Brownlee happy with Ginebra’s aggressive start in PBA Finals

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Justin Brownlee was relieved to get the series opener out of the way and in the bag for Ginebra.He didn’t want a repeat of last year when the Gin Kings trailed 0-1, and later on 1-2 in the series winning the next three games to win the PBA Governors’ Cup championship.ADVERTISEMENT Brownlee knows that with the series shifting back to Manila, both squads will be on an even keel in terms of fatigue after a tiring ride back home from Lucena. But with stakes bigger as ever, it’s going to be mind over matter for the Finals protagonists in Game 2 on Sunday.“At this point, everybody’s feeling fatigued, everybody’s tired. But you just have to fight it. You don’t have the time to be fatigued right now. We just have to keep aggressive and continue that to Game 2,” he said.“Hopefully, it will turn out like Game 1.”ADVERTISEMENT “Last year, we didn’t had a good start in the series. This time, we won. We just tried to set the tone and we tried to be aggressive,” he said on the heels of Ginebra’s 102-87 victory over Meralco on Friday.Brownlee was largely instrumental in the triumph, scattering 32 points on an efficient 13-of-20 shooting clip, on top of his 19 rebounds and six assists.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 shutoutBrownlee also acknowledged the weight of Greg Slaughter’s return for Ginebra as the latter gave them a huge threat down low that’s unmatched by the opposing Bolts frontline.“He definitely makes our offense a lot easier. He gets under the bottom and around the rim and he’s very difficult to stop there. We kept looking for him for him to stay on his rhythm. He’s doing a great job and we hope that continues along the series,” he said. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAAP: UE scores second straight win, stuns NU Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance

first_imgView comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Last December in Philadelphia, Sevyn Streeter performed the anthem wearing a “We Matter” jersey before the 76ers’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers.The R&B artist had been scheduled to sing earlier before the 76ers’ home opener, but was scratched by the team two minutes before the performance because she was wearing a “We Matter” T-shirt. Following backlash from players and other members of the organization, the 76ers apologized to Streeter two days later and invited her to sing at a future game. FILE – Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, links arms with his teammates during the playing of the National Anthem before an NBA pre-season game between the Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder on Oct. 3. APNEW YORK — The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.ADVERTISEMENT Raiders’ Marshawn Lynch suspended game for shoving official Skye, who is black, is a recording artist from Brooklyn for Roc Nation. Rapper Jay-Z, the agency’s founder, was a part-owner of the Nets when they moved to Brooklyn five years agoPlayers from both teams stood along the foul lines during her performance, as NBA players have continued to do. Unlike the NFL, where some players have followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead and taken a knee during the anthem, the NBA has a rule requiring players to stand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We recognize that tonight’s national anthem singer kneeled briefly at the end of her performance and we were not aware that she was going to do so,” a Nets spokeswoman said.Skye isn’t the first anthem singer to make a statement during a performance. MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

Elite rookie Jose vows to work hard after signing 3-year max deal

first_img“I know I will face veteran players who are bigger and more experienced that me, so I have to prepare myself for that,” he said.“It’s a big help that I was exposed to professional players too in the international games, but all I’ll do is focus on what coach will run for us.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next PBA takes All-Star festivities to provinces anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA01:37Protesters 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img “I was really thinking about it these past few days. I prayed that I will get the deal I deserve and I promised that I will really work hard for this.”Luckily for Jose, he has familiar faces in Far Eastern U alums Denok Miranda and Mac Belo in the Elite camp which made his adjustment period much easier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The transition was really easy because I have them here. I’ve already learned a lot in the two weeks I spent here and I’m not scared to ask them things. They really help me a lot,” said Jose, who was the third overall pick in last month’s rookie draft.But the 25-year-old isn’t just satisfied with cracking the Blackwater roster. This early, he’s readying himself in facing bigger and tougher frontcourt players once he makes his PBA debut. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – Raymar Jose was picked third by Blackwater in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose inked a maximum P8.5 million deal with Blackwater on Monday.“I’m happy that everything went okay,” Jose said in Filipino, finally making a decision of signing the three-year pact after initially being offered a one-year, P1.8 million contract.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Dismay, disbelief as Italy miss World Cup for first time since 1958

