GALLERY: LeBron James Strive for Greatness Tour Manila

first_imgINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin Vardeleon Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ MOST READ Pride and joy Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments For the third time in five years, LeBron James gave his Filipino fans another night to remember during his Strive for Greatness Tour 2017 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come backADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Belga laments costly miscommunication as Rain or Shine misses out on semis

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES A miscommunication episode between Belga and import J’Nathan Bullock erased Rain or Shine’s hopes of advancing to the semifinals and that’s something the power forward regretted deeply right away.READ: Rice, Castro deliver as TNT survives Rain or Shine for semis berthFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Coach Caloy [Garcia] said the play was for J’Nathan to attack the defense one-on-one and I will sag off outside for a jumper,” said Belga in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I was surprised when he made a drop pass instead of a kick-out and I was already too far away from the rim.”“My momentum was going to the corner and if the pass was in my direction, well who knows? Maybe we could’ve had a chance.” MOST READ Rain or Shine trailed 116-114 in the final 10 seconds of the game after Glen Rice Jr. tipped in Jayson Castro’s missed triple and the Elasto Painters had that much time on the clock to force a tie or go for the win.The Elasto Painters decided to shoot for the tie with Bullock supposedly connecting with Belga but the pass went awry and that mistake ultimately doomed Rain or Shine.What made it more painful for Belga was that he was confident he could have made the game-tying jumper to force overtime.“I felt lucky during the game,” said Belga who finished with 18 points on 8-of-11 shooting. “Just one chance but the pass was off and I tried to chase the ball but I was already too far away. If the pass was directed to the corner, maybe we could’ve made a surprise shot.”“So yeah, what happened were just breaks of the game.”ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESThe phrase “breaks of the game” were thrown a lot during Beau Belga’s impromptu press conference after Rain or Shine lost to TNT 118-114 in the quarterfinals of the PBA Governors’ Cup.From missed shots to bricked free throws, every thing fell under “breaks of the game,” but there was none bigger than the Elasto Painters’ final offensive set.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Robinson not losing sleep over Pirates’ 28 turnovers It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

Grizzlies make 13 3-pointers, beat Clippers

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Wilder wants to get rid of Stiverne, then unify heavyweights Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Blake Griffin had 30 points for the Clippers, and Patrick Beverley had 23.The Clippers were 4 of 26 from 3-point range, while the Grizzlies went 13 of 31.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPISTONS 108, KINGS 99.DETROIT — Andre Drummond had 16 points and 19 rebounds to help Detroit beat Sacramento. Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin, left, defends against a shot by Memphis Grizzlies forward Jarell Martin during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. APLOS ANGELES, United States — Mike Conley scored 22 points and the Memphis Grizzlies made 13 3-pointers and dominated off the bench to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 113-104 on Saturday.Marc Gasol added 21 points and Tyreke Evans had 20 to top four reserves in double figures. The Memphis backups outscored the Los Angeles reserves 55-22.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Detroit improved to 7-3 with its fifth victory in six games. Avery Bradley had 24 points, and Tobias Harris added 20.Sacramento lost its seventh straight game to fall to 1-8. Zach Randolph led the Kings with 19 points. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

