“I too think that’s possible,” he told the German giants’ official website. “I have a one-year loan contract plus option to purchase. I’m just taking it step by step, from day to day. Let’s see.” “Everything’s positive in Munich so far, both in private and in terms of football. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Inter loanee Ivan Perisic says “I too think it’s possible” that Bayern Munich will take up their option to buy him. Perisic fell out of favour at Inter over the summer and subsequently joined Bayern, who can keep him permanently for €25m and whose CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has also hinted at a longer spell for the winger. The Croat spent four years on the blue side of San Siro, arriving from Wolfsburg in the summer of 2015. He made 163 apperances for the Nerazzurri in all competitions, scoring 40 goals and providing 37 assists.
Usain Bolt may have decided to give the 2010 Commonwealth Games (CWG) a miss. But Delhi will need to draw inspiration from the fastest man on the planet if it wants to be anywhere near the finish line for projects related to the sporting extravaganza.On Friday, the Capital’s race against time entered its last lap as the 100-day countdown to the CWG got off the starting blocks with the Queen’s Baton Relay arriving in India from Pakistan. Even as the Wagah-Attari joint check-post was all decked up for the event, public areas central to hosting the Games lay covered in a haze of dust in Delhi.To be sure, construction work has picked up pace after a sluggish start. Labourers are toiling day and night to get key stadia and roads ready before October, when the CWG kicks off. But the oncoming monsoon – rains are expected in Delhi latest by the first week of July – may put a spanner in the works.Refurbishing Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in south Delhi, where the opening and closing ceremonies are to be held, is turning out to be the biggest challenge for the organisers. The stadium will also host the athletics, lawn bowling and weightlifting events.Initially, it was to be ready by December last year. Six months after the deadline was overshot, nearly 40 per cent of the construction work remains unfinished. This raises doubts about the authorities’ claims that the stadium will be ready by June itself. What’s worse, the delay has pushed up the construction cost to nearly Rs 961 crore, more than double the original estimate of about Rs 455 crore.advertisementCWG venues aren’t the only projects nowhere near completion. At Hotel Ashok, which is being renovated for the Games, almost 80-100 rooms have been sealed as work will not be finished in time. According to officials, the contractor entrusted with the rebuilding job had stopped reporting for work over the past few days. Consequently, the galleries leading to rooms on the fourth and fifth floors had been sealed by the hotel officials.The Chanakyapuri hotel was originally meant to offer over 500 rooms for the Organising Committee of the CWG. The hotel was expected to be ready by the end of 2009. Later, the deadline was extended to May 31, 2010. According to officials, around 182 rooms, guest corridors, a lobby as well as the major public areas were to be rebuilt. Sources said since the contractor could not complete the job by May 31, he failed to turn up thereafter.ITDC sources revealed that renovation work on the seventh floor had been completed and the fifth floor was also nearly ready. But rooms on the fourth floor were still under construction when the contractor left abruptly. On Friday afternoon, when Mail Today visited the hotel premises, the gallery on the fourth floor was found sealed. A hotel employee confirmed that a similar gallery on the fifth floor had also been sealed.An official said the ITDC would float a new tender to resume work and meet the Games deadline. Chief engineer R. M. Kulwani, however, denied that the work had come to a halt.”You have been wrongly informed,” he said. But on being asked why the gallery was sealed, he could not come up with a satisfactory reply.Another case in point is that of MCD projects directly linked to the Games. While the municipal authority started work on the beautification of 23 roads leading to CWG venues a year ago, only half the job has been done to date. And there is an impending speed- breaker in the form of the monsoon.Nearly 35 per cent work remained incomplete on an elevated road between the Commonwealth Games Village in east Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.But Delhi chief secretary Rakesh Mehta exuded optimism.”Work is progressing fine and we hope to complete it by mid- August. Monsoon isn’t really a major threat since it usually rains in short spells in Delhi,” Mehta said.Commenting on a road near Indira Gandhi Stadium that is expected to provide easy access to this venue where cycling, gymnastics and wrestling events will be held, Mehta said it would be ready by next month.Then there is the MCD’s beautification drive. Four roads are to be beautified around Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. However, work has made only 60 per cent progress. While the deadline for these roads is June 30, it seems another 45 days will be needed for the project to be executed.The estimated cost of these roads is Rs 38.34 crore.The civic body is also revamping guest houses in three zones – Sadar Paharganj, Karol Bagh and the City area – at a cost of Rs 130 crore. Not only are the roads abutting these buildings to be developed, ample parking space is to be provided and streetlights installed. But the work is still in progress. In fact, about 50 per cent of the 57 small lanes are yet to be worked upon by the agency.advertisementClearly, the CWG organisers need to make a marathon effort to pull it off.
The list of Commonwealth Games (CWG) organising committee’s (OC) irregularities is getting longer by the day. Days after it was exposed that the organisers are procuring things like treadmills, refrigerators, tissue rolls and soap dispensers paying much more than their actual prices, it has now come to light that the OC has also approved a deal for identity cards meant for the Games for a whopping cost of Rs 4,000 a piece. With Games being just 50-odd days away and the city far from ready, Headlines Today has now unearthed a new scam and possesses documents pertaining to the I-card deal. The Suresh Kalmadi-led OC gave I-card contract to a company called Gold Medal System. According to the agreement, company is to supply 50,000 I-cards at the cost of Rs 20 crore. Ironically, there is nothing special about these I-cards to justify this exorbitant cost. Moreover, the contract for these cards was awarded despite the finance committee putting forth strong objections on record. A quick comparison of the cost of some I-cards will explain the scam. An Olympic Games I-card costs Rs 1,000, while one for Cricket World Cup costs just Rs 800. Even the hi-tech Parliament I-card costs Rs 2,500. Then what is so special about the CWG I-card? While a Parliament I-card is equipped with radio frequency tag, the CWG card has no such feature. The Parliament card also comes with a multi-layer security strip attached to it, while the Games card has only one code bar. Headlines Today accessed the minutes of the OC meeting that cleared the deal. Documents prove that initially three companies came forward for the project out of which two backed out. So, the contract was awarded to Gold Medal System at the last moment. The members of finance committee opposed the move but its warning was ignoredadvertisement
The ICC on Saturday gave a clean chit to Kumar Sangakkara, who was involved in an unsavoury incident with New Zealand all-rounder Nathan McCullum during a tri-series match, saying the Sri Lanka captain was found not guilty of breaching the ICC Code of Conduct.Match referee Alan Hurst gave Sangakkara the benefit of doubt after watching video recording of the incident in which he had collided with McCullum, trying to ground his bat while taking a run during the washed out match in Dambulla, on Friday.”I looked at video footage of the incident from various angles and considered the detailed evidence of the umpires. I found that video evidence that was put forward by the player provided reasonable doubt as to whether the contact was deliberate,” Hurst said.Sangakkara was charged with a Level 2 offence, contrary to clause 2.2.4 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players or Team Officials, which relates to “inappropriate and deliberate physical contact between players in the course of play,” the game’s world body said in a release.
SHAKING IT UP: As the food supplement market explodes, juice bars are the new rageAn apple a day is no longer enough to keep the doctor away. With mounting pollution and high incidence of pesticides in food products, the nutritional value of the good old apple is not the same,SHAKING IT UP: As the food supplement market explodes, juice bars are the new rageAn apple a day is no longer enough to keep the doctor away. With mounting pollution and high incidence of pesticides in food products, the nutritional value of the good old apple is not the same as a few decades ago.As stress becomes an indelible part of the urban lifestyle, a square meal is no longer enough to meet the nutritional demands of the body. Be it beating the heat or controlling cholesterol, there are food and beverages to meet the requirement of each.So if you are on the move with no time to eat, grab a Granola bar and Gatorade to replenish your body salts and curb hunger pangs. And if you are suffering from cardio vascular problems then wheat flour isn’t for you, have chapattis made from flour that controls cholesterol.Forget the colas, the newest mantra is nutritional supplements and fortified foods, which are natural products or foods strengthened with ingredients having known benefits. Take, for instance, soya, which is known for properties that have a positive impact on cholesterol, or calcium, which, when introduced in food or beverages, acts as a bone strengthener.Saugata Gupta, Chief Marketing Officer, Marico”Food supplements should be such that they can be integrated with the daily routine.”Demand for dietary supplements and fortified foods is growing both in India and abroad, thanks to the complexities of urban life, environmental hazards, health problems and increasing awareness of preventive maintenance.advertisementIncreasingly, preferences are tilting towards products that are enhanced with natural additives that have specific health benefits. Aparna Singh, programme manager (chemicals, materials and food practice) at Frost and Sullivan, says, “Food fortification works best when it can be added to existing diet. Nutritional awareness in India is growing and companies are reacting to it by coming up with healthy variants of their products.”An example of the trend is Nestle’s Maggi and Dabur Food’s Real juice. While Nestle has launched dal and atta noodles, Dabur has launched Real Junior, targeted at kids below six years. The juice has been fortified with calcium. Today the consumer is more aware and conscious of health benefits than before. They are not willing to risk health for taste, and this is driving companies to launch low fat ice-cream, cholesterolcontrol atta and calciumenriched juices. Like, for instance, Pepsi which uses the tagline “If you don’t need it, it’s not in it” for its Gatorade line of sports drinks.Nitin Gupta, Ceo Of SYK”Supplements are ideal for Indians as their vegetarian diet is low in proteins.”This trend has inspired Tata Sons and Tata Tea to acquire a 30% stake in US-based Glaceau for an investment of $677 million. The stake is being bought in Energy Brands Inc, which owns Glaceau, from US-based leading private equity firm TSG Consumer Partners.Glaceau products fall in the health and wellness category and its brands include nutrient-enhanced Vitamin water, electrolyte-enhanced Smartwater and flavour-enhanced Fruitwater.The global market for fortified foods is $72 billion (Rs 335,337 crore). Of this, the functional beverage market itself is $10 billion (Rs 46,578 crore). So, be it food companies, cola majors or confectioners, all are queuing up to launch products supplementing regular diet.PepsiCo, better known for its cola brand, has several health drinks in its portfolio including Gatorade and Tropicana juices. Gatorade is a $3 billion (Rs 13,944 crore) brand, globally while energy drink Red Bull is $1 billion (Rs 4,648 crore), pointing towards a healthier trend.In India, too, nutraceutical segment or the dietary supplement market has existed for long, with products like Chyawanprash, which is a Rs 3,000-crore market. All major herbalbased pharmaceutical companies are showing a constant growth of about 15 per cent.The turnover of herbal medicines in India as over-the-counter products and classical formulations of Ayurveda, Unani, and Siddha systems of medicine is close to Rs 4,648 crore.Ashmit Patel, Actor And Fitness FreakPatel’s profession ensures he works out a few hours every day. With killing outstation shoots, the right kind of food is not the easiest thing to find, so Patel relies on his protein milk shakes and meal replacements which he can just mix with water or milk and gulp.”Protein supplements are easy to carry and very safe. I have been using them for five years and carry them wherever I go.”Nutritional deficiencies over time have become intricately linked to the economic activities of the people. In the pre-industrial era diet was rich in nutrients and calories. The nutritional crisis began in the post-industrialised world as processed foods came about and diet became lean in nutrients.advertisementThe US saw a 40 per cent increase in goitre incidents in 1920s while chronic lifestyle diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disorders have since become common in India too. “The onset of lifestyle-related diseases can be delayed by fortified foods,” says Dr J.S. Pai, executive director of Protein Foods and Nutrition Development Association of India.Marico is currently test marketing its cholesterolcontrol flour in Mumbai, which is likely to help curtail certain ailments. It contains soya, barley, maize and fibre, all of which are known to have a beneficial effect on people with cardiovascular diseases.In India taste is critical, so any functional food cannot ever move away from the natural taste or habit of Indians. Saugata Gupta, chief marketing officer of Marico, says, “Food supplements or fortified foods should be such that they can be naturally integrated with daily routines without any extra effort, which is why we call it sweat-less heartcare.”Fortified foods are essentially strengthened with natural substances or compounds known to have a specific benefit. For instance, soya is known to have a positive impact on cholesterol levels. There are several other natural substances that have an impact on human health. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that help maintain a balance of good and bad bacteria in the stomach.French dairy giant Danone and Japanese nutraceutical major Yakult Honsha have formed a 50:50 joint venture to target the Indian market. Yakult Danone India (YDI) plans to launch Danone’s probiotic milk products here early next year.However, all these additives that fortify natural foods need a clearance from the Health Ministry. Probiotics, for instance, has been cleared by the ministry as “food for specified health uses”.Ever changing eating habits and nutritional value of Indian meals is another crucial reason why these products are becoming popular in India. A vast majority of Indians are vegetarians, which makes them deficient in proteins as meat is the best source of protein and this has generated a big market for protein supplements or nutraceuticals. An algae Spirulina is a product, which is available in tablet form.The algae was found early in the 16th century in Lake Texcoco in Mexico and later in Lake Chad in central Africa, where local inhabitants are known to have consumed dried Spirulina for generations like Ginseng.Marketed by Dabur’s subsidiary company, Spirulina has a diverse biological activity owing to its high content of valuable proteins, amino acids, vitamins, beta-carotene and other pigments. It is considered to be nature’s richest source of protein at 60 per cent, is all-vegetable and comes in easily absorbable and digestible form. However, if you prefer something more wholesome then there are many supplements that are available in the market, aimed at burning fat, building muscle or replacing meals.With options galore, consumers now have choices to prevent, if not combat, lifestyle disordersPayal Batra, nutrionist at Hiranandani Hospital, says, “Consumers must see the label and contents before buying over-thecounter products. Besides one should take any supplement or nutraceutical product in consultation with a doctor or specialist.Nitin Gupta, CEO of Sykz Gymnasiums, says these products need to be taken under the supervision of a nutritionist or a qualified dietician.advertisementA popular imported brand of protein supplement is Dymatize, which is for people who work out in gymnasiums while Myplex is a meal replacement product.Gupta, who is also the sculptor of Bollywood’s hotbods like Hrithik Roshan, Salman Khan and Ashmit Patel, says, “Protein supplements are engineered foods rich in nutrients, which ideally should have been part of a meal and, therefore, have no side-effects.”They are made from whey, soya and natural fibre, which help re-build depleted muscles.The trick is to restrict the daily protein supplement intake in proportion to one’s body weight. So if your weight is 60 kg, have only 60 gm protein supplements a day.With options galore consumers now have choices to prevent, if not, combat lifestyle disorders.
Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors “I think if you look at this series, they did exactly what they needed to do to beat (us),” star slugger Anthony Rizzo said. “They executed their plan. They pitched great and the bullpen was lights out. That makes for a tough time scoring runs.”Chicago beat Los Angeles in last year’s NLCS, but this time, the Cubs were left to watch as the Dodgers celebrated at Wrigley Field. It’s the second time in three years they’ve been through this — the Mets finished a four-game sweep at Wrigley in the 2015 NLCS.They didn’t have a choice this time, not with how they hit and pitched in the series.“This year really illustrates the importance of getting off to a good start,” manager Joe Maddon said. “We didn’t, and then we had to fight back, which we did. I said you can, but you’re understanding when you find out you do that, it really expends a lot of energy when you get back into it, which we did.”The Cubs batted just .156, drew five walks compared to 28 for Los Angeles and scored eight runs in the series — all on home runs. They didn’t sustain rallies or wear down pitchers. Trailing 3-0, they won Game 4 for a fifth straight victory when facing elimination — including three in last year’s World Series. But one club can only overcome so much.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Chicago Cubs’ Albert Almora Jr. reacts during the ninth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, in Chicago. The Dodgers won 11-1 to win the series and advance to the World Series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)CHICAGO — The Chicago Cubs went 108 years between championships. Going home without a trophy isn’t really new.Still, it was jarring to see the reigning World Series champions go down without much of a fight.ADVERTISEMENT Deflated Ball: Blake gets 29 in Clips’ 108-92 rout of Lakers Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges After twice fending off elimination during their October title defense, the Cubs had nothing left for Game 5 of their NL Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers.Jose Quintana got knocked out early, the offense was shut down by Clayton Kershaw and the Cubs fell 11-1 on Thursday night after getting outplayed throughout the series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Cubs slumped early in the season, a year after rallying to beat Cleveland for their first World Series title since 1908. But in the second half, they looked more like their old selves, pushing for a second straight NL Central title and then advancing to the NLCS for the third straight year after winning a wild Game 5 at Washington in the NLDS.They just couldn’t hang with the 104-win Dodgers. ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Fatigue may have been a factor. Chicago has played more games than any other team since the start of the 2015 season. Counting the playoffs, that total is 522.Reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant acknowledged he was feeling it after going 4 for 20 in the series.“It caught up to me, at least,” he said. “I feel pretty drained, but it’s always a good thing when you’re the teams that are playing later in the year.”He wasn’t the only Cubs slugger to struggle.Rizzo had one hit in 17 at-bats in the NLCS. Javier Baez went hitless in his first 20 playoff at-bats before knocking two home runs in Game 4 to help the Cubs avoid the sweep. But in Game 5, they were overwhelmed right from the start.Enrique Hernandez hit three homers, and the Dodgers wasted no time jumping on Quintana. Acquired from the White Sox in a midseason trade, he gave up six runs in two-plus innings.The way the Cubs were hitting in these playoffs, it was clear they weren’t coming back. Particularly, the way Kershaw was pitching.The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner held them to a run and three hits in six innings.He didn’t give up a hit until Bryant homered in the fourth. But all that did was make it 9-1.“Sometimes you’re not always gonna be in the World Series,” Jon Lester said. “The Dodgers are a really good team. They’re playing really good baseball right now. This series showed it.” Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups LATEST STORIES
The Timberwolves fought off several bursts by the Thunder and led 88-75 at the end of the third quarter.The Thunder opened the fourth quarter with a five-point run that led to a Minnesota timeout. Oklahoma City continued the surge and got the crowd back into the game. A three-point play by Anthony cut Minnesota’s lead to 90-87 as Westbrook returned to the game from a rest.Adams converted a three-point play to cut Minnesota’s lead to 106-105 with 1:50 to go, and a 3-pointer by Westbrook tied the game at 110.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Taj Gibson, who started for the Thunder at the end of last season, had 11 points and 10 rebounds. He barely got the ball inbounds on the final play. … Shot 57 percent in the first quarter to lead 28-23. … Minnesota beat Utah at home on Friday. … Jeff Teague scored 19 points and Jimmy Butler added 15.Thunder: Adams had eight points on 4-for-5 shooting in the first quarter. … Six Thunder players scored in double figures. Raymond Felton and Jerami Grant each scored 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXT:Timberwolves: Host the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday.Thunder: Host the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments 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 Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins, center, is mobbed by his teammates after hitting the game winning shot at the buzzer in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017. Minnesota won 115-113. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Andrew Wiggins’ 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.Oklahoma City’s Carmelo Anthony had hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the Timberwolves inbounded to Wiggins, who rushed up the court and got free with help from a crushing pick by Karl-Anthony Towns before pulling up for the winner.ADVERTISEMENT Wiggins scored 27 points and Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (2-1).Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who were coming off a loss at Utah on Saturday night. Anthony scored 23 points and Paul George scored 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Steven Adams had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMinnesota led 61-54 at halftime behind 13 points from Towns and 10 from Wiggins.Adams scored 14 points before the break. LATEST STORIES ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Winless Suns fire Earl Watson after 3 games this season Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim
For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ The Growling Tigers’ 0-10 card had pushed them out of the Final Four picture.“We were walking today and we let La Salle run,” said Pumaren whose team lost control of the game as early as the second quarter when it fell to a 40-24 deficit. “We can’t have that kind of play against Ateneo because that team is more cohesive and passes a lot more compared to La Salle.”All of UE’s remaining games are all must-win contests and the Red Warriors will also rely on teams like FEU and NU to stumble if they hope to barge into the semifinals.And Pumaren knows the first step is scoring a vital victory, potentially, against the Blue Eagles.“We have to focus on Ateneo first,” said Pumaren. “We have to concentrate on Ateneo on Saturday, and hopefully we’ll be able to steal a game from them.”ADVERTISEMENT No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges More than 50k fans attend Ginebra-Meralco Finals Game 6 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East’s chances for a Final Four spot has slipped to dim levels that it can only be described as “mathematical.”The Red Warriors’ recent 99-78 loss to defending champion De La Salle saw them slip to 3-8 with three games remaining on their schedule.