Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES With the All-Star Game over, CJ Perez quickly shifts focus on 2nd round San Sebastian, which went to two straight NCAA finals, will now make do without the lethal Grethcel Soltones, who carried the Lady Stags for the past couple of seasons.“So far so good, and I told them to we have to start this tournament on a good note so we can end this on the same level,” said new FEU head coach George Pascua, who replaced Shaq Delos Santos. “They have to release their maximum potential in the games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Of course our goal is the championship because it’s still a different when you win a championship, that’s the objective of the team.”Nikka Dalisay led the Lady Stags with 10 points. View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding FILE PHOTO – FEU’s Bernadeth Pons (2) celebrates with her teammates. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University gored through rebuilding San Sebastian in three sets, 25-17, 25-21, 25-14, in its first match in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Team captain Bernadeth Pons led the Lady Tamaraws with 13 points while Toni Rose Basas added 11.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles01:08Two elephants trample crowd at Sri Lankan pageant, injuring 1701:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension
E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Lucky 13: Lyceum clinches Final Four seat, remains unbeaten LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Citibank donates $1M for ‘Yolanda’ rehabilitation PLAY LIST 01:42Citibank donates $1M for ‘Yolanda’ rehabilitation02:48Duterte to Roxas: Where are the billions of Yolanda funds?02:16Relief efforts intensify in ‘Yolanda’ affected areas01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots reacts before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Jim Rogash/Getty Images/AFPFOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has donated $100,000 to the Hurricane Harvey relief fund started by Texans pass-rusher J.J. Watt, and New England coach Bill Belichick has pitched in $50,000.Watt called the donations “incredibly kind gestures (that) … show what type of people they are.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Harvey slammed South Texas with torrential rain that flooded parts of Houston and nearby cities, forcing thousands to evacuate their homes. Watt initially hoped to raise $100,000 but blew through that goal on his way to $37 million.Brady says he has a lot of friends in Houston. “I think everybody was pretty touched by what happened,” he said.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 shutoutThe Patriots play the Texans on Sunday in New England. View comments
World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide TNT’s Pogoy scoreless since career performance in Game 1 Heruela finished with five points, two assists, a rebound, and a steal with no turnovers in his 14 minutes on the floor, but more importantly, he also hounded Jayson Castro on defense which added to the struggles of the KaTropa’s main gunner.June Mar Fajardo said he’s no longer surprised with the way Heruela is playing in the finals.After all, he’s the same guy who proved to be the perfect backcourt partner for the now three-time PBA MVP back in their days in University of Cebu.“We know what Brian can do. since his days in Blackwater, he was the starting point guard and we know he can contribute to the team. I’m just happy for him that he came in and was able to help us out,” Fajardo said in Filipino.Heruela shunned the praises and credited the huge second half spurt to San Miguel’s execution as a cohesive unit.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela. PBA IMAGESBrian Heruela may be San Miguel’s third-string point guard, but for the second straight game, he has proven that he’s just as good as any starting playmaker in the league today.Starting in place of Chris Ross in the second half, the stocky guard filled the role admirably in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals as he orchestrated a pivotal 16-5 run which tilted the momentum to the Beermen’s side en route to a 109-97 victory over TNT on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I think it’s a collective effort from the whole team,” he said. “Me personally, I just want to play hard and do the best way I can to help my team in every way. Good thing that we had a good run, we executed well, and we’re able to have good defense which is why things went our way.”Though he’s not expecting anything in the coming games, Heruela shared that as always, he’s ready anytime coach Leo Austria calls his number.“I always prepare myself mentally and physically. Whenever coach puts me in, I’m always ready,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heruela was making all the right plays that Ross almost didn’t want to go back in the game in fears of ruining San Miguel’s flow.“I was telling the coaches in the third quarter, ‘Don’t worry about me. Let them play, let those guys play and get their confidence because we have a really talented team from all the way down to the last man on the bench.’ Everyone’s capable of contributing and coach has a way and its won us a lot of titles, but when those guys get their numbers called, they’re ready and they produced for us,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoss also gave Heruela his stamp of approval.“He was amazing, man. When I got the flagrant one, he came in and we didn’t miss a beat.” 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES View comments
