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PBA: Phoenix torches TNT for third win

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first_imgPhoenix had TNT cornered in every possible way including a glaring 74-49 rebounding advantage and a 32-15 assist disparity.The Fuel Masters shot 42-of-89 from the field for a respectable 47.2 percent clip while holding TNT to a 29-of-91 conversion rate.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix lit up and torched TNT, 112-82, to bounce back in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms The Fuel Masters were unrelenting both in their offense and defense and stifled the KaTropa with a 26-0 run to go up 61-23 on RJ Jazul’s three-point shot with 2:33 left in the second quarter.During that run, TNT was held scoreless for almost seven minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’With the win, the Fuel Masters improved to 3-1 to tie NLEX for the fourth spot while the KaTropa reeled to seventh with a 1-4 record.Phoenix head coach said their massive 30-point win was a huge recovery game after their 108-97 loss to Alaska in their previous outing in the conference. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “This was a big bounce game for us because my starting five played heavy minutes in our last game and we just had one day of rest,” said Alas in Filipino. “I told them that I know they’re fatigued and the only thing I can help them with is manage their playing time but they can’t use being tired as an excuse.”“True enough they told me ‘coach we will play hard as long as we can, and until you play us,’ so everything they did in this game already compensated for the mistakes we had against Alaska.”Jason Perkins put up 22 points for the Fuel Masters while Matthew Wright added 16 points, five rebounds, and six assists.Eugene Phelps, who was averaging 35.67 points per game prior to facing TNT, finished with just 15 points and 11 rebounds.Alfrancis Tamsi had a team-high 14 points for the KaTropa who played without Terrence Romeo who was feeling under the weather.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Asian Games: Philippines bows to Kazakhs in volleyball qualification Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Hoos optimistic over QPR training ground

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first_imgLee Hoos has told QPR player he believes the green light for a new training ground at Warren Farm will come next year. The Rangers chief executive is confident that a judicial review brought by objectors will rule in the club’s favour.“We’re not going to be deterred from this – we’re not going to stop,” Hoos said.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Should Warriors be concerned about Stephen Curry’s ankle again?

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first_imgStephen Curry’s awkward slip in New Orleans reminded us all that the fears of the Golden State Warriors and their fans still run ankle deep.In a hauntingly familiar sight, Curry’s right ankle gave way and he fell to the floor with 3:21 left in the first quarter Tuesday night. Although Curry was able to get up and play for a few more seconds, he then took himself out of the game and walked to the locker room.Who didn’t think, ‘Here we go again’?By our count, it was the 15th time Curry has …last_img read more

