Netherlands beat Slovakia 2-1, reach quarterfinals

first_imgTwo-time finalists the Netherlands scored a scrappy 2-1 win over debutants Slovakia through goals from star players Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder to qualify for the quarterfinals in the FIFA World Cup in Durban on Monday. Full coverage: World Cup 2010The ‘Oranje’, who had won all their three group matches, were clearly the better side with more ball possession and midfield domination but somehow failed to still produce the flair and free-flowing football known of them.Robben, who was in the starting line-up for the first time in the tournament after an injury before the World Cup, struck in the 18th minute with a fabulous finish before UEFA Champions League winner and Inter Milan midfielder Sneijder scored the second goal in the 84th minute at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.Argentina, Germany Set Up QF ClashGhana, Uruguay Knock Out USA, KoreaWorld Cup debutants Slovakia, who shocked Italy 3-2 in a group match to sent the four-time champions home, had very few clear openings in the entire match but converted a penalty through Robert Vittek in the last few seconds of the four-minute injury time (90+4).The Netherlands, who were the losing finalists in 1974 and 1978, will play the winner of the round of 16 match between Brazil and Chile, in the quarterfinal on July 2.Dutch midfield general Wesley Sneijder got the first shot at the goal off a Robben only to see it sail over the bar in the fifth minute.Six minutes later, Sneijder could have scored but shot straight to the Slovakia keeper Jan Mucha after being sent in the clear inside the area.advertisementThe Netherlands’ pressure was tremendous but Robben should take the credit for scoring a gem of a goal in the 18th minute.A long clearance from the Dutch half saw Robben cutting through two defenders from near the right flank and Bayern Munich winger created some space before sending a low left-footer to beat the Slovakia keeper, who was diving to his left, and into the net.Robben, who played for 20 minutes in the Netherlands’ last group match against Cameroon, was though booked for a yellow card by the Spanish referee Alberto Undiano in the 31st minute for handling the ball and was substituted in the 71st minute.Arsenal striker Robin van Persie got a shot at the goal in the 41st minute from outside the Slovakia box but missed the target.Ten minutes into the second session, Robben had an almost similar shot which had produced the first goal but this time after cutting through three defender his low left footer from inside the area was parried by keeper Jan Mucha.In the 51st minute, Joris Mathijsen left-footer from just a hand-shaking distance from the Slovakia goal off a pass from the left by Robben was blocked by the keeper.The Slovakians got a fine chance to equalise but Miroslav Stoch saw his rising shot in the 67th minute tipped over the top by German keeper Maarten Stekelenburg who had a quiet day today. That was the best chance the Slovakians got in the match, besides the late penalty conversion.The Dutch responded immediately with a Dirk Kuyt header off a Sneijder free-kick but it sailed over the bar. Another Kuyt shot from outside the box two minutes later only saw the keeper blocking the long ranger.Sneijder doubled the Dutch lead in the 84th minute when he had all the time in the world to slam the ball into the empty net after Kuyt had beaten the keeper with his low left-footed cross across the goal.In the last minute of the four-minute stoppage time, German keeper Maarten Stekelenburg brought down Jakubko inside the area and Vittek scored from the resultant spot kick and the match ended as soon as the ball hit the net.last_img read more

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Sachin Tendulkar’s dream house up and ready

first_imgIt takes a godly abode to house the God. And in this case it is a five-storeyed mansion that will soon house the God of Cricket – Sachin Tendulkar.The Master Blaster is all set to move into his dream house located on Bandra’s West Perry Cross Road. The mansion has been designed keeping the batting maestro’s love for cars. The second basement of the house can hold 45-50 cars in one go.The first basement comprises the kitchen, master surveillance room and servant quarters. These apart the house has three other floors where the master, who is just one short of his 100th international ton, will live along with his wife and kids.The ground floor has a large drawing room with a separate dining space for the Tendulkars. And since Sachin is a devotee of Lord Ganesha there is a temple on the ground floor premises. The floor will also house a special display area where Sachin’s innumerable medals and trophies will be kept.The first floor has been devoted to the kids, with separate rooms for his son Arjun and daughter Sara, while the top floor has been chosen by Sachin as the floor for Mr and Mrs Tendulkar.The house has been made keeping the vastu elements in mind with special emphasis given to the kids’ quarters.The plushest part of the house, however, is a swimming pool located on the terrace.last_img read more

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Sahara must force Indian presence in their F1 team

first_imgDr Vijay Mallya was all smiles on Wednesday in the Capital as he announced Sahara were coming on board the Force India Formula One team.In recent years in Indian sport, thanks to the Indian Premier League, we have heard about whopping sums being spent on players and teams. Sahara spent almost $ 370 million on the Pune Warriors IPL team, so when they said they were buying 42.5 per cent stake in Force India by paying $ 100 million (approximately Rs 500 crore) it made big news.When sections of the media had highlighted a fortnight ago that Mallya was selling his stake in the Force India team, he had promptly denied it.Today, a sum of $ 100 million is huge not just for you and me but also for Mallya. His airline is in the red and Force India needs this money to survive.Yet, what excites me about the Sahara Force India team is not the results they are going to produce in the last four races (Korea included) but how, from the 2012 season, we may actually see an Indian connect.There is no doubt Sahara have spent huge sums on sponsorship in Indian sport. Be it sponsorship of the Indian cricket team or raising money for Indian hockey, they have done their bit handsomely. In addition, they have also sponsored top individual Indian athletes without, sometimes, getting the mileage.So what is it that has forced Sahara to come into the Formula One circus? Today, almost everyone is writing on how the F1 track at Greater Noida is going to be amazing and how the Grand Prix in India will be a treat for the fans.advertisementIt is not as if the dream of an F1 race in Indian happened out of the blue. The man who runs the circus – Bernie Ecclestone – had given TV rights for two full seasons to a national TV channel in India seven years ago.People were surprised when Bernie did that as the world over, countries pay for F1 TV rights and he is not known to be a man who does anything for free.Four cities in India were seen as potential Formula One venues before Greater Noida pulled it off. Back to Sahara and their role in the Force India team, I am sure they will not be happy just lending their name.THIS is Force India’s third season and the team has made great improvement in terms of pace and now it figures in the middle of the grid.Yet, what has been a huge disconnect is the Indian presence has been almost nil. Mallya loves to portray himself as the face of the team and quite often gets more mileage than drivers like Paul di Resta or Adrian Sutil.With Sahara now in the picture, from the 2012 season, there is bound to be a stronger Indian presence in the team. It is hard to visualise Sahara being content with foreign drivers racing for them while Indian drivers spend millions of dollars and race jalopies on the F1 track.Mallya has repeatedly said he does not find an Indian driver capable of fitting into his team. Not even as a test driver. The point is, if one wants to evaluate an Indian driver against the current crop of Force India drivers, they have to be put in the same car.Without even doing that, how can one say that Indian drivers are not capable of delivering? Mallya’s philosophy of Indians not being up to the mark is bound to change with Sahara’s presence.The 2011 season is virtually over and the new season will be interesting. Then again, in the Force India team, there is no Indian in any other role.Formula One also has a ‘front office’ and a ‘back office.’ Apart from the drivers, there are engineers, those involved in design and those who can work on valuable computer data which is required for an F1 team, and also the mechanics. I am sure with Indians now pursuing specialised engineering degrees in race car technology abroad, we could see them being a part of Force India. I have no hesitation in saying Mallya has loved the attention so far – all along, he has never let anyone else be a part of it.The joke in F1 circles has been how with Force India, an Indian is not considered even worthy of changing tyres of the cars which you see in those short pit stops.For long, the ownership pattern of Force India was not clear. The current situation is that Mallya has 42.5 per cent and Sahara 42.5 per cent while MOL, a Dutch company, has a 15 per cent stake in it.advertisementThere is already speculation that when the 2012 Formula One season begins, Mallya’s stake could get diluted even further.Just to remind Dr Mallya and Saharashree , Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok are with the Hispania and Team Lotus F1 teams respectively. Armaan Ebrahim is a young Indian talent who also needs a break.I think the time has come for these men to be counted as potential drivers for the Force India team, thanks to Sahara.last_img read more