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 29-year-old forward averaged 26.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in five games this conference but San Miguel went just 3-2 during that stretch. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Beermen replaced McKines with Terik Bridgeman, who underwhelmed in his debut on Saturday, netting only two points on 1-of-4 shooting with six turnovers in the Beermen’s 90-79 defeat to Alaska.The loss sent San Miguel to only its second back-to-back losses this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US Open glance: Muguruza vs. Kvitova highlights 4th round Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWendell McKines aired his grievances on his Twitter account after San Miguel decided to go the other way and replace him as its import in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.McKines also expressed his regret not being able to play more games alongside June Mar Fajardo and not finishing his job with the team.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:49Robredo: 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 I wish I would have played more than 1 full game with Junemar. I wish the players the best and hope they go get that grand slam.— Wendell Mckines (@Mr_WensdayFC) September 2, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES MOST READ
World champion Tejaswini Sawant came up with a lacklustre effort, getting beaten to the gold by Madhya Pradesh’s Rajkumari Rathore in the women’s 50m rifle prone at the 54th National Shooting Championships in Delhi on Friday.Rajkumari, who was on a break from shooting in the last year-and-a-half for having a baby, shot 592 out of 600 to clinch top spot in this non-Olympic event, in which no final is held. Meena Kumari of Himachal Pradesh finished second with 591 while Tejaswini, representing Maharashtra, was third with 589.However, the efforts of Tejaswini, Deepali Deshpande and Tejaswini Mulay gave Maharashtra the senior team gold with a total score of 1750, with army taking the silver and Railways the bronze. Karnataka’s Rekha C. took the juniors’ gold with a score of 586, while the junior team gold went to Madhya Pradesh.Rajkumari, 28, told Mail Today after her match that the key to her success had been a will to compete with herself. “Basically I didn’t go into the match thinking about the fact that I was shooting against the world champion or anything. It was just a case of trying to better my own score and that happened, so I’m very happy,” she said.When asked about how she manages her shooting and family, Rajkumari said: “My husband’s mental support is something I really appreciate, because I don’t have a coach. Also, nowadays, leaving my one-and-a-half year old daughter, Sanskriti, is difficult for me but in the last two World Cups that I competed in last year and also here, I have left her behind because my mother-in-law takes great care of her.”advertisementMeanwhile, the men’s 10m air rifle also got underway on Friday with India’s first individual Olympic gold medallist, Abhinav Bindra, leading the way. Bindra shot with a rifle bearing a logo that said – ‘Ready for London’. However, his score of just 592 out of 600 did not indicate he really was ready. Hardeep Singh (591) of the army lies second, with Karnataka’s Rakesh Manpat (590) and navy’s PT Raghunath (589) close behind. World record holder Gagan Narang will compete on Saturday, after which the final will be contested.In another event on the day, Jaspal Rana made a storming start to the rapid-fire pistol, finishing up with a score of 285 out of 300 in the first stage of the two-stage competition. Rana, representing Delhi, is currently placed second, along with army’s Pemba Tamang and navy’s Rahul Panwar, with another armyman, Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vijay Kumar, in the lead at 289. The second stage and the final – which will be played in a new format devised by the International Shooting Sports Federation – will be held on Saturday.Mansher leads in trialSingh took the lead on Day 1 of the first trial with a score of 73 out of 75. Mansher, who has been a constant feature in the national team since the early 1980s, overcame a major disappointment in the national final last week – where he finished fourth – to reel off scores of 24, 25 and 24 in the three rounds.National champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu and junior champion Kynan Chenai trail Mansher by two points.In the skeet trial being conducted simultaneously, army shooter Allan Daniel Peoples shot a brilliant score of 75 out of 75 to lead the way, ahead of Arozepal Sandhu (73) and national champ Mairaj Ahmad Khan (72).The final two rounds in both these events will take place on Saturday, with a second trial to be held on Monday and Tuesday.
