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Britain, eurozone face 2% recession in 2020 – S& P

PARIS, France – The coronavirus pandemic will push Britain and the euro area into recession this year, with their economies expected to shrink by as much as 2%, the international ratings agency S&P Global warned on Thursday, March 26. "The eurozone and UK ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMar 26th, 2020

Kyrgios serves up funds for Australia at debut of ATP Cup

By John Pye, Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Nick Kyrgios served 20 aces in a win that cost him $4,000 in local currency and helped set up Australia’s opening ATP Cup win over Germany. It was all for a cause. Kyrgios, so often considered the bad boy of tennis for his emotional behavior and outbursts, promised to donate 200 Australian dollars ($140) for every ace he serves this month to go toward the recovery effort from the wildfires that have devastated parts of Australia, leaving at least 19 people dead and 1,400 homes destroyed. He opened and closed his 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Jan-Lennard Struff on Friday in Brisbane with booming, high-value serves — including a second-service ace down the middle to close it out. Alex De Minaur followed that up with an upset over No. 7-ranked Alexander Zverev, trailing a set and a break before rallying to win 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Pat Rafter Arena. Australia also won the doubles to clinch a 3-0 sweep of Germany. Kyrgios devised the cash for aces idea earlier in the week, and inspired other fundraising efforts from other players and from organizers of the ATP Cup and the Australian Open. He said he was lifted by the crowd, and motivated by the plight of people struggling in parts of the country impacted by the fires, including his hometown of Canberra. A tournament had to be relocated from the Australian capital to Victoria state earlier Friday because of poor air quality related to the proximity of the fires. "It’s tough,” Kyrgios said, choking back tears and wiping his face with his towel in an on-court interview. "(The money raised) is going to the families, fire fighters, animals, everyone who is losing homes, losing family - it’s a real thing. It’s bigger than tennis, you know. "It's tough to go out there and concentrate on tennis, to be honest. Every ace I was hitting that's all I was thinking about. Every time I stepped up to the line that's all I was thinking about.” Canada registered the first victory of the new international team tournament, and the United States went down in the first major upset despite being one point from clinching a win over Norway. The 24-team tournament kicked off the men's tennis season for 2020, with matches Friday in Brisbane and Sydney on Australia's east coast and Perth in Western Australia state. The Canadians swept Greece 3-0, with Denis Shapovalov holding off No. 6-ranked Stefanos Tsitsipas 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4) after 19-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime beat Michail Pervolarakis in the first singles victory of the tournament. They the combined to win the doubles. The No. 15-ranked Shapovalov now has a 3-1 lead in career meetings over ATP Finals champion Tsitsipas, who was unable to convert his break-point chances in the seventh and 11th games of the second set and then had a double-fault on match point. “He had an unbelievable end to the season and he's definitely one of the top players in the world right now,” Shapovalov said. “So to beat a guy like this first match of the year, it's really special for me." In Perth, Russia beat Italy 3-0 after Norway rallied to edge the United States in Group D. Taylor Fritz beat Viktor Durasovic 6-2, 6-2 to give the Americans the lead and John Isner had two match points in the second-set tiebreaker of the second singles match before Casper Ruud rallied to win 6-7 (3), 7-6 (10), 7-5 to level it. Ruud combined with Durasovic to beat Rajeev Ram and Austin Krajicek 4-6, 6-3, 10-5 to seal Norway's 2-1 win. “What I need to do is really just put this match behind me as best as I can, because at times it wasn't pretty out there,” Isner said. “So hopefully I can fix some things and try to play a little bit better on Sunday.” Fifth-ranked Daniil Medvedev gave Russia an unbeatable 2-0 lead against Italy when he beat Fabio Fognini 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 in the second singles match. In Sydney, Belgium beat Moldova 3-0, with Steve Darcis holding off Alexander Cozbinov 6-4, 6-7 (4), 7-5 and David Goffin beating Radu Albot 6-4, 6-1. The Moldova team got a formal apology from tournament organizers after the wrong national anthem was played before the match. And just after 2:45 a.m. local time, Bulgaria finally beat Britain 2-1 when Grigor Dimitrov and No. 477-ranked Alexander Lazarov saved two match points before finishing off a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (2), 11-9 win over Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury in the deciding doubles match. Dimitrov had earlier beaten Dan Evans 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 in the second singles match to pull Bulgaria level at 1-1. The winners from each of the six groups and the two best runners-up will advance to the quarterfinals, which will start in Sydney on Jan. 9......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2020

Euro banks told to freeze dividend payments

The European Central Bank on Friday asked eurozone banks to freeze dividend payments “until at least October 2020” to preserve liquidity that can be used to help households and companies through the coronavirus crisis. The Frankfurt institution also asked banks to not to buy back shares, another tool to reward shareholders, at a time when […] The post Euro banks told to freeze dividend payments appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Thompson on Tatay Aric: Ikaw naging dahilan kung anong meron ako ngayon

