LEEDS, England (AP):Opener Alex Hales and wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow led a steady recovery as England reached 171 for five against Sri Lanka at stumps yesterday on a rain-shortened first day of the opening Test.Seamer Dasun Shanaka took three wickets in two overs on debut to put England in trouble at 83 for five, but Hales – 71 not out – and Bairstow – unbeaten with 54 – fought back.They combined for an unbeaten 88-run partnership before the entire final session at Headingley was washed out by rain.Shanaka removed captain Alastair Cook and No. 3 Nick Compton in four balls after Sri Lanka – buoyed by overcast conditions and a green pitch – asked England to bat. Shanaka also snared home favourite Joe Root, England’s form batsman, soon after for a duck. All three were caught behind the wicket as Shanaka made use of the seam-friendly conditions.Cook’s dismissal for 16 as he attempted an expansive cover drive left him 20 short of 10,000 Test runs.THREE FOURSNumber five batsman James Vince made nine on his test debut, while big-hitting all-rounder Ben Stokes blasted three fours, but lasted only nine balls for 12.England made slow progress in the morning, but were still 49 for no wicket before Shanaka’s three strikes, and one each for fellow quicks Sharminda Eranga and Nuwan Pradeep put the home team in deep trouble. At one stage, Shanaka had figures of three for six off three overs. He ended the day with three for 30.Hales played with great determination for his highest score in Test cricket, and just his second half-century. He battled through the tough early period then hit 12 fours to anchor England’s first innings of the summer season.Bairstow, another who plays his county cricket at Headingley, fared better than fellow Yorkshireman Root. His counterattacking innings was peppered with six fours and a six as he scored at a brisk rate to gain England some momentum in the afternoon before rain brought it to a halt.
As in London, the restriction will give a medal to a non-Chinese player. There is a solution that resonates far more with the spirit of fair competition. The suggestion is that each country be allowed three players in the Olympic singles competition once they meet the requirements of the International Table Tennis Federation. Moreover, it would preserve the right to sweep, which is permitted in other Olympic sports and to display the work, the infrastructure and national will that international dominance requires. The use of a wild card for either the reigning Olympic champion or World Champion would add excitement to table tennis. An Olympic wild card for the reigning World Champion would probably work well in that athletics, too. It would be a right only a winner could earn. • Hubert Lawrence has made notes at trackside since 1980. It isn’t fair when the rules of sport seem to smash one team or country in particular. It has happened in several sports and appears to have happened in table tennis, where China is the superpower. It simply doesn’t seem fair. China is the most successful nation in Olympic table tennis, winning 41 medals (20 gold, 13 silver, 8 bronze). In 2008, when China hosted the Games in Beijing, their players did the unprecedented. Led by Ma Lin and Zhang Yining, the Chinese delighted the lively home crowds by winning gold, silver and bronze in both the men’s and women singles. In a display of mastery, China won the men’s and women’s team events as well. Fast forward to the London Olympic Games of 2012. The rules changed. For the first time since table tennis became an official Olympic sport. In 1988, no country could enter more than two players in the individual events. Imagine that in Olympic track and field. The historic one-two-two finish by Jamaica in the 2008 100 metres would have been impossible. With Jamaica’s selection system, Sherone Simpson would have been barred from Beijing on account of her third place finish in the 100m at the 2008 Jamaican National Senior Championships. The same thing would have happened to Warren Weir who completed a Jamaican medal sweep at the London Games in the 200 metres. Like Sherone in 2008, he finished third at the Nationals. Untenable in other Olympic sports, the restriction has beaten world number two, Fan Zhendong, out the