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SEA Games: Centeno, Amit on course for 9-ball gold medal battle

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first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Centeno, the reigning champion, took a bye before crushing Angeli Ticoalu of Indonesia, 7-4, to march to the next round.Then two-time world 10-ball champion Amit defeated Indonesia’s Silviana Lu, 7-3, in the other quarterfinal match.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 shutoutFILE – Chezka Centeno of the Philippines during the 28th SEA Games Women’s 9-Ball Pool. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMA“As much as possible we want a repeat performance,” said the 18-year-old Centeno who didn’t hide the fact that she looks up to Amit in and out of the pool house.In the men’s 9-ball pool Carlo Biado prevailed over Amnuayporn Chotipong of Thailand, 9-3, to advance to the semis. So far, the billiards team, with former world champions in the fold including Efren “Bata” Reyes, only has one medal to show.Former World No. 1 Dennis Orcollo and Warren Kiamco placed third in 9-ball doubles.The Philippines won three golds last SEA Games.ADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Read Next View commentscenter_img Rubilen Amit of the Philippines during 9-Ball competition in 2015 SEA Games. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMAKUALA LUMPUR — Filipino pool divas have made their way to an expected gold medal battle.The last Southeast Asian Games’ finalists Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit barged into the semifinals of the women’s 9-ball singles Friday at KLCC.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH duo settle for silver in men’s tennis PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Gameslast_img read more

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World champions? Team India books a place in ICC Champions Trophy final

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first_imgThat feeling: India came near peaking in ColomboThe Colombo sun can fry eggs on a pavement, but must it necessarily have the same effect on the human brain? How in God’s name did India end up in the Champions Trophy looking like a team that could only be stopped by,That feeling: India came near peaking in ColomboThe Colombo sun can fry eggs on a pavement, but must it necessarily have the same effect on the human brain? How in God’s name did India end up in the Champions Trophy looking like a team that could only be stopped by a firing squad?Now, two cricket ratings have the Indians as the No. 4 team in the world, two more geekometers say it’s really sixth and eighth and another protests loudly, anointing the Indians as numero uno in the one-day game.No. 1? Us? Them? Those guys who usually moonlight as supermodels for inconsistency are now considered one of the top contenders for the World Cup in February-March?It’s enough to bring on an old-fashioned swoon. More like it’s time to get out of the sun in Kolkata or Coimbatore and think cool, rational thoughts. In Colombo, captain Sourav Ganguly is focused on catching an early morning flight home, never mind South Africa five months away.Coach John Wright has no doubt restrained many high-spirited optimists by saying “steady now, you idiots” in as polite ways as possible. Steady now.A Champions Trophy final in Sri Lanka does not a World Cup in South Africa make. What it does is prove that when this Indian team is switched on, it can square off against the best.But being switched on is rare in itself: for most of its history, Team India has flashed like a malfunctioning tubelight. Big on flair, short on functionality, India was always a half-empty, half-full kind of team; it showed only marginal improvement in two years with 15 wins in 34 matches in 2000 and 12 in 24 in 2001.advertisement”South Africa have good, solid players but not the aura that great teams do.”JOHN BUCHANAN , Australian coach”Australia are tough to beat because they have the bowlers for all conditions.” SHAUN POLLOCK , South African captain”If India want the Cup, they must peak in time and improve their fast bowling.”ARJUNA RANATUNGA, Sri Lankan World Cup winning captainThis year their record-16 wins in 26 games, only two losses in the last 15-is the best for a calendar year by any Indian team ever.It is reasonable now to hope, though maybe not to daydream because others are as close: Australia too have won 16 of 26 matches this year, Sri Lanka 14 of 24 and Pakistan have 17 victories from 28.”With an eye on the World Cup, I would give some credence to the results in the Champions Trophy but not as much as people think,” warns former South African batsman Barry Richards.Of the four that reached the semi-finals in Colombo, the two Asian teams will have to dig deeper in the World Cup to succeed in conditions alien to their cricket. Batsmen and tall totals, Richards cautions, cannot hope to rule on South African wickets.Waist-high bounce and rocket-like carry is the stuff of scary oriental fiction but the Australians who toured in South Africa a few months ago brought a newsflash: the pitches they had played on were by and large “slow, low and tired”.Much like the South African team, one Aussie jokes. Much like the wickets, Shaun Pollock’s men can be expected to perk up in 2003 too. Ian Bishop, former West Indies pace bowler, wants all teams to look within.”It’s about adjustment-while Sri Lanka are yet to make that adjustment, India have already started doing it by playing better outside their environment.” Of India’s 16 one-day wins this year, 10 have come overseas.The reasons for this slow change, particularly in the one-day game, are simple: professional management, planning, and preparation, a healthy dressing-room, a tight core of older players and an influx of rookies who play with freedom and fearlessness because they know no other way.Australian coach John Buchanan says champion sides have an “aura” that comes from proven records, an aura that is not easily eroded. “It’s about more than talent. Players with an aura intimidate opponents when they walk onto the field. The South Africans have good players but not the aura.”These Indians, he told INDIA TODAY, are different even from the lot that stopped the Aussies at the Final Frontier last year, a team no longer easily intimidated. “I can see a life and a passion about the team-a real drive towards winning.”India are one of a clutch of sides- Australia, South Africa, Sri Lanka and perpetual wildcarders Pakistan- expected to contend for cricket’s grand prize but Ganguly’s team is hamstrung by its wildly erratic bowling.It was what, Pollock told INDIA TODAY, separated the Australians from the rest, “They have world-class fast bowlers and spinners, they can adapt to all conditions better than anyone else. It’s why they are tough to beat.”advertisementIn the turmoil of their board politics, many have forgotten Pakistan; former captain Rameez Raja believes that Waqar Younis’ side is second only to the Aussies in bowling resources but says “individual brilliance sometimes upsets the game plan”.Meaning the captain asks for a yorker and his 400-wicket-old bowler produces a bouncer instead. It’s otherwise called Waqar Younis vs Wasim Akram, prima donna vs prima donna-in short, a mixed blessing Indian fast bowlers are denied. Repair and restoration work will soon be on among Ganguly’s men: against the West Indies in the one-dayers Ajit Agarkar could come in at No. 3 to be both fifth bowler and a handy bat up the order.Is this a cause for fervent prayer? Or a chance to follow another quirky experiment, a la wicketkeeper Dravid suddenly come to surprising life? Whatever else may have changed in Indian cricket, one thing hasn’t-there still is never a dull moment in the business.These are bright days for the national team but do not underestimate the desire or the sweat of others to win in South Africa next year: the Australians already know that seven out of 10 day-night matches held in Durban, where they have a theoretical chance of playing as group winners, have been won by the team batting first; Muthiah Muralitharan thinks nothing of unbuttoning his shirt in a Chinese restaurant to show a set of incredulous diners a bump the size of a table-tennis ball on his left shoulder-it’s his dislocated bone which he cannot get operated on until the World Cup because it would mean two months off from the game which neither his team nor he can afford.Take pride though in what the Indians will do to win: Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra threw up during their bowling spells in sweltering Colombo against England but didn’t stop.Nehra tore the webbing of his hand diving against South Africa but strapped it up and returned to bowl. That night the wound needed five stitches. No other team has played as much international cricket this year as the Indians with 26 one-dayers and 11 Tests and 14 more ODIs and five Tests left until the Cup.Fatigue, particularly among the bowlers, will be a factor and rotating players until the big event a necessity, even if it means suffering defeats. On the back of a few months of magical cricket, Sourav Ganguly’s men have been able to send their countrymen’s heads into the clouds; between now and February, they themselves will have to keep their feet on the ground and their shoulders to the wheel.last_img read more

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A Michigan State Fan Created A 14-Minute Hype Video To Celebrate The Mark Dantonio Era

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first_imgMark Dantonio excited for the teams recent win.mark dantonio hype videoSince taking over at Michigan State back in 2007, Mark Dantonio has led the Spartans to a 75-31 record (45-19 in conference), including four seasons with at least 11 wins. He’s also won the Big Ten title (2013) and posted victories in the Outback Bowl, the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, the Rose Bowl and the Cotton Bowl. MSU has finished the season ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively, over the past two years.Wednesday, a Michigan State fan who goes by MSUAndyHRCMB put together an incredible 14-minute hype video that pays homage to the Dantonio era. It’s titled “Big Stick.” It’s been going viral among MSU supporters.Michigan State kicks off its 2015 campaign at Western Michigan on Friday night.last_img

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Ole Miss Posts Awesome Hype Video Shown To Team At ‘Commitment Ceremony’

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first_imgOle Miss player raising his hand during a game.Vimeo/Ole Miss RebelsOle Miss football holds a “commitment ceremony” ever year ahead of the season, where the coaches, players, and families that make up the program pledge that they are ‘all in’ with the Rebels.In 2014, Jill Freeze, wife of head coach Hugh Freeze, described the ceremony to Heart for the Game writer Marsa Truscott.“We have this ceremony for the coaches, their families, and the players. It is a commitment that we are ‘all in’ and each of us will do our part in committing to do whatever we can to help each other.”Ole Miss posted the video it showed the team ahead of this year’s ceremony. It features 2015 highlights, practice tape, and clips from various speeches delivered to the Rebels this off-season, including those by pastor Chip Henderson and former Tennessee player and motivational speaker Inky Johnson.Ole Miss has previously posted video of the 2014 and 2015 commitment ceremonies as a part of its series “The Season.”The Rebels are prepping for one of the best games of an absolutely loaded opening weekend college football slate. Ole Miss travels to Orlando for a neutral site game against ACC powerhouse Florida State. The game is set to kick off at 8:00 p.m. CT, and will be broadcast on ESPN.last_img read more

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Indigenous offenders in federal prison highlight challenges for Trudeau government

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first_imgThe Canadian PressThe number of Indigenous offenders in the federal correctional system has risen almost 40 per cent in the last decade, says a government report.It also says a lower percentage of Indigenous offenders benefit from gradual release from custody than non-Indigenous ones.In addition, the number of women admitted to federal correctional centres has increased in recent years.The statistics underscore the challenges the Liberal government faces as it tries to deal with the over-representation of Indigenous people, the mentally ill and other vulnerable Canadians in the prison system.At the same time, the overall crime rate has been dropping and relatively few crimes result in sentences to federal penitentiaries.A look at some key statistics and trends highlighted in the Corrections and Conditional Release Statistical Overview, 2016 Annual Report:_ The overall crime rate has decreased 34 per cent since 1998, to 5,888 per 100,000 population in 2015 from 8,915. Over the same period, there was a 43.5-per-cent decrease in the property-crime rate, to 3,220 per 100,000 from 5,696.-In contrast, the crime rate for drug offences has increased 12.6 per cent since 1998, to 269 per 100,000 from 235.– The rate of violent crime has fluctuated, peaking in 2000 at 1,494 per 100,000 population. Since 2000, the rate of violent crime has decreased 28.9 per cent to 1,062 in 2015.– The in-custody population in federal prisons has increased in seven of the last 10 years, though there was a slight decline in 2015-16.– From 2013-14 to 2014-15, the provincial-territorial sentenced offender population in custody increased 4.8 per cent to 10,364 from 9,888. The remand population increased 18.8 per cent to 13,650 from 11,494 during this period.– In 2015-16, Indigenous offenders represented 22.7 per cent of the total federal offender population. They accounted for 25.7 per cent of those in custody and 17.3 per cent of those on various forms of supervised release in the community in 2015-16.– From 2006-07 to 2015-16, the total Indigenous offender population increased 39.5 per cent.– In 2015-16, the federal day parole and full parole grant rates increased for both Indigenous offenders and non-Indigenous offenders.-However, a smaller percentage of Indigenous offenders benefit from supervised gradual releases than non-Indigenous ones: 82.4 per cent of Indigenous offenders were held until their statutory release dates compared to only 65.2 per cent of non-Indigenous ones.– The number of women admitted to the federal correctional system increased to 383 in 2015-16 from 316 in 2006-07.– In 2015-16, there was an 18.4-per-cent decrease in the total number of admissions to administrative segregation, where inmates are isolated from other prisoners in federal institutions.last_img read more

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Saskatchewan says no summit necessary with Alberta over licence plate dispute

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first_imgREGINA – Saskatchewan’s minister of trade says there is no need to meet with Alberta officials to discuss a short-lived ban on Alberta licence plates on government construction projects.Jeremy Harrison says the issue has been dealt with.“A meeting as far as a get together in Lloydminster or Medicine Hat or wherever, it’s not necessary at this point,” Harrison said on Tuesday.“We’ll work together directly through the phone or mechanisms or where we see each other bilaterally since we go to a lot of events that we are at the same place at.”The Saskatchewan government announced the ban in December which it said was in response to similar restrictions facing Saskatchewan workers on Alberta job sites.Alberta filed a legal challenge and the policy was reversed in January before the two provinces were due to meet to discuss the issue.Harrison said getting the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project, which would increase the flow of Alberta crude from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C., is the shared priority between the two provinces.“We’ve indicated our support for potential measures that would be taken by the government of Alberta on that front,” Harrison said.In Edmonton, Alberta Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said the two provinces will continue working to reduce trade barriers and focus on the expansion of the pipeline.“Alberta has a history of working very well with Saskatchewan,” Bilous said.“There is an acknowledgment that the No. 1 priority right now is the Trans Mountain pipeline, which Premier Moe has come out in support of Premier Notley and our government’s position — and so that is our No. 1 focus.”Despite the trade meeting being called off, Harrison said the two provinces still share “pretty strong difference of view” on the Alberta beer incentive, a program that includes grants to small brewers in the province.When Saskatchewan imposed the ban Dec. 6, it was not about beer but workplace fairness.Saskatchewan officials at that time said the licence plate ban was in response to similar restrictions facing Saskatchewan workers on Alberta job sites.Alberta said that was not true and that former Saskatchewan trade minister Steven Bonk never provided evidence to back up the claim.As the war of words escalated, former premier Brad Wall stepped in and said the plate ban was in response to anti-free-trade initiatives by Alberta, including the beer dispute.Alberta then filed a legal challenge under the New West deal.— With files from Dean Bennett in Edmonton. Follow @RyanBMcKenna on Twitter.last_img read more

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Facebook launches Messenger Kids in Canada despite controversy in US

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first_imgFacebook says it has launched its messenger app for kids in Canada.Messenger Kids is an app that allows kids to video call and message friends and family using a smartphone or tablet.Parents can control their child’s contact list and kids can’t hide messages.The app allows them to call or message adults on their Facebook Messenger, so those 13 years or older and with a Facebook account don’t have to download the separate app.Facebook launched the kids app in the United States last year where dozens of organizations, doctors, academics and others called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue the app.They said in an open letter dated January 30 that the app is very likely to undermine children’s health development as research shows excessive use of digital devices and social media is harmful to young people.last_img read more

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Georgia Loses Receiver Michael Bennett For Season

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Georgia, which has had one of the most potent offenses in the county, was devastated to learn that leading wide receiver Michael Bennett has been shelved for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee during Tuesday’s practice.Bennett leads the No. 5 Bulldogs with 24 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. The sophomore from Alpharetta, Ga., just north of Atlanta, will undergo reconstructive knee surgery at an undetermined date, Georgia director of sports medicine Ron Courson said Wednesday in a university news release.This injury came a short time after Bulldogs coach Mark Richt said this about his team’s lack of major injuries to this point in the season:“We have been very healthy. We have been blessed without question. Going into the season, we were pretty healthy. Now we are probably healthier at game six than we were when we started the season. So that is a good thing.”Not so anymore. Losing Bennett is a blow that could significantly impact Georgia. He was a reliable receiver that quarterback Aaron Murray relied on it tight situations. Bennett played in the slot and out wide and was able to find the seems in the defense with relative ease.Bennett — seventh in the SEC with 69 receiving yards per game — plays one of the Bulldogs’ deeper positions, though. Marlon Brwon and Tavarres King also are also having strong seasons. Brown (17 catches, 272 yards) is eighth in the SEC with an average of 68 receiving yards per game and King (16-307, 61.4 ypg) is 10th.Malcolm Mitchell, a two-way standout, will play solely on offenses in Saturday’s big game against South Carolina, Richt said.“He’s primarily an offensive player, and he’s in a state of readiness on defense,” Richt said.Without Bennett out, Mitchell’s role likely will increase. read more

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Ohio State womens volleyball looks to keep rolling in rematch with Michigan

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OSU freshman outside hitter Audra Appold (9) during a game against Purdue on Oct. 16 at St. John Arena. Credit: Courtesy of OSUAfter a tough battle with rival Michigan in Ann Arbor three weeks ago, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is expecting more of the same when the Wolverines visit Columbus this weekend.In what OSU coach Geoff Carlston called “a total grind-out match,” the 14th-ranked Buckeyes (21-6, 10-5) defeated Michigan (16-10, 6-9) in four sets in their Oct. 24 meeting, with two sets going to extra points and all four sets being decided by the minimum of two points.OSU will be going for a sweep of its rivals on Saturday at 7 p.m. in St. John Arena.“It does help knowing that we’ve beat them before, but I think in the second half of the Big Ten, everyone’s a different team,” senior middle blocker Tyler Richardson said. “So we’re still going to prepare for them just like how we would any other team.”Michigan has been reeling of late, losing its last four games — all against ranked teams — by a combined score of 12 sets to one, but Carlston said he knows the Wolverines will be out for revenge on Saturday.“Getting them at their place, that motivates them to come here and beat us,” he said. “It’s nice to be home … so we certainly need to take advantage of being in St. John this week.”In particular, OSU will have its hands full with sophomore outside hitter Caroline Knop, who has averaged nearly five kills per set in her team’s last five matches.Five seniors will be playing in their final regular-season game against Michigan, including Richardson, outside hitter Elizabeth Campbell, outside hitter Katie Mitchell, middle blocker Andrea Kacsits and setter Emily Ruetter.The Buckeyes have split their six games with Michigan since Mitchell and Kacsits arrived in 2012, and the two seniors are looking to break that tie on Saturday.“It’d be nice to finish playing that rival my four years with a win and look back and say, ‘Yeah, we took care of them,’” Mitchell said.Richardson, who came to Columbus in 2014 after transferring from Middle Tennessee State, said she’s eager to “send them home with an ‘L.’”Buckeyes get pair of 2016 commitsOn Thursday, OSU announced that two high school All-Americans have signed letters of intent to join the Buckeyes next season.Brooke Bailey, a native of Canton, Ohio, is a 6-foot-2 outside hitter who was named a first-team all-Ohio player in each of the last three seasons while playing for Jackson High School.Madison Smeathers, of Vargersville, Indiana, plays multiple positions and was an all-Indiana selection the last two years.What’s next?In the first of three straight road games, OSU is set to head west to take on Iowa on Wednesday at 8 p.m. The Buckeyes won the first matchup of the season against the Hawkeyes in four sets. read more

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Hasselbaink thinks Mourinho is one of the best in the business

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first_imgJimmy Floyd Hasselbaink thinks Mourinho’s shut up shop tactics are entirely justified as the United manager received a lot of criticism for his approach to recent Premier League games against Liverpool and Tottenham.Jimmy Hasselbaink, the former Chelsea player who was initially signed for the record fee of 15 million pounds back in 2000, has defended the Portuguese for his tactics as they were criticized despite winning a game and drawing another.“If you want to be successful, you have to have that,” Hasselbaink said, according to the Mirror. “You need to be able to keep the zero and Mourinho knows that.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“Out of everybody, he is one of the best at that.”“You are not going to go through a whole season and be pretty. Only Barcelona have been able to do that – and that was a team that has been nurtured for years and years.”“When it is your second year, you don’t have that. You have to be pragmatical at times and Jose is that. You have to be business like and that is what Manchester United have,” Hasselbaink went on to add.last_img read more

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