Read Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 201:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics looks on during the second quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at TD Garden on October 18, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBoston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving made headlines outside of basketball last February, when he made public his belief that the world is flat.READ: Kyrie Irving: Reaction to world is flat comment ‘hilarious’ADVERTISEMENT Dodgers’ title drought reaches 30 years with Series loss View comments The usually reserved Irving also issued a challenge to his doubters to conduct their own studies and not rely on the information made by experts.“The whole intent was for people to open up and do their own research,” he said. “It wasn’t to say, ‘OK, let me figure out and go against science. Let me go against what I’ve been told is right, and all this stuff.’ It was just literally with the intent of, ‘Just to wake up and do your own research for once, instead of just assuming everything that’s told to you.’”Meanwhile, Irving joins a long list of celebrity “flat-earthers” including B.O.B and Tila Tequila. Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Rapper B.O.B raising money for own satellite to prove Earth is flatADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Despite the backlash from netizens, the 25-year-old former Duke product has no intention of retracting his sentiments, as he stands by his bold claim.In an appearance on the “Holding Court” podcast of 11-time NCAA Women’s Champion coach Geno Auriemma, Irving expounded the thought process behind going against the assumptions made by scientists and experts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The whole intent behind it, Coach, it wasn’t to bash science,” he said, as relayed by Bleacher Report. “It wasn’t to have the intent of starting a rage and be seen as this insane individual. When I started seeing comments and things about universal truths that I had known, I had questions.”He added: “I won’t sit here and say that I know, but when I started actually doing research on my own and figuring out that there is no real picture of Earth, there’s not one picture of Earth – and we haven’t been back to the Moon since 1961 or 1969 – and it becomes like conspiracy, too, like, ‘OK, let me question this.’” MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert answers a question before an NBA basketball game between the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland. Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin have decided to part ways following three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals. Gilbert said in a statement Monday, June 19, 2017, that the Cavaliers will not extend Griffin’s current contract when it expires June 30. APCLEVELAND — A person familiar with the talks says Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert met with former NBA star Chauncey Billups about a position in Cleveland’s front office.The meeting took place on Tuesday in Detroit, said the person who spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the negotiations. Gilbert is looking for a general manager after parting ways with David Griffin on Monday as the Cavs regrouped after losing to Golden State in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Gilbert has known Billups since his days with the Pistons.A five-time All-Star, Billups does not have any front-office experience, so it’s more likely he could fill an executive role to work alongside a new GM. Billups, who has been working as a TV analyst, is also close with Cavs coach Tyronn Lue.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGriffin guided the Cavs to three straight Finals, but he and Gilbert couldn’t agree on the team’s direction. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Cavaliers in chaos after GM leaves on eve of pivotal summer Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire MOST READ
Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Showing his poise in the end game, the senior playmaker orchestrated the Red Lions’ 76-67 win over San Sebastian in opening day.However, his brilliance was halted in San Beda’s 96-91 defeat to Lyceum, with the Pirates continuously hounding him late.One thing’s for sure, though, Bolick, together with the rest of the Red Lions, won’t let this slide continue even if its still early in the season.4. Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 6.5 turnoversPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNobody gave Mapua a chance this year after the departure of its top two players in Oraeme and Darell Menina.But Andoy Estrella made sure that the Cardinals won’t be pushovers, delivering the goods for the team in their first two games of the season.The senior’s biggest moment of the week came at the expense of Letran, as he drilled the huge step-back three-pointer, his lone of the matchup, with 5.0 seconds to spare, lifting Mapua to a gutsy 78-75 victory.As feel good as the story is, Estrella must find a way to trim down his turnovers as he averaged 6.5 miscues in the two games he played in this week.5. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 assistPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSpotlight on San Sebastian may be hogged by its myriad of guards namely RK Ilagan, Ryan Costelo, or Renzo Navarro. 1. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 stealsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTalk about backing up the hype.Three years removed from his last game in the league, the 23-year-old made sure that everyone still remembers the name CJ Perez.He torched Jose Rizal University in the Pirates’ dominating 96-75 season-opening win before leading his crew to a 96-91 shocker over defending champions San Beda.Leading a hungry Lyceum squad to a 2-0 start to open the season, Perez has undoubtedly made his case as the go-to guy this season.ADVERTISEMENT What an opening week it was.The NCAA Season 93 came out with a bang last Saturday and nine games in, there has been no shortage of action inside and outside of the hard court—from San Sebastian’s feisty challenge against San Beda and stunning upset of the defending champions courtesy of Lyceum to the forfeiture of Perpetual’s win against St. Benilde.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA 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 starsBut the stars of the tournament will always be the players, and these seven made sure they made their mark this early in the season, which could be the harbinger of things to come.Without further ado, this is the first installment of INQUIRER’s top seven players this NCAA Season 93. 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From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the list of the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant But the gear that makes the Golden Stags work is no less than Michael Calisaan.With his backcourt working the offensive end, the senior forward has finally found his niche in coach Egay Macaraya’s system, doing the dirty work down low for the undersized San Sebastian squad.A lot is expected of the Golden Stags this season, and Calisaan has shown this early his willingness to step up to the plate, notably racking a double-double in their 65-56 win over Arellano despite playing through foul trouble late.Question is will he be able to churn the same numbers once San Sebastian encounters bigger teams in the future.6. Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers 19.5 points (36% 3PT), 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assistsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDisappointed from his showing in JRU’s season-opening defeat to Lyceum, Tey Teodoro redeemed himself and fired a season-best 26 points in the team’s 68-54 victory over Perpetual.The ace sharp-shooter is still as deadly as ever, and the Heavy Bombers’ rise will largely hinge on the 23-year-old’s excellence on the floor.However, that doesn’t just boil down on his scoring, as coach Vergel Meneses challenged Teodoro to embrace a bigger leadership role and be distributor for his team.His showing from the first two games seems promising, but it’s now up to the rest of his teammates to deliver once Teodoro entrusts them with the rock.7. Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 steals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It won’t surprise us if he stays at the top of our list in the weeks to come.2. Hamadou Laminou – C, EAC Generals 21 points (9/14 FG), 13 rebounds, 7 blocksHamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the departures of Bright Akhuetie and Allwell Oraeme from the NCAA landscape, the door is open for the other foreign players to stake their claim to the throne.And the one to heed the call first? EAC big man Hamadou Laminou.The Cameroonian center, who wasn’t really supposed to suit up for the first two weeks of the season, showed no signs of rust as he imposed his presence in the team’s 74-64 win over St. Benilde.That came even if he just recently recovered from an MCL team on his left knee he suffered in the preseason.Laminou is definitely going to be one of the leaders for the Generals this year, together with Sidney Onwubere and Francis Munsayac.But if he keeps his stellar showing for EAC’s ensuing games, he may just figure himself in the thick of the MVP race late in the season.3. Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions 18.0 points (62% 3PT), 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assistsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArguably one of the best two-way players in the amateur ranks today, Robert Bolick has taken the leadership role for San Beda by the horns. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Valdez stars as Creamline takes down Pocari Sweat Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 City02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJio Jalalon who?Arellano is still a force to be reckoned with, now with Kent Salado doing the driving.The speedy playmaker delivered the goods in the opening weekend, towing the Chiefs to a 91-82 win over Mapua with his do-it-all effort.Unfortunately, playing in Arellano’s homecourt didn’t really give them much advantage as Salado suffered cramps in the fourth quarter and was unable to finish the game against San Sebastian, which ended up in a loss.Expect a huge bounce back game for the new lead Chief in the coming games. 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Ace shooter Gagan Narang fetched the first individual medal for the country by bagging silver medal as India launched their campaign in the Asian Games with two silvers on the opening day of competitions which was marked by the controversial elimination of Olympic hero Abhinav Bindra.Narang, the hero of the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi with four gold medals, claimed the silver in the 10m air rifle individual event and then teamed up with Bindra and Sanjeev Rajput to add another silver in the team event.Barring Narang’s effort, none of the other shooters could make much impression at the Aoti shooting range where Bindra was controversially eliminated in the qualifying stage due to a “technical error” over a particular shot.The Indian camp cried foul over Bindra’s 42nd shot in the 60-shot preliminaries as they felt the Olympic gold medallist had shot nine but seven points were awarded.”The score given was a 7 but we were quite sure it was a 9. I went to Abhinav who also thought it was closer to 9 but was not sure about it. Had we protested and we would have lost two points as penalty. It was Abhinav’s call who had the team’s chances also in his mind,” said Indian coach Stanislaus Lapidus.Narang, the lone Indian to qualify for the individual finals, matched China’s 2004 Athens Olympic champion Zhu Qinan shot for shot before the latter captured the gold by shooting past his Indian Rival in the last three shots.The 27-year-old Narang settled for the silver after giving Qinan a run for his money in the ten-shot finals. He tallied of 700.7 points behind Qinan’s gold-winning effort of 702. Korean Kim Kwon won the bronze with 700.0.advertisement”I am extremely happy to have carried the Indian flag in the Opening Ceremony yesterday and I am very happy that we have won two silver medals. There are two more events left for me and I am hoping for the best,” said Narang who was initially reluctant to be the country’s flag-bearer as his event was scheduled early this morning.Away from the shooting ranges, there was little to cheer for the large Indian contingent with the shuttlers and women tennis players being knocked out in the first round of the team events. All the Indian cylists also fell by the wayside in the track eventsIn the team event, Narang, Bindra and Rajput combined for a score of 1783, a point adrift of gold medal winning Chinese team comprising Jikang Yu, Qinan Zhu and Yifei Cao. Korea settled for the bronze in this event.While Narang shot a score 597, Bindra and Rajput managed identical tallies of 593.Indian weightlifters fail to impress on Day One in Asian GamesIndians expectedly finished in the bottom half of the results chart in the weightlifting events on the first day of the competitions in the Asian Games in Guangzhou on Saturday.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Soniya Chanu improved upon her CWG performance by lifting a total of 170kg (75+95) but still finished fifth in women’s 48kg category. She had lifted 167kg (73+94) in the CWG.CWG bronze medallist, Sandhya Rani finished sixth in the eight lifters field with a total of 158kg (70+88), which is seven kilogram less than her CWG effort.China’s Wang Mingjuan ran away with the gold medal with a total lift of 285kg. She created new records in both snatch and clean and jerk with efforts of 91kg and 95kg respectively.Thailand’s Pensiri Laosirikul won the silver with a lift of 192kg (83+109) while the bronze went to Chen Wei-Ling of Chinese Taipei who had a total lift of 191kg (86+105).In men’s 56kg, V Srinivasa Rao and Sukhen Dey finished eighth and 10th respectively with below par performances.Rao lifted 245kg (110+135), three kilogram less than his bronze-winning effort in the Commonwealth Games.Dey, who won a silver in the Commonwealth Games, was far below his best with a total lift of 230kg (104+126), a whopping 12 kilogram less than his CWG performance.World champion Wu Jingbiao of China won gold with a total lift of 285kg (133+152), seven kilogram less than his effort at the World Championships in Turkey in September.South Korean Cha Kum Chol, who finished third in the World Championships, expectedly won the silver with a total lift of 276kg (128+148), which is four kilogram less than his effort in Turkey.Indonesia’s Jadi Setiadi won the bronze with a total lift of 271kg (120+151).With inputs from PTI
India’s top singles player Somdev Devvarnman was gracious in defeat giving credit to Belgian qualifier David Goffin who beat him in a first round of the Chennai Open on Wednesday.Somdev was shocked 2-6, 4-6 by the 20-year-old Goffin in the upset of the day. “Before I say anything, I’d like to say Goffin deserves a lot of credit. From my side, I don’t think I played very well,” he said.Somdev said he was surprised by his defeat because he was “hitting the ball really well in practice.” “I am very disappointed with my performance today and hopefully I’ll play better as the season progresses,” he said.Goffin on his part said,”My game was trying to be aggressive and reach the net. I tried to be aggressive in the court from the first moment until very end.” Asked how he managed to keep his focus towards the end of the game when the vocal crowd got behind Somdev, Goffin said, “These games are never easy to win. I tried to focus on my game till the last point and finish the match.”Somdev admitted that Goffin’s aggressive start to the game, in which the Belgian made the local favourite run all over the court and took a 4-0 lead, “unsettled” him. That unsettled me a bit. The first set wasn’t ideal for me,” Somdev said. But the Indian said he had not seen much of Goffin’s play before, though he did study videos of his matches.”I actually felt he was getting a bit tired. (And) there were a few times, I failed to capitalise on his errors.” The Indian said it was “back to the drawing board now” after this defeat. “It’s time to start playing well again (and) move up the rankings,” he said. Looking ahead to the Australian Open qualifiers, he said, “I have a whole week and so I can book my flight now.”advertisementAsked how he rated Goffin, Somdev said, “You go and see his results last year and he did really well towards the end (of the season). I don’t know what changes he’s made to his game, but as far as potential goes, a lot of people have potential, but you have to put the work in to realise it.””He’s young, talented, has a lot of work ahead of him and I wish him all the best,” he said.- With PTI inputs