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Fletcher faces test against Kirsten in Johannesburg

first_imgTeam India’s fortunes have really crash-landed since the departure of Gary Kirsten about a year ago when he quit as the world champions’ national coach.Kirsten’s exit became more painful for India as their continuous slide over the year has been coinciding with the rise of South African team, currently being guided by the former cricketer himself.With the Proteas now within striking distance of the coveted Test No 1 status, Kirsten’s climb has further exposed India’s current coach Duncan Fletcher’s fall.”Just hope they learn from what they have played. Just come back from Australia, where we played quite well in the one day series and hopefully we can just move on from there,” Fletcher said on Thursday, a day before India’s one-off Twenty20 international against the hosts.Kirsten said, “I think the quality of our cricket was of a higher standard… We know what we want to achieve and we are all looking forward to that Test series.”As under fire Fletcher cut a sorry figure, his predecessor in the Indian camp has been beaming with positive energy and confidence. The contrasting fortunes of the two coaches is truly telling.While Fletcher’s reign with Indian team has seen its fall from the top of the charts with shameful series whitewashes in England and Australia, Kirsten has guided the Proteas to within striking distance of snatching the Test No 1 ranking with quality performances over the Aussies, Lankans and the Kiwis on the trot.Fletcher’s poor numbers spell Team India’s sorry story since the 2011 World Cup. While Kirsten has successfully guided his men through some tough Tests home and away, Fletcher has struggled to match his superiority in the ODIs as well. His record so far has left Indian cricket buffs hoping against hope to get his act right with Mahendra Singh Dhoni and team.advertisement”We have quite a lot of young players here and we have been trying to develop a young One Day squad and Twenty-20 squad. These blokes have quite played well in the subcontinent and any game they play out of it must be very good for an inexperience point of view,” Fletcher said.While Fletcher might be one of the most respected in the business, his struggle with the Indians has indeed damaged his reputation. But Kirsten is truly on the ascent, marching ahead with his marshals. In the little over six months that Kirsten has been in charge of the Proteas, he has already shown signs of guiding them to the next level.”Very happy with the whole tour actually. I thought it was mission accomplished certainly for what we wanted to achieve as a team through all the formats… I was very pleased the way we went about with our business,” Kirsten said.With a series of home battles lined up in the coming season, Fletcher might well succeed in turning the fortunes for Dhoni and his men. But it is imperative he quickly adopts Kirsten’s winning formula if he wants the Indians to be respected a world force again.last_img read more

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Calcutta HC directs government to file affidavit on Pinki’s case

