Ladies-first approach creates drama at end

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! You know it, and I know it, and the entire city knows it. And that is, there’s got to be something completely off the 26.2-mile beaten path to convince anyone at home they’ve got 4 1/2 hours to invest watching KNBC-Channel 4’s coverage Sunday morning of the Los Angeles Marathon. Fred Roggin wants us all to believe that this gender-centric gimmick of skirt-chasing – starting the elite women about 20 minutes ahead of the elite men and letting it come down to the wire – creates plenty of buzz for those who’d otherwise be catching z’s. But why not take it a step – specifically, a misstep – further. Remember when Kenya’s Robert Cheruiyot won the Chicago Marathon last October? Go find it on YouTube.com: He reaches the finish line, puts up his hands, slips, falls backward and slams his head on the pavement. Trying buying that kind of national exposure. So what if Fearless Fred greased up the finish line near the Central Library in downtown L.A. Wouldn’t that be a video clip worthy of both “Roggin’s Heroes” and the “Hall of Shame” for eternity. “The problem with that is you can really only do it once,” Roggin admitted. “I don’t think anyone will ever try that again.” If anyone could, it’d be Roggin, the Channel 4 sports anchor whose production company again is taking care of everything TV-wise for the event that starts at 7:30 a.m. with hopes of capturing the first finisher – be it man, woman or lost toddler – at about the 10:15 a.m. mark. But Roggin refuses to budge from this “challenge” that he, analyst Toni Reavis and producer Phil Olsman convinced the marathon organizers to try four years ago and now might be ahead of the curve. With a new point-to-point downhill course that goes from Universal Studios and winds up a couple blocks from Skid Row, there’s plenty of newness to focus on. But apparently the novelty of beauty-vs.-the best hasn’t worn off yet. “As a TV station, you get involved because it’s a great local event, but from a TV perspective, you have to put something compelling on the air,” said Roggin. “The challenge translates to viewers. And with a new course it’ll be tougher to predict what’ll happen.” Olsman said other marathons across the country have to consider this kind of contrived change if it’s to remain a viable TV product, since ratings aren’t really justifying the rights fees any longer. “Not everyone thinks watching people run for three hours is appointment TV,” said Olsman, “but we do have something that not only levels the playing field and puts women in the spotlight, but it’s more theatre. The ratings definitely increase as the races comes to a conclusion.” “You’ve got to be realistic,” Roggin added. “Now we have a vehicle to build the drama. Now we’ve turned it into a TV event.” Which is exactly why they need some kind of booby trap at the end, where the winners aren’t expecting anything and – wham! – there’s your big Hollywood finish. OK, so here’s something more original: Take a TV crew down to the local gym and find a group of weekend warriors willing to stage their own kind of challenge – stay on a treadmill, stair-climber or stationary bike throughout the entire marathon broadcast. It’s not enough to vicariously compete through watching on TV – now make it interactive. Load in software that duplicates the course. And no bathroom breaks. “That sounds like a Saturday Night Live’ sketch,” said Olsman. “It’s kind of the anti-marathon.” Roggin thought about it for a few seconds. “That could work,” he said. “Next year, we can do that.” Now we’re getting somewhere. WHAT SMOKES How a blog can be productive: KCAL-Channel 9’s Alan Massengale used his on the station’s Web site to explain why he thought it was inappropriate to show video on Tuesday night’s sports segment of the gruesome injury suffered by the Clippers’ Shaun Livingston. “It would be gratuitous exploitation of a horrible situation,” Massengale wrote. “We told the story well enough. Showed him on the floor and the stretcher, and the players on both teams and their reactions. However, I understand some of our competition showed it over and over. One station and its network showed four different angles. In my opinion, that is disgusting. It was not necessary. It served only to satisfy some of our worst curiousities (sic).” The Dodgers won’t do tape-delayed broadcasts on 980-AM with their spring-training games this month, instead going live only on the weekends (after doing Thursday’s opener). Those who want to hear midweek games must go to the dodgers.com Web site, pay $14.95 (which covers the cost of the season-long cybercast package) and listen to Rick Monday and Charley Steiner do the bulk of the contests, with A. Martinez and Steve Lyons also contributing. KFWB will add a Dodger talk show Sunday nights (8 p.m.). On the Spanish-language side, 1220-AM will only do games on weekends with Jaime Jarrin and Pepe Yniguez, as Fernando Valenzuela joins them March 20-26. The Angels, meanwhile, go live (and free) with each spring game on flagship station 710-AM, the final year of their deal with KSPN until they switch to the Arte Moreno-owned 830-AM in 2008. Terry Smith and Rory Markas do most of the games, with Jose Mota and Ken Forsch assisting. They won’t do any Spanish-language broadcasts until the Freeway Series at the end of March. Check out Mota and Mark Gubicza teaming up for the first time Saturday on a delayed broadcast (7 p.m., FSN West) of the Angels’ spring game against Colorado. WHAT CHOKES We have an uneasy feeling about the future of Angela Ruggiero based on promos for the next episode of “The Apprentice: Los Angeles” (10 p.m. Sunday, Ch. 4). The U.S. Women’s Hockey team star who was raised in Simi Valley and lists her hometown as Panorama City is one of 12 left from the original 18, but has been flying under Donald Trump’s radar for the first six episodes, mostly because she is in the group, Kinetic Corp., that won early. Ruggiero was on the losing team in the last original episode that aired two weeks ago but survived the boardroom drama as she was among the four excused from the final interrogation. Trump has referred to Ruggiero as “very strong, very silent and very tough.” But the promos for Sunday’s episode promised two firings, with a clip of Ruggiero saying: “I’m not going down without a fight.” Sunday’s task involves putting on a VIP event for high-end luxury cars that somehow involves Snoop Dogg. The Avengers’ season opener Sunday from Staples Center won’t have any TV coverage (just the radio on 570-AM and 1330-AM in Spanish). The first TV appearance is in Week 2, on Monday, March 12 at Orlando on ESPN2. The Avengers have seven games on FSN West or FSN Prime Ticket during the 17-week regular season, the first of which is on delay on April 21. FSN West actually is carrying Las Vegas-Austin at 1 p.m. Sunday instead, taking a network feed. ESPN’s coverage of the league starts with regional coverage on ABC at 9:30 a.m. Sunday with the Desperados (they’d be from Dallas) taking on them Dragons (who reside in New York) with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic providing the audio. last_img read more

Get your smart card ID at your nearest bank

first_imgSouth African citizens will be able to apply for their smart card ID cards at Home Affairs kiosks in FNB and Standard Bank branches as part of a pilot project set to start in April 2015.Two of South Africa’s biggest banks – FNB and Standard Bank – had signed a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Home Affairs for the pilot project, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said at a media briefing in Cape Town on Tuesday.Nedbank has expressed its willingness to participate, Gigaba said, adding he was hopeful Absa and the South African Post Office would soon join in too.Gigaba said the plan was part of the government’s plans to help make the ID cards accessible to all citizens.“There are several new innovations that are going to be introduced by the department in the course of this and the next financial years to assist South Africans in applying for their Smart ID Cards and passports in an extremely convenient way.Those that are eligible to apply for Smart IDs are pensioners older than 60 years or 16 year-olds.Citizens will be able to submit their application as well as their biometric data via the kiosk at the bank. This includes taking a “biometric photograph”, submitting automated fingerprints and electronic signatures.The minister said it was hoped the innovation would help ease the queues at Home Affairs’ 403 offices, while also delivering a crucial service to citizens more efficiently.TargetThe government plans to convert the more than 38-million citizens with green-coded ID books to Smart ID Cards.“We have issued over 1-million Smart ID Cards in less than a year,” Gigaba said. “We are confident of reaching the target of 1.6-million cards by the end of the 2014/15 financial year.”Deadline for birth registrationThe government was also continuing with its campaign to register children within 30 days of birth in efforts to maintain the integrity of the National Population Register, Gigaba said.“We will cease the process of the late registration of births by 31 December 2015. This critical milestone will ensure that we safeguard our identity, citizenship and secure our population register.”Source: SAnews.gov.zaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Ayo rues La Salle defense in loss to UP

