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March 29, 2017

March 29, 2017.....»»

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P286M jackpot ng Ultra Lotto paghahatian ng 3 mananaya

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Last 2017 Jr. NBA PH selection camp set for this weekend

Last 2017 Jr. NBA PH selection camp set for this weekend.....»»

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Sleepless Ravena practices for first time with Alab Pilipinas

Kiefer Ravena is back in the Philippines and will be back to represent the Philippines in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League. In his first practice with Alab Pilipinas on Wednesday at the Enderun College Gym in Taguig, the former two-time UAAP MVP was quick to admit that he had much catching up to do. “Adjustment talaga. Siyempre, it’s my first practice and I have to get used to the system,” he said. Ravena then went on to say that it was a good thing the Filipino squad’s coaching staff sent over the playbook in advance while he was still in the US. “At least, when I was in the States, I was able to read it and pagdating dito, hindi na rin ako masyadong nahirapan,” he shared. More than the new coaches and new teammates, however, it was the 23-year-old’s travel from the US to the Philippines that proved to be the toughest test in his return. “Parang ang pinakamahirap na part is yung pagod. Yun yung pinaka-adjustment ko na talaga,” he said. He then continued, “Kasi dumating ako kahapon ng 4:00 AM. Wala pa talaga akong tulog tapos diretso na ngayon sa practice.” Still, showing his full commitment to the Philippine team he will help bring back to the promised land, Ravena was alive, alert, and enthusiastic all throughout his first time sharing the floor with his teammates. “Ako yung bago rito and I have to be the one adjusting to them, not them adjusting to me,” he said. He then continued, “Buo na naman yung team e so kailangan ko na lang hanapin yung niche ko to help the team,” he said. The third-seed Filipinos take on the second-seed Slingers in the best-of-three semifinals tipping off at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Sunday. Game 2 will then be played at the Olivarez College Gym in Paranaque on Friday. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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Brazil 1st to qualify for World Cup, Argentina in danger

MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press br /> SAO PAULO (AP) — A resurgent Brazil squad under new management became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, the same day archrival Argentina heightened its risk of missing a spot at Russia 2018. The five-time World Cup champions had a 3-0 victory over seventh-place Paraguay in Sao Paulo, moving to 33 points from 14 matches in South American qualifying. The Brazilians secured a direct spot for Russia 2018 after third-place Uruguay lost 2-1 to Peru in Lima. Argentina, playing without suspended star Lionel Messi, lost 2-0 to Bolivia in the altitude of La Paz earlier and slipped from third to fifth with four matches remaining. The top four in South America earn direct places at the World Cup. The fifth-ranked South American team goes into a playoff against a team from Oceania for a spot in Russia. Argentina has 22 points from six wins and four draws, putting coach Edgardo Bauza under intense pressure to step aside. While Argentina struggled, Colombia had a 2-0 win at Ecuador, posting its first win in Quito in 20 years and ended the day in second spot in qualifying with 24 points. Ecuador dropped out of the top five for the first time, slipping to sixth with 20 points. Also on Tuesday Copa America champion Chile beat last-place Venezuela 3-1 in Santiago and climbed back to fourth spot with 23 points. ____ ARGENTINA Argentina's best chance of qualifying for the next World Cup seemingly relies on winning an appeal to have Messi's suspension shortened. The Barcelona star made offensive remarks to a Brazilian linesman in the 1-0 victory against Chile last Thursday and, if the FIFA ruling prevails, will only return to the team in their last match for qualifiers in October against Ecuador. From a TV set in the locker room, Messi saw Argentina little by little fade into an average side outrun by the Bolivians at the 3,600 meters of altitude. The last time the Argentines managed to win in La Paz was in 2005. Of the five defenders Bauza wanted to field against the ninth-place Bolivians, only left-winger Marcos Rojo was available. Still, the Argentinians seemed to be handling the Bolivians, creating the best opportunities in the first 30 minutes. But then striker Juan Arce headed home a cross from Pablo Escobar in the 32nd minute to open the scoring for the hosts. The Argentina started losing condition at altitude and Bolivia capitalized via striker Marcelo Moreno, who fired home from close range after a cross from Flores to make it 2-0 in the 52nd. 'We are alive and we want to qualify for the World Cup. This is a fight that we will keep fighting,' Bauza told a post-match news conference, before admitting there were big concerns within the squad. 'Yes, the players are worried because no one likes to lose.' The coach also said 'it is strange' that Messi's ban was decided so quickly. 'It is regrettable that he could not play, but even more so that there was no time for me to work with someone else,' Bauza said. 'I am a little surprised with the time they gave me to make the change.' Argentina's next games will be in August at Uruguay and in Buenos Aires against Venezuela. In October, the World Cup finalists will face Peru at home and Ecuador in Quito. ____ BRAZIL The atmosphere in Sao Paulo was party-like for the 44,000 fans in attendance for another Brazil masterclass. All three goals that took Brazil to the next World Cup showed either great skill or consistent teamwork and showed more evidence that it will be one of the favorites for the title. It was also in Sao Paulo as Corinthians coach that Tite became a serious candidate for the Brazil job, after winning multiple national and international titles. The opener was scored at 33 minutes when midfielder Philippe Coutinho ran to the right flank, counted on Paulinho's dummy pass to give him space so he could poach it from the edge of the box. In the second half, Brazil had the chance to make it 2-0 after a superb run by Neymar that ended in a controversial penalty. But the Brazilian missed his first clear opportunity to score. He didn't miss in the 63rd, leaving three adversaries behind as he made it 2-0. In the 85th, Neymar and Coutinho exchanged passes, found Paulinho at the edge of the box and the midfielder used his heel to find Marcelo in front of the goalkeeper. The crowd at Arena Corinthians ended the game chanting Tite's name, which put tears in the eyes of the Brazil coach. After he learned the result in Lima and that Brazil had secured the World Cup spot, Tite raised his hands to the sky at the end of his press conference and said: 'Thank you, dear God.' ____ COLOMBIA Midfielder James Rodriguez, the best player of the match in Quito, was only 5-years old the last time Colombia had an away win at Ecuador. He started to break the Colombian drought at 20 minutes. Almost accidentally, Rodriguez touched the ball with his back after a low cross from Borja and it slowly went inside. At 32 minutes he started a play that finished in a similar goal scored by striker Juan Cuadrado — with his feet, though. In the second half, Rodriguez helped Colombia control a match that could have ended with an even bigger goal difference in favor of the visitors. Ecuador's chances of a comeback were diminished when defender Luis Caicedo was sent off after a rough challenge on the hour. That means Ecuador won't have one of their best defenders against Brazil in August. Colombia now has 24 points and could end the round in second or third, depending on Uruguay's result in Peru. In August coach Jose Pekerman's team will play at Venezuela and then hosts leaders Brazil. In October, they will play against Paraguay at home and away at Peru. .....»»

