innovative ideas can be used to occupy prison inmates in some fruitful and pleasant activity.last_img read more

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‘Where will Indian cricket be without Tendulkar, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman, Kumble?’

first_imgWithout Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman (above) and Kumble; it is what Indian cricket will look like in 2014.The question this week is:where will Indian cricket be the day after tomorrow? Not literally, but say a decade from now. We have seen what the batting looks like without Sachin Tendulkar. Now,Without Tendulkar, Ganguly, Dravid, Laxman (above) and Kumble; it is what Indian cricket will look like in 2014.The question this week is:where will Indian cricket be the day after tomorrow? Not literally, but say a decade from now. We have seen what the batting looks like without Sachin Tendulkar. Now take away Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, V.V.S. Laxman and Anil Kumble as well because in 2014 they will not be around.From the current lot, who will be captain? The anchor of the batting? The sane voice in the change room? Ask the current selection committee.There is a good chance they will say that they don’t know and they don’t particularly care because they won’t be picking teams then. It will be someone else’s headache.Indian cricket-as in the long-term, big-picture entity and not the money-spinning hype-fest-is always someone else’s headache. When the BCCI can forget to book the team’s hotel rooms in time for the Bangalore Test (oops, sorry fellas, slipped the mind), planning a smooth hand-over of generations is hardly priority.Captain Ganguly may believe that the Indians are the world’s best side after Australia but what he has is a competitive team, a moment in time. What his team is up against this month though is an idea, a dynasty, an ascendant cricketing empire. The difference lies in the details.Australia are without all but two of the batsmen (Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer) and two of the bowlers (Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne) who beat the West Indies in 1995, the event that marks the beginning of their rise to power. But they haven’t broken stride since. They have been smart with selection, methodical with their planning and only then, lucky to be blessed with bowlers of the calibre of McGrath, Warne and Jason Gillespie. If Simon Katich and Damien Martyn on the current team touring India, spent years waiting to break into the playing eleven, they were years of tough, domestic cricket. Look at them now.And look at India. The domestic game is not a support structure for the elite team, but a parallel universe. This is the end of October and there is no first-class cricket where Parthiv Patel can work out his problems. Where players can be spotted for slots that may open up in six months. If there is no vision for six months from now, what will the next decade look like? The bowling is finding its feet, but the gen next of batsmen seem to be made up entirely of kamikaze pilots.Indian cricket continues to be run by the seat of its pants, more so this year with the fallout of the BCCI elections. This is India’s toughest home season in more than 20 years.Australia are standing on the windpipe every second of every session of every contest, with South Africa and Pakistan to follow. The batsmen are struggling, the bowlers are keeping body and soul together on will alone.Into this scenario, the entrance of the enigmatic and powerful Sunil Gavaskar is intriguing. Not just for its theatrical timing-approached through a text message from Ganguly, named consultant at the very last instant- but its novelty. Of course, the players will respond to and benefit from his presence; he is not Indian cricket’s Mr Ten Thousand for nothing. But the questions and conspiracy theories remain: is this a one-off? Or a long-term relationship? If no,why not?Is this all a dark plot to undermine John Wright? Yes, no, maybe? Whatever for? Nobody knows. There is no clarity to be found outside the dressing room.Hopefully, there is plenty inside. If not, we are toast. The Aussies are already 1-0 up, remember.Deterred either by the BCCI’s administrative wasteland or the prospect of putting their reputations on the line all over again, the best minds in Indian cricket have worked outside the elite level and its key decision-making areas like planning, coaching and selection for too long. It has led to inferior intellects taking-or rather not taking-important decisions. Elsewhere, Richard Hadlee is chairman of selectors in New Zealand.Gavaskar’s Aussie rival Allan Border is a selector and Greg Chappell has already had a crack at the job. It means getting the hands dirty, but there is no other way to build monuments or dynasties. Only when India’s cricket systems evolve will its cricket team.advertisementlast_img read more

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WWE Wrestlemania 28, see pics

first_imgWrestleMania is a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced annually by WWE , a professional wrestling promotion based in Connecticut. WrestleMania XXVIII was held on April 1, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium, Miami Gardens, Florida. There were eight official matches on the event’s card.The best of WrestleMania XXVIII photos Along with WrestleMania XXVIII, a series of events grouped as “WrestleMania Week” were held in the week preceding the event including WrestleMania’s annual WrestleMania Axxess fan convention at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame ceremony at the American Airlines Arena, the finals of the WrestleMania Reading Challenge, and a Celebrity Pro-Am Golf tournament.WWE first produced the event in 1985 to be its premiere annual event and has since then produced twenty-seven editions.WWE regards it as a flagship event due to it being the most successful and longest-running professional wrestling event in history. WrestleMania was conceptualized by WWE owner Vince McMahon.WrestleMania’s widespread success helped transform the professional wrestling industry and make WWE the most successful wrestling promotion in the world.last_img read more