first_imgThe Calcutta High court on Friday directed the state government to file an affidavit within two weeks on the progress of Pinki Pramanik’s case and submit the case diary before the court on the next date of hearing.The PIL was moved before the division bench of Calcutta High Court comprising Chief Justice J.N. Patel and Justice Sambuddha Chakrabarti.The court has also sought clarification of Pinki’s detention in an isolated cell inside the male prison even before her sex determination test results were out. The division bench gave liberty to petitioners to involve the cyber crime cell in finding out how the objectionable MMS content went viral on the internet. The court has mentioned in its order that the petitioners can file a complaint with the police in one week’s time on how the MMS was circulated.The high court on Thursday permitted a PIL to be moved on the alleged harassment of Asian Games gold medallist athlete.”We appealed before the court to look into the humiliation and harassment issue as far as Pinki’s case is concerned. She has been mentally tortured and her privacy has been affected a lot,” said advocate Bharati Mutsuddi.A former CPM lawmaker from Hooghly, Haripal and an ex-member of the state women’s rights commission, Mutsuddi said that every individual has the right to live with dignity as per the constitutional provisions. “In this case Pinki’s right to dignity has been violated. She was utterly helpless thus we came forward and moved the PIL,” she said.advertisementMeanwhile, leader of the Opposition in West Bengal Assembly Suryakanta Mishra dubbed the whole issue as the violation of Pinki’s human rights. “It was definitely violation of human rights in the case of Pinki,” Mishra said in the Assembly lobby. He further said that their move to raise the issue in the Assembly was rejected as the matter was already sub-judice.The West Bengal government on Friday pleaded ignorance about the alleged harassment of Pinki Pramanik. “I have not received any complaint from Pinki’s family or any sports body. We have got no written complaints saying whatever is going on is illegal,” state sports minister Madan Mitra said, when asked about alleged atrocities being meted out to the athlete.He said that the government was keeping a close watch on all the developments regarding the gold medallist sprinter.Pinki is fighting a legal battle after she was accused of being a male and arrested for alleged rape. An MMS clip, purportedly showing the athlete completely naked and undergoing tests at a private nursing home, has also gone viral online.The 29 second clip was reportedly circulated after Pinki underwent a gender verification test at a private nursing home in North 24-Parganas district where the sprinter was taken subsequent to her arrest on June 14.Last week, the court of chief judicial magistrate, Barasat, (North 24-Parganas) Anita Mathur, rejected the bail plea of Pinki and remanded her to further judicial custody till July 12. The court also allowed the prosecution plea to take Pramanik for a chromosomal test to conclusively determine her gender.On July 4, stated Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) directed the state government and the police to look into the alleged inhumane torture’ on Pinki in jail custody. The commission had asked the principal secretary (health) to prepare a report and submit it in next seven days. It also ordered principal secretary (home) and the state director general of police to investigate into the matter.The athlete had twice undergone gender determination tests in two different government hospitals but on both the occasions the test results were inconclusive.”The 11-member medical team examined Pinki and sent her blood samples to laboratories outside the state. It will take at least next 7-10 days to receive the test reports. The reports would be submitted to the court only after that,” said SSKM medical super Tamal Ghosh told MAIL TODAY.Ghosh had formed the medical board at the state-run premier hospital for conducting tests on the athlete. The medical panel was led by forensic department head DN Kahali.As the matter is sub-judice, Ghosh declined to disclose the location where the test samples were sent.Pramanik won gold in 4×400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar. She was a silver medallist at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.Immensely talented Pinki, however, had been involved in a few unsavoury incidents since she started her career. Pinki’s misery began when she was caught with firearm in her bag in November 2004. It turned out to be a frame-up, as a police probe later unearthed. But a night in custody seemed to have changed her life forever.advertisementPinki’s father Durgacharan Pramanik was a rickshaw puller and the family hails from a remote village Tilakdih in Purulia (bordering Jharkhand).Training in this remotest hamlet meant running about 10-kilometres everyday by the river-side, till she was brought to Kolkata. Hailing from a poor family, Pinki couldn’t continue studies after passing class-X exams. Pinki’s talent got noticed in March 2002 during an inter-district meet. Two months later she created three state records, in 100m, 200m and 400m, in her age-group.Later, the Sports Authority India (SAI) took her under its fold and former national record holder Geeta Zutsi helped in honing her skills. Pinki retired from athletics three years ago.The 25-year-old athlete used to work with Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division as a travelling ticket examiner. She was suspended Pramanik on June 16 following her remand in judicial custody.last_img read more

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NBA: Kyrie Irving fined for NBA fan spat