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Minus-Messi, Argentina loses another World Cup qualifier

MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press br /> SAO PAULO (AP) — Hours after Lionel Messi was suspended by FIFA for four World Cup qualifying matches, Argentina lost 2-0 to Bolivia in the altitude of La Paz on Tuesday and heightened its risk of missing a spot at Russia 2018. Argentina dropped from third to fifth place, remaining on 22 points in South American qualifying with four games to play and putting coach Edgardo Bauza under intense pressure to step aside. South America has four direct spots at the World Cup, and the fifth-ranked team goes into an inter-continental playoff against the Oceania qualifying winner for another spot at Russia next year. While Argentina struggled, Colombia had a 2-0 win at Ecuador, posting its first win in Quito in 20 years and ensuring it will end the round in second or third spot. Ecuador dropped out of the top five for the first time, slipping to sixth with 20 points. The result at Quito opened the prospect of a possible early qualification for leaders Brazil, which has won seven straight and has 30 points from 13 matches in qualifying. If the Brazilians beat seventh position Paraguay in Sao Paulo, they will have enough points to secure a top-five spot in qualifying. Also on Tuesday Copa America champion Chile beat last-place Venezuela 3-1 in Santiago and climbed back to fourth spot with 23 points. ____ ARGENTINA Argentina's best chance of qualifying for the next World Cup seemingly relies on winning an appeal to have Messi's suspension shortened. The Barcelona star made offensive remarks to a Brazilian linesman in the 1-0 victory against Chile last Thursday and, if the FIFA ruling prevails, will only return to the team in their last match for qualifiers in October against Ecuador. From a TV set in the locker room, Messi saw Argentina little by little fade into an average side outrun by the Bolivians at the 3,600 meters of altitude. The last time the Argentines managed to win in La Paz was in 2005. Of the five defenders Bauza wanted to field against the ninth-place Bolivians, only left-winger Marcos Rojo was available. Still, the Argentinians seemed to be handling the Bolivians, creating the best opportunities in the first 30 minutes. But then striker Juan Arce headed home a cross from Pablo Escobar in the 32nd minute to open the scoring for the hosts. The Argentina started losing condition at altitude and Bolivia capitalized via striker Marcelo Moreno, who fired home from close range after a cross from Flores to make it 2-0 in the 52nd. 'We are alive and we want to qualify for the World Cup. This is a fight that we will keep fighting,' Bauza told a post-match news conference, before admitting there were big concerns within the squad. 'Yes, the players are worried because no one likes to lose.' The coach also said 'it is strange' that Messi's ban was decided so quickly. 'It is regrettable that he could not play, but even more so that there was no time for me to work with someone else,' Bauza said. 'I am a little surprised with the time they gave me to make the change.' Argentina's next games will be in August at Uruguay and in Buenos Aires against Venezuela. In October, the World Cup finalists will face Peru at home and Ecuador in Quito. ____ COLOMBIA Midfielder James Rodriguez, the best player of the match in Quito, was only 5-years old the last time Colombia had an away win at Ecuador. He started to break the Colombian drought at 20 minutes. Almost accidentally, Rodriguez touched the ball with his back after a low cross from Borja and it slowly went inside. At 32 minutes he started a play that finished in a similar goal scored by striker Juan Cuadrado — with his feet, though. In the second half, Rodriguez helped Colombia control a match that could have ended with an even bigger goal difference in favor of the visitors. Ecuador's chances of a comeback were diminished when defender Luis Caicedo was sent off after a rough challenge on the hour. That means Ecuador won't have one of their best defenders against Brazil in August. Colombia now has 24 points and could end the round in second or third, depending on Uruguay's result in Peru. In August coach Jose Pekerman's team will play at Venezuela and then hosts leaders Brazil. In October, they will play against Paraguay at home and away at Peru. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports5 hr. 1 min. ago Related News

