first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Diaz flew in to this city to help up with Colonia backstage, harking back to their teamwork that helped the Zamboanga lass end the medal drought for the Philippines ini the Olympics.“We will come back and prepare in the Asian Games, we have five women’s events,” said weightlifting chief Monico Puentevella.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 shutoutThere was no women’s competitions in this edition of the Games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd Filipino weightlifter Nestor Colonia. INQUIRER FILE PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — Not even the presence of Rio Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz could carry the Philippine team in weightlifting competitions here Monday.Nestor Colonia failed to make the podium finish during the men’s 56-kilogram division at MITEC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Centeno, Biado lead 4-gold haul View commentslast_img read more


first_imgBoston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) turns up court after making a three-pointer during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Boston, Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017. The Celtics won 92-88. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON, Massachusetts—Hours before the Celtics took the court Thursday night to protect their winning streak against the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Jaylen Brown was walking around in a fog.Boston’s second-year forward was not even thinking about basketball after learning about the sudden death of his childhood best friend, Trevin Steede, on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “It was tough to kind of accept it,” Brown said. “Everybody was kind of in shock.”But after talking to his family and having conversations with Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Brown looked to the basketball court to find solace. The 21-year-old ended up playing one of the best games of his young career.Brown had 22 points and seven rebounds, Kyrie Irving had 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including two free throws that put Boston ahead in the closing seconds, and the Celtics beat the Warriors 92-88 on Thursday night for their 14th straight victory.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“He inspired me to come out and play and I played in his spirit,” Brown said about Steede.They met after Brown transferred to Joseph Wheeler High School in Marietta, Georgia. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES Boston trailed by just 47-42 at the half, closing the quarter with a 13-2 spurt.Celtics guard Gordon Hayward, who has been sidelined since suffering a broken ankle on opening night, was on hand for Thursday’s game. He sat behind the Celtics’ bench and received a loud ovation from the Garden crowd when he was shown on the jumbotron. Playing his second game since suffering a facial fracture, Irving shed his protective mask in the second quarter. Then, with the game tied at 88, he was fouled on his layup attempt and calmly made a pair of free throws. Durant then came up empty on his jumper on the other end.Golden State led by as many as 17, but had to lean heavily on its reserves as its trio of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Durant struggled offensively.Curry, who returned to action after missing a game with a bruised right thigh, was the most ineffective. He was 3 of 14 from the field — 2 of 9 from the 3-point line — and had nine points.“It was just one of those nights,” Curry said. “We had control of the game despite how bad we all were shooting. We just didn’t sustain ourselves defensively.”Curry sat for a long stretch after picking up his fourth foul early in the third quarter.“We kind of fell out of our rotation in the third quarter,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They were just tougher and smarter than we were tonightBoston came in limiting opponents to just 94.5 points per game, the stingiest mark in the NBA this season. It did even better against a Warriors team that entered the night averaging an NBA-best 119.6 points.The Warriors went without a point from Durant’s 20-foot pull-up with 4:49 left in the third quarter until Omri Casspi’s floater with 34.5 left tied it at 68 — a 19-2 Celtics’ run.Curry, Durant and Thompson were just 7 of 26 combined from the field in the first half. But the Warriors were able to maintain their lead thanks to 14 fast-break points.Durant was the only one of the three to score during a 12-0 Warriors run late in the second quarter. Harden, Rockets get 90 in first half, beat Suns 142-116 Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPAcenter_img Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I remember I didn’t have any friends,” Brown said. “The first few days I sat at the lunch table by myself — I’m super quiet and didn’t know anybody.”Steede noticed Brown sitting alone one day and told him he could sit with him.“Ever since then we’ve been best friends. … He’s been my brother.” Brown said.He said the circumstances of Steede’s death are still being determined and he declined further comment out of respect for his family. After the final buzzer, Irving walked over and embraced Brown.