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Ban returns to SKorea after hinting at presidency run

Ban returns to SKorea after hinting at presidency run.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes_net manilatimes_netJan 12th, 2017

Ban Ki-moon returns to South Korea after hinting at presidency run

Ban Ki-moon returns to South Korea after hinting at presidency run.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

The World: Ban returns to S. Korea, hints at presidency run

SEOUL -- Retired UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon returned to South Korea Thursday as momentum builds around his possible run in elections to succeed impeached President Park Geun-Hye......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Japan envoy returns home in SKorea ‘comfort woman’ row

Japan envoy returns home in SKorea ‘comfort woman’ row.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Serena Williams into Australian Open quarterfinals

JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams scrapped her way into the quarterfinals at the Australian Open, working around a misfiring serve and a rash of unforced errors to beat Barbora Strycova as the heat intensified on Monday. She had a little bit of luck in some big moments, but created it herself by staying in points against the No. 16-ranked Strycova, who made the No. 2-ranked Williams engage in more and longer rallies than anyone so far in the tournament. Despite the four service breaks (three in the first set) and 46 unforced errors, and with the fluky net cord and the off-balance, scrunched-shoulder backhand that bounced flatly and clinched her the first set on her eighth set point, Williams found a way to win 7-5, 6-4. That keeps Williams on track in her bid for an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam title. If she gets there, the 35-year-old American will regain the No. 1 ranking as well. 'I feel like it was really good for me to win on probably not my best day, which is always good, because sometimes you rely on one shot and if it goes off, and then, like, what happens now?' Williams said. 'It was really good for me to almost lose that so I know my other game is going pretty good, too.' Next up, she'll face No. 9 Johanna Konta, who beat Ekaterina Makarova for the second straight year in the fourth round. The 2016 semifinalist was only broken once and broke Makarova four times. 'That's an incredible experience for me. She's one of the few players still playing I watched growing up,' Konta said of Williams. 'It's an incredible honor and I can't wait to share the court with her.' Williams' fourth-round match started with four straight service breaks, with only two points going with serve, until Williams held for a 3-2 lead. There were seven service breaks in the first set — with Williams getting the decisive one in the 12th game. She broke Strycova's serve early in the second to establish a lead but was broken while serving for the match. She finished off in the next game with another break of her own, her sixth of the match. 'It's good to know I have a plan B or option 2, I wasn't serving my greatest today, also she was putting a lot of returns in there,' said Williams, who had a first-serve percentage of 45, and made four double-faults. 'It's always good to have something to improve on.' The second-seeded Williams advanced to quarterfinals at Melbourne Park for the 11th time since 2001 — she's only ever lost three times here in that round. Angelique Kerber, who beat Williams in the final here last year and then ended the 22-time Grand Slam winner's 186-week streak at No. 1 by winning the U.S. Open, was upset in the fourth round six minutes into second week of the tournament in a straight-sets loss to Coco Vandeweghe the previous night. 'I love pressure. I feel like I deal well with pressure,' said Williams, who has won the Australian Open six times. 'I love the game. Honestly I have nothing to lose. I've won enough. ... Everything is a bonus for me right now. It's kind of a little relaxing.' The hot-and-cold run of weather in Melbourne continued, with the temperatures hitting 35 Celsius (95 Fahrenheit) when Williams walked onto Rod Laver Arena to get play started on Day 8. It followed a chaotic middle Sunday that contained two big upsets, with Kerber's exit following top-ranked and five-time finalist Andy Murray's fourth-round defeat by No. 50-ranked Mischa Zverev. Roger Federer, returning from six months on the sidelines, rebounded to beat No. 5 Kei Nishikori in five sets and will meet Zverev in the quarterfinals. Rafael Nadal, the only major winner remaining on the bottom half of the men's draw, was playing for a quarterfinal spot later Monday against Gael Monfils. .....»»

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Trump, amid combative start, pledges to rise to moment

WASHINGTON — After a combative start to his presidency, Donald Trump delivered a more unifying message Sunday and sought to reassure Americans he was ready t.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated News2 hr. 10 min. ago

Costa returns to Chelsea side, scores on 100th appearance

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer br /> LONDON (AP) — Still to clear up the ambiguity over last weekend's absence from the Chelsea team, Diego Costa did his talking on the pitch on Sunday. Costa marked his return to the side for his 100th Chelsea appearance by scoring the opener in a 2-0 victory over Hull that sent the Premier League leaders eight points clear. After netting his 52nd Chelsea goal from close range at the end of the first half, the league's joint-top scorer alluded to all the speculation surrounding his Chelsea future by performing a chatter gesture with his hands while celebrating. Publicly, Chelsea said Costa missed last Saturday's game at Leicester due to a back injury. What manager Antonio Conte did not dispute was that the striker was dropped over a dispute with the coaching staff amid suggestions of a big-money offer from China. 'It's important Diego played a good game,' Conte said. 'I hope with this game to finish the speculation about him, about Chelsea, about me and him. We showed we are a team with great unity.' Costa's 15th goal of the campaign came in the seventh minute of stoppage time, the result of a lengthy delay after a clash of heads between Chelsea captain Gary Cahill and Ryan Mason which led to the Hull midfielder being carried off on a stretcher as oxygen was administered before being taken to the hospital. Cahill was able to remain on the field and he headed in Chelsea's second in the 81st minute after getting on the end of a free kick from Cesc Fabregas. While Hull is next from bottom in the standings after a ninth straight away loss, Chelsea opened up an eight-point advantage over Arsenal. ___ ARSENAL 2, BURNLEY 1 It was a fiery end to a game that witnessed two penalties in stoppage time and Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appearing to push the fourth official. Arsenal went into additional time leading through Shkodran Mustafi's header but with 10 men after Granit Xhaka was sent off for a two-footed lunge on Steven Defour in the 66th minute. 'He has to control his game and not punish the team with a lack of control in his tackling,' Wenger said of Xhaka, who has been sent off twice this season for Arsenal. Wenger's heated confrontation with the fourth official came as he tried to watch the rest of the game from near the tunnel after being sent off. 'I regret everything. I should have shut up, gone in and gone home,' Wenger said. 'I apologize for that.' That came as Andre Gray looked to have snatched a point when he netted from the spot after substitute Francis Coquelin tripped Ashley Barnes. Wenger's mood was lifted in the seventh minute of stoppage time when Arsenal was awarded a penalty for Ben Mee's high foot challenge on Laurent Koscielny. ___ SOUTHAMPTON 3, LEICESTER 0 Leicester has mounted the most feeble defense of a Premier League title and is now in a relegation dogfight. Having lost half of their 22 games, Claudio Ranieri's players are sitting only five points above the drop zone. Not since Manchester City in 1938 have the topflight title winners been relegated the following season. James Ward-Prowse, Jay Rodriguez and Dusan Tadic scored the goals as Ranieri, once known as the 'Tinkerman,' rued switching his team around. 'I tried to help my players in the last two matches, I changed our normal shape against Chelsea, to three at the back and today I played with a diamond, and this led to some misunderstanding,' Ranieri said. 'My players are used to playing 4-4-2, or 4-2-3-1, so for this reason I have made mistakes and it's my fault in the last two matches. 'It's one thing trying it in training and another entirely on the pitch. Today there was something wrong and it's my responsibility. If we make mistakes, yes they make mistakes but also it's myself who has to explain better.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 58 min. ago

'Trainspotting' returns after 21 years with punchy sequel

'Trainspotting' returns after 21 years with punchy sequel.....»»

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Pimentel will keep Senate presidency, says Lacson - The Manila Times

Pimentel will keep Senate presidency, says Lacson - The Manila Times.....»»

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Pimentel will keep Senate presidency, says Lacson

Pimentel will keep Senate presidency, says Lacson.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News11 hr. 4 min. ago

The Blur returns to Gilas Pilipinas

The best point guard in Asia is officially coming out of his retirement from international basketball. TNT's Jayson Castro is back for Gilas Pilipinas as the Blur is one of the 24 men selected to be part of the new national team pool coached by the returning Chot Reyes. The announcement was made Sunday at the PhilSports Arena. Castro, who was part of the Mythical team during the 2013 and 2015 FIBA-Asia championships famously retired from national team play last year after the Philippines missed out on the 2016 Rio Olympics. However, the Blur is back to make another run at the FIBA World Cup two years from now and the Tokyo Games in 2020. Also returning for the Philippine team is Alaska star Calvin Abueva. The Beast was one of the final cuts for the team that competed in the 2016 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Paul Lee, who played in the 2014 FIBA World Cup, but has been limited by injuries causing him to miss the 2015 FIBA-Asia and the 2016 OQT, is also part of the pool. Three-time PBA Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo is obviously still part of the 24-man strong lineup while GInebra's Japeth Aguilar will also suit up. Adding to Gilas Pilipinas' overall ceiling are Rain or Shine's Raymond Almazan, Phoenix's Nornert Torres, NLEX's Bradwyn Guinto, and Blackwater's Art Dela Cruz. Jonathan Grey, who narrowly missed out in the cadet selection, is now officially part of the pool while LA Revilla is Mahindra's representative for Gilas. Terrence Romeo, the PBA's most dynamic scorer completes the list of 12. Cadets Mac Belo, Matthew Wright, Ed Daquioag, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, RR Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, Von Pessumal, Kevin Ferrer, Russel Escoto, Arnold Van Opstal, and Alfonso Gotladera make up the other 12.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 55 min. ago

SKorea rally demands Samsung heir’s arrest

SKorea rally demands Samsung heir’s arrest.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News17 hr. 52 min. ago

Coney Reyes returns to prime time with ‘My Dear Heart’

Coney Reyes returns to prime time with ‘My Dear Heart’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News19 hr. 1 min. ago

Fury, concern over Trump presidency

Fury, concern over Trump presidency.....»»

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Boobay back to work after stroke; returns to Sunday Pinasaya

Boobay back to work after stroke; returns to Sunday Pinasaya.....»»

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Manulife Launches Powerhouse Fund to Deliver Higher Potential Returns for Customers

Manulife Launches Powerhouse Fund to Deliver Higher Potential Returns for Customers.....»»

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Turkish leader Erdogan pushes to create powerful presidency

ANKARA — Turkey's president started campaigning yesterday for constitutional reforms that would greatly expand the powers of his office, hours after a vote i.....»»

Category: worldSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Sushmita, 1994 queen, returns as Miss U judge

MANILA, Philippines - Twenty-three years after winning the Miss Universe crown in 1994 here in the Philippines, Indian beauty queen and actress Sushmita Sen.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Federer gracious in praise of Sunday opponent at Aussie Open

DENNIS PASSA, AP Sports Writer br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — As befitting his status as a 17-time Grand Slam champion and as an astute judge of the sport, Roger Federer's reply to a simple question about his next opponent was handled with the same aplomb as one of his stylish groundstrokes. The player in question was Kei Nishikori, who plays Federer in a fourth-round night match Sunday at Rod Laver Arena. 'I'm a big fan of his game,' Federer said. 'He's got one of the best backhands out there. I love how he can crush it down the line or cross-court. He's got wonderful second serve returns. He's fast on his legs. Strong in his mind. I know how tough he is as the match goes along. He finds his range and his rhythm, he's tough to stop.' Federer said he'll need another strong service game if he's going to give Nishikori some trouble. In Federer's win over Tomas Berdych on Thursday, he didn't face a break point and he won points on 95 percent of the first serves he got into play — 39 of 41, and all 16 in the third and final set. 'This one's going to be completely different to Tomas ... there's going to be more rallies, even though the surface remains fast. I said it at the beginning of the week, it's not easy to control the ball. Today again, when you serve well, it pays dividends. I hope I can keep that up against Kei.' Asked if Nishikori should be considered the favorite because of the No. 5 seeding (Federer is 17th after a six-month left knee injury layoff) Federer replied, smiling: 'Yeah, sure, he's the favorite. Maybe. I don't know.' Nishikori said he watched some of the Federer-Berdych match and was impressed. 'Roger, it's a big challenge for me,' Nishikori said. 'I'm just happy to play him because I think we needed him on the tour. Happy to see him back 100 percent.' Here are some other featured matches Sunday: ___ NO PRESSURE: Top-seeded Andy Murray plays Mischa Zverev in an afternoon match at Margaret Court Arena. Murray, a five-time Australian Open finalist, is heavily favored. The 50th-ranked Zverev, the older brother of 19-year-old rising star Alexander Zverev — who lost to Rafael Nadal in the third round — says Murray could go either way while pondering his ranking advantage. 'I don't know if it's more pressure on him or maybe it's a relief,' Mischa Zverev said. 'If someone like Novak (Djokovic) is out of the tournament, I feel like the whole rhythm of the tournament changes a little bit, so we'll see what's going to happen.' Zverev hopes to possibly rile the often volatile Murray. 'If he plays his best tennis, obviously I don't think I have a lot of chances, but it'll depend on the day,' he said. 'Let's see if I can annoy him a little bit. If I'm serving well and not missing any volleys, maybe I can do some damage.' ____ KERBER IN CONTROL?: Defending champion Angelique Kerber plays American CoCo Vandeweghe in the match following Federer-Nishikori on Rod Laver. Kerber holds a 2-0 career edge, although the last time the two played — in Wuhan, China in 2015 — Vandeweghe retired from the match with a left ankle injury while trailing 6-1, 3-1. 'CoCo is a tough opponent ... she's serving well,' Kerber said. 'I have to move good ... bring a lot of balls back, but also be aggressive.' ___ IN BRIEF: Venus Williams, who is appearing in her 73rd Grand Slam main draw — a record for the Open era — plays Mona Barthel in an afternoon match. U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka continues his quest for titles in consecutive Grand Slams — and his fourth major overall — when he plays Andreas Seppi. French Open champion Garbine Muguruza plays Sorana Cirstea. ___ Associated Press writer Justin Bergman contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Reinvigorated Phl-US ties seen

MANILA, Philippines - Philippine-US relations are expected to be reinvigorated with Donald Trump’s ascension to the US presidency, Malacañang said yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Phil Mickelson returns with scrambling 68 at La Quinta

Phil Mickelson returns with scrambling 68 at La Quinta.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017