Jayson Castro William. Photo from Fiba.comStruggling big time in the second half on Friday night, Gilas Pilipinas went to its two most reliable guns when the chips were down to score a 77-71 decision of Japan in the first window of their Fiba Asia 2019 World Cup Qualifying series at Komazawa Olympic gym in Tokyo.Jayson Castro and naturalized player Andray Blatche stepped up big and averted a collapse by the Filipinos, who bungled first half command with a lethargic third quarter and even trailed the under-rated Japanese twice before pulling this one out.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Keys to victory: Ateneo-La Salle Finals series Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Read Next Castro, voted best point guard in Asia twice, hit five straight points inside the final 1:50 that extended a 70-66 lead to a safe margin as the Filipinos gathered some momentum heading into their second match in three days.The Filipinos plane back home Saturday and will have very little time to cool their heels as they take on Chinese Taipei Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.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 shutoutBlatche epitomized the Filipinos’ offensive struggles but still had the guts to take over at the crunch, hitting a big triple that opened up an eight-point lead halfway through the fourth before issuing two critical feeds the rest of the way.Even with Blatche finishing with just three points after the first two quarters, Team PH still took the half comfortably and looked very fluid until several dry spells in the third allowed Japan to take a 40-37 lead. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending 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 Castro finished with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists, reprising his role as Gilas’ top go-to-guy, while the 6-foot-11 Blatche, who seemed to limp in the last four minutes, wound up with 13 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.The Philippine defense was also one of the biggest factors for the win, as it held the Japanese to an atrocious 28 percent clip in the first half before bottling up the enemy’s top guns when it needed to in the stretch.Matthew Wright and Gabe Norwood also finished in twin digits for the Philippines with a combined 22, although the Filipinos would want to forget how they shot from afar in this one. Gilas missed its first eight attempts from that distance, before Castro drilled in two straight late in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Former India captain Kapil Dev said that all-rounders in international cricket should only be compared when they have played for than 50 Test matches in his career.One of the game’s greatest all-rounders himself, Kapil said that jumping into conclusions after watching him play in two or three series’ is not fair.”I think, people should give a cricketer 50 Test matches before putting him into the race of being the best all-rounder. Somebody you are talking about and comparing with after two or three series is unfair,” Kapil said at the inauguration of the 2nd Krishapatnam Port Golden Eagles Golf Championship.The World Cup winning captain was very vocal in his support for the present day all-rounders.”Hadlee, myself, Imran and Botham should forget our time and look at the present times. These young boys are very very talented. They are doing far better than us. So we should respect this generation,” 57-year-old said. (Also read: Ravichandran Ashwin does what Kapil Dev and Imran Khan couldn’t)Asked about who is the best seam bowling all-rounder, Kapil on a lighter note said: “I am the last one (best allrounder). That’s it.”On a serious note he said: “But, it will be unfair to single out one current player to say he is the best all-rounder, who could be in the league of Ian Botham, Imran Khan and Sir Richard Hadlee.”Kapil refused to predict as to who will come up trumps during the upcoming India versus New Zealand series. (Also read: Virat Kohli-led Indian team arrives in Kanpur for first Test)advertisement”I don’t make any prediction. I always went out and played my game. I would like to see what approach both teams adopt in the first Test. It is very difficult to say. Anything can happen,” he said.”I know more about my team but I don’t know much about the opposition so it will not be right on my part to make any comments,” said Kapil.(With PTI inputs)
New Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) Arunachal Pradeshs Bamang Tago, manager for the Indian badminton contingent, today sought the intervention of Minister of State, Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju after he was denied visa to travel to Fuzhou for the ongoing China Super Series Premier badminton tournament. Tago, who is also the Secretary of Arunachal Pradesh Badminton Association, has been running from pillar to post after he was denied visa by the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi “on ground of Arunachal domiciles”, a day after applying for the travel document on November 10. “I have been in Delhi since November 10 but I have not been granted the visa. I am the manager of the Indian team and they are already there playing in the first round today but I am stuck here,” Tago told PTI. “When I checked with the Chinese Embassy about the status of my visa application, I was told by embassy officials that since I belong to Arunachal Pradesh, an approval from Beijing is required,” he said. “There has been no response from the Chinese Embassy since then. So today I met Mr Kiren Rijiju and sought his intervention. He told me he will look into the matter and enquire about it and get