As the Netherlands gear up for their World Cup opener against England, the mostly amateur team is drawing inspiration from the day it played “total cricket” at the tradition-steeped headquarters of the sport.The February 22 match in Nagpur gives the Dutch a chance to repeat one of the most celebrated moments in the country’s relatively short cricket history – beating England by four wickets at Lord’s in a thrilling start to the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup.”We know what the feeling is like winning a massive game,” said left arm spinner Pieter Seelaar, who took the crucial wicket of England captain Paul Collingwood in the Twenty20 World Cup opener. “No one will underestimate us this time around … hopefully we can do something to make the world go crazy.”Writing in London’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, former England allrounder Derek Pringle described the Dutch performance as “total cricket,” a flattering reference to the dominating “total football” played by the Netherlands’ football teams of the 1970s.The match was a rare highlight for the Netherlands, which has managed just two wins – against Namibia and Scotland – in three ODI World Cups but wants to improve its record this time around by pulling off a shock win against one of cricket’s established powers.The likes of Seelaar know that a repeat of the stunning Twenty20 victory over England is unlikely in the longer form of the game – especially as a few England players will likely be out for revenge.”I think there are still some guys who’ve got some feelings there,” Seelaar said. “Stuart Broad obviously.”advertisementIt was Broad who bowled the last over and missed a run out on the final ball of the match, allowing Ryan Ten Doeschate and Edgar Schiferli to scamper through for an overthrow to seal the unlikely Dutch victory.”They’ll be fired up to show how good they really are,” said Seelaar, whose spin helped restrict England to 162-5 after a century opening stand by Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright appeared to have put the hosts on track for a huge total.The Netherlands captain Peter BorrenThe Netherlands’ New Zealand-born captain, Peter Borren, acknowledged that beating England again would be a very tall order for a team with only a handful of full-time professional players.”I guess it’s a completely different ball game, being 50-over cricket, but it gives you confidence,” he said. “We’ve competed with them before, albeit at a different format. Each ball’s a new event and we can compete with them again.”Ten Doeschate, the Essex all-rounder who played for Tasmania in Australia’s Twenty20 competition this season, is likely to again be the Netherlands’ biggest star at the World Cup.The 30-year-old from Port Elizabeth, South Africa, played a pivotal role with bat and ball in the victory over England.Bowling his right arm medium pace, he snared the wickets of both England openers and then smashed an unbeaten 22 off 17 balls to secure victory.While Ten Doeschate makes a living playing cricket, the Netherlands has not been able to cash in on the brief global exposure generated by the England win.The team has struggled to find sponsors even for the World Cup in cricket-crazy Indian, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka and most of the players still have to combine training with work or study.”There are not enough sponsors here,” Seelaar said. “I would like to play as a professional, but unfortunately it’s not there.”Seelaar, who is studying sports marketing, said some English county sides “showed an interest” in him after the 2009 Twenty20 World Cup, but not enough to sign him.Now he’s hoping he can make his mark at the 50-over World Cup.”Hopefully I can show what I can do and there’ll be someone who believes in me and says ‘yes we’ll give him a shot,'” he said.
Five-time world champion M C Mary Kom (48kg) clinched her first gold medal of the year by finishing on top in the Asian Cup Women’s Boxing tournament in Haikou, China.The mother-of-two from Manipur claimed the gold after beating Asian champion Kim Myong Sim of North Korea 4-3 in the final.Playing her first tournament since her bronze medal at the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games, Mary Kom had made a place in the last two of her weight division after drubbing Kate Appari of Philippines.In the title clash she had to work hard as her North Korean opponent put up a stiff challenge.In the end though, it was the skill and agility of the world champion that came through as she went on to clinch the yellow metal, the Indian Boxing Federation said in a statement.However, he other Indian in fray, Pavitra (57kg) had to face defeat in the finals as she lost 6-11 to Tossamalee Thonalan of Thailand.Earlier in the tournament Neetu (60kg), Kavita Goyat (75kg), Laxmi Padiya (81kg) and Kavita Chahal (+81kg) earned bronze medals for their performance.PTI
The Pakistan Cricket Board is unhappy with some of the recommendations made by the ICC’s Task Team to reform the sport in the troubled country.PCB chairman Ijaz ButtWell-placed sources told PTI that while the PCB was happy that the ICC task force recognised the need and compulsion for Pakistan and India to resume bilateral ties, it had reservations over some other recommendations in their final report presented to the ICC executive council in Hong Kong.”Making recommendations or suggestions about the quality of cricket balls we use in our domestic cricket or on our selection process are issues that should not concern the task force and purely internal matters of the PCB,” one source said. The PTT has recommended reforms on how the board should be run and on even issues like selection, managerial appointments and use of standard ball in domestic cricket.Among the 63 recommendations listed by the PTT is also one about reducing powers of the Chairman and having a chief executive with more authority. Presently board Chairman Ijaz Butt also holds the post of chief executive as per the PCB constitution.”The PTT was formed in 2009 with focus on security situation on Pakistan after the attack on the Sri Lankan team but their role got more wide ranging and while we respect their recommendations some of them the areas broached upon should be sole responsibility of the PCB,” one source noted.The PTT report has also called for a resumption of cricket ties with India, recognising it to be a key component of the fabric of Pakistan’s cricket. A PCB official said after Butt returned on July 21 from vacations, the recommendations of the PTT would be reviewed in detail and the PCB would than get back to the ICC with its observations.advertisementBut some of the recommendations are too strong to digest for PCB officials like the one that states: “Perhaps the strongest of the recommendations relate to the governance structures of Pakistan cricket,” the executive summary of the report states.”It is highly unusual that the President of the country is entitled to appoint both the Chairman of the PCB and over half of the Governing Board. It is also inconsistent with the demands of modern sports administration that the Chairman also holds the powers of the CEO.”The PTT believes there should be a wholesale (internal) review of the PCB’s governance structures, including its constitution. While recognising that changes may not happen overnight, the PTT believes that preserving the status quo will constrain the development of Pakistan cricket in the long-term and is not in keeping with international best practice in sports administration.”The report also calls for constitutional changes aimed at reducing the chairman’s powers and making the role a non-executive one. It has also suggested the PCB should only award central contracts to 20 players.With inputs from PTI.