upcoming Games in Rio de Janeiro. He may become the king of table tennis later in his career, but this year his endeavour is for naught. In his place is reigning Olympic champion, Zhang Jike, the current world number four. This 28-year-old is wonderfully good in big tournaments. Before shoulder injuries slowed him, he had also won World Championships in singles when many doubted him in 2011 and 2013. Presumably, the Chinese table tennis authorities have taken that into account when they choose him over Fan and world number three Xu Xin. As we have seen in athletics, where the so-called wild card safeguards the qualification of immediate past winners to its latest World Championships, the presence of the defending champion adds something to the competition. Upsets make even bigger headlines when it is the champion who has fallen. Conversely, repeat wins make champions into legends. Zhang’s presence in Rio is therefore welcome, but because Fan can only watch, it comes at great expense. Restrictions
LOS ANGELES, United States (AP):Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder could have been excused for looking ahead to a momentous visit to Golden State and a reunion with Kevin Durant.Instead, Westbrook added another gutsy performance to his incredible start to his first season as the main man.Westbrook hit a jumper with 18.7 seconds left to finish with 35 points as the Thunder remained unbeaten with an 85-83 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.Westbrook added six rebounds and five assists for the Thunder, who surged in the final minutes of a tight meeting between Western Conference contenders. Although he wasn’t near a triple-double for the first time this season, the ferocious point guard carried the Thunder down the stretch, scoring their final six points and making a key hustle play in the last minute.”That’s the only way I know how to get it,” Westbrook said. “Nothing was ever given to me growing up, and I always had to find ways to get it. … I play every game like it’s my last.”The Boston Celtics played without new addition Al Horford for the first time this season but thanks to Isaiah Thomas and Amir Johnson, they didn’t miss a beat.Thomas had 23 points and 10 assists, Johnson finished 23 points – including a career-high four 3-pointers – and the Boston Celtics handed the Chicago Bulls their first loss of the season, 107-100.Eric Bledsoe dropped in a rainbow 3-pointer at the overtime buzzer, giving the Phoenix Suns a 118-115 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers.Bledsoe finished with 20 points, his only three being the game-winner, a shot that gave the Suns their first win of the season.Kemba Walker had 22 points and Nicolas Batum scored 17 of 20 points in a pivotal third quarter as the Charlotte Hornets handed the Philadelphia 76ers their fourth straight loss to open the season, 109-93 while Brook Lopez had 34 points and 11 rebounds as the Brooklyn Nets beat the Detroit Pistons 109-101.Lou Williams scored 16 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter as the Los Angeles Lakers rallied after trailing most of the game to beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-116, while James Harden had 30 points and 15 assists as the Houston Rockets routed the New York Knicks 118-99.DeMar DeRozan continued his hot start by scoring 40 points and outduelling John Wall in a showcase of All-Star guards as the Toronto Raptors beat the winless Washington Wizards 113-103 while JaMychal Green scored 21 points as the Memphis Grizzlies beat the still-winless New Orleans Pelicans 89-83 in overtime and George Hill scored 25 points as the Utah Jazz defeated the Dallas Mavericks 97-81.