Aric Del Rosario has been many, many things for many, many people. Through and through, though, he will be the person who changed Scottie Thompson's life. And so, as the legendary coach passed away last Wednesday, the now-Ginebra Gin King shared just how much the always amiable mentor meant to him. "Isa sa pinakamalungkot at nakakagulat na balitang natanggap ko buong buhay ko," he began his Instagram post.         View this post on Instagram                       A post shared by Scottie Thompson (@scot_thompson6) on Mar 26, 2020 at 1:59am PDT Thompson then went on to mention all the roles Del Rosario played in his life - and how the former was the one and only key to how far the former has come. "Tatay, papa, daddy, lolo, coach, at mentor Aric, maraming, maraming salamat sa lahat ng tinuro mo sa akin at sa lahat ng ginawa mo sa buhay ko," he said. He then continued, "Ikaw ang isa sa mga dahilan kung nasaan ako ngayon at kung anong meron ako ngayon - hindi lang pala isa sa mga dahilan, kundi ikaw ang naging dahilan." The coach fondly called "tatay Aric" was the one who turned a raw tireless workhorse from Digos, Davao del Sur into an all-around weapon who ultimately won NCAA MVP. And after a strong stint as the face of University of Perpetual Help, that raw tireless workhorse-turned-MVP took his talents to Ginebra and wasted no time becoming a fan favorite. All of that, thanks to Del Rosario's guidance. "Hanggang sa PBA, dala-dala ko pa rin ang lagi mong sinasabi - magsipag ka lang, maglaro nang maayos, magpakabait, and maging laging madasalin, may pupuntahan ka. Higit sa lahat, tanggapin mo anong meron ka ngayon," Thompson shared. He then continued, "Kung gusto mo ng higit? Pagtrabahuan mo. Dahil sa mga linyang yan kaya andito ako ngayon." For the now 26-year-old, "tatay Aric's" full faith was what led him to believe in himself. As he put it, "Simula nung nakilala kita at naging coach kita, lahat ng pananaw ko sa buhay, nag-iba. Lahat ng mga duda ko sa sarili ko kung kakayanin ko ba o hindi, nag-iba." He then continued, "Lahat ng pagsubok na dumaan sa buhat ko at hanggang ngayon, hindi ako nagduda sa sarili ko kasi tinuruan mo akong maging palaban at kayanin ang lahat." Even more, Thompson said Del Rosario's role in his life, and all his players' lives, extended even outside the court. "Ang pinaka 'di ko makakalimutan na lagi mong tanong sa mga player mong galing probinsya ay yung, 'May pera ka pa ba?' Laging sinasagot ng mga player na wala na kaya sarili mong perang galing sa bulsa mo yung binibigay mo," he recalled. He then continued, "Pinaparamdam mo talagang hindi ka lang basta coach. Pinaparamdam mong parang tatay ka namin kasi alam mong malayo kami sa pamilya namin." In the end, the former Alta only wished to be able to pay respects to his mentor - and that he and all those who loved "tatay Aric" would find a way to do so in the face of the COVID-19 crisis. "Ang mas nakakalungkot pa lalo is yung paano ka pa kaya namin madadalaw sa mga nangyayari ngayon, paano kaya namin madadamayan ang pamilya mo," he said. He then continued, "I pray na sana, makagawa kami ng paraan para makasama ka namin ulit." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 27th, 2020

Cainta mayor Kit Nieto gets assist from godsons Mike and Matt

Nieto twins Mike and Matt have been extending a helping hand to their kababayans in Cainta in the face of COVID-19.  Their latest assist came in the form of boxes of washable face masks which they donated to the municipal government. "Hindi lang naman kami ang tumutulong sa Cainta. Sobrang daming tao na ang nagbigay ng kani-kanilang tulong para makaraos sa pagsubok na 'to," Mike said.  Even better, the Nieto twins have also been doing their part in extending a helping hand to Cainta in preventing the continued spread of COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/TdGbwR8Qc3 — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 20, 2020 He then continued, "Ginagawa lang naman namin ni Matt ang tama para makatulong din kay ninong at sa mga taong nangangailangan ngayon."  The ninong Mike was referring to was Kit Nieto who has been praised in social media for how he has handled the COVID-19 crisis as mayor of Cainta.  "We're super proud kay ninong. He really changed the municipality of Cainta and I'm sure the people of Cainta can back me up on this," Matt shared. "Ever since Day 1 nung naging mayor siya, he has been fulfilling his job as servant-leader ng Cainta."  Apparently, the mayor of Cainta is close to the Ateneo de Manila University's championship-winning twins. "Super close namin. Lagi kaming nagkukwentuhan," he said.  He then continued, "Ako, tungkol my basketball career ang sinasabi sa kanya. Siya, kung anong ginagawa niya for Cainta."  In fact, Kit was present in the jersey retirement ceremony for the Nieto twins in Ateneo Grade School.  Now, the brothers are going out of their way to show their godfather that they also have his back. "Ngayon, kami naman ang sumusuporta sa kanya. Natulungan niya ako sa maraming bagay, sinuportahan niya ako sa UAAP career ko so ngayon, kahit maliit na bagay, I'm helping him," Matt said.  ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: Ayo s 15 Letran vs Ayo s 16 La Salle

