Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFrom one hoops legend to another, Lyceum of the Philippines University had the enviable situation of hosting two icons in one 24-hour span.First it was Ray Allen on Tuesday evening, then on Wednesday morning it was Robert Jaworski’s turn to visit the Pirates’ grounds.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “What the players experienced was up close and personal with Allen and I’m happy for them,” said Robinson Wednesday. “Allen gave them some advice and I know that’s really uplifting for the players.”Allen arrived in the Intramuros campus around 4 p.m. when most of the Pirates have gone to their dorm rooms with just a handful of the roster staying because of classes.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 two-time champion, and future Hall of Famer, told those in attendance they “have to work harder because you can’t sneak up on anybody anymore.”Lyceum have been perennial bottom-dwellers in the NCAA up until this season when the Pirates swept the first round. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding TNT snaps Blackwater’s three-win run For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “Now, the teams you’re supposed to beat are going to play you extra tough, like you’re the world champions. Now, you have to not get tired of the process,” said Allen. “You don’t win a championship the day they give you the trophy. You win a championship every morning you wake up at six. That’s where the reward comes.”Jaworski, whose son is a friend of Lyceum officials, then visited the Pirates hours after Allen arrived.“This morning it was Sen. Jaworski who paid a visit, and the players were really happy,” said Robinson in Filipino. “Because, it doesn’t matter what generation you belong to, everybody knows Robert Jaworski.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ But trainer Glenn Rushton said he has watched hours of the “Pac Man’s” previous fights and is confident of having the blueprint to cause a major upset.“I have no doubt this is going to be a much better fight than we’ve seen against (Floyd) Mayweather, even (Jessie) Vargas and (Timothy) Bradley,” Rushton told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think we’ve eliminated all of the problems that a lot of these fighters have had.“I’ve got a 10-point plan and Jeff is the only person who has that 10-point plan. I said to him, follow the plan and we win the fight, simple as that.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ RELATED VIDEOPacquiao on Horn: ‘I never underestimate my opponent’2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES 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 What ‘missteps’? Manny Pacquiao during training at Elorde Gym in Pasay City. He is preparing for a title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2 in Australia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAustralian challenger Jeff Horn has a 10-point plan to upset legendary Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao in their World Boxing Organization welterweight title fight, his trainer said Monday.Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 knockouts) is one of the greats of his generation and a strong favorite to overcome the unbeaten Horn at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Dodgers win 10th in row, beat Rockies; Bellinger 2 HRs ‘Fired up’Pacquiao, who briefly retired last year before making a successful comeback against Vargas in November, said after arriving in Australia at the weekend he was confident of taking out Horn before an expected crowd of 50,000.“I have been fighting and training with brawler fighters, tough fighters,” he said.READ: Pacquiao vows to leave Australia as world champion“I consider Horn a tough opponent. I never underestimate an opponent. He’s undefeated and young. He has a big right hand. He has good amateur experience.”The eight-weight world champion has said he is using the bout as an opportunity to prove he remains a global force at the age of 38 as he juggles boxing with a full-time job as a senator in the Philippines.“In all my years of boxing, I have never been as motivated and fired up as this fight,” he said.“My team is very happy with my preparation. I am looking forward to this and I will be going home as world champion.”He added that he knows how Horn will be feeling.“I remember when I was starting out. I would lie awake at night and dream of winning a big fight. I know how Jeff Horn is feeling this week.” READ: End of Pacquiao reign is here, Horn claimsFormer schoolteacher Horn, 29, who has won 16 of his 17 bouts with one draw, said he has been going over Rushton’s plans and knew them almost off by heart.“It’s a plan I’ve heard him speak to me about 1,000 times. It’s perfectly worded,” he said.“Reading over it is just like listening to him talk to me in the ring. What he’s written down is spot on and I can get the job done if I follow it 100 percent.“He only sent it to me on the weekend and just said to read it over a few times and make sure I’ve got it clarified, what I need to do.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide View comments
