Month: February 2020

Bangkok Glass sweeps winless PSL-F2

first_imgBREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise FILE PHOTO – Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBangkok Glass claimed its lone win in the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship at the expense of PSL-F2 Logistics Manila, 25-16, 25-23, 25-20, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena. The Thai club settled for 7th place while the host finished in eighth and last place.  ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ashley Frazier led Bangkok Glass with 12 points while Thi Ngoc Hoa Nguyen and team captain Pleumjit Thinkaow added 11 points apiece.Jaja Santiago led the hosts with 11 points while Lindsay Stalzer added eight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH “Today we are really happy we won our last game here in the Philippines, but today was really difficult,” said Bangkok Glass head coach Porncha Kittipong. “Everybody played good and we’re really happy we did a good job today.”Kittipong was impressed with how PSL-F2 Logistics played them in the blocking department.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908center_img Jett Manuel withdraws from PBA Draft to focus on UP 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila PSL-F2 Logistics scored on seven of its blocks while Bangkok Glass managed just four but the Thai club enjoyed a 47-37 advantage in spikes.Moro Branislav, the head coach of PSL-F2 Logistics, fielded in his seven local players in the third set to finish the match. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter EDITORS’ PICK View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. We are younglast_img read more

MMA: Jones gets one-year doping ban over sex pill

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND The ban will be applied retroactively to the date of the test, meaning Jones, 29, will be free to fight again in July 2017.A three-member panel which adjudicated on Jones’ case said they were satisfied the fighter had ingested the substance unwittingly.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance. However by his imprudent use of (the pill) he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars.“On the evidence before the Panel, the Applicant is not a drug cheat,” the panel from McLaren Global Sports Solutions wrote, according to MMAFighting.com.“He did not know that the tablet he took contained prohibited substances or that those substances had the capacity to enhance sporting performance. However by his imprudent use of (the pill) he has not only lost a year of his career but an estimated nine million dollars. Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Jon Jones (center) yells out after defeating Daniel Comier in a light heavyweight title fight at the MGM GrandGarden Arena on January 3, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Jones has been handed a one-year doping ban after taking a sex pill tainted with a performance-enhancing substance. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — Mixed martial arts star Jon Jones has been handed a one-year doping ban after taking a sexual-performance pill tainted with a performance-enhancing substance, it was confirmed on Monday.Jones, the Ultimate Fighting Championships interim light heavyweight champion, tested positive for the substance shortly before UFC 200 in July.ADVERTISEMENT PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas View comments We are young EDITORS’ PICK BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Just an off-day for the Green Archers Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town “This outcome which he admits to be a wake-up call for him should serve as a warning to all others who participate in the same sport.”Jones is already serving a suspension from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for a positive test conducted in June for clomiphene and letrozole, both testosterone-boosting drugs. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Adamson completes Final Four cast; NU, UP out