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  “Desiderio already did that to us back in Davao so we prepared ourselves for that but the players didn’t respond,” said Ayo. “UP just did the things it usually does but the thing was we didn’t execute our game plan.”“Maybe they’re fatigued because this is our third game in a week and with the system we have on both ends of the floor where we always push the tempo and keep running I think the kids just lost gas.” MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH02:49La Salle, FEU put ugly offseason brawl behind: ‘Let’s forget what happened’01:37Protesters 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 Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  La Salle coach Aldin Ayo. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle head coach Aldin Ayo was adamant that University of the Philippines didn’t do anything special in their game on Saturday in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.Ayo cited his team’s inability to defend UP’s shooters and cutters that led to the Green Archers’ stunning 98-87 loss to the Fighting Maroons.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UP tied the league record for most 3-pointers made with 16 set by University of Santo Tomas in 2010, while also scoring on 11 uncontested shots.“Those 3-pointers wouldn’t have happened had we played proper defense,” said Ayo at Mall of Asia Arena. “Our big men didn’t help our little guys and the little guys just stood there. UP didn’t do anything exceptional.”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 shutoutAyo said it was his scouting report on UP when they last played in the Kadayawan Cup during the offseason in Davao.And Ayo knew UP guard Paul Desiderio, who had a career-high 30 points, is capable of scoring in bunches. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Ravena impresses in Fiba Asia Champions Cup View comments LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Clarkson still has not resolved his eligibility problems with Fiba as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) yet to prove if the Los Angeles Laker indeed carries a Philippine passport before the age of 16.Jordan Clarkson during one of his practices with Gilas Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdding to that is the scheduling conflict with 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers running straight right into the NBA season from late November to mid-February.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“There is also a little matter of the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA. Clarkson can’t easily say that he wants to play or we can tell him that he can come. He has to get a clearance,” Reyes said.The case is the same with other NBA players wishing to suit up for their respective national teams, with the United States forced to parade standouts from the NBA G-League coached by Jeff Van Gundy. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Gilas ready to naturalize Isaiah Austin QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes2.3K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As much as Smart Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes salivates on the thought of Jordan Clarkson donning national team colors, he knows that the Fil-Am guard’s status is much more complicated than what meets the eye.“Jordan is just there. I just want everyone to understand it’s not that simple with him wanting to play and us wanting him to be here,” Reyes said.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “If you notice, Team USA released its lineup last week and there’s no NBA player, not one,” said Reyes. “If Team USA didn’t have any NBA player, what more for us? It’s not that simple.”For now, Gilas can just hope that the 25-year-old Clarkson will be able to play for the Philippines down the line. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View commentslast_img read more

