Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netReggie Johnson passed his first test in the PBA with flying colors after carrying Rain or Shine to a 109-103 overtime victory over Alaska.Johnson, though, needs to double his effort and prepare their next game against “the Lakers” of the league on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “The first time I got here, they told me Ginebra is like one of the fan favorites like the Lakers,” he said. “I know there’s going to be a lot of fans in the game and that’s what I’m about.”If his first game is any indication, the burly reinforcement looks ready for whatever the opposition is going to throw at him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownJohnson bullied his way to 32 points on an efficient 11-of-18 shooting clip, on top of 22 rebounds and four assists on Friday.However, the 28-year-old expects to be able to give more in the coming games as he works shed more weight from his current scale at 290 pounds. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “That’s always the goal. As the season goes, you continue to lose weight and continue getting the benefits of it,” he said. “I’m working. It’s a work in progress.”What Johnson could promise, though, is he will perform better come Sunday in front of what is expected to be another packed crowd at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I’m used to playing in front of big crowds and I’m excited. Hopefully, we give the fans a good game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Valdez hopes for steady improvement in PH volleyball
Adnan Januzaj celebrates scoring against Aston Villa 1 Juventus have been put on alert after it emerged Manchester United starlet Adnan Januzaj could be available for loan this summer. The Belgian youngster has made a positive start to the season for United, scoring the winner in their 1-0 victory over Aston Villa on Friday.But it is understood Januzaj is eyeing up a move to a club in Europe as he goes in search of more regular first-team football.According to Tutto Mercato, Juve are keen on making contact with the 20-year-old if United give him permission to leave.With a plethora of midfield options at his disposal this season, United boss Louis van Gaal is open to letting Januzaj go out on loan but is unlikely to make a final decision until the closing days of the transfer market.
Chelsea boss Antonio Conte says he can improve David Luiz as a player following the Brazilian’s recent return to the club.Luiz was criticised for some defensive lapses during his first spell at Stamford Bridge, but Conte has insisted he can become one of the world’s best centre-backs.Speaking of centre-backs, Conte has also suggested that he might play with three of them instead of a flat back four in the future. Meanwhile, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling has been named player of the month for August ahead of Chelsea star Eden Hazard.The stats suggested Hazard would be the winnerMany Chelsea fans on Twitter reacted with disbelief to the news that Hazard had not won the award.Chelsea’s development side were in action on Friday evening, beating Tottenham 3-1 at the Bridge in an excellent display watched by Conte.QPR are continuing to keep tabs on Paris St-Germain’s Roli Pereira – West London Sport previously revealed that they were unable to push through a deal to sign him prior to the recent transfer deadline.Rangers are also likely to listen to any offers for Michael Doughty and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas when the transfer window reopens in January.Doughty and Emmanuel-Thomas are currently out on loanThe R’s will again be without Joel Lynch against Blackburn on Saturday, while new loan signing Pawel Wszolek must wait for his debut because of a suspension carried over from his parent club Hellas Verona.In cricket, Middlesex remain on course to lift their first County Championship title since 1993 after a nail-biting five-wicket victory against Nottinghamshire.And at the Paralympics, Marc McCarroll and Andy Lapthorne both came through their wheelchair tennis first-round matches in Rio.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan delivered his 2016 Budget speech to the National Assembly in Parliament on Wednesday, 24 February. He emphasised that together, South Africa was capable of facing, and overcoming, economic challenges. Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan delivers his Budget speech in Parliament, Cape Town on 24 February 2016. (Image: GCIS Government ZA, CC BY-ND 2.0, via Flickr)• Full text: South Africa’s 2016 Budget• South Africa’s women in politics• Powerful women shape Africa• Remembering the voices of the women of 1956• Projects aim to empower women in agriculture Compiled by Priya PitamberMinister of Finance Pravin Gordhan’s 2016 Budget speech was one of hope despite the global economic conditions and local challenges South Africa is facing. He repeated that as a nation, we were robust and were able to achieve the country’s goals as outlined in the National Development Plan (NDP).We look back on some of the more memorable quotes from his address.His introduction set the tone immediately:We do so in a spirit of frankness, both about our challenges and the opportunity to turn our economy’s direction towards hope, confidence and a better future for all.I have a simple message. We are strong enough, resilient enough and creative enough to manage and overcome our economic challenges.On what South Africans want:All of us want jobs, thriving businesses, engaged professionals, narrowing inequality, and fewer people in poverty.All of us want a new values paradigm, a society at peace with itself, a nation energised by the task of building stronger foundations for our future society and economy.We want our government to function effectively, our people to work in dignity, with resources for their families, decent homes and opportunities for their children.We want to see progress throughout our land, in agriculture, manufacturing, mining, construction, tourism, science and research, sport and leisure, trade and commerce.It is within our grasp to achieve this future.On the trials we face:We are conscious of the difficulties we face. Our resilience as a nation, black and white, can propel us to a better future if we make the right choices.On the Budget:The Budget tabled today is guided by the NDP. It is a budget for inclusive growth, it emphasises partnerships amongst role players in our economy, it prioritises education and infrastructure investment, it supports employment creation and it contributes to building a capable, developmental state. The bulk of the 2016 Budget will go to economic affairs, agriculture, and basic education. (Image: 2016 Budget Guide, Sars and the Department of Treasury)On working together:Our faith communities, non-governmental organisations and community volunteers all demonstrate daily that basic needs can be met with dignity. Initiatives like Operation Hydrate and Gift of the Givers have led the way in responding to the impact of the drought.On the growth of South Africa and other countries:It is notable that faster growth is being achieved in countries which have undertaken bold structural reforms, such as India’s scaling back of subsidies for industry and opening up of trade opportunities, and the promotion of skilled immigration, urban investment and labour-intensive manufacturing and agro-processing in South-east Asian and several African economies. These efforts have helped boost investor sentiment and reduce economic vulnerabilities.Our own structural challenges and reforms are articulated in the National Development Plan. Our economic recovery depends on our ability to convert the plan into actions that deliver on the promise for a better life for all.The Treasury currently expects growth in the South African economy to be just 0.9% this year, after 1.3% in 2015. This reflects both depressed global conditions and the impact of the drought.Our working partnership with business leaders and social stakeholders, under President Zuma’s initiative, is about implementing these and other aspects of the National Development Plan.This year’s Budget… is focused on fiscal consolidation. We cannot spend money we do not have. We cannot borrow beyond our ability to repay. Until we can ignite growth and generate more revenue, we have to be tough on ourselves.On new taxes:Introduction of a tyre levy to finance recycling programmes, increases in the incandescent globe tax, the plastic bag levy and the motor vehicle emissions tax.Introduction of a tax on sugar-sweetened beverages.On the health of the nation:Our policy commitment is to achieve universal health coverage and comprehensive social security. These contribute to the broader framework for inclusive growth, decent work, income security and social protection that forms part of the National Development Plan.We can turn today’s adversity into opportunities.On working with our strengths:We can address the weaknesses that create policy uncertainty, we can build on the strengths that are our resource base, our institutions and our workforce. We can do things differently where we need to innovate.On thanking key role players: Allow me to thank you, Mister President and Minister Deputy President, for your leadership and support. I must also thank Cabinet colleagues for your contributions to addressing the challenges before us.Members of the Ministers’ Committee on the Budget, including Deputy Minister Jonas, have provided sterling support.I thank our provincial premiers and finance MECs, and municipal mayors, who share our fiscal and financial responsibilities.Please allow me to express appreciation to:Minister Nene for his valuable contribution to our government and Treasury;Director-General Lungisa Fuzile and officials of the National Treasury;Governor Kganyago, the deputy governors and staff of the South African Reserve Bank;Commissioner Moyane and staff of the South African Revenue Service;Commissioners and staff of the Financial and Fiscal Commission;The chairpersons, boards, chief executive officers and staff of the DBSA, the Land Bank, the Public Investment Commission, the Financial Services Board, the Financial Intelligence Centre and the Government Pension Administration Agency;The staff and constituency representatives of Nedlac, and particularly its Public Finance Chamber;Judge Dennis Davis and members of the Tax Committee;I am especially grateful to the chair of the Finance Committee, the honourable Carrim, acting chair of the Appropriation Committee, honourable Gcwabaza and chairs of the Select Committee on Finance and Appropriation, honourable De Beer and honourable Mohai, who have responsibility for facilitating the consideration of the Division of Revenue Bill and the Appropriation Bill, and the revenue bills, which will be tabled later in the year.In conclusion:We are resilient. We are committed. We are resourceful.Looking back on his extraordinary life of resilience, and of commitment, former President Mandela said this:“I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death.”