The Centre Court audience rises to its feet to congratulate Tsonga and cheer Federer at the 2011 Wimbledon ChampionshipsOn a clear, perfect, eye-blue day, 15,000 breathless souls gaze in wonder as the magic unfolds on grass. Two adversaries, dressed head-totoe in matching white, face off in one of the world’s,The Centre Court audience rises to its feet to congratulate Tsonga and cheer Federer at the 2011 Wimbledon ChampionshipsOn a clear, perfect, eye-blue day, 15,000 breathless souls gaze in wonder as the magic unfolds on grass. Two adversaries, dressed head-totoe in matching white, face off in one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious sporting tournaments. As the green ball, at the players’ beck and call, flies from one end of the grass court to the other, anticipation builds. Then a much-awaited scream bellows, “OUT!” and the crowd roars to its feet. The Rolex clock on the scoreboard stops ticking. The match is over. The underdog has eliminated the champion. The crowd cheers not only the victor but the spirit and vitality of a contest steeped in 125 years of tradition.Wimbledon is an anchor of the human psyche. A competition that sees the very best pitted against another, battling on a surface unlike any other for the right to be crowned grass court king. Where technological advancements change perceptions quicker than lightning, there are few living monuments that haven’t been re-christened or re-booted in an effort to reflect the fickle tastes of successive generations. Wimbledon’s remarkable adherence to its core values make it a cultural landmark of continuity.Perhaps this is why Rolex and Wimbledon have forged such a successful partnership over 33 years. Since 1978, Rolex has been the official timekeeper of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club’s Wimbledon Championships and, by all indications, the partnership looks set in stone. Even Rolex’s official green blends invisibly into Wimbledon’s viridian legacy.Much of the success of Wimbledon and Rolex’s unique relationship can be attributed to their shared values: excellence, discipline, sportsmanship and focus. While most organisations would be satisfied to use these as marketing buzzwords, often forgetting the responsibility the ideas carry, Rolex has staked its reputation time and again on reflecting these principles in its products and presentation. The Rolex suite nestles in the Centre Court building offering the best in hospitality and a grand place to lounge between matchesEven the individuals selected as brand ambassadors by Rolex are respected for more than just success in their respective fields. In a long list that includes Indian luminaries Anoushka Shankar and Vijay Amritraj, one name encompasses the gamut of Rolex values and, arguably, stands alone as the greatest ever in his field. That man is Roger Federer, winner of more grand slams and acclaim than anyone in history.My journey started with an invitation from Rolex to attend the quarterfinals of the 125th Wimbledon Championships. For a person who grew up reserving the same level of worship for names like Becker, Graf, Navratilova, Ivanisevic, and Sampras that ancient Greeks would for Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, or Hermes, this wasn’t just an assignment but a dream come true.One of the most visible ways in which Rolex abides by its value system is by its presence at the world’s most prestigious sporting events, especially tennis, golf, and yachting. In this regard, Rolex has been developing its hospitality plan since 2005, building luxury experiences for its customers at these amazing gaming events.Strawberries and cream are a beloved staple of the Wimbledon experience, most arriving from Kent for the tournamentThe day begins with a sumptuous lunch at the Rolex suite, located inside Wimbledon’s Centre Court building. The balcony affords a view of the main entrance and scoreboard, allowing the visitor to enjoy the hospitality Rolex has to offer while being able to follow the on-court action. After calming giddy nerves with Lansom Black Label Brut champagne, and downing several glasses of a 2009 Chassagne Montrachet to go with a roast rack of Welsh lamb, the Rolex invitees are ushered to their seats at Centre Court. Not too far right of the Royal box, the view from the Rolex stand is just right: not so close that one needs to keep turning one’s head to follow the ball, and not so far as to make the play unintelligible. The seats look to the court at a 45 degree angle (and also give a dead-on view of the Rolex scoreboard), which makes it the perfect vantage point to watch every nuance of a lofted ball getting slammed at 120 km/hr.The quarterfinal clash sees living legend Roger Federer take on celebrated upstart Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Coincidentally, both Federer and Tsonga are Rolex brand ambassadors. Dramatically different in playing styles, Tsonga is known as a passionate and powerful player, capable of elevating his game under pressure, whereas Federer is a master of every form of the game.While Tsonga has a few fans in attendance, the crowd is here for Federer and Federer does not disappoint, taking the first two sets almost effortlessly. As the crowds file out after a shock defeat for Federer at the hands of Tsonga, Kipling’s words engraved at the entrance of Centre Court sum it all up, “If you can meet with triumph and disaster and treat those two impostors just the same.”Rolex brand ambassadors, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Roger Federer, face off in Centre Court at WimbledonAfter the match, the guests return to the Rolex suite to complete the experience with the final (and most famous) component of the Wimbledon experience: strawberries and cream. During the 14-day tournament, more than 28,000 kg of strawberries dunked in 7,000 litres of cream are consumed.As we enjoy dessert, the giant scoreboard indicates that India’s mixed doubles team of Rohan Bapanna and Sania Mirza have moved onto the quarterfinal and the Indian contingent share a few warm smiles. Looking around, we can see that while the essence of Wimbledon remains steadfast, small technological changes are creeping in. The courts use the hawk-eye system to challenge umpire decisions, the finals will be broadcast in 3D and Centre Court has a retractable roof. The changes are not glaring, but rather sewn neatly into the existing fabric of Wimbledon history. The same philosophy applies when Rolex brings subtle changes to its pieces, always building on what previously existed. A long term vision, immune to fashion and trends, is at the heart of Rolex’s “evolution in continuity” approach and that’s what makes it a befitting partner for Wimbledon. DatejustRoger Federer describes his favourite watch as a classic model that incorporates a modern touch. Here are a few features of the Rolex Datejust II.Cyclops: The unique magnifying Cyclops eye allows easy view of the date through an aperture on the dial, a Rolex design standard.Oyster case: Hermetically sealed to the case with a massive torque of five newton metres, the back of any Oyster creates an environment that protects the movement from shocks, pressure, dust, water and any other intrusive element.Superlative: Chronometer The movement of this watch has endured 15 days and nights of testing by the Contr´le Officiel Suisse des Chronomtres. To receive the famed COSC certification, a watch must demonstrate extreme precision in a variety of positions and temperatures.advertisementadvertisement
Before the 2012 Olympics, there was a buzz around Deepika Kumari. The young girl from Ranchi was being talked about as one of India’s standout medal hopefuls. Even MS Dhoni, the Indian cricket captain, who also hails from Ranchi, was rooting for her. In fact, some believed that a spot on the podium was a given.The hype was perhaps justified. After all, Deepika did have the world number one tag on her bow. She had won a medal at every event that she had entered in the past few months. She was, on paper, the woman to beat in London.But all the hopes were shattered in the first few days of the archery competition in the iconic fields of the Lord’s cricket ground. Deepika flopped big time in the team event. The faithfuls termed it a blip. She would show her mettle in the individual competition, they claimed.On came the singles event. India watched with hope and anticipation. However, the result was disappointing again. In many ways, worse than what it was in the team competition.So what went wrong? Did form desert Deepika? Did the conditions play traunt with her? Or was she just not good enough?Over the last few days, it has become clear that the last, rather harsh, criticism is what the Indian contingent might have to come to terms with.Experts suggest that Deepika’s world number one ranking, which eventually led to a host of expectations, was simply an eyewash. Although the Indian shot well in various events in the run up to the London Olympics and made the most of her chances, many believe the performances didn’t quite merit the kind of climb that she had in the rankings.advertisementThose in the know of archery claim that Deepika’s ascent came about because other top competitors around the world stopped competeing in ranking tournaments and concentrated on the Olympics. Yes, Deepika was the number one in a list on a computer, but still no match for the best in real terms.What made matters worse was the Indian archer’s inexperience at the big stage. Participating in the Olympic Games is always a daunting prospect for any athlete. Deepika turned out to be no different. She clearly felt the jitters with every arrow she shot in this arena of champions — nerves got the better of her.To some extent, the weather too played a part in giving Deepika cold feet. The grey and damp mornings in London weren’t quite to her liking and it showed through the competition.In hindsight, the hype around Deepika may have turned out to be over the top. But the truth is, she is better than the bracket — first round loser — she finds herself in. Age is on her side and with some tough lessons learnt, she can surely return stronger in Rio in four years.