Past The Finishing PostTrack: Good Weather: FineRace 1 1100 M (Purse $480,000) NB5-Y-O & UP MAIDEN CLAIMING ($350,0-$300,0)1. #2 KHOSHAKEL AndreePowell4 48.02. #5 BRAVE HEART RMitchell 54.0 1-1/4L3. #6 RAWALPINDI EXPRESS JInnis2 52.0 1-3/4L4. #3 CONNOR AndrePowell3 53.0 1-1/4LWIN: $502.00PLACE: $210.00, $178.00, $115.00Final Time : 1:11.2 Splits : 24.2, 49.3Winner : 5yo b filly – OMMADON – THE WHITE WITCHTrainer : ARNOLD RAMBALLY (JR) Owner : MASTER BATESBred by BERTLAND G. BATES & GEORGE R. MOO-YOUNGQu: $2,384.00 Ex: $3,289.00Superfecta: $8,179.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $590,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($450,0-$400,0)/NB5YO – (NW4)*1. #1 HOLOGRAM SHADOW RMitchell 54.02. #5 FRANKENSTORM JErwin 54.0 2-1/2L3. #4 SCOOP JORDYNE AndrePowell3 52.0 3-3/4L4. #6 ZACKONTHEATTACK AChatrie 57.0 2-1/4LWIN: $129.00PLACE: $76.00, $82.00, $140.00Final Time: 1:06.4 Splits : 23.0, 46.1Winner : 8yo b horse – DISTORTED – UNREAL FANTASYTrainer : ANDREW MCDONALD Owner : NICHOLAS MILLERBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $338.00 Ex: $591.00D/E: $2,533.00Trifecta: $514.00Race 3 1400 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. #3 RADICAL OWalker 54.02. #2 PROUD OF NUCLEAR DaneNelson 54.0 8-1/2L3. #8 SUBBIE AChatrie 54.0 1-1/4L4. #4 BLOOD SONG SEllis 54.0 3-1/2LWIN: $57.00PLACE: $51.00, $53.00, $62.00Final Time : 1:26.3 Splits : 24.2, 47.3, 1:13.0,Winner : 3yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – NISTEL’S ANNETTETrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALEXANDER HABERBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $85.00 Ex: $127.00D/E: $243.00Superfecta: $861.00Rolling Triple: $4,478.00Race 4 1400 M (Purse $530,000) NB5-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. #7 PARTY CITY JasSimpson 54.02. #10 WICKED TUFF JInnis2 52.0 4-1/2L3. #9 MR. GRAND NATIONAL JAnderson 54.0 4-1/4L4. #8 TATA TEE SBlake 53.0 1-1/2LWIN: $144.00PLACE: $84.00, $399.00, $133.00Final Time : 1:29.1 Splits : 24.4, 48.3, 1:15.1,Winner : 5yo b filly – BURNING MARQUE – HEAR ME CLEARLYTrainer : PHILLIP ELLIOTT Owner: PHILLIP ELLIOTTBred by ROGER NEWMAN, MARK & SUSAN WATESNOTE: HORSE #1 INDY ARAZI CAME 3RD, BUT WAS DISQUALIFIED AND PLACED 5TH.Qu: $5,675.00 Ex: $7,085.00D/E: $266.00Superfecta: $181,463.00Rolling Triple: $750.00Race 5 1600 M (Purse $768,000) NB3YO(NW2)/IMP3YO&UP(MDN)-REST. ALL. II*1. #8 MARLENE MY LOVE WHenry 50.52. #4 WESTERN WARRIOR RHalledeen 53.5 3-1/2L3. #2 DONTAE DaneNelson 53.5 1-1/4L4. #3 NIGHT LIGHT JInnis2 48.5 3LWIN: $78.00PLACE: $54.00, $101.00, $58.00Final Time : 1:39.3 Splits : 24.0, 46.2, 1:11.0,Winner : 3yo b filly – ADORE THE GOLD – MISS CHESTNUTTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $1,127.00 Ex: $1,543.00D/E: $332.00Trifecta: $1,136.00Rolling Triple: $375.00Race 6 1000 M (R) (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN CONDITION RACE*1. #6 LOOSE CANNON OWalker 56.0 *3/5 81.00 55.002. #1 NUCLEAR COMMANDER AChatrie 54.0 33/1 6 118.003. #12 ADORING LADY RHalledeen 54.0 3/1 1/2 67.004. #7 BIG SHOW OMullings 54.0 20/1 15. #11 SILVER ROCKET RMitchell 55.0 17/1 23/46. #9 TOUGH COOKIE BebHarvey2 53.0 12/1 3/47. #8 DIOSA DE ORO DDawkins2 50.5 99/1 13/48. #10 UNCLE FREDDIE DaneNelson 53.0 8/1 Head9. #5 LIGHTNING LILY ISpence 54.0 3/1 310. #4 RAGE OF THE ANGELS LSteadman2 54.5 52/1 211. #2 ROBIN’S QUEST ARobles 53.5 99/1 11/212. #3 LEGAL PRINCE JPatterson2 52.0 99/1 31/2Final Time : 1:00.0 Splits : 23.1, 46.2, ,Winner : 3yo ch colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE out of DEVIL WOMAN by MARKET RALLYTrainer : DACOSTA,WAYNE A Owner : CARLTON S WATSONBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Quinella : (1,6) $1,594.00 Exacta : (6-1) $975.00D/E : (8-6) $170.00Trifecta : (6-1-12) $1,200.00Hi-5 : (6-1-12-7-11) $38,425.50Rolling Triple : (7-8-6) $820.00Pick-4 : (3-7-8-6) $680.00Super-6 : (2-1-3-7-8-6) $15,435.50 (6 OF 6)HOWARD PHILLIPPS MEMORIAL TROPHYRace 7 1100 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. #8 LOTTERY TICKET OWalker 53.02. #1 ZEPHYR OWhite 54.0 1/2L3. #3 MY COMPANION OEdwards2 54.0 3-1/2L4. #11 MISTER BONES AndreePowell4 52.0 1/2L5. #7 GOLDEN GLORY AChatrie 53.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $145.00PLACE: $70.00, $136.00, $98.00Final Time : 1:06.2 Splits : 23.0, 46.3Winner : 4yo b filly – SEEKING THE GLORY – JUST A FLUTTERTrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ELIZABETH DACOSTA & BRUCE D. LEVYBred by BRUCE D LEVYQu: $1,558.00 Ex: $2,289.00D/E : (6-8) $357.00Superfecta: $26,778.00Rolling Triple: $542.00Race 8 1200 M (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. #10 URBAN PRINCIPAL DaneNelson 54.02. #3 BUCK CALL JInnis2 51.0 1-1/4L3. #1 MAJOR FORCE AndrePowell3 53.0 1-1/4L4. #2 OCEAN SEEKER JPatterson2 51.0 1-1/4L5. #6 SEEKING THE DAWN SEllis 56.0 1-1/4LLate scratch : #4 MIRACLE RIVER, #7 MISS MYRTLE, #11 