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Andrew Flintoff on Monday rated Sachin Tendulkar’s second innings Test century at Chennai against England as the batting maestro’s career-best and termed his words of gratitude to the visitors for returning to India to play the series after the 26/11 terror strike in Mumbai as a extremely touching gesture.”The one that he scored in Chennai after the 26/11 attack in Mumbai,” the 33-year-old former England all rounder told reporters when asked about the best century scored by the champion batsman in Test cricket.”We flew back and it was decided that we will play in Chennai. England were in a great position. And we thought we are going to win the Test match. But Sachin had other ideas. He scored a hundred. I am never good at losing. However, at that instance it was fitting that Sachin, who was from Mumbai, hit the winning runs,” he said.”The best thing is after the game he thanked everyone of the English players for coming back to India. That was quite a poignant moment for me and rest of the boys,” he said after interacting with aspiring cricketers here in a promotional event.The England team returned home midway through the seven-match ODI series following the three-day terrorist siege of Mumbai before retuning to India to resume the tour and play in the Test series.Saluting Tendulkar’s longevity in the game, Flintoff wished the batsman many more years of international cricket ahead. “He’s an amazing man and a successful player. To play for so long as he has and to score so many runs as he has is amazing. He is somebody I have come to respect. I remember I had come to play for Lancashire under-13. And he was making his Test debut. He was only four years older than me. But he has been playing since then.advertisement”I wanted to get him out. I wanted to impress him, get his respect. Good luck to him. Hope he doesn’t stop at 50 (centuries) and goes on and on and on. He’s been a good ambassador for the game,” he added.On Tendulkar’s comparison with legendary cricketer Don Bradman, he said, “Never played against Bradman. I don’t know. It is wrong in sport to compare heroes. In modern day cricket, Sachin is the best.”Flintoff said while the retirement of some of greats of the current crop of Indian cricketers would create a hole in the team, the country need not be bothered about it yet.”It is a big question. I think (especially) when they are still playing and Sachin (Tendulkar) is in the peak of his life, isn’t he? He keeps scoring runs. He could carry on for a long time.”But you could possibly like Australia had (Matthew) Hayden, (Justin) Langer, (Adam) Gilchrist, (Glenn) McGrath, (Shane) Warne all finished at the same time. It does leave a hole in the side and needs rebuilding process.”However, India are number one and playing fantastically well. I reckon they can carry on for as long as possible,” he added.The former all-rounder said being the host, India would be one of the firm favorites for next year’s World Cup in the sub-continent along with Sri Lanka and Pakistan.I think the sub-continent sides are the favourites — India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka because of the conditions.However, England have also got a chance. Can’t really count out Australia. But again I think India are going to be the favourites on home soil.”But they are under pressure as Indians expect India to do well all the time and that could be a daunting task,” he said.Flintoff said though India were favourites, because of their number one tag in Test matches, facing the hosts in home condition would be a tough challenge in their forthcoming series against South Africa.With inputs from PTI
Rahul Gandhi has got “all the qualities and capabilities” that are required to become a “good” Prime Minister, Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Thursday said. “Rahul has got all those qualities and capabilities that are needed for a good Prime Minister”, Singh, who has been working closely with the young leader, who turns 41 on June 19, told reporters. Replying to a question, Singh said no leader on his own says that he wants to become the Prime Minister and all this depends upon the overall situation and circumstances. Describing Rahul as “quite mature”, Singh said he has got the understanding of social and political issues. Besides being a member of the Gandhi family, he has the qualities of head and heart to strike rapport with people, he said. Singh, who is in charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, dismissed suggestions that BSP supremo Mayawati, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav or the BJP leaders could be termed his rivals. “He competes with himself, not with others”, Singh said when asked as to who is Rahul’s main competetor in politics. Dismissing opposition charges that Rahul indulges more in theatrics than in real action, he said, “Rahul works with the courage of conviction. He works with commitment and confidence”. Singh, who had a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday, declined to divulge what transpired between them saying it was a “routine” affair. Singh’s remarks are significant as Rahul is being projected as the future leader and a potential Prime Minister by the party. The Congress General Secretary at the party Plenary at Burari here in December last had also made a strong pitch for Rahul putting in place his own team. “Now the time has come. Rajiv Gandhi had made me and Ahmed Patel state congress Presidents when we were 36-37 years old. Now, our expiry date is nearing. I am confident Rahul Gandhi will make his own team,” Singh had said.advertisement- With PTI inputs 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.