first_imgMOST READ Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 “This is just a parcel of our journey and we hope we continue this journey,” Pumaren said. “I think were the gatecrashers in this Final Four. With this opportunity, we’re hoping to make the most out of it.”UST further plummeted down the standings at 3-10 in a game where coach Boy Sablan withheld Louie Vigil, Marvin Lee, Renzo Subido, and Kent Lao in the first half.Jamil Sheriff topped the Growling Tigers with 13 points, six rebounds, and two assists, while Lao got 12 markers and six boards.The scores:ADAMSON 76 – Manalang 16, Ahanmisi 16, Manganti 9, Tungcab 8, Sarr 7, Mustre 7, Ochea 6, Espeleta 4, Bernardo 2, Camacho 1, Paranada 0, Chua 0, Ng 0.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Pacquiao still draws a crowd vs Vargas despite lack of interest UST 61 – Sheriff 13, Lao 12, Basibas 8, Vigil 6, Macasaet 6, Huang 4, Caunan 4, Afoakwah 3, Arana 3, De Guzman 2, Faundo 0, Lee 0, Subido 0.Quarters: 21-19, 37-32, 56-50, 76-61 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think right now, we’re living the dream,” said coach Franz Pumaren. “I think we surprised a lot of basketball fanatics. We were able to fasttrack everything. We were looking at 2017, we just wanted this year to be competitive, but my players wanted to attend that advance party. They were able accept their roles and that’s why were here.”Manalang fired 16 points, two rebounds, and two assists, while Ahanmisi also got 16 markers and two boards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentSean Manganti chipped in five of his nine points in the fourth period in the win.At 7-5, Adamson clinched its first semifinals berth since 2011 when the team was still under coach Leo Austria while also eliminating semis hopefuls National University and University of the Philippines, both carrying 5-8 records, in the process.center_img Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson used a strong fourth quarter to secure the last Final Four seat, repulsing University of Santo Tomas, 76-61 Wednesday in the UAAP Season 79 men’s basketball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.Leaning behind its two-guard combo of Robbie Manalang and Jerrick Ahanmisi, the Soaring Falcons fired an 11-2 run to start a fourth quarter breakaway and led, 67-52, with 6:16 left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantinelast_img read more

Bayern under pressure for ‘biggest challenge’

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine “If we lose then lots of teams, including Dortmund, will be very close behind us (in the table),” said Hummels.Mario Goetze, who spent the last three seasons in Munich, will lead Dortmund’s attack while defensive midfielder Sebastian Rode is hoping for a start against ex-club Bayern.Dortmund winger Marco Reus could make his first start of the season after a groin injury while Bayern have had both defender Jerome Boateng and winger Franck Ribery back in training after knocks.Dutch winger Arjen Robben has been given the all clear after complaining of a sore thigh in the Netherlands’ 3-1 win over Luxembourg on Sunday in a World Cup qualifier.But Bayern are waiting to hear if Arturo Vidal is fit after the Chile midfielder played in a mid-week World Cup qualifier while carrying an injury — despite requests not to do so from Bayern’s chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.“Best not to ask,” Vidal told reporters after hurting his thigh during Chile’s 3-1 win over Uruguay, having also returned from international duty in October with an ankle injury.Elsewhere, third-placed Hoffenheim, under Julian Nagelsmann, the youngest coach in Bundesliga history at 29, are at home to bottom side Hamburg on Sunday.Hoffenheim are unbeaten this season and have caused opponents all manner of problems with a solid 3-5-2 formation. They held Bayern to a 1-1 draw last time out while Hamburg have yet to win a game this season.Borussia Moenchengladbach have failed to win any of their last five games and they face Cologne on Saturday in the Rhineland derby.Coach Andre Schubert is under pressure and his side needs a confidence-boosting win for next Wednesday’s Champions League clash at home to Manchester City with Gladbach clinging on to third place in Group C. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas MOST READ Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus LeBron James donates $2.5 million to Muhammad Ali exhibit But all eyes will be on Dortmund, where the German league’s top two strikers—Borussia’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski—will go head-to-head.Fifth-placed Dortmund are six points behind Bayern in what promises to be a battle royal and between them, Aubameyang and Lewandowski have scored 18 league goals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“It’s not just the fans who look forward to this game, but the players as well,” said Bayern’s Germany forward Thomas Mueller.“It’s the best game of the year, because it’s the hardest to win. We are young “It’s the biggest challenge.”The battle of Germany’s top two teams has been dubbed ‘Der Klassiker’ by the German media in recent years, but Dortmund’s last league win over Bayern—home or away—was more than two years ago.Classic showdownNevertheless, hosts Dortmund are eager for their first win over the Bavarians at Signal Iduna Park since April 2012.Both sides have stars with a point to prove against their former club.Bayern’s Germany defender Mats Hummels can expect to face a cacophony of whistles and jeers every time the ex-Dortmund captain touches the ball.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Bayern Munich’s Italian headcoach Carlo Ancelotti attends the official reopening of the new Bayern Munich fan shop at the Franz-Josef-Strauss airport in Munich, southern Germany, on November 6, 2016. AFPBundesliga leaders Bayern Munich face a stern challenge to their place at the top of the table this weekend when Carlo Ancelotti’s Bavarian giants play Borussia Dortmund away on Saturday.Bayern could be knocked from top spot even before kick-off if second-placed RB Leipzig pick up a point at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday night to extend their unbeaten record to 11 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View commentslast_img read more

All Stars play for a cause

first_imgTaiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Beermen’s mettle Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK MOST READ 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercisecenter_img Dolor, Labrador and Espejo each scored 10 points to carry Team Galaw over the Mark Alfafara-led Team Hataw. Alfafara wound up with 14 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez takes a selfie with the rest of the Shakey’s V-League stars after the charity game. Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netEverybody played better under no pressure.The Shakey’s V-League’s best players gathered—and did cartwheels at the request of the crowd—in Sunday night’s 2016 All-Star Game for the benefit of the victims of Typhoon Lawin in North Luzon.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There were no trash talk or dagger staredown. But each tried to look her best. Dzi Gervacio and Michelle Gumabao literally did, wearing makeup while playing.Isa Molde of University of the Philippines  hammered against Customs star Alyssa Valdez at first set point. EJ Laure spiked over University of Santo Tomas teammate Ria Meneses.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentReinforced Conference Finals MVP Gumabao on the same side of the court as rivals Amy Ahomiro of BaliPure and Jia Morado of Ateneo.And UST’s Cherry Rondina cracking jokes while at play, and in the fourth set did a cartwheel once before springing for a spike, and twice while serving. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus The atmosphere was pure fun but somebody had to win: Team Palaban of Rondina, Gumabao and Pablo drubbed Team Puso of Valdez and Gervacio, 25-21, 19-25, 25-15, 25-22.And after Team Puso’s Nicole Tiamson dumped a serve at matchpoint, Team Palaban made a big circle and thanked the big crowd at Philsports Arena by doing cartwheel all at the same time.“It’s good to see everybody have fun in doing something that’s worthwhile, I guess my team is young and full of energy,” said Team Palaban coach Kungfu Reyes of UST.Earlier, Team Galaw of Greg Dolor, Rodolfo Labrador and Marck Espejo bested Team Hataw, 25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20, in the Spikers’ Turf men’s version of the all star.“This is the league’s way of giving back to society,” said Ricky Palou, president of the organizing Sports Vision.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