“Ky gave me the game ball and said, ‘This one was for Trevin,’” Brown said.Kevin Durant had 24 points for Golden State. The Warriors had won seven in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_img“I’m confident that I’ll be able to imprint my style and my mentality with this team,” he said. “I’m just looking to build a culture where everybody’s held accountable and has that championship mindset.”READ: Gavina resigns, Dandan steps in as Kia head coachFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGavina has always put a premium on hardwork, taking pride in how hard his players competed despite the overwhelming odds during his days with Picanto. That underdog mentality is what he is trying to foster with Valenzuela.“I think as a coach, it’s a challenge that you will accept, to be able to show some of the local coaches who haven’t maybe made it to the pro level that they’re more than capable of nurturing guys that aren’t heralded,” he said. “When you’re able to showcase the unheralded guys, it just shows the ability of the coaches to be at a topnotch level.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “There’s none so far. I think I haven’t had to throw anyone out of the gym,” he said with a sly smile. Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Gary David ‘honored’ to play for hometown Bataan in MPBL Visibly more relaxed compared to the last time he was seen in public, Gavina sees a seamless transition coaching from the PBA to the MPBL seeing how tough the Classic are competing in their practices.READ: ‘Too many crybabies’: Gavina blasts team after frustrating loss“Since I took over a week ago, I’ve seen a tremendous spirit in our guys. The way that they want to be coached, they want to improve and they’re looking forward to being led by somebody with a pro experience. What I’m able to share with them, hopefully, can comprise to a winning mentality and culture in Valenzuela,” he said.Fortunately for Gavina, he has tested players in Erwin Sta. Maria and Rocky Acidre to lean on, as well as former Letran Knights Jom Sollano and Ford Ruaya in the Valenzuela camp.Gavina maintains, though, that he still has no room for crybabies in the Classic.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAfter his “unconventional” job at Kia in the PBA, coach Chris Gavina is relishing the fresh start as head coach for1 Valenzuela Classic in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.The 38-year-old mentor is confident that unlike his run in the pro league, he will have a better chance to showcase what kind of coach he is as he will be working with players who have made their names in the barangays.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’ PLAY LIST 01:16Go goads Robredo to take ICAD post: ‘Tignan natin kung makakatulog ka pa’02:28Panelo on facing commute challenge: ‘It’s a silly acceptance’01:12MMDA assures public: No escorts for Panelo’s commute challenge01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more


first_imgPBA IMAGESAt its best against the consensus team to beat, a Blackwater crew on a tailspin and given little chance on Friday night resuscitated its playoff hopes in a big way in the PBA Philippine Cup.Making the reigning four-time MVP play like a mere mortal and forcing three-time defending champion San Miguel Beer to fumble during the most crucial stretches, the Elite carved out a 106-96 victory to snap a four-game losing streak and get back in the fight at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Fajardo struggled on the field and finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds in almost 40 minutes. Arwind Santos had 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Beermen.Meanwhile, the Hotshots can wrest solo top spot when they clash with Rain or Shine in a Petron Saturday Special contest slated 5 p.m. at Calasiao Sports Complex in Pangasinan. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Arellano to defend crown vs first-timer San Beda “With three more games, I think we now have a good chance of making the next round,” said Isaac. “Hopefully, this win motivates us more and the Good Lord blesses us more.”NLEX booked a second straight win later in the night and also shored up its playoff chances after nipping Meralco, 87-85.Rookie Kiefer Ravena again delivered in the clutch, repaying his coach’s trust by burying the winning jumper over Chris Newsome with nine-tenths of a second remaining for the final count.“It means a lot for a player like me when you have a coach and teammates that really trust you,” Ravena said.Earlier, DiGregorio finished with 26 points after repeatedly finding holes on San Miguel’s vaunted backcourt defense, while Erram had 24 points and 18 rebounds ranged against the 6-foot-10 Fajardo.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mike DiGregorio hit three big triples when the game was on the line, and JP Erram outplayed June Mar Fajardo all night as Blackwater won for the first time in almost a month to rise to 3-5 and put promise to a campaign that looked headed to the doldrums just a couple of weeks back.The win forced a three-way tie for the lead as the Beermen dropped to 6-2, with idle Alaska and Magnolia now having clearer shots at No. 1 and the first twice-to-beat privilege in the first round of the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We got a wake up call with those four losses,” Blackwater coach Leo Isaac said. “We’ve gotten over the hump and hopefully we can get back to our winning ways.”The Elite can definitely do that, with listless KIA Picanto up for them on Friday. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View commentslast_img read more