Spain benefits from video technology in 2-0 win over France

STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer br /> The benefit of using video referees during soccer games was highlighted Tuesday when Spain rightly profited from two decisions made away from the field of play to beat France 2-0 in an international friendly in Paris. FIFA, the game's governing body, has been using video assistant referees on a trial basis since last year and this was the first time that the extra official was used in a soccer match in France. It proved a success. A 48th-minute goal by France forward Antoine Griezmann was disallowed — with the score at 0-0 — because of an offside earlier in the move. The decision followed consultation between the referee and the video assistant. Video help was needed again in the 77th minute to overturn an incorrect offside call against substitute Gerard Deulofeu after the winger applied a close-range finish to make it 2-0. Deulofeu was made to wait to celebrate the goal, but at least the correct decision was reached. Trials will continue through 2018, with competitions and countries needing to apply to be part of the trials. But a strong case has been made for the technology to be rolled out for good. France was on the wrong end of the video-assisted decisions at the Stade de France, and was defeated for the first time since its 1-0 loss to Portugal in the same venue in the European Championship final last year. David Silva — a second-half substitute like Deulofeu — scored Spain's other goal, converting a 68th-minute penalty for his 30th goal in 111 international appearances. Here's a look at other friendlies played in Europe on Tuesday: ___ PORTUGAL 2, SWEDEN 3 Cristiano Ronaldo had a bittersweet homecoming. The Real Madrid star was playing for Portugal in his hometown of Funchal on the Madeira Islands for the first time, and marked the occasion by scoring the opener in the 18th minute to take his tally of international goals to 71. It tied him with former Germany striker Miroslav Klose in third place in the all-time list of European international scorers, behind Hungarian pair Ferenc Puskas (84) and Sandor Kocsis (75). An own goal from Andreas Granqvist in the 34th put Portugal 2-0 ahead but Sweden staged a stirring second-half comeback, with Viktor Claesson scoring in the 57th and 76th minutes before Joan Cancelo's own goal won it for the visitors in the third and final minute of stoppage time. Ronaldo was substituted in the 58th, when Portugal was leading 2-1. ___ NETHERLANDS 1, ITALY 2 Fred Grim's first and possibly only match in charge of the Dutch ended in another loss for a fallen giant of European soccer. The Netherlands fired coach Danny Blind on Sunday, a day after a 2-0 loss to Bulgaria and with the nation struggling to qualify for next year's World Cup. The Dutch failed to qualify for Euro 2016, too. Grim was placed in temporary charge but saw a 32nd-minute goal from Leonardo Bonucci seal victory for Italy. The Netherlands took the lead in the 10th minute when a shot by Quincy Promes deflected off two Italy defenders into the net, with Alessio Romagnoli getting the final touch. Eder equalized a minute later. Louis van Gaal, a potential new coach for the Netherlands, was in the stands for the match. ___ RUSSIA 3, BELGIUM 3 Russia has now won just two of its last 13 games but, ahead of hosting next year's World Cup, this was an encouraging result against one of Europe's top teams. Russia came from 3-1 down in the 76th minute to salvage a draw, equalizing in the second minute of stoppage time through Alexander Bukharov. Viktor Vasin gave the Russians an early lead before Kevin Mirallas replied and Christian Benteke scored twice for Belgium, which is No. 5 in the world rankings. Alexei Miranchuk then started the late fightback in the first soccer match at the 47,700-seat Fisht stadium in Sochi, which hosted the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in 2014. ___ OTHER RESULTS Croatia conceded inside the first minute and then two more goals late on in a surprise 3-0 loss at Estonia. Austria was held 1-1 by Finland, Iceland won 1-0 at Ireland, and Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Albania 2-1 away. ___ Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80 .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports7 hr. 10 min. ago Related News