Aldin Ayo is one of the best collegiate coaches in all of the Philippines. He has seen Tab Baldwin win the last three titles in the league he has been competing in, but it still wasn't that long ago when he did something so special that it may very well never ever be seen again. In 2015, Ayo came from out of nowhere to lead alma mater Colegio de San Juan de Letran not only to a surprise playoff berth, but to a shocking crown coming at the expense of archrival and defending champion San Beda, no less. A year later, he crossed over to De La Salle University and wasted no time assembling its Ben Mbala and Jeron Teng-powered machine into a juggernaut that went 16-1 and took the title from archrival Ateneo. Yes, Ayo won back-to-back championships in 2015 and 2016 - but they came with different teams and in different leagues. Even more, he did it all by driving two definitely different vehicles - one aging, well-worn, and not expected to go anywhere far and the other customized, souped-up, and assumed to win it all. Which Ayo-coached championship is better? That's what we look into in the return of ABS-CBN Sports' Super Showdown. To determine who wins between Aldin Ayo's couple of championship teams, we will be judging them in five categories (frontcourt, backcourt, depth, mayhem, and intangibles) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. FRONTCOURT Mbala. That's it. That's more than enough for La Salle to dominate this department. The 6-foot-8 Cameroonian was so dominant in UAAP 79 that he ultimately became the first foreign student-athlete to win MVP in over two decades as he posted per game counts of 20.5 points in 53.3 percent shooting from the field, 15.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 assists. Letran took pride in having gone all-Filipino and still giving the likes of Ola Adeogun and Allwell Oraeme all they could handle, but Mbala is Mbala and there will be nothing at all that 6-foot-5 Jom Sollano, 6-foot-4 Kevin Racal, and 6-foot-3 Felix Apreku could have done to even slow him down. And if by some miracle, the Knights find a way to have done so? Then the Green Archers could have just sent in Jason Perkins or Abu Tratter or even Justine Baltazar. But wait, there's more as when it mattered most, it was actually Teng who came through for the Taft-based team. Putting up per game counts of 19.0 points on 52 percent shooting, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists in the Finals opposite archrival Ateneo, he was the undisputed MVP of the championship round as he just willed his way through the likes of Mike Nieto, Vince Tolentino, and Raffy Verano. Just imagine what he would do to the undersized Knights. Advantage La Salle, 10-8. BACKCOURT Mark Cruz is the prototype point guard for all Ayo-coached teams - fearless, fiery, and fast. Since then, Aljun Melecio and Mark Nonoy have followed his footsteps, but either is yet to put it all together like Cruz did back in 2015. Letran was not necessarily a good offensive team then and it fed off of its full-court pressure for easy looks and baskets. Still, whenever they needed a basket bad, the smallest player on the floor was, more often than not, there to come up big as he averaged 18.6 points, 4.2 assists, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.6 steals and totaled a league-best 73 triples. Indeed, "Ant-man", who was named the NCAA Season 91 Finals MVP, would have posed problems for Melecio, Andrei Caracut, Thomas Torres, and even Kib Montalbo and Julian Sargent. And that's not even taking into account Cruz's fellow guards Mcjour Luib and Rey Nambatac also ready and raring to do damage. Advantage Letran, 10-9. DEPTH Mbala is scary. Teng is scary. Another thing that makes La Salle's 2016 championship team scary is the fact that its second unit would have been the starting five of several squads. Mbala, Teng, Torres, and Melecio were regulars in the first five while waiting in the wings were Caracut, Montalbo, Perkins, Sargent, Brent Paraiso, Prince Rivero and Abu Tratter On the other hand, Letran could only go six-deep with Apreku, Cruz, Luib, Nambatac, Racal, and Sollano while the likes of Jerrick Balanza, JP Calvo, and Bong Quinto were far from ready from delivering the goods just yet. And oh, La Salle's end-of-bench players for majority of the season? Well, it just included names like Baltazar, Mark Dyke, Jollo Go, and Ricci Rivero. Advantage La Salle, 10-8. MAYHEM In terms of physicality, Letran has La Salle beat in imposing the full-court pressure that was Ayo's then-trademark as the former forced opponents into 27.9 turnovers which were quickly converted into 24.6 points. What the Green Archers had far more, however, were more players who had more talent - as already ascertained by them winning the aforementioned "depth" department. That allowed them to put their opponents, including Baldwin-coached Ateneo, inside a pressure cooker where they forced 24.9 turnovers which were quickly converted into 24.2 points. In particular, Montalbo was at his very best in 2016, as he transformed into the "Man of Steal" and became the stuff of nightmares for opposing backcourts by norming a league-leading 2.8 steals. Make no mistake, Cruz and Luib would have eaten just about anybody alive who lost their nerves in the face of the blue and red "Mayhem" as they combined for 2.8 steals per game, but the green and white's deeper bench just meant their "Mayhem" never stopped. And with Montalbo, channeling his best Patrick Beverley back then, fronting the charge? Good luck to all the other teams trying to set up their offense. Advantage La Salle, 10-9. INTANGIBLES Rewind to Game 3 of the NCAA 91 Finals with Letran leading San Beda, 84-82, and Sollano at the line for one more free throw. With 6.7 ticks to go on the clock, Luib intentionally steps onto the lane even before Sollano puts up his shot. Looking at one another with questions in their eyes, Art Dela Cruz and Ola Adeogun follow Luib onto the lane. As it turns out, Luib wanted them to do just that. All along, the Knights knew the possession arrow pointed to them - and so, with the two teams committing lane violations, a jumpball was called and the ball was awarded to Letran. “Second free throw, rattles out.” “Samin!” “Nice one, Jour!” “And possession arrow points in favor of the Letran Knights!”#NCAASeason91 was, mos def, a good one. pic.twitter.com/42ODXWN9wK — Normie Riego (@riegogogo) March 19, 2020 Not long after, Cruz converted a couple of charities, but without a doubt, the play that clinched the championship for the Knights was Luib's outsmarting of Dela Cruz and Adeogun - a play that not many players would have been able to take and make, or even think about. Advantage Letran, 10-8. FINAL SCORE, 47-45 for Ayo's '16 La Salle.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2020