back to me. I am hoping something positive comes out,” Tago added. Tago was to lead a 14-member Indian team on the invitation of Fuzhou Municipal Sports Bureau to participate in the Thaihot China Open in Fuzhou, which started yesterday and will conclude on November 20. Badminton Association of India (BAI) had submitted all required documents of members of Indian contingent at Chinese Embassy, New Delhi several weeks back for obtaining the travel documents. But while all other 13 members got their visa without any problem and left for Fuzhou on November 12, Tago have been left behind. “My visa has been withheld on the ground of me being a domicile of Arunachal Pradesh which is totally a discrimination by China,” Tago said. “It has been 54 years since the Chinese aggression of 1962 and 70 years of Indias Independence. The issue of Arunachal Pradesh remains unsettled because of the territorial dispute between India and China which has put the future of the Indigenous people of Arunachal in uncertainty,” he said. In 2011, a five-member karate team on its way to Quanzhou to take part in the Asian Karate-do championship was prevented by Indian immigration officials at IGI airport New Delhi for possessing stapled visa issued by the Chinese Embassy. In Jan 2012, a team of Arunachal weightlifters were prevented to board their flight for possessing stapled visas. Further, in October 2013, two young archers from Arunachal Pradesh could not participate in the Youth World Archery Championship in Wuxi in China as Indian immigration officials prevented them to board the flight for the same reason. “China has now become an important location for international sports events and will continue to host more in the future. In such a scenario, sportspersons from Arunachal Pradesh will be deprived in days to come for no fault of theirs,” Tago said. PTI ATK/ACB SSC SSCadvertisement
Theo Hernandez has prepared for his weekend showdown with Lionel Messi by telling the Barcelona superstar that Cristiano Ronaldo is the best player in the world.Theo is on a season-long loan at Real Sociedad from Real Madrid and Ernesto Valverde’s La Liga champions visit the refurbished Anoeta on Saturday.The 20-year-old defender is no stranger to controversy, having left Atletico Madrid to move to the Santiago Bernabeu on a six-year deal last year, and he played to the galleries in a pre-match interview with Marca. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “In Barcelona they are all very good players. But I like only Real Madrid players, so do not talk to me about Barcelona,” the left-back said, before running the rule over Barca’s man in his left-back position.”Jordi Alba is a great player but, as I say, I like [Real Madrid’s] Marcelo more, who is the best left-back in the world without a doubt. “Alba has always been going to the national team and now they have not called him, but I cannot comment on the reason.”Then came Theo’s somewhat predictable contribution to the most heavily retrodden debate in 21st-century football.”Messi? For me, although he has left Real Madrid, I think the best is Cristiano Ronaldo,” he added, in an observation sure to go down well in a certain corner of the Juventus dressing room.
Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 campaign had suffered a huge blow when they were handed an 89-run thrashing on June 16 by arch-rivals India in Manchester. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and his teammates faced severe criticism from former stars and fans alike over the next few days.Pakistan were under the pump so much so that the likes of Mohammad Amir and captain Sarfaraz appealed to the fans to refrain from personal abuse. Sarfaraz was body-shamed and even called a “pig” by an unruly Pakistan fan who later apologized for his distasteful remark.However, Pakistan, known for their unpredictability, have brought their campaign back on track with a 49-run win over South Africa on June 23. With England losing to Sri Lanka and Australia on the trot, Pakistan’s chances have only livened up.There is a sense of optimism in the Pakistan camp and it was visible when Sarfaraz’s men walked out on the park at Edgbaston for their must-win match against New Zealand on Wednesday. With 5 points from 6 matches, Pakistan are still in the race for the semi-final and a win today will only boost their chances.Responding to a question on Pakistan’s chances during the toss of the ongoing match vs New Zealand, captain Sarfaraz said the former champions will take it one match at a time and look to make the last four.”Pakistan can do anything and we are taking it game by game, hopefully we will do well,” Sarfaraz Ahmed said.Stressing Pakistan need to improve their fielding, the upbeat captain said he is happy with the way his pacers have bowled so far in the tournament.advertisement”Good to see Amir back in form and others also bowled really well especially in the last game. Catching is a concern and hopefully we will do well as a fielding unit today,” Sarfaraz added.Pakistan’s World Cup 2019 have some eerie similarities to their title-winning run in 1992 but their bowling coach Azhar Mahmood said Pakistan aren’t thinking about the past as they prepare to face must-win matches in the coming week.”If you see the 1992 World Cup and this one, there are a few similarities,” said Azhar. “But we’re not thinking like that. Australia were in a similar situation in the 1999 World Cup (which they won),” Mahmood had said.”If they lost any games, they would have been out. We are in that situation now. But for us, every match is a final, that is how we are looking at it. We know that if we perform poorly anywhere, we could be out.”Also Read | Aaron Finch on World Cup 2019 semi-finals qualification: First part ticked offAlso Read | New Zealand vs Pakistan: Dream11 Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain Prediction for World Cup 2019 Match 37Also See