FIFA bans Lionel Messi for 4 World Cup qualifying games

GRAHAM DUNBAR, AP Sports Writer br /> GENEVA (AP) — Lionel Messi is banned from Argentina's next four World Cup qualifying games, dealing a blow to a campaign by the 2014 runner-up that has stuttered without him. Messi's suspension for 'having directed insulting words at an assistant referee' during a home qualifier last week against Chile started on Tuesday, shortly before his teammates played Bolivia in La Paz. Without Messi, Argentina went on to lose the qualifier 2-0. The five-time FIFA player of the year can appeal to FIFA, but is on track to return for Argentina's final match in the 10-team South American qualifying group, hosting Ecuador on Oct. 10. 'We have to appeal this decision, we'll see how it goes,' said Jorge Miadosqui, Argentina's national teams director. 'But we're left angry and sad because (Messi) will not be with the team.' Argentina has relied on its captain Messi to move up to third place in a group where the top four qualify for the tournament in Russia. The fifth-place team will enters a playoff in November, likely against New Zealand. Messi has scored in four qualifiers so far, with Argentina going on to win every game. Without him, though, Argentina has earned only seven points out of a possible 24. The 1978 and 1986 world champion is now only two points ahead of sixth place, currently held by Chile, which was playing Venezuela later on Tuesday. Argentina's next match is away to Uruguay on Aug. 31. Then it has two home games against struggling sides: Venezuela on Sept. 5 and Peru on Oct. 5. It was close to a must-win match last Thursday when Argentina hosted Chile, the team it lost to in the Copa America finals of 2015 and 2016 Argentina won 1-0 after Messi scored with a first-half penalty at the vibrant Monumental Stadium in Buenos Aires, but he lost his cool in the closing minutes. Messi reacted angrily when a decision went against him and aimed a volley of profane abuse at the assistant. He refused to shake hands with the official after the match. FIFA could intervene as the incident was not initially reported by the Brazilian referee. It was judged a red-card offense for Messi. 'This decision is in line with the FIFA Disciplinary Committee's previous rulings in similar cases,' said the world soccer body, which also fined Messi 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,160). Messi and the Argentine soccer federation can challenge the ban at FIFA's appeals committee. It rarely overturns disciplinary rulings, though it could reduce the number of games he must miss. A subsequent appeal does not currently seem possible to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. FIFA's legal statutes do not grant jurisdiction to the Swiss-based CAS in 'appeals arising from ... suspensions of up to four matches.' The Messi ban adds further turmoil to the embattled Argentina soccer federation, which is currently being run by an emergency committee appointed by FIFA last June. A previous generation of Argentine soccer leaders were implicated in corruption and indicted by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015, and subsequent federation elections were disputed. New elections are scheduled this week. The interim federation leader questioned FIFA's judgment Tuesday. 'I think it's unusual because it will set a precedent that will decide the future of many things,' Armando Perez told Argentina's TyC Sports channel. 'I think it's too sensitive for something like this. They should have reasoned or contemplated this is in another way. 'Four games is too much.' Messi's behavior and ban could affect his chances of winning FIFA's best player award for 2017, even if his club Barcelona wins the Champions League. FIFA guidance to voters is that on- and off-field conduct should be taken into account. Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are in a career-long duel for the game's most prestigious prize, and the Portugal and Real Madrid forward won his fourth FIFA award in January to draw within one of his great rival. In a stark contrast for soccer's global stars, Messi has been shamed this week while Ronaldo was rewarded with the airport in his home island of Madeira being named in his honor. .....»»