first_imgItaly’s supporters react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 in a pub of Milan.Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Piero CRUCIATTIItaly‘s failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in 60 years was greeted by a mixture of disbelief, dismay and resigned disappointment by fans across the country.In Rome’s trendy San Lorenzo district, the Le Mura bar, which showed Monday night’s playoff crunch with Sweden on a big screen, emptied at the final whistle after a goalless stalemate which condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 aggregate defeat.ADVERTISEMENT Royals’ Yost: ‘Glad to be alive’ after injury on farm Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “Tomorrow I will wake up and my life will go on but this summer I will do something else.”Another added: “The disappointment is a double one –- first because we are not good, but second because we were beaten by a team that is even worse than us.”‘Completely unthinkable’Back in the Rome bar, the view that Italy deserved to be on the plane to Russia was disputed by journalism student Christian Dalenz.“The reality is they were not good enough, they haven’t earned the right to be at the World Cup. This is a very weak squad. It just does not have enough world-class players who can make the difference.”The extent of the shock that non-qualification represents for Italian football was underlined by the pre-match confidence of most fans that Gigi Buffon and co. would pull through.“It is not as if Sweden are that strong a team,” Fabio Votano, a Roman who was only a toddler when Italylast missed out on a World Cup finals, had told AFPTV hours before kick-off.“Not winning is completely unthinkable, basically something that has never happened before. For Italy, getting to the World Cup finals is almost a duty.”Italy ended up in the playoffs as a result of finishing second in their qualifying group behind Spain.They then put in a sluggish performance in the first leg in Sweden, when the home side edged a scrappy, physical affair thanks to substitute Jakob Johansson’s deflected shot just after the hour mark. Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Similar sentiments were voiced by fans coming out of the San Siro stadium in Milan after Monday’s 0-0 draw.“I am disappointed with the whole football system in Italy,” said Mirko Palmieri. “It is the umpteenth failure of our country. Even here (at the San Siro), we can’t get the job done.”Italy not being at the World Cup will be a new experience for most of the country’s fans, and few of them are looking forward to the experience of watching from the sidelines.The four-time champions opted not to play at the first World Cup in 1930 but they have been present at every other edition apart from 1958, when they also failed to qualify.“I was born with Italy being a part of the World Cup, and it has always been like that,” one supporter told AFP on his way out of the Milan stadium.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READcenter_img John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding READ: Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify“It is really very sad because watching the World Cup was something that really brought us together as Italians,” said recent graduate Stefania Pusateri, heading for the exit.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“But what is sure is that the shock will be even worse for my father. He is 54 years old and he has never had to go through something like this.”Sitting alongside Pusateri, friend Davide Penna concurred. “I still can’t believe it has happened,” he said. “We have never experienced anything like this. It’s over.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Rome resident Enrico Doddi insisted Italy‘s players were good enough to have overcome Sweden.“They’re playing miserably at the moment but Italy still has a good set of players in my opinion,” he said. “It is all down to mentality.“You cannot have a good World Cup without Italy.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Astros players set World Series share record at $438,902

first_imgThe players’ pool included 50 percent of the gate receipts from the two wild-card games, and 60 percent from the first three games of each division series and the first four games of each league championship series and the World Series. MOST READ James has 30 points to lead Cavs in rout of 76ers Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion FILE – The Houston Astros celebrate after Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Astros won 5-1 to win the series 4-3. APNEW YORK — The value of a full postseason share on the World Series champion Houston Astros was worth a record $438,902 this year.The previous mark was $388,606 for the 2014 San Francisco Giants. A full share declined to $370,069 for the 2015 Kansas City Royals and $368,872 for the 2016 Chicago Cubs.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Major League Baseball said Monday the players’ pool was a record $84.5 million, up from $76.6 million last year and $69.9 million in 2015.Houston split $30.4 million into 60 full shares, 9.23 partial shares and four cash awards. Last year’s Cubs had 66 full shares, 8.7 partial shares and four cash awards.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 shutoutA full share on the Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost the Series in seven games, was worth $259,722. That was down from $261,805 for last year’s Cleveland Indians and $300,758 for the 2015 New York Mets, a record for a World Series loser.Full shares were worth $138,898 for the New York Yankees, $133,159 for the Cubs, $40,977 for Arizona, $36,869 for Washington, $36,783 for Cleveland, $36,438 for Boston, $18,990 for Minnesota and $18,879 for Colorado. View commentslast_img read more

NLEX rookie Ravena flourishes in first playoff game

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEver the competitor, Kiefer Ravena just couldn’t let NLEX down in the endgame as he took matters to his own hands in the Road Warriors’ 105-99 win over Alaska in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals on Monday.“I really wanted to win,” Ravena said. “I was really in the zone during the game because we’re already here, we had to struggle the whole conference, and we couldn’t afford to relax because it’s just a best-of-3 series. We have to capitalize in games like these.”ADVERTISEMENTRavena weaved his magic in the endgame, first setting up Michael Miranda for the go-ahead bucket with 22.7 seconds remaining before following it up with the insurance layup that put the Road Warriors ahead, 100-96, in the final 18.8 ticks.He finished the job off with a pair of foul shots in the last 7.8 seconds to secure the victory as he wound up with 25 points and eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout read more

Diaz’ weightlifting success inspires kids in Mindanao Children’s Games

first_imgCayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO MOST READ SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans PSC chair Butch Ramirez and Hidilyn Diaz with participants of the Mindanao Children’s Games. PHOTO by JUNE NAVARRODAVAO CITY—Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz started out young before she turned into a weightlifting icon for the Philippines more than a decade later.Diaz’s story became an instant inspirational piece for the participants of the 2017 Mindanao Children’s Games that pushed through on Thursday despite the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Playing coach Avenido carries Gamboa past Zark’s Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollutioncenter_img “I have traveled in different countries and all over the Philippines, studied and earned a living because of sports,’’ Diaz told over 600 children at the Almendras Gym here, most of them out-of-school youths.She started lifting those metal plates at 11, about the same age as the kids set to play in the Games designed for 12 years old and below.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingPhilippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez said the raging armed conflict in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur between government forces and the Maute rebel group has emboldened him to push the Sports for Peace vehicle in Mindanao further.Ramirez pointed out that getting these young kids into sports early would prepare them for bigger tournaments ahead like the Batang Pinoy Games, Palarong Pambansa and eventually in international meets while playing for the national team. LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend ‘Unlikely names’ put ‘ouster matrix’ in doubt – Lacson PLAY LIST 02:21‘Unlikely names’ put ‘ouster matrix’ in doubt – Lacson02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes “But we’re not only expecting to get children into sports. We also want to mold them as responsible and well-rounded future leaders of our country,’’ said Ramirez.“This is the real gold medal that we should be aiming for. Once we encourage kids to play here, their lives can change through sports,’’ he added.Next stops for the Children’s Games in the coming weeks are Cagayan de Oro, Butuan City, Bacolod, Cebu, Tacloban and the Cordilleras, among others.Ramirez said the Games, which aims to discover talented athletes on the barangay level, have been conceptualized to execute President Duterte’s marching order to make sports available to the youth.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View commentslast_img read more

#KicksStalker: Throwback to Jordan’s baseball days with J9 ‘Baseball Glove’

first_imgScreengrab from air.jordan.comIn his historic career, Michael Jordan never wore the ninth shoe in his signature line in an NBA game. In fact, the Jordan 9s more associated with His Airness’ time on the baseball diamond than on the court.Jordan Brand is honoring the GOAT’s baseball career with a specialized Jordan 9 resembling baseball mitts.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend 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 The brown colorway is made of the same material as the black ones but the number stitched on the heel will be the no. 35, Jordan’s jersey number when he played for the Scottsdale Scorpions in the Arizona Fall League.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Dubbed “Baseball Glove,” the shoe is made up of black premium leather in the upper with the texture of baseball gloves complete with stitching.The no. 45 also appears on the heel, a tribute to the jersey number Jordan wore when he played with the Birmingham Barons, the Chicago White Sox’ Double-A affiliate.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 starsAside from the black pairs, there will also be as a more limited brown version hitting the market.And as per SneakerNews.com, each pair of “Baseball Gloves” will be wrapped so customers won’t know what colorway they bought before they actually pop the shoes off the package. Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection View comments NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Beda aims to go back-to-back Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Lebanon blows PH 5 to pieces

first_imgSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTeam Philippines, because of that win over China, swept its preliminary round assignments to top Group B but just couldn’t get anything going when they faced the Koreans in the first round of the knockout stages.The result was a 118-86 bamboozling on Friday as the Koreans drained a total of 16 triples to carve out the victory that added to another of those heart-rending defeats the Philippines has been taking from way back. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Photo from Fiba.comThe Fiba Asia Cup campaign that started in the most promising way for Gilas Pilipinas took another wicked turn for the worse on Saturday after the Filipinos were blown off the floor by host Lebanon, 106-87, at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut.Fadi El Khatib, one of the finest scorers the region has produced, torched the dumbfounded Filipinos with 36 points and helped the Lebanese bury the Philippines early in a hole so deep to cruise to the win.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ LATEST STORIES South Korea pulls off twin kill over Gilas Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Australia, ranked 10th in the world and a newcomer in the tournament together with New Zealand, advanced to the gold medal game against 2013 champion Iran and Hamed Haddadi on Sunday.Gilas’ next big tournament will be the World Cup Qualifying that starts in November.The Filipinos will play games in Chinese Taipei, Japan and Australia in the first round. The games are scheduled on a home-and-away basis and will be played in November, February and July.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lebanon thus advanced to a clash with China for fifth place even as the Filipinos dropped into a game versus Jordan for seventh (ongoing at press time), which would mean the worst finish for the country in the last eight years.It was the second blowout loss that the Filipinos took as their bid, which started with a 97-86 upset of the defending champion Chinese, will be remembered more for the ripping they suffered at the hands of old nemesis South Korea in the quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Stage set, Delhi gears up for CWG opening ceremony