Women’s football league kicks off

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first_imgThe new Absa Women’s League is expectedto breathe new life into the sport.(Image: Safa) South Africa’s under-19 team, includingsome Banyana players, at a clinic held atthe Pretoria University High PerformanceCentre in 2006. The sport has come a longway in the few years since.(Image: Official America website) Deidre Mitchell, in red, referees theOlympic showdown between Japan andNew Zealand. (Image: Fifa)Janine ErasmusThe growing popularity of women’s football in South Africa has led to the launch of the Absa Women’s League, an initiative for the growth and development of the women’s side of the sport. The country joins England, Spain, the US, and others that hold major tournaments for women footballers.The Union of European Football Associations also has a women’s championship, and there is a Fifa Women’s World Cup, held, like the men’s tournament, on a four-yearly basis. The next such event is scheduled for 2011 in Germany.The local league, which will be run by national banking group Absa in partnership with the South African Football Association (Safa), kicked off at the Development Centre in Klipspruit, Soweto, earlier in February. Absa’s contribution to the scheme is a massive R20-million ($2-million) and will run concurrently with its sponsorship of the men’s game.Making their markInterest in women’s football has been growing steadily, especially since the international success of the national team Banyana Banyana, but sponsorship opportunities have been scarce and have hindered development. Absa’s involvement is expected to breathe new life into the game.A national women’s league was launched in 2001, with Safa and insurance company Sanlam the driving forces. Sanlam’s sponsorship ended in 2003 but mobile provider Vodacom stepped into the gap. Vodacom withdrew its backing at the start of the 2007/2008 season, leaving women’s football adrift.Despite the uncertainties, women footballers have still managed to make their mark on the continent and abroad, with a number of South Africans currently playing for top clubs overseas.In an October 2008 interview with online magazine gsport … for Girls!, former Banyana captain Desiree Ellis lamented the lack of sponsorship for women’s football in South Africa.“Players are looking for jobs,” she said, “and most players stop playing, as football doesn’t put food on the table. Sponsorship is non-existent and it is strange that corporates like 1st for Women and Foschini, who sell women’s products, have not come on board.”It is not surprising that there are high hopes for the brand new Absa Women’s League. The banking group is thrilled to be able to assist with the development of women’s soccer, said Group Executive of Marketing Mohale Ralebitso.“The Absa Women’s League promises to bring a whole new dimension and lots of excitement to the Beautiful Game,” said Ralebitso. “We sincerely hope that individual and team talent will be exposed both locally and abroad. Such partnerships can only elevate the game to greater levels and afford the players and fans a chance to revel in the beauty and wonder that each game offers.”The newly crowned Confederation of African Football (CAF) Woman Footballer of the Year, Banyana striker Noko Alice Matlou, was the guest of honour at the launch. “It is encouraging that the corporate world is serious about football at this level,” she remarked.Fierce competitionThe tournament will take place in two phases. Phase one will extend across the country throughout all 52 Safa regions. An average of 12 teams per region – 624 players in all – will ensure fierce competition and lively play. Regional winners will go forward to a provincial play-off in phase two, and two teams per province will be promoted to the provincial women’s league.Safa CEO Raymond Hack expects the new initiative to take women’s football development to another level and unleash the untapped potential of South Africa’s female footballers.“This new tournament is an important grooming ground for future stars of the nation,” said Hack. “It is from these development structures where Noko Matlou was spotted two years ago; and this week she was named the CAF African woman player of 2008. We are confident that the Absa Women’s League will unearth more diamonds.”International starsSouth Africa’s women footballers excelled at the international level in 2008. For the first time ever the national team Banyana Banyana made it to the finals of the African Women’s Championship in November 2008.The tournament, under the auspices of CAF, was played in Equatorial Guinea. The hosts were ultimately victorious but South Africa’s Matlou was the joint top scorer of the event and shared the Golden Boot prize with Genevova Anonma of the host team.Earlier in the year the national under-20 team, Basetsana, won the Women’s Championship of the Council of Southern Africa Football Associations, the only regional tournament of its kind. Basetsana’s 2008 win marked South Africa’s third consecutive victory and gave the national women’s team the right to retain the trophy permanently.Once again Matlou was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick in the final and finishing as the most prolific scorer. The striker’s heroics did not go unrewarded, as she walked off with the top honour for a woman footballer at CAF’s glittering annual awards ceremony held in Lagos, Nigeria, earlier in February.At home, the sport has been graced with the feminine touch behind the whistle as well. In 2007 former player Deidre Mitchell became the first woman to referee a Premier Soccer League (PSL) game, when she took to the field for a Santos and Kaizer Chiefs clash. Mitchell handled the game with superb confidence, according to reports, booking no fewer than four players in the first half.“I was very happy with her performance,” said Ari Soldatos, the PSL referees appointment officer, afterwards. “She did the refereeing fraternity proud.”Mitchell has since been appointed to the Fifa panel of international referees and officiated at a summer Olympic Games match between the Japanese and New Zealand women’s teams in Beijing in August 2008. Mitchell was the only woman referee to represent the African continent, although she was accompanied by two assistant referees, Tempa Ndah Francois from Benin, and South Africa’s Nomvula Masilela.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related articlesFootball in South AfricaSA women take the leadUseful linksSouth Africa Football AssociationCosafaCAFFifagsport for girlsPremier Soccer LeagueWomen’s Football World CupSoweto Football AssociationAbsaKick Offlast_img read more

