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Nadal a straight-sets winner to begin Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Top-seeded Rafael Nadal didn't show any side effects from a right knee injury that sidelined him at the end of last season, beating Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 in a first-round match. Nadal, who won the French Open and U.S. Open last year, lost in last year's final here to Roger Federer. The Spanish lefthander has only lost in the first round at two Grand Slam singles tournaments — to Steve Darcis at Wimbledon in 2013, and to Fernando Verdasco in Melbourne in 2016. Nadal will play Leonardo Mayer in the second round on Wednesday. Mayer beat Nicolas Jarry 6-2, 7-6 (1), 6-3 earlier Monday. In other matches: Caroline Wozniacki was an easy 6-2, 6-3 winner over Michaela Buzarnescu in a first-round match at Melbourne Park. At No. 2, Wozniacki is playing here at her highest seeding since appearing as the top-seeded player at the 2012 Australian Open when she lost in the quarterfinals. Wozniacki, seeded 19th in Melbourne last year, is still looking to win her first Grand Slam singles title. Add Jack Sock's name to the list of Americans departing Monday from the Australian Open. On the same day the U.S. lost eight women's players, including 2017 finalist Venus Williams and U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, Sock was defeated by Japan's Yuichi Sugita of Japan 6-1, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3 in the first round. Sock, who's never advanced beyond the third round at the Australian Open, was the highest-ranked American man at No. 8 and had his highest seeding at a major. The American, who retired from a match against Sugita at the Hopman Cup to start the season, had 52 unforced errors compared to just 30 winners in the match. Sock is coming off a career-best season in which he won his first Masters title in Paris and qualified for the ATP Finals for the first time. He lost his first match of the new season last week in New Zealand, however, and was criticized afterward in the local media for appearing not to give his full effort in the match. Third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov advanced to the second round at the Australian Open for the seventh time with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 win over qualifier Dennis Novak. Last year at Melbourne Park, Dimitrov equaled his best Grand Slam result, reaching the semifinals before losing to Rafael Nadal in five sets. He also lost a Wimbledon semifinal in 2014 to Novak Djokovic. Dimitrov has never lost to a qualifier in seven matches at a Grand Slam tournament, and has dropped only one set. American actor and comedian Will Ferrell watched the Rod Laver Arena match......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

agoda Rounding Up the Hottest Hotel Openings from 2017 for Your 2018 Bucket List

In the past year agoda’s accommodation listings have doubled, and now the fastest-growing online travel booking platform offers over 2 million properties worldwide. With so many new options available, agoda has curated a list based on some of the most stand-out 2017 property openings around the world with options for every travel adventure. agoda’s Global […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Filipinos top Pornhub s most time spent list again

MANILA, Philippines – Pornhub, the world's biggest porn site, revealed that for the 4th straight year, Filipinos spend the most time on the site in 2017, data released by the site  showed. Filipinos spent 13 minutes and 28 seconds on the average, representing a 43-second increase from the previous year's results, which coincides with ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

PSE finds 60 securities compliant with Shariah

THE Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) found 60 securities to be compliant with the principles of Islamic finance as of the end December 2017, it said in a quarterly review posted on Tuesday. The review period ending December saw three firms enter the list against the quarter prior, where the PSE tallied a total of 61 […] The post PSE finds 60 securities compliant with Shariah appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Let Sisi Rondina give you 10 explosive reasons to get hyped for UAAP 80

UST hitter Cherry "Sisi" Rondina has a Herculean task ahead of her in the upcoming UAAP season 80 women's volleyball tournament. Aside from having the responsibility to lead a relatively young, yet hardened Golden Tigress squad to the wars, she'll have to do it without running mate EJ Laure who was sidelined due to a lingering shoulder injury. With one half of the Espana hitters gone, Rondina's workload will be doubled.  Last season, the two spikers both placed high on the scoring list, with Laure finishing 3rd (192 points), and Sisi immediately behind at 4th (191 points). Still, it's not all bad for UST, because it means more room for the other Tigresses to develop, and of course, more touches for the incoming fourth-year player Rondina. As one of the most electrifying scorers in the league, the diminutive 5'6" hitter stands tall every time she takes off for a kill, and with an increased number of touches, Rondina can wreak havoc on the court. Ahead of season 80, let's take a look back at the Cherry Bomb's 10 most explosive hits from last season. UST hitter Sisi Rondina cherry-bombed her way to 191 points this season! Here are 10 of her most explosive hits in #UAAPSeason79! 🍒💣 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) April 21, 2017.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Sharon feels like a ‘perennial’ in a time of millennials

Megastar Sharon Cuneta ended 2017 on a high note: A few days before her 52nd birthday (on Jan. 6), she landed on an online list of the hottest female stars in the country---along with a bunch of twentysomethings and teeners. Not bad for someone who's been in the biz for four decades. To think, the year-that-was started a bit slow for her. While waiting and waiting for the planned reunion movie with erstwhile partner Gabby Concepcion, she found herself producing and starring in her first indie film, Mes de Guzman's "Ang Pamilyang Hindi Lumuluha," which was shown at the UP Cine Adarna in Diliman on her birthday weekend. She told the Inquirer: "2017 was just OK. I was part of two ...Keep on reading: Sharon feels like a ‘perennial’ in a time of millennials.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018
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‘Babaeng Humayo’ on Best Films list

  Lav Diaz's "Ang Babaeng Humayo," which was released in the United States last year by Kino Lorber, landed on's Top 10 Best Films of 2017 list. Drafted by critic Joshua Brunsting, the lineup comprises films culled from "one hell of a ... chaotic" year. Brunsting points out that as "the world becomes more divided, cinema from around the world is slowly evolving the language with which we [can] communicate on a global level." The critic praises the Filipino director's Venice-winning film as "a devastating, profound and moving portrait of a woman in crisis, trying to keep her head above water as she comes to grips with the world she left and the one she'...Keep on reading: ‘Babaeng Humayo’ on Best Films list.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Pedias to submit list of kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia

MEMBERS of the Philippine Pediatric Society Inc. (PPSI) Western Visayas Chapter agreed to submit to the national chapter the list of children vaccinated with Dengvaxia by private clinics. This was agreed upon during the PPSI meeting on Dec 19, 2017 at MO2 Westown Hotel, Iloilo City. Dr. Reynilyn Reyes, PPSI member and head of the […] The post Pedias to submit list of kids vaccinated with Dengvaxia appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2018

Malupit sa memorya, estudyanteng Pinoy kampeon sa torneo

Isa pang Filipino ang nagbigay ng karangalan sa bansa. Tinanghal na kampeon sa World Memory­ Championship sa Jakarta, Indonesia noong Disyembre 1-3, 2017 ang 16 anyos na si Enzo Castillon. Si Castillon, grade 11 student ng Ateneo de Manila University, ang nag-uwi ng titulong Grandmaster of Memory matapos niyang tapusin ang ilang pagsubok sa pinakamabilis… link: Malupit sa memorya, estudyanteng Pinoy kampeon sa torneo.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018
Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

BTS Taehyung has Most Handsome Face of 2017

MANILA, Philippines — BTS' Kim Taehyung topped TC Candlers' list of the "The 100 Most Handsome Faces" for 2017......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

Top eight energy news of 2017

This should have been a “Top 10” list but due to space constraints, I limited it to only eight, divided into four news stories each for global and national. GLOBAL 1 “Non-news” to many media outlets but good and big news to me: NO major energy catastrophes in 2017. No major oil spill, no gas […] The post Top eight energy news of 2017 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Martin Nguyen named top ONE fighter for 2017

FOR MAKING HISTORY as the first two-division world champion in ONE Championship, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen was named the most outstanding fighter of the organization for the Year 2017. In a list shared to members of the media late last week, Mr. Nguyen (10-1) heads the honor roll after making it 3-0 last year, including […] The post Martin Nguyen named top ONE fighter for 2017 appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

SBP Yearender (1 of 2 parts) Mies victory tops list of feats

MANILA, Philippines — The SBP enjoyed a banner 2017 with a host of achievements topped by the Philippine-led consortium’s winning bid to host the 2023 FIBA W.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

From Ivanka Trump to Baron Geisler: Celebrity New Year’s resolutions for 2018

A new year, a new you. With 2017 nearing its close, some of the world's and local showbiz's most influential celebrities have listed down their goals for 2018, along with their New Year's resolutions. In this list, notable personalities expressed their wishes for things to be better in their lives. They talked about lifestyle changes, taking up new hobbies, and just being better versions of themselves. Others, however, set aside personal wishes and instead hoped for the betterment of their country. Here are some celebrities who posted their plans for the year ahead: 1. Kim Kardashian The "Keeping Up with The Kardashians" star and social media sensation wishes to "be on...Keep on reading: From Ivanka Trump to Baron Geisler: Celebrity New Year’s resolutions for 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Liza Soberano tops 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017

Actress Liza Soberano placed first in the list of 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 created by TC Candler of the British Indepent Movie Critics. Soberano is the first FilipinaThe post Liza Soberano tops 100 Most Beautiful Faces of 2017 appeared first on DZRH News......»»

Category: newsSource:  dzrhnewsRelated NewsDec 30th, 2017

Liza Soberano is Most Beautiful Face for 2017

MANILA, Philippines – ABS-CBN star Liza Soberano has been declared as the most beautiful face of 2017 by a group of critics. The My Exs and Whys actress was the top pick of TC Candler's The Independent Critics, which has been publishing the list since 1990. Model and actress Thylane Blondeau came ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Newsmakers who died in 2017

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – In 2017, we bid goodbye to many personalities who had made headlines in their respective fields, whether good or bad. A lot of them are icons and stalwarts in politics, business, sports, and showbiz. Some in this list were victims of merciless killings, while two of them ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

LIST: Kris Aquino’s 4 sale shopping hacks

MANILA, Philippines — As 2017 comes to a close, this only means one thing for many bargain hunters like Kris Aquino: sale season!.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017