Premier League Liverpool vs Newcastle United: TV channel, live stream, squad news & preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 15:15 3/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Premier League Liverpool Liverpool v Newcastle United Newcastle United Anfield welcomes back one of its former heroes at the weekend and he will be plotting ways to beat Jurgen Klopp’s side Liverpool welcome Newcastle United to Anfield on Saturday and they will be hoping to leapfrog Manchester United into second place with a win.Jurgen Klopp’s side are just two points behind the Red Devils, who are not in action until Monday evening, and they come into the game on the back of a three-game winning streak.Newcastle, meanwhile, are in the bottom half of the table, but Rafa Benitez’s side have started to pick up points in recent weeks, including a win over Man United. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The two teams could not be separated when they met at St James’ Park earlier in the season so a tight affair is to be expected. Game Liverpool vs Newcastle United Date Saturday March 3 Time 17:30 GMT / 12:30 ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel & Live Stream In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBC Universo fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on TV on BT Sport 1 and it can also be streamed live online using the BT Sport app. UK TV channel Online stream BT Sport 1 BT Sport app Squads & Team News Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Karius, Mignolet, Ward Defenders Clyne, Van Dijk, Lovren, Gomez, Klavan, Moreno, Robertson, Matip, Alexander-Arnold Midfielders Wijnaldum, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Can, Woodburn, Paulinho Forwards Firmino, Salah, Mane, Ings, Solanke, Brewster Liverpool have a number of injury concerns heading into the game with James Milner, Georginio WIjnaldum and Ben Woodburn all considered doubts.Jordan Henderson and Danny Ings should be fit enough to be involved but Nathaniel Clyne is expected to be given more time to regain full fitness.Potential Liverpool starting XI: Karius; Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Can, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Mane, Salah, Firmino. Position Newcastle players Goalkeepers Elliot, Dubravka, Darlow Defenders Clark, Dummett, Lascelles, Mbemba, Manquillo, Lejeune, Yedlin, Haidara, Gamez Midfielders Murphy, Shelvey, Diame, Ritchie, Hayden, Kenedy, Merino, Atsu Forwards Gayle, Slimani, Perez, Joselu Former Reds midfielder Jonjo Shelvey will not be available to face his old club, while on-loan striker Islam Slimani is also expected to miss out.However, in a boost, Matt Ritchie and Dwight Gayle are likely to be involved.Potential Newcastle starting XI: Dubravka; Lejeune, Lascelles, Yedlin, Dummett; Atsu, Ritchie, Kenedy, Diame; Perez, Gayle. Betting & Match Odds At 1/5, Liverpool are favourites to win according to dabblebet, with Newcastle priced at 12/1. A draw is considered a 6/1 bet,Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview When Liverpool met Newcastle at St James’ Park back in October, Philippe Coutinho was their star man and got their goal in what finished a 1-1 draw. The result saw them drop to seventh. A lot has changed since then. Coutinho left for Barcelona in a €160 million move and, as the Reds fight to ensure that they finish second in the table, Klopp believes they are a better team.”I’m really happy with the reaction from the boys, they’ve stepped up,” the German coach said. “We wanted to keep Phil, he decided differently and I am happy that it has worked quite well so far.”Indeed, the form of Mohamed Salah in particular has been a massive positive for Liverpool and he has been ably supported by Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.As he prepares to return to his former stomping ground, Newcastle boss Benitez is aware of the magnitude of the task that awaits his side.”It’s not just him (Salah), Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, anyone can be a threat,” said the Spanish coach. “They have pace, energy, not just him. We have to try to control everyone with concentration and intensity.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
PHILADELPHIA, PA – DECEMBER 25: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders waits in the tunnel prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Raiders 19-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)There have been a couple (to say the least) of questionable roughing the passer calls during the opening of the NFL’s 2018 regular season. One of them came last night.Los Angeles Rams star pass rusher Aaron Donald was called for a roughing the passer penalty when he hit Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.Donald fell to the ground while rushing Carr. He then grabbed Carr by his ankles and sacked him.Then:FLAG – 15 YARDS, ROUGHING THE PASSER.This is roughing the passer. What is Aaron Donald supposed to do. Just stop playing after he falls down? pic.twitter.com/VWnJ9fnMpV— Nick Bromberg (@NickBromberg) September 11, 2018It’s fair for the NFL to want to protect its quarterbacks. Hitting players in the head is dangerous and hitting players low can result in devastating knee injuries.But…we have to have some common sense, here. Is Donald supposed to just stop playing when he goes to the ground?This is clearly going to be an issue for the league moving forward this season.
