View comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC McGregor holds strong on prediction of a knockout Gilas Pilipinas national team sing the national anthem. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be a long way from home, but Filipinos in Lebanon have not failed to make the national team feel it was still playing on its home floor.READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The support for Gilas Pilipinas from overseas Filipinos has been overwhelming so far in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup. For the past two games, we’ve seen and heard them cheer their hearts out—something you can’t miss when you’re watching on your television here in the Philippines—and shower the players with love.READ: Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over ChinaFEATURED 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 shutoutWith games scheduled on weekdays, most of them must’ve taken a day off work just to watch at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. They may have not been able to fill the entire stadium, but they were loud enough to make it feel like they did.READ: Gilas sews up QF berth Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 It’s no surprise that the undermanned Gilas Pilipinas has been playing with full of heart of in the continental championships, already taking out powerhouse China and a taller Iraq side to clinch the top seed in Group B.Photographers from Fiba.com were able to capture the heartwarming sight of Gilas Pilipinas’ cheering squad in action.Cheering hard for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos in Lebanon let our cheers in support of Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo gets some love from Filipino fans after the game vs Iran. Photo from Fiba.comRomeo, who has been starring for Gilas Pilipinas, take photos with fans. Photo from Fiba.comJapeth Aguilar mingles with Filipino fans.Gilas Pilipinas wave to Filipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comFilipino fans react after a play. Photo from Fiba.comMatthew Wright nails a triple—and Filipino fans explode in cheers. Photo from Fiba.comWith game all but decided against Iraq, Filipino fans take photos with Gabe Norwood and Jayson Castro. Photo from Fiba.comThe Filipino gallery at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex. Photo from Fiba.comRising star Christian Standhardinger takes fun photos with Filipino fans. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas bids the crowd goodbye after the big win over China. Photo from Fiba.comMore FIlipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comArmed with banners and flags, Filipino fans in Beirut cheer for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.com Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES
BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Going against the grain of macho Brazilian society, girls play touch rugby on equal terms with boys.And Malengreau pushes them all out of their comfort zone by encouraging use of English phrases during training, like: “Ready, ready up!” before defending a line.At a recent touch rugby tournament, the favela kids descended in two teams to Niteroi’s wealthy beach area to play other schools on the sand.One of Morro do Castro’s teams, resplendent in striped Cambridge University shirts, was crowned champion, prompting whooping and more dabbing.Janaina Trancoso, mother of a girl in the program, said a bigger victory looms for these children who otherwise might never have imagined escaping the favela’s isolation.“I think a door has opened for them,” Trancoso, 40, said.“With time they will manage to see that the world is big and that there are other possibilities.” Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES “It’s Oxford and Cambridge saying ‘the doors are open for you,’” Malengreau said.About 400 children have participated so far and the message is getting through.As a black boy from a favela, Franklin Cruz, a small, nippy 14 year old, has grown used to people expecting him to wind up a drug trafficker or, at best, a low paid construction worker.The rugby adventure, he says, has emboldened him.“Why not become an architect or a doctor or lawyer?” he asks.Beach rugby champsMalengreau says there was a “bit of a shock” when he first showed up in the favela with five enormous Oxford University players and a bag of rugby balls.“I’d never heard of rugby in my life,” Chagas says, remembering how his football-obsessed friends were astonished to be told, “‘No, you’re not meant to kick!’”The learning curve was only starting.Rugby is more of a team sport than football, less prone to relying on individual stars, Malengreau says. There’s also none of football’s culture of yelling back at referees. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters 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 Sure, it’s not Twickenham or Eden Park. The pitch in Morro do Castro isn’t even close to the facilities you’d find at schools in Australia, Britain or other traditional rugby playing countries.Players wear a mishmash of shirts, some are barefoot. There are no rugby posts, the grass is patchy and when the ball’s kicked too far, it falls into an open sewer.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 shutoutShould drug traffickers or police start shooting in the favela — a real hazard — kids are trained to take cover under a concrete wall behind the goalposts.But the rugby is serious. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients MOST READ Two dozen young players sprint over the threadbare turf, spinning the ball between hands in swift, well coordinated drills. And when they perform the haka, New Zealand’s famous Maori war dance, their passion is unmistakable, even if there’s a bit of a samba vibe, with plenty of dabbing for good measure.By the end of training, Lucas Aquino Chagas, a dreadlocked 17-year-old who captains one of the touch rugby teams, sports a big smile.Brazil, with a population of 208 million, only has about 16,000 registered rugby players, compared to the millions in football. It’s fair to say that most teenage boys probably dream of pulling on the national team’s yellow shirt or emulating Neymar’s riches.But Chagas’ dream?