PRINCE SAMMOWIN: $114.00PLACE: $76.00, $319.00, $131.00Final Time : 1:13.4 Splits : 23.1, 47.0Winner : 4yo b colt – URBAN KING – LADY ARGYLLTrainer : PATRICK LYNCH Owner : PATRICK LYNCHBred by ARGYLL FARMS LTD.Qu: $5,746.00 Ex: $8,566.00D/E: $853.00 (8-11) $229.00Trifecta: $5,499.00Hi-5 carry-over : $135,869.50Rolling Triple: $775.00Race 9 1000 M (S) (Purse $780,000) 3-Y-O & UP OVERNIGHT ALLOWANCE1. #5 KING D OMullings 52.02. #11 DREAMLINER JInnis2 48.5 1-1/2L3. #10 FORCE DE JOUR AGray4 52.0 Head*4. #2 CHACE THE GREAT DaneNelson 56.0 Sh.HeadWIN: $378.00PLACE: $137.00, $101.00, $195.00Final Time : 0:57.4 Splits : 22.2, 45.2Winner : 4yo colt – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – FIGHT FOR PLEASURETrainer : SPENCER CHUNG Owner : MR. J.P.S.Bred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $912.00 Ex: $2,117.00D/E: $2,928.00Superfecta: $5,085.00Rolling Triple: $8,856.00Race 10 1000 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)/NB6YO&UP – (NW3)*1. #11 SIR LEYLAND HALL BebHarvey2 55.02. #9 ACTION CRUISE AndrePowell3 52.0 7-1/2L3. #16 GRANDE MARQUE LSteadman2 54.5 Neck4. #12 BORDER LINE SEllis 57.0 1/2L5. #4 REIGN OVER ALL MWard3 54.0 1-3/4LWIN: $100.00PLACE: $67.00, $90.00, $116.00TNP #3 RUNNER RUNNER DDawkins2 53.0 44/1Late scratch : #15 FIFTYONESTORMFinal Time : 0:59.3 Splits : 22.4, 46.0Winner : 5yo b colt – FEARLESS VISION – CHIKINEYICKTrainer : GREGORY FORSYTH Owner : HUNTLEY BECKFORDBred by ORANGE VALLEY ESTATES LTD.Qu: $227.00 Ex: $407.00D/E: $1,582.00Trifecta: $773.00Hi-5: $11,209.50Rolling Triple: $4,388.00Pick-4: $14,544.00 (4 OF 4)Super-6: $11,805.50 (6 OF 6)Pick-9: $83,630.50 (9 OF 9)PlacePot 8: $4,598.00 (8 OF 8)
Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LOOK: Cristiano Ronaldo introduces his twinsCristiano Ronaldo won’t quit Real Madrid — club bossSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LATEST STORIES View comments IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation This will be Ronaldo’s fourth child and Rodriguez’s first.In 2010, he took full custody of his first son named Cristiano whose mother’s identity has remained anonymous.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Image: Screen grab via Instagram/@cristianoThe Real Madrid and Portugal star player welcomed twins Eva and Mateo by a surrogate mother in June 2017. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES: Nike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next season LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Georgina Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo pose with Ronaldo’s eldest son. Image: Screen grab via Instagram/@georginarodriguezofficialFootball great Cristiano Ronaldo confirmed that his girlfriend, Spanish model Georgina Rodriguez is pregnant.The pair have been dating since 2016. When Spanish publication El Mundo asked Ronaldo, 32, if he was happy about his 22-year-old partner’s pregnancy, he said, “Yes, very.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite
Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Kasparov would appear to be motivated more by love of the game than anything else. Though the winner’s purse in St. Louis is a not-paltry $150,000, the grandmaster said he would donate any winnings to promote chess in Africa.Kasparov did in fact return to the game, though only in informal capacity, once before, in 2015. He played a friendly match against Nigel Short — 10 years after formally bowing out of professional competition.Kasparov did not appear to have lost a step: He crushed his British opponent, 8 to 1. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The younger generation, which Ramirez sees emerging almost by the day, “certainly looks up to him,” he said. “His contribution to chess theory and our understanding of the game resonate still today.”But what are Kasparov’s realistic chances after so many years away from the grueling competition of professional chess?“Garry Kasparov has always had a fighting spirit second to none, and he is extremely competitive,” Ramirez said. “But he is still going to be facing very stiff competition,” including “some of the best of the best of the world.”The man himself sought to “manage expectations,” quipping in his Facebook post Sunday that “at the age of 54 I would have as much hope of returning to my chess form of age 40 as to my hairline of age 20!”The high-pressure, speed-chess format of the St. Louis tournament, where players are forced to make their moves far more rapidly than during normal competitions, could be tough on the graying Kasparov, as he takes on much younger players who specialize in that approach.“I expect him to be fighting for the top spots, but I would be surprised if he wins it all,” said Ramirez, 29, who became a grandmaster at age 15.His ‘incredible aura’But in a tournament that will include four of the world’s top 10 players, Kasparov is not expected to be a pushover, said Sylvain Ravot of France, who has a master rating.“His sense of the game, his passion for winning, his experience and his reflexes should all help him do well, perhaps even land in the top three, even if it will be much harder for him,” Ravot said in an interview, while emphasizing Kasparov’s “incredible aura.”Accustomed to being a step ahead of the field, the Russian “chose the venue well — more or less within his reach — for his comeback,” Ravot said, adding that the mere fact of Kasparov’s return might be more important than his actual performance.“It’s a bit like Pete Sampras making a comeback” to tennis, he said. NLEX zooms to 5th win This file photo taken on September 07, 2011, shows Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, playing simultaneous chess games in Porto Alegre, during his visit to Brazil. The former World Chess Champion and one of the leaders of Russian political opposition owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics. But he just can’t seem to stay away from the chessboard. The 54-year-old former world champion is coming out of retirement on August 14, 2017 to play in an official tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, against nine top-notch players. AFP FILELOUIS, United States — In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement — if only briefly — to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a “chess god.”Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. Since his withdrawal from a tournament in Linares, Spain in March 2005, the Russian’s absence has left many chess fanatics feeling orphaned.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings So there was considerable surprise when he agreed to play in the new Rapid and Blitz tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, which follows closely after the annual Sinquefield Cup competition, a major stop on the world tour, in the same city on the Mississippi River.Kasparov, who became the youngest world champion ever at age 22 in 1985, is now 54, more than a decade past the age when professional chess players typically retire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Indeed, in a Facebook posting early Sunday, he made clear that the Rapid and Blitz tournament represents “not an end to my retirement from chess, only a five-day hiatus.”He added, “I have no plans to play after this event.” Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ From Monday to Saturday, the Russian will put aside the business that has kept him busy in retirement — his vocal and determined opposition to President Vladimir Putin — to play against some of chess’s big guns, like fellow Russian Sergey Karjakin.The world’s current No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, will not be there, however.Still, the return to competition of the Azerbaijan-born Kasparov — a man once dubbed the “Beast of Baku,” whose epic clashes with Anatoli Karpov are part of chess legend — has had an explosive impact in the chess world, particularly in St. Louis.‘To see this dude play’“Everyone is talking about it,” American chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez told AFP. “People are flying from India and China to see this dude play.”Kasparov’s long and “unparalleled” dominance of the chess world made him “a cultural icon,” said Ramirez, a US Open champion who coaches the chess team at Saint Louis University.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano
Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas PLAY LIST 01:07Hong Kong marks Christmas Eve with mall clashes and tear gas01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrgios will face David Ferrer, who won his only match of the day — 6-3, 6-3 over fourth-seeded Dominic Thiem. At age 35, Ferrer is the second-oldest semifinalist in Cincinnati during the Open Era behind Ken Rosewall in 1970.No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov is the top seed left in a men’s field depleted by upsets and injuries — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and defending champion Marin Cilic missed the tournament because of injuries. Dimitrov needed only 52 minutes to beat Yuichi Sugita 6-2, 6-1.He’ll face John Isner, who beat wild-card Jared Donaldson 7-6 (4), 7-5. Isner won the only break point of the match to go ahead 6-5 in the second set. He closed it out with a 136 mph ace, one of his 25 in the match.“I knew that a lot of the conditions and everything about this tournament, my schedule — a lot of things have worked in my favor this week,” Isner said. “So I hope to keep it going.”In the women’s bracket, Pliskova will face Garbine Mugaruza in the semifinals. The Wimbledon champion survived another tough challenge on Friday, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5. The match went 2 hours, 45 minutes — her longest of the tournament.“I think it was one of the best matches of the year,” Muguruza said. “I think we both played very well, especially in the third set. I know I won, but I’m sure she feels like it was a great match as well, because it was a tough battle and very hot out there.”Muguruza’s win came less than 24 hours after she spent 2 hours, 18 minutes on the court and fought off three match points to beat Madison Keys in the round of 16.Muguruza has reached the semifinals of two of the three tournaments she’s entered since winning Wimbledon.“You know, I’m happy with the way I’m playing and the way I’m going through these tough matches because, you know, I’ve got to dig in and somehow win them,” she said.Sloan Stephens also pulled off a two-win day to reach the semifinals. She beat Ekaterina Makarova in three sets, and then ate lunch, took a nap, woke up and knocked off Julia Goerges in straight sets. “No excuses, nothing at all,” Nadal said. “I didn’t play well.”Despite the loss, Nadal will move back to No. 1 in the ATP rankings next week for the first time since 2014, before a series of injuries affected his game.“To be No. 1 after all the things I’ve been going through the last couple years is something unbelievable,” Nadal said. “For me, it’s an amazing achievement.”After the match, Nadal wore a ribbon honoring the victims of the attack in Barcelona that left 13 people dead.“A tragedy,” he said. “The feeling that you’re not safe nowhere — that’s terrible. It’s very sad and I’m very, very sorry about what happened. To all the victims, the families, friends — all my support.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ “The day is just like a blur,” Stephens said. “I’m ready to get dinner and get in bed because I’m so tired.”On Saturday, she’ll face No. 2 Simona Halep, who beat Johanna Konta 6-4, 7-6 (1).“I played the best match so far this tournament,” said Halep, who was slowed by a knee injury earlier this season. “I could hit the ball. I could move well. So I feel the rhythm. It’s back. So I’m positive again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Oh baby! Jeter welcomes birth of daughter After a quick turnaround, she needed only 67 minutes to beat a rested Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 for a sweep into the semis.“The first match helped me a little bit to have some rallies already today,” Pliskova said. “Physically it was not that tough, so I was warmed up enough.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Nadal got only halfway there.He spent an hour and 37 minutes on court in the afternoon while beating fellow Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in a match carried over from the previous night. Five hours later, he was back on court against Nick Kyrgios, who had won a three-set match earlier in the day.Nadal was sloppy at the outset and on the defensive for much of a 6-2, 7-5 loss that lasted an hour and 20 minutes. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, reacts during a match against Caroline Wozniacki, of Denmark, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MASON, Ohio — Defending champion Karolina Pliskova pulled off a doubleheader sweep Friday at the Western & Southern Open, reaching the semifinals by winning a pair of matches with little rest in-between.Rafael Nadal couldn’t do the same.Pliskova completed a match that was suspended overnight because of rain, beating qualifier Camila Giorgi in three sets.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We’ve been waiting for this kind of game from Cyrus for quite some time now,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao.“Actually, Cyrus is a steady influence even if he’s not scoring. He’s defending, he’s getting the rebounds, his quiet leadership is there and he’s mentoring the young guys so this is just a bonus for us Cyrus being able to score and be a factor like this in a game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Baguio is far removed from his best years and has a lot of mileage on his 37-year-old body, but somehow, he showed that he still has something left in his gas tank.The dazzling and-1 drive was just part of Baguio’s team-high 17 points that helped NLEX stun Magnolia in Game 1 of their best-of-seven semifinals series Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkREAD: NLEX outlasts Magnolia in wild semis openerHe went 5-of-6 from the field, including 2-of-2 from the three-point area, and collected five rebounds and four steals in a throwback performance. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “It was the vintage ‘no fear headband’ Cyrus Baguio who was playing earlier,” said Road Warriors rookie Kiefer Ravena. Ravena was pertaining to Baguio’s younger days in the PBA where he used to wear an extra wide headband while obliterating defenses with his explosiveness and ferocity in attacking the rim.Baguio hit his first shot of the game, a baseline turnaround jumper over Hotshots’ veteran guard PJ Simon in the second quarter, and he said making that attempt set the tone for him.“I wanted to make sure that I’d be able to help the team because coach always puts me in the game so I kept it in mind that I need to contribute and help the team,” he said in Filipino. “I got off to a good start and that’s the most important thing for me which is to make my first shot. I got my confidence after that and it continued.”The 6-foot-2 Baguio kept finding his mark, especially in the final frame, where he scored eight points.ADVERTISEMENT Stifled by NLEX defense, Lee vows to bounce back in Game 2 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 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 Cyrus Baguio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCyrus Baguio wiggled his way out against two defenders and just took off about a foot away from the restricted area before switching the ball to his left hand past the shot-blocking Rafi Reavis, up gently off the glass, and into the net.Six teams and 15 years later, Baguio is still adding highlights to his mixtape.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings
Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She told Savannah Guthrie she did not turn a blind eye to Nassar’s behavior and that the doctor conned her and husband Bela in much the same way he conned the parents and coaches of the athletes who Nassar abused.Nassar spent nearly three decades at USA Gymnastics before being fired in 2015 after complaints about his behavior. He continued to work at Michigan State University through the fall of 2016 before being hit with federal charges. Nassar is now serving up to 175 years in prison for molesting women and girls and possessing child pornography.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSeveral gymnasts and coaches previously interviewed by The Associated Press said the Karolyis institutionalized a win-at-all-costs culture that forced girls to train while injured. The toxic environment allowed Nassar to flourish in part because the athletes were afraid to challenge authority, according to witness statements in Nassar’s criminal case and one of the lawsuits.Karolyi, who led the U.S. to dozens of medals at the Olympics and world championships during her highly successful tenure, has been named as a co-defendant in at least two civil lawsuits that also name USA Gymnastics and Nassar. She said she created a “very serious atmosphere” at the Karolyi Ranch that served as the national team headquarters and where some victims, including two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney, say they were abused. Karolyi said her job was to prepare the athletes to compete at the highest level of the sport but denied being verbally abusive to athletes. Asked if she was emotionally abusive, Karolyi responded “it depends on the person” and later said “maybe that’s how it came across” before adding she didn’t know of another way to coach.Jamie Dantzscher, a member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic team and one of the first women to come forward, told The Associated Press she wasn’t surprised the Karolyis sidestepped responsibility and pointed out the Karolyis allowed Nassar to treat the athletes alone in their rooms without another adult present.“Regardless if they’re denying that they didn’t see it with their own eyes, they still allowed him in our rooms alone,” Dantzscher said. “They knew he was going into the rooms. He never reported the emotional and mental abuse, that’s how he was able to flourish in that element.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Injured Ross hopes to be ready for San Miguel’s opener vs Meralco FILE – In this June 29, 2012, file photo, Bela, left, and Martha Karolyi talk on the arena floor before the start of the preliminary round of the women’s Olympic gymnastics trials in San Jose, Calif. Former USA Gymnastics women’s national team coordinator Martha Karolyi and her husband Bela tell NBC they were unaware of the abusive behavior by a former national team doctor now serving decades in prison. Martha Karolyi led the national team for 15 years before retiring after the 2016 Rio Olympics. She tells Savannah Guthrie in “no way” did she suspect Larry Nassar was sexually abusing athletes. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)NEW YORK — Former USA Gymnastics national team coordinator Martha Karolyi says she feels for the sexual abuse victims of a former national team doctor serving decades in prison but added she doesn’t feel she should be held responsible for his actions.Karolyi told “Dateline NBC” in an episode that aired Sunday she “feels extremely bad” for the victims of Larry Nassar but downplayed the idea the atmosphere she created at the national team training center allowed Nassar’s behavior to run unchecked.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls There’s no stopping the Philippines from producing the brightest opening ceremony the Southeast Asian Games have ever seen.With the country housing the biggest indoor arena in the world, the organizing committee for the 2019 SEA Games had no doubts in choosing the Philippine Arena for the opening ceremonies of the biennial sporting spectacle.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGoing with a bold ensemble, the Philippines will use three cities as hosts for the 2019 Games: Clark Green City, Subic, and Manila.Clark will be the main sporting hub in 2019 with athletics and swimming set to be played there. Subic, meanwhile, will play host to sports like triathlon, duathlon, sailing, and windsurfing.Basketball, volleyball, boxing, and gymnastics will be played in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Austria thinks Balkman what Beermen need right now Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ramon “Tats” Suzara, planning and coordination executive director of the SEA Games federation, said Thursday that the Philippine Arena will be used to formally open the games, which will be held from Nov. 30 to Dec. 30 in 2019.“The plan is the ceremonies will be held at Philippine Arena where we are going to host 55,000 people and we’re going to the digital level,” said Suzara. “You could just imagine the digital lighting of the flame.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We are doing this in the Asian Games level, we’re not doing a SEA Games level of organizing the events we are doing it in the Asian Games level.”Suzara, though, said that there is still a Plan B for the opening and that would feature the traditional parade and torch lighting that have been typical presentations in the previous Games. View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’