England opener Alastair Cook played the captain’s knock carrying his bat through to score an unbeaten 80 as hosts carved out a convincing 7 wicket win over India during the second ODI at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday. Score | PhotosChasing a stiff 188, Cook led from the start helping England reach the target with five balls to spare in a match was reduced to 23-overs a side owing to persistent rains.Earlier, India opener Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden half-century and Suresh Raina hit a quick-fire 41 as India put on 187/8 after being put in to bat. The match was delayed by six hours owing to persistent showers.Parthiv Patel treated the match like a T20 game and got off to a flier right away scoring in boundaries and sixes. But his innings did not last long and he fell in the fourth over of the day off James Anderson’s ball. An edge off his bat was nicely taken by keeper Craig Kieswetter on 28. India lost their first wicket on 30.Post that wicket, opener Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid batted with resolve and increased India’s run rate. Soon India’s score crossed the 100-run mark. But soon their partnership came to an end as England spinner Graeme Swann removed Dravid on 32 and India lost their second wicket on 109 after a 79 runs partnership between the two batsmen.New man, Virat Kohli could not stay in the middle for long. He fell off Jade Dernbach trying to loft the ball past the boundary, but failed to clear Ian Bell at long-on. India lost their third wicket on 125.advertisementBut Rahane was still in the middle and batting past his maiden ODI half-century. Soon, he and Suresh Raina got going taking the fight to the opposition. But there was a slight hit in tempo as Rahane took on runner in Virat Kohli.And no sooner had he took on a runner that he departed caught and bowled Swann on 54. His fine innings was decorated with five fours and one six.But his fall did not halt India’s charge as Suresh Raina batting alongside skipper MS Dhoni started dealing in boundaries and over the fence shots. Taking cue, Dhoni went for his favourite helicopter shot off Tim Bresnan, but didn’t get the desired elevation and ended up getting caught by Bell at long-on. India were 164/5 post his fall.Raina continued the onslaught and boundaries and sixes became rather common during his innings. In the last over, he went for another big shot of Bresnan, but Ben Stokes took a fine catch in the deep and Raina’s 41-run blitz came to an end. His19-ball innings saw him hit three four and an equal number of sixes.India lost two more wickets in the last over before posting a fine 187/8 at The Rose Bowl.In replay, England just lost three wickets and reached the mark with seven wickets and five balls to spare. Captain Cook top scored with an unbeaten 80 runs on board which came off just 63 delivers and was studded with five fours and one six.Cook proved to be the pivot around with the England batting revolved. First he set up a 67-run first wicket partnership with Craig Kieswetter and then got busy with two more fruitful partnerships with Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara.
Kolkata Knight Riders lost their final qualifying round match against Somerset by 11 runs but still managed to qualify for the Champions League Twenty20 main tournament in Hyderabad on Wednesday.Chasing a victory target of 167, KKR could score 155 for eight but made it to the 10-team main tournament as the third highest ranked side in the six-team qualifying round on better net run rate.They collected two points from one win – against Auckland Aces – the same as Ruhunu Eleven but qualified for the main tournament on better net run rate.KKR have a net run rate of minus 0.225 while Ruhunu ended at minus 0.275. The Kolkata side qualified for the main round after reaching 153 in their run chase.The Jacques Kallis-led side joined three other Indian teams – reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians – in the main round, to be held from September 23 to October 9.Somerset and Trinidad and Tobago are the two other teams to have qualified to the main round from the qualifiers. Both secured two wins each.Riding on opener Peter Trego’s fluent half-century, Somerset first produced a solid batting display to post a challenging 166 for six after electing to bat and then restricted Kolkata Knight Riders to 155 for eight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.Ryan ten Doeschate waged a lone battle for KKR, hitting one four and three sixes on his way to 46 from 31 deliveries, but eventually ran short of partners.
INS Gomti changes coloursIndian Navy warships are shedding their trademark dark grey colours – which they have sported for nearly a half-century – for a new paler NATO-like light grey.Naval brass say the paler paint helps blend in with the sea. The navy, whose six months at sea since the,INS Gomti changes coloursIndian Navy warships are shedding their trademark dark grey colours – which they have sported for nearly a half-century – for a new paler NATO-like light grey.Naval brass say the paler paint helps blend in with the sea. The navy, whose six months at sea since the attack on Parliament was the longest operational deployment, discovered that while its dark grey warships melted into the night, they stood out during day.Now all warships going in for refits are being given new coats of paint. The navl submarines, of course, remain black.The colour doesn’t matter underwater.