first_imgGoogle honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 89 — Manalang 21, Andaya 15, Escalambre 14, Taganas 14, Martinez 13, Garcia 6, Lao 4, Antonares 2, Paras 0, Salonga 0, Tolentino 0.Quarters: 22-19, 52-41, 79-68, 100-89. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Akari-Adamson raced to a 13-point lead, 50-37, late in the second quarter, but former Falcon Robbie Manalang and Carlo Escalambre helped AMA stay within striking distance and the Titans even got to within five, 93-88, courtesy of a Jay-R Taganas bucket with 2:25 remaining.Ahanmisi, then, put on the finishing touches in the victory, drilling a fallaway to douse the rally and putting the exclamation point with another three in the waning seconds.Manalang carried the Titans (1-5) with 21 points and five rebounds, Mac Andaya got 15 markers, seven boards, and seven blocks, and Escalambre had 14 points and nine rebounds in the defeat.The scores:AKARI-ADAMSON 100 — Ahanmisi 26, Sarr 15, Lastimosa 11, Camacho 9, Manganti 9, Catapusan 8, Espeleta 8, Pingoy 6, Lojera 4, Mojica 4, Zaldivar 0.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico PBA IMAGESJerrick Ahanmisi got hot from the downtown as Akari-Adamson downed AMA Online Education, 100-89, Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.Ahanmisi, the younger brother of Rain or Shine playmaker Maverick, drilled seven of his eight triples to fire 26 points. He also collected three rebounds and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Papi Sarr dominated the paint, posting 15 points and 18 rebounds as he made up for lost time after missing Adamson’s last game, while Jerom Lastimosa had 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists off the bench.The win allowed the Falcons to grab solo second spot at 5-3 and atone for their 57-76 defeat to pacesetter CEU last Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStill, coach Franz Pumaren maintained that he will never be satisfied with how his boys are playing.“We’re still groping for form. We’re trying to implement new rules and the boys are still adjusting,” he said. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short ‘Dear Basketball’ View commentslast_img read more


first_imgView comments Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games For his part, Gonzales admits that he has had his fair share of lessons from Banal that he’s imparting to his wards, saying, “He always told us that the will to win is important but the will to prepare is vital. We’re still a rookie team and coach Koy’s team is built on veterans so we’re just hoping for the best.”Joseph Sedurifa and CJ Isit will banner Batangas in the conference-opener.In the first game, Centro Escolar University starts its buildup for the collegiate season, this time under coach Yong Garcia as it braces for dangerous Wangs Basketball in the game which tips off at 3 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LATEST STORIES Luckily for Banal, he’ll have familiar faces by his side led by his brother Joel, who will be a consultant as Marinerong Pilipino opens its 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup campaign on Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.However, Banal’s buddies won’t be on his side this time, as he is set to engage in a coaching duel against his former deputy and now Batangas coach Eric Gonzales.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Coach Eric is a champion coach and more or less, he knows my style. He’s been my assistant for a long time in Arellano and we go way, way back. That’s one thing where my anxiety also roots from and he knows how to lead his team and motivate his players,” he said.Banal will lean on Achie Iñigo, Julian Sargent, and veteran Mark Isip to lead the fight for the Seafarers in the 5 p.m. duel. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img PBA IMAGESOut of the sidelines for almost a year, coach Koy Banal admits that he’s a bit anxious going back to his old gig.“There’s a bit of rust, but it should not be an excuse,” said the veteran mentor.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Black looking at TNT as Meralco’s ‘likely’ quarterfinals foe BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more


first_img“We have to give credit to the guy. He’s really willing to take the shot. That’s why he’s Terrence Romeo. In short, makapal talaga ang mukha niya,” said coach Franz Pumaren.“It’s a gutsy move. It takes one great player to be willing to take that shot.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Aces still had a chance to tie the game, but Calvin Abueva’s undergoal stab rolled out of the rim. Justin Harper split his freebies keeping the door open for Alaska, but Simon Enciso muffed his right corner trey in the final 3.0 seconds.Romeo dropped nine of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, on top of five rebounds and three assists. BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Harper topscored for the Batang Pier with 32 markers and 17 boards, while Stanley Pringle added 21 points, six rebounds, and five assists.Even Pumaren can’t deny that he was surprised with GlobalPort’s sudden ascent to the quarterfinals, as he looked back a month ago when his team seemed primed for an early exit.