James Harden has 29, Rockets down Pacers

first_imgHouston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) reacts to a call with official Courtney Kirkland during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Indiana Pacers, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON, Texas—After losing just one game in November the Houston Rockets are feeling pretty good about where they are.But James Harden says the best part about how well they’re playing is that they can be much better.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES “They hit some shots in the second half,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought a lot of them we were right there, and sometimes you just have to give some teams credit for executing and making shots.”Trevor Ariza made a 3-pointer in that stretch and Ryan Anderson added two finished with 19 points.The Pacers missed numerous shots, were called for defensive three seconds and committed an offensive foul to allow the Rockets to pad the lead.“Even tonight we had some lapses,” Anderson said. “But we’re a relentless team and we play hard and we know if we stick to the scheme … we know we’re going to win games. So we’re the only thing that gets in our own way.”Young finished with 23 points for the Pacers. They have won seven of their last 10 games.ADVERTISEMENT Houston led by 18 after three, but Indiana scored the first seven points of the fourth to get within 89-78.After a timeout, Chris Paul hit a 3-pointer right before the shot clock expired to give the Rockets their first points of the quarter before he found Ryan Anderson for a rare dunk to make it 94-80 with about nine minutes left.The Pacers tied it early in the third quarter before Houston used a 13-4 run to take a 67-58 lead with about seven minutes left in the quarter. Anderson and Trevor Ariza made consecutive 3-pointers to power that run and Ariza added a second 3 later in that span.Indiana got back on track after that, and used a 6-2 spurt, highlighted by a 3-pointer from Bojan Bogdanovic, to get to 69-64.But Houston scored the next eight points, with the last seven from Harden, to push the advantage to 77-66 with about 2 1/2 minutes left in the third.Victor Oladipo ended an almost 2 1/2 minute scoring drought with a 3-pointer after that. It was then that the Rockets got hot from long-range with P.J. Tucker and Harden making two 3s each to allow Houston to outscore the Pacers 12-2 for the rest of the quarter to make it 89-71 entering the fourth.The Rockets led 54-49 at halftime.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “We’re never satisfied,” he said. “We have a long way to go.”Harden had 29 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds and the Rockets rolled past the Indiana Pacers 118-97 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Rockets improved to 12-1 this month, with the only loss coming on Nov. 14 against Toronto, and their 17-4 record overall is the best in the Western Conference.Thaddeus Young cut the lead to 10 with a hook shot with about eight minutes left. The Rockets put it away with a 16-4 run that made it 110-88 with about four minutes left. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lowry scores season-high 36 as Raptors beat Hornets Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 awardlast_img read more

Perkins perfect fit for Fuel Masters

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I really feel that we picked the right guy,” he said. “He’s playing like he’s not a rookie and he really has a PBA body.”The 25-year-old Perkins is listed at 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds. During his time in the UAAP, he was a handful on the low block with his ability to post up and hit the outside shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPerkins showed it on Tuesday against Alaska where he finished with nine points and two rebounds in 12 minutes off the bench.Alas feels Perkins still has a lot of room for improvement. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jason Perkins listens to coach Louie Alas in the Phoenix’s first practice session on Monday. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Louie Alas is convinced rookie Jason Perkins is a perfect fit for the Fuel Masters.Perkins was the fourth overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and as early as the preseason, Alas is impressed with the former La Salle standout.ADVERTISEMENT Issues from last year’s championship hampered La Salle, says Ayo LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “The thing he needs to do is to bring his energy level up because with my system, we play high-energy on defense and if he is playing major minutes, he needs to have extra energy.”Perkins is not the only addition to Phoenix in the offseason.The Fuel Masters also landed LA Revilla and Justine Chua, whom Alas said would play a big role right away.“Revilla is a big help to the team and also Perkins and Justine Chua. They’re really a major part of our rotation.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READlast_img read more

Curry out of Hornets clash with ankle sprain

first_imgMOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rivalry doesn’t get in the way of friendship of 4 cheerleaders Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The Warriors ace later left the arena on crutches, although an X-ray taken soon after the game came back negative.The Warriors said in a statement on Tuesday an MRI scan confirmed a sprained right ankle and that Curry would miss Wednesday’s game in Charlotte.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“The MRI indicated that the ankle is stable and structurally intact,” the team said, adding that Curry will be “re-evaluated in two weeks.”Curry told reporters after the game he was furious at the play that caused his injury, when he tangled with New Orleans guard E’Twaun Moore. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img View comments Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 “It was a dumb play because I tried to go for a steal,” Curry said. “And then, obviously, it was just a bang-bang (play). I got caught on E’Twaun’s shoe as I went by him and couldn’t catch myself.“So obviously it hurt, but wanted to kind of get back here, get ice on it and get the rehab process started as soon as possible.” /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors stumbles to get back into the play in the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 29, 2017, in Los Angeles, California. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Stephen Curry was ruled out of Golden State’s next game against the Charlotte Hornets but it is not clear when the NBA star will return, the team said Tuesday.Curry limped off court after Golden State’s dramatic win over the New Orleans Pelicans on Monday after twisting his right ankle.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PBA Season 43 Preview: A giant returns for Ginebra in PH Cup

first_img“We’re hoping that we can replace Joe with the addition of Art, and you know the thing he does,” said Cone. “We feel positive, Greg gives us an edge, but no matter how great we are on paper we have to bring that to the court.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Head Coach: Tim ConeKey Players: LA Tenorio, Greg Slaughter, Scottie ThompsonKey Additions: Jett Manuel, Art dela CruzKey Losses: Jayjay HelterbrandADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The giant is back and Barangay Ginebra is immediately thrust into the title conversation of the Philippine Cup.And head coach Tim Cone is nothing short of excited for his tandem of Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar to tower over the competition and get a crack at the league’s most dominant presence in San Miguel and four-time champion June Mar Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSlaughter, who stands at 7-feet, is the only person bigger than the 6-foot-10 Fajardo and paired with the 6-foot-9 Aguilar forms Ginebra’s twin towers in the post.“We’re the only team that has those two types of guys, of course San Miguel has June Mar and [Christian] Standhardinger coming, and you know we’re the only ones right now with that in the All-Filipino,” said Cone. For three straight years, San Miguel has reigned supreme in the Philippine Cup that began with the 4-3 Beeracle over Alaska but Ginebra is hell-bent on stopping that monopoly.Ginebra finished second in the last Philippine Cup after the Beermen walloped the Gin Kings 4-1 in the seven-game series.Cone, however, believes with Slaughter back and an intact lineup the Gin Kings will be able to get over that hump.Apart from Ginebra’s frontcourt presence, the Gin Kings have another tandem in LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson who provide genius playmaking both in the halfcourt and transition sets.Ginebra also has Art Dela Cruz who can provide added playmaking in the small forward position, the role the injured Joe Devance has.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LATEST STORIES MVP sees likes of Ravena brothers, Ricci Rivero as future Gilas members View commentslast_img read more

Ricky Vargas is new PBA chairman

first_imgView comments “I was gone for seven years, but now I’m back,” he said in an impromptu press conference before the opening ceremonies.Vargas’ chairmanship signals a new beginning for the league, with the executive guaranteeing better days ahead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk”We’re back together, stronger than ever.”He also shared that all 12 governors exhausted efforts in finding a compromise to make the league work after going through the issue which hounded the league over the past two months With the PBA moving past this storm, Vargas said that the league can bring its focus back on what it does best which is to deliver world-class games highlighting the Filipino talent.“We’re stronger than ever and we will stay like that as we begin the healing parties. This is all for the fans,” he said.The last time Vargas assumed the post as league chairman was back in the 2006-07 season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES “I’d like to thank some people who made us stronger than ever and never gave up during the crisis the PBA underwent a couple of months ago. One is (Ginebra governor) Alfrancis Chua who was always there and looking for solutions, (Kia governor) Bobby Rosales who also never gave up, (Meralco governor) Al Panlilio who was beside me as we worked towards a resolution, and (former TNT governor) Pato Gregorio who unlocked this using his magic to reach an agreement between both parties,” he said.Narvasa has also tendered his resignation, but was asked by the Board to stay until the end of the year to help with the transition period. Communications and external affairs director Willie Marcial has been appointed as the officer-in-charge.NLEX governor Ramoncito Fernandez was supposed to be the chairman for the 43rd season by virtue of him serving as the league’s vice chair last season. But Vargas explained that NLEX and TNT swapped their terms, paving the way to his assumption for the role.“NLEX so graciously gave way. There was a swap between NLEX and TNT, where NLEX graciously gave the opportunity to be the chair for this year in exchange for TNT getting the slot (in our term),” he said.Aside from Vargas, Alaska governor Dickie Bachmann has been elected as the vice chairman, while Phoenix governor Raymond Zorrilla is the new treasurer for the 43rd season.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA chairman Ricky Vargas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter seven long years, Ricky Vargas is back in the PBA.The soft-spoken executive has been installed as the chairman for the 43rd season of the PBA after a special board meeting Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Narvasa steps down as commissioner; Marcial OIClast_img read more