Abhinav Bindra,29, will restart training soon.Deepika Kumari, 18, was one of India’s brightest medal prospects in the 2012 London Olympics. Ranked world No. 1 in the individual recurve archery event in June this year, she crashed out in the elimination rounds in London. She has not watched videos of her,Abhinav Bindra,29, will restart training soon.Deepika Kumari, 18, was one of India’s brightest medal prospects in the 2012 London Olympics. Ranked world No. 1 in the individual recurve archery event in June this year, she crashed out in the elimination rounds in London. She has not watched videos of her performance. “I know my mistakes. I don’t need videos to know why I failed,” she says. She is back to a gruelling 10-hour training schedule at the Tata Archery Academy in Jamshedpur, where she wakes up at 6 a.m. in the hostel to train for the World Cup in Tokyo this September. The event is crucial because she has slipped in the women’s recurve rankings after London.Deepika Kumari, 18, is training for the Tokyo World Cup.The 2012 Olympics have also taught Kumari how important it is to relax and focus. This is something Abhinav Bindra knows well. Bindra knows the precise moment when the quest for a repeat of his Beijing gold was shattered. It was at noon on July 30, after his 53rd shot. He faltered. It was all downhill from there on. He crashed to 16th place in the 10 metre air rifle. In that split second, four years of eight-hour training days, firing 120 practice shots in Dortmund, Germany, where he trained since 2000, vaporised. Bindra can’t hide the sting of defeat as he sits in his plush three-storied south Delhi bungalow, complete with an elevator and a row of cars in his private garage, including a sleek black BMW 7 Series. “Winning is a combination of hard work and luck,” he says. “There is no formula to gold.” Bindra, 29, withdrew to Germany for a fortnight after his Games disappointment. That was the only break he allowed himself. Now, after a two-day halt in India, he will head to Canada. There’s only a hint that the trip could be for training, when he says the two-week break was enough. Asked what he plans next, he will only say: “Ask me in six months and I’ll have an answer.”Not all athletes have taken defeat on their chin. Vijender Singh, 26, India’s middleweight boxing medal hope, has gone underground after losing 13-17 in the quarter-finals to Uzbek rival Abbos Atoev. Once easily accessible to the media, he now refuses to take calls. He is being treated in a Delhi hospital for a back injury he sustained during a practice session in London. The six-foot-tall Haryana police inspector bagged a bronze in Beijing. Overnight, he was promoted to deputy superintendent of police. He became the poster boy of boxing, walked the ramp for Rohit Bal and appeared in TV shows like 10 ka Dum and Nach Baliye. The loss in London has devastated him.”It takes time to get over defeat,” says Jagdish Singh, who has coached Vijender since he was 12. “It’s not easy. Bhaari chot toh lagti hi hai (It’s always a deep wound),” Vijender was supremely confident of another medal in London. “He could have improved when the score was 3-3, but he did not play to his strength, which is counter punching,” says his crestfallen coach. “It’s not the end of the world. I still have one more Olympics left in me,” Vijender told the media on August 11.Krishna Poonia’s seventh spot in the woman discus throw came as a dramatic letdown for her son Lakshya Raj, 11. “I felt bad when mom didn’t win a medal,” says the son. It was a statement loaded with disappointment. Krishna, 34, began her sporting career soon after her son was born. With husband and coach Virendra Poonia, she stayed away from her home in Jaipur for large parts of the year. Lakshya has now adjusted to life without her mother at his paternal grandfather’s home. He visits his parents during vacations. Back from London after her defeat, Krishna told INDIA TODAY that she understands her son’s sentiments. But she still feels sacrificing family life for a sporting career was worth it. In fact, she plans to restart her eight-hour training schedule in London. She was to fly to Stockholm to compete in the DN Galan Diamond League track and field meet on August 17, but skipped it to attend the August 16 reception by the sports ministry in Delhi. Virendra says she will get back to her training regimen for the Rio Games. Her 64.7 metre throw in London equalled the gold medal winning effort of Stephanie Brown Trafton at Beijing, but fell short of Sandra Perkovic’s 69 metres that fetched gold here, while Trafton came eighth. “She’s the first Indian to qualify for an Olympics final in discus,” says her husband. But there’s also a creeping realisation that age may not be on her side-she will be 38 at the Rio Games in 2016.Krishna speaks of creating a sporting legacy. With her husband, she plans to set up an academy in Jaipur to train girls in athletics. “It’s time to think of giving back to the country,” she says. As for tomorrow, there’s always Rio.advertisementadvertisement-With Rohit Parihar.