HUAWEI CLOUD launches AI-Assisted diagnosis for COVID-19, outputting CT quantification results in seconds

In the face of the COVID-19 epidemic, the National Health Commission of China has included CT features of COVID-19 as the clinical diagnosis standard for COVID-19 in Hubei Province in its official diagnosis and treatment solution released on Feb. 4, 2020. .....»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 16th, 2020

444 Pinoys on ship face Clark isolation

A total of 444 Filipinos―438 crew members and six passengers—of the  MV Grand Princess who docked in the Port of Oakland in California were set to be repatriated by the Department of Foreign Affairs on March 15, 2020......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 16th, 2020

A look at the status of Olympic qualifying events

By The Associated Press As the IOC attempts to keep the 2020 Olympics on schedule, many of the events that determine who would compete in Tokyo have been postponed or canceled. Here is the status of U.S. or world qualifying in many of the Olympic disciplines: ATHLETICS The U.S. Olympic track and field trials are still scheduled for June 19-28 in Eugene, Oregon. Other countries use a variety of methods, including trials, world rankings, and appointment based on results. BASEBALL Four countries — Israel, Mexico, South Korea and host Japan — are in the six-team field. The final two spots are to be determined by tournaments that were postponed: An Americas qualifier in Arizona has been indefinitely postponed, and a last-chance qualifying tournament in Taiwan slated for April is now scheduled for June 17-21. BASKETBALL Men: Eight teams, including the United States, have already qualified. The remaining spots in the 12-nation field will be determined in four winner-take-all, six-team tournaments scheduled from June 23-28 in Serbia, Canada, Croatia and Lithuania. Women: The 12-team field was filled in February with four tournaments. Although defending world champion United States and the host Japanese were already guaranteed spots, both finished in position to qualify anyway. 3x3: FIBA has postponed the qualifying tournament scheduled for March 18-22 in India. A second qualifying tournament scheduled for April in Hungary is in limbo. Four women’s teams and four men’s teams have already qualified for the eight-country fields. BEACH VOLLEYBALL Most Olympic spots are earned over a two-year points race on the international tour. At least three of the final 10 events have been canceled or postponed, and the final event is scheduled for Rome on June 9-14. BOXING Two of the four regional Olympic qualification tournaments have already taken place, and the third for European fighters began Saturday in London. The Americas qualifier scheduled for March 26 in Buenos Aires has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak, and organizers haven’t set a plan for the final steps in qualification, including the last-chance World Olympic Qualifying Tournament scheduled for May 13 in Paris. CYCLING The selection criteria is different for each discipline: BMX freestyle and racing, mountain biking, track cycling, and the road race and time trials. Each discipline has a series of automatic qualification standards, and a committee will choose athletes to fill out the U.S. team. The world championships May 30-31 in Houston is crucial for BMX, and at this point is still scheduled. The last Olympic qualification event in freestyle BMX, the World Series in Hiroshima April 3-5, has been postponed. Final rosters for each discipline are announced in June. DIVING Dozens of divers have already qualified based on their performances at last summer's world championships or other major meets over the last eight months. The last big qualifier is the Diving World Cup, set for the new Olympic aquatics venue in Tokyo on April 21-26; FINA is still considering whether to proceed. U.S. divers also must get through the national trials in Indianapolis on June 13-21 to confirm their Olympic spots. No decision has been announced on the Canadian trials scheduled for March 30-April 5 in Toronto. EQUESTRIAN All of the equestrian qualifying events have been completed in every discipline. None of the events was affected by the virus. FENCING Qualification was to be based on rankings set to be released on April 4, with some additional slots to be determined in zonal events from April 15-26. But the International Fencing Federation suspended all international competitions for 30 days, delaying five major competitions that must be completed before zonal qualifying. The FIE is requesting an extension of the qualification period. FIELD HOCKEY Tournaments to fill the 12-team men's and women's fields were completed in 2019. Ten countries