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic has been included in Serbian team for the tie.The world’s best tennis players are not usually seen in India, much less so when they are in the prime of their careers. But Novak Djokovic will break the norm when he arrives for Serbia’s Davis Cup World Group play-off tie against India in Bangalore on September 12-14.Defeat in the tie would relegate them from World Group, and this must have prompted Serbia to field its biggest gun. India were already facing an uphill task even without World No. 1 Djokovic, but the task suddenly became infinitely stiffer.Apart from Djokovic, the other players in the Serbia squad are Dujan Lajovic (World No. 61), Filip Krajinovic (108) and doubles specialist Nenad Zimonjic (7), who has eight trophies on tennis’s biggest stage.In front of them will be Somdev Devvarman (World No. 143) and Yuki Bhambri (151), while the doubles match is likely to feature Rohan Bopanna (29) and Saketh Myneni (191). On paper, it has all the signs of a mismatch.Serbia, Davis Cup champions in 2010 and runners-up last year, come into the tie after losing 2-3 to Switzerland, who fielded Federer and Stan Wawrinka. Djokovic did not feature in that tie.India defeated South Korea 3-1 in Busan with Devvarman winning both his singles matches, and Bopanna and Myneni taking the doubles. However, Devvarman’s form has tailed off in recent months from the high of No. 62 more than three years ago. With Yuki also struggling to find his feet at the top level, India’s non-playing captain Anand Amritraj’s dream of a World Group spot could be dashed by the Serbian heavy artillery.advertisementIn the past, the doubles has often been a banker for India as the likes of the Amritraj brothers and later, Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi kept the flag flying.But with Zimonjic, who has three men’s doubles and five mixed doubles titles at Grand Slams as well as two at the World Tour Finals, up against them, getting a point may be tough.The Serbians recorded a 4-1 victory over India at Novi Sad in 2011, which was also the last time Serbia competed in a World Group play-off tie. When Djokovic led from the front to take Serbia to Davis Cup glory four years ago, it was the start of an unbelievable winning spree.In 2011, he remained undefeated from the start of the season up until losing to Federer in the French Open semi-finals.
Advertisement AdvertisementDimitry Bivol has made it clear that he wants to face newly crowned WBO light heavyweight champion Eleider Alvarez in a unification in December.On the undercard of Kovalev-Alvarez, Bivol retained his title after a unanimous decision victory over Issac Chilemba. The highly anticipated unification bout between Bivol and Kovalev went down the drain after Alvarez put Kovalev down with a perfectly placed right hand.Attention quickly turned to the prospect of a fight between Bivol and Alvarez happening later this year. Both guys have expressed their interest in facing each other.While that’s the most logical next fight for both men, those plans could see a delay depending on what Sergey Kovalev decides. He has an immediate rematch clause he can exercise to face Alvarez again.However, most people feel that Kovalev may elect to take an extended recovery and come back next year. While nothing is set in stone, we should get some clarity in the next few weeks.Also Read-Boxing: Dmitry Bivol succesfully defends his WBA World title
Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo has criticised Iceland’s ‘small mentality’ while saying they were fortunate to earn a 1-1 draw against his team in their European Championship Group F opener in St Etienne on Tuesday. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )Winger Birkir Bjarnason cancelled out Nani’s first-half opener for Portugal in Iceland’s maiden appearance at a major tournament but Ronaldo, who equalled Luis Figo’s record of 127 caps for his country, was dismissive of his opponent’s tactics.ULTRA DEFENSIVE”Iceland didn’t try anything. They were just defend, defend, defend and playing on the counter-attack. It was a lucky night for them,” Ronaldo told reporters in France.”We should have three points but we are okay. I thought they’d won the Euros the way they celebrated at the end. (Coach Santos says lack of cool heads cost Portugal victory )”It was unbelievable. When they don’t try to play and just defend, defend, defend, this in my opinion shows a small mentality and they are not going to do anything in the competition.”Portugal next face Austria in Paris on Saturday and conclude their group stage campaign against Hungary in Lyon four days later.