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 Krauss LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Kevin Belingon is the undisputed ONE bantamweight champion. Photo from ONE ChampionshipBibiano Fernandes was in disbelief after Kevin Belingon came away with a close shave in their title rematch in ONE: Heart of a Lion nearly two months ago in Singapore.Belingon won via split decision to become ONE Championship’s undisputed bantamweight king and even the score with Fernandes, who submitted the Team Lakay star in the opening round of their first encounter two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Lakers’ Lebron James taking time to heal groin injury With both fighters splitting their first two bouts, a third meeting seems inevitable.“We are tied at one win apiece, so a third bout to determine the true winner does make sense. I know he is clamoring for a rematch,” he said. “I know he thinks he won the last one, so deep inside, I want to prove to him again that I beat him.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“I’m just enjoying the time off right now. But of course, I’m open to fighting Bibiano again, or anyone that ONE Championship puts in front of me.”The 31-year-old Belingon also said he still finds himself in a trance almost two months since dethroning the longest reigning champion in ONE history. MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? “It really felt like a dream to me. We had worked so hard to reach that point. It didn’t sink in at first, but when it did, I felt accomplished,” Belingon said.But Belingon’s rise to become the undisputed bantamweight champion did not come without a price.Belingon said he ended up having a swollen foot after going through the wringer with a split decision win.“I was pretty banged up. My foot was swollen from all the kicks that I landed,” he revealed. “I really poured everything I had into that one, and my team and I came up with a brilliant game plan. I think that was the key to victory.”ADVERTISEMENT
SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “That’ll have to be after this win over Pacquiao,” he said with a straight face. “Man I’m gonna be the first person to turn Vegas into one big block party.”All he needs, according to Broner, is one flush punch to get the job done.“But we definitely came to get the victory,” he said.Broner will go for the knockout punch with little regard for Pacquiao’s ability to also end the night quickly like he did against Lucas Matthysse.“I don’t have a (expletive). He had a knockout. All I know is that he got a knockout that time,” said Broner.ADVERTISEMENT But if you ask the 29-year-old Broner, he wants nothing to do with that hype.“I’m me man, no matter what I will always be me,” Broner told sportswriters on Tuesday night. “This fight would definitely be a big statement in my career. It will erase everything that happened.”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 starsA fascinating character even by boxing’s standards, Broner didn’t lack confidence when fielding questions regarding his WBA welterweight title bout against Pacquiao on Saturday here.What was his best performance so far in his career? LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Broner appeared tired of being tagged as a cautionary tale for big-time boxers who have gone bad.“Here’s the start of another chapter in my book,” said Broner. “You know it’s only up from here. After this win, I’ll put my name up where it should have been.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Krauss LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hold your horses: Too early to label Fajardo GOAT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 18: Adrien Broner gets taped up prior to his workout for the media at the 5th Street Gym on December 18, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Broner is scheduled to fight Manny Pacquiao on January 19th in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michael Reaves/Getty Images/AFPLAS VEGAS—The narrative was clear from the start.Manny Pacquiao comes in as the clean-cut established megastar, while Adrien Broner plays the part of a menacing bad boy from the hood.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she’s suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship.And the No. 1 ranking, too.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Krauss “I didn’t know even if I (was) going to play tennis again,” Kvitova said. “It’s been a long journey.”Against Collins, a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Virginia who was 0-5 at Slams until this one, Kvitova was more aggressive throughout, mixing big lefty forehands and well-timed pushes forward to the tune of a 30-9 edge in total winners.But the key to the outcome might very well have been what happened at 4-all after 35 minutes of action: That’s when the decision finally was made to close the 15,000-seat stadium’s cover, drawing cheers of approval from broiling spectators.Kvitova probably wanted to applaud, too.“I was happier than the fans that the roof closed,” she said afterward. “I like to play indoors. It helped me a little bit.”She’s made clear over the years she is not a huge fan of playing in stifling heat. Not too many people truly are, of course, but Collins is OK with it and thought the roof should have stayed open.“I grew up in Florida and am used to it being really hot all the time. So I kind of embrace that very well,” Collins said. “Indoor tennis is a different game. Certainly had its effect.”When play resumed after a five-minute delay, it went from being completely even to tilted in Kvitova’s favor. She dominated the tiebreaker and the second set to stretch her winning streak to 11 matches.Osaka, meanwhile, extended her Slam run to 13 matches while putting a stop to Pliskova’s 10-0 start to the season.Osaka accumulated a 56-20 advantage in winners — and held on when it all could have slipped away. Blake Griffin pours 37 as Pistons defeat Anthony David-less Pelicans ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Osaka moved one victory away from adding the Australian Open trophy to the one she collected 4½ months ago at the U.S. Open, using her smooth power to produce 15 aces and groundstroke winners at will while beating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals Thursday.“I just told myself to regroup in the third set and just try as hard as I can,” said Osaka, who saved four break points in the last set and finished the match with an ace at 115 mph (185 kph).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“I was so scared serving second serves. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Please!” Osaka said. “Somehow, I made it. I guess that’s experience.”A day after erasing four match points and a 5-1 deficit in the third set to stun Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, Pliskova could not produce the same kind of comeback. Instead it is Osaka, the only Japanese woman to win a major singles title, who will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday.The winner will rise to the top of the WTA rankings for the first time; Osaka is currently No. 4, Kvitova is No. 6.Osaka’s fourth-round finish at Melbourne Park a year ago was her best showing at a major until last year’s U.S. Open, where she outplayed Williams in the final. A victory over Kvitova would make Osaka the first woman to win two Slams in a row since Williams claimed four straight across the 2014-15 seasons.Two years ago, Kvitova missed the Australian Open, just weeks after her left hand was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic. Back at her best during what she calls her “second career,” Kvitova surged to a 7-6 (2), 6-0 victory against 35th-ranked American Danielle Collins after Rod Laver Arena’s retractable roof was closed as the temperature soared toward 105 degrees (40 Celsius).Kvitova reached her first major final since the December 2016 knife attack that led to hours of surgery on the hand she holds her racket with — and first since winning Wimbledon for the second time in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She began the day having won 58 matches in a row after taking the first set, but that seemed in danger when Pliskova broke to end the second and had three break points to go up 2-0 in the third.But Osaka steeled herself there, erasing the first break chance with a huge forehand, the second with a down-the-line backhand winner. On the third, another terrific backhand forced a forehand error into the net by Pliskova, who cracked her racket against the blue court. When Pliskova netted a return of an 83 mph (133 kph) second serve to make it 1-all, Osaka tugged at the brim of her pink visor and let out a big exhale.The match would continue for another 28 minutes, but it basically was done, then and there. That stretch began a nine-point, three-game run for Osaka, and she was on her way. She would face one last break point at 4-3, but saved it with a 108 mph (174 kph) ace.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments
National team pool slots for this year’s Southeast Asian Games will be up for grabs in the Allianz Obstacle Course Races on March 31 at Filinvest City in Alabang.The five-kilometer Conquer Challenge, classified as an entry-level obstacle race, will have 20 obstacles as well as a 1.5K category involving eight obstacles while the Ninja OCR will be a series of short distance OCR sans running.ADVERTISEMENT The event also marks the second straight year that Allianz Philippines has partnered with Conquer Challenge Philippines. Last year, the partnership staged three legs, capped by the Clark Global City race in Pampanga where 20 Aeta students, aged 16 to 21 years old, from Villa Maria Integrated School participated. Five Aetas from that batch will join anew this year.READ: Aetas show endurance, skills in Allianz ‘Conquer Challenge’ raceThe school located atop the mountains in Porac, Pampanga, is being supported by Allianz-Philippine National Bank Life“As a company that uses sports to connect with communities, Allianz Philippines saw how the spirit of the sport is strongly aligned and consistent with our brand belief to give people the courage to move forward and triumph over obstacles,” said Gae Martinez, Allianz-PNB chief marketing officer, during Wednesday’s event launch at Pretty Huge Obstacles in SM Aura.Conquer Challenge’s James Bungubung, Allianz Philippines’ Rei Abrazaldo and Gae Martinez, PH Obstacle Sports’ Noel Agra and course designer Jay Lim during Wednesday’s event launch at SM Aura in Taguig.Registration will be accepted until March 25. Participants as young as seven years old may join the races.ADVERTISEMENT Clippers edge Pacers at home for 1st time since 2014 Registration fee for the 5K OCR is P2,500 for the elite category and P2,300 for the open category, with finishers getting shirts and medals. The 1.5K fee is P1,200, inclusive of a timing chip, race shirt, and finisher’s mug.Spectators may also visit the Allianz Explorer Village in the venue. Romina S. AustriaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants The Ninja division will have individual (male and female), team, kids and dogs categories with varied distance, difficulty and obstacle types per category.READ: Top 10 finishers in 1st PH OCR Open earn national team pool slotsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsLast December, the Pilipinas Obstacle Sports Federation (POSF) announced it will make its debut in the 30th SEA Games which the country is hosting from Nov. 30 to Dec 11.POSF head Al Agra said they will form a pool composed of 10 male and 10 female athletes, leading to the final roster. Six gold medals will be at stake in Clark–two in the 100 meters (10 obstacles), 400 meters (12 obstacles) and 5K (20 obstacles). Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Google Philippines names new country director View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, center, watches from the bench in street clothes in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in New Orleans, Tuesday, March 26, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW YORK — New Orleans Pelicans All-Star forward Anthony Davis has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for directing an obscene gesture toward a fan.NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe, who announced the fine on Thursday, says Davis made the offending gesture as he left the court following the Pelicans’ 115-109 loss to the Charlotte Hornets in New Orleans on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Amateur video posted on the internet shows Davis briefly scowling and extending the third finger on his left hand as he walks toward the tunnel leading off the court at the Smoothie King Center. Davis then immediately engages other fans with friendlier gestures including high-fives, as he often has done, before disappearing down the corridor leading toward the Pelicans’ locker room.Davis, a six-time All-Star drafted by New Orleans in 2012, has drawn heavy criticism from some fans since publicly demanding a trade in late January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe has missed four straight games while being listed on New Orleans’ injury report with back spasms.The Pelicans visit Phoenix on Friday night. Negros Occidental wins bid to host Palarong Pambansa in 2021 Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew 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 Krauss MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess