TNT management blasts Narvasa: ‘He is biased’

first_imgRead Next MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBreaking its silence, the TNT management blasted PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa, following Narvasa’s claims that the franchise was involved in the controversial trade between San Miguel Beer and Kia.Team manager Virgil Villavicencio released a statement on Sunday, clarified the squad’s involvement in the deal.ADVERTISEMENT Marvin Lee ‘frustrated, pressured’ as UST nears winless season Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The team executive called out Narvasa for using TNT as a scapegoat for the approval of the deal, which sent Kia’s number one pick, which turned out to be Standhardinger, to San Miguel in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and the Beermen’s 2019 first round pick.READ: PBA approves Kia-San Miguel trade “We resented his statement as it is uncalled for. Why did he have to use us to justify his decision?,” the statement read. “In addition, any team has the right to see what trades would make sense for them regardless of players thrown into the equation. His decision robs the PBA of the dynamism, excitement, and suspense that a player of Christian Standhardinger’s caliber would bring going up against Fajardo.”The PBA Board of Governors had earlier stated that it would support whatever Narvasa’s decision would be on the transaction.READ: PBA Board to back Narvasa on controversial SMB-Kia tradeHowever, Villavicencio expressed his lack of confidence on the commissioner following his approval of the trade.“If the commissioner does not see this simple perspective, he may not be the right person for the job. We are afraid as to who should be the custodian of the PBA’s overall paramount interest. He talks about parity/ equilibrium for trades, but where is it?” he said.“People have spoken. Comm. Chito, listen to the feedback!” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort The TNT management released a statement following its alleged involvement in the controversial SMB-Kia trade. #PBA2017 pic.twitter.com/5TvJ5GG3v3— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) October 29, 2017Villavicencio clarified that Membrere was merely acting “as a representative of Smart Gilas.”“It was a sincere gesture to assist Standhardinger with a basic admin filing process because he flew back to Germany after the SEA Games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Narvasa said on Friday that TNT assistant team manager Magnum Membrere also submitted Standhardinger’s application to the PBA Office, duplicating the Fil-German’s forms after his agent had earlier sent his papers.“Comm. Chito talked to Christian Standhardinger in Lebanon to join the draft because he knew that [the draft pool] is shallow. He called that it would be okay for Christian Standhardinger to miss the draft camp and have a proxy to submit his application since he will be out of the country. So of course, it’s a different person who submitted it. No logical reason to divulge the info other than a futile and pathetic attempt to take the spotlight off him,” the statement read.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: TNT also tried to arrange trade for Kia draft pick, says Narvasa“TNT management resents the statement of Comm. Narvasa. Uncalled for. Just proves he is biased.” ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:45Drilon blasts Duterte’s infra program as ‘dismal failure’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more



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Fernandez knows ‘underdog’ San Beda will come out big vs Lyceum

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. So much is the mentor’s confidence that he likened the Red Lions’ situation to Season 87 in 2011, where the Frankie Lim-mentored squad toppled the San Sebastian crew bannered by the “Pinatubo Trio” of MVP Calvin Abueva, Mythical Team member Ian Sangalang, and sharpshooter Ronald Pascual.“When (San Beda) entered the Finals, they weren’t the favorites. It was Calvin’s San Sebastian and they won the series. So maybe history repeats itself,” he said.Fernandez is not leaving any stones unturned in preparing the Red Lions to the best of his capabilities for what is expected to be another all-out war against the Pirates.“We’ll see what we can do against them. We’re ready,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT “Lyceum is the best team right now. They beat us twice and they beat us fair and square. So there’s no doubt that we’re the underdogs,” he said.Despite the unfamiliar situation, Fernandez believes the Red Lions — who have one of the most successful basketball programs — can pull off the triumph and give the school their 10th title in 12 years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I know we lost against Lyceum and I know that the people have been doubting us, but the players really believe in themselves,” said Fernandez, citing guys like Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon as the team’s driving force through the course of this year’s journey.“We lost those two games, but I still do trust my players. I know they will come out big and we look forward for Friday’s game.” John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIt’s not often that San Beda finds itself as the underdog when it comes to the championship round.But with Lyceum completing an awe-inspiring 18-game elimination sweep this NCAA Season 93, coach Boyet Fernandez is well aware that the Red Lions have the cards stacked against them once the Finals tip off on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9301:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion ‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Read Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more



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Change of atmosphere could do wonders for Lady Warriors

first_imgRead Next Team captain Roselle Baliton said even head coach Francis Vicente has created a different atmosphere within the team, switching from a strict disciplinarian to an almost laid-back chap.“Coach Francis even jokes with us right now,” said Baliton in Filipino. “He’s not that strict anymore and he’s beginning to give this light presence with the team. The bonding’s better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutVicente had always displayed a no-questions-asked demeanor with his team, be it with the national squad or with the girls’ volleyball team of University of Santo Tomas when he was still head coach.That, however, apparently toned down as the team prepares to make surprises in Season 80. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH And that change in disposition became key to the team’s improved structure as former captain Shaya Adorador said.“The skills are already there and what we are focused right now is improving how we move as a team on the court,” said Adorador in Filipino. “We’re focusing on how we will gel better once we go in the floor.”UE was the second-worst spiking team in Season 79 posting a success rate of just 23.27 percent and that was partly due to the team’s terrible 7.47 excellent set average per period.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments Woods brings back big crowds, big cheers with a 72 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City UE Lady Warriors. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the East was picture of disarray during the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament after winning just of the 14 games it played.After a few tinkering in the offseason, however, two prominent figures in the Lady Warriors’ locker room believe their improved chemistry will ultimately change their fortunes.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIESlast_img read more



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SEA Games: PH pugs start gold medal hunt

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Glittering start to Tabal’s journey to Tokyo Olympics View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The same thing with 75kg-81kg bet Marvin John Tupaz, who like Bautista will start his quest on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Back then, the Philippines went home with five gold medals but there were more boxing events.Marcial will vie in 69kg-75kg, Fernandez in 52kg-56kg, and Kazakhstan President’s Cup champion Carlo Paalam in 46kg-49kg in the preliminaries starting at 3 p.m.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingJoining them is two-time champion and Olympian Charly Suarez who will also vie for honor in 69kg-75kg.Bautista will go straight to the quarterfinals in 49kg-52kg division, needing just one victory to ensure at least a medal finish. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial, right, celebrates winning the fight against Singapore’s Tay Jia Wei. Singapore SEA Games Organizing Committee /KUALA LUMPUR — Four of boxing’s “Super Six” begin their quest for gold medals Sunday in preliminary bouts in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 8.Eumir Felix Marcial, Mario Fernandez and Ian Clark Bautista, champions of their respective divisions two years ago in Singapore, will lead the crew tasked to duplicate a daunting feat.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more



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Take the game in right spirit: Shoaib Malik

first_imgPakistan former captain Shoaib Malik.As cricket lovers keenly await the India-Pakistan World cup semi-final clash, Pakistan’s former captain Shoaib Malik on Tuesday said the game should be taken in the right spirit and not as if it is a battlefield. “It is a game and it should be taken in that spirit and not as if it is a battlefield,” Malik, who is married to Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza, told reporters while replying to queries on the Mohali match on Wednesday. “We should appreciate a player if he is performing well, no matter which team he belongs to. The team which will play better on that day will win,” he said. Replying to another question, Malik said winning the toss will be an advantage on that pitch.- With PTI inputslast_img



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Dhoni fans to vote in large numbers for ICC award

first_imgTeam India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s home town fans are all set to cast vote for their favourite star in large numbers to boost his chances in the ICC’s People’s Choice Award.Team India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni”I have inquired with my friends about the online voting system. I will vote for my former rival teammate Dhoni,” said Ajay Kumar, who had represented Youth Sporting as all-rounder and played against Railways and Commando Club represented by Dhoni in 1996-97 Ranchi cricket league.”I hope Dhoni would win the award for India for the second straight year after Sachin Tendulkar got the inaugural award last year. My family members will vote for Dhoni,” said Chanchal Bhattacharya, who used to be the coach of Commando Club when Dhoni was with the team.Stating that Dhoni’s parents had called on him on June 6, Bhattacharya said their family members were happy to learn about Dhoni being nominated among the five players vying for the coveted award.”Winning the World Cup and his innovative game plans will see through Dhoni on the top of the chart,” said former Bihar captain Adil Hussain.”All our former teammates are getting in touch to vote for our former star teammate,” Hussain, under whom Dhoni played in the Sheeshmahal Trophy from Central Coalfield of India, added.Dhoni’s challengers are Sri Lankan Kumar Sangakkara, England’s Jonathan Trott, South Africa’s Hashim Amla and West Indian Chris Gayle. The winner’s name will be announced on September 12.- With inputs from PTIadvertisementlast_img read more



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Now, athlete Pinki Pramanik faces land scam charge

first_imgWest Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra on Wednesday alleged that gold medal winning athlete Pinki Pramanik was involved in a land scam as she had illegally sold a plot leased to her by the state government free of cost. But the former athlete denied any wrongdoing. “The land was given to Pinki for building her personal residence and not for making profit. If she has sold it for making profit, that is illegal,” the minister.”Anybody who goes to the spot will see a five storey residence coming up there. One can find the name of the present owner from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation records,” the minister said.Pinki, however, denied the charge. “I have not sold off the land. I won it. A house is coming up there.”Pinki was on Wednesday freed after 26 days in judicial custody for allegedly raping her live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one. The victim had also made a similar allegation of land scam against the former athlete.As per the minister’s allegation, Pinki sold the three-cottah plot in the south eastern part of the city to former athlete Avtar Singh. He, in turn, sold it to a promoter.Avtar Singh is the husband of former athlete Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, who won the 800 metre and 1,500 metre gold medals in the 1998 Bangkok Asian Games.Jyotirmoyee, a former Communist Party of India-Marxist MP, had led the chorus of protests against the “harsh treatment” meted out to Pinki in custody.The land was given to Pinki after her gold medal winning feat in the 2006 Asian Games in Qatar. The West Bengal Athletic Association had done the registration for the plot by spending Rs.75,000.advertisementPinki’s live-in partner alleged that the former athlete and Avtar Singh fell out over the sharing of the plot’s sale proceeds.She said Pinki bought a flat on the city’s outskirts and a luxury car with the money the former athlete got by selling off the plot.Avtar also said he was “not at all” involved in any deal concerning the plot.Jyotirmoyee said: “My husband’s name was being dragged into the matter as I had stood by Pinki. There is no truth in the allegation.”Mitra, known for making controversial comments, also said on a sarcastic note that when his government came to power last year, it had no idea that its priority should be to purchase equipment for gender determination tests.”We were more concerned about repairing roads, increasing the number of buses, reopening closed factories and reducing unemployment,” he said in a mocking tone.In February, after an anglo-Indian woman alleged that she was raped on Park Street here, Mitra not only questioned the morality of the woman but went on to say that the complaint was fabricated to extort money.Later, however, police arrested those allegedly responsible in the rape incident.last_img read more



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London Olympics: Flop shows in London add to the woes of Indian weightlifting

first_imgOne of the biggest slumps in Indian sport has been in weightlifting. For two days in a row, it has been a case of Indian weightlifters turning in flop shows, with Katalu Ravi Kumar unable to come near the medal bracket on Tuesday. Even before leaving India, there were doubts over Ravi’s fitness and he came up with the excuse of fever on Tuesday after finishing sixth at the Excel Arena.Competing in the 69-kg category, Ravi totalled 303 kg in snatch, clean and jerk. He had a 136 kg lift in snatch and then 167 in clean and jerk.The Indian had attempted 141 twice in snatch, but could not register a legitimate effort. In snatch and jerk, after a 167, he went for 176 kg and again failed to achieve the target.Gold went to powerful Kim Myok Hong of North Korea. He had a good snatch of 145 and then in clean and jerk, without too much effort, he did 184 kg for an aggregate of 329 kg as the hall thundered with applause.Silver went to Venezuela’s Junior Antonio Sanchez Rivero as he totalled 328 kg (148 kg in snatch and 180 in clean and jerk). Sardar Hasanov of Azerbaijan had to be content with the bronze medal.Coming back to Ravi, who is employed by the Indian Army, he had been unsure of his fitness before coming here. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist was in fact in decent form when he sealed a berth for the Olympics with a good performance at the Asian championships.A day earlier, Soniya Chanu also did not do well in her category.advertisementFor long, Indian weightlifting has been under the scanner for the wrong reasons. Twelve years ago, when Karnam Malleswari surprised the world with a bronze medal in the 2000 Sydney Olympics, talk was if she could inspire a whole generation.What happened instead was disaster as in the Athens Olympics in 2004 as women lifters were found to be on dope and were thrown out of the Athletes Village even before the Games began.Dope offences in Indian weightlifting have been frequent and the federation had to pay a huge fine in 2010 to secure a return to the international fold.However, despite all these lessons, the sport has not improved. If Malleswari had won a medal in 2000, it was due to foreign coach Leonid Taranenko helping her out.But the sad reality now is that after Magad Slamma left India, no international coach wants to come and help our lifters.Unless there is a corrective measure at home, the sport of weightlifting will die an unnatural death in India.last_img read more



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London Olympics: Germany beat Britain to grab gold in men’s eight rowing

first_imgGerman rowers held off a spirited challenge from Britain to take the Olympic gold in a thrilling men’s eight final on Wednesday. Germany, unbeaten since 2008, went out fast but were overtaken by the British team half way, only to step up a gear in the last 500 metres and cross the line first in five minutes, 48.75 seconds.”I can’t believe that,” said German oarsman Filip Adamski. “Four years we wait and now it’s happened, I can’t imagine what this means.”Adamski said his team had to react to a strong headwind that hampered progress.”Very, very tough – the wind – the whole season we have had tailwinds and now the opposite,” the Polish-born athlete said.”It was a new situation for us. We have a tactic, a strategy, every time the same and now we had to change that. We had to react to this situation.”Britain, the silver medallists in Beijing, were beaten to the silver after a late charge from defending champions Canada, who were over a second back.The British were 1.2 seconds further adrift, the bronze coming as a crushing blow to some of the crew.”We came here to win. I never thought I would say that I wouldn’t be happy with an Olympic medal, but I’m not,” said James Foad.last_img read more



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