Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhile Rob Ricafort can finally play for University of the Philippines after securing a temporary restraining order, the Maroons face the risk of forfeiture.Commissioner Atty. Rebo Saguisag said the league will abide by the court ruling and won’t stop the wingman from playing if UP decides to field him.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ricafort will turn 25 on January 2018, after the basketball season is over. Goran Dragic back with Heat after summer title for Slovenia Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES MOST READ But with TRO set to lapse on October 21, Ricafort’s fate this Season 80 is not yet set in stone.“Should the TRO be invalid and void, there will be a possibility that the games [Ricafort played in] will be forfeited,” said Saguisag in a press conference Saturday.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“As the commissioner, I will not restrain him from playing. But they assume the risk depending on how the court will decide. After 20 days, we don’t know what will happen. It’s the team’s option.”The UAAP eligibility committee initially ruled Ricafort ineligible to play this season as he will exceed the maximum age limit of 25. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View comments
Also sharing the spotlight was libero Kath Arado who negated UST heavy hitter Cherry Rondina, making 32 receptions and 28 digs.The Lady Warriors thus notched their second win in eight games, tying the Tigresses, who are now in danger of missing the Final Four. 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 View comments Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next MOST READ One team PH: battle cry of Vargas’ board Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Ateneo also got back at FEU after losing to the Lady Tamaraws in the first round. Both Ateneo and FEU are at 5-3.Jho Maraguinot scored 14 points while Kat Tolentino added 11 points for the Lady Eagles, who also snapped the Lady Tamaraws’ four-win run and muddle up the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut it was the startling 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24 triumph by the Lady Warriors over the Tigresses that created the bigger uproar.It was the first victory of UE over UST in 24 years, and one that UST coach Kungfu Reyes said during the game would go down in infamy for the school. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Maddie Madayag typifies the Lady Eagles’ dominance over Bernadeth Pons, Celine Domingo and the Lady Tams. —SHERWIN VARDELEONAteneo redeemed itself from the heartache of a previous loss but it was University of the East that stole the spotlight as it redeemed itself from the ignominy of the past few seasons Wednesday night.The Lady Eagles bounced back after losing to the defending champion and rival La Salle Lady Spikers by trouncing the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17, in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games “If we lose here, it’s going to be the most forgettable season for us,” Reyes told the Tigresses early in the fourth when they trailed 12-5. “If you can’t win it for yourselves, at least win it for the school.”That appeared to strike a chord for the Tigresses, who clawed back and even reached set-point, 24-22, on Carla Sandoval’s hit. But in a stunning turn of events that mirrored what happened in the first and third sets, UE came through with clutch hits to steal the match.It was the second straight win for the Lady Warriors, who also defeated the Adamson Lady Falcons to end the first round. UE won one game each the past two seasons.Now they are looking at turning things around after a poor start this year that led to coach Francis Vicente finally calling it quits.Interim coach Rod Roque drew 21 points from Mary Ann Mendres, while Shaya Adorador added 15. Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez had 10 each.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH
— The 35-year-old American, the champion in Paris in 2002, 2013 and 2015, won a record-setting 23rd Grand Slam title at the Australian Open before eventually announcing she was pregnant. She and fiancee, tech entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian will be become parents in September.Maria Sharapova— Sharapova, the Paris champion in 2012 and 2014, missed the 2016 tournament as she served a doping suspension. The Russian star returned to action in April but was refused a wild card by Roland Garros organisers to enter this year’s French Open.Victoria Azarenka— New mum Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion and former world number one, hasn’t played since last year’s French Open and will miss this year’s edition after giving birth to son Leo in December. She will return to the tour at the Mallorca Open next month and intends to play at Wimbledon.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer, of Switzerland, reacts after defeating Rafael Nadal, of Spain, during the men’s singles final tennis match at the Miami Open, Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Key Biscayne, Florida. APPARIS, France — The French Open gets underway at Roland Garros on Sunday with a host of stars sidelined and others fighting races against time to be fit.AFP Sports looks at who’s missing and who’s fighting:ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO “Hi guys, I have some news. I will be flying to Roland Garros and taking part in a press conference on site at 2:30pm local time on Friday. Keep everything crossed for me that I will be able to play there,” wrote Kvitova on Twitter.Laura Siegemund— Germany’s Siegemund, the shock winner of the Stuttgart claycourt tournament in April, was stretchered off with suspected knee ligament damage after a nasty fall in her Nuremberg second round match against Barbora Krejcikova on Wednesday. Fed Cup coach Barbara Rittner said Siegemund was likely to pull out of Paris. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF GONE…Roger FedererFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting— The 2009 champion won his 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in January but the 35-year-old decided to skip the French Open and the entire claycourt season to stay fresh for an assault on what would be an eighth Wimbledon title on July. Federer also missed last year’s Roland Garros due to injury.Serena Williams Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GOING…Juan Martin del Potro— Del Potro, whose career has been plagued by injuries, is suffering shoulder and back problems which may force him out.The giant Argentine, ranked 30 in the world, hasn’t played at Roland Garros since 2012 when he reached the quarter-finals, instead spending lengthy periods off court battling wrist injuries which pushed him to the brink of retirement.Simona Halep— Halep, the 2014 runner-up, is only “50/50” for Roland Garros having sustained a torn ankle ligament in last week’s Italian Open final.Halep, winner of the Madrid Open the week before, needed treatment after going over on her right ankle before losing 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 to Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in Rome.“The MRI scan shows a torn ligament. Doctors say it’s 50/50.”Petra Kvitova— Two-time Wimbledon winner Kvitova will decide on Friday whether or not she will play in the French Open as she recovers from a knife attack fighting off a burglar in December. MOST READ South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollution LATEST STORIES Ratliffe on guarding Stepheson: I wanted to tire him out View comments
PBA IMAGESYeng Guiao and his NLEX Road Warriors have been at the bottom of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup totem pole right from the start.With a nine-game losing streak in the import-spiced conference and a 13-game spell dating back to the Philippine Cup, they know what it feels like looking at everything from below.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Bacolod’s field of dreams Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games But the mercurial champion coach has an idea how the skirmishes at the top will end.“I think it’s San Miguel Beer,” says Guiao, whose squad notched its first win in the tournament on Wednesday night. “They have the tools and the experience. They (Beermen) are a solid contender.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThe only thing that Guiao doesn’t have a quick answer to? Who would likely be the Beermen’s foes in the Finals.“Every team has to prepare itself in stopping San Miguel,” Guiao says, noting that the Beermen look invincible in their quest for the second jewel of an anticipated Triple Crown sweep. “They would have to know how to beat San Miguel.” The Beermen don’t actually have the best record as of this writing. Star leads the pack with an 8-2 record but the Hotshots are not yet sure of nailing one of the two twice-to-beat privileges in the first round of the playoffs.That is because San Miguel defeated Star in the eliminations. And with Barangay Ginebra also in the running for a top-two finish, the Hotshots could ultimately be denied the bonus.“I am seeding San Miguel in the Finals,” Guiao says. “What we want to know is who the Beermen would be playing, unless something drastic happens to them. But with the way they are playing, their confidence is truly high.”There’s no doubt that the firebrand mentor envies the fact that his Road Warriors won’t be among the eight teams that will continue playing past this round. He terribly wants another shot at the Beermen with the revamped nucleus that he now has.The former Pampanga representative says that Rain or Shine—which he guided to the championship of this tournament last season with the lowest-scoring import to ever win a title in the PBA—has suddenly looked good with the arrival of import Duke Crews.ADVERTISEMENT If Guiao is proven right, that would make for a great box-office draw for a tournament that needs one.And that would definitely make for a perfect footnote to the Beermen’s quest for the Grand Slam.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “I don’t discount upsets,” Guiao explains. “Rain or Shine is picking up again; they just played a great game (in beating Ginebra). The other finalist will be a toss-up among Ginebra, Meralco and Star.”Blessed with the finest local crew in the league, San Miguel strengthened its tag as the favorite here with the improved play of Charles Rhodes, who came over early minus the fanfare but has turned out to be a solid Best Import candidate, if not the overwhelming pick at this time.Rhodes plays both ends well and has shown the attitude that complements the play of the local Beermen, as well as the chemistry the team needs to go deep in the playoffs.San Miguel was also the title favorite of the Commissioner’s Cup last season, only for import Tyler Wilkerson to blow his top during the most crucial phase of the playoffs and cause a ruckus the Beermen weren’t able to recover from.Coach Leo Austria believes that he won’t have a problem of that sort with Rhodes. “He’s very coachable,” he said in a recent interview.And that’s a crucial aspect that makes San Miguel even more dangerous.Guiao believes that the lack of championship experience of the Meralco and Star rosters could ultimately tell on the Bolts and the Hotshots. But he concedes that both are capable of pulling out an upset.Pressed as to which team could ultimately scuttle the talented Beermen in a championship series, the firebrand Guiao, uncharacteristically, searched for an answer.“Someone with a chance [of beating San Miguel]?” Guiao repeats the question, obviously considering a judicious reply.“Ginebra, because they have the size and the experience,” he says. “In terms of experience and manpower, I really think it’s Ginebra.”
Federer edges Youzhny in 5 sets at US Open; Nadal needs 4 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Also joining in the contest were San Sebastian’s RK Ilagan, EAC’s Sidney Onwubere, Letran’s Jerrick Balanza, Lyceum’s Spencer Pretta, JRU’s Karl Bordon, Arellano’s Brylle Meca, and St. Benilde’s Matt Johnson. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “I didn’t really expect this. I still feel weak, but I was able to recover,” shared Orquina. “In my mind, I just wanted to enjoy this because this is my first time.”The sniper said that wins like these are big for the cellar-dweling Cardinals as they look for a silverlining in preparation for the second round.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“For me, this is really important. We’re already playing bad, so at least, awards like these allows us to redeem ourselves a bit,” he said.Orquina dethroned defending champion AC Soberano of San Beda, who only had 14 in the first round. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlmel Orquina shrugged off flu and came out of nowhere to win the Three-Point Shootout Friday in the 2017 NCAA All-Star at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Mapua sophomore shot 15 points in the final round, with the title-clinching basket coming from the moneyball of the fourth rack to fend off Perpetual’s Jack Hao, who had 10 points, in the championship round.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 Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion
Sikkil Gurucharan, 28, Carnatic Vocalist He is miles away from the image of a classical musician, sporting jeans and a T-shirt. An iPod fanatic and music blogger, he is one of the youngest to receive the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for excellence in Carantic music.The Journey: Sikkil Gurucharan, four,Sikkil Gurucharan, 28, Carnatic Vocalist He is miles away from the image of a classical musician, sporting jeans and a T-shirt. An iPod fanatic and music blogger, he is one of the youngest to receive the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar for excellence in Carantic music.The Journey: Sikkil Gurucharan, four albums old, was born in Chennai into a family of flute maestros-his grandparents and aunts. In 1987, the five-year-old gave a vocal performance at home, which served as an eye-opener for his parents. In 1990, he began training under Vaigai S. Gnanaskandan. Recently, he did a stint as an RJ at WorldSpace Radio presenting Carnatic music.The Muse: “The music of my grandparents and legends like Semmangudi, K.V. Narayana, Madurai Mani Iyer, Kalyanaraman and the Alathur brothers. I hope I continue to be inspired by tradition,” he says.”Gurucharan has the right mix of good education, energy and passion, which makes him a face of the future.”Aruna Sairam, Carnatic singer and composer The Challenge: Concerts. “It is like an impromptu speech. You know the topic and duration but don’t know what course the talk will take.”The Mentors: His aunts. The Sangeetha Kalanidhi Sikkil flute sisters-Kunjumani and Neela-Radha Viswanathan and Mala Chandrashekhar.The Mission: To make Carnatic music popular and strengthen its future by being more creative.