qualified for both: Australia, Argentina, Germany, India, Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the Netherlands and Britain. GOLF Sixty golfers are determined by the world rankings, two per country with a maximum of four if they are among the top 15. The PGA Tour and European Tour, which offer the most ranking points, have canceled or postponed all events at least through April 12. GYMNASTICS The team fields for both men’s and women’s gymnastics were set at last year's world championships. The remaining individual all-around and single apparatus spots are determined at World Cup events. The International Gymnastics Federation has cancelled an all-around World Cup event in Germany and postponed an apparatus World Cup event in Qatar from March until early June. HANDBALL The International Handball Federation has postponed the final qualifying tournaments until June. The host nations were Spain, Hungary and Montenegro for the women and Norway, France and Germany for the men. Six of 12 spots remain open for each field. JUDO The International Judo Federation has canceled all Olympic qualifiers through April 30, including a Grand Slam and two Grand Prix. Another Grand Prix last weekend, in Morocco, was canceled earlier. Qualifying ends on May 25. ROWING World Rowing has canceled a European Olympic qualifying regatta that was scheduled for April 27-29 in Varese, Italy, and relocation is being considered. US Rowing said Olympic trials in Sarasota, Florida, from March 16-21 and April 13-18 have been postponed and the organization will not hold a national team event for at least 30 days. SAILING Many spots in the 10 classes have been clinched. An Asian Olympic qualifier in Abu Dhabi has been postponed until mid-April, and a World Cup Series regatta in Genoa, Italy, that would have been a qualifier for African, Asian and European countries, has been canceled. The IOC has granted World Sailing an extension of the qualification period to June 30. SOCCER Men: Fourteen of 16 teams have already qualified. The tournament to produce the two teams from the North and Central American and Caribbean region was scheduled for March 20 to April 1 in Guadalajara, Mexico, but was indefinitely postponed. Women: Ten of 12 teams have already qualified, including the reigning World Cup champion United States. China and South Korea were scheduled to play in a two-legged playoff that has been pushed back to early June. Cameroon is set to play Chile in a two-legged playoff in early April but no announcement on those matches has been made. SOFTBALL The field for the six-nation competition was set in four qualifying tournaments in 2018 and 2019. SWIMMING Most Olympic berths will be determined at national trials. The U.S. meet is scheduled for Omaha, Nebraska, on June 21-28; Australia's is scheduled for June 14-19 in Adelaide; Japan's national championship is in Tokyo on April 1-8. The final two events on the TYR Pro Swim Series, a big part of pre-Olympic training, are scheduled for April 16-19 in Mission Viejo, California, and May 6-9 in Indianapolis. TABLE TENNIS The U.S. already wrapped up qualifying, with three men and three women earning spots in Tokyo. Qualifying elsewhere was still in progress and scheduled to continue through May. But the International Table Tennis Federation suspended all activities until the end of April and recommended that continental associations follow that decision. An emergency meeting of the ITTF executive committee is scheduled for Monday. TENNIS The International Tennis Federation says Olympic eligibility still will be based on the WTA and ATP rankings of June 8, even though more than a month of the tours' schedules in March and April have been scrapped. Requirements related to minimum participation in Fed Cup or Davis Cup remain in place — as does an appeal process for players who do not meet those standards. VOLLEYBALL The qualification was completed in January with the 12 teams for both the men’s and women’s competitions already set. WATER POLO Men's and women's qualification tournaments scheduled for this month have been postponed until May. At stake are the final three spots for the 12-team men's field and the last two openings in the 10-team women's competition. The U.S. men and women have already qualified. WEIGHTLIFTING Spots are decided by the world ranking. The continental championships next month were meant to be the last gold-level events offering extra qualifying points. However, the European, Asian and African championships have all been postponed along with another gold-level event, junior worlds. WRESTLING The U.S. trials that had been scheduled for April 4-5 in State College, Pennsylvania, have been postponed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

For these athletes, this is a spring break they don t want

By ERIC OLSON AP Sports Writer OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton right-hander Ben Dotzler was supposed to be in the bullpen at TD Ameritrade Park this weekend, readying himself to pitch against Northern Colorado. Molly Little, who plays lacrosse for Denver, expected to be on the road for a much anticipated match against Michigan, the team the Pioneers beat to reach the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament last year. Avrey Steiner thought she would be with her softball teammates for Illinois' first home games of the season against Bowling Green and Green Bay. Everything changed for thousands of college athletes when the NCAA announced Thursday it was canceling all spring sports championships, along with remaining winter championships, because of the coronavirus pandemic. Conferences followed, saying they were temporarily or permanently shutting down their regular seasons. Suddenly, athletes who put in long hours juggling commitments to their sports and academics had lots of free time. And they're miserable. “We didn't work a whole year,” Dotzler said, “to play 15 games.” Little said she woke up at 6:30 every morning to go to the training room to rehab an injury and stretch before lifting weights and running — all before going to a 2 1/2-hour practice and then her classes. “There's nothing that can prepare you for the feeling of your season being done, and it's not because you lost in NCAAs,” Little said. “I spent many hours crying with teammates. You work your whole life to get to this point, to play on this big stage, and to have it taken from you is devastating.” Steiner said she was doing fine emotionally until she started cleaning out her locker Friday. “That really got me,” she said. “A lot of people are going to say, 'Oh, yeah, this is like a week off or getting a couple days off. I guarantee you it's going to hit me and other people in the coming weeks.” Some good news arrived on Friday when the NCAA informed schools that spring athletes would be given another year of eligibility to make up for their lost season. Details must be worked out. States Fort, a senior on the Coastal Carolina men's golf team, hopes to return for another year even though he'll graduate in May. “I would try to make it work with grad courses,” he said. “I would do everything in my power as long as the finances are there. I would love to come back and play with these guys." Not all seniors will be able to take advantage of being granted an extra year. Some already have jobs lined up. Others have been accepted into graduate programs at other schools. There are athletes who currently are on partial scholarships, and they may not be able to afford paying the difference for another year. Though the eligibility extension offers some consolation, it will be impossible for athletes to duplicate the experiences of playing with their 2020 teams. The Richmond women's lacrosse team, for example, was off to a program-best 7-0 start and ranked in the top 20 nationally for the first time since 2008. “We just accelerated into the season and started off so hot,” senior goaltender Megan Gianforte said. "Personally, I thought I was peaking this year. I felt I was in the best condition for this season. That's why I was so excited for it. We brought in so much talent, which helps me defensively. “I'm leaving Richmond now with such unfinished business, knowing all the potential we could have had. I just know how much more we have to give.” Now the spring athletes are left to wonder what they'll do with themselves. “It is just heartbreaking to see these kids face this unfortunate situation,” longtime University of San Francisco baseball coach Nino Giarratano said. “They are too young.” Creighton sophomore Tommy Steier said he and Dotzler, his roommate, have been spending a lot of time hanging out with teammates, rehashing old stories and plotting their immediate futures. Creighton isn't allowing athletes to use the school's training facilities during the shutdown. Baseball players will work out on their own and prepare to join summer teams in a few months — if the summer leagues operate. Fort, the Coastal Carolina golfer, said a temporary sports stoppage would have been more appropriate, followed by a reassessment of the situation. He wishes the NCAA would have waited before canceling championships scheduled for months from now. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. The vast majority of people recover from the virus. “Obviously I'm biased because I play a small outdoor sport where spectators aren't much of an issue,” Fort said. “It was kind of quick and a little rash and short-sighted on the NCAA's part, especially to blanket cancel all sports. "I can understand basketball. That's a spectator sport where you have a ton of people constantly rubbing shoulders. I can almost understand baseball. But sports like (men's) volleyball, softball, golf and lacrosse don't have as much of a pronounced fan base.” Creighton's baseball team was busing back to Omaha from Minnesota on Thursday when the players' Twitter feeds started showing conference basketball tournaments being canceled. An hour after the players got home they received a text telling them to return to campus for a meeting. Steier and Dotzler said everyone sensed what was coming. As coach Ed Servais broke the news, seniors, who wouldn't know for another 24 hours they would be allowed to come back next year, broke into tears. “It was hard to see all of them knowing they were losing what they love to do,” Steier said. Gianforte, the Richmond lacrosse goalie, said she and her teammates had a feeling as early as Wednesday afternoon their season might be in jeopardy. That's when the Ivy League announced it was closing down spring sports. “I think the other conferences were feeling some peer pressure,” she said. Then the NBA announced Wednesday night it was suspending its season. “That," Gianforte said, “is when we knew we were goners.” ___ AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in San Francisco contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2020

