LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES The four-time NBA MVP reacted to a video posted by Twitter user @tony_hartmann, who instead of burning Irving’s jersey—like what other fans had done in the past when players jump ship—left a note thanking the four-time NBA All-star for his years with the Cavaliers.“That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy,” James said in the tweet.Kyrie Irving #2 and LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrate after a play in the first quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPContrary to the past few weeks since the news broke that Irving wanted out of Cleveland, James and Irving’s partnership didn’t seem in disarray on the surface in the three years since James returned to his hometown.Together, they steered the Cavaliers to three straight finals appearances–all against the Golden State Warriors—and helped the city of Cleveland put an end to more than five decades of championship drought in major league sports.READ: Cavs star Kyrie Irving reportedly requests tradeADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Last 3 Filipino boxers standing vow all-out finals stand SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension But after the loss to the Warriors last July in the finals, Irving reportedly wanted to play out of James’ shadow and requested for a trade. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC That’s the only way to be to the kid! Special talent/guy! Nothing but respect and what a ride it was our 3 years together Young Gode #Filayy https://t.co/wKYmYsmdgG— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 23, 2017It may have seemed from reports that their relationship was in turmoil but Cleveland Cavaliers’ star LeBron James said he has “nothing but respect” for former teammate Kyrie Irving, who had just been shipped to the Boston Celtics.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 shutoutJames finally spoke about Irving directly shorty after the star guard got his wish to be traded and was sent to the Cavaliers’ Eastern conference rival Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and a 2018 first round pick.ADVERTISEMENT READ: On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win trade Read Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace PLAY LIST 01:07Nothing wrong with raids on offices of progressive groups—Palace00:50Trending Articles02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics01:37Protesters 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 Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games
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Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Conor McGregor knows how to troll in style.The Irish UFC star came to the kickoff press conference for his fight against Floyd Mayweather wearing a custom-made suit lined with profanity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhat looked like the usual pinstripes in McGregor’s suit were actually the words”F*** YOU” making up the thin lines.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas out to win Jones Cup El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on Jul 11, 2017 at 9:03pm PDT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Known as the most notorious trash talkers in their respective sports, Mayweather and McGregor didn’t disappoint fans who were anticipating fireworks as they traded verbal jabs throughout the presser.“I’m going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words,” said the cocky McGregor, who was more than willing to throw insults at Mayweather.The undefeated American boxer, meanwhile, also did not hold back.“You line ’em up, I knock ‘em down like bowling pins. I’m going to knock this bitch out,” said Mayweather, retired in boxing with a 49-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT Closer look at McGregor’s suit. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)It was just one of McGregor’s antics during the presser to launch the world promotional tour for their August 26 boxing bout. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong
NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “We just really wanted to win,” said Perpetual Help coach Jimwell Gican in Filipino.GJ Ylagab added a near double-double with 11 points and eight rebounds while Gab Dagangon chipped in 10 points and six rebounds for the Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsEze anchored Perpetual Help’s defense, which limited Arellano’s shooting to just 29 percent, including 5-of-26 from deep.The Altas, meanwhile, shot a decent 43 percent from the field. Kent Salado paced the Chiefs, who suffered their fourth consecutive defeat and fell to 2-5, in scoring with 14 points but needed 14 shots. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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. Read Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LOOK: James Harden flaunts ripped physique ahead of new season Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPrince Eze dominated anew and University of Perpetual Help downed struggling Arellano University, 68-59, in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Eze was a man among boys as he finished with 23 points, 21 rebounds and five blocks to power the Altas to their third win in seven outings.ADVERTISEMENT
