Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Creamline smashes PayMaya to clinch PVL crown “We’re going to donate the equipment and the ring here in Kuala Lumpur for the sport,” Pacquiao said during his open workout on Wednesday at Le Meridien Hotel. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Manny Pacquiao on the mitts with Buboy Fernandez during his open workout. pic.twitter.com/TYTON6AXkZ— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) July 11, 2018KUALA LUMPUR — Manny Pacquiao is promoting boxing in Asia in more ways than one.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’After a surprising move to fight in Malaysia, Pacquiao is also donating a boxing ring and equipment to Kuala Lumpur and its aspiring boxers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Go to: Pacquiao files A makeshift boxing gym has been built primarily for Pacquiao and his opponent Lucas Matthysse to train in ahead of their welterweight title fight on July 15.Pacquiao had said one of the major reasons why he opted to fight in Kuala Lumpur is to promote boxing in the Asian region, where the sport isn’t even included in its top 10 list as far as popularity is concerned.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award
A Major League Baseball official said the commissioner’s office is looking into the matter. But it appears unlikely that Kuo would face punishment by MLB for failing a drug test in a competition that took place separately from, and independently of, MLB. “Kuo did not take anything illegal or against major-league drug policy,” Chang said. Kuo did not travel with the team for Monday’s Grapefruit League game, but he did tell the AP back in Vero Beach that, “I just play baseball. I didn’t take anything.” “We have spoken with Kuo and his agent, and we are aware that Major League Baseball is looking into this issue,” said the Dodgers in a statement. “Given Kuo’s explanation that this was simply cold medicine, we consider it a non-issue unless new developments come to light.” Kevin Chen, secretary general of CTOC, told the Associated Press that the situation is “completely innocent.” Alan Chang, Kuo’s agent, said his client took an herbal medicine that “could cause the positive test result.” Chang wasn’t sure whether the medicine actually contained ephedra or another substance that might mimick ephedra in a drug test. FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Dodgers pitcher Hong-Chih Kuo, who pitched five innings to help his native Chinese Taipei to victory in the first round of the Asian Games in Qatar, tested positive for the banned substance ephedra before that event. But it doesn’t appear Kuo intentionally ingested the substance, nor does it appear the test will create a problem for either Kuo or the Dodgers. A Chinese Taipei Olympic Committee official told the Associated Press that Kuo and two other Taiwanese players who tested positive for ephedra had ingested the substance innocently through either cold or pain medication. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
“I’m so, so so happy,” screamed Rasdan Abdullah as the final whistle sounded in Sochi.“It’s a great feeling,” said Birgit Schlag, who had come to Berlin to see the Rolling Stones in concert the day before.The rain had just begun to fall in the German capital as Ola Toivonen fired Sweden ahead on the half-hour mark, and grey clouds lingered as the crowd sung “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at half-time.They breathed a sigh of relief when Marco Reus equalised just after the break.And when Kroos curled in a free-kick in the fifth minute of injury-time, the fans were in ecstasy.“I said before the game that Reus would score,” said a beaming Dieter Mann, a 60-year-old tour guide with Germany flags stuck to his head.“It was the right decision to pick him and drop Mesut Ozil.”Thousands of fans gathered at the Brandenburg Gate to watch the game on giant screens © AFP / John MACDOUGALL“Defeat for us today was about as likely as England winning the World Cup,” said 37-year-old jobseeker Marcel Kreisel, and fell about laughing.Having slumped to a shock 1-0 defeat against Mexico in their opening game, Germany had to beat Sweden to avoid elimination and keep alive their dreams of retaining the World Cup.With Mexico top of Group F after winning their second match on Saturday, Germany play South Korea on Wednesday knowing they must do as well as the Swedes against Mexico if they are to progress to the knockout round.“A man down! Crazy! Thanks for the comeback and good luck to the national team,” Steffen Seibert, the spokesman of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said on Twitter.The German media were just as relieved.“Kroos and Reus rescue our World Cup hopes,” was the headline on Germany’s top-selling daily Bild, adding: “My God was that important!”“Blood, sweat and tears. And then came Kroos,” was the headline on Berlin-based national daily Die Welt, while Frankfurt’s FAZ went for “Germany win with a shot of luck”.“Kroos twists the hope back,” was Munich-based Sueddeutsche Zeitung’s take.Former international Thomas Hitzlsperger said the win could galvanise the team as they had battled to victory despite the sending off of key defender Jerome Boeteng late in the game.“There was a lot of criticism (after the defeat against Mexico),” Hitzlsperger said.“So to win a match like that when we were a man down it could be a very big World Cup for this team.“We can see by what happened that the players are closing ranks and getting tighter.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Germany supporters in Berlin were in ecstasy after their team salvaged their World Cup chances © AFP / John MACDOUGALLBERLIN, Germany, Jun 24 – Fans danced in the rain in Berlin on Saturday as defending champions Germany avoided an embarrassing World Cup exit with a 2-1 win over Sweden.Thousands of supporters watching on big screens at the Brandenburg Gate huddled nervously under grey clouds and drizzle, before throwing their umbrellas away as Toni Kroos’ late winner saved Germany.
“Of course there could come a time when there needs to be a change, for the coach, the club, the players, everyone, but it is not the moment.”Zidane has won eight trophies in a hugely successful two years at the helm, including back-to-back Champions Leagues.His team’s indifferent domestic form — they are fourth in La Liga ahead of Sunday’s game at Real Betis — means his future at the Santiago Bernabeu probably depends on the outcome of the PSG tie, with the second leg in France on March 6.Before that, Madrid face a run of five league games in 14 days, including a rescheduled trip to near neighbours Leganes next Wednesday.The gap to league leaders Barcelona — 17 points with a game in hand before this weekend — is surely too great, but they are looking to climb back into the top three in La Liga.Zidane, who has lost Toni Kroos to a knee injury that could make him a doubt for the PSG return, is set to rotate his squad in these matches and give some fringe players an opportunity.“It is the best way to prepare for the second leg against PSG, by being good (and) playing well in La Liga,” added the Frenchman, whose side lost 1-0 at home when they last faced Betis, in September.“There are five matches, and each time we’ll be playing after having just two training sessions. That has not happened to us before and it means we will have even greater need for everyone to be available.“It would have been good to have another day before (Sunday’s) match, but we don’t.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Zidane has been under pressure recently at Real Madrid © AFP/File / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Feb 17 – Zinedine Zidane has admitted that coaching Real Madrid is draining as he prepares his side for their return to La Liga action on the back of the Champions League victory over Paris Saint-Germain.“It is exhausting, for sure, even more so at Real Madrid,” the Frenchman, who had been under considerable pressure prior to the rousing 3-1 win over PSG in the first leg of their last-16 tie, told reporters at the club’s Valdebebas training complex on Saturday.
“The international experience has really helped us especially in Ghana when we played against Kotoko (Asante). Playing infront of such a huge crowd and losing by such a small margin improved us as a team in terms of experience,” Omondi stated.The tactician added; “Through that experience, we are ready for anything and playing infront of a huge crowd. On the pitch, it will be 11 players versus 11 players.”Kariobangi Sharks midfielder Vincent Wasambo vies for the ball with Asante Kotoko’s Abdul Ganity during a CAF Confederations Cup first round match at the Kasarani Stadium on December 15, 2018. PHOTO/Raymond MakhayaSharks were unfortunate to slip off on penalties in last year’s edition in Nakuru, losing out to Simba 3-2 after a 0-0 draw in regulation time.Despite coming up against an on-form Yanga and an expected full house at the national stadium in Dar, Sharks are not cowed and have vowed to feast on the home side to make it for their first ever appearance in the last four.“We have not come in here to participate but to win. We are ready for Yanga. On paper it is a tough match but everything will be decided on the pitch. They are a very good team and in this region they are one of the giants. But we are ready for them,” Omondi further stated.His sentiments were further echoed by skipper Eric Juma who has just returned to the side after a lengthy spell off with injury.Juma has vivid memories of last year’s tournament in Nakuru where he lost one of the penalties as Sharks exited.Simba SC defender Hussein Mohammed turns away from with Kariobangi Sharks forward Duke Abuya during their SportPesa Super Cup clash at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru on June 4, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy Olobulu“It was unfortunate we had to exit that way but we picked lessons. We lost so many chances in open play which we should have used to kill off the game. This time round, we will ensure we use our chances and I think we have clinical strikers who can do that,” Juma stated.“We are ready to tackle Yanga. They are a good team, one of the best in the region but we are ready to face them,” he further stated.The team has been boosted with the return of last season’s Kenyan Premier League top scorer Eric Kapaito while himself, Sven Yidah and keeper John Oyemba have all returned to full fitness after a troubled period with injury.Juma says the squad has a lot of depth and they will be a better outfit this time round.Sharks though come into the tournament with a checkered run of form having won two of their last five games and drawn three. To their advantage though, they are one of only three unbeaten sides in the KPL this far.0Shares0000(Visited 3 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Kariobangi Sharks players celebrate one of their six goals against Djibouti’s Arta Solar 7 in a CAF Confederations Cup match at the Kasarani Stadium on November 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, Jan 22 – Football Kenya Federation (FKF) Shield champions Kariobangi Sharks will be counting on the four CAF Confederations matches they have played this season as they dig in for their second appearance at the SportPesa Super Cup in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Sharks open up their campaign against favored home side Dar Young Africans (Yanga) on Tuesday evening and assistant coach Collins Omondi says aving played in tougher circumstances especially in Ghana, they will be better prepared this time round.
“I just want that to be over. I know Washington’s not thinking about me, I’m not thinking about Washington. I’ve got enough to worry about here in L.A.” Brown is coping with the challenges of learning the triangle offense, the spots where he needs to be, the best way to set up in the post and how to make it all flow on the court. But he has assistants Scottie Pippen and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar showing him the way. “If you’re thinking about where to be and when you’ve got to get there,” said Brown, who is expected start at power forward and play some at center, “you can’t be natural, you can’t be a basketball player. You’re a robot.” Jackson said the potential in Brown crystallized for him when he saw tape of a game from March 2004, Brown’s third season with Washington, where he totaled a career-high 30 points and 19 rebounds against Chris Webber and the Sacramento Kings. “We don’t expect Kwame to average 30 points and 19 rebounds a game,” Jackson said, “but we would like to see him have opportunities to have games like that. And go along with games that are maybe 10 and 10, which is perfectly fine with us, too.” Brown will face his former team at least once in the exhibition season, an Oct. 18 game in Bakersfield. There also is a chance the Lakers could play Washington again three days later in a tournament at Staples Center. – The Lakers released center Vlade Divac, who is expected to retire after 16 seasons, and signed former UC Irvine center Adam Parada. Divac’s back remains uncooperative nine months after he underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc. Divac played only 15 games last season and the Lakers faced a decision of whether to bring him back for $5.4 million or buy out the final year of his contract for $2 million. General manager Mitch Kupchak said there was interest from teams in trading for Divac but the Lakers would have had to take back a player who was either injured or had a bad contract. Divac presented an option for teams looking to create salary-cap space. The 37-year-old center owns a unique place in Lakers history, as the center who replaced both Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal. He also brought Bryant to the Lakers in a 1996 trade with Charlotte and helped turn around the Kings during six seasons in Sacramento. “I don’t think there’s any doubt that he’s the premier European player to play in the NBA,” Kupchak said. “When he came to Los Angeles in (1989) as a 19-year-old player, it was groundbreaking news for a European player to come over here.” — Ross Siler can be reached at (818) 713-3607. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Instead, it came from Kobe Bryant, who made the leap from high school to the NBA perhaps more successfully than anyone, and was asked if he felt any empathy for what Brown went through as the first high school player ever drafted No. 1 overall. “No,” Bryant said, “and not to sound like I’m a cold (person), but the reason why I say that is because all of us young players, when we come out, we all went through our struggles. It’s an understanding that those struggles make us tougher. All of us did that.” HONOLULU — The most illuminating comment Thursday about new Lakers forward Kwame Brown came not from Phil Jackson, though the coach with nine championship rings did speak of Brown as “a world of talent that we’re watching unfold.” It came not from Brown himself, who turned aside questions about his tumultuous four years with the Washington Wizards by comparing his situation to a divorce where he is forced to hear about his ex-wife every day. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Bryant went on to cite Tracy McGrady, Jermaine O’Neal and himself as players who all battled the same things as the 23-year-old Brown. Bryant, however, did win his first NBA title by his fourth year in the league. “It’s that kind of struggle that gives us that fire to excel,” Bryant added. “That was his struggle. So now he has that fuel within him to really push beyond that. In a way, I think he should be happier, kind of, what he went through because that gives him that fire, that edge.” The Lakers only can hope Brown will find the same desire in himself that burned in Bryant. His athleticism already has stunned Bryant, who said Brown can run the floor like a guard despite being 6-foot-11 and weighing 277 pounds. His body fat was measured at a mere 8 percent. After showing promise during his third year in Washington, where he averaged 10.9 points and 7.4 rebounds, Brown regressed last season. He broke his foot in a summer pickup game, returned to play only 42 games and quit on the Wizards during the playoffs. “Two or three days into camp, I just wish the Washington questions would stop,” Brown said. “If any one of you has been divorced before, it’s like you keep hearing about an ex-wife or something.
7 April 2014 Top South African female referee and former Springbok women’s rugby stalwart Marlize Jordaan was on Friday named as one of eight international women’s referees to officiate matches at the 2014 IRB Women’s Rugby World Cup in France in August.Sole South African In total, 14 match officials were unveiled by the International Rugby Board (IRB), eight referees and six assistant referees, with Jordaan being the only South African. Two of the remaining seven match referees were from New Zealand, while the USA, England, Ireland, Australia and Canada each had one representative respectively. Jordaan will be the third South African female referee to take charge of a game at the Women’s World Cup, following in the footsteps of Jenny Bentel and Kim Smit.‘An inspiration’ “Marlize has been an inspiration for female referees in South Africa, and it gives me great pleasure to see her receive the recognition she deserves,” the South African Rugby Union’s (Saru) General manager for Referees Andre Watson said in a statement. “This is a fantastic achievement as this honour is bestowed only on the best referees in the world. Her work ethic is admirable and so is her passion and dedication, so it is great to see her following in the footsteps of Jenny and Kim.” Dates and venues The Women’s Rugby World Cup will takes place from 1 to 17 August, with the pool matches being played in Marcoussis, near Paris, and the final stages to be held at Stade Jean Bouin, the home of Stade Francais. Jordaan made history in 2013 when she became the first female to officiate in a men’s Sevens international when she took charge of the IRB Sevens Rugby World Cup qualifier between Peru and Paraguay in Brazil in February. During her career as a player she represented the Springbok Women’s team at the Nations Cup in Canada in 2009 and she played tests in Dubai and Scotland.‘The top officials’ Commenting on the referee appointments, IRB Women’s Match Official Selection Committee Chairman John Jeffrey said: “These referees and assistant referees have proven themselves to be the top match officials in the women’s game and fully deserve their appointment to what is women’s rugby’s pinnacle tournament. “It is a great achievement for each of them to have been selected and it is a testament to their hard work and dedication. I would like to congratulate them and wish them all the best for the tournament in August,” he concluded. 2014 WRWC REFEREES Referees: Jess Beard (New Zealand), Leah Berard (USA), Claire Hodnett (England), Nicky Inwood (New Zealand), Marlize Jordaan (South Africa), Helen O’Reilly (Ireland), Amy Perrett (Australia), Sherry Trumbull (Canada). Assistant referees: Beatrice Benvenuti (Italy), Sara Cox (England), Clare Daniels (England), Marie Lematte (France), Alhambra Nievas (Spain), Alex Pratt (Scotland) SAinfo reporter
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Jammu & Kashmir’s regional parties on Monday described Governor Satya Pal Malik’s directive to officials to “compulsorily attend” the Republic Day functions as “enforced patriotism.”“Nationalism can never be dictated. There should be will for such events, not forced diktats. This clears how things happen and are happening in the ‘integral’ part. Patriotism can’t be enforced; it should be inherent,” said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Waheed Ur Rehman.Former independent MLA and Awami Itehad Party (AIP) Chief Engineer Rashid, terming the order “unconstitutional”, said, “Nationalism cannot be imposed on government staff.” Governor Malik has, in his recent directive, asked all government officers and officials posted at Jammu and Srinagar, “to attend the celebrations as part of their official duty.”“It is the duty of every government servant to attend the Republic Day function, which marks an important turning point in the history of the nation,” the order reads.Mr. Malik also directed that the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation Limited (JKTDC) and Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) ferry the employees to the main venues at summer capital Srinagar and winter capital Jammu on January 26.Former chief minister and National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah, while taking exception to the order, said, “Attendance has been made compulsory in the past as well. In fact, late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed used State transport and police vehicles to bring supporters to show how much the situation [in Kashmir] was ‘improving’.”
‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Phoenix’s Rob Dozier and Jason Perkins were also fined P1,000 each for their technical foul for 2nd motion and verbal altercation, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES The fan was the girlfriend of Blackwater guard Ray Parks, who called out and blasted Abueva after their game on Friday.What makes Abueva’s hard hit on Jones worse was that he did not appear to show any remorse as he even had the audacity to dance on top of the officials’ table and flash a dirty finger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAccording to PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, the indefinite suspension on Abueva should serve as a reminder that such behavior has no place in the league.Marcial has had enough of Abueva, who has built a reputation of being a notorious troublemaker, and his childish ways. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Calvin Abueva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—The PBA on Tuesday suspended Phoenix forward Calvin Abueva indefinitely for his actions in the Fuel Masters’ last two games in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup.Abueva was also fined P50,000 for clotheslining TNT import Terrence Jones with a clothesline on Sunday and another P20,000 for “engaging in a verbal altercation with a fan and making obscene gestures,” the league said on its website.ADVERTISEMENT Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ “Commissioner Marcial said that he had to impose the penalty of indefinite suspension to instill discipline and maintain professionalism in the league. He said that he can no longer allow Abueva to continue with his offensive and obnoxious on-court behavior against the fans and his fellow players, which the fiery player is known for,” the story said.“Fans go to the playing venues to enjoy the games, not to be insulted or disrespected. The welfare of the fans is of utmost importance to the PBA and he will not hesitate to impose heavy penalties on those who breach this rule, especially against women. He also said that while some level of physicality is allowed during the games, violent behavior or unsportsmanlike conduct have no place in the PBA.”“The Commissioner said that the indefinite suspension of Abueva should serve as a stern warning for him and other players to act as professional athletes and that unbecoming conduct or any act or statement that is prejudicial or detrimental to the PBA will be severely punished. If the players have any complaints about fan behavior during the games, they can always bring it to the attention of the Office of the Commissioner who can warn the fans or even send them out of the venue.”Marcial added that the lifting of the suspension has “no timeframe.”Meanwhile, Phoenix coach Louie Alas has been suspended for two games and fined P40,000 (P20,000 for his flagrant misconduct for physically contacting TNT’s David Semerad and P20,000 for issuing statements detrimental to the league).ADVERTISEMENT Raptors OK mentally, Warriors shaky physically in NBA Finals Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments