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South Korea set to let women’s team play in North

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ North and South are due to face off against each other in Gangneung in division II group A of the women’s world ice hockey championships on Thursday, a day before the football match between them in Pyongyang.The group is a test event for the Pyeongchang Games, which begin in less than 11 months’ time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Clippers beat Wizards in high-scoring shootout It would be the first full competitive football match between the two Koreas in the North, rather than friendlies, for either the men’s or women’s team.The neighbours remain technically in conflict after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, and relations between them have plunged in recent months.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBut Asian Football Confederation (AFC) officials have told AFP that the Pyongyang matches will be played according to FIFA protocol rules — which normally require that both countries’ flags fly at the stadium and their anthems are played before kick-off.Seoul requires its citizens to obtain permission before going to the North, giving it a veto on trips. It had demanded a security guarantee from the North before approving the women’s team journey and the unification ministry, which oversees relations with Pyongyang, said it had complied in an email to football authorities.“The ministry is highly likely to give a green light” when the Korean Football Association files a formal permission request, a ministry official told AFP.As well as the two Koreas, the AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifying Group B includes Uzbekistan, India and Hong Kong. The group winner will go through to the finals next year in Jordan.The North are ranked 10th in the world by FIFA, ahead of the South in 17th place, and with home advantage throughout will be the favourites to qualify.On Wednesday, Seoul’s unification ministry granted the North’s women’s ice hockey team permission to play in the South next week, a positive sign ahead of next year’s Winter Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu View comments ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties South Korea’s Yoo Younga controls the ball during the Cyprus Women’s Cup finale football match between South Korea and Switzerland on March 8, 2017, in Larnaca. / AFP PHOTO / Florian CHOBLETSouth Korea plans to allow its women’s football team to make a rare visit to the North next week, it said Thursday, raising the prospect of the South’s flag flying in Pyongyang.An AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifying group will take place in the North’s capital from Monday, with the rival Koreas due to meet on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social medialast_img read more


Lopez proud to see former teammate Blatche play for Gilas

first_imgMOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal, Djokovic launch French Open assaults Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle Swing Out Sister back to PH this April The two spent two years together with the Brooklyn Nets before Blatche opted to go to China and play for the Xinjiang Flying Tigers in 2014.That same year, Blatche’s naturalization papers were approved which allowed him to represent the country starting in the 2014 Fiba World Cup in Spain.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundLooking back at their two seasons together, Lopez shared that the 6-foot-11 Blatche is just a bundle of joy to be with, imparting character to the team on and off the court.“Playing on the same team with him, he’s such an amazing talent,” he said. “He made things easier for me when we’re on the floor together and he’s such a fun locker room guy. He brings a lot of energy. We call him ‘Dray Live’ and he’s a great guy and a great person to be around.” Lopez feels proud seeing how far his former teammate has gone since leaving the NBA with Blatche making a name for himself in the international stage.“It was great to see him be a part of the Gilas team. It’s a great thing and I love seeing him play for this country,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Brooklyn Nets center Brook Lopez. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBrook Lopez thinks the Philippines is lucky to have Andray Blatche as its naturalized player.“I can’t say enough because I know how much he loves the game and I know how much the Filipino people love the game as well. It’s a natural partnership,” Lopez said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions View commentslast_img read more


PH bows out of 3×3 U-18 quarters

first_imgLaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs LSU title parade draws massive crowds BELGIUM 18 – Peeters 6, Nouhi 5, Fogang 5, Coppens 2.PHILIPPINES 14 – Serrano 6, Edu 5, Gomez de Liano 3, Amsali 0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next From former school teacher to world champion, Horn fulfills dream End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Encho Serrano tries to score past the stingy Belgian defense. Photo by Fiba.comThe Philippines staged a gallant stand but fell to Belgium, 18-14, Sunday in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China.The young Nationals could not sustain their hot start as they lost hold of a 7-4 lead and allowed the Belgians to stage a 6-1 run and grab the 10-8 advantage.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Though Encho Serrano and AJ Edu brought the Philippines back and tied the game at 12, Vincent Peeters anchored Belgium’s strong finishing kick to earn a spot in the semifinals and face Slovenia.The Philippines could still hold its head high as the boys towed the country to its best ever finish in the tournament since its foundation in 2012.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Serrano topped the Philippines with six points, while Edu added five markers. Juan Gomez de Liano had three in the game. /atmThe Scores: McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Flying V targets win No. 5

first_img“Our next games are going to be very tough,” said Altamirano. “I’m sure, all teams are now targeting our back.”Game time is 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Racal, which dropped its last two games to slip to 3-3, knows it will take a lot of effort to overcome a Flying V squad bannered by Jeron Teng, Gab Banal and Eric Salamat.“Hopefully we’ll have better chemistry when we face Flying V,” said Racal coach Jerry Codiñera LSU title parade draws massive crowds Wangs Basketball (3-3) and Zark’s Burgers (1-5) collide in the other match at 3 p.m.Flying V looks to follow up on its 83-78 victory over Marinerong Pilipino last week, while Racal hopes to get back to winning behind the leadership of Mac Tallo after an upset loss to Wangs, 93-84. —CARLO ANOLIN, KRISTOFER PURNELLSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos View comments LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavscenter_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Hope through sports in Iligan As the only unbeaten team, Flying V expects its opponents to come out hard in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.So Flying V coach Eric Altamirano thinks his Thunder’s Monday match against Racal Motors won’t be any different.ADVERTISEMENT Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation MOST READ Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’last_img read more


Bolick proud of teammates for holding down San Sebastian

first_imgMissile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Bolick was able to return to the game midway through the fourth and scored seven of his total 15 points in the period.He added he can’t do anything to sway the referee’s decision, and he also gave credit to the Stags’ stingy defense for his shortcomings.“Those were the referees’ calls, I can’t do anything about it, I think I’ll just have to adjust,” said Bolick who was scoreless in the third. “I think I’ve never experienced that kind of defense before and I should just calm myself next time around.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy LATEST STORIES LSU title parade draws massive crowds Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRobert Bolick was forced to sit out most of the second half in San Beda’s opening game in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament, but fortunately for him his teammates had his back.The Red Lion’s combo guard was on the bench most of the third quarter and early into the fourth quarter after hitting four fouls, but bench guys like Clint Doliguez and JB Bahio were there to hold fort.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I’m proud of my teammates because even though I was in foul trouble they played well,” said Bolick Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena after San Beda fended off San Sebastian 76-67.READ: San Beda clips San Sebastian in NCAA season-opener FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“This is really proves that whoever comes in for us will help the team to a victory.”Doliguez, a reserve forward, scored all of his six points in the fourth quarter while Bahio made all four of his in the same period.center_img LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks PVL: Bali Pure recovers with sweep of UP MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


Reggae Boyz depart for Carib Cup

first_imgJamaica’s 20-man senior football team departed yesterday for Martinique where the final stage of the ScotiaBank Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Caribbean Cup is scheduled. The Reggae Boyz, looking to atone for last week’s 3-1 international friendly loss to Peru on South American soil, will meet French Guiana in the tournament’s semi final at the Stade Pierre in Fort-De-France at 5pm, Jamaica time, on Thursday. Twelve local club based players are selected in the squad by head coach Theodore Whitmore as the Jamaica Football Federation continues to support the development of home grown talent. The local players are Damion Hyatt (Arnett Gardens), Rosario Harriott (Harbour View), Ladale Ritchie (Montego Bay United), Javain Brown (Harbour View), Jamie Robinson (the University of the West Indies FC), Jermaine Johnson (Tivoli Gardens), Ewan Grandison (Portmore United), Shawn Genus (Reno), Michael Binns (Portmore United), Ricardo Morris (Portmore), Owayne Gordon (Montego Bay United), Shamar Nicholson (Boys’ Town). Among the overseas players are Dwayne Miller, Oneil Fisher, Damion Lowe, Sergio Campbell, Shaun Francis, Junior Flemmings, Kevon Lambert and Cory Burke. The officials include Gregory Daley (head of delegation), Theodore Whitmore (head coach), Jerome Waite (assistant coach), Warren Barrett (goalkeeping coach), Lamar Morgan (physical trainer), Roy Simpson (manager), Dr Derrick McDowell (team doctor), Ashauna Davis (physiotherapist), Garome Brown (masseur) and Norman Stone (equipment manager). The Jamaicans will look to face the winner of the other semi final between Martinique and Curacao, if they beat French Guiana and advance to Sunday’s final.last_img read more


More sports in brief

first_img LAS VEGAS (AP): Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball will not play in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game. The team announced yesterday that Ball suffered a mild calf strain in the third quarter on Sunday and will be cautious with the number-two overall pick in the draft. Ball has averaged 16.3 points, 9.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds and 2.5 steals. He also posted two triple-doubles and four double-digit assist games. Federer up to ATP Number 3 after Wimbledon; Muguruza WTA Number 5 LONDON (AP): Roger Federer’s eighth Wimbledon title pushed him back up to Number 3 in the ATP rankings yesterday after he ended last season at Number 16. And, because he sat out the last half of 2016, his points will only continue to accumulate, making a return to Number 1 a real possibility. “I’m playing for titles at this stage of my career. Rankings, not so much, unless I’m as close as I am right now,” said the 35-year-old Federer, who also clinched a berth in the season-ending ATP Finals, held in London on November 12 to19. “So I just have to check the situation, if it’s worth it to run after it or not.” Garbine Muguruza’s first championship at the All England Club returned her to the WTA’s top 10 at Number. 5, a rise of 10 spots, while runner-up Venus Williams goes from Number 11 to Number 9. IAAF provisionally suspends Fredericks in payment probe MONACO (AP): Four-time Olympic medalist Frank Fredericks has been suspended from duty by track and field’s governing body, the IAAF, while he is investigated for alleged corruption suspected of being linked to the 2016 Olympics hosting vote. The independent Athletics Integrity Unit said yesterday that its request for an interim ban on Fredericks, a former sprinter from Namibia, was granted by the IAAF disciplinary panel. Fredericks, who is also an International Olympic Committee member, is separately being investigated by the IOC ethics commission over a near- US$300,000 payment he received on October 2, 2009 the same day Rio de Janeiro won the 2016 Olympic hosting vote in a four-city contest. Lonzo Ball will miss Summer League final with calf injurylast_img read more


Weatherly : Cornwall still very strong

first_imgWestern Bureau: Coach of defending daCosta Cup champions Cornwall College, Dr Dean Weatherly, says the school still has a strong team despite losing a few key players. Cornwall will start the new season next month without Jourdaine Fletcher, last year’s Golden Boot winner and the most talked about schoolboy footballer in 2016. “We have so far managed to retain 80 per cent of our winning squad … some are awaiting CXC results,” Weatherly said while adding that after the examination results are known, he will have a better idea of his final squad. Coach Weatherly strongly believes that the school’s youth programme has the ability to turn out exciting talent that can fill the gaps. “We have unearth a lot of talent from the Under-14 and Under-16 levels … and also people who want to join us as champions from outside,” he said. The veteran coach said Cornwall College boast the record of most daCosta Cup wins dating back to 1953 and have become a household name in schoolboy football in the west and so they do not need to scout players. “Players normally want to come and join us because of our rich history, so most of our team consists of home-grown players. We do not have to go out and scout, Cornwall are not known for doing that,” Weatherly added.last_img read more


Neymar shines against Austria

first_imgVIENNA, Austria (AP): Neymar Jr scored his second goal in two matches yesterday, since returning from injury, netting with a superb second-half strike as Brazil defeated Austria 3-0 in its final warm-up game ahead of the FIFA World Cup. Set up by Willian in the 63rd minute, Neymar wrong-footed Austria defender Aleksandar Dragovic with a quick move and converted through the legs of goalkeeper Heinz Lindner for Brazil’s second goal. Neymar celebrated by pulling his shirt back over his head and making the ‘V’ sign with both hands. Gabriel Jesus gave Brazil the lead after 36 minutes with a slick finish from a tight angle. He was unmarked on the left side of the area when Marcelo’s deflected shot came his way and he curled the ball past Lindner before it hit the far post and went in. Philippe Coutinho added a third after being sent deep by Roberto Firmino 20 minutes from the end. A week before Brazil’s World Cup opener against Switzerland, Neymar started for the first time since recovering from fracturing his right foot which kept him out for three months. He stayed on for almost the entire game, being replaced in the 84th by Douglas Costa. “I don’t know the limit of Neymar,” Brazil coach Tite said through an interpreter when asked if his main striker was back at full strength. “‘If (Austria) opens up in defence, go for it,’ I told him, at the break. In the end I thought it might be getting too much for him, so I took him off.” A week ago, Neymar came on for the second half against Croatia in Liverpool and had an immediate impact, as he opened the scoring after dribbling past two opponents to help Brazil win 2-0.last_img read more


Showdown for the crown – Holmes, Salas clash in Contender final

first_img Confident of victory “This is the third time that I will be fighting for the Contender title, and I am going to take it this year,” declared Jamaica’s Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes yesterday, as he commented on his chances tonight, in the 10-round final of the 2018 Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender competition, against Ricardo ‘Magic Man’ Salas of Canada, which takes place at the National Indoor Sports Centre, at Independence Park. The action begins at 8:30 with two amateur bouts, and the three-fight professional card, which will be broadcast by TVJ, will commence at 9:30. The two other professional bouts will see Jamaica’s Sakima Mullings 25-3 (25 wins 3 defeats) going against Alejandro Herrera from Mexico 18-8-2 (wins, defeats, draws), and two Jamaicans, Ricardo Planter 6-9-2 and Nico Yeyo 2-2, who are both Contender graduates, exchanging punches over six rounds each. Salas and Holmes reached the finals of the competition in contrasting ways. Holmes, who has an 19-8 record, scored close points decisions over Lloyd Reyes, Larone Whyte and David Leblond, while Salas 10-1, had technical knockout victories over Sceantonie Johnson and Nico Yeyo and a dramatic first-round knockout victory over former Contender champion Devon Moncriffe. Holmes, who is 31 years old, has good boxing skills and moderate punching power, while Salas, who is 19 and had an excellent amateur career in Mexico where he was born and fought over 100 times before turning professional in October 2016, prides himself on being a devastating puncher. Nine of his 10 victories have been by either technical knockout or knockout, while Holmes has won eight of his 18 fights inside the distance. Because of the quality of his victories, the buzz in Contender circles has been that Salas will be the favourite to take the title and the $2-million first prize, but Holmes, who has taken home the $500,000 runner-up prize twice in 2015 and 2016, says that he is not fazed by this. “I know that he is regarded as the favourite, but that does not bother me,” he said. Continuing he added, “I have watched his previous fights, so I know what to expect, and I am not going to make the mistakes that the other Jamaicans made. I am going to fight a smart fight, and you just have to wait and see what happens.” Salas, who does not speak English, said, through an interpreter, after his recent knockout victory, that he was very confident of victory right from the start of the competition. “I am well prepared, I respect my opponents, but my job is to break them down and knock them out. That is what I plan to do, to take the title back to Canada with me.” A lot will depend on how Holmes will respond to the pressure that will undoubtedly come from his opponent. Salas has shown that apart from his punching power, he can assess his opponent very quickly, and develop a strategy to take them out. He likes to go after his opponents early and there is no doubt that he will do this tonight. It will be up to Holmes to see if he can seize the initiative early and send Salas a message. How Salas responds if this is done will be instructive. It is an interesting match-up, and indications are that there will be plenty of early action. If Salas wins, Moncriffe will take home the third prize of $250,000, while if Holmes wins, it will go to Leblond. The fourth-prize purse money is $200,000. The Mullings versus Herrera, bout which will be a junior middleweight contest, should be action-packed. Being over only six rounds, the boxers can start fast, and word is that Herrera likes to work from close and throw punches to the body and head. Mullings is of like mind, so it promises to be fast-paced and furious. Yeyo and Planter are evenly matched, and this should be a close battle.last_img read more