“I guess we surprised a lot of people. No one imagined us to be in this situation, to be in the quarterfinals. Just last month, I think most of the basketball fans, they were thinking we were ready to fold and go on a vacation,” he said. “I guess today’s game is a testament that the boys, they don’t want to go on a break yet.”What awaits, though, is a date against top-seed Ginebra, which will enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals starting on Tuesday.“It’s going to be a tough series for us. Just a one-day rest and we’re playing the number one team — the team that’s on a streak. Hopefully, we can sustain the run,” said Pumaren.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo hit the game-winning shot and GlobalPort knocked off Alaska, 107-106, for the last quarterfinals berth in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Romeo buried a 3-pointer to put the Batang Pier ahead for good, 106-104, with 8.1 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Wozniacki into second French Open quarterfinal Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games The loss capped off a disastrous run for Alaska, which fell to its eighth straight defeat.It also spoiled Abueva’s milestone night as he had a career-best 31 points, to go with 13 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks.Cory Jefferson led the Aces with 32 markers and 16 boards, while Chris Banchero chipped in 16 markers and four rebounds in the losing effort.Alaska missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2012 Governors’ Cup, and put a blemish on coach Alex Compton’s eight-straight playoff appearances.The scores:GLOBALPORT 107 – Harper 32, Romeo 26, Pringle 21, Guinto 8, Cortez 6, Pessumal 5, Anthony 5, Grey 3, Maierhofer 1, Mamaril 0, Forrester 0, Paredes 0, Pennisi 0.ALASKA 106 – Jefferson 32, Abueva 31, Banchero 16, Manuel 9, Exciminiano 8, Racal 3, Enciso 3, Galliguez 2, Cruz 2, Thoss 0, Pascual 0, Hontiveros 0, Dela Cruz 0.Quarters: 20-26, 52-49, 74-78, 107-106. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast MOST READ LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PARlast_img read more


first_imgRobredo: 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’? Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments “In Lionel Messi’s case, he’s widely accepted by the people at all levels,” said Diego Manso, a local private security consultant.“All the same, the security systems will never overlook the probability of a lot of people wanting to approach him, wanting to touch him, take photos with him, from their risk analysis.”Messi and Roccuzzo live in Barcelona where he plays, but still return regularly to Rosario on holiday.The couple had their two children baptized there last year: Thiago, 4 and one-year-old Mateo, both born in Barcelona.“It’s no surprise that he is coming back here to get married,” one of the wedding guests, the player’s old school friend Diego Vallejos, told AFP.“He is an ordinary person who just wants to be near his family and friends. He is a humble person. Money has not changed his personality.”Messi and Roccuzzo met as children. He moved to Spain when he was 13 to join FC Barcelona. But they kept in touch.“They are the love of each other’s lives,” says Vallejos. The designer has dressed stars such as actresses Eva Longoria and Sofia Vergara as well as Spain’s Queen Letizia.From 2200 GMT the guests will pack into the Hotel City-Center Casino, which stands right next to a crime-ridden slum run by drug gangs.“Messi’s wedding accentuates the sense of inequality that is symbolized by the casino in that neighborhood,” said Carlos del Frade, author of several books on the drug trade in Rosario.This city of 1.2 million people is also a cradle of footballing talent, however.“Rosario lives and breathes football. That is another reason Lionel feels so comfortable here,” the city’s mayor, Monica Fein, told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT “I think he is excited that through his wedding his friends (from abroad) will be able to get to know the city he loves so much.”Local delicaciesThe civil wedding ceremony and party will all take place inside the venue, and the guests will be lodged there too.Messi, 30 — considered a man of few words — has reportedly asked chefs to cook local delicacies such as “locro” stew and “empanada” pasties for the feast.The star dish is a typical Argentine beef roast including chitterlings, gizzards and kidneys.Uruguayan pop bands Rombai and Marama plus singer Karina, wife of Argentina footballer Sergio Aguero, will perform at the dance.It is not known whether the guests will also get a song from Shakira, the Colombian diva famous for “Whenever, Wherever.”Tight security and media scrumSome 155 journalists have been accredited to cover the bash, but have been warned they will have no access to the guests.Security will be handled by a private team of Israeli specialists used by Messi for all his excursions. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MLB umpire Tumpane rescues woman on bridge China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C), his wife Antonella Roccuzzo and sons pose with the trophy at the end of the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) final football match FC Barcelona vs Deportivo Alaves at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on May 27, 2017. Barcelona won 3-1. / AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOFootball and showbiz stars gather in northern Argentina on Friday for Latin America’s celebrity wedding bash of the decade when Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi marries his childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo.Pop star Shakira and her husband, Messi’s teammate Gerard Pique, are expected among the 260 guests, according to media and locals close to the event.