Lewis Hamilton lapped in a league of his own on Saturday to seize pole position for the title-deciding Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix with Mercedes team mate and championship favourite Nico Rosberg joining him on the front row.Rosberg has a 12-point lead and can afford to let Hamilton win Sunday’s day-to-night race, knowing a podium finish at Yas Marina will secure him a first championship to match father Keke’s 1982 triumph. (Also read: Lewis Hamilton fastest in Abu Dhabi practice)Hamilton, who now has 61 career pole positions and 12 for the season as well as four in a row, has to be in the top three to have a chance of becoming Britain’s first four-times world champion.He gave himself the best chance under the floodlights, setting a series of fastest sector times that left little doubt about his determination to try to beat the overwhelming odds against him.”It’s been such a privilege driving this car,” he said. “This weekend so far I’ve got the car in a real sweet spot…and yeah, I’m in a perfect position for tomorrow.”His time of one minute 38.755 seconds was a real statement of intent, the champion a mighty 0.303 faster than Rosberg’s best effort.It was the first time Hamilton had out-qualified his team mate in Abu Dhabi with Rosberg on pole in the last two years, but it could all come to nothing with the title outcome out of the Briton’s hands. (Also read: Lewis Hamilton takes inspiration from Williams sisters)advertisement”I’m not ecstatic by today. Lewis just did a great job and was a couple of tenths quicker,” said Rosberg. “It just wasn’t possible for me to do that time today…for sure, I’ll try to go and win.”It was feeling good out there, I had a good balance and everything so I was quite pleased. As qualifying went on it got better and better. I got a good lap in at the end of Q3 (the final phase of qualifying) but not good enough.”Hamilton could end the season with 10 wins to Rosberg’s nine, and needs rivals to get between him and his team mate, but Rosberg will be reassured that Mercedes again looked in complete control.Australian Daniel Ricciardo qualified in third place for Red Bull, with a lap more than half a second off Rosberg’s pace, and will share the second row with Ferrari’s 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen.Hamilton reminded Ricciardo of the Australian’s ‘winner, winner chicken dinner’ catchphrase and said he wanted to hear it on Sunday – but with the Red Bull driver one of those behind him and ahead of Rosberg. (Also read: Lewis Hamilton aims to do late friend proud in title duel)Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who secured his first championship against the odds at the circuit with Red Bull in 2010, starts in fifth place with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen sixth.Britain’s Jenson Button, the 2009 world champion, will line up for his farewell race in 12th position for McLaren.”A bit of understeer lost me a bit of time but to be fair, it’s not a bad place to be in my last race,” said Button, who will be handing over to Belgian Stoffel Vandoorne after his 305th start.Brazilian Felipe Massa, also leaving after Abu Dhabi, qualified 10th for Williams.
stoneSrinagar, May 14 (PTI) Three weeks ago, a gifted footballer from Jammu and Kashmir, Afshan Ashiq, picked up a stone for the first time in her life. A photograph that captured her hurling it in rage at policemen would go on to become the new defining image of stone pelters in the Valley.Yesterday, the 21-year-old football coach met Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti at the Tourist Reception Centre ground where she explained her side of the story and requested the CM to ensure better infrastructure for sportspeople, especially girls.Mehbooba was on a visit to the ground to meet specially abled children and footballers during a special camp.”I am not feeling any guilt about what I did that fateful day. It was my reaction to the developing situation at that moment,” Ashiq, who trained at the prestigious National Institute of Sports in Patiala, told PTI.The footballer, who runs the Kashmir FC Academy, coaches 70 youngsters — 40 girls and 30 boys — while she pursues her bachelors degree from Womens College at Maulana Azad road.Her photograph, taken during a clash between students and law enforcing agencies in the heart of the city, appeared in various local and national newspapers and went viral on social networking sites.”I along with a group of students was on my way to the TRC grounds for practice when we got caught in the clash. A policeman hurled abuses at us and even slapped one of my students which enraged me,” she narrated.”We resorted to stone pelting in self-defence and to convey a message that girls shouldnt be considered weak.”advertisementAshiq said she was more pained as the policeman was also a Kashmiri, and a Muslim. “We did not target any CRPF or Army personnel. It was our reaction to the police high-handedness,” she said.As soon as Mehbooba accompanied by sports minister Imran Ansari entered the TRC grounds to interact