Bihar is in the fast lane of development. Nowhere is it more perceptible than in the state capital. Shopping malls, multiplexes, food plazas, and showrooms of branded clothes, designer jewellery and swanky cars have come up everywhere in no time.But one struggles to find any sports complex or playground in good condition in the midst of the concrete jungle that Patna has become today.About 100 players, including girls, recently assembled to play soccer at the busiest intersection in the city to register their symbolic protest over shrinking space for sportspersons. Their protest sought to highlight the fact that Patna has witnessed the mushrooming of multi-story apartments in all parts of the city, but no sports complex or good playground has come up for the players anywhere in recent times.Patna’s premier Moinul Haq Stadium is out of bounds for the average youngster. It remains in a pitiable state these days with garbage dumped on the plot earmarked for the construction of an astro-turf stadium for hockey. Other stadia in the city are in worse condition.In short, the city remains awfully short of playgrounds for budding players. The historical Gandhi Maidan remains the only breathing space in the heart of the city, but that too is being developed under a beautification drive by the district administration. The ground has not been the venue of any major sports event in recent times. Most of the time, its space is occupied for organising political rallies, brain-storming seminars, handicraft or book fairs.advertisementOld timers recall that certain portion of the historic Maidan used to be reserved throughout the year as practice ground for football players. Every evening, local players would hone their skills and draw a large number of spectators to the ground. But the sprawling Maidan no longer sees any competition between the local football teams.It is really difficult to find a proper playground in the state capital today. Even popular schools cannot boast of good fields of their own. Some of them, in fact, operate from rented houses with no provision for students to participate in outdoor sports. The old government schools with huge playgrounds have fallen on bad times with no resources of their own for proper upkeep. Other getaways such as local sports clubs are beyond the reach of the common man.The Nitish Kumar government has beautified most of the parks in the city in the past few months. Several parks which had turned into veritable garbage- dumping grounds over the years have been decked up with neon lights and water fountains. But they are of no use for cricket, hockey or football players who need bigger space.In any case, their number is far too inadequate in a city with a population of more than 20 lakh.The state government is constructing a state-of-the-art stadium in the Kankarbagh locality. But it is taking an inordinately long time to be completed.The government has also given the go- ahead for the construction of a stadium in every block of the state and tried to improve the scenario by offering jobs to the sportspersons who excel at the national and international level.But it needs to ensure that youngsters living in each part of the state get access to good playgrounds near their homes. After all, it does not need to invest much in developing the playareas.The government should also make it mandatory for builders to leave ample space for sporting activities such as badminton and table tennis within the premises of apartment buildings.Bihar has not been able to make a mark in any sport at the national level over the years. Its record has become particularly dismal since the creation of Jharkhand. It is not difficult to figure out why.The state has no dearth of sporting talent but players need proper infrastructure to grow. The state government should give the players their due and include sports in its agenda for inclusive growth.Why is it a crime to go to the cyber cafe?Patna policemen nab a number of girls at a cyber cafe in the city.Patna’s youngsters are a harried lot these days. The Patna Police have launched a crackdown on the city’s cyber cafes and restaurants following complaints about their involvement in shady activities.The police said some cyber cafes and restaurants were running sex rackets by providing small cubicles to young couples. They also claimed to have seized items such as condoms and massage creams.The state government has justified the action but the parents of several youngsters have hit out at the cops for playing self- styled moral police. Some of them said their children had gone to the cyber cafes to download forms for an examination when the police raided them.advertisementThe exasperated parents want the city police to get the dubious cabins inside the cyber cafes and restaurants demolished rather than harassing the youth in the name of sex rackets.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte No. 1 Djokovic to face No. 2 Nadal for Australian Open title Kaushik was also able to snap his three-fight losing streak while Rozten failed to get his third straight win.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hiroaki Suzuki pulled off a last second victory over Mohammed Bin Mahmoud in the ONE Super Series Muay Thai event.Mohammed Bin Mahmoud vs Hiroaki Suzuki. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt was mostly a back-and-forth affair for most of the fight until Suzuki pinned Bin Mahmoud to the cage and the Japanese fighter proceeded to maul his Malaysian opponent.The fight was eventually stopped 2:53 into the third.In the opening match of the preliminary card, Himanshu Kaushik of India scored a technical knockout victory over Indonesia’s Egi Rozten in the strawweight divisionReferee Yuji Shimada called a stop to the fight 3:33 into the first round after Kaushik (4-3) took down Rozten (2-2) and proceeded to rain several punches to the head.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Yukinori Ogasawara(L) VS Elias Mahmoudi to cap off the ONE: Hero’s Ascent preliminary round. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Elias Mahmoudi headlined the preliminary card with a unanimous decision win over Yukinori Ogasawara in the flyweight division of the ONE Super Series in ONE: Hero’s Ascent Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Algeria’s Mahmoudi had early control of the fight after a sharp right elbow cut Japan’s Ogasawara in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Mahmoudi then stayed through his course and maintained his authority over Ogasawara for the remainder of the fight.Tang Kai scored a beautiful knockout win after sending Sung Jong Lee to sleep 1:14 into the second round of their featherweight division fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsChina’s Tang was rocked at the start of second round and was almost put in a guillotine choke but he was able to recover and sent a beautiful head kick to the temple of Lee.This was Tang’s (8-2) fourth straight win, all of which were knockouts, while Lee (2-4) suffered his third straight loss. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations
US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants The first-year coach says his Tigers still have to prove them wrong by winning.Hired last March to replace Tubby Smith, Hardaway hired former NBA player Mike Miller and Sam Mitchell, a former NBA coach of the year, as assistants. Hardaway has made it clear he’s tapping into his professional background to help his alma mater, including making tweaks to a brand-new basketball facility on campus to bring it up to NBA quality.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsHis Tigers (13-7) just beat UCF, the preseason favorite in the American Athletic Conference, 77-57 last weekend. And reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2014 is Hardaway’s goal for Memphis in his debut season, which faces a serious test this week with road games at Tulsa on Wednesday and at USF on Saturday.Hardaway exchanged verbal jabs with Tennessee coach Rick Barnes a couple days after the Vols beat the Tigers 102-92 in December. Hardaway declined to name any coaches he suspected of being jealous of his coaching staff, saying only that he hears the “rumbling” as they all fight for the same players in recruiting. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ Warriors win 11th straight, cap perfect trip in Indiana SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He says there’s a bit of a backlash and negativity with the NBA approach Memphis is taking with himself, Miller and Mitchell and that their NBA experience is “a little intimidating to a lot of people.”“For sure, I definitely feel like there’s a target on my back,” Hardaway said. “There’s a lot of people that don’t want me to succeed because it’s going to look like an NBA guy came back with no experience and won so of course I relish in that.”Hardaway noted he played for some Hall of Fame coaches during his NBA career, and he also won three straight Tennessee high school basketball titles while also coaching his own AAU program.“I’m not here to ruffle any feathers, I’m just here to win,” Hardaway said.ADVERTISEMENT File-This Dec. 15, 2018, file photo shows Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway on the court before an NCAA college basketball game against Tennessee in Memphis, Tenn. Hardaway says the NBA background of his Memphis coaching staff is creating a little jealousy among other coaches, putting a target on his own back in his first season with the Tigers. “I’m getting used to this as a coach because it’s a little jealousy from a lot of these coaches around the country,” Hardaway said Monday, Jan. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill, File)MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Penny Hardaway says the NBA background of his Memphis coaching staff is creating a little jealousy among other coaches, putting a target on his own back in his first season with the Tigers.“I’m getting used to this as a coach because it’s a little jealousy from a lot of these coaches around the country,” Hardaway said Monday. “I do understand that because we are NBA players trying to come back, and we didn’t have any experience as college coaches. So we didn’t quote, unquote, ‘Pay our dues.’ So the coaches and their so-called boys that are in the media they’re going to always throw jabs at us.”ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem LATEST STORIES