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ They will join old friends of the couple and footballers such as his Barcelona strike partners Luis Suarez and Neymar.The party at a casino in his hometown Rosario will be a respite for the player from his legal woes. 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first_imgWith less than a week to go for the Commonwealth Games (CWG), traffic in the national capital is set to crawl from Monday with the Union home ministry ordering to completely ban general traffic on the designated Games lane. Overruling Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit’s appeal for limiting the general traffic restriction on the CWG lane to 12 hours — from 8 am to 8 pm — the ministry of home affairs (MHA) backed the demand of Commonwealth Games Federation CEO Mike Hooper for round the clock restriction on the CWG lane. Hooper had cited the Delhi population as a hazard while seeking total restriction on the CWG lane. Earlier, the Delhi government and the city police had refused to accept Hooper’s demand citing the likely trouble to commuters. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit had put her foot down insisting on only 12-hour restriction, but the MHA overruled her concerns and said the lane would be blocked exclusively for the Games for security reasons and there could be no debate about it. At the end of the day, Hooper had his way as the MHA backed his demand for round the clock restriction on these dedicated lanes. But the larger question is will this decision not have a negative impact and cause greater inconvenience to people at large.last_img read more


first_imgConsidered the best bet for a boxing gold in the Commonwealth Games, world number one Vijender Singh today said he never thought he would have to settle for bronze due to “unfair” refereeing, which could have been prevented had the Indian federation been “proactive”.Vijender lost 3-4 to England’s Anthony Ogogo in the semifinals after being handed twin warnings — first for hitting his rival on the back of his head and the second for holding him towards the closing stages of the bout.The Indian team protested against the referee’s decisions but it was turned down by the International Boxing Association jury which reviewed the bout.”I never thought I would have to settle for bronze, I was playing for gold, I was 3-0 ahead but the bout was won by a boxer who did not get a single scoring punch,” the 24-year-old Olympic and World Championship medallist said in a press conference here.”I feel unlucky to get a bronze. After the bout I was completely out of my mind and shocked to lose. I agree that I clinched him but so did he, he should also have been warned,” the Haryana-lad said.Vijender said the protest that was lodged after his bout should have come when other Indians such as Dinesh Kumar (81kg) and Manpreet Singh (91kg) lost close quarterfinal bouts.”When these guys lost close bouts, the Federation should have lodged a protest because in Dinesh’s case, his rival got a point in the final two seconds of the bout while Manpreet was given two warnings. No one said anything and the protest came only when I lost. It would have been better to protest when these guys lost. The federation should have been proactive,” he said.advertisement”I don’t know why it took them so long to protest. If there had been a protest, then there would have been pressure on the referees and judges to act fairly,” he added.Vijender said he also found the scoring to be quite complicated. “Some bouts were high-scoring, some were not. It took us some time to understand the system,” he said.But Vijender has come to terms with the loss and is now looking ahead to the November 12 to 27 Asian Games in China.”I am over it now. I have learnt my lesson, I would not clinch my rivals again. But I think the referee was unfair to me,” he said. .”I had worked hard for these Games and all is not lost, I have got a medal. One loss cannot take away everything. I will try again and looking forward to the Asian Games next month,” said the boxer who will take a short break to spend some time with his family before hitting the ring once again for training.”It’s my body, not a machine. Sometimes it performs to expectations, sometimes it doesn’t. What to do, it’s just a bronze in my destiny,” he quipped when asked why has it been just bronze for him in major events.Talking about the Asian Games, Vijender said with the competition expected to be tougher due to the presence of traditional powerhouses such as Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the Indians would have to sharpen their footwork.”The competition at the Asian Games would be slightly different because the former parts of Soviet Union will be there. We will have to work on our footwork to do well there,” he said.The dashing boxer was, however, non-committal about participating in the World series of Boxing scheduled to start November 19 next month.”I am not even thinking about it right now. My focus is Asian Games. Let’s see,” he said.The Indian franchise for the WSB has suffered a massive blow after Videocon pulled out as the main sponsor. The Indian Federation is looking for a new sponsor.last_img read more