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim That premise, however, doesn’t deter UE head coach Derrick Pumaren who still foresees a Red Warrior surprise in the semifinals.“We just have to remain positive, we still have a shot, we’re still here,” said Pumaren Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “But I think we have to do a better effort than what we did today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUE’s next games are against Final Four teams Ateneo and Far Eastern University with University of Santo Tomas being the lone reprieve.The Blue Eagles are atop the standings with a 10-0 card while the Tamaraws hold the fourth seed with a 5-5 record. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments
Although the Nets had the worst record in the NBA last season, a source told Newsday that the deal values the franchise at $2.3 billion.That tops the $2.2 billion sale of the Houston Rockets earlier this year in a deal that included their Toyota Center arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUnder terms of the Nets sale first reported by ESPN, Tsai can choose to purchase a controlling interest in the Nets after four years, but not necessarily 100 percent ownership.Prokhorov, who retains full ownership of Barclays Center arena, could retain a minority stake in the team in the future and remain in control of team operations and the management team he installed more than a year ago headed by general manager Sean Marks and head coach Kenny Atkinson. MOST READ The Brooklyn Nets huddle on the court prior to their first home game against the Toronto Raptors at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2012 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Alex Trautwig/Getty Images/AFPJoseph Tsai, one of the founders of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is set to buy 49 percent of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, reports said Friday.ESPN and Newsday both reported that Russian billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov, who purchased controlling interest in the cub in 2009, has agreed to the sale.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim 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 LATEST STORIES ESPN reported that it obtained NBA financial documents that show the Nets lost $144 million on basketball-related activities in the 2013-14 season, a figure more than $100 million higher than any other franchise. The Nets’ operating loss of $23.5 million last season was higher than any other team except the Detroit Pistons.This season the outlook is brighter for the team thanks to an increase in television revenues of nearly $50 million, in part the result of increases in the NBA’s national television contract.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cavani scores 2 as leader PSG coasts to 3-0 win against Nice No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments
‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kobe wants to be presented in Hall of Fame by Michael Jordan or Phil Jackson Japeth Aguilar was in the middle of the wave of people as he tried to get his loved ones back to safety. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Lost in the shuffle of Ginebra’s championship celebration was the near chaos that ensued afterwards.After the Gin Kings received the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup trophy and LA Tenorio was awarded the PBA Press Corps – Cignal Finals MVP, the back-to-back champions faced another problem: the throngs of fans who stormed to the court.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES A record 54,086 fans came to the massive Philippine Arena on Friday, and a handful of giddy fans tried to get as close to their basketball idols, eager to get their selfies and photo-ops, to the extent of some people pushing each other off and a select few almost engaging in a fist fight.READ: Ginebra escapes Meralco in Game 7, completes title repeat FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIt was a scary sight for the players, who celebrated the awarding ceremonies with their loved ones, as they tried to protect their relatives, especially the children, from getting trampled by the wave of people who converged on the court.The same was the case for the PBA staff, the mediamen, and the photographers who were in the middle of it all as everyone tried to get themselves back to the dugout area fearing for safety. MOST READ Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’ The post-game security was so disorderly that Ginebra players, coaches, and staff, together with their loved ones, had to walk over the LED board at the sidelines and then to the table of officials just to go back to the dugout area.READ: Dillinger refuses to call Ginebra-Meralco a ‘rivalry’ yetThat raises the question if there was indeed a planned crowd control as the bouncers, together with their ropes that surrounded the awarding area which was supposed to cordon off the masses from the players, seemingly was useless as fans pushed their way to the center of the court.Of course, no security detail is perfect, but the near-stampede which ensued necessitates further planning, and maybe more security, to protect the players from events like these.Luckily, no one got hurt from the turn of events as the Gin Kings got a chance to celebrate their back-to-back title conquest in the season-ending conference without any worries.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans View comments