Australian cricket fraternity has slamed the ICC for its “inaction” against India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni whose criticism of Daryl Harper led to the umpire’s withdrawal from the third Test against the West Indies.”Indian harassment and the ICC’s inaction have seen Australian umpire Daryl Harper pull out of his farewell Test in the West Indies,” reported The Australian.Harper, who was to retire from the elite panel after the third Test, found himself at the receiving end of Dhoni’s outbursts.Dhoni had said that “if the correct decisions were made, the game would have finished much earlier and I would have been in the hotel by now.”But the Australians supported Harper.”While the ICC said it was unfair criticism and defended Harper’s record, it has not taken any action against India’s captain. And Harper, who was about to stand in his 300th international, walked away,” the report said.The report said that there were a number of disputed decisions that upset the Indians, but they were at the receiving end only because the Indian players and board refused to countenance the use of the Decision Review System (DRS).”Match referee Jeff Crowe did not punish Dhoni for his outburst.”Harper is not the first umpiring scalp claimed by India. In 2008, Steve Bucknor was sent home by the ICC after that country complained about his performance in the Sydney Test,” the daily added.Harper’s former colleague Darrell Hair, too, came in his support.”You can’t have players picking and choosing umpires,” Hair was quoted as saying by ‘The Age’.advertisementCricket Australia’s general manager, Michael Brown, also praised Harper.”Daryl has been a fine servant of the game over a very long period of time,” he said.”Any international umpire who stands in 95 Test matches, 174 one-day internationals and 10 Twenty20 international matches has shown the highest degree of professionalism over a long and distinguished career,” he was quoted as saying by the daily.- With PTI inputs
Film star Shah Rukh Khan, who is also a co-owner of the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), on Friday said that it depended on the injured captain — Gautam Gambhir — whether he would be playing in the Champions League Twenty-20, which starts on September 19. Gambhir, who returned from the England tour after suffering from a mild concussion, was included in the 15-member KKR squad, announced on September 4. Asked to clear the uncertainties whether Gambhir, who for the first time led KKR to the top three in the IPL, would be playing in the Champions League, Shah Rukh said it was unfortunate that he was injured. “He is suffering from so many injuries. We are in touch with him. But final decision to play will be his. If he is not there, we will ask him to come and cheer us in one of the games,” Shah Rukh said. “Professional players have to take their own decisions. In sports, there are injuries. Injuries have to be carefully handled by team managements as well. We try to do it at KKR,” he added.
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Neymar celebrates after scoring a goal for Brazil against Croatia on Friday Neymar gave Brazil a winning start to its home World Cup, scoring twice to lead the host nation to an unconvincing 3-1 victory over Croatia in the opening game on Thursday.STATISTICAL HIGHLIGHTS | REFEREE BLUNDER Brazil had a disastrous start when defender Marcelo found his own net while trying to clear a low cross by Ivica Olic in the 11th minute, but Neymar then showed why the nation’s high hopes are all pinned on him. The 22-year-old forward equalized in the 29th minute, clearing a defender in midfield before making a run toward the edge of the area and firing a perfectly placed low shot that went in off the post. The game turned on a controversial penalty awarded by Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura in the 71st minute when striker Fred went down inside the area under minimal contact from defender Dejan Lovren. Neymar scored from the spot and the Croatians were furious. “If that was a penalty, we should be playing basketball,” said Croatia coach Niko Kovac. “Those kinds of fouls are penalized there.” “That is shameful, this is not a World Cup referee. He had one kind of criteria for them and another for us. The rules were not the same,” said Kovac. As Croatia searched desperately for an equalizer, Oscar added to the lead in the first minute of injury time with a toe poke from just outside the penalty area. Croatia had a few good chances toward the end and had a goal disallowed in the 83rd after the referee ruled Olic had fouled Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar.advertisement The host nation hasn’t lost in the opening match in the last nine World Cups. South Africa was held by Mexico to a 1-1 draw four years ago. A draw would have been a huge disappointment for Brazil, which had won its opening match the last eight times. The five-time champion entered the home tournament having won 15 of its last 16 games, including five in last year’s Confederations Cup, the warm-up tournament it won. The team hadn’t been held to a draw in the opener since a 1-1 result against Sweden in the 1978 World Cup in Argentina. The result kept Croatia without a win in its last five World Cup matches. Its last triumph was a 2-1 win over Italy in 2002. The Croats didn’t play in South Africa four years ago. The tournament finally got underway as planned after months of talk about the preparation problems that plagued Brazil since it was picked as host seven years ago. The troubled Itaquerao Stadium, which wasn’t fully finished for the opener, held up without major setbacks to fans or the match itself, although part of the lights atop the pitch went out a few times for brief periods in the first half. Despite the support from most of the more than 62,100 fans in attendance, Brazil got off to a slow start and allowed Croatia to threaten early. It opened the scoring with one of its first chances as Marcelo failed to clear Olic’s cross. The ball got slightly redirected by striker Nikica Jelavic before the Brazilian defender touched it backward into the goal. The crowd stayed behind the team despite the setback and Brazil started creating more chances. Midfielder Paulinho and playmaker Oscar both came close to scoring, but it was Neymar who found the net with his well-struck low shot into the far corner. “I wouldn’t say it was the best game, but it’s the World Cup debut,” said Oscar. “I’m representing the national team and I’m giving it my best. And I managed to do this.” The penalty kick was awarded when Fred appeared to be tugged inside the area by Lovren. The Croats insisted Fred wasn’t touched and at least five Croatian players swarmed around Nishimura of Japan to protest. Neymar converted his shot from the spot even though Croatia goalkeeper Stipe Pletikosa touched the ball and nearly made the save. The goals were Neymar’s 32nd and 33rd goals in 50 matches with Brazil’s national team. The Barcelona star got a standing ovation when he was substituted near the end of the match. He had received a yellow card in the 27th for elbowing Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric. The other Group A match will be played between Mexico and Cameroon in Natal on Friday.