“I don’t think I get the respect. I’ve done it at a high level in Indiana,” George said of his defensive capabilities.“But that’s an award the media gets to vote for and chooses. I don’t think I was on that national level in terms of my defense.”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 shutoutJustifying his case a premier defender in this league, George was instrumental in the Thunder’s victory against the defending champion, Golden State Warriors, on Thursday, holding Kevin Durant down to an 8-of-17 shooting while committing four turnovers.Through 18 games this year, George is leading the league in steals at 2.6 per contest while also tallying an impressive 5.1 deflections each night. NBA: Westbrook says it’s his duty to make George, Anthony comfortable with Thunder CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Read Next US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony02:57US Defense chief says alliance with Philippines remains strong01:29Police 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 His relentlessness is also a big factor for OKC ranking highest in turnovers forced rating (18.8)—the best in the NBA.Prior to landing in Oklahoma City, George was one of the catalysts of the Indiana Pacers suffocating defense a few years back.“We had one of the best defenses in history in Indiana. I had a lot of help,” he said.“A tremendous amount of help. I thought I was the best one-on-one defender early in my career. I get a chance to showcase that here,” George added. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Celtics back on track, rout Magic Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 In this Oct. 21, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) tries to get past Utah Jazz guard Alec Burks (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Salt Lake City. AP/Chris Nicoll, FileOklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George is regarded as one of the best two-way players in the league today for his tenacity on both ends on the floor.Although considered as a lockdown defender at the wing position, most fans still view the four-time All Star as a pure scorer, which he recently addressed to Marc Spears of The Undefeated.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’
It seems like Alyssa Valdez, the Philippine volleyball superstar, has been everywhere these days.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Ateneo rolls to 4th straight win, blanks struggling UP Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Valdez on Sunday was among the judges of a fitness competition on Sunday.CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe 24-year-old Valdez has always been in the limelight ever since her playing days at Ateneo in the UAAP, where she won three MVP awards and led the Lady Eagles to a couple of championships.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutValdez also had stints in Thailand and Taiwan and recently, she’s been appearing on television as segment host of Upfront.But she’s not the only known athlete during the event with volleyball player Amanda Villanueva and cager Arnold Van Opstal also there as participants. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOVillanueva and cager Van Opstal were stars in their own right back in their college days.Villanueva had her moments as part of the Adamson Lady Falcons while Van Opstal helped the De La Salle Green Archers win the UAAP title in 2013.CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta PLAY LIST 01:07Cops linking 2 drug cases to murder of Tagudin judge – CJ Peralta02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:16CJ Peralta says QC judge followed rules in giving nod to raids on militant offices01:29Police 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 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments
Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJeron Teng came up big down the stretch to help Flying V escape with an 83-78 win over Marinerong Pilipino Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Playing through flu, the former La Salle standout drilled eight of the Thunder’s final nine points, including a 15-foot jumper with 41.7 seconds to ice the victory and preserve the team’s immaculate 4-0 record.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Quarters: 13-28, 34-40, 64-59, 83-78.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Jeron showed how professional he is. We got a shot in the arm when he entered and I’m really proud with how he took it upon himself and forced himself to play,” said Flying V coach Eric Altamirano.Teng finished with 15 points, four rebounds and six assists off the bench to carry Flying V in the gutsy win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutEric Salamat led the Thunder with 20 points on 6-of-11 shooting from threes on top of six assists, while Hans Thiele notched a double-double with 15 points and 15 boards.Aris Dionisio added 13 markers and seven rebounds, while Gab Banal got 12 points and four rebounds against his uncle Koy and father Joel’s squad. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Pacquiao’s next fight depends on his performance vs Horn Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sluggish at the start, the Thunder fought back from 18-points down and fired a 16-2 run to get back in the game and cut the deficit to four, 35-31, in the second quarter before eventually seizing control in the third frame to set up the nip-and-tuck battle.Julian Sargent paced Marinerong Pilipino (1-3) with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Mark Isip and Pao Javelona both chipped in 13 markers apiece.The scores:FLYING V 83 – Salamat 20, Teng 15, Thiele 15, Dionisio 13, Banal 12, Tampus 3, Torres 3, Webb 2, Cañada 0, Mendoza 0, Ongteco 0.MARINERONG PILIPINO 78 – Sargent 14, Isip 13, Javelona 13, Lopez 8, Marata 8, Moralde 6, Alabanza 5, Iñigo 5, Javillonar 4, Publico 2, Gumaru 0.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NU opens UAAP Season 80 bid with rout of UE Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim At 14 years old, he has already started making impact for the national team as part of the Batang Gilas U-16 team and is expected to lead the next generation’s Gilas players.Jong Uichico, one of the coaches of the Gilas program, foresees that Sotto will still improve over time as long as the reed-thin teenager gets exposed to better competition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSotto currently plays in the UAAP as part of the Ateneo Blue Eaglets where he towers over his competition.“He should really improve a lot in the next year or two and get a lot of exposure. And it’s hard to find a 14-year-old seven-footer walking around,” said Uichico Thursday at Inquirer’s omniplatform sports talk show SportsIQ. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 View comments “He should be exposed to better competition and not just the UAAP where he will face up against what six-footers he won’t have to jump.” NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netKai Sotto, the prized 7-foot-2 youngster of Ateneo, has already garnered considerable hype by virtue of his height alone.Standing a literal head above his contemporaries in the UAAP, Sotto is already pegged to be at the forefront of the Gilas program.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side
MS Dhoni became the first captain to win the Champions League after winning the Indian Premier League here today. In a one-sided final set up by Ravichandran Ashwin and Muttiah Muralitharan, Chennai Super Kings romped home by eight wickets against South African domestic champions Warriors.Commentary & Scores – Chennai vs WarriorsBrief Scores: Warriors 128-7 (20); Chennai 132-2 (19)Champions League – Special CoverageMan of the series: R Ashwin, 13 wicketsGolden Bat: Murali Vijay, 294 runsGolden Ball: R AshwinAshwin, Chennai’s carom ball spinner, took 2-15 in four overs, while Muralitharan took 3-16, restricting Warriors 128-7. Murali Vijay’s 58 and his 103-run opening stand with Mike Hussey (51*) settled matters well before the final run was scored. The wickets of Vijay and Suresh Raina made things a little interesting at the end.Fittingly, it was Dhoni who sealed the win with a six and two fours from the 19th over by Rusty Theron.Warriors elected to bat and made a confident start with skipper Davy Jacobs’ 34 (21b) but soon fell by the wayside when Chennai’s spinners came on to bowl.Ashwin got Jacobs LBW as he tried a reverse-sweep. With the wicket of Johan Botha later in the innings, Ashwin topped the tournament charts with 13 wickets. Muralitharan, not doing badly himself at age 38, finished with 12 wickets with an outstanding economy rate of 5.69.With the Warriors’ innings slowing down at 81-3 in 13 overs, Muralitharan put the game decisively in Chennai’s hands. In the 14th over, he removed the dangerous finisher Mark Boucher (5) and Justin Kreusch (17).advertisementMassive prize money was at stake. Chennai, having won Rs six crore for winning the IPL, will return richer by $2.5 million after this win. Warriors will collect $1.3 million.Dhoni had reiterated that since this is the final game Chennai are playing as a unit, they would like to part on a high. All IPL teams will undergo re-structuring and re-hiring for the next season and it is likely that the current bunch will be pitted against each in the next IPL.The 2009 edition of Champions League was won by New South Wales.Chennai and Warriors, who are the reigning Pro20 champions in South Africa, had taken the first and second spots, respectively, in Group A of the tournament. [See final team standings]Chennai had thrashed IPL colleagues Royal Challengers Bangalore in a one-sided semifinal while Warriors had ended South Australia’s unbeaten run in the tournament in the second semifinal.
Games organisers were left red-faced after the scales at the boxing weigh-in gave faulty readings on Monday, causing some competitors to panic a day before the start of the event.Two Australian boxers were shown as overweight after they got on the scales, surprising the coaches. “The scales said they were 700 grams overweight, so they had to go and sweat it off,” Australia assistant coach Don Abnett said. “But when they got back, it said they were two kilograms heavier than before. It is ridiculous and now we have boys who have lost too much weight, which is not good.” Irate coaches demanded the scales be checked and a 50-kilogram weight was found to weigh 51.4 kg. Because of the mix-up, a second weigh-in has been scheduled for Tuesday.