With an eye on urban voters, Maharashtra pushes infrastructure spends

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first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party-Shiv Sena government on Wednesday tabled an interim Budget targeted at boosting its popularity among urban voters ahead of Lok Sabha elections in just over a month. The ₹19,784-crore deficit Budget for 2019-20 focusses on the delivery of big-ticket infrastructure projects at the rich expense of ballooning fiscal deficit, and debt. The total outlay of ₹99,000 crore, includes funds for construction of Metros, roads, transportation, mobility schemes and housing in urban areas. In his 75-minute speech, State Finance Minister Sudhir Mungantiwar refrained from announcing any new projects, but focused only on providing money to projects already in progress. The Opposition was quick to term his effort ‘disappointing’, arguing it neither caters to the farmers nor the urban population.Metro projectsMr. Mungantiwar said the government is determined to complete Metro projects in Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and other cities speedily. “In Mumbai, approval has been given to MMRDA for a plan of 276 km Metro route length. Therefore an ambitious decision has been taken by the government to extend the Metro network to Thane, Mira-Bhayander, Vasai-Virar, Kalyan-Dombivli and Bhiwandi,” he said. Apart from Nagpur, Pune and Navi Mumbai where 141.06 km Metro route will be constructed, preliminary survey for light rail transport system is being undertaken for Nashik city as well. Giving a pushing to boosting road infrastructure, Mr. Mungantiwar has proposed an outlay of ₹8,500 crore for road construction in the State, in addition to ₹1,105 crore under Central Road Fund Scheme. Last year, ₹10,828 crore were allocated for road construction.An outlay of ₹3,700 crore has been proposed for the hybrid annuity model, the same as last year’s provision. The finance minister also announced the beginning of construction of Mumbai-Nagpur express highway and said that ₹700 crore has been spent on land acquisition. The Budget has proposed modernisation of State Transport bus stations and purchase of new buses, for which ₹101 crore has been earmarked.Addressing the issue of industrial growth and employment, Mr. Mungantiwar claimed that the State has created 25.60 lakh employments in the last one year. He said the new IT policy is likely to attract an investment of ₹1,500 crore and create one lakh jobs.“Under the electronic policy, ₹6,300 crore investment is expected and 12,000 jobs are likely to be generated,” he said, giving credit to Make in India and Magnetic Maharashtra convergence summits. Investments of ₹7,500 cr. and ₹7,000 cr. are expected from space and defence material manufacturing policy, and the eco-friendly electric vehicle manufacturing policy respectively. An outlay of ₹65 crore is proposed for the Industrial Cluster Development Program, he said. The Minister proposed an outlay of ₹6,895 crore for the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban), a substantial increase from last year’s ₹2,215.85 crore. Similarly, an outlay of ₹2,400 crore has been proposed for smart cities project and for Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation for development of basic facilities such as water supply in urban areas, sewerage and green belts.last_img read more

Magic rally in fourth quarter to beat Rockets

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first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Harden scored 38 points to push his run of 30-point games to 16, but at a high price. Harden was just 1 for 17 on 3-point attempts. He did get fouled three times shooting from beyond the arc and was 9 for 9 from the free throw line on those occasions (15 of 16 overall), but it was never enough to give the Rockets a comfortable advantage.“I thought we did well against him, except for the fouls,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “It’s not easy to guard him without fouling and yet it’s necessary, but he also was 11 for 32, 1 for 17 and we didn’t make a lot of mistakes, except that.” Houston led much of the game and was up 105-98 when Harden made a pair of free throws with 4:34 left.From there, however, he was 1 for 5 from the field, including three misses on step-back 3-pointers. His teammates were 0 for 3 during that span, giving him no help when the game was being decided.“The problem is you can’t rely on (Harden) to be super human every night,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We have to have some contribution from other guys. I thought they came in with a lack of focus on the defensive end and it carried over on the offensive end. We didn’t play well.”Harden agreed with his coach.“We scored enough points to win,” Harden said. “We didn’t have our focus defensively, like we have the last few weeks. We gave them 70 points or something in the second half (actually, 64). You give a team like this some confidence and open shots and they made them. It’s pretty simple.”ADVERTISEMENT Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray lead Nuggets past Trail Blazers MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening The Magic outscored Harden and Houston 14-4 in the final four minutes of the game to win their second straight game.“That was exhausting,” said Fournier, who spent most of the game chasing Harden around pick-and-rolls. “The guy is terrific. I thought overall, we did a pretty good job, but the guy still had 38.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Austin Rivers scored 25 points and Clint Capela 17 points and 10 rebounds for Houston, which lost for only the fourth time in its last 17 games.Terrence Ross had 17 points for Orlando, including six straight in the late-game run when the Magic put away Houston.With Harden on the bench for a brief rest, the Rockets used a 10-2 run to start the fourth period and grab a 98-88 lead, but the Magic passed them when Ross followed a three-point play with a 3-pointer to make it 106-105 with 3:11 left.Fournier and D.J. Augustin followed with back-to-back 3-pointers and Vucevic hit a short jump hook that finished the run that sealed the game.TIP-INSRockets: Brandon Knight (knee) and Nene (rested because of back-to-back) joined Chris Paul (hamstring) and Eric Gordon (knee) on Houston’s injured list. … Houston is averaging nearly 10 points more in its last 16 games than it did in its first 16 games. (116.2 vs. 106.6) . … Harden had his string of five or more 3-pointers in a game end at 12.Magic: Rookie C Mo Bamba missed his third straight game with a foot injury. … Orlando is 10-8 in back-to-back situations, but only 3-7 in the second game.UP NEXT:Rockets: Houston heads home to play Memphis in the second game of a back-to-back.Magic: Travel to Detroit Wednesday to play the Pistons. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, and Orlando Magic’s Evan Fournier (10) go after the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic threw about everything they had at Houston’s James Harden and the strategy worked. Barely.Orlando rallied in the fourth quarter to squeeze out a 116-109 win over Houston on Sunday behind 22 points apiece from Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon, and 17 points from Evan Fournier.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more