first_imgThe NBA slapped Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics with a $25,000 fine on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2017, for verbally abusing a Philadelphia 76ers fan. The point guard said he was not sorry for yelling at the fan but said he was only human. AFP FILENEW YORK, United States — Kyrie Irving is off to a rocky start with the Boston Celtics after the league slapped the point guard with a $25,000 fine on Sunday for verbally abusing a Philadelphia 76ers fan.The exchange took place at halftime of the Celtics 102-92 win on Friday over the 76ers when a fan made a reference to Irving’s former teammate LeBron James as the teams were heading to the locker rooms at the Wells Fargo Center arena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Irving admitted he yelled at the fan, which was caught on video, but when asked by ESPN.com if he had any regrets said, “Hell no”.Irving then talked about the exchange like it was a run in with another NBA player.“At the end of the day, we’re human. It’s in the heat of the moment, and frustrations arise. We were at halftime, we were down by four, in an environment, a season opener in Philly,” he said.The Cavaliers’ trade of Irving to the Celtics for guard Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, rookie center Ante Zizic and two draft picks in August was one of the league’s blockbuster deals of the offseason.  /cbbADVERTISEMENT 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 Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kings zap Bolts, seize 3-2 edgecenter_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ “Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for using inappropriate language when responding to a fan,” league vice president Kiki VanDeWeghe said in a statement.The Celtics aquired Irving in an offseason move after he demanded a trade from the NBA finals runner-up Cleveland Cavaliers.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 openingIt is the second time in as many days the NBA has fined one of its players for an incident with a fan. On Saturday VanDeWeghe announced that DeMarcus Cousins had been fined $25,000 after the New Orleans Pelican player got into a heated exchange with a female fan during a game in Memphis.The fan in Philadelphia reportedly yelled “Kyrie, where’s LeBron” as the Celtics walked past, drawing a response from Irving. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Japan kayaker banned for 8 years for spiking drink of rival

first_imgSuzuki spiked a drink with an anabolic steroid, causing Komatsu to fail a doping test, the Japan Anti-Doping Agency said on Tuesday.The Japan Canoe Federation began investigating after Komatsu tested positive but denied ever taking drugs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAfter Komatsu tested positive, Suzuki admitted putting a muscle-building supplement containing the banned steroid methandienone in his drink.Suzuki was hoping to qualify for the 2020 Olympics at home. But he will also miss the 2024 Olympics in Paris. PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid The incident is Japan’s first case of an athlete failing a doping test due to deliberate contamination, according to the Japan Anti-Doping Agency, which handed down the eight-year ban.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim In this November 2010, photo, Japan’s Yasuhiro Suzuki competes in the mens single kayak race at the 16th Asian Games in Shanwei, China. The top Japanese canoe sprinter has been banned for eight years, disqualifying him from the Tokyo Olympics, for lacing his rival’s drink with a prohibited drug which caused him to fail a doping test. The Japan Anti-Doping Agency said Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018 that Suzuki was banned for putting an anabolic steroid into the drink bottle of his rival at a national championship in September. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — A Japanese kayaker has been banned for eight years for spiking the drink of a rival so he would fail a doping test.Yasuhiro Suzuki drugged his key rival Seiji Komatsu at the Japan championships in September.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Zach LaVine to make Bulls debut Saturday vs. Pistons Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thaislast_img read more

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NCAA football: St. Benilde forces decider for title

first_imgPH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Arellano seemed to have gotten in the head of St. Benilde early after Cyrus Sanquilos put his side up 1-0 at the seventh minute.The Blazers, however, couldn’t stomach the idea of a repeat of last season’s runner-up finish and came out as the aggressors in the second half with Major Dean Ebarle knotting the score at a goal apiece which remained until the end of extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingAs the match went on to a penalty shootout, Arellano’s Sanquilos, Charles Gamutan, and Roberto Corsame and St. Benilde’s Earl Real Laguerta, Vincent Erik Lovitos, and Renz Joseph Tulayba all traded goals to tie the score at 3-3.Bernate, however, went too strong on his attempt for the Chiefs that allowed Alforque to deliver the clincher. LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais Zark’s, Marinero emerge as favorites in wide-open D-League Aspirants’ Cup BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives St. Benilde refused to go down without a fight and edged Arellano in penalty shootout, 4-3 (1-1), to force a winner-take-all Game 3 in the NCAA Season 93 senior football Finals Monday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Blazer Moiselle Angelo Alforque sent the ball to the back of the net as he broke the 3-all deadlock in the shootout after Chief Patrick John Bernarte sailed over the crossbar to surrender the win in the tense Game 2 duel.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 “I told the players at halftime that if we score the equalizer in the second half, we’ll win this. And we did,” said Blazers coach Marlon Maro.Game 3 is on Wednesday, still at the historic Rizal Memorial pitch.In the juniors division, Mariano Suba uncorked a hattrick before goalkeeper Jessie Reil Semblano showcased his defensive whiz in the shootout to deliver San Beda to a 3-1 (3-3) victory over CSB-La Salle Greenhills and take home the Red Booters’ 17th juniors crown.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Anthony, Adams lead Thunder past Lakers