In the recent controversy surrounding the dope taint on 12 leading Indian athletes, the role of the various national sports federations (NSFs) and the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in turning a blind eye to the drugs menace has gone unnoticed.It is they who have been found wanting when it came to educating athletes about the banned substances listed by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), a list that is updated every year. Forget educating them, the sports federations did not even bother to conduct random doping tests – the basic requisite of any national sports body when it comes to controlling the problem.Take the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). At no point did the WFI educate its wrestlers on the basics of doping. Kripa Shankar, a leading wrestler said, ” Not once in the last eight months has any of us been even briefed about the basics of doping. We don’t even know what substances we have to avoid to remain clean.”The wrestler said none of the Indian wrestlers has been subjected to random dope testing in the last eight months. “The WFI did not tell the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) to conduct random tests, even when the Commonwealth Games were less than two months away.” Shockingly, the wrestler claimed, “Certain coaches encourage doping.” He said he cannot back his claims with solid evidence, but “there have been instances when coaches have helped their wards by telling them to do so.”WFI secretary general Kartar Singh denied that the body had not regularly instructed the wrestlers about doping. He said that SAI doctors “have held talks about doping in all our camps”.advertisementHe put the blame squarely on the wrestlers saying that it is they who have an obligation to stay educated on drugs abuse. “It is the wrestlers’ responsibility to keep abreast of the latest developments in doping.”The Swimming Federation of India (SFI), too, blamed its sportspersons alone for testing positive for methylhexanamine (the same stimulant for which the wrestlers were caught). SFI secretary general Virendra Nanavati said the athletes were just too ignorant. “It is the duty of the swimmer to ensure that the drug he or she is taking is not in the list of WADA’s banned substances.”That, however, is not a worldwide norm. In every other country, it is the respective sporting federation that is responsible for educating the athletes and coaches about doping. What is more surprising is that NDTL is a WADA-accredited lab and is comparable to the best antidoping labs in the world. But the national sports federations reportedly never accessed the labs to test their athletes.A top SAI official admitted to Mail Today that India’s nodal sports body does not have enough doctors to educate athletes and coaches on doping. “We just do not have the manpower or requisite expertise to educate our athletes on doping,” he said. “We have sports medicine experts who specialise in injuries and physiotherapy to help the athlete cope and recover. Moreover, three top doctors have left SAI for other assignments, and there is no plan to recruit more. Naturally, dope education does not become priority.”In contrast, China began an antidoping regimen eight years before the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. As a result, not a single Chinese athlete was caught in anti-doping tests. Meanwhile, in India, the sports federations say that athletes are lying about random tests being not conducted. “Sheer nonsense,” said WFI’s Kartar Singh when he heard Kripa Shankar’s claim that no dope test was carried out in the last eight months. “We have been conducting random tests on our wrestlers once in every four months,” he added.Meanwhile, the SFI has not had any awareness programme for its swimmers and it merely hands over a list of banned substances in the name of education. Nanavati said: “The federation provides a list of banned items to all the athletes. We are not scientists or doctors to keep a check on what each and every swimmer is taking,” he said.Nanavati said the offending swimmers should have clarified the medication they were taking at the time of tests. “Thirty-nine samples were collected at the senior nationals at Jaipur. Only three tested positive.So, the blame should rest on the swimmers as the majority did not test positive.” Commonwealth Games Organising Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot said neither SAI nor the federations should be held responsible for the national doping shame.”SAI or any other federation cannot stay with the athletes 24 hours of the day. It is difficult to monitor what these athletes eat. It would be unfair to blame anyone other than the athletes themselves,” Bhanot said.advertisementThe Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF), one of the worst affected when it comes to doping (it had to pay a $ 500,000 fine to the world body to escape a ban after several weightlifters were caught doping) seems to have learned its lessons.Sydney Olympic bronze medalist Karnam Malleswari, currently an IWF vice-president, said that the body had conducted lectures on doping during the senior nationals in Udaipur in February. “We organised lectures every day by anti-doping experts and doctors,” she said. “We had no option.”