UAAP Season 82: All high school events cancelled

With the National Capital Region placed under Public Health Emergency, the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) has declared the rest of its High School tournaments cancelled. This is due to the stringent social distancing measures being implemented from March 15 to April 14, 2020 which prohibits mass gatherings such as "sporting events and other entertainment activities." Classes at all levels have also been suspended until April 14, 2020. With this, the academic calendar for the high school unit of the majority of the member schools would have ended by then thus ending the sporting season. High school events that have stopped due to the suspension were Girls' Basketball and Beach Volleyball. In Girls' Basketball, Adamson University and University of Santo Tomas were supposed to face-off in a winner-take-all Game Three. The game was supposed to take place last March 6 but was indefinitely suspended. With this, Baby Lady Falcons and Junior Growling Tigresses have been declared co-champions for the demonstration event. On the other hand, the beach volleyball tournaments have yet to finish its regular season. In the girls' side, Nazareth School of National University (5-0) and University of Santo Tomas (5-1) have already punched their ticket to the semifinals. De La Salle-Zobel sat at third with a 3-2 record while University of the East and Adamson were tied at fourth with 2-3 records. Out of contention were Far Eastern University-Diliman (1-4) and Ateneo High School (0-5). For the boys, UST (6-0) and FEU-D (5-1) were already locked for the semifinals. UE, Adamson, and NSNU were knotted at 3-3. DLSZ, AHS, and UPIS were already out of the running. Also cancelled were athletics, demo sport lawn tennis, and exhibition sport streetdance......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 14th, 2020

ABL suspends season as Alab, three others call for pause in play

All of the action in the 2019-2020 Asean Basketball League has been put on ice. The league announced Friday that it is suspending its season indefinitely due to COVID-19. "With the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 as a global pandemic, the ABL, with the unanimous support of all its member teams, sees no other recourse but to halt competitions in its ongoing tenth season," the ABL said in a statement. Before the blanket suspension, the league had already rescheduled all games in the last month. Even more, it said it is proud to have been one of the first entities to have taken preemptive measures in the face of COVID-19. It furthered that only one game had been played since February 23. Just a day ago, four teams urged the ABL to follow the NBA's lead in suspending the season. "Since the ABL is a regional league and travel will be difficult and risky, Alab Pilipinas, together with Hong Kong Eastern, Macau Black Bears, and Formosa Dreamers deem it appropriate to request the ABL to follow the NBA in suspending its season," San Miguel Alab Pilipinas said in a statement. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 13th, 2020

Face masks are optional, cleanliness is mandatory — Market Authority

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Susan Escarlan usually greets her customers with a welcoming smile as they approach her eatery at the Freedom Park at the Carbon Public Market here. But on Thursday, March 12, 2020, Escarlan chose to greet them with “smiling eyes” instead as she has half of her face covered by a face […] The post Face masks are optional, cleanliness is mandatory — Market Authority appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2020

MPBL: Local government disallows Makati-Super Crunch from hosting Game 2 of North Finals

Makati-Super Crunch will be in hostile territory once again come Game Two of its 2020 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan North Finals series against San Juan-Go for Gold. The Super Crunch-backed squad had to forfeit its home court privilege after the local government of the city failed to give the green light for the Makati Coliseum. With the development, Makati will be forced to play Game Two on enemy soil -- the FilOil Flying V Centre. Makati lost in Game One last Monday, receiving a 16-point, 60-76 beating against the Knights in the same San Juan venue. The third-ranked Makati encountered a similar situation in the quarterfinals. Facing the sixth-seeded Bulacan, Makati was supposed to play Game Two on its turf. However, the Guadalupe Viejo Gym was deemed unsafe by league's technical committee, awarding the advantage to Bulacan. Still, Makati defied the odds and booted out the Kuyas with an 86-78 victory. And they look to replicate the feat on Wednesday when they face San Juan at 9:00 pm......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 11th, 2020

New seven-kilo gold coin unveiled to celebrate James Bond film

Britain’s Royal Mint on Monday unveiled a seven-kilogram gold coin with the highest face value in its 1,100-year history in honor of the latest James Bond film......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMar 4th, 2020

Gwen to consult mayors on fate of Cebu athletes joining CVIRAA

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Considering that major sporting events, such as the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, face the prospect of being canceled, Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia questions the move of the Department of Education in Central Visayas to push through with its regional sports meet this March. The Central Visayas Regional Athletics Association (CVIRAA) Meet is […] The post Gwen to consult mayors on fate of Cebu athletes joining CVIRAA appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 4th, 2020

FDA warns against sale and use of original Porcelana astringent

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has directed drug stores, department stores, supermarkets and other establishments in Cebu, Davao and CDO to stop selling the Original Porcelana ® Astringent Improved Formula–or face regulatory actions and sanctions. In the latest FDA Advisory No. 2020-061, Original Porcelana ® Astringent Improved Formula has been classified as an adulterated […] The post FDA warns against sale and use of original Porcelana astringent appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2020

Teacher nabbed for squeezing face of 4-year-old pupil

CEBU CITY, Philippines — A 39-year-old female teacher was arrested at 10:30 a.m. today, February 28, 2020, inside the school she was teaching, for allegedly squeezing the face of her four-year-old pupil. Police arrested the teacher after the boy’s parents filed a complaint at their office accusing the teacher of squeezing the boy’s face for […] The post Teacher nabbed for squeezing face of 4-year-old pupil appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2020

Philippine energy outlook for 2020

Greater push for renewables among tight supply, higher rates THE Philippines will likely face tight electric supplies and higher energy prices for much of 2020, but a greater focus on renewable energy and the expected arrival of other new generating capacity are likely to dramatically improve conditions in the next few years. In a January […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2020

PHI netters face tough battle vs. Tsitsipas-led Greeks

The Philippines will get to experience world-class tennis as it clashes with World No. 6 Stefanos Tsitsipas and a heavily favored Greece in the World Group II Davis Cup tie on March 6 to 7 at the Philippine Columbian Association’s Plaza Dilao clay court in Paco, Manila. The Filipinos drew Tsitsipas and the Greeks after Davis Cup organizers introduced a new format that paved the way for the former to play a non-Asian side for the first time since they faced the Swedes in the World Cup qualifier in 1991. “We’re looking forward to a really tough duel but we’ll try to use the experience to toughen up the team,” said Philippine non-playing captain Chris Cuarto. Apart from the Francis Casey Alcantara-Jeson Patrombon duo, who won the 30th Southeast Asian Games men's doubles gold last December, the host will also be represented Fil-Am Ruben Gonzales, AJ Lim and Eric Olivarez, Jr. Greece, for its part, will have Tsitsipas’ younger sibling Petros, Michail Pervolarakis and Markos Kalovenolis as other members of the squad with Dimitris Chatzinikolaou as skipper. But it will be the supremely talented Tsitsipas who is expected to give the Filipinos the biggest problem. “He’s not the No. 6 player in the world if he isn’t great,” said Cuarto. Truly, Tsitsipas, who reached as high as No. 5 in the Association of Tennis Professionals rankings, is the youngest netter in the top 10 at a very tender age of 21 years old. Tsitsipas is also riding the crest of his 2020 Open 13 Provence triumph in Marseille, France last weekend for his fifth ATP title and is currently seeing action in the Dubai Duty Free Championships. In this new system, a total of 12 home-and-away ties will be played in the World Group II simultaneous with the World Qualifiers and World Group I playoffs. The top 12 in the World Group II playoffs will then advance to the World Group II ties in September along with losing countries from the World Group I. The losers here will be demoted to the Regional Group III scheduled in June and July or September......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 26th, 2020

MPBL: Bacoor survives Gen San to advance to South semis

BASILAN -- Second seed Bacoor City carved its way to the 2020 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL South semifinals after a 69-60 triumph over seventh-ranked General Santos-Burlington, Monday at the Lamitan Gymnasium here. Up by just five points in the final frame, Bacoor's Nick Demusis converted a three-pointer and ignited a 10-4 offensive attack to give his squad an 11-point cushion, 69-58, with 2:03 left in the game. Mikey Williams brought it back to single digits for General Santos after a perfect trip to the line, 50-68, but it wasn't enough for the Warriors to salvage the game. "Yung start namin offensively medyo hindi namin nagustuhan yung nangyayari e, so we have to pick it up. Tapos nung second half, tinaasan lang namin yung energy, we're not the most talented team in the league pero yung effort namin that counts twice e," said Oping Sumalinog. Sumalinog spearheaded the attack for Bacoor with 16 points founded on three triples on top of three rebounds and four blocks. Nick Demusis added 11 points and four boards of the bench while Gab Banal had nine points, seven assists, three rebounds, two steals, along with four turnovers. Meanwhile, Celiz top-scored General Santos with 22 points laced with five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and two blocks. Pamboy Raymundo and Williams were held to just nine and eight points, respectively. Bacoor will face the winner of the Basilan-Iloilo quarterfinals match-up in the South semis. The Scores: Bacoor City (69) -- Sumalinog 16, Demusis 11, Banal 9, Mabilac 8, Canete 7, Melencio 7, Montuano 6, Pangilinan 5, Ramirez 0, Acuna 0, Aquino 0, Ochea 0, Destacamento 0. General Santos-Burlington (60) -- Celiz 22, Goloran 10, Raymundo 9, Williams 8, Cabanag 4, Orbeta 2, Grospe 2, Mahaling 2, Masaglang 1, Basco 0, Bautista 0, Baltazar 0. Quarterscores: 17-16, 33-33, 57-52, 69-60......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 25th, 2020