US Open set to open second roofed stadium with new Armstrong

first_imgConstruction crews work on the Louis Armstrong Stadium at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center Thursday, May 17, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — The old No. 1 stadium at the U.S. Open is about to be replaced by a better-than-ever No. 2.Louis Armstrong Stadium hosted two decades of championship tennis, memorable matches on the court that often hid its inadequacies off it.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Back and better: Porter Jr. says he’s best in NBA draft class Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial And as USTA officials showed off the progress of the stadium Thursday under rainy skies that were forecast to last into the weekend, it was comforting to know they now had two places where they could keep the action going if faced with the same weather in late summer.“Now with two stadiums with roofs, you know that if you’ve got a ticket to the U.S. Open, you’re going to see tennis, regardless of the weather conditions,” USTA President Katrina Adams said.The roof over the main Arthur Ashe Stadium has been operational since 2016, the middle of a transformation that included a new Grandstand stadium and additional seats on outer courts.Work began on the new Armstrong following that tournament. A temporary, 8,500-seat Armstrong was constructed for last year’s event while work continued on the new $200 million Armstrong that will seat 14,000 and stands about 95 percent completed.It will be the first naturally ventilated stadium of its kind with a retractable roof, as openings at the north and south end allow outside air to flow through even when the roof is closed, which will take less than five minutes. Usually, some form of air conditioning is needed to cool a stadium when the roof isn’t open.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The stadium fits almost entirely in the footprint for the original Armstrong and Grandstand, which was constructed where the Singer Bowl was built for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. The U.S. Open would move there for the 1978 tournament and Armstrong would remain the main stadium until Ashe opened in 1997.“For 40 years we made great use of that stadium. The magic on court and history and what went on has always been spectacular but quite frankly the fan experience was maybe subpar at best,” said Danny Zausner, the chief operating officer of the National Tennis Center. “They were so lost in the action on the court they never really recognized that those bathrooms were built for the ’64 World’s Fair.”The new restrooms and concession stands will be four times bigger, and fans will be able to see the action on the court from the expanded concourses. The seating capacity that was 10,500 in Armstrong’s final years will increase, with 6,600 reserved seats in the lower bowl and 7,400 general admission ones upstairs.“We’ve got so much more open space, so the days of seeing maybe 500 people standing in line outside to try to get into the stadium should hopefully go away, because we have that many more seats,” Zausner said.The Armstrong schedule will feature three day-session matches for the first nine days of the year’s final Grand Slam tournament, and a night session with two matches for the first six days. And the best part for those ticket holders, as with the ones who had Ashe seats for the last two years, is they are going to see tennis.“For this year’s U.S. Open, we can guarantee up to 40,000 fans that if we were to get rain — hopefully we won’t, but if we do — that between these two stadiums 40,000 people will be able to watch tennis uninterrupted,” Zausner said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Rain would send spectators scattering, fleeing onto crowded concourses and toward cramped restrooms.Not anymore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownWhen the new Armstrong opens for play in August at the U.S. Open’s 50th anniversary, complete for the first time with both a day and night session, the U.S. Tennis Association believes its second stadium will be second to none.Topped by a retractable roof, it’s the final stage of a five-year, $600 million project that remade the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, all without ever interfering with the tournament. 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Hayward has surgery to remove screws in leg, will be ready for next season

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The team says his leg and ankle are sound, but the plate and screws that were implanted to help the injury heal were irritating his tendons. He is scheduled to resume basketball activities in six to eight weeks and be ready for training camp.Also Wednesday: the Celtics said center Aron Baynes had successful surgery to repair a nasal fracture he sustained during Game 6 of the Cleveland series. He is expected to be back on the court in two to four weeks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown It’s an annual tradition for LeBron James: The NBA Finals Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Gordon Hayward of the Boston Celtics attends Game Seven of the 2018 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics at TD Garden on May 27, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Adam Glanzman/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — The Boston Celtics say forward Gordon Hayward had surgery to remove a plate and screws in his broken left leg and will be ready to start next season.Hayward missed almost the entire season after breaking his leg in the first quarter of the season opener. The Celtics went on to reach Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals before losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