NBA: Warriors stretch win streak to eight by routing Pacers

first_imgSmart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Indiana Pacers’ Thaddeus Young, center, passes while being defended by Golden State Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia, left, and Stephen Curry during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 21, 2016, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)Klay Thompson scored 25 points and Stephen Curry added 22 as the Golden State Warriors won their eighth consecutive game, routing Indiana 120-83 Monday to complete a four-game road sweep.Kevin Durant added 14 points while Draymond Green contributed 10 as the Warriors improved to 12-2, helped by a season-high 60 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH “We played well but we still are getting used to each other,” Durant said. “It takes time to come together. I still think we are capable of being a lot better.”A cold-shooting Pacers lineup made only 33 of 103 shots with starters Paul George and Myles Turner out with ankle injuries and guard Jeff Teague suffering an ankle injury in the third quarter as Indiana fell to 7-8.“We knew coming in that this could be a trap scenario,” Curry said. “Finishing up a road trip against an injury-bugged team, it’s easy to lose focus. We wanted to be consistent for 48 minutes tonight. It’s a great way to finish a 4-0 road trip.”Memphis ‘killer’ rocks onMike Conley scored 31 points to power the Memphis Grizzlies to their fifth win in a row, downing host Charlotte 105-90. The 10th-year NBA guard, who signed a $153 million contract in the off-season, scored 18 points in the first half.“What can I say about Mike Conley?” Grizzlies coach David Fizdale said. “He’s getting closer and closer to the guy I want him to be — the killer that I want him to be. I’m really proud of his openness to it and that he is trying to adapt to what I want him to be.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conley hit 11 of 21 from the field, going 5 of 8 from 3-point range, as the Grizzlies improved to 9-5.“He wants me to be much more aggressive,” Conley said. “I believe I’m one of the better point guards in the league and he does, too, so he’s giving me the opportunity to go out there and show it.”James Harden scored a game-high 28 points, added eight rebounds and 11 assists to power Houston over Detroit 99-96, but he missed five free throws over the final 2:15 to keep the Pistons within reach. But Detroit missed three free throws in the final nine seconds on the way to a fourth consecutive loss.Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo produced 21 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, five steals and three blocked shots while Jabari Parker made five 3-pointers on his way to 22 points as Milwaukee snapped a three-game losing streak by beating visiting Orlando 93-89.Spurs, 76ers stretch streaksKawhi Leonard scored 24 points while Australia’s Patty Mills added 17 and Spain’s Pau Gasol scored 16 to spark the San Antonio Spurs to a sixth straight victory, downing visiting Dallas 96-91 to reach 11-3 on the season.Rookie center Joel Embiid scored 22 points to spark Philadelphia to a fourth consecutive victory, the host 76ers downing Miami 101-94 despite a career-high 32 points from NBA rebounding leader Hassan Whiteside, who also grabbed 13 rebounds in a losing cause.Bradley Beal scored a career-high 42 points to power the Washington Wizards over visiting Phoenix 106-101, hitting 14 of his 22 shots including 5 3-pointers.Isaiah Thomas scored 20 of his 29 points in the second half to spark the Boston Celtics over host Minnesota 99-93. Al Horford added 20 points, six rebounds and five assists in his second game back from a concussion. “What a great trip,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “I thought we really defended well and we moved the ball extremely well.”Durant grabbed 11 rebounds, all of them on the defensive side, and added six assists, two blocked shots and two steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“We contested lots of shots and blocked 10 of them,” Kerr said. “We’re getting those blocks from different people. It’s also great to see how well Kevin is defending. He was really good at that end.”Durant, who joined the Warriors from Oklahoma City in the off-season, said he and his new teammates still are adjusting to each other. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise We are young NBA: Miami Heat to retire Shaq’s jersey next month against Lakers EDITORS’ PICK Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUNDlast_img read more

Last 2 minutes!

first_imgUST assistant coach Alvin Patrimonio all smiles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWhen does a PBA stalwart admit that it’s time to put out the competitive fire inside for good and walk away from the adulation he gets for playing in the glamor league?Some have taken it in stride, but there are a few who refuse to read the writing on the wall and have instead extended their fading career using as an excuse their love and passion for the game.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s a no-no for me,” says Meneses, one of the league’s highest-paid players during his prime. “I never went into [gambling] because I knew that you would be one lucky guy if you get to play 15 years in the PBA. I invested my money wisely for my kids. But I never invested in anything that went beyond the contract that I signed [with my team].“I hope they [rumors] are not true because it’s just a pity,” Meneses adds. “The problem with us [pro players] is that we have short shelf lives, and there’s no second wind as far as our earning capacity is concerned.”The doting father to tennis aces Clarice and Christine, Patrimonio also made sure that his children received the best education and encouragement to pursue their chosen careers. He says he readily accepted the reality that retirement meant the end of a top-paying job.“You’ll be shocked because after a long career, when you were used to earning so much, you suddenly earn nothing, zero,” says Patrimonio, the first PBA player to be signed to a P500,000-a-month contract—a result of the celebrated attempt by the Pepsi ballclub to pry him out of Purefoods for P30 million, spread over five years.Patrimonio, Meneses and Ravena are still in basketball, although all three are now in the sidelines with a managerial or coaching job or another. Convinced that they stepped away from the game at the right time, they have no regrets.They all saw the sunset coming and faded away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Senators to proceed with review of VFA We are young Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Pingris on Star’s early struggles: ‘We have to trust each other’ Says Meneses, the 1995 MVP: “Retirement became inevitable when I started feeling that my role in the team was diminishing by the game. I knew it was time to go. Even if I practiced so hard and was still doing well, the coach didn’t have much use for me anymore.”Meneses eventually coped with retirement a couple of months after saying good bye to the league. The player whose one-on-one skills were nurtured and made famous by coach Yeng Guiao at Swift with the “iso [isolation] play” says retirement allowed him to refocus on coaching and to teaching talented younger players.Ravena says old or washed-up players who refuse to go are simply unwilling to “surrender their passion for the game.”“That’s why we play, anyway,” he says. “But it came to a point when I felt that even the passion and drive were not there anymore. That was the reason for my decision to retire. Plus, of course, the new players were coming in and I simply couldn’t keep up. The competitor in you simply has to accept certain signs. You really have to admit that it (career) can’t go on forever.”Patriminio, the PBA MVP in 1991, 1993, 1994 and 1997, saw the signs when he was relegated to Purefoods’ second string in his later years. “I realized that I really couldn’t help the team that much and I couldn’t accept being a third-string player when the next season came. That’s when I said that I was done.“When I decided to retire, James (Yap) and Kerby (Raymundo) were new to the team,” he recalls. “I saw in them Purefoods’ future, that the team’s winning tradition were in good hands. It was time for me to pass the torch.”Patrimonio says he got used to retirement “after a while” and found a way to enjoy the game by “just watching the new players” do their thing on the court: “There is also a thrill in that.”Ravena, the father of top amateurs Kiefer and Thirdy, says he didn’t take retirement hard because he knew he had done well taking care of his family. “I was smart with my money and really had no trouble walking away from the game,” he recalls.Believing he could still play for a couple more years, Meneses was initially upset that Talk ‘N Text, his seventh and last PBA team, could not give him a contract extension. “Of course it hurt at that time because I felt that I still had two to three seasons left in me,” he says. “But after a while, you realize that you’re OK, and that you have had one hell of a ride, a career. That gave me peace.”Patrimonio, Ravena and Meneses share the opinion that some ageing and “retirable” PBA players find it hard to go because they can’t hope to earn as much outside the league. They lament rumors that certain active and recently retired players have gravitated to gambling to “sustain their former lifestyles.” “It’s really tough, especially when you have to say goodbye to the fans,” says four-time PBA MVP Alvin Patrimonio, who ended his career in Asia’s first play-for-pay basketball league in 2005. “I cried because I treasured their (fans) love and support.“You really have to think it [retirement] over; in my case, a couple of years before I said it was all over,” adds Patrimonio, for 17 seasons the face of the Purefoods [now Star] franchise. “You can feel it, when the [playing] minutes are dwindling, and then you begin to say that everything has to come to an end—even this career.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliWith 857 games under his belt for Purefoods—his one and only PBA team, Patrimonio once thought he could play as long as the legendary Robert Jaworski did.“But he [Jaworski] was an exceptional case,” he says. “The old saying that ‘the mind is willing but the body is not’ was very true in my final years. The body simply refused to cooperate.” Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Before the PBA’s 42nd Season got under way two weekends ago, several players, former star or otherwise, knew the inevitable was at hand and took the cue to fade away. They had no other choice; teams wouldn’t give them contract extensions.Yet, several ageing stars now past their primes but are still very competitive kept their slots in their respective teams for the season or were traded to other teams. Heading the greying brigade are NLEX’s Asi Taulava, the oldest in the lot at 43, Phoenix’s Mick Pennisi (41), Barangay Ginebra’s Jay-Jay Helterbrand (40), TNT KaTropa’s Danny Seigle (40), Alaska’s Dondon Hontiveros (39), Star’s Rafi Reavis (39), and Mahindra’s Gary David (38).Vergel Meneses, the former Jose Rizal University Heavy Bomber in the NCAA who would go on to win a PBA MVP award and become one of the pro league’s 25 Greatest Players ever, admits to being in a state of denial for a while before hanging up his sneakers at the age of 36. That was in 2006, when the “Aerial Voyager” believed he still had a lot of high-flying moves left.Like Patrimonio, Bong Ravena recognized the signs in 2005 and called it quits, giving way to a new batch of talented rookies that seemed to sprout from the amateur leagues and from Filipino-American communities in the United States.“Younger players then were simply quicker and stronger than I was,” says Ravena, who beat Meneses for the 1992 Rookie of the Year award and played in the PBA for 12 seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

KaTropa committed to Racela’s vision, says De Ocampo

first_imgTNT head coach Nash Racela. PBA IMAGESNash Racela is just getting his feet wet as a head coach in the PBA, but his wards in TNT are ready to stick with him come hell or high water.Veteran KaTropa forward Ranidel De Ocampo on Friday said the team is “fully committed” with Racela, who took over the team after Jong Uichico and interim head coach Josh Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT Senators to proceed with review of VFA As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK We are young Catalan looks to open 2017 with win streak in ONE View comments Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes PH among economies most vulnerable to virus MOST READ Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Racela, a long-time assistant with the team, has said that he wants to start changing the mentality of the players and that’s something the team is on board with.READ: PBA: TNT crushes Phoenix for third winFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“He’s been our coach for a long time, he’s an assistant, and we know him, he knows us,” said de Ocampo after TNT brushed off Phoenix 117-98 at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We are committed to him and at the same time he is committed to us.”Racela’s first go as head coach of the KaTropa, unfortunately, was an early bump in the road when TNT lost to Meralco, 98-87. Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports The loss, De Ocampo said, prompted them to talk things over and he now hopes their victory over the Fuel Masters propels them further the All-Filipino Conference.“Fortunately, we had a positive result today and I hope it continue,”said De Ocampo as they improved to 3-2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

New species of venomous snake discovered by accident in Australia

first_imgArticle published by Shreya Dasgupta While researching sea snakes in the mining town of Weipa in Australia’s remote Cape York Peninsula, a team of biologists chanced upon a black and white snake that’s new to science.The venomous snake, now named Vermicella parscauda, belongs to a group of snakes called bandy bandies that live in burrows and feed on a specialized diet of blindsnakes.So far, the team has found only six individuals of the new species in the Weipa area, a site with large-scale bauxite mining, which could suggest that the burrowing snake might be in trouble. A team of biologists researching sea snakes in the mining town of Weipa in Australia’s remote Cape York Peninsula have accidentally discovered a venomous snake that’s new to science.The black-and-white snake, now named Vermicella parscauda or the Cape York bandy-bandy, belongs to a group of snakes called bandy-bandies that live in burrows and feed on a specialized diet of blind snakes. So far, scientists know of only five species of bandy bandies, all found in Australia. The hoop snake (Vermicella annulata) is the most commonly encountered bandy-bandy, the researchers report in a study published in Zootaxa.Since bandy-bandies are burrowing snakes, the sight of a small one on a concrete block by the sea surprised Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, and his colleague Freek Vonk from the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in the Netherlands.“We later discovered that the snake had slithered over from a pile of bauxite rubble [that was] waiting to be loaded onto a ship,” Fry said in a statement.Bryan Fry, an associate professor at the University of Queensland, searching for snakes near Weipa, Queensland. Image courtesy of Bryan Fry.Fry’s team found another snake of the same kind near Weipa, and spotted another dead individual that had been run over by a car near the bauxite mine. They found two more specimens of the snake in museum collections, resulting in five specimens from the same small area.“On examination by my student, Chantelle Derez, the bandy-bandy turned out to be a new species, visually and genetically distinct from those found on the Australian East coast and parts of the interior,” Fry said.The team has so far found only six individuals of the Cape York bandy-bandy in the Weipa area. This site has large-scale bauxite mining that involves extensive digging, which could be affecting the naturally burrowing bandy-bandy, the researchers write. However, the team is yet to do a detailed assessment of the abundance, distribution and potential threats to the species.“Bauxite mining is a major economic activity in the region, and it may be reshaping the environment to the detriment of native plants and animals,” Fry said.“Every species is precious and we need to protect them all, since we can’t predict where the next wonder-drug will come from,” he said. “The discovery of this enigmatic little snake is symptomatic of the much more fundamental problem of how little we know about our biodiversity and how much may be lost before we even discover it.”The newly described Cape York bandy-bandy (Vermicella parscauda). Image courtesy of Bryan Fry.Citation:Chantelle M. Derez, Kevin Arbuckle, Zhiqiang Ruan, Bing Xie, Yu Huang, Lauren Dibben, Qiong Shi, Freek J. Vonk, Bryan G. Fry. A new species of bandy-bandy (Vermicella: Serpentes: Elapidae) from the Weipa region, Cape York, Australia. Zootaxa, 2018; 4446 (1): 1 DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.4446.1.1 Animals, Biodiversity, Conservation, Endangered Species, Environment, Green, Happy-upbeat Environmental, Herps, New Species, Reptiles, Research, Snakes, Species Discovery, Wildlife center_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsoredlast_img read more

Underwater ultrasound scanner to support manta conservation

first_img Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored Article published by Sue Palminteri Researchers used a new contactless ultrasound device to scan reef manta rays in the wild, enabling them to assess the animals’ maturity and reproductive status underwater.The successful scanning of a pregnant female manta produced clear images of her fetus.By helping researchers better understand the factors that influence the timing and location of mantas’ breeding, the researchers say, the ultrasound technology can help them determine reproductive rates and guide manta conservation strategies. Not all fish lay eggs. Female guppies, a common aquarium fish, can “drop” between two and 200 babies over several hours, and male seahorses typically hold eggs inside a brood pouch and deliver hundreds of tiny live seahorse babies. Most sharks and rays give birth to live young, and some, like manta rays, produce just 1 or 2 pups at a time, with at least a year in between births.A Pacific manta seemingly escorted by a much smaller jack fish. Mantas are large rays (the smaller reef mantas reach 5.5 meters, or 18 feet) that feed on plankton by filtering water through their gills. Image credit: George Powell.Recently, researchers in the Republic of Maldives have been able to observe the fetus of an adult female manta with the help of a contactless underwater ultrasound scanner.“We know very little about where these reef manta rays go to give birth and how long gestation lasts in the wild,” said Nicole Pelletier, Manta Trust project manager at the Six Senses Laamu resort in the Laamu Atoll, in a statement. “This ultrasound technology could allow us to determine rates of reproduction in the wild and this information would help guide conservation strategies for this threatened species.”Sightings data show steep declines in various manta populations, primarily due to sustained killing and capture pressure from fishing. The animals are killed as bycatch in other fisheries and, more recently, direct and unsustainable fishing for their gill plates, which are now a sought-after material for use in Asian medicine. Mantas are large, slow-swimming fish that aggregate at certain key sites, so they are easy for fishing boats to target.Mantas can live for roughly 40 years, but their slow reproduction limits their ability to recover from rapid population decreases. In addition, reef mantas tend to stay along coasts, where there is limited chance of immigration from elsewhere to offset the population declines.“Manta rays are threatened worldwide, and we still know so little about their reproductive strategies said Guy Stevens, co-founder and chief executive of the Manta Trust, part of the multi-institutional research team. “The ability to scan pregnant individuals will be invaluable in our quest to protect them.”Researchers at the Manta Trust and the Maldives Underwater Initiative in the Republic of Maldives discuss the potential of the new ultrasound scanner for conservation research in the wild. Video credit: Six Senses Laamu – Maldives.With little information on manta reproductive cycles, the researchers aim to establish when mantas begin breeding, how successful their pregnancies are, and why animals breed in certain areas but not others. The ultrasound technology can help researchers assess individual animals’ reproductive status, determine reproductive rates and locations, better understand the factors that influence the timing and location of mantas’ breeding, and ultimately guide manta conservation strategies.The scanning device, called Duo-Scan:Go Oceanic and developed by Vetsonic (UK) Ltd and a veterinary imaging company, IMV Imaging, can scan the insides of wild marine animals without touching them. Designed to be carried by a scuba diver, it is portable and sits in a 2-kilogram (4.5-pound) dive rig to protect it from moisture and pressure down to 30 meters (98.5 feet). The system’s wifi connection allows the diver to view the image on a smartphone in real time.Mantas and many other fish often frequent “cleaning stations,” where they move about slowly while small fish remove and eat parasites from the skin of mantas and other “clients.” These stations are typically 20-30 meters (66-98 feet) down and may have strong currents and/or poor visibility.Researchers Gareth Pearce and Niv Froman, both from the University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine, explain how they use the new ‘Duo-Scan:Go Oceanic’ ultrasound scanner, developed by IMV-imaging, to study the reproductive ecology of manta rays.  Manta rays are threatened worldwide, and we know little about their reproductive strategies. Researchers say the ability to scan adult mantas will reveal reproductive strategies, including timing and locations, and help protect reef mantas and other species. Video credit: Andy Ball (Manta Trust). The diver holds the scanner, approaches a target manta from above to avoid disturbing it, and holds the scanner 4-5 centimeters (1.6-2 inches) above the animal. A manta’s reproductive structures, including a female’s ovaries and uterus, are on the left side of its dorsal fin, so the diver must focus on that side.“It’s important not to cause the manta ray any stress,” said Niv Froman, a doctoral student at the University of Cambridge Department of Veterinary Medicine. “Using these portable scanners, we’re able to obtain ultrasound images of their internal structures, particularly their reproductive tracts, without disturbing the animal. This is the first time that this has been possible in free-swimming mantas.”The Manta Trust researchers have been field testing the scanner in Laamu for roughly 18 months during which they developed techniques to approach the mantas and obtain the ultrasound scans without stressing the animals. Their collaboration with veterinary researchers from the University of Cambridge aims to study manta rays’ gestation and embryonic development.Some 125 reef mantas, one of two species of manta ray, live at Laamu Atoll, and each year the Manta Trust has identified between one and 11 pregnancies. The scanner enabled the team to obtain the first ever scans of these animals, including pregnant and non-pregnant females, as well as mature males.Reef mantas at Laamu tend to stay in the area and near the coastline, so the researchers have been able to take images of the same pregnant female several times during its one-year gestation period.“Using the scans, we’re able to determine the stages of maturity and when animals are becoming reproductively active,” said Gareth Pearce, a senior lecturer from the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Cambridge, in a separate statement. “We can observe the stages of pregnancy, the development of the fetus and importantly, whether an animal maintains that pregnancy and gives birth to a live animal.”Manta rays are mainly black on their dorsal side, white with unique spot patterns on their ventral (underneath) side. They are most easily seen or scanned with an ultrasounds at underwater “cleaning stations” where small cleaner fish remove bacteria and parasites from the skin, scales, and gills of larger fish, including mantas. Image credit: George Powell.Pearce added that he hopes their work will help guide manta ray conservation not only in the Maldives but elsewhere across mantas’ broad range in tropical and sub-tropical waters.“What we are really excited about is the contactless nature of this technology,” said IMV Imaging chief executive Alan Picken. “There are significant benefits for animal welfare, but you also open up a whole range of possible applications if you can scan animals that ordinarily wouldn’t let you get close enough to touch them.FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the editor of this post. 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