Jarencio vocal on return to Tigers but ‘no response’ from UST yet

first_imgJust like a persistent suitor, the 53-year-old mentor dropped hints on his Twitter account seemingly about knocking on UST’s doors.“Pano ba manligaw? Ang tagal ko na nanliligaw ayaw pa rin ako sagutin! #gouste,” Jarencio tweeted on Christmas eve.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder(How do you court? I’ve been pursuing for so long but there’s still no response!)Pano ba manligaw? Ang tagal ko na nanliligaw ayaw pa rin ako sagutin! # gouste— pidojarencio (@pidojarencio1) December 25, 2017Jarencio has been vocal about his willingness to again call the shots for the Growling Tigers, a team he led to a UAAP title in 2006 as well as two other Finals appearances, the last of which in 2013. He is currently the head coach of GlobalPort in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments UST has yet to name a head coach following the ouster of coach Boy Sablan, who amassed a 4-24 record in his two-year tenure, including a 1-13 slate this past UAAP Season 80.Potential successors who are reportedly in the running for the post are former Ginebra playmaker Bal David, GlobalPort team manager Bonnie Tan. Aldin Ayo was once reported to replace Sablan but he squashed rumors about his potential move after reaffirming his commitment with La Salle.Tigresses assistant coach Arsenio Dysangco is currently overseeing the team practices for the Growling Tigers. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pido Jarencio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — First love never dies.And for coach Pido Jarencio, he’s not giving up on his hope to once again return to his beloved alma mater University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims01:29Police 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 Citycenter_img Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Lee says Magnolia has to go through Ginebra to win PBA title BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And on Monday, the PBA legend doubled down on his plea.“Ang tagal sumagot eh. Pero okay lang, manliligaw pa rin ako. Nagpapaturo nga ako kung sino marunong manligaw eh para mapasagot ko,” he said with a chuckle after GlobalPort fell to NLEX in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Philippine Arena in Bulacan.(There’s still no response. But it’s okay, I’ll still court. I actually want to learn how to court because I really want to get an answer.)Asked if he can manage having to handle coaching duties with GlobalPort and possibly with UST, Jarencio doesn’t seem to be too concerned.“Madali naman tayo, matibay tayo. Wala naman tayong ibang alam kundi basketball lang,” he said. “Sana ba kung science ang usapan o kaya football, di ko na kaya yun. Basketball din naman yun eh. Isa lang ang trabahong gagawin natin.”(It’s still basketball. It’s the same kind of work and it’s part of my expertise. It’s not as if it’s science or football which I won’t be able to do.)ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Leonard, Aldridge lead healthy Spurs past Nets

first_imgCaris LeVert led Brooklyn with 18 points and Allen Crabbe added 15. Read Next Playing with a full roster for the first time led to some hesitation, as the Spurs scored just 19 points in the opening quarter while trying to involve all their scoring options. San Antonio settled into a rhythm, shooting 51 percent overall in capturing its 15th straight win at home over Brooklyn.Pau Gasol added 15 points, Parker had 14 and Patty Mills and Manu Ginobili each had 11 for the Spurs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderPlaying in just his fifth game, Leonard was 8 for 17 from the field in scoring a season high.The Nets were able to keep pace early despite injuries to their top two point guards, D’Angelo Russell and Jeremy Lin. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Mirotic scores 24 points off bench, Bulls beat Bucks BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is pressured by Brooklyn Nets forward DeMarre Carroll (9) as he tries to score during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APSAN ANTONIO — Kawhi Leonard scored 21 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Brooklyn Nets 109-97 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) in their first game of the season with every player healthy and available.San Antonio is third in the Western Conference at 24-11 despite being without Leonard and/or Tony Parker for 30 games this season.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Cabagnot, San Miguel weather Meralco comeback