India’s top seed Somdev Devvarman breezed into the men’s singles quarterfinals with a thumping 6-0 6-1 win over unseeded Sri Lankan Amresh Jayawickreme in the second round of the tennis competition of the Commonwealth Games on Wednesday.It was not more than a stroll in the park for Somdev as he mowed down the unranked Jayawickreme in just 41 minutes.Somdev DevvarmanThe Lankan hardly posed a challenge to Somdev and surrendered without any fight. He lost points even when he was in advantageous position in few of the games.He was up 40-0 in the first game but could not pocket it, committing far too many unforced errors, to hand Somdev a break.The India wrapped up the opening set in just 20 minutes.The Sri Lankan, however, managed to hold on to his serve in the first game of the second set to prevent a whitewash.–with PTI inputs
Just before the start, the thought was: at last, the ball will roll. Germany, the host, and Costa Rica, the central American country drawn out of luck, will put flesh and blood and humanity onto the pitch and onto the screens of a global audience which we are told will,Just before the start, the thought was: at last, the ball will roll. Germany, the host, and Costa Rica, the central American country drawn out of luck, will put flesh and blood and humanity onto the pitch and onto the screens of a global audience which we are told will exceed a billion people for this match alone. Do not expect a classic. Do not think that Germany’s players, afraid of their own shadows under the burden of expectancy, or Costa Rica who rely on the enigmatic, erratic Paolo Wanchope for goals, will provide a contest as riveting as the Antigua Test.When a host nation of 82 million plays a visiting country of four million, you expect some imbalance. But World Cup openers are fraught with nerves. There have been shocks, such as Cameroon beating Argentina in 1990 and Senegal beating France in 2002, but fear of failure generally rules.Even so, the relief should be something you can taste, like the spice in food. Unless age deceives me, there has never been a build-up as long or as intrusive as this, never more politicking, more pompous over-statement, more marketing, more analysts climbing aboard the bandwagon.There will be a brief but poignant opening ceremony involving 160 for-mer World Cup winners-aging legends playing a walk on role that -reminds today’s players what went before. Sepp Blatter, the president of football’s world governing body FIFA, and Kofi Annan, the United Nations general secretary, will jointly call for us all “to harness the magic of football to make the world a better place of peace and harmony.” The sport, I agree, can cross every boundary known to man. But don’t preach before the ball is kicked. Don’t trot out the phrases while the fighter planes patrol the skies and the police mass around the grounds. Don’t pretend that the World Cup is the greatest show on earth and the purest.advertisementFootball is the epicentre of global spending on sport that will gross $34 billion this year alone. India may be off the World Cup map, in terms of participation, but be assured that FIFA and its marketing partners are counting on you to fulfil the 100-million viewing figure forecast by R.V. Venkateish, whose TV outlet ESPN Star Sports is one of the 213 around our planet.On The BallBehind every game, beyond all statistics, are remarkable numbers. Keep them in mind on match days. In 1976, a British university calculated the distance covered by footballers in a match, concluding that midfielders worked the hardest. The 1970s midfielder covered 9.8 km in a match; followed by strikers (8.4 km), full backs (8.2 km) and central defenders (7.8 km).Today, these distances are estimated to have gone up by 30 per cent. The World Cup midfielder would run on an average 12.7 km during a game, the strikers 10.9 km, the full back 10.6 km and the centre back 10.1 km.Only two per cent of the distance players run in a match involves contact with the ball. Players rest on an average for three seconds every two minutes.The vital statistics of the perfect free kick, as sometimes produced by England’s David Beckham (right) when struck accurately: the boot makes contact with the ball for 15 milliseconds, the ball moves at a speed of 60-70mph, with between 5-10 revolutions per second. It takes 900 milliseconds (nine tenths of a second) to go from boot to net.The first that the goalkeeper sees of the ball is as it pops up above the head of his team’s defensive “wall” after 400 milliseconds. It takes 200 milliseconds for his brain to process the information and he is left with 300 milliseconds in which to move and stop the ball.If the goalkeeper does get to catch the ball, his hands recoil six inches and the ball transfers 160 pounds of force-approximately equal to his own weight. The World Cup crosses all cultures, all time zones. But now that we have movement, now that the game should become the thing, it is what it means to Germany that is the centre of attention. The opening match is in Munich, in a stadium built purposely to help us forget the 1972 Munich Olympics where the Black September terrorists had used the stage to kill 11 Israeli athletes.Personally, my eye will be drawn to the Brazilians, because they put style and feeling and movement into the game. They win, too. So do the Germans in not quite the same hypnotic style. This is not a great time for Germany on the pitch, their team lacks the charisma of a Franz Beckenbauer, though he is here. Kaiser Franz completes a unique journey in his sport, having listened to the World Cup of 1954 on radio when he was nine and West Germany won the event for the first time. “My mother sewed the No.10 onto the back of my shirt,” Beckenbauer recalls, “so I could play in the street and call myself Fritz Walter.”advertisementWalter was the captain of that 1954 team which created the “Miracle of Berne” by beating the hot favourites, Hungary. Beckenbauer was the captain the next time West Germany won the World Cup, in Munich in 1974. He was coach for the third German triumph in Rome in 1990. Today he is president of the organising