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India in 1996: Major events and happenings

first_imgWatching failure is one of the grandest spectator sports in the world, second only to tracking success.1996, though it had more than its fair share of both, is largely an annus of annihilation, the year the mighty fell from public grace-from former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao to god man,Watching failure is one of the grandest spectator sports in the world, second only to tracking success.1996, though it had more than its fair share of both, is largely an annus of annihilation, the year the mighty fell from public grace-from former prime minister P.V. Narasimha Rao to god man Chandraswami, and former CEC T.N. Seshan to super-cop K.P.S. Gill and a handful of other big names in between.Then again, itwas a year when India’s brightest stars raised a toast or two in celebration of Bollywood’s centenary. And halfway between the gutter and the stars, slaved the country’s remaining 936 million inhabitants, battling galloping inflation, a slowed economy, an uncertain budget and a shaky government, including one for just 13 days.Anything, just anything, is possible in Indian democracy. But, then again, it was also the year the Indian flag took a place of pride at the Olympic games.Purulia incident, the first known illegal air dropping of lethal armsStory of the year November 1996Purulia Arms DropStraining Credibility: It was apparent that the Purulia incident, the first known illegal air dropping of lethal arms in India’s history of airspace management, happened because of a series of lapses by various wings of the government. The paper trail which INDIA TODAY has access to points to our inability to rise to the challenge of meeting such a serious breach of security. It is clear that the system lacked both accountability and a clear chain of command required to handle a crisis of this nature. – Harinder BawejaFIGURE IT OUTA 1996 study revealed that more than 40,000 people die prematurely every year because of air pollution in India.INS VikrantDid you Know?That the Grand Old Lady of Khulna, INS Vikrant, was finally decommissioned this year. The first aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy, commissioned in 1961, which carried out the famous strikes on Khulna and Cox’s Bazaar during the 1971 war, was to be scrapped, all 16,000 tonnes of it. History junked.Karishma KapoorOomphKARISMA KAPOOR: “I’m overwhelmed by a sense of relief,” says the actor, lounging in her duplex apartment. After five years of ifs and buts and 22-hour shift days, 1996 seems to be the year of winning and the dark horse is galloping towards the finishing line with seven releases of which three are hits. – Nandita Chowdhury, December 1P.Ramar PillaiOopsP. RAMAR PILLAITake a school dropout and a nation’s dream for cheap fuel, add some H20 and a little media hysteria and what do you get? Fraud. For a few weeks Pillai had India believing he could coax fuel out of water. If he inevitably tripped, so did a few gung-ho scientists and ministers. – Newsnotes, January 1Leander PaesHigh PointAn Olympic BronzeForty-four years India has been without an individual Olympic medal. How heavy a burden is that? Heavy enough to force a 23-year-old into offering gentle lies. Asked about the enormity of his bronze medal winning match, Leander Paes replied poker-faced: “It’s just another match.” Then he gets on court against Fernando Meligeni. – Rohit Brijnath, August 31CBI raids on HawalaLow PointHawala ScamWhile the CBI insists that its recent charge-sheeting of 10 politicians-including three cabinet ministers-in the course of its continuing investigations of the Jain hawala case has established its credibility and independence, critics and legal analysts have raised doubts. The scandal surfaced following CBI raids on hawala operators in Delhi in 1991. by Charu Lata Joshi, March 15advertisementGodman Chandraswami after his arrestGodman Chandraswami arrested”It’s the wheel of fortune. These are bad times. They will pass soon.””Main aur jail? Kabhi nahin. Kis liye? Maine koi galat kaam nahin kiya (Me in prison? Never. Why? I have not done anything wrong),” countered India’s most controversial godman to a sensitive question regarding his possible arrest in an interview with INDIA TODAY in October last year.Reclining in his favourite velvet-upholstered armchair in the air-conditioned living room of his plush, 2,100 sq yard ashram in Delhi, Nemi Chand Jain alias Chandraswami, teller of fortunes of VIPs across the world, had perhaps then never anticipated that his personal prognostication could be so off the mark. Last fortnight he completed a month in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.Arrested on May 2 by the CBI from his follower Pratap Reddy’s Sindoori Hotel in Madras for allegedly cheating UK-based NRI Lakhubhai Pathak of $1,00,000 in January 1984, this has been Chandraswami’s longest spell in prison.The irony? The most protected guru in the country, once provided round-the-clock vigil, now sweats it out in jail. Not quite over the trauma of arrest yet, a redeyed Chandraswami remarked to aides in the district court: “Sab Kaalchakra hai… bura samay hai, kuchh dinon ki baat hai (These are bad times. They will pass).” – Charu Lata Joshi, June 30advertisementlast_img read more

