Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES But make no mistake, Durham is hell-bent on leading Meralco to the top of the mountain as he seeks to finish what he regards as an “unfinished business.”“I said last season that I feel I left an unfinished business with us finishing runner-up last year. So winning (the Best Import award) is great, but we got games and a championship we need to win,” he said. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BPC plum ‘validation’ of hard work, says Slaughter MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Allen Durham may have won his second Bobby Parks Best Import award, but the trophy was the least of his concerns on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Honestly, I’m not thinking about it now,” Durham said moments before Game 2 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Meralco and Ginebra.Durham had laser-focus when he entered the Big Dome for the all-important Game 2 as he was motivated to equalize the best-of-7 series.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“Right now, I’m just focused on winning. I’m grateful to win the award again, but my main concern has always been winning the championship,” he said.There’s no denying how much Durham impacts a game, averaging 25.44 points, 20.06 rebounds, 6.81 assists, and 1.25 blocks to help the Bolts get back in the Finals, their second in franchise history.
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “We really needed this game. This would have assured us in the playoffs, but because of what happened, we need to work harder in our next game,” he said in Filipino.The do-it-all guard gave his all as always, and his efforts were mirrored in the stat sheets with 17 points, 13 rebounds, and five assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite his gaudy numbers, Thompson couldn’t get his mind off of his missed floater which would have swung the lead back to the crowd favorites in the final 20 seconds of the game.Still, the Digos City native would rather keep his eye on the positives with Ginebra, at 5-5, has the luxury of rest before going plunging back into action Rain or Shine for its final assignment on March 2. AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Caram provides spark to revive Bolts’ playoff bid Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH “It could be a disadvantage that we may be out of our rhythm because of the long gap, but we’re looking at it as our chance to rest and prepare well for Rain or Shine,” he said.Thompson also isn’t putting too much on the Gin Kings’ failure to live up to everyone’s expectations as one of this conference’s top contenders.“Everyone has their opinion on the teams. They might think that we’re contenders, but for us, every team can contend. We don’t think that we’re higher than them. All we want is to work hard and make it to the quarterfinals,” he said.“Again, we have our eyes set on Rain or Shine. Our target is to make it to the top six so that we’ll be in a best-of-three series.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — Scottie Thompson would have wanted Ginebra to have formalized its entry to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals with a victory over Meralco at the cavernous Philippine Arena on Sunday.Instead, the Bolts claimed the rematch of last year’s finals, 84-82, to stay alive in the playoff race and complicate matters for the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments
Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa 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 Read Next MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “It really is similar to the role he had with the USA team,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “He’d come in and be a force of nature.”There have been some signature moments already in his second stint with the Heat. Wade’s winner against Philadelphia last week was the 12th of his career. In the first 29 seasons of Heat basketball, only two players posted consecutive 25-point games off the bench. Wade is already the third name on that list.At home against Detroit on Saturday, he was serenaded with “M-V-P” and “We Want Wade” chants.“The guy is just a great player,” said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, Wade’s first coach with the Heat in 2003. “Has been since he walked into the league. To still be doing what he’s done these last few games at this point in his career is pretty impressive. But he’s back home. He’s back home. I think he probably feels that.”Wade agrees, saying the return has been an energy boost.It has also been emotional, as South Florida tries to recover from last month’s shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High that left 17 people dead — including a boy whose parents chose to bury him in a Wade jersey. Wade met with the family of that teen, Heat fan Joaquin Oliver, on Saturday night .“It’s bigger than basketball,” Wade said.It’s also just like old times, albeit in a new role.“The thing about Dwyane, he’s probably adapted and evolved and changed his role as much as any star player in this game,” Spoelstra said. “That is part of his brilliance. He figures things out.”He’s done that since Day 1 in Miami. Wade — one of the greatest shooting guards to play the game — was drafted by Miami as a point guard. He became a superstar shooting guard and NBA Finals MVP, a league scoring champion and absolute first option in Miami until he wooed LeBron James and Chris Bosh to the Heat to end his days as the lone Alpha dog. He tried to emulate the Miami days in Chicago, tried to fill a role in Cleveland.And now, this.Wade thinks he’s changed teams for the final time. Whether he plays past this season or not, this is his role until the end. It is the final reinvention.