“To play for the All Blacks,” he says without hesitation.ADVERTISEMENT Brazilian teenagers take a rugby class in a soccer field in the Morro do Castro shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 1, 2017. Brazilian-British Oxford University graduate Robert Malengreau, founder of the NGO UmRio, teaches rugby to young people from the Morro do Castro favela or shantytown in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, supporting young people in communities affected by crime and violence to provide them with an enabling environment where they can access new opportunities. AFPThe boys and girls running on the dusty football pitch in a Rio favela could be kids anywhere in Brazil if not for one detail: the oddly shaped ball they’re chasing.Soccer may be king across the land of Pele, but in Morro do Castro, a favela in the hills above Rio suburb Niteroi, rugby and the oval ball rule.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Black vows to sort out Alapag-Nabong issue Tackling lifeThe man who brought rugby to this poor, sleepy and occasionally perilous tropical corner is Robert Malengreau.Half-British, half-Brazilian, Malengreau, 28, played at high amateur levels in England, and is an Oxford University graduate.He always loved the game, but the tragedy of Brazil’s favelas, which are often under control of drug traffickers and shunned by the rest of society, made him want to try something more ambitious than just coaching.So four years ago he launched an NGO called UmRio, or One Rio, with the idea that introducing something as foreign as rugby might also shake things up beyond the field. Rugby, he says, “is an entry point.”To test his theory, Malengreau partnered with the school in Morro do Castro, a community he describes as “abandoned” by the government, and began teaching sport — and a new way of living.Players from around the world, including from Oxford and Cambridge universities, help with the actual rugby coaching.But just as importantly, local dentists and doctors volunteer for clinics, boosting healthcare in a community of about 6,000 with only one permanent dentist.English language courses and mentoring by Brazilian and foreign teachers mean that students get as much help with schoolwork as on tackling technique.A key symbolic point is backing from Oxford and Cambridge rugby clubs, which have donated their famous dark and light blue shirts, and the less tangible gift of encouraging favela kids to aspire. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Curry was hit with a technical at the 3:20 mark of the first quarter for an elbow to Tyler Johnson while the Golden State star drove to the basket.Both teams were cold shooting in the early going — Golden State 29.2 percent in the first quarter to 38.1by Miami, which committed seven of its 23 turnovers in the period.WHITESIDE’S MINUTESHeat center Hassan Whiteside played just 16-plus minutes, shooting 1 of 9 for three points and six rebounds and sat most of the second half.“This is one game, he understands how important he is to our team to play at a high level, high energy level, so we’ll move on to Phoenix and look to have a much better game,” coach Erik Spoelstra said.KERR ON GUN CONTROLShootings touch Kerr personally. His father, Malcolm, was murdered on Jan. 18, 1984, as the President of American University of Beirut.Kerr offered condolences and thoughts to victims of the Texas church shooting that killed 26 — not to mention a strong message on gun control.“It’s just awful, and that’s the prevailing sentiment from all of us today,” Kerr said. “To solve it, I think we almost have to look at it like a public health issue. Too often, I think we get caught up in political rhetoric, Second Amendment rights, NRA stuff. We have to look at this it has nothing to do with partisanship or political parties.“This has got to be a public safety issue, a public health issue. We have to somehow get our government to cut through all the crap and get right to the point — the point of fact which is safety, which means a lot of things we can do without taking away people’s Second Amendment rights. Let’s do the sensible thing.”TIP-INSHeat: Spoelstra received a technical for arguing late in the first half. … Miami lost its fourth straight on the Warriors’ home floor. … Starting G Dion Waiters is still away from the team after he returned to Miami for the birth of his daughter Sunday morning. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I thought it was our best defensive effort of the year,” Kerr said. “It was a grind-it-out game and I thought we did a good job of staying with it. We held them to 80 points. That’s kind of a playoff style win where you have to grind it out, nothing’s easy.”Curry added 16 points and Klay Thompson 13. The Warriors shot just 36.8 percent and 11 for 32 from deep. Durant added six assists and three blocks, making all 10 of his free throws as the Warriors shot 22 of 24 from the line.“I just feel that’s East Coast basketball. If we want to be a great team we’ve got to play different ways,” Durant said. “It’s a good test for us.”James Johnson scored 21 points off the bench and Goran Dragic contributed 19 points for Miami a night aftersqueaking out a 104-101 road win against the Clippers.Thompson missed his first four 3-point tries before connecting late in the first half as Golden State took a 50-37 lead into intermission. Curry was 1 for 9 in the first half and Durant 3 for 8 — and they went acombined 0 for 7 from deep — before Golden State got going a bit after halftime.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kevin Durant had 21 points and eight rebounds to help the Warriors overcome their shooting woes and beat the Miami Heat 97-80 in a rare low-scoring outing Monday night.“It’s a good feeling to know if we focus on taking care of the basketball and playing solid defense and focus in on that end really hopefully regardless of how our offense is we’re going to be in good position to win games,” Stephen Curry said. “Tonight was kind of a testament to that.”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 shutoutDraymond Green scored 18 points with a season-high four 3s to go with nine rebounds as the defending NBAchampions won for the seventh time in their last eight games, including three straight in lopsided fashion on their recent road trip.The Warriors had scored 100 points in every regular-season game since their second-to-last matchup last season, a 105-99 defeat to Utah as the regulars rested or played limited minutes ahead of the playoffs. Golden State is 3-11 over the past three seasons when held below 100 points. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors: C David West had a night off for rest. “It’s a routine we’re going to follow all year,” Kerr said of spelling West, Andre Iguodala and other veterans as needed. … Warriors great Al Attles is expected back at Oracle on Wednesday night, one day after his 81st birthday. Attles was hospitalized and missed a night honoring him Oct. 27. … Golden State has 10 or more 3s in all 11 games so far — something the team did 14 consecutive times last season.UP NEXTHeat: At Phoenix on Wednesday night.Warriors: Host Minnesota on Wednesday night. 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PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Injured Gordon Hayward shoots free throws from chair MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant (35) passes away from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Warriors won, 97-80. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Shots were contested, and so many missed the target.The Golden State Warriors had to get defensive and grind out a win — and coach Steve Kerr appreciated that kind of push for the defending NBA champs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next “We would like to assure our supporters,” the four players added, “that this incident does not reflect the determination and resolve we possess to do all we can to recover a difficult season.”West Brom said the players “will be subject to the full rigors of our internal disciplinary procedures.”“It wasn’t what we wanted,” West Brom manager Alan Pardew said. “We’ve gone there to try to get ourselves ready and up for the run-in and this is obviously not ideal.“They broke the curfew and that’s unacceptable and I feel a bit let down by that.”West Brom plays Southampton in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police said there was no violence involved in the incident that took place during the team’s midwinter training trip.The players involved issued a public apology.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We freely acknowledge and apologize for the break of curfew which we accept represented a breach of the standards of professionalism required of us as representatives of West Bromwich Albion,” they said in a joint statement.West Brom is in last place in the Premier League, seven points from safety with 11 games remaining, after winning just one of its last 25 matches. West Brom’s chairman and chief executive were fired this week after a 3-0 loss at Chelsea. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Reintegrated Mahrez helps Leicester into FA Cup quarters LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Four West Bromwich Albion players Jonny Evans, top left, Jake Livermore, top right, Gareth Barry, below left, Boaz Myhill, below right, are being investigated by Spanish police Friday Feb. 16, 2018, for the alleged theft of a taxi while the English Premier League soccer team were on a midwinter training trip in Barcelona, Spain. The players involved have issued a public apology for their actions in a joint statement. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, Matt Dunham, Jon Super, Akira Suemori)BARCELONA, Spain — Four West Bromwich Albion players were being investigated by Spanish police on Friday for the alleged theft of a taxi while the English Premier League team was training in Barcelona.The players — Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore, Boaz Myhill — faced a judge after being accused by a taxi driver of stealing his vehicle early Thursday morning, Catalonia’s regional police told The Associated Press. The driver said he was outside the vehicle at the time it was stolen.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City
LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View comments Pacers continue offseason overhaul by signing Bogdanovic ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carmelo Anthony #7 of the New York Knicks (right). Elsa/Getty Images/AFPThe Houston Rockets pulled off one of the biggest blockbuster deals this off-season, snagging away Chris Paul from the Los Angeles Clippers.READ: NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealADVERTISEMENT READ: NBA: Carmelo Anthony open to waiving no-trade clause for Rockets, Cavs—reportThe Rockets are currently working on a potential trade package involving stretch forward Ryan Anderson, the report said.Despite several off court issues, Anthony remains one the the best individual scorers in the league. He averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists for the Knicks last year. Khristian Ibarrola /ra El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Now, it appears that the team is gunning for another superstar to add to its star-studded core.According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Brian Windhorst, Houston is giving its “full attention” on acquiring the disgruntled New York Knicks forward to pair with their new superstar back court of Paul and James Harden.FEATURED STORIESSPORTS SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSince mid-way from last season, Anthony has been at the center of trade talks, but has been difficult to move due to the no-trade provision he has on his contract, allowing him to reject any deal involving him.The 33-year-old forward, however, was reportedly open to waiving that clause for a chance to move to a contender.
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan—Ceres-Negros traveled 27 hours to reach this dusty, mountainous Central Asian city.Set to face Tajik champions FC Istiklol in the inter-zone semifinals of the AFC Cup here on Tuesday, the Busmen would like nothing more than making this journey worth the trip.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 Playing on enemy ground has been a struggle for the Busmen in the competition and with travel-weary legs, the odds will be stacked against them at Pamir Stadium.But midfielder Manny Ott, who was part of the national team that beat Tajikistan, 4-3, in Asian Cup qualifying last June, said it’s about time the Busmen shook off fatigue and finally play to their potential away from home.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 Busmen hold a strong home record, going unbeaten in five matches at home in the AFC Cup, including wins in the knockout stages against Johor Dairul Ta’zim of Malaysia and Home United of Singapore.And while the Busmen can bank on the crowd at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod to energize them in the second leg on Sept. 12, Ott said they’re determined to take care of business when they travel. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pugs go 3-0; Archer averts PH shutout MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “We need results away so we can be more comfortable at home,” said Ott. “We cannot rely on our results at home all the time.”The Tajik champions carry a big reputation in the competition, after reaching the finals in 2015, losing to JDT.The Busmen looked sharp as they underwent light training on Saturday.“The travel is too long, too much,” said midfielder Stephan Schrock. “Nevertheless, we’re here to make a milestone for Philippine football. There’s nothing else on our minds except this game [on Tuesday]. We can take a big step with a result here.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT continued to have Blackwater’s number after taking a 117-96 win in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Glen Rice Jr. had an all-around effort with 31 points, six rebounds, four assists and seven steals through three quarters for the KaTropa, who notched their first back-to-back wins this conference.ADVERTISEMENT “Our objective going into every game is to look for improvements. We are all aware that the situation right now is not quite well yet. We are looking for stability now. As a coach, I expect my players to play smart,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad hiked their record to 4-2.“Today, we are all satisfied with this game. It also helped that we are getting to be complete as team,” he added. “Going to this game, we already knew that it would take our absolute best to stop the three-game winning streak of Blackwater.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Blackwater, which slipped to 3-4, never led and had more turnovers (16) than assists (14).NBA legend Ray Allen, who arrived in Manila on Tuesday, surprised the fans at MOA Arena as he watched the game.Allen’s former teammate with the Boston Celtics, Henry Walker, led the Elite with 33 points and 18 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters SPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe KaTropa break the game wide open in the second quarter, where they outscored the Elite, 34-15.The Elite, who have never beaten the KaTropa since joining the PBA three seasons ago, came into the game having won three straight victories but they didn’t seem like a team on a roll against the KaTropa, who led by as much as 27 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Ray Allen watches PBA game, catches up with ex-teammate Bill Walker LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion View comments
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West Indies Players’ Association has thrown its weight behind Chris Gayle in his stand-off with the Cricket Board and questioned the omission of the dashing opener from the one-off T20 International and first two ODIs against India starting on Saturday.West Indies Cricket Board had said that Gayle will have to clear the air regarding an interview in which he had lashed out at the WICB for not bothering about his injury after the World Cup before being considered for selection.WIPA said that Gayle had acted in his private capacity since he had no retainer contract with the Board and was not part of any West Indies squad at the time of the interview.”In this instance, Gayle was acting in a truly private capacity. Additionally, while this information is conveyed via selectors’ notes, the proposed meeting is one of very broad composition encompassing not only the WICB Selectors but WICB management and West Indies team management.”This begs the question as to the type and scope of the meeting being proposed,” WIPA said in a release.WIPA said it would be “examining and evaluating” the WICB’s present and future actions concerning Gayle, particularly in light of his impressive form in the IPL where he returned the highest run scorer with 608 from 12 games, with two centuries despite joining late.Uncertainty remained over Gayle’s participation in the last three ODIs against India as he is yet to respond to WICB’s call to meet with its top brass and sort out the differences in order to be eligible for selection.advertisementAlthough Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard are in the 13-man squad for the ODIs, there is no place for Gayle or Jerome Taylor, the other West Indians returning from the IPL.Gayle had claimed in the interview that he had to foot his own bill to seek treatment in London after being injured in the recent World Cup. He also said the WICB did not communicate him before naming a team for the recent home series against Pakistan.-With PTI inputs