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Lynx force decisive Game 5 vs Sparks in WNBA Finals

first_imgThe Lynx, who never led in Game 3, built as much as a 19-point lead in the third quarter. The Sparks rallied, but could never get closer than eight points late in the fourth quarter.“I just love the way we competed for 40 minutes,” said Moore. “Everybody was really locked in and trying to be the aggressor the whole time. We didn’t play a perfect game, but did enough to beat a really good Sparks team on the road.”In the first quarter, Lynx point guard Lindsey Whalen used her arm in a chopping motion to foul Sims in transition. Whalen was called for a common foul but it was reviewed and upgraded to a Flagrant 1. Sims stayed down on the floor but was fine and would stay in the game. Still, that physical play seemed to set the tone for the Lynx, who were a different team than in a 75-64 loss two days earlier.“That was the beginning of the game,” Sims said. “It’s over now. Our mindset is focused on getting better and concentrating on Game 5.”Sims declined not to talk about that play, but it was clear it energized the Lynx.“Each team has the mindset that you don’t want to give your opponent anything easy,” Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve said. “It’s kind of interesting, Magic (Johnson) is sitting there and I suspect he was thinking of when that was just a foul. Not review, flagrant, just a foul. It was a playoff foul. We have this new term of unnecessary. Well that’s kind of subjective. We thought it was necessary that she not get the layup off.“With the new rules and the world we live in, it was deemed unnecessary.”PARTY OF FIVEThe Lynx didn’t have a good performance overall from their starters in Game 3 and two of them — Whalen and Seimone Augustus — didn’t score. On Sunday, four of the five starters scored in double figures. Moore, Rebekkah Brunson, Fowles and Augustus combined for 65 points and 43 rebounds. Whalen scored four points, but added eight assists.FREE THROW DISPARITY No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims LATEST STORIES Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore, left, drives to the basket against Los Angeles Sparks forward Nneka Ogwumike during the first half in Game 4 of the WNBA basketball finals, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Sylvia Fowles and the Minnesota Lynx weren’t about to let their season end in Los Angeles.The WNBA MVP helped the Lynx force a decisive fifth game in the WNBA Finals by scoring 22 points and grabbing 14 rebounds as Minnesota beat Los Angeles 80-69 on Sunday night. It’s the second consecutive year that these two teams will play a deciding game in Minnesota for the crown.ADVERTISEMENT “Advantage? No, we’re back in Game 5. We wanted to make sure we came out and we played well,” Fowles said.Minnesota, which is trying for its fourth title in seven years, played extremely well as they dominated inside the paint with baskets and rebounds. Minnesota outrebounded the Sparks 48-28. The Sparks had outrebounded the Lynx in Game 3 and that was a point of emphasis for the team to be more physical inside.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“To compete with Minnesota, you have to stay in the same game with them in the rebounding,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said. “Obviously, that was a wide margin. They were more aggressive, no question. They doubled our free throw attempts. I’m not saying that to debate the officiating. The point is they were a lot more aggressive and got themselves to the free-throw line. They gave themselves opportunities and second-chance points on the offensive boards. We didn’t play the way we needed to play to have success against them.”Odyssey Sims led the Sparks with 18 points and Nneka Ogwumike added 17. No Sparks player reached double figures in rebounding. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel planscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Candace Parker, who finished with 11 points and eight rebounds, and the Sparks are hoping to become the league’s first repeat champion since Los Angeles in 2002.In order to do that, they’ll have to win on Minnesota’s home floor again.Ogwumike doesn’t enjoy that storyline, even though it finished with a storybook ending for the Sparks last season.“No disrespect to that question, but I’m really tired of that question,” Ogwumike said. “This year is this year. No disrespect at all. It’s just like the 100th time I’ve heard it. This year is a different year, and I know it’s the same and I know that’s what everyone here wants to talk about it, but it’s a different year.”Facing an end to their season, the Lynx were aggressive from the start, grabbing a lot of loose balls and dominating the glass. They trailed 10-8 before scoring 11 straight points in the first quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Lynx made 19 of 30 free throws while the Sparks shot just 16 and made 12.RAINING ON THE 3-POINT PARADEThe Sparks missed 17 of 22 3-point attempts. Four of the five starters missed all of their 3-pointers. Alana Beard, Ogwumike, Parker and Chelsea Gray were a combined 0-for-12.Flying the friendly skies?The Sparks and Lynx are on the same flight from Los Angeles to Minnesota on Monday.TIP-INSActor Anthony Anderson, actress Vivica A. Fox, former WNBA player Tina Thompson and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti were at the game. … The Sparks went into their locker room during the national anthem in silent protest for the fourth consecutive game. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chinese tennis needs to ‘grow up,’ says Li Nalast_img read more