first_imgJulius Randle scored all 16 of his points in the first half for the Lakers.The Thunder led 60-54 at halftime behind 16 points from Anthony and 14 from Adams. Westbrook had just two points until scoring eight in the final three minutes of the second quarter.Oklahoma City started strong in the second half. A 3-pointer by George bumped the lead to 11, and a 3-point play by Westbrook midway through the quarter pushed the margin to 14.Westbrook got Corey Brewer off balance with multiple crossover dribbles before blowing by him for a layup that gave the Thunder an 86-70 lead. A 3-pointer by Anthony made it 91-70 and forced the Lakers to call timeout late in the third quarter. The Thunder controlled the game the rest of the way.“They just hit shots,” Kuzma said. “We didn’t really defend them too well. They’ve got a lot of good players.”TIP-INSLakers: F Brandon Ingram returned after missing a game with a mild left ankle sprain. He had eight points in 26 minutes. … Shot 55 percent from the field in the first half, but just 47 percent in the game. … Caldwell-Pope scored 10 points in 15 minutes. He was one of two Lakers to score in double figures.Thunder: Boxer Floyd “Money” Mayweather attended the game. … G Andre Roberson returned after missing eight games with left patellar tendinitis. He finished with four points and three steals in 17 minutes.STAT LINESThe Thunder committed just one turnover in the third quarter and outrebounded the Lakers 16-7. Oklahoma City took six more shots than Los Angeles in the period and outscored the Lakers 33-18.QUOTABLEGeorge, on Oklahoma City’s defense: “It always comes down to defense. We got stops. We turned those stops into baskets. When we are scoring, it slows the other team down.”UP NEXT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Whiteside leads Heat to 106-101 win over Bucks PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims 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 Games LATEST STORIES Anthony became one of the most prolific scorers in NBA history by playing mostly isolation ball, but coach Billy Donovan has asked him to become more of a catch-and-shoot scorer. It worked in this one — the 33-year-old forward made 10 of 15 shots overall and shot 4 of 6 on 3-pointers in one of his best performances of the season.“Once you accept something, regardless of what it is, you become comfortable with it,” he said. “I think you start putting your all into it and you start working on that role and on that acceptance and it’s becomes fun. I think right now, I accepted that role early in December and the game is starting to become fun again. Fun for me and fun for us as a team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSteven Adams had 21 points and 10 rebounds and Russell Westbrook added 19 points and seven assists for the Thunder, who won their third straight. The Thunder shot 48 percent overall and outrebounded the Lakers 54-30.“They just big-boyed us,” rookie Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “Steven Adams, we couldn’t stop him from getting rebounds today. He was the head of the snake in that department.” BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball sat out his second straight game with a sore left knee. The Lakers are 0-8 when he doesn’t play, and they have scored fewer than 100 points in six of those games.The injury news got worse for the Lakers. Kuzma left with a finger joint sprain and did not return, and forward Kentavious Caldwell-Pope left with a right Achilles tendon strain and did not return.“Just play as a team defensively, just be solid,” Kuzma said. “There’s got to be a lot of team basketball.”Seven of Adams’ rebounds were on the offensive end. The Thunder have gotten used to him bailing them out.“We can take any shot that we want because he will go get it,” Thunder forward Paul George said. “We feel that. Russ feels that, Melo feels that. It puts us in a better rhythm knowing there is a guy that, whether it is a good or bad shot that we take, it’s possible to get an offensive basket anyways by Steven. It allows us to be more aggressive. There is not many guys that physically can match him. He is in a category of his own.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, reaches for the ball held by Los Angeles Lakers guard Tyler Ennis, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Carmelo Anthony is getting comfortable in his new role.He scored 27 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Lakers 114-90 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT The Lakers host the Pacers on Friday.The Thunder play at Cleveland on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte View commentslast_img read more

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