PVL: BanKo wins second straight, downs Iriga

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Perlas Spikers finished the preliminaries on a two-game win streak for a 3-4 record while the Lady Oragons dropped their fifth straight game and fell to 1-5.Lakia Bright and Jutarat Montripila led the Perlas Spikers’ two-pronged attack finishing with 27 and 23 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSetter Jem Ferrer, though, was the one who dealt the final blow for BanKo with a simple 1-2 play.BanKo head coach Dong Dela Cruz said his team’s will to win was what powered them through the turbulent fourth set. View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BanKo ended its elimination round campaign on a high note, fending off Iriga-Navy, 25-18, 23-25, 25-20, 28-26, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Batang Gilas’ Padrigao wins MVP in Basketball Without Borders Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “What happened was we lost some of our passing but the players never gave in,” said Dela Cruz in Filipino. “They really wanted to win and they don’t want to lose another game.”Lauren Whyte led the Lady Oragons with 26 points while Macy Ubben had 17.last_img read more

World Cup: Ronaldo puts Paris agony behind him in 2002

first_imgWATCH: LeBron alley-oops slam dunk off backboard in NBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In the 1998 final in Paris, Ronaldo turned in a subdued performance against host France and Brazil lost 3-0. Brazil’s underperformance was blamed on the health of Ronaldo. To the shock of just about everyone, Brazil coach Mario Zagallo left his main striker out of his starting lineup, apparently for health reasons. Years later, Ronaldo said he had a seizure earlier in the day.Whatever happened that night, Ronaldo endured a series of injuries thereafter and was lucky to make the trip to Asia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownArmed with a curious haircut involving a triangular wedge on the front of his head, Ronaldo was the main attraction. But few thought he could recapture the sort of form that made him the world’s most feared striker in the run-up to the 1998 World Cup.He proved all the skeptics wrong. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ FILE – In this June 30, 2002, file photo, Brazil’s Ronaldo celebrates scoring against Germany during the World Cup soccer final at the Yokohama stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Brazil won the match 2-0 with Ronaldo scoring both goals. The 21st World Cup begins on Thursday, June 14, 2018, when host Russia takes on Saudi Arabia. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic, File)The path to glory can be a painful one. Ronaldo, one of Brazil’s greatest strikers, can attest to that.The big question at the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan centered on Ronaldo and whether he could exorcise the ghosts of four years earlier.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls With eight goals during the 2002 World Cup, including his two precise finishes in the final that finished off Germany, Ronaldo scored more times in a tournament than anyone since West Germany forward Gerd Muller in 1970.His goals helped Brazil reclaim the crown it lost on that curious night at Stade de France. Brazil, led by coach Luiz Felipe Scolari, won an unprecedented fifth World Cup.Ronaldo was back in the Brazil team that went to Germany in 2006, a World Cup many expected it to win — not least because the striker was partnered up front by Rivaldo and Kaka. That didn’t quite pan out with France winning 1-0 in the quarterfinals.With another three goals in 2006, he became the World Cup’s all-time leading scorer with 15 — a record since overtaken by Germany striker Miroslav Klose.No matter, though, because Ronaldo had been well and truly redeemed.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

Nadal sends injured Ferrer into Grand Slam retirement

first_imgTop seed Nadal had taken the opener 6-3.“This is my last Grand Slam,” said Ferrer who was runner-up to Nadal in the 2013 French Open final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I have great memories of this tournament and I am just sorry that I couldn’t finish it tonight.”Ferrer, 36, will play his last tournament on home ground in Madrid next year. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “I am very sorry for David and sad for him,” said Nadal.“We are close friends and have shared great moments — the Roland Garros final and Davis Cup wins.“He is one of the greatest players to have come from our country. He’s a great person and great player.”Nadal, chasing his 18th Grand Slam title, will face Canada’s Vasek Pospisil for a place in the last 32.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs New stadium, new clocks make for a new-look US Open ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Rafael Nadal, of Spain, is viewed past David Ferrer, also of Spain, during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)World number one and defending US Open champion Rafael Nadal sent his close friend David Ferrer into Grand Slam retirement on Monday when his veteran compatriot was forced to quit their first round match with an injury.Ferrer, a former world number three but now standing at a lowly 148, called it quits on a hot and humid night on Arthur Ashe Stadium when he led 4-3 with a break in the second set.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