with the specially-abled children and women footballers, Ashiq, like many present there, welcomed and interacted with her.She also posed with the CM and the sports minister when they got a group photograph clicked with her team.”I am a sportsperson and have nothing to do with anything else. I am not against the government,” Ashiq said. “I leave home in the morning and return late in the evening. My busy schedule does not allow me to concentrate on anything else.”However, the young coach said she would not hesitate in picking up a stone again if she felt her students were under any sort of a threat. “I will not tolerate any harm coming their way,” she said.Ashiq said she was introduced to the chief minister as the girl who was seen in the picture pelting the police with stones.”But I kept my head high as I have done no wrong and informed her about the circumstances leading to the incident. The chief minister heard me and encouraged me for defending my students,” she said.Ashiq said she requested Mehbooba to consider her demand for better facilities for women to shine in the field of sports and also asked for a permanent job.The chief minister said her government has focused on sports development as a priority area and efforts were being made to upgrade infrastructure and develop other amenities to provide better sport facilities for the states youth.”The talent and potential of the youth of the state have been proved time and again and it would be the endeavour of my government to give maximum opportunities to them to display their talent,” Mehbooba said. PTI MIJ BSA BDS BSA
NEW YORK — David Price can’t control the trade speculation. The opposing hitters, he can handle them just fine.Price came within one pitch of extending his remarkable strikeout streak, yet still did plenty to lead the resurgent Tampa Bay Rays over the New York Yankees 2-1 on a warm July 1st night for their fourth straight victory.“Stay here, David,” Rays Manager Joe Maddon implored.James Loney hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Rays matched their longest win string of the season. Derek Jeter tied Lou Gehrig’s team record for doubles as the Yankees equaled their worst skid this year with their fourth loss in a row.Price (7-7) struck out nine — he fanned at least 10 in each of his previous five starts, and was trying to join Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson and Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers to accomplish the feat six straight times.“That would’ve been cool,” Price said.The left-hander gave up four hits and was pulled after seven innings and 119 pitches. He fanned Francisco Cervelli for the second out in the bottom of the seventh, then got two strikes on both Yangervis Solarte and Brett Gardner, missed with a couple of close pitches and couldn’t quite get strikeout No. 10.In 23 career starts against the Yankees, Price has never reached double digits in strikeouts.The Rays, who spent most of June with the worst record in the majors, have won six of seven. Their recent struggles had fueled talk that Tampa Bay might trade Price before the July 31 deadline.Price has said that the more the Rays win, the better chance he has of staying with his original club. “I just play ball,” the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner said. “That’s my job.”Jake McGee pitched a perfect eighth and Grant Balfour worked around a pair of walks in the ninth for his 11th save in 13 chances.Maddon has gone to a closer-by-committee approach. He said he picked Balfour this time because of a bit of “karma” — the manager saw the reliever walking his grandmother into the team hotel lobby earlier in the day.“True,” Maddon said.Balfour said his grandmom, in her mid-80s, came from the family’s home in Australia to see one game at Yankee Stadium. “I’m sure she was happy I was able to get in tonight,” Balfour said.New York (41-41) has dropped eight of 10.“The guys we have, they’ve got to get it done. That’s the bottom line,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said. “As I said, it’s not just a couple of guys going, it’s a number of guys.”“No one is going to feel sorry for you,” he said. “No one has a magic potion. You just have to grind it out.”It was 1-all when Loney hit the first pitch of the sixth from Hiroki Kuroda (5-6) into the Yankees bullpen in right-center field. His fifth home run of the season gave him 11 RBIs in 14 games.The Rays took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Matt Joyce and Evan Longoria opened with singles and, after Loney struck out, Logan Forsythe hit an RBI single.A wild throw on a rundown gave the Yankees a run in the bottom half.Jeter led off with his 534th career double and went to third on Jacoby Ellsbury’s single. Price trapped Ellsbury with a pickoff throw, but he was hit in the back by shortstop Ben Zobrist’s throw and Jeter scored.Zobrist is playing shortstop in place of regular starter Yunel Escobar, put on the disabled list before the game because of a sore right shoulder(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares