On Being Young and In Sales

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Tom writes: “I am 25 years old and sometimes feel as though I am not perceived as a peer to the business owners to whom I sell. Do you have any tips to combat this?”Yes.I started working in sales when I was 19 years old. I never thought of myself as being in sales at that time, but I was making cold calls, making sales calls, and making deals.I wasn’t officially in sales until I was 24 years old and a mentor forced by to become an Account Executive by threatening to fire me if I didn’t leave an operational role and go outside full time. I was young. I looked young, and I wore my long hair in a ponytail. I also wore a nice suit every day. Of course, that was Los Angeles, so I didn’t look out of place at all there.I did, however, when I came back to Columbus. Then I was 25, still looked young, and was now selling major, multi-million dollar deals.Here’s my advice.Be Respectful and LearnThe reason the business owners you call on don’t look at you as a peer is because you aren’t yet their peer. That’s okay, too.The business owners you are calling on are likely entrepreneurs. They’ve taken risks. They’ve built businesses. They have a profit and loss statement and balance sheet for which they alone are responsible. They have a depth of knowledge and experience you likely haven’t acquired.What I found worked when I was young was my insatiable curiosity to learn from people that knew more than me. Since they had experiences I hadn’t had, I asked endless questions to better understand their business and to learn from them. The more I asked for an education, the more I received one.After some time, I knew something about a lot of different business, and I gained an understanding of how businesses generally work. Later, when I called on business similar to the ones who were tutoring me, I knew how their business worked and the questions to ask to open opportunities.So start by being respectful of what they know, and be genuinely curious. You’ll be surprised how much people enjoy teaching you everything they know about their business.Become a Subject Matter ExpertThe other thing that I did that helped me combat my youthful appearance (and the ignorance that accompanied it) was to become a subject matter expert.My clients knew their business, but they didn’t know mine. I sold temporary staffing, so I started to study employment. I started to read all the labor market releases. I researched legislative changes that would impact my client’s businesses. I started to develop ideas as to how I could add value by helping them see around corners, identifying areas of concern and making plans long before they were necessary.I discovered that by having subject matter expertise, my clients and dream clients began to think of me as a business partner, as a member of their management team, as something more than just another vendor.You don’t have to be perceived as a peer by your clients. You don’t have to be their equal right now. They’re older, and they have more experience. But you can—and should—be more than their equal when it comes to your subject matter expertise. Instead of trying to be a peer, try instead to be the member of their management team. Be someone they trust to own the outcomes that you can produce for them.And as a final note, don’t worry about the whole “being young” thing. I promise that will pass much faster than you can imagine.QuestionsWhy is being young sometimes a disadvantage in sales?Do you have to be considered a peer or equal to sell effectively?What should you do to be something more than equal in your subject matter?How do you make yourself more valuable when you lack experience and situational knowledge?last_img read more

The American Dream is Alive

first_imgThe world has been spinning out of control since the world started spinning.All forms of government have been prone to corruption, and they’ve been prone to overreaching since there have been rulers, even those that are democratically elected. People have been greedy since there has been something worth hoarding.Income inequality has existed since there has been income. Throughout much of history, income inequality has been more or less the same. Now, as few as five people possess half of all the wealth on earth. Surely there is something concerning about this fact. But was it better when that number was eight people? Does that number somehow signal the death of the American dream?America is about equality under the law. At her best, she’s about equality of opportunity, even though that ideal hasn’t been realized. The dream is that one can be free from an oppressive government, and for the many faults American government can be accused of, oppression is a tough case to make (and I am a libertarian, small L).The truth is that we live at the very beginning of the Information Age, with its accelerating, disruptive, and constant change. It must have felt something like this when the Agrarian Age fell to the Industrial Age, and when Foraging fell to the Agrarian Age. The old ways die, the new ways tear them apart and build something new, with forward progress—even with all the damage it leaves in its wake.Capitalism is already becoming more conscious, even if it doesn’t progress at a speed that limits the damage that comes with living on the edge of a new age.The American dream will only die when it dies in the hearts of men and women, but that flame has been burning bright for a lot longer than there has been an America, and it will continue to burn as long as there are human beings. Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

War of words escalates between BJP and Congress

first_imgAhead of the Assembly polls in Gujarat, a war of words escalated between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress over allegations levelled by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, linking Congress leader Ahmed Patel to an alleged Islamic State terrorist arrested by Gujarat’s Anti Terrorist Squad (ATS) from Surat.Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani late on Friday night stated that one of the alleged terrorists arrested by the ATS worked as a lab technician in a trust-run hospital in Bharuch, in whichMr. Patel was one of the trustees.Taking forward the allegations, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi demanded an explanation from the Congress party and asked how come a “terrorist” could work in the hospital in which Ahmed Patel was associated with.Mr Naqvi asked Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi to come clean on issue. Mr Naqvi cited the arrest made by Gujarat ATS and said Kasim Timberwala had worked with Sardar Patel Hospital in Ankleshwar where Mr Patel was a trustee.Immediately after Chief Minister made the allegations in a late night press conference, Ahmed Patel refuted and held that he had resigned as trustee of the hospital in 2013.“My party and I appreciate the ATS effort to nab the two terrorists. I demand strict and speedy action against them. The allegation put forward by BJP are completely baseless and we request the matter of national security not to be politicised keeping elections in mind. Let’s not divide peace loving Gujaratis while fighting terrorism,” Mr Patel said on his twitter handle.On Saturday, Sardar Patel hospital also issued a statement and said Chief Minister defamed the hospital. According to the hospital trustee Jayesh Patel, no member of Mr Ahmed Patel’s family is trustee in the hospital and the person who has been arrested by the ATS had resigned from the hospital before his arrest.According to Congress party insiders, Mr Patel is likely to file a civil and criminal defamation suit against Gujarat Chief Minister for linking him with suspected terrorist.Meanwhile, political observers in Gujarat describe the latest controversy as an attempt to divert the poll agenda from development to terrorism and communal polarization.“It is evident that BJP’s development agenda is not working so they want to bring a communal angle in the election,” a political observer from Gandhinagar said.last_img read more

Assam CM meets Rajnath on citizenship issue

first_imgAssam Chief Minster Sarbananda Sonowal met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday to apprise him of the ongoing work on updating the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in the State ahead of the Supreme Court-set deadline of December 31. The NRC is supposed to help the State government identify illegal Bangladeshi migrants who allegedly entered the State after March 25, 1971, the cut off date for migrant settlers to be considered citizens. However, civil society activists and minority organisations have pointed out that the process of citizenship verification is not flawless. Stick to SC normsAddressing a seminar in Delhi on the current political situation and the question of citizenship in Assam, CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury urged the Assam government to strictly adhere to the Supreme Court guidelines to update the NRC and warned against dividing people for political mileage.“The question of citizenship register or NRC was an issue on which the Supreme Court has given very definite guidelines. This is something that has to be adhered very scrupulously and there cannot be any deviation from these guidelines,” said Mr. Yechury. Civil society activists also point out that a Gauhati High Court order, rendering identity papers authenticated by village panchayat officials invalid, has added to the confusion. Unsettling verdictWhile Mr. Yechury said the Supreme Court’s original guidelines accepted panchayat documents as legal documents, eminent scholar from Assam, Prof Hiren Gohain, said the High Court ruling has resulted in “widespread panic”.“As many as 27 lakh women, most of them married, suddenly begin to feel insecure. There appears to be some uncertainty as whether they are to be regarded as suspect aliens or citizens whose citizenships claims are yet to be established,” said Prof Gohain.The High Court order has been challenged in the Supreme Court and the top court is expected to give its verdict by November 22.Professor Apurba Kumar Baruah, Academic Director of Institute of Social and Regional Development (ISCARD), and formerly with the School of Social Sciences at the Shillong-based North East Hill University said the activists and scholars did not want to influence the judicial process but pointed out the complexities that revolve around the issue of identity politics in Assam.Academic-turned-politician Yogendra Yadav alleged that the ruling BJP was “trying to give a religious interpretation to the issue of citizenship” and urged people to closely follow the citizenship debate in Assam as it concerned the idea of India.last_img read more

Biryani, vanilla ice cream for Dilip Kumar on 95th birthday

first_imgAs legendary actor Dilip Kumar turns 95 on Monday, his wife Saira Banu plans to treat him to his favourite delicacies — biryani and vanilla ice cream — on the occasion.Banu says she is not planning to throw a birthday party this time as Kumar is still recovering from pneumonia.“He loves biryani and that will be made for him but I will give him only little as he is unwell. He is also fond of vanilla ice cream, I will ask the doctors if we can give him a little bit of that too. Then we will have a birthday cake,” Banu says in an interview with PTI.“We will not have a grand birthday party as he is not keeping well. The immune system is not so good after he was down with pneumonia. I cannot let him exert now,” she adds.Banu also plans to buy Kumar a new pair of shirt and trousers.“Dilip Sahab is fond of good and simple clothes. He likes cotton shirts and trousers and matching shoes and socks. He has a huge collection of shoes, which he has from world over.“Every year I order things of his choice. He is not a materialistic man. He doesn’t like expensive gifts. My one consistent gift to him every year is my love, which keeps intensifying,” she says.The yesteryear actor says she feels blessed that so many people send their best wishes and pray for Kumar’s well-being.“It is going to be his 95th birthday. I know lakhs of people wish and pray for his good health and it touches my heart. To see so much love and respect for him is heart- warming. I thank the lord for being so kind.”last_img read more

New Zealand man trying to sneak into teen’s house shot at in Virginia

first_imgA New Zealand man who travelled to the U.S. home of a 14-year-old girl he had communicated with online was shot by the girl’s mother, a sheriff said on Monday. Troy George Skinner (25) was shot on Friday after he allegedly smashed a glass door and tried to enter the home in Goochland, Virginia, said sheriff James Agnew. The Goochland County sheriff said Skinner bought a knife and duct tape after arriving in the US. The sheriff also said the girl’s mother saw a man trying to enter her home, warned him several times she had a gun, then fired after he broke the glass on the second door he tried to open. Skinner was struck in the neck and remains hospitalised, according to authorities.“All I can say is the manner in which he attempted to enter that home in the face of a firearm pointed at him and the implements we recovered from him — the only inference is that he had very bad intent,” Mr. Agnew said. Skinner will be charged with breaking and entering with a deadly weapon with the intent to commit a serious crime.last_img read more

Centre wanted ‘secret killings’ to continue: Tarun Gogoi

first_imgFormer Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi claimed on Wednesday that the previous NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee had pressured him to continue with “secret killings”. He accused his predecessor Prafulla Kumar Mahanta of having pursued the practice during 1996-2001 to break the backbone of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).The ruling BJP said Mr. Gogoi’s allegation was “baseless” while Mr. Mahanta retaliated by saying “extrajudicial killings” had started in Assam under the Congress rule.Mr. Gogoi, whose 15-year rule ended in 2016, claimed that Lal Krishna Advani, the then Union Home Minister, wanted to send former Punjab police chief K.P.S. Gill to Assam as Governor to quell insurgency with the formula that helped tackle the militancy in Punjab.“We were pressured to continue with guptahoitya (extrajudicial or secret killlings), but we did not do it. When I took over (in 2001), the BJP wanted the secret killings to continue through Mr. Gill,” Mr. Gogoi said.He said the stiff resistance put by his government prevented Mr. Advani from sending Mr. Gill, an IPS officer of Assam-Meghalaya cadre, to Assam.“Guptahoitya” refers to a phase in the late 1990s when masked men, allegedly sponsored by the government, killed suspected ULFA militants and their kin.“The secret killings happened when Mr. Mahanta was in power. The BJP was in power at the Centre then. Now, Mr. Mahanta says that he did it on instructions of the Centre,” Mr. Gogoi said.‘Baseless allegation’BJP’s Assam unit president Ranjeet K. Dass rubbished the accusation, saying his party favoured dialogue with the ULFA as has been the case with National Socialist Council of Nagaland. “He is trying to cover up for something the Congress was adept at,” he said. Party’s Assam unit general secretary Dilip Saikia said: “We have always believed in the integrity of India but not at the cost of secret killings of innocent people. Why did he not order an enquiry on secret killings if he was honest? He is doing cheap, divisive politics,” he said.Saikia blamedMr. Mahanta, the former chief of Asom Gana Parishad, a BJP’s ally until January this year, blamed the practice on his predecessor Hiteswar Saikia, who headed the Congress government during the Assam agitation (1983-85) and 1991-1996.last_img read more

Why are polar bears losing their hair?

first_imgThe Arctic is … cold, which is why polar bears (Ursus maritimus) need thick layers of fat and dense fur for insulation and, ultimately, survival. But for a few bears, staying warm this winter could be a challenge. According to research published online this month in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases, some polar bears are losing their fur—and the reason is unknown. Between 1998 and 2012, researchers temporarily captured nearly 1500 polar bears in the Alaskan region of the southern Beaufort Sea to collect information on their body condition and health status. They found that, over the study period, more than 3% of bears were losing fur along areas of their head and neck (such as on the bear pictured above). The number of bears with the syndrome—clinically known as alopecia—varied widely between years, with a maximum of 28% of bears displaying signs of fur loss in 2012. The recapture of several of the affected bears in later years suggests that the syndrome is not likely lethal and bears can successfully recover. However, individuals exhibiting fur loss were also thinner, indicating that the bears may also be stressed—either as a result of fur loss itself or from the other stressors contributing to the syndrome. Although the cause remains unknown, a number of factors—including environmental pollutants, nutrient deficiencies, infectious pathogens, or climate change—could be involved. Polar bears are listed as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act, so scientists are concerned that any risk factor—including fur loss—could potentially threaten the survival of these iconic Arctic predators.last_img read more

Indian Jeweler Accused in Multibillion Dollar Fraud is at Plush U.S. Hotel, Say Reports

first_imgThe Ministry of External Affairs suspended the validity of the passport of billionaire diamond merchant Nirav Modi on Feb.16. Modi, who has been accused in a multi-crore banking fraud in India, meanwhile, has been spotted at a plush hotel at New York in the United States, reports said.Modi is said to have been staying at a suite at JW Marriott’s Essex House, which is only a short walk away from his jewelry retail store at Madison Avenue, NDTV reported.“This matter has no affiliation, legal or otherwise with Firestar International Limited which is the flagship enterprise of Mr. Nirav Modi,” the employees of his showroom on Madison Avenue said in a statement, according to the news channel.The hotel staff where he is holed up said that Modi, who is generally quite reticent, was seen late in the night. Also, his wife Ami Modi was seen during the day going in and out of the building several times, the report added.Along with Modi, the passport of his uncle-cum-business partner, Mehul Chinubhai Choksi, was also suspended with immediate effect for a period of four weeks.“Modi and Choksi have been asked to respond within one week as to why their passports should not be impounded or revoked,” the MEA said in a statement. “After suspension of his passport, he cannot move to a different location. Wherever he is, he will remain in the same country,” the MEA spokesperson was reported as saying. The government on Feb.16 said that no one would be spared, whether the person was big or small did not matter.If Modi and his accused accomplices fail to respond within the stipulated time, it will be assumed that they have no response to offer and the MEA will go ahead with the revocation of their passports. The move has been made on the advice of the Enforcement Directorate.Modi has been accused of involvement in a multibillion dollar bank fraud. Modi, who grew up in a family based in Antwerp, Belgium, now faces a case under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act based on a complaint lodged by the state-run Punjab National Bank (PNB).The Income Tax Department started investigating into the billionaire’s dealings after the government announced a multi-agency probe. As many as 29 properties and 105 accounts linked to Modi and his family have been attached. The ED has separately strengthened its searches at 35 premises and have got assets worth another Rs 500 crore, taking the stated value of confiscations to over Rs 5,600 crore until now.Also, it has emerged that there is a possibility of Modi having Belgian papers, the Times of India reported.The diamond merchant, who hobnobbed with various celebrities regularly, flew out from India on Jan.1 before the Central Bureau of Investigation started the probe against him, reported NDTV.Many, including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, took to the social media, to comment on the scam.The scamster’s escape formula:Na(Mo) La(Mo) + Ni(Mo) —–> Bha(Go)#ModiRobsIndia— Office of RG (@OfficeOfRG) February 16, 2018Namo #FindingNiMo movie of the movement pic.twitter.com/BC9Xl2n7zv— Rajesh Reddy (@IamRajs5) February 15, 2018 Related ItemsNew YorkNirav ModiPunjab NAtional Banklast_img read more

Mumbai Police Bust Child Trafficking Racket That Sold 300 Kids to U.S. Customers

first_imgThe head of an international child trafficking racket, which sold at least 300 poor children to customers in the United States, has been arrested by the Mumbai Police. The child traffickers were charging their U.S.-based clients Rs 45 lakh for each child, the Times of India reported.The fate of the children is not known yet, the report said. Four other members of the group, led by Gujarat-based Rajubhai Gamlewala alias Rajubhai, were earlier arrested in March after a tip-off from an actress.Gamlewala, the kingpin of the racket, started the practice of child trafficking in 2007. He has been selling children in the age group of 11-16 years belonging to poor families. He was booked under IPC’s Sections 34 (criminal act with common intention) and 373 (buying minors for prostitution).Gamlewala ran a well-organized scheme to send minors abroad. After getting a demand from a U.S.-based client, he would direct his gang members to find a poor family, usually in Gujarat, which was ready to sell a child. “Finding it difficult to take care of them, their parents or guardians would sell them,” the publication quoted a police officer as saying.It is not clear what the families were getting paid for selling a child.The gang then arranged passports for the children. Families, who were ready to rent out their children’s passports were identified and the passport of a child who carried some resemblance with the victim was selected. The appearance of the victim was further altered using make-up to get a stronger resemblance.A carrier was then deployed to take the child to America and return the passport to the concerned family after coming back. The police are not sure about how the person managed to get the immigration stamp on the children’s passports while returning without them.Some members of the group were nabbed earlier by the police on getting a tip-off from actress Preeti Sood. She was informed by a friend about two minors getting make-up done at a salon in Versova, Mumbai.“I went there on a suspicion that the girls were being readied for brothels. But once there, I realized that the racket was bigger than I thought,” Sood told the publication. She added that three men were also present at the salon to instruct the staff regarding the make-up.“When I asked, the men claimed they were sending the children to their parents in the United States. I asked them to accompany me to the police station, but they refused. I managed to stop two of the men and called the police. Meanwhile, the third escaped with the girls,” Sood said. The police arrested Amir Khan (26), Tajuddin Khan (48), Afzal Shaikh (35) and Rizwan Chotani (39). Amir Khan is the son of a retired sub-inspector.Gamlewala was using a WhatsApp number to communicate with his men and this number helped the police to track him.“Gamlewala has been arrested before. In 2007, he was caught in Mumbai for passport forgery. We were led to his latest racket because of the March arrests,” DCP (Zone IX) Paramjit Singh Dahiya said, according to the report.Trafficking of woman and children from India is a big challenge for the authorities. In April this year, the Central Bureau of Investigation registered a case against five people for allegedly trying to send 11 teenager boys from Punjab to the United States on the pretext of an educational trip.In March, Punjabi pop singer Daler Mehndi, who was popular in the 1990s, was granted bail after being sentenced to two years in prison by a Patiala court for human trafficking in 2003. In February this year, seven people, including three women, were given rigorous imprisonment by a CBI court in Kerala for supplying women to brothels located in Gulf countries from 2009 to 2012. Related ItemsChild rightsMumbaiTraffickinglast_img read more

₹8.45 lakh hawala money seized in Assam, 2 held

first_imgAn Islamic cleric and a businessman were arrested by the Assam police for their alleged involvement in a hawala transaction amounting to ₹8.45 lakh, which was sent from Kuwait. Nurul Islam, the principal of the Jamia Islamia Salafia Arabic College in Barpeta, was arrested after an amount of ₹8.45 lakh in cash was recovered from him, Barpeta Superintendent of Police Robin Kumar said on Wednesday. “Islam confessed that the money had come through a hawala channel from Kuwait,” Mr. Kumar said.Guwahati-based businessman Arun Saraf was arrested for allegedly facilitating the transaction. The SP said ₹28 lakh was deposited by Islam in the bank account of the college in three separate transactions since December 2018. “The accused has not been able to tell us from where this money came and the nature of the expenditure,” he added. Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate joined the police probe and questioned Islam and Saraf about the source of the money.last_img read more

Harden drops triple-double as Rockets hold off Cavs

first_imgStronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA The Cavaliers have lost six of their last eight games, leaving James to answer question about why they’re struggling.“We played a pretty good game, but I’m not here for moral victories,” he said. “That’s not what I’m about.”Harden has scored 30 or more points in three of the last four games, highlighted by a 56-point performance in a win over the Jazz on Sunday. It’s the second triple-double of the season for Harden and the 33rd of his career.“I thought our guys really scrapped and competed,” Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said. “But Harden was Harden. He made some tough, contested 3s off the dribble, which we wanted. We contested all of them, but he made some big shots.”The Rockets made the first seven points of the second half thanks to a three-pointer by Eric Gordon and a four-point play by Trevor Ariza to take a 72-67 lead.Cleveland got going soon after that and a layup by Iman Shumpert got the Cavaliers within 1 point soon after that. But Harden made two 3-pointers to power an 8-2 run that extended Houston’s lead to 81-74 lead with about 7 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.The Cavaliers scored five quick points, capped by a 3-pointer by Green, to tie it at 87-87 about three minutes later. A 3-point play by Gordon put Houston back on top and the Rockets had extended their lead to 100-93 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSCavaliers: G Derrick Rose sat out because of soreness in his left ankle. Rose missed four straight games after spraining his ankle on Oct. 20 before returning to play the last two. But the ankle was still bothering him, forcing him to sit out again on Thursday night. … Shumpert started in his place and finished with seven points. .. Love had 17 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter.Rockets: F Luc Mbah a Moute missed because of a bruised left knee. … Gordon added 20 points. … Harden made 13 of 14 free throws.SPRINGER’S SHOTWorld Series MVP George Springer, who led the Houston Astros to their first championship last week, was at the Toyota Center Thursday to take part in the Rockets’ First Shot promotion. Before the tipoff of each game, a local celebrity shoots a free throw for charity. A made shot gets a $5,000 donation from new owner Tilman Fertitta and the Clutch City Foundation, while a miss earns the shooter’s charity $1,000. While Springer didn’t miss too many balls while hitting .379 with five homers and seven RBIs during the World Series, he wasn’t nearly as good on the basketball court as he missed Thursday’s shot. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Houston led by seven after a layup by James with about 10 minutes left. The Rockets scored the next six points, capped by a 3-pointer by P.J. Tucker to make it 111-98. The Cavaliers used a 13-1 run, with five points from James, to cut the lead to 112-111 with 90 seconds left.Harden missed a layup after that, but grabbed a rebound and threw an alley-oop to Clint Capela, who finished for Houston’s first basket since Tucker’s 3. He was fouled on the play and made the free throw to make it 115-11 with just over a minute remaining.James made a layup on the other end, but Capela made another basket after a grabbing the rebound on a missby Harden to put Houston back up by 4 with 10.7 seconds left.Capela, who finished with 19 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks, blocked a shot by James in the final seconds to secure the win.“We expect him to do that,” coach Mike D’Antoni said about Capela’s solid performance. “He’s 23 years old. There’s no reason why he can’t keep getting better.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives past Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade (9) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — James Harden was quick to say yes when asked if he’s playing at as high of a level as he ever has.The follow up question of why wasn’t quite as easy for Houston’s bearded star.ADVERTISEMENT Perez named NCAA MVP as Pirates banner awardeescenter_img His shot earned some ribbing from Harden when Springer came into the locker room to meet him after thegame.“What was up with that shot,” Harden asked laughing.Springer answered: “I had zero touch.”NO SHOOTAROUND, NO PROBLEMThe Rockets didn’t have a shootaround Thursday morning as D’Antoni experiments with whether it’s better for his team to rest before games instead of coming into the arena in the mornings. Teams often don’t have shootaround on the second day of back-to-back games, but this different because Houston didn’t play on Wednesday. They’ve skipped shootaround two other times this season, once in New York because of traffic and a second time against Utah. Both times Houston went on to blowout wins.“Those were two of our better outings so it kind of leads to don’t do it again … if we don’t (play well) then we’ll go back and have shootaround,” D’Antoni said.UP NEXTCavaliers: At Dallas on Saturday night.Rockets: Host Memphis on Saturday night. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 “I don’t know,” he said before letting out an awkward laugh and looking around before continuing. “Work. Try to study the game and get better. Listen to people around me that push me and motivate me and try to be the best I can be. It’s pretty simple.”Harden had a triple-double of 35 points, 11 rebounds and 13 assists to help the Rockets beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 117-113 on Thursday night.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 shutoutHarden also had five steals and a block as Houston extended its winning streak to four games.LeBron James had 33 points for the Cavaliers, and Jeff Green added 27. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Love game: Serena Williams reportedly marries in New Orleans

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Vogue said the celebrity guests at Thursday’s ceremony included Beyonce and Kim Kardashian West.The 36-year-old Williams has won 23 Grand Slam singles titles, a record for the professional era.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 shutoutShe and Ohanian were engaged in December. Williams gave birth to a girl named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. on Sept. 1.Williams hasn’t competed since winning the Australian Open last January — while pregnant. Devin Booker’s 33 points power Suns past Lakers Read Next She has said she intends to return to the tennis tour for that same event next January. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Monday, May 1, 2017 file photo, Serena Williams, left, and Alexis Ohanian attend The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala celebrating the opening of the Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between exhibition in New York. The game is love for tennis star Williams and her new husband, Reddit co-founder Ohanian. The couple got married at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, according to a story and photos posted on Vogue’s website on Friday night, Nov. 17, 2017. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)The game is love for tennis star Serena Williams and her new husband, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian.The couple got married at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans, according to a story and photosposted on Vogue’s website on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillionlast_img read more

NU takes down La Salle in 5 sets, stays undefeated

first_imgReigning MVP Mary Joy Baron had 14 points to lead La Salle while Luna and Kianna Dy had 12 and 11 points, respectively. It was business as usual for Jaja Santiago, who dominated anew with 27 points for NU.“These players delivered,” said NU head coach Babes Castillo in Filipino as he pointed to Santiago and setter Jasmine Nabor. “Actually the only thing I did was remind them on what they had to do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“And Jasmine really had control of the team, whatever she said the team followed.”La Salle was able to keep NU at bay momentarily at bay in the fifth set when it took a 12-8 lead after Desiree Cheng weaved the ball through Joni Anne Chavez’ reception. Asa Miller finishes in top 70 of men’s giant slalom Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn a showdown between unbeaten teams, National University walked away with a perfect record after outlasting defending champion De La Salle, 26-24, 19-24, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs now own sole possession of the No. 1 spot in the standings with a 4-0 record, the best start in recent memory, while the Lady Spikers slipped to second at 3-1.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Spikers’ momentum in the final set, however, was halted when NU was allowed to rotate and trim the deficit to 12-9 prompting Santiago to get back on the floor.And Santiago went to work in the wee moments of the set when she first put NU in match point, 14-13, with a brutal quick kill from the middle.May Luna was able to tie the set at 14-14 but Santiago once again proved her worth for NU when she powered home Nabor’s pass for the 15-14 lead before Aiko Urdas iced the match with a service ace.Santiago’s offensive production wouldn’t be that potent if not for the harmonic playmaking of Nabor who had all 53 of NU’s excellent sets, 20 more than what La Salle had as a team.Risa Sato had 15 points to help NU while Urdas and Audrey Paran had 10 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

After 2 lopsided losses to Thunder, Durant leads Warriors rout

first_img“It’s my school,” Kerr said, “I love my school. I don’t really know what else to say.”DURANT’S HONORDurant received the January NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his giving off the court to help kids, families and other charitable causes for education and communities. He donated $3 million last month to the University of Texas where he played and matched Colin Kaepernick’s $10,000 in the quarterback’s “10 for 10” campaign, Durant’s contributions helping a local organization doing community-based justice work.“I’ve got to continue to leave my mark off the basketball court as well,” Durant said. “Look forward to doing that.”UP NEXTThunder: Host Orlando on Monday.Warriors: Visit Knicks on Monday looking for an eighth straight win in the series. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES MOST READ Durant’s pretty layup off a perfect pass by Curry with 3:06 left in the third put the Warriors up 75-66. That was part of a 37-11 Golden State run that included 30 points over the final 8:48 of the third — when Zaza Pachulia subbed in to relieve JaVale McGee.The Warriors held Paul George to five points. George’s 3-pointer at the 7:52 mark of the third with Durant’s hand in his face was his first basket after going 0 for 9 to begin the game. He finished 1 for 14 after going off for 38 points in the last meeting when Oklahoma City left Oracle Arena with a 125-105 rout on Feb. 6.“He’s played at such a high level offensively for such a long time, a night like tonight’s going to happen,” coach Billy Donovan said.Golden State also lost at OKC by 17 on Nov. 22.Draymond Green added 10 points, eight assists and five rebounds. He picked up his 15th technical of the season with 1:04 left in the first half, moving him within one of an automatic suspension. That came after Durant and Carmelo Anthony pushed, shoved, yelled from close range and had to be separated, receiving double technicals.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, right, reacts as a foul is called against him next to teammates Stephen Curry, left, and Kevin Durant during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — The Golden State Warriors played stifling defense for a full game. They went on a jaw-dropping scoring frenzy midway through the third quarter.Yes, the dominant defending champions are back and ready to build some consistency.ADVERTISEMENT Nietes continues his reign as world champion, KOs Reveco Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Kevin Durant scored 28 points while avenging an embarrassing home loss to his former Oklahoma City team earlier this month and another on the road in November, leading the Warriors past the Thunder 112-80 on Saturday night.“We’re champions. We’re 46-14 and we’ve got one of the best road records in the league,” Durant said. “We’ve been doing this the last two years. We’ve got to be us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutStephen Curry added 21 points with five 3-pointers, nine rebounds, six assists and three steals as Golden State produced the kind of defensive performance coach Steve Kerr has been seeking.Russell Westbrook had 15 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for Oklahoma City, which failed to reach 100 points for the first time in the last five games. The Thunder had scored at least 100 in 14 of their last 16, but this matched their season-low total. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:29Police 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 It was a testy rematch after the Warriors received five technical fouls in the previous meeting. Kerr isn’t concerned about Green.“I’m an emotional guy. I play with high emotion,” Green said. “I love this game of basketball. I play it with passion. I’ll continue to play with passion.”Durant announced his decision to join the Warriors and leave OKC on July 4, 2016, making him an instant villain in his former city.He scored 33 in the Feb. 6 meeting but got plenty of help this time.Earlier this month against the Thunder, Curry and Klay Thompson were a combined 11 of 27 from the floor and 4 for 15 on 3-pointers as the Warriors lost for the third time in four games. Thompson had 11 points Saturday, shooting just 1 for 11 from deep.TIP-INSThunder: OKC shot 9 of 34 on 3s. … The last time the Thunder won three of the four games against the Warriors in a single season was during 2012-13. The teams play again April 3 at OKC.Warriors: McGee made his second straight start at center in place of Pachulia and had an alley-oop dunk on Golden State’s first possession off a pass by Thompson. … Thompson passed Neil Johnston (10,023) for ninth place on the franchise’s career scoring list. … With one block, Green passed Chris Mullin (488) for eighth place on the Warriors’ blocked shots list. … Former Warriors F David Lee attended the game as a retired player and fan, receiving a rousing ovation when announced during the first quarter sitting courtside by owner Joe Lacob.ARIZONA SCANDALKerr expressed his “disappointment” in the scandal and coach Sean Miller’s situation at Arizona, where he played. Read Next LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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NBA: US hoops leaders thrilled for Olympic 3-on-3 hoops

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ CLEVELAND, United States — Excitement abounds in basketball’s birthplace about the fast-paced 3-on-3 version of the game being added to the Olympic lineup Friday by the International Olympic Committee.With roots in Harlem’s legendary Rucker Park playground games and the Gus Macker series that has toured US cities for 30 years, 3-on-3 has reached a renaissance that includes an eight-team US pro league tipping off in two weeks and Olympic status starting at Tokyo in 2020.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “We would like to commend the Olympics for making 3-on-3 basketball, the most played sport in the world, an official Olympic sport,” Big3 co-founders Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz said in a statement.“This decision reconfirms our gut instinct that 3-on-3 basketball is what sports and entertainment fans want to see.”The Big3 tips off on June 25 at New York’s Barclays Center.World governing body FIBA had 3-on-3 in the 2010 Singapore Youth Olympic Games and in the 2014 edition of the event in Nanjing, China, the sport now becoming the first Youth Olympic discipline to be included in the Olympic program.“Three-on-3 has proven to be a global sport and one of the most popular spectator sports,” Tooley said. “USA Basketball hopes the addition of 3-on-3 to the Olympics will help grow participation in the sport worldwide.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “USA Basketball is excited that 3-on-3 basketball has been added to the 2020 Olympic Games,” USA Basketball chief executive Jim Tooley said, adding: “3-on-3 is a great way to develop the sport and expand it to parts of the world that might not otherwise be active in basketball.”While American teams of NBA and Women’s NBA stars have dominated the familiar 5-on-5 version of the game on the Olympic stage, 3-on-3 offers nations with less depth the chance to compete at a global level much as Rugby Sevens does in its realm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It is a popular and growing sport,” Tooley said. It’s non-stop, fast-paced, high energy and an exciting version of the game.”The NBA has conducted 3-on-3 events around the world, including stops in Brazil, China, Philippines, Japan, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany and France. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Today’s announcement by the IOC to include 3-on-3 basketball in the 2020 Olympics is great news and continues to signify the growing popularity of basketball around the world,” said NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer Mark Tatum.The Dew NBA 3X Tour, the first nationwide US elite 3-on-3 competition, is in its second year with events from May to October in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Washington and San Francisco.“The last few years, we have made a major push in 3-on-3 basketball with our nationwide Dew NBA 3X tour and several international 3-on-3 competitions and the Olympic stage will provide these elite athletes with the opportunity to further demonstrate their talents,” Tatum said.‘What fans want’Former NBA standouts Allen Iverson and Chauncey Billups are among players in the new Big3 league, where eight teams play a round-robin schedule of tournaments, four games each night in various cities with playoffs and a championship.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Gialon cards 66, leads Calatagan tilt by 3 shots Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? 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 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

NCAA: Perpetual brings wrong set of uniform

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNCAA’s second playdate was off to an interesting start as Perpetual brought the wrong set of uniforms on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Altas, who were supposed to play in their light-colored jerseys, had to use of their maroon jerseys while St. Benilde donned green jerseys, leading to the confusion.ADVERTISEMENT El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Everton is no ‘retirement home,’ says Rooney Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena 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’ St. Benilde is no stranger to events like this.The Junior Blazers surrendered a victory to the Letran Squires in the juniors’ tournament two years back after three players wore jerseys over the prescribed 4 to 19 numbers.The Blazers were also awarded a game back in 2008 when the league decided to overturn San Beda’s win over them after Sam Ekwe wore the wrong uniform.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 The start of the game was delayed for over 40 minutes before the NCAA management committee decided to push through with it.Perpetual was charged with a technical foul for gaffe, with Matthew Johnson canning the lone freebie to start the game for the Blazers.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 starsNCAA Season 93 commissioner Bai Cristobal, though, said the decision is not yet final with the NCAA Mancom set to discuss possible repercussions for the mix-up.“We have to wait for whatever results (of the meeting). It’s not a decision, but we have to wait for the (final decision) because there are new ground rules and they’re still discussing it,” he said. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Konglast_img read more

Kaya grabs lead after rout of Ilocos FC

first_imgMOST READ Kaya, which increased its tally to 23 points, has played two more games than Meralco. The Sparks tangle with Global Cebu FC on Saturday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Robert Lopez Mendy was also on target, while Eric Giganto came on in the second half to complete the rout for coach Noel Marcaida’s men, who have racked up four wins in a row and could pick up a fifth win when they meet Ilocos again at home on Sunday.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 starsOver at Biñan Football Stadium, Stallion finally scored its first win of the season after turning back struggling JPV Marikina, 2-0.A brace from Jess Melliza propelled Stallion to seven points from 12 matches for sixth spot, leapfrogging past Davao Aguilas. Ghanaian striker Jordan Mintah fired his first career hat trick in the Philippines Football League to carry Kaya FC Makati past Ilocos United, 5-2, on Wednesday night even as Stallion Laguna secured a breakthrough victory to move up to sixth spot.Mintah headed in two goals after a clinical finish in the first 10 minutes opened the scoring for Kaya, which zoomed to top spot ahead of FC Meralco Manila on goal difference.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Perpetual nips Mapua View comments FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Thailand silences PH to advance to AVC semis

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Thailand brought down host Philippines, 25-21, 25-14, 25-20, to advance to the semifinal stage of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Tuesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The Thais set up a semifinals matchup against 10th-ranked Korea in the penultimate stage while the Philippines will duke it out against Chinese-Taipei in the bottom four of the classification stage.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim The Philippines labored to score against the Thais’ superb defense, converting on just 28 of its total 114 spike attempts.Thailand, on the other hand, scored on 46 of its 109 spike attempts.READ: Macandili on facing powerhouse teams in AVC: ‘This is anybody’s game’Chatchu-on Moksri and Ajcharaporn Kongyot had 17 points apiece to lead Thailand while Wilavan Apinyapong added 13.Jovelyn Gonzaga spearheaded the 79th-ranked Philippines with 11 points while Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago, who scored tournament-highs in their previous game against Vietnamn, were limited to a combined 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TNT taps Glen Rice Jr. as new import Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events PLAY LIST 01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles01:09Palace: Duterte to attend Asean Summit in Bangkok but with ‘spacing’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 Gamescenter_img NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Despite the loss, Philippine head coach Francis Vicente was pleased with the fight his team showed against the Asian powerhouse.READ: Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVC 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“This is a game, you win some you lose some. But it’s how you fight that’s important,” said Vicente in Filipino. “I saw that the heart was still there and the determination to not give up was there also.”“It’s just unfortunate that we lost today.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’

first_imgEvacuated Miami Dolphins arrive in LA for extended stay Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side 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 Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Stephens only returned to the tour at Wimbledon after missing 11 months having undergone left foot surgery.Her world ranking slid to 957 before semi-final runs at US Open tuneups in Toronto and Cincinnati.“I had surgery on January 23 and if someone had told me then that I would be the US Open champion, I would have said that would be impossible,” said Stephens.“My journey to get here, I wouldn’t change it for the world.“I should retire now — I’m  never going to be able top this.”ADVERTISEMENT Stephens also praised her mother for her support.“When I was a child she took me to a tennis coach who said that I would be lucky to be a division two player.“But here I am. So parents never give up on your kids.”Keys too had fought injury battles in recent months, undergoing a second left wrist surgery after the French Open before winning a July title at Stanford.“I didn’t play my best tennis today and I’m disappointed in that but Sloane was very supportive and if there’s someone I have to lose to today I’m glad it’s her. Sloane is truly one of my favorite people,” said Keys.“If you told me two months ago I’d be holding a US Open finalist’s trophy I’d have been really happy and proud of myself.”“It has been a very interesting year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Sloane Stephens (L) of the US embraces compatriot Madison Keys after winning during their 2017 US Open Women’s Singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 9, 2017.Sloane Stephens, sidelined for 11 months by a left foot injury until returning in July, captured her first Grand Slam title by routing fellow American Madison Keys 6-3, 6-0 in Saturday’s US Open final. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADUS Open champion Sloane Stephens said she wished her US Open final triumph over close friend Madison Keys could have been a draw rather than the rout it turned out to be.Stephens, the world number 83, raced to a 6-3, 6-0 victory over her 15th seeded American compatriot in just over an hour.ADVERTISEMENT Both women embraced at the net before sitting next to each other courtside as they waited for the post-match ceremony to start.“Maddy is one of my best friends, if not my best friend on tour and I told her I would not have wanted to play anybody else,” said the 24-year-old.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“It’s a special moment. I said to her that I wished it could have been a draw.“If the situation was the other way around, Maddy would have said the same thing. It’s incredible. It’s what true friendship is all about.” NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more