With PBA Draft coming up, Matt Salem continues to fine tune game

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s a good experience, it’s an international tournament and it shows that I can work that I can eventually use in the PBA,” said Salem. “It’s going to take a lot of time to be able to work on those skills I need to develop.”“Offensive-wise, I got my shooting, I can attack when I want on and off the ball screen. I think I could develop a few more skills after seeing these international players.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I’m just working out for the last couple of months and I have to get ready for the draft pretty much,” said Salem Friday at Studio City here.Salem is part of the Philippine representatives the iECO Green Warriors in the Asia League The Terrific 12 where they played against the top club teams from China, Japan, Chinese-Taipei, and Korea.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAlthough iECO went winless in Group C and failing to enter the semifinals after two games, Salem was a solid contributor for the team and was able to display his deft stroke from outside.Salem averaged 12.5 points and three triples per game for the Green Warriors, who was formed just weeks before the competition started on Tuesday. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESMACAU—Matt Salem knows reaching the PBA is the goal for any aspiring Filipino basketball player, and he’s doing everything ito equip himself with all the right tools that would be useful once he steps into the big league.He’s already made a name for himself during his collegiate career as a marksman for National University and De La Salle, but he knows there’s still room to improve before submitting his name to the draft.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title ONE: Team Lakay’s Kingad ready for war vs Japanese foe Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

What if they had an Olympics, but no one would host?

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Here are a few suggestions:ROTATING HOSTSThis idea has been thrown around for years but never taken seriously by the IOC.At the very least, the Winter Games should move toward this concept as soon as possible given its more limited appeal and having fewer cities capable of even hosting the snow and ice events (maybe even fewer in the years to come, given the potentially devastating impact of climate change).Previous hosts such as Salt Lake City, Calgary, Japan (with Sapporo and Nagano sharing the load) and Norway (a similar arrangement between Oslo and Lillehammer) would be obvious candidates to serve on a rotating basis, since they have all the necessary facilities in place. Winter sports-loving countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria might be willing to get on board, too, if they could be assured costs wouldn’t spiral out of control.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Luka Doncic gives Mavs hope of transition to next Euro star Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The madness continues in Tokyo. A new aquatics center costing some $250 million is under construction, even though the city already has a modern natatorium that will be used only for water polo. While an argument can be made that the existing facility (seating around 3,600) wasn’t big enough for Olympic swimming, there’s no explanation for why the organizers didn’t just install a temporary pool in one of the numerous indoor areas around the Tokyo metropolitan area. For instance, the 17,000-seat Yokohama Arena (less than 20 miles from downtown Tokyo) was passed over as a venue.“On paper, Tokyo looked like a very solid bid,” Conrad said. “I cannot believe the costs.”The IOC needs to follow through on what it preaches, which means nixing potential white elephants and saying no to individual sports federation that insist on the most elaborate venues for their athletes.SHARING THE BURDENWhy does a single city essentially have to host an entire Olympics?The size of the games is simply too much for one locale to bear, so the IOC should consider awarding them to entire countries — maybe even several neighboring countries (much like soccer’s World Cup). That way, the plethora of sports could be divvied up to existing venues.For that matter, there’s no reason why the games couldn’t be spread around the world every four years. It happened in 1956, when strict quarantine laws prevented the equestrian competition from being held in Australia, so it was shifted to Sweden (five months before the Melbourne Games, in fact).Rio de Janeiro undoubtedly would have welcomed such an accommodation in 2016, when it was required to build a costly new golf course that would have more use these days as a cow pasture. Imagine how much more sense it would’ve made to stage golf in, say, St. Andrews rather than a country where it has little appeal.Better get to it, IOC.Otherwise, there won’t be anyone left to host your little party. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With news Friday that Stockholm is likely to pull out of the race for the 2026 Winter Games — just days after it was approved as a candidate city by the International Olympic Committee — there is an ever-increasing chance that no one will be left to hear its name called by the time the final decision is made next year.The only other cities interested in hosting are Calgary, Canada, and the combined Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. But Calgary’s proposal faces a crucial referendum next month — and polls suggest it hardly has overwhelming support — while Italy’s plans are marred by a lack of government backing and the memory of Rome pulling out of the race for both the 2020 and 2024 Summer Games .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAs if cities needed any further reminder of what a boondoggle the Olympics is: Pyeongchang is already pondering whether to raze some of the venues it built for this year’s Winter Games because there’s simply no use for them, while Tokyo is set to spend a staggering $25 billion on the next Summer Games — and maybe even more.“They’ve got to rethink the whole model,” said Mark Conrad, who runs the sports business program at Fordham University. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On the Summer Olympics side, Sydney (perhaps co-hosting with Melbourne), Seoul, Los Angeles, London and Beijing all have the potential to become permanent rotating sites. It also would be a fitting gesture to include Athens, the birthplace of the modern Olympics, but the IOC would need to cough up a few billion dollars so the Greeks could fix up all the decaying, abandoned facilities left over from the financial debacle that was the 2004 Games.“There was more resistance to this when everyone wanted to host,” said Matthew Robinson, a professor of business administration at the University of Delaware who has worked with the IOC. “Now, I think you’re going to see more of an open mind to the rotating idea.”FEWER SPORTSThis is an area where the IOC has shown a complete unwillingness to make significant reforms, despite repeated calls to limit the enormous size of the games.Instead of scaling back for the Tokyo Games, the IOC approved not one, not two, but SIX new sports : baseball, softball, sport climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing. Not to mention, new disciplines were added for sports such as basketball (a three-on-three competition) and swimming (which will have a mixed relay for the first time). There’s even talk of video gaming being added for the 2024 Paris Games, to appeal to a more youthful audience.Stop the madness.The IOC should dump any sport that can’t guarantee the participation of its best athletes (farewell, baseball), along with all those that have limited global and spectator appeal (we’re looking at you, team handball, water polo and modern pentathlon). In addition, there needs to a serious culling in the number of events, even in more popular sports such as track and field (seriously, do we need race walking?) and swimming (a staggering 37 gold medals will be doled out in Tokyo).IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WON’T COMEAnother area where the IOC talks a good game but rarely follows through.While insisting that cities should only build facilities they can use after the games, Pyeongchang was allowed to spend more than $100 million on a temporary 35,000-seat stadium solely for the opening and closing ceremonies. Making that decision even more ludicrous: there was an existing 22,000-seat soccer stadium in the Gangneung Olympic Park that wasn’t even used during the games! Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FILE – This Aug. 25, 2018, file photo, shows a general aerial view of the dismantled stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics with the Olympic cauldron, right, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang is already considering razing some of the venues it built for this year’s Winter Games because there’s simply no use for them, while Tokyo is reportedly set to spend a staggering $25 billion on the next Summer Games. (Yang Ji-woong/Yonhap via AP, File)What if they threw an Olympic party, but no one was willing to host it?That day could be coming, and sooner than you might think.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Deontay Wilder hoping for a rematch with Tyson Fury ‘ASAP’

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wilder had lobbied for a fight with Anthony Joshua, who holds the other three championship belts. He said Joshua and his team are “getting what they deserve” by being sidelined from his two most high-profile potential opponents.“We had to show the world what it looks like for the best to fight the best, and look at the outcome,” Wilder said. “No one has talked about Joshua in I don’t know how long and we plan on keeping it that way.”Wilder said he broke his right arm and had surgery about 12 weeks before training camp and threw few right hands during training, which he feels might have affected his accuracy. Co-trainer Jay Deas said limiting the right in camp was a precautionary measure.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I’m ready whenever he’s ready,” Wilder said. “I’m ready whenever he’s ready to do it. I’m ready to give the fans what they want to see and end this talk once and for all.”Afterward, the British challenger said the two would “100 percent” meet again in the ring. Wilder said he doesn’t want to fight anybody else before a rematch.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Everyone is talking about this fight. It’s only right for us to go back in and do it again,” Wilder said. “I don’t want any other fights to happen between him and I (meeting again).”Wilder (40-0-1) knocked Fury (27-0-1) down twice late in the fight, including once in the final round. He was outboxed much of the way at Staples Center but was still surprised when Fury rose from that 12th-round knockdown — and that the referee didn’t end the fight. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I saw his eyes roll slowly in the back of his head,” Wilder said. “Many people felt that should have been waved off. Nine out of 10 refs would have waved that off.”He indicated the rematch might happen as early as March or April.Showtime Sports President Stephen Espinoza said May or June might be more likely, giving the fighters more time to recover.In the first meeting, Wilder said he let the pressure of being in his first pay-per-view fight affect him.“I wanted to end it on a great note,” he said. “I wanted to end it on a devastating knockout and I pressed that. I pressed that too much.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tyson Fury, of England, lies on the canvas after being knocked down by Deontay Wilder during the 12th round of a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)MONTGOMERY, Ala.  — WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder says he wants a rematch with Tyson Fury “ASAP.”Wilder said in a conference call Tuesday that he’s “ready and willing to give Tyson Fury the opportunity ASAP.” The two heavyweights fought to a split-decision draw Saturday night in Los Angeles in one of the bigger heavyweight bouts in America in years.ADVERTISEMENT Will Eagles soar anew?last_img read more

Wizards slip past Hornets but lose John Wall for season

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Amanda Nunes KOs Cyborg in 51 seconds, Jon Jones wins at UFC 232 The Hornets led only once after halftime, when Walker’s jumper made it 105-103.However, Washington nearly squandered a 125-116 lead inside the final 25 seconds. Walker sank a technical free throw assessed to Beal, and Cody Zeller hit two more. Then, Walker hit two more jumpers, one following a turnover and the next off a pair of missed free throws by Satoransky. He then hit a 3 from the left wing to cut it to 127-126.On the ensuing inbounds, Jeff Green found Ariza on a full-court feed. Ariza was fouled by Walker and converted a three-point play to seal it.“We found a way to score the basketball,” Ariza said. “We played together, we moved the ball, so we got a lot of people a lot of open shots.”FORTY FEATSaturday marked Walker’s fourth time scoring 40 or more this season, after posting career-high five 40-plus point performances in the 2017-18 campaign. He now has 13 such games for his career.LOST JOHNThe decision for Wall to have surgery came after visiting with Green Bay Packers associate team physician Dr. Robert Anderson on Saturday.Wall had yet to address the surgical option publicly before to the game, although he walked through the Wizards’ locker room Saturday night with a gray protective boot on his left foot.TIP-INS “Of course losing John is huge for this team — he’s the head of the snake,” Ariza said. “But when something like that happens, you have to find ways to win. That’s why you have what we call a team.”Thomas Bryant added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Ariza had nine assists and seven rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDespite allowing Hornets guard Kemba Walker to score 47 points, Washington won for just the third time in 12 games after announcing Wall would undergo a procedure to address bone spurs in his left heel and miss at least six months.The Wizards also overcame an uncharacteristic 7-of-19 shooting from leading scorer Bradley Beal, who finished with 19 points. Tomas Satoransky added 20 on a night rookie Troy Brown Jr. was the only Wizards player not to reach double figures. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Sam Dekker had 13 points off the bench after hitting his first six shots.UP NEXTHornets: Host Orlando on Monday.Wizards: Conclude a three-game homestand Wednesday against Atlanta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Washington Wizards guard John Wall leaves the court following the team’s NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Washington. Washington won 130-126. (AP Photo/Al Drago)WASHINGTON — The Washington Wizards will need more of the balance they displayed on Saturday night if they hope to make the playoffs without injured All-Star guard John Wall.Trevor Ariza scored 24 points and was one of seven Washington players in double figures as the Wizards defeated the Charlotte Hornets 130-126 amid news that Wall will have season-ending surgery.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “I can’t sit here and try to do it all on my own,” Beal said. “There’s no way .. I’ll be able to do it on my own. And it’s just a matter of trusting my teammates no matter what it looks like. We’ve got to get the win.”Walker scored 24 of his points in the fourth quarter and nearly lifted Charlotte to a remarkable comeback when his 3-pointer cut the lead to a point with 1.9 seconds to play.Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Hornets, who fell to 4-11 on the road and are facing a six-game West Coast road trip early in January. Charlotte has allowed at least 130 points in consecutive road contests.“It wasn’t enough offense,” Walker said. “The defense is usually what gets teams over the top. It gets us over the top. That’s when we’re at our best … tonight it wasn’t it.”The Wizards went 20-21 last season without Wall, who missed many of those games while recovering from arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. They’re still nine games below .500 (14-23) this season, despite Saturday’s victory.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘Pringle deserves MVP award, too’

first_imgFajardo. —DENISON DALUPANGOne person stands in the way of an unprecedented fifth Most Valuable Player honors for June Mar Fajardo in the Philippine Basketball Association.But the San Miguel Beer star center is the least bothered about it.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments “I toiled for it. I’ve always wanted to improve every game, every conference. I try not to be stagnant. I want to continue improving,” said Fajardo.“Who would’ve thought I’d ever snare five, right? I was the butt of jokes back then, now I’m on the cusp of having the most [MVP trophies].”Votes from players, the league and members of the press will determine the winner.Pringle, despite limited games due to a stint with the national team, is also the scoring king with a 21 points average. The MVP will be bared on Jan. 13 during the Season 44 opening.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Resurgent Lady Maroons out to surprise UAAP volley field Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Whoever wins deserves it,” the 29-year-old Fajardo told reporters in Filipino shortly after San Miguel Beer’s first practice for the year at Acropolis in Libis on Wednesday.NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle leads the statistical points race with 35.5 while Fajardo, the Best Player in the first two conferences until a shin injury prior to the Governors’ Cup limited him to just three games, has 33.1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s actually nice that he’s leading,” Fajardo said of Pringle. “But of course, if ever I get it, I’ll still consider it as a blessing.”If he wins, Fajardo will get past mentor Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio, both with four MVP trophies, too, but were not consecutive winners like the Cebuano. The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte says he will appoint Gamboa as next PNP chieflast_img read more