“I want to be my best self,” Wade said. “If I’m on the bench to start games, if I’m on the bench to end games, as long as we’re winning. That’s all I care about.” MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 09: (editor’s note: This image has been converted to black and white.) Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena on February 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — This is not the first reinvention of Dwyane Wade.Or the second.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Or the third.His 15 NBA seasons have been a series of role changes — the latest being where the most celebrated player in Miami Heat history watches five younger players start games while he waits for a chance to enter as a sub. But nearly a month after the trade that brought him back to the Heat, Wade has zero complaints.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The finished product of Dwyane, you guys have seen me win three championships and all that,” Wade said. “But I’ve had so many different roles in my life in playing basketball. I came off the bench for a long time before y’all knew who I was. My ego is not too big at this point. I’m 36 years old. These guys are the future of this organization and this team. I’m definitely not the future. I’m cool with that.”Still, he’s vital to Miami’s hopes right now. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Cavs’ Thompson to miss several games with sprained ankle Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Wade is clearly going to play a sizable role in the Heat playoff push, in all sorts of ways. The savvy veteran who can be a de facto assistant coach in the locker room, on the practice floor and on the bench.The guy who makes crowds in Miami roar simply by removing his warmups and walking to the scorer’s table to check into games. The closer, who’ll be on the floor in the most critical minutes of games.He’s just not starting.“I started embracing it when I was at the previous team, because I’m a winner,” Wade said. “I’m always about doing whatever I can to help whatever team I’m on be in its best position. I’ve done that my whole life. It’s not just now. I’ve done it in the Olympics, I’ve done it all over the place. It takes nothing away from who I am or what I’ve accomplished.”Before now, the last season that Wade played and wasn’t a full-time starter was the summer of 2008 — on the U.S. Olympic team at the Beijing Games, where he was the leading scorer on the way to a gold medal. Prior to that, he thinks it was his fourth-grade team.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
1 dead in Cavite blast, fire North Korea expecting visit from Dennis Rodman MOST READ LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide 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 Sardar Azmoun scored in the 23rd minute and Mehdi Taremi in the 88th at Azadi Stadium in Tehran.Iran, managed by former Real Madrid and Portugal coach Carlos Queiroz since 2011, tops Group A of Asian qualifying. The team is unbeaten from eight games and eight points clear of third-placed Uzbekistan with two qualifiers remaining, so cannot be denied a top-two finish and an automatic spot in Russia next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSouth Korea is in second place, a point ahead of Uzbekistan with a game in hand.Iran has yet to concede a goal in qualifying in a run which has renewed the confidence with fans. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Iranians celebrate on a street after their national soccer team’s win over Uzbekistan that secured Iran’s presence in the 2018 Russia World Cup, in Tehran, Monday, June 12, 2017. Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by beating Uzbekistan 2-0 late Monday, sparking celebrations in the streets. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)TEHRAN, Iran — Iran became the second team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup by beating Uzbekistan 2-0 late Monday, sparking celebrations in the streets.It is the first time Iran has qualified for consecutive World Cups, and will be its fifth appearance at soccer’s marquee tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ He said he hopes Iran will retain Queiroz has head coach even after the World Cup.Brazil was the first team to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vice-president Eshaq Jahangiri was present at the stadium for the game, among the almost 60,0000 supporters celebrating when the referee blew full-time.The Iranian players celebrated with the national flag, broadcast live on TV with a rousing soundtrack. Men, woman and children spilled into the streets with flags and chants and motorists honked their horns.In the main streets and squares Tehrani residents gathered and chanted “Queiroz, we love you,” and “Queiroz, thank you.”Ashkan Kasraeian drove with his wife and friends to be part of the celebrations.“I came out to join this national celebration,” he said. “I am proud of my national football team and I love Carlos Queiroz.