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Visayas Weather Forecast: March 29, 2017

Visayas Weather Forecast: March 29, 2017.....»»

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Champion ROS dispute first place against surging Bolts

Looking to maintain its solid start, defending champion Rain or Shine go for a fourth straight win in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup as action resumes Wednesday at the MOA Arena. After taking down a pesky Blackwater side for a 3-0 mark, the Elasto Painters are looking to occupy solo first in the mid-season tournament and build a nice head start against the rest of the competition. However, Rain or Shine is in for a tough grind with Meralco out to do same thing as the Bolts likewise hold a perfect 3-0 card following their win over sister team TNT last week. The battle for first place featuring the champion Painters and the Bolts will tip off at 7:00 p.m. In the first game at 4:15 p.m., the Alaska Aces will take on the Mahindra Floodbuster. Alasks is also undefated at 2-0 while the Floodbuster are coming off a win over NLEX that put them to 1-2 for the conference. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports8 hr. 55 min. ago Related News

3,000 instructors to train upcoming jins

Three thousand Philippine Taekwondo Association (PTA) certified instructors are raring and ready to handle the two-month 2017 SMART/MVP Sports Foundation Taekwondo Summer Class nationwide......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: News9 hr. 58 min. ago Related News

PBA DL: Racal nips CafeFrance

Racal booked its first ever PBA D-League Finals appearance with a pulsating 78-74 Game 3 victory over CaféFrance Tuesday in their 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup semifinals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: News13 hr. 25 min. ago Related News

Proposal elicits mixed reactions

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/rona-joyce-t-fernandez" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Rona Joyce T. Fernandez /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> THE proposed ordinance authorizing the confiscation of the driver’s license of motorists found violating traffic laws filed by two Cebu City councilors has gained mixed reactions from stakeholders. In their draft legislation, Councilors Eugenio Gabuya Jr. and Margarita Osmeña want traffic enforcers to have the authority to confiscate the driver’s license of erring drivers to promote road discipline. But transport groups opposed the measure, saying it could be abused. In a public hearing on the matter held during yesterday’s regular session, Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide Cebu Chapter President Greg Perez said the draft ordinance will only be “an added burden” to jeepney drivers. “If it will be passed, traffic enforcers may abuse the authority given to them that will eventually result to corruption,” he said. Alex Bordadora, chairman of the Visayas United Drivers Transport Services and Multi-Purpose Cooperative suggested that the ordinance violation receipt be issued only for violations of city rules and regulations of local application, and not for violation of the provision of Republic Act (RA) 4136, or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code. The Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7, for its part, has also expressed its opposition. Acting LTO 7 Director Alita Pulga said only the personnel of the transportation office are allowed to confiscate driver’s licenses. “Only the Commissioner or his or her duly designated law enforcement and peace officers are allowed to confiscate the driver’s license for violations of the provisions of RA 4136 or any local traffic regulations,” she said. She said the commissioner is the actual chief of the Land Transportation Commission, or his representatives, deputies and assistants. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

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Makati Business Club remains upbeat on 2017 PH economy

Makati Business Club remains upbeat on 2017 PH economy.....»»

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Inflation to rise till Q3; 2017 avg within target

Inflation to rise till Q3; 2017 avg within target.....»»

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Mt. Apo climb: only 50 trekkers per trail allowed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 March) – Only 50 trekkers for each trail a day will be allowed to climb Mt. Apo Natural Park starting April 12, 2017, the date the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) resolution ending the “indefinite closure” of the country’s highest peak takes effect. The PAMB has imposed higher fees and limited the [&'].....»»

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Avida expects sales to hit P6B in 2017

Avida expects sales to hit P6B in 2017.....»»

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Mt. Apo climb: only 50 hikers per trail allowed

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/28 March) – Only 50 hikers for each trail a day will be allowed to climb Mt. Apo Natural Park starting April 12, 2017, the date the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) resolution ending the “indefinite closure” of the country’s highest peak takes effect. The PAMB has imposed higher fees and limited the [&'].....»»

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Nur and Digong

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chair Nur Misuari and family at the Presidential Guest House in Davao City on March 27, 2017.  RENE LUMAWAG/Presidential Photo.....»»

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