LondonCapital drawsSanta Maria (15 St Mary’s Road; 020 8579 1462) is being hailed as the place that will put paid to a trip to Italy. A pizzeria alright, the pizzas are rumoured to be as good as the stuff in Italy.Soho is certainly the hot bed of Asian food, but Koya (49 Frith St; 020 7434 4463) is making waves. It’s a simple noodle bar, specialising in ‘udon’ (thick, wheat Japanese noodles) with no frills or fuss in its dÅcor and interiors. Most ingredients are imported and there’s all the usual udon specialities.Strangely, it does seem to be season of the morbid in London’s theatre scene. Thomas Middleton’s mid-17th century tragedy Women Beware Women (National Theatre, South Bank; 020 7452 3000), seen equally as feminist and misogynist, comes brilliantly alive on stage, multiple murders, fiery music, fascinating sets and all. Till July 4.No matter how many restaurants cater to the demand for Indian food, there’s also room for more. Atul Kochchar, he of the Benaras fame has launched another one simply called Colony (8, Paddington Street, 020 7935 3353). The cuisine should come as a surprise considering the name, and the food is undeniably a fusion of east and west.If spring and summer time seem unusually preppy and joyous, then a seeing of Macbeth (Shakespeare’s Globe, 21, New Globe Walk, Banskside; 020 7907 7071) should do the trick.Must seeHollywood never does bore or tire. Victoria & Albert Museum (Cromwell Road, 020 7942 2000) is currently hosting a stunning collection of items belonging to the legendary actress Grace Kelly including outfits and designer gowns (yes, even the one she wore to receive her Oscar) hats, handbags (including the Hermes one named after her), jewellery, film clips and posters. Till September 26.New YorkBig apple, big biteThere are perfume shops and then there’s Sephora (808 Columbus Ave at 97th St; 212 280 2525). It comes with a computer that can figure out the exact fragrance that you want. There are other cosmetics as well, but this does take centrestage. At Pulino’s Bar & Pizzeria (282 Bowery, East Houston Street, East Village; 212 226 1966) the air is one of relaxed indulgence, in an elegant and chic ambience. It could get noisy, but there’s a nice buzz. And yes, feast on campari, pizzas, steak, pork skin, salads, scallops and sinful desserts. Next to Normal (Booth Theater, 222 West 45th Street; 212 239 6200) is being touted as something that goes straight for the heart and wrenches it like no other. A musical, it depicts the travails of a suburban mom who’s chronically manic depressive.At first, The Mark Restaurant by Jean-Georges (25 East 77th Street Madison Avenue, Upper East Side; 212 606 3030) could come across as pretentious. But that’s until you see it and better still, tuck into the fare. Visit for the veal chops, crab cakes, clams, pizza, pea soup and souffles. It might sound quirky, but Plein Sud (The Smyth Hotel, 85 West Broadway at Chambers St; 212 204 5555) is very French in style. It has dark wood furniture and beautiful lighting. French classics like coq au vin are aimed to please. Fornino Park Slope (256 Fifth Ave between Carroll St and Garfield Pl, Brooklyn; 718 399 8600) is not just a pizzeria. It’s stylish, but more importantly, it’s got food that is just too delicious.Must SeeThere’s never a dull or insipid moment with Denzel Washington. It’s precisely this charisma that he brings on to stage in the new play Fences (Cort Theater, 138 West 48th Street; 212 239 6200) where he plays a former Black League player. The play has been receiving rave reviews. Till July 26.MumbaiMaximum delightsSports bars are the flavour of the season. Xtreme Sports Bar (Bombay Mutual Annexe Building, opposite Residency Hotel, Fort; 2264 2284) is the latest to join the bandwagon. Spread on two floors and a mezzanine in between, it boasts flat screen TVs, foosball table and a pool table. The beverages are good, and there’s Chinese to go with them.You’ll be forgiven for thinking MoMo Cafe (Courtyard Hotel, Andheri Kurla Road; 6136 9988) from the Mariott stable is Tibetan. Turns out the syllables are for modern living, modern eating or some such. A 24-hour coffee shop, the fare tries to be different. Check out the watermelon salad, smoked salmon, steak and the vada pav as well. It’s called Areopagus (Near Starcity Theatre, Matunga; 2436 6666) and is actually a massage centre that relies heavily on Chinese and Japanese techniques. Which means there’s rather brisk stretching and pulling, but it’s all in good faith and meant to release all aches and pains.Simplistic to the point of being almost bare, Noah’s Cafe (Cumballa Hill Hospital Lane, Kemp’s Corner, 2389 6111) attempts to stand out from the clutter. It doesn’t show particular loyalty to cuisines. So there’s chilli oyster prawns, Moroccan curry with cous cous, gnocchi, mushroom vol au vent. The name, Lu by Lolita (Atria Mall, Worli; 6736 3688) might raise a few apprehensions, but it’s harmless enough. The boutique is a Uruguay brand and is known for its bright trendy casuals.BrusselsBelgian bitesThe Royal Museums of Fine Art (Rue de la Regence 3, +32 2 508 32 11) plays host to Symbolism, an exhibition that explores the development of this genre right back to the beginning of the 19th century and romantic painting.Congo, the African state, completes 50 years of independence this year and what better