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “His demeanor, duration of his walk to the podium, his playing to the crowd. … Pure Undertaker,” Madigan said.And Trump’s tiger-like pacing on stage behind Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate last fall in St. Louis? That’s how wrestlers stalk their opponents during pre-match taunting sessions.In this Sunday, April 1, 2007, file photo, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, center, held by “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, prepares to have his hair cut off by Donald Trump, left, and Bobby Lashley, right, after Lashley defeated Umaga at Wrestlemania 23 at Ford Field in Detroit. Wrestling aficionados say President Trump, who has a long history with the game, has borrowed tactics of the sport to cultivate the ultimate antihero character – who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody’s rules but his own. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)In subsequent months of Trump’s tweets and public feuds, it became clear to Madigan and other former WWE writers that, consciously or not, Trump was channeling professional wrestling in his politics.“The parallels are uncanny,” said Domenic Cotter, a producer who in the mid-2000s cut backstage segments for WWE.Depending on your political affiliation, the writers said, Trump is playing one of two classic wrestling characters: The “heel,” or ultimate bad guy, who wins at all costs; or the modern-day wrestling protagonist, dubbed a “face” or “babyface,” in wrestling parlance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 “I think of Donald Trump as the ultimate babyface,” Cotter said, “almost in the ilk of ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, who was this rage-against-the-machine, anti-authority and establishment figure.”Cotter saw Trump employ a classic pro wrestling tactic during his first news conference as president-elect, when he ordered CNN reporter Jim Acosta to be quiet and barked, “You are fake news!”“In wrestling terminology, he cut a promo on that CNN reporter and got over him, basically,” Cotter said. “In wrestling, some smarmy heel is going on and on and on and the baby face quips a response right back and the audience goes crazy.”Perhaps Trump comes by it naturally. He hosted back-to-back WrestleMania events in his Atlantic City, New Jersey, Trump Plaza in 1988 and 1989. And then, most famously, there was a mock “Battle of the Billionaires” in 2007 when he body-slammed and then shaved the head of WWE boss Vince McMahon.Most recently, he picked McMahon’s wife, Linda, who ran twice unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in Connecticut, to head the Small Business Administration.Ranjan Chhibber, a humanities and film studies professor at Florida State College in Jacksonville who has written about pro wrestling, said Trump is most clearly portrayed in the ring by the industry’s current bad-boy-turned-hero: CM Punk, a brash 38-year-old wrestler whom writers have dubbed the “Voice of the Voiceless.”CM Punk’s character often says he will say things no one else dares to say, and wrestling writers have created a new narrative for him that’s almost tailor-made for the current political environment of leaked emails and unauthorized dossiers: revealing the secrets of what happens backstage.“This is pro-wrestling writing genius,” Chhibber said.In wrestling, writers create season-long dramas that turn the mat into a stage for fantasy. Narratives pit good against evil, stronger personalities win over more subdued ones, and announcers legitimize the at-any-costs tactics of the “heels.”When Trump publicly supports Russia’s Vladimir Putin, depicted by the U.S. intelligence services as a sort of global “heel,” he is effectively playing the role of the announcer who builds up the bad boy in the ring, justifying his alpha-dog behavior, Madigan said. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Wrestling aficionados say the president, who has a long history with the game, has borrowed the time-tested tactics of the squared circle to cultivate the ultimate antihero character, a figure who wins at all costs, incites outrage and follows nobody’s rules but his own.“In our terminology, he’s playing it to the hilt,” said former World Wrestling Entertainment writer Dan Madigan.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 starsOn Sunday, Trump’s apparent fondness for wrestling emerged in a tweeted mock video that shows him pummeling a man in a business suit — his face obscured by the CNN logo — outside a wrestling ring. It was not clear who produced the brief video, which appeared to be a doctored version of Trump’s 2007 appearance on World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. But it was tweeted from the president’s official Twitter account.Madigan was first struck by the parallels last summer when Trump was introduced at the Republican National Convention. There was a backlit Trump, unveiled in stark silhouette, who then sauntered onto stage at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, just like wrestling’s most infamous antihero, The Undertaker. Trump tweets mock video showing him beating man labeled CNN1K viewsNewsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’? NEW YORK — Making bombastic boasts. Dropping signature catch phrases. Attaching insults to rivals’ names. Shouting down perceived enemies.If President Donald Trump’s recent attacks on television personalities, journalists and political rivals feel like something straight out of the pro wrestling circuit, it may not be a coincidence.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games And when Trump assigns prefixes to his political rivals’ names (think “low I.Q. Crazy Mika” Brzezinski or “Crooked Hillary” Clinton) he is effectively emulating the longtime wrestling announcer Bobby “The Brain” Hennan, who cheered on “heels” over rule-following “babyface” wrestlers he disparaged.“The hero is boring. He does the same vanilla thing,” Madigan said. “You always watch what the bad guy says and does.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA: Carmelo Anthony open to waiving no-trade clause for Rockets, Cavs—report LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera
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Standhardinger is expected to play despite an aching shoulder on Wednesday, when the Filipinos battle the winner of the Korea-Japan match, which was being played at press time on Monday, according to a report by TV5’s Jutt Sulit.“No matter what, pain or no pain, I will play on Wednesday when it really counts,” said the 6-foot-8 Filipino-German, who sat out his first game in two tournaments with Gilas because of a severe stiff neck and sore shoulder.Standhardinger, who is averaging 15.5 points and 6.5 rebounds, said that the injury occurred after a rugged win over Iraq, when “somebody hit me in the back and I heard it pop.”The Koreans have a history of inflicting heart-rending defeats on the Filipinos and actually own a win the last time the two countries met, in the Jones Cup in Taipei, recently.In that game, the Philippines made just 1-of-26 from three-point distance in an 83-72 defeat that took the Filipinos out of the title hunt.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul “You all know that had we played Korea or Japan tonight, we would be headed home,” Reyes told his players after they blew a 17-point lead and had to withstand a furious finish by the Qataris behind guard Mansour Elhadary.“No way we’ll win like that,” Reyes was quoted in a story sent by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, which is providing details of Gilas games as no Philippine-based publication managed to beat Lebanon’s visa deadline on time.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 starsUsing speed yet again to win a third straight game and playing without big men Christian Standhardinger and June Mar Fajardo, Gilas took command early but then had a cold spell in the fourth quarter, allowing the Qataris to come dangerously close.Matthew Wright and Terrence Romeo quelled the last of the Iraqi uprisings with timely hits from the outside. Wright finished with 25 points built around seven triples, while Romeo made his only two field goals of the night inside the final three minutes. Gilas Pilipinas players and coach Chot Reyes (right) pose for photographs on a makeshift stage outside Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. Behind them are Filipino supporters as they celebrate their victory over Qatar, 80-74, in the Fiba Asia Cup on Sunday. Photo from Fiba.comA huge number of OFWs (Overseas Filipino Workers) celebrated with Gilas Pilipinas on Sunday night after the Filipinos topped Group B in the Fiba Asia Cup and advanced to the quarterfinals outright.But coach Chot Reyes was quick to remind his gung-ho wards that the way they played in a narrow 80-74 win over rugged Qatar won’t be enough to get the job done when they clash with either Japan or South Korea in the win-or-go home stage on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Flying V, Cignal eye PBA D-League title slots Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Gilas didn’t shoot that bad against Qatar, but it had 17 turnovers and couldn’t play solid-enough defense as Elhadary got away with 23 points and almost won it by himself for his team in the endgame.PBA DraftMeanwhile, the Philippine Basketball Association is now accepting applications for the 2017 Rookie Draft, slated Oct. 29 at Robinsons Place Manila in Ermita.The Commissioner’s Office set the deadline for submission of applications and requirements for half-Filipino players on Sept. 1.Local-born aspirants have until Oct. 12 to apply.After a preliminary list of rookie hopefuls with foreign blood is released, there will be a month-long period to contest an applicant’s eligibility.Rickie Santos, deputy commissioner for basketball operations, said the Draft Combine— which serves as a test to determine the skill set and physical and abilities of the players— will be scheduled on Oct. 23 to 26, with the venues still to be finalized.The final list of candidates for the Rookie Draft will be known Oct. 27.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments
Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Conor McGregor stands on stage during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. McGregor is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a boxing bout Saturday. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — British boxer Amir Khan fears Conor McGregor could face serious injury as the Irishman prepares to face Floyd Mayweather here Saturday.Former light-welterweight world champion Khan told the MMA Hour television show Friday he believed mixed martial arts star McGregor could be hurt in what he expects will be a one-sided meeting with Mayweather in Las Vegas.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul With the bout expected to bring in more than $60 million at the gate, the commission could earn as much as $1.2 million.But Bob Bennett, the executive director of the commission, hit back at suggestions of a conflict of interest.