committee. “I have had a wonderful life,” he enthuses, “only through football.”Over the last six months, Herr Beckenbauer travelled the world thrice over, extending personal invitations to the 31 nations coming to his tournament. A genuine football man, from his old boots to the snow white of his hair, he had the same message as he touched down in Angola, Iraq, Iran, and all the football capitals from Latin America to Europe: “A Time to Make Friends”.We joked, Franz and I, that Germany would rather be friendly winners than losers over the month of June into July 9. But there are several meanings written into that slogan.A time for Germany, united east and west, to heal its rifts. A time when Germany is trying to build a new, modern infrastructure and to show it off to the world watching in for the World Cup. You think I read too much into a sporting occasion?Maybe, from a player’s perspective I do. Wayne Rooney isn’t concerned about anything but his tiny metatarsal bone in his right foot. Ronaldo frets over blisters. Cafu, the Brazil right back who even surpassed Pele by playing in three World Cup finals, is hoping for a fourth. And Russell Latapy, the oldest outfield player in this tournament, has a very sporting, quite simple outlook on life. He was asked the other day to name his heroes: “Brian Lara is top man,” he said, “after him Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Pele and Diego Maradona.” Who is Latapy? He is a Caribbean, and at the age of 37 has reached his first World Cup, with Trinidad and Tobago. Catch him on your screen if you can, he may not play the full 90 minutes, but when he does he decorates the field with imagination and the sheer joy of being involved in this company.If it’s joy we want, if it’s the true essence of the World Cup in Germany, I suggest we wander into the streets of Berlin. There, in the city that once was split between communism and capitalism, and had a wall that was there at pain of death to keep Easterners from defecting, is going to be a mammoth coming together of people. The mayor of Berlin has arranged “the biggest viewing platform in Germany” every night of the event.advertisementSo the opening match is in Munich? No problem, come to the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol of old Berlin, and you can watch it free of charge, in the open air on a gigantic screen. There could be 70,000 to 1,00,000 people around you. If not there, then in the Tiergarten, Berlin’s biggest open park, or down the boulevard to the Siegessaeule, the Victory Column, yet more 60-metre wide screens, and more people sharing the atmosphere transmitted through the summer night air.This, I believe, will be where Germany really opens up to the world. And this, I am also convinced, is what football above all things can generate. In South Korea at the last World Cup, the towns and cities were transformed to great seas of red, with people in their football shirts resembling millions of poppies in fields. Those people discovered the power of football, and injected into it a sense of pride that had their players running so hard they became the first Asian country to reach a World Cup semi-final.Germans, with three triumphs (to Brazil’s five), hardly need this power of the people, this sense of new identity, to propel them on. But though Italy and Argentina remain strong contenders, and England and France believe they can win it, do not be surprised if, in spite of everything the Germans fear, the final features Germany vs Brazil.It will be staged in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, once dear to Adolf Hitler and now, after a renovation that cost $370 million, a monument to the changing host nation for the World Cup 2006.
The sports ministry made a last ditch effort on Thursday to resolve the longstanding power struggle between Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) and has summoned the two warring factions to form a unified body.Sports minister Ajay Maken will meet the chiefs of HI and IHF on Saturday. PTIThe ministry has prepared a proposal and sports minister Ajay Maken has called the presidents of HI and IHF for a meeting on Saturday. The minister, however, made it clear that the government was ready to take stern action if any of the two bodies refuses to cooperate.”I cannot share the complete details of the proposal but in a nut shell, the proposal is for a unified body which will have equal representatives from both HI and IHF,” said Maken.”If they (HI and IHF) do not agree with what has been proposed, we will take a firm step and inform the court about it,” he asserted.RK Shetty, the president of IHF, confirmed that he has received the notice from the government and welcomed the move.”It’s a good initiative and we would surely look at it. We are ready for a constructive meeting if it is good for Indian hockey and we appreciate the development,” Shetty told MAIL TODAY from Bangalore.The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has time and again said that it recognises HI as the only body allowed to run the sport in the country. The IHF, which was disbanded by the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) in 2008, came back into reckoning after a court order.advertisement”We have good people on both the sides and I am sure if we sit together, we will come to a conclusion,” said the minister.Although the ministry has asked for a meeting with the presidents of the two bodies, Mariyamma Koshy, who heads the HI, is down with fever in Kochi and it is likely that the secretary general Narinder Batra may come for the discussion.Maken also revealed that he held a meeting with former IHF chief KPS Gill and HI officials last month but the issue could not be sorted out.The raging issue of a foreign coach for the Indian men’s team has gained momentum after the national team’s disastrous performance at the Sultan Azlan Shah tournament, where it finished sixth out of seven teams.”Hockey India insisted on Harendra’s (Singh) name so we had no choice. If the federation and players demand a foreign coach, we are ready for it even if it means a higher salary for the coach,” Maken added.