EAST LANSING, MI – SEPTEMBER 23: A general view of Spartan Stadium during the game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan State Spartans on September 23, 2017 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)On Wednesday night, a Michigan State running back announced his plans to enter the 2019 NFL draft. After four seasons with the team, LJ Scott decided to take his talents to the NFL rather than returning to the university for a fifth and final season.Scott, who suffered a rash of injuries during the 2018 season, played just four games this year. As per the NCAA’s new redshirt rule, he would be eligible to return for a redshirt senior season.However, the Spartans stalwart decided to keep his health and career longevity in mind. As a result, he’ll be going through the NFL draft process and entering the league.Here’s his announcement.Concerning My Future.. pic.twitter.com/UzRuktU4Jo— Lj Scott (@ljscott_03) December 6, 2018Scott racked up just 180 yards this season on 55 carries in his four games. The senior running back compiled over 3,000 scrimmage yards and 27 touchdowns during his career with the Spartans.Scott revealed he will play in Michigan State’s bowl game against Oregon.
zoom Nigeria LNG (NLNG) Limited is in talks with the bank representatives and other financial institutions promoting the potential for a new dockyard in the country.The proposal for the dockyard, to be located in Badagry, follows the conclusion of feasibility studies by Dutch consultancy Royal HaskoningDHV.The studies come as one of the benefits of NLNG’s USD1.6 billion contract with shipbuilders, Samsung Heavy Industries and Hyundai Heavy Industries, for the building of six new vessels.“This dry-dock, when completed, holds huge potential for investors and for Nigeria. Our LNG vessels and very large crude carriers (VLCC) of other companies in the oil and gas, and marine industries, which are currently maintained overseas, resulting in millions of dollars in capital flight, will soon be maintained in-country with significant value-added for the Nigerian economy,” said Babs Omotowa, NLNG’s managing director and chief executive officer at an investors forum held in Lagos.Nigeria’s maritime sector needs an operational dockyard to cater for very large crude carriers (VLCCs) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, as existing dockyards can only handle smaller vessels.As a result, owners of large vessels in Nigeria and the West African sub region have had to pay large sums of money to access docking facilities located mainly in Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Jerusalem: US National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday that Iran should not “mistake US prudence and discretion for weakness,” after the US abruptly called off military strikes against the Iran in response to the shooting down of an unmanned American surveillance drone. Bolton’s tough message seemed to be aimed not only at Tehran, but also at reassuring key US allies that the White House remains committed to maintaining pressure on Iran. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonIsrael, along with Arab countries in the Gulf, considers Iran to be their greatest threat, and Trump’s last-minute about face appears to have raised questions about US willingness to use force against the Islamic Republic. The downing of the aircraft on Thursday marked a new high in the rising tensions between the United States and Iran in the Persian Gulf. The Trump administration has vowed to combine a “maximum pressure” campaign of economic sanctions with a buildup of American forces in the region, following the US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorPresident Donald Trump says he backed away from the planned strikes after learning 150 people would be killed. But Bolton, a longtime Iran hawk, emphasized that the US reserved the right to attack at a later point. He also said a new set of sanctions on Iran are expected to be announced Monday. “No one has granted them a hunting license in the Middle East. As President Trump said on Friday our military is rebuilt, new and ready to go,” Bolton said in Jerusalem alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, himself a vocal critic of Iran over the years. “And as he made clear yesterday, referring to his earlier remarks, the president said, ‘I just stopped the strike from going forward at this time,'” Bolton added. Bolton is visiting Israel for three-way talks with his Israeli and Russian counterparts that are expected to focus on Iranian involvement in conflicts across the region, including in neighboring Syria. Israel’s prime minister has been a vocal critic of Iran over the years, accusing the Islamic Republic of sinister intentions at every opportunity. But Netanyahu, a longtime critic of the nuclear deal, has remained uncharacteristically quiet throughout the current crisis between the US and Iran. The Israeli leader appears to be wary of being seen as pushing the US into a new Middle Eastern military conflict. Standing alongside Bolton, Netanyahu sided with the Americans. He said Iranian involvement in conflicts across the region had increased as a result of the nuclear deal, which gave the country a new cash infusion, and had nothing to do with the U.S. exit from the agreement. “After the deal, but before recent events, Iran has been on a campaign of aggression,” he said. “Those who describe the recent actions as somehow opening a hornet’s nest are living on another planet.” Netanyahu made no mention of the called-off airstrike and said he was “pleased” by US plans for increased economic pressure. But Israeli commentators said that Trump’s about-face was a cause for concern.