“As a regulator, I take offense to the fact that we’re approving this fight for fiduciary reasons,” Bennett said. “That’s totally unfair, and it’s simply not true.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix Suns guard Knight to miss season after knee op McGregor has never fought in a professional boxing contest and is a huge underdog against Mayweather, a 49-0 fighter regarded as one of the best boxers in history.“It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.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 opening“So he (McGregor) should not show too much too balls in this fight. If he starts getting a beating — step out man,” he added.“He needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Khan’s fears reflect wider misgivings by some in the boxing community who believe Saturday’s money-spinning superfight should never have been sanctioned on safety grounds.The head of the Association of Ringside Physicians, Larry Lovelace, is among those who believe Nevada should not have granted a licence to the fight.“We were very surprised this bout was even sanctioned and was going to be permitted to carry on,” Lovelace was quoted as saying by the New York Times.“The thing I really fear, truly fear, is that somebody’s going to get really hurt.”The Nevada State Athletic Commission, which sanctioned the fight, has a financial interest in the fight going ahead, earning a slice of the gross ticket receipts.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Emboldened by the Union cabinet’s rejection of the sports ministry’s draft National Sports Bill, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is now ready to take on the government on the issue of age and tenure guidelines.The IOA has called a meeting of its office-bearers next week to discuss ways to get around the recommendations issued in the Government Order dated May 1, 2010.The National Sports Federations (NSFs) and the IOA are in no mood to surrender the momentum provided by the cabinet’s decision and insist that there should be no government control in their functioning.The guidelines issued by former sports minister MS Gill put a cap on the age and tenures of the office- bearers of federations, including the IOA, and would have become laws had the National Sports Development Bill been passed by Parliament.”Next week we have called a meeting of all the office-bearers of the IOA to decide our future course of action,” acting IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra told Mail Today on Wednesday.”There are still a number of issues to deal with and we want to get rid of the guidelines issued by the government which limit the age and tenures of officebearers, besides several other contentious issues.”In the past, the ministry has arm- twisted federations just to have control over the sports bodies. It recognises federations on its own terms which is absolutely illegal and unfair,” said Malhotra.However, despite the setback, sports minister Ajay Maken is defiant and said the reworked Bill that he will present before the Cabinet will still have the contentious issues – age and tenure limits, 25 per cent representation of players in sports bodies and bringing the federations under the Right to Information Act.advertisementMaken also defended his effort to bring the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the ambit of the Bill.”If at all I go back to the Cabinet with the second Bill, I am not willing to compromise on certain issues like RTI, age and tenures and players’ representation in sports bodies. I am willing to remove any such provision which makes it look as if the government wants to control sports bodies,” Maken told Headlines Today on Wednesday.”What do they (BCCI) mean by they don’t get government funds so shouldn’t come under RTI? They are indirectly getting government funds. How about the tax exemptions? How about the land they get? How much did they pay for the Ferozeshah Kotla? ” BCCI does not have to pay entertainment tax; they don’t pay for the security provided during the matches by the government.Even the land for the stadiums is generally given to them free of cost. So people have the right to know what is happening in the BCCI. People should know certain things because, at the end of the day, their team represents the country,” said the minister.Whether Maken’s ambitious Bill manages to see the light of day remains to be seen, but most of the federations have either already changed their constitution or have agreed to change it as per the ministry’s guidelines.But those who had agreed to change the constitution may not follow it anymore while those federations, which have already changed it, are ready to continue but without government interference.Cycling Federation of India (CFI) claims it has changed its constitution according to the government’s requirements but it still doesn’t enjoy government recognition.”We have the recognition from the international and Asian bodies, besides the IOA. We conducted our elections as per ministry guidelines and applied for recognition but they haven’t responded yet,” CFI secretary general Onkar Singh told Mail Today . Hockey India secretary general Narinder Batra said the federation is already under the RTI Act and gets its accounts audited regularly.”We have already amended the age and tenure guidelines in our constitution and will stick to it in our next elections,” Batra told Mail Today.