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — Coach Leo Austria described Meralco as San Miguel’s first test in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.He was right as the Beermen barely escaped the Bolts, 103-97, Wednesday night at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next June Mar Fajardo was in his usual dominant self, unloading 26 points and nine rebounds while the guards, led by Alex Cabagnot, fired on all cylinders that kept Meralco at bay.Cabagnot led all scorers with 29 points that went with seven boards, and four assists, Marcio Lassiter got 18 points built on four treys, with five rebounds and three dimes, while Von Pessumal shot 3-of-8 from beyond the arc to wind up with 11 markers on top of five rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“I’m so thankful that we ended the year with a bang,” said Austria as his side shot 13-of-29 from rainbow country. “With this win, I think this will motivate us to play better next time.”The victory almost slipped from the Beermen’s grip as a late charge from the Bolts, who trailed by as much as 22 points, threatened and came to within, 102-97, after Mike Tolomia drilled a trey with 38.9 seconds remaining. MOST READ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Meralco had a chance to trim the lead further, but Nino Cañaleta’s three went in and out as Fajardo secured the rebound and Chris Ross iced the game with a split at the free throw line with 5.3 ticks left.Tolomia dropped 21 points on a 5-of-9 clip from threes, to go along with four rebounds and six assists.Cañaleta added 17 markers and nine boards, while Reynel Hugnatan had 16.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 103 — Cabagnot 29, Fajardo 26, Lassiter 18, Pessumal 11, Ross 9, Santos 8, Mamaril 2, Lanete 0, Heruela 0, Ganuelas-Rosser 0.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MERALCO 97 –  Tolomia 21, Canaleta 17, Hugnatan 16, Newsome 13, Lanete 10, Bono 8, Amer 7, Baracael 2, Ballesteros 2, Caram 1, Faundo 0, Sedurifa 0, Salva 0.Quarters: 30-18, 59-41, 81-73, 103-97. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Revilla puts past behind with Phoenix win over former team Kia View commentslast_img read more

Holm aiming for upset of Justino, 2nd title belt at UFC 219

first_imgJust over two years after Holm (11-3) won the UFC bantamweight title with a jaw-dropping stoppage of Ronda Rousey, Holm is a big underdog when she steps into the T-Mobile Arena cage in Las Vegas to take her shot at Justino (18-1) for the featherweight belt.Justino seems unbeatable. The Brazilian hasn’t lost since her MMA debut in 2005, and she has honed a physical, pounding style that no fighters have solved — or even survived to the bell in any fight since 2008.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBut Rousey seemed equally unbeatable when she entered the cage with Holm in Australia — and the whole world saw what happened when Holm kicked Rousey in the head.“I think there are similarities with the feeling of it,” said Holm, who also had her share of impressive wins as a professional boxer before entering MMA. “I think that because I’ve done it more than once now, in boxing and (more prominently) with Ronda, to be the underdog and come in, I think that people think, ‘Oh, OK, well, Holly is capable of doing some things.’ But I feel like there’s more of a curiosity behind it. Not necessarily just thinking I can’t do it, but kind of, ‘Hmm, I wonder if she’s going to do it this time.’” Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The UFC is hoping that plenty of people are wondering what will happen when the promotion wraps up an eventful 2017 with its traditional end-of-the-year show in its hometown.The UFC 219 card also includes the long-awaited return of lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0), who hasn’t fought all year and has been in the cage only three times since April 2014. The Dagestan-born Russian, who missed weight for a much-anticipated bout with new lightweight champion Tony Ferguson in March, will take on Brazil’s Edson Barboza.The pay-per-view portion of the card begins with the return of popular welterweight Carlos Condit, who will take on durable veteran Neil Magny.Justino has won eight straight fights by stoppage, most in brutal fashion. Only her use of performance-enhancing drugs has slowed Justino’s dominance of her division and the women’s sport in general, particularly since she finally joined the UFC last year.“I think Holly is a great fighter for me, because she’s a big name, too,” Justino said. “She has a lot of fights, a lot of experience. I think it would be a great fight.”ADVERTISEMENT While Justino would be the favorite in any bout, Holm is intriguing because of her highs and her lows.She stopped Rousey with that vicious head kick and earned instant fame beyond her sport, but then she followed up with three consecutive defeats, including a lackluster decision loss to Germaine de Randamie in February for the inaugural women’s UFC featherweight title.When de Randamie gave up the belt rather than fight Justino in her first defense, Justino claimed the strap with a win over Tonya Evinger in July. Holm ended her skid with a stoppage of Bethe Correia in June and then booked her second shot at the featherweight title.While Holm could make MMA history with a win over Justino to claim a belt in her second weight class, this fight also presents a chance for Justino to beat the most famous female fighter aside from Rousey, whose career appears to be over one year after her comeback loss to Amanda Nunes.Holm and Justino are both accomplished strikers with polished punching skills, so it won’t be a surprise if this bout is contested on the feet. Holm’s style appears to give her a chance against Justino, who hasn’t faced many strikers with Holm’s ability.And while Holm is the underdog, she is determined to enjoy her chance to become a two-belt champion.“It’s not just any fight card in Vegas,” Holm said. “It’s the last fight card of the year, and it’s a busy time in Vegas. I feel like there’s going to be a lot of energy, and my whole thought is just to take all that energy in and just live in it and be in the moment.” /cbb Holly Holm of the United States reacts after knocking out Bethe Correia of Brazil during their UFC women’s bantamweight event at the UFC Fight Night in Singapore on June 17, 2017. AFPHolly Holm has already shocked the sports world with one upset victory over a seemingly unbeatable mixed martial arts champion.She sees no reason she couldn’t do it again when she faces Cris “Cyborg” Justino in the main event of UFC 219 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Belo to the rescue Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Lakers’ Ball, Lopez cleared for practice return from injury