first_imgThe stage is set, the preparations are complete and a nation waits with bated breath. Thousands of spectators from the world over will on Sunday flock to an unrecognisably spruced up Jawaharlal Nehru stadium for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. And with Rs 150 crore already pumped into the event and over 7,000 performers ready with their acts, the ceremony promises to be an affair to remember.The gigantic helium-filled aerostat will dominate the skyline above the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium. The two-hour spectacle promises to define all that India stands for today – a fascinating mix of “culture and modernity”, to borrow the organisers’ words. The performers include some of the hottest names from Indian showbiz and cultural arena.”The global audience will be watching and we hope to give them a memorable experience. The ceremony will come alive with classical dance and folk acts presented in a new format with the aid of modern technology,” says Bharat Bala, creative head of the CWG opening ceremony.In a nutshell, the attempt will be to present over 5,000 years of the country’s vibrant culture in six different segments. “We have readied a cultural explosion. Spectators will be floored by our depiction of all that we stand for,” says Viraf Sarkari, director of Wizcraft International Entertainment, the organisers of the event.The six segments that will unfold over the evening are Rhythm of India, Swagatam, Tree of Knowledge, Yoga, Great Indian Journey and A.R. Rahman’s rendition of the CWG anthem.Before the extravaganza unfolds, the first 10 minutes of the ceremony will exhibit the rich textiles and traditional crafts of India.advertisement”Our aim is to showcase India’s energy and diversity in an unconventional way, beyond what the whole world is familiar with,” Sarkari says.Keeping in mind how the Hindi film industry has become a major representative of Indian pop culture abroad, Bollywood, too, is part of the opening gala. “A.R. Rahman will perform three numbers. Besides, actors Hussain Kuwajerwala and Kashmira Irani will present a dance act from the Bollywood musical, Zangoora – The Gypsy Prince,” Sarkari says. Composer Anand Raaj Anand is also expected to perform at the event.”We have been working tirelessly over the past 12 months. We faced many problems owing to the heavy rains – many of our rehearsals had to be cancelled, for instance – but thankfully, it has all shaped up perfectly. We hope everything goes off well,” Bala says.A major attraction at the event will be the `40-crore aerostat, a mammoth helium balloon that will tower over the stadium at a height of 25 metres. The multipurpose aerostat will be used to beam video content – animation and graphics – projected on it, synchronised with the events that take place.”I call the aerostat a technological masterpiece. It is being used for the first time for any entertainment or sporting event,” Sarkari says. Among other highlights will be puppetry by Rajasthani artistes. Giant and colourful terracotta puppets will descend from the aerostat.”The entire opening ceremony will be unique because we are going to present our culture and heritage as a completely new package. For instance, when it comes to classical dance forms like Kuchipudi or Bharatnatyam, people have pre-conceived notions but we are going to tweak the effect of these dances using modern technology,” Bala says.The costumes for the event have been styled by designers Ana Singh, Serath Narendra and Delhi-based designer duo Ashima-Leena. “We have worked 24/7 on the event. And now, we hope that we live up to the expectations of billions of Indians and keep our flag flying with our efforts,” Sarkari concludes.Game Plan – The CWG opening ceremony will have six segments:Rhythm Of India – Drummers from Manipur, Karnataka, Orissa & Meghalaya will beat out a symphony that will be “uniquely Indian in character, yet global in appeal”Swagatam – Hariharan helms this segment, which will create an amalgamation of Hindustani classical, Carnatic and folk musicTree Of Knowledge – Sonal Mansingh, Bharti Shivaji, and Raja and Radha Reddy along with 1,000 dancers will bring alive India’s “Guru-Shishya Parampara” on stage through classical dance recitalsYoga – Over 1,000 experts will show the world what yoga is all about through installationsThe Great Indian Journey – This segment will give a glimpse of rural India, as seen through a train window. Art director Omung Kumar has created a 600-ft train of bamboo sticks for thisFinishing Touch – A.R. Rahman will end the ceremony with his rendition of Khelo jeeyo hey-oadvertisementlast_img