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John Wall on Lonzo Ball: ‘His dad does all the talking for him’

first_imgJohn Wall #2 of the Washington Wizards reacts against the Boston Celtics during Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference Semi-Finals at TD Garden on May 15, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. AFPLos Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton made it known last week that NBA players would be after his prized rookie Lonzo Ball due to the hype surrounding him.READ: NBA: Coach Luke Walton admits players ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball due to hypeADVERTISEMENT 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 No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Tale of 2 brothers: 1 victim, 1 rescuer in Vegas shooting Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups “He’s a great kid from what I’ve seen on the outside looking in,” Wall said. “A lot of people in this league are going to take it personally. It’s not the son’s fault. He went back and had a better game.That’s all he’s gotta do is go out there and play. He’s not gonna do any talking anyway. If he gets killed or don’t get killed or kills somebody, he’s not going to be the guy talking.”After a rather uninspiring NBA debut against the Los Angeles Clippers, Ball bounced back with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists in a victory against the Phoenix Suns.He followed the performance with 8 points, 8 boards and 13 assists in a loss against the Pelicans on Monday.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ahead of the Washington Wizards matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, John Wall echoed the same sentiments on the young point guard, whom he’ll be facing off for the first time.When asked about his thoughts on the 19-year-old UCLA product, Wall once again addressed the impact of Ball’s outspoken father, LaVar, who lit up headlines in the off-season with his often outlandish remarks.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“I think his dad put him in a situation where guys are going to target him,” the four-time NBA All-Star said on the “Wizards Tipoff” podcast. “Lonzo is one of those kids that is very talented. He’s been a good player for years, he just don’t say much. I think his dad does all the talking for him.”Although he does not share the same admiration for the Ball patriarch, Wall admitted that Lonzo is a special talent with a possibly bright future in the league. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View commentslast_img read more

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Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs Lyceum

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES So much is the mentor’s confidence that he likened the Red Lions’ situation to Season 87 in 2011, where the Frankie Lim-mentored squad toppled the San Sebastian crew bannered by the “Pinatubo Trio” of MVP Calvin Abueva, Mythical Team member Ian Sangalang, and sharpshooter Ronald Pascual.“When (San Beda) entered the Finals, they weren’t the favorites. It was Calvin’s San Sebastian and they won the series. So maybe history repeats itself,” he said.Fernandez is not leaving any stones unturned in preparing the Red Lions to the best of his capabilities for what is expected to be another all-out war against the Pirates.“We’ll see what we can do against them. We’re ready,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s not often that San Beda finds itself as the underdog when it comes to the championship round.But with Lyceum completing an awe-inspiring 18-game elimination sweep this NCAA Season 93, coach Boyet Fernandez is well aware that the Red Lions have the cards stacked against them once the Finals tip off on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims “Lyceum is the best team right now. They beat us twice and they beat us fair and square. So there’s no doubt that we’re the underdogs,” he said.Despite the unfamiliar situation, Fernandez believes the Red Lions — who have one of the most successful basketball programs — can pull off the triumph and give the school their 10th title in 12 years.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“I know we lost against Lyceum and I know that the people have been doubting us, but the players really believe in themselves,” said Fernandez, citing guys like Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon as the team’s driving force through the course of this year’s journey.“We lost those two games, but I still do trust my players. I know they will come out big and we look forward for Friday’s game.” Malditas save PH from shutout After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments 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 Gameslast_img read more

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