way to pay tribute than by a depiction of art through Visionary Africa (23, Rue Ravensteinstraat; +32 2 507 82 00), an exhibition of Congolese as well as other Central African masterpieces. Opens in early June and runs through September. It might be the hub of Euro politics, but Brussels takes its entertainment seriously as well. The latest is Viage (30, Anspach Boulevard; +32 2 300 01 00) which is being touted as the ultimate in entertainment, which includes 36 gaming tables, over 360 gaming machines, bingo seats, gala dinner, music and two restaurants.For one whole week in June (the second week to be precise) gourmands can get their fill of gourmet food. Called the Restaurant Week, high-end restaurants all across Brussels will lay out gastronomic spreads, and at reasonable rates. The 21st edition of Couleur Cafe (Avenue du Port), the much awaited three-day event will be held in late June. The line-up is impressive: more than 50 concerts, fashion shows, brass bands, souks, restaurants and DJs spinning music till morning.In Brussels Up North (Rue des Chapeliers 36; +32 2 502 77 29) can mean only one thing–Scandanavia. So there’s no doubting the cuisine of a restaurant so named. Not to miss the seafood–salmon, monkfish, scallops, and herring.KochiCoastal curryOld Lighthouse Bristow Hotel (Beach Road, Fort Kochi; 305 0102) might be a mouthful, but it’s got enough history to justify the length. Not to mention of course the stunning views of the Arabian sea, and local food to boot. Almost 100 years old, Tea Bungalow (Kunumpuram, Fort Kochi; 301 9200) is a beautiful ochre and tiled resort with an interesting history. Its spacious suites are a draw and have been named after sea ports.The name Greenix Village (Calvetty Road, Fort Kochi; 221 7000) might sound like a pharma company, but is a respository of Kerala art and culture. Spread over 45,000 sq ft, it contains theatres, museum, martial art centre, gallery and restaurant.Biorhythm (Kaloor-Kadavanthara Road; 409 9909) might seem like an unlikely name for a spa, but what they offer is definitely likeable. What makes it unique is the health food programme.advertisementadvertisement
She used to hand out tips to Saina Nehwal until just four years ago and an emotionally overwhelmed Anna Rice could not stop the tears from flowing when she ended her career with a loss against the Indian ace at the Commonwealth Games here.A good friend of Saina, the 30-year-old Canadian shuttler recalled the days when she played with her, helping the Indian in little ways to become a better player.Anna, who went down 7-21 10-21 to the top seeded crowd favourite in the quarterfinals of women’s singles last night, said she still loves the game but it was time to quit.”It is very emotional for me but the feeling is yet to settle in,” Anna said, tears welling up in her eyes.”I wanted to play for some time more, I mean I love the game but I guess I can’t keep up with these young girls anymore,” she added.Anna and Saina became friends in 2006. Saina had started taking her first steps to the stardom she enjoys now but Anna had already become an Olympian at that time.The world number 31 Canadian said she has seen her friend grow.”She is a player who has matured beyond her age. I started going for international tours at 18-19 but look at her, she was on her own when she was just 15 years old,” Rice said.”I remember she used to complain that she is losing in three games and I used to tell her that it is a process,” she added.advertisementAnna said Saina’s success has raised the profile of the sport.”Saina’s growing stature is good for the sport in India.As I see it, the gender equality when it comes to sport is not the same in India. Saina’s success will increase the profile of the sport as a whole in India and that is good for badminton also,” Anna said. .Saina also acknowledged Anna’s contribution to her career.”We have been friends for quite sometime. We had a lot of fun together. When I had started playing the qualifying rounds, we became friends,” she recalled.”It was very important to know about the court and know about doubles. She helped me at that time. We used to practice together and play at international level. It helped improve my reflexes and drives.”She even used to sit behind me, guiding me and giving me advice about the weaknesses of my opponents. I didn’t have a coach at that time and I didn’t know anybody,” Saina said.Asked about what she plans to do next, Anna said she would concentrate on coaching young Canadian shuttlers.”I am associated with a coaching job in a non-profit organisation called ‘Choose Again’ in Vancouver. I will concentrate on coaching. I will also spend a lot of time with my family, let’s see how the next phase pans out,” she said.Anna has been playing professional badminton for more than a decade.She won the 2009 US Open Champion and represented Canada at the International level for over 12 years, including the 2004 Athens Olympics, the 2006 Commonwealth Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, as well as several World Championships.At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Anna became the first female singles player from a Pan-American country to achieve a top-16 finish.She won the Canadian National Championships in 2004, 2005, 2008, and 2009.
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