View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Marcio Lassiter added 24 points with his third and final 3-pointer pulling SMB within two, 100-98, with 20.3 ticks remaining before Sangalang went 4-of-4 from the free throw line to end the game.Fajardo is expected to be out at least two weeks due to a calf injury he sustained in San Miguel’s 97-91 win over TNT on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games “It’s all about team effort. It’s all about the teamwork and the game plan of the coaches,” said Star head coach Chito Victolero.The Beermen, who played without their reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, went on a 12-2 run after Arwind Santos’ putback cut the Hotshots’ lead down to two, 97-95, with 1:11 remaining.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 starsMalcolm Hill also helped Star keep San Miguel at bay with a clutch triple, 100-95, with 1:02 left. Hill finished with 20 points and nine rebounds.Wendell McKines powered the Beermen with 27 points and 22 rebounds but he missed a potential game-tying basket with Hill contesting his attempt underneath the basket inside the last 20 seconds. 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PBA IMAGESStar blew a big lead late before surviving San Miguel Beer, 104-98, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Ian Sangalang capped his double-double effort of 18 points and 11 rebounds with four game-sealing free throws in the final 10 seconds for the Hotshots, who climbed to 3-0 and dealt the Beermen their first loss in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Three Filipinos see action in ONE Macau card Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress
England, Scotland and Australia were close to pulling out from the Commonwealth Games, but for the last-minute intervention of Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit, a top English Games official has revealed. “She really did kick shit,” is how Dame Kelly Holmes, president of the Commonwealth Games England, put it.”Every day, for two weeks, we had board meetings and conferences. It was close, of course it was,” The Guardian quoted the official as saying on how close the team was to pulling out of the competition. “It was only when Dikshit got involved with the organisation of the Games at the last minute that England made the decision to go ahead,” Holmes said.Until then, she said, the England team was close to withdrawing because of persistent reports of mismanagement, unhealthy living conditions in the Games Village and potential security hazards. Scotland and Australia were also on the brink of deciding to withdraw.Holmes thinks England’s decision to go ahead led other countries to follow suit. In retrospect, Holmes said if the Commonwealth Games operations, structure and chain of command had fallen in place a week earlier, it would have been the best Games ever. The English official lamented that a last-minute rush to give finishing touches to the Games arena as well as security concerns had led to a number of top British competitors crying off.”It is a shame as a lot of athletes pulled out because of what they heard,” she said. But it was not all brickbats from Holmes, who after Thursday’s dazzling closing ceremony, said: “The bond these athletes have got now reminds me of Sydney in 2000.”advertisement–With inputs from PTI
Australia’s selectors endured a barrage of criticism for a trio of surprising picks in the Ashes squad but the hosts’ dominant 10-wicket win over England in the series-opener at the Gabba may have left them feeling more than a little vindicated.The selection of opener Cameron Bancroft, wicketkeeper Tim Paine and number six Shaun Marsh all looked to have backfired early in the series-opener but all three finished strongly in Brisbane to help Australia to victory and boost their confidence ahead of the second Test in Adelaide starting on Saturday.Having replaced hometown favourite Matt Renshaw, Western Australian Bancroft had a nervous start to his Test debut at the Gabba and was out for five after fishing at a Stuart Broad delivery in the first innings.The 25-year-old batted superbly in his second chance, however, putting on a record unbeaten opening partnership in a successful fourth-innings victory chase with David Warner, as they mowed down the 170-run target.Bancroft’s 82 was also the highest score by an Australian debutant in a fourth innings, replacing Norm O’Neil’s 71 from 1958.He later endeared himself to the Australian media with his humorous account of being “headbutted” in a “weird” greeting by England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow at a Perth nightspot after the tourists’ arrival Down Under.The decision to bring in Paine for Matthew Wade left plenty bewildered, given he was not even keeping for state side Tasmania in the Sheffield Shield when he was recalled for his first Test in seven years.Paine’s first day at the Gabba was largely forgettable as he grassed a nick behind from England number three James Vince off the bowling of spinner Nathan Lyon.advertisementHe recovered well, however, with smart work to stump all-rounder Moeen Ali on day four, a wicket that triggered a middle order collapse and hastened England’s dismissal for 195.Marsh’s selection saw spin bowling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell discarded and the Western Australian batsman had a nightmare start to his eighth recall in Tests.He clattered into pace spearhead Mitchell Starc in a fielding mishap, a clash that gave the Gabba crowd a scare when the bowler came off for treatment with a hole in his trousers and a cut on his knee.At the time, Maxwell was well on the way to a maiden double-century for Victoria in the Sheffield Shield.The 34-year-old Marsh later dropped a very easy catch in the deep and was under huge scrutiny when he joined captain Steve Smith in the middle with their team teetering at 76 for four in their first innings.Marsh survived a number of nervy play-and-misses but remained to score 51, his eighth half-century, in a crucial 99-run stand with Smith that dug Australia out of trouble.