2 officials convicted at FIFA trial; 3rd awaits verdict

first_imgOne witness described that listed bribes for Napout, including an entry for Paul McCartney concert tickets worth more than $10,000. After the defense questioned whether the concert actually took place, the government called Kevin Jonas to testify that he attended the show as a spectator.Another cooperator, Brazilian businessman Jose Hawilla, agreed to wear a wire for the FBI to make recordings played at the trial.One included a conversation he had with Marin in 2014 in which prosecutors say the defendant negotiated a bribe by saying, “It’s about time to have it coming my way. True or not?”Hawilla responded: “Of course. That money had to be given to you.”Burga got some unwanted attention early in the trial when prosecutors claimed he unnerved Burzaco by directing a threatening gesture at him — running his fingers across his throat in a slicing motion. The lawyer claimed his client was merely scratching his throat, but the judge took the incident seriously enough to tighten Burga’s house arrest conditions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Marin, Burga and Napout had been arrested in 2015. Prosecutors accused them of agreeing to take millions of dollars in bribes from businessmen seeking to lock up lucrative media rights or influence hosting rights for the World Cup and other major tournaments controlled by FIFA.The three were among more than 40 people and entities in the world of global soccer who faced criminal charges in the U.S. in connection with what prosecutors said were schemes involving hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Many of the other defendants pleaded guilty.Their trial ended up being colored by odd twists: an unproven accusation that Burga threatened a witness; a juror booted for sleeping through testimony; word from Buenos Aires that an Argentine lawyer had killed himself there hours after being named at the trial as a bribe-taker; and the surprise testimony of a former member of the Jonas Brothers, an American pop rock band.The government’s star witness, a former marketing executive from Argentina, Alejandro Burzaco, testified that he and his company arranged to pay $160 million in bribes over the course of several years. Some of the money was demanded by a FIFA official in exchange for helping rig a vote that gave Qatar hosting rights for the World Cup in 2022, he said.“You’ve seen a lot of paper, some of it quite complex,” Nitze said in closing arguments. “There are cases that present mysteries to be solved — whodunits. This is not one of them.”Prosecutors said that driven by greed, Burga took $4.4 million in bribes, Marin took $6.6 million and Napout collected $10.5 million.The defense argued that the men were innocent bystanders framed by Burzaco and other untrustworthy cooperators angling for leniency in their own cases. Napout’s lawyer told jurors the prosecution had failed to produce records of wire transfers or large bank deposits that could prove he was receiving piles of bribe money.“They say cash is king, but where did it go?” said the attorney, John Pappalardo. “There was not one penny they could trace to Juan.”Marin’s lawyer called his client a clueless figurehead, saying the person making the real decisions was Marco Polo del Nero, the head of Brazil’s soccer federation. Del Nero is charged in the U.S. case but hasn’t been extradited from Brazil. FIFA suspended him from the sport Friday.Burga’s lawyers zeroed in on evidence that ledgers by sports-marketing officials showed he hadn’t received the cash. Prosecutors said Burga, aware he was under investigation in Peru, told bribe-payers to hold onto his money and pay him later. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Russia loses 2 more Olympic silver medals because of doping Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In these file photo, three former South American soccer officials, from left, Manuel Burga, of Peru; Jose Maria Marin, of Brazil; and Juan Angel Napout, of Paraguay, accused of accepting millions of dollars in bribes, are shown outside federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. The three are among the more than 40 soccer officials, businessmen and entities charged in a scandal that’s shaken FIFA, soccer’s governing body. APNEW YORK — Two former South American soccer officials were convicted Friday (Saturday Manila time) of corruption charges at the first U.S. trial stemming from the FIFA bribery scandal, while deliberations will continue next week for a third official.A federal jury in New York deliberated a week before reaching the partial verdict.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Afterward, their lawyers said they were disappointed by the verdict.“We’re going to continue fighting to absolve Mr. Napout,” said defense attorney Silvia Pinera.Burga, 60, remained free on bail and was to return to court on Tuesday for further jury deliberations. His lawyer, Bruce Udolf, said his client was hopeful that the jury would clear him.World soccer’s governing body said it is will seek compensation and a share of the cash.FIFA said in a statement to The Associated Press that “as the jury has found a number of defendants guilty of the charged crimes, FIFA will now take all necessary steps to seek restitution and recover any losses caused by their misconduct.”ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 Jose Maria Marin and Juan Angel Napout, were found guilty of the top count they faced, racketeering conspiracy. Marin, the former president of Brazil’s soccer federation, and Napout, formerly president of Paraguay’s soccer federation and of the South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL, also were convicted of wire fraud conspiracy.But Napout was acquitted of money laundering conspiracy. And Marin was convicted on money laundering conspiracy charges, but acquitted of one charge of money laundering conspiracy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJurors remained undecided about the single racketeering charge against Manuel Burga, the former president of Peru’s soccer federation.U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen immediately jailed Marin, 85, and Napout, 59, after prosecutors argued that they had the connections and the wealth to flee the U.S. to avoid prison terms she said could be more than 10 years on the racketeering charge alone. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Saudi women to enter stadiums for first time to watch football

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone RIYADH, Saudi Arabia — Saudi women will for the first time be allowed to enter a sports stadium on Friday to watch a football match between two local teams — though they will be segregated from the male-only crowd with designated seating in the so-called “family section.”The move is Saudi Arabia’s first social reform planned for this year granting women greater rights. The kingdom has also announced that starting in June, women will be allowed to drive, lifting the world’s only ban on female drivers.ADVERTISEMENT Belfast bout crucial for both Donaire, Frampton Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Rather than grant citizens greater political rights, the crown prince has instead looked to boost his popularity by curbing the influence of ultraconservatives. His reforms are also aimed in part at raising local spending on entertainment as the country faces years of budget deficit amid continued lower oil prices.The first stadium to open its doors to women will be in the Red Sea city of Jiddah for a match between Saudi football teams Al-Ahli and Al-Batin later on Friday evening. The national stadium in the capital, Riyadh, will open to women a day later, on Saturday, followed by the western city of Dammam next Thursday.These stadiums were built with hundreds of millions of dollars when oil prices were nearly double what they are now. The government spent lavishly on the stadiums in an effort to appease young Saudis and provide spaces for fans eager to cheer on local clubs, as well as hold national parades and ceremonies.In a one-off, the main stadium in Riyadh allowed families to enter and watch National Day festivities in November — marking the first time women had set foot inside the stadium.A Saudi woman who tried to attend a football game in Jiddah in 2015 was arrested. Police were quoted in local media at the time as saying that security spotted her at the stadium “deliberately disguised” in pants, a long-sleeve top, a hat and sunglasses to avoid detection.ADVERTISEMENT Over the years, though, there have been some exceptions for foreign women.In 2015, an Australian female supporter of Western Sydney Wanderers football club was permitted to attend a match at Riyadh’s main stadium and a group of American women traveling with members of U.S. Congress watched a local club match, also in Riyadh.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson To prepare for the change, the kingdom has designated “family sections” in the stands for women, separated by barriers from the male-only crowd. The stadiums have also been fitted with female prayer areas, restrooms and smoking areas, as well as separate entrances and parking lots for female spectators.While many have welcomed the decision, others have spoken out against it. An Arabic hashtag on Twitter about women entering stadiums had more than 50,000 tweets by mid-day.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMany used the hashtag to write that women’s place should be in the home, focusing on their children and preserving their faith, and not out at a stadium where male crowds frequently curse and chant raucously.Saudi Arabia’s 32-year-old Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is King Salman’s son and heir, is seen as the driving force behind these changes. He is set to inherit a country where more than half the population is under 25 years-old and hungry for change. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more