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police 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 Read Next Howard, Walker help Hornets pull away and beat Kings Lonzo Ball #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the second half of a game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on December 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images/AFPEL SEGUNDO, Calif. — Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball and center Brook Lopez have been cleared to return to practice after recent injury absences.Ball and Lopez are both questionable for the Lakers’ next game against Oklahoma City on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Ball has been out with a sprained left shoulder since Dec. 23, missing five consecutive games. The rookie No. 2 overall draft pick is averaging 10.0 points, 7.1 assists and 6.9 rebounds per game.Lopez has missed eight games since spraining his right ankle Dec. 18. The veteran big man is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in his first season with Los Angeles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThe Lakers (11-25) have lost seven straight games to fall back into last place in the Western Conference standings. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View commentslast_img read more

Playing for Alapag a ‘blessing’ for Balkman

first_imgAlab Pilipinas head coach Jimmy Alapag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJimmy Alapag’s head coaching duties over Renaldo Balkman may have just officially begun on Wednesday but the seeds were planted years before the two were on the same team together.The two had a conversation back in the 2014 Fiba World Cup when the Philippines faced Puerto Rico in the group stages, three years before Alapag ended up calling the shots Alab Pilipinas, which tapped Balkman as its new import, at the ASEAN Basketball League.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We talked about it a couple of years ago. He always told me that if he had a chance to coach me he would and that’s what happened. Right now, I’m still thanking him because he kept his promise so I’ll keep my promise of winning him a championship.”Alapag said he hopes Balkman will be able to leave a better impression in Philippine basketball this time around and what happened in 2013 will be a thing of the past.“What happened years back was really an isolated incident, and at the end of the day no one’s perfect,” said Alapag. “We all make mistakes and he’s said numerous times he’s regretful of what happened. Hopefully this issue will be dead and he’ll be able to make a much better impression here in the Philippines.”And with Alapag burying the 2013 incident, Balkman did too.“It felt good, the reception, and I didn’t expect it. The past is the past,” said Balkman. “I did lots of things since then and tonight, it wasn’t on my mind, it wasn’t on my head. I just went out there to play basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitiescenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When I saw him in Spain, he said ‘if you ever get to coaching and the door opens for me to come back to Manila, I’m willing to play for you,’” said Alapag after Alab dispatched Westports Malaysia, 90-79, Wednesday night in the controversial import’s first game.In a sense, Alapag gave Balkman a chance at redemption after the Puerto Rican international got banned from the PBA in 2013 after choking then Petron teammate Arwind Santos in a scuffle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderBalkman said having Alapag, the same man he defeated in Puerto Rico’s 77-73 victory over the Philippines back in the 2014 World Cup, as a coach was a blessing bestowed upon him.“I played against him as a player, now he’s my coach. It’s a blessing for me to be given that chance,” said Balkman as he finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, four steals, and two blocks. Stevens eager to have Celtics spend time in London LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more