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Duterte says martial law meant to quell rebellion

President Rodrigo Duterte defended his declaration of martial law in Mindanao, saying it was meant to quell rebellion and prevent a spillover of terrorist attacks. &'8220;I declared martial law in Mindanao because I believed that that was the fastest way to quell the rebellion at the least cost of lives and property,&'8221; Duterte said during [...].....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJul 24th, 2017Related News

Marines facing ‘discouraging’ challenges in Afghanistan – CNN News

The plume of smoke and dust rose over the runway, high above the now-deserted but once costly and vital control towers. Then a second rocket slammed into the tarmac just feet away from where a C130 cargo plane would imminently land to ferry us out. The Marines with us at first appeared unfazed. Some were perhaps young and new to it all, while the older ones stood tall, not flinching. I crouched behind a wheel until those tires were used to race us back toward a shelter. Seven years ago, it would have been mere minutes before that Taliban rocket team was bombed in retaliation by US forces protecting a thousands-strong base. But in 2017, the US Marines here &'8212; all 300 of them &'8212; seem oddly vulnerable. They don't leave the wire much, mostly just to train and advise, leaving the fighting to the Afghans. Yet all the same, three separate rocket attacks hit their bases in three days &'8212; two near us &'8212; one injuring 10 Afghan soldiers, and another an 8-year-old boy. This is the painful reality of Afghanistan 2017. The country is in one of the most violent periods of its recent history, and its challenges are deepening. But the sense of exhaustion, of solutions long having lost their sparkle, pervades. And as President Trump weighs his first move in America's longest war, its 15 years make it absolutely nothing new to many of the Marines currently at its sharp end. Here's how one hardened, normally optimistic Marine commander, Col. Matthew Reid, talked about lost friends. &'8220;I don't think I've ever bothered to count. Too many, between here and Iraq,&'8221; he said. &'8220;A lot of blood in the ground.&'8221; Born on September 11, Reid is back in Afghanistan's Helmand Province for the second time. He quips that the 300 Marines he works with now are the number that &'8220;ran the chow hall&'8221; when he was last there in 2010. I asked: How does it feel to have to go at it all over again? &'8220;Discouraging,&'8221; he said. &'8220;There is a definite feeling of a sense of obligation to get this right because of those who have gone before us.&'8221; The Helmand district of Nawa was retaken last week by Afghan National Security Forces, yet at about the same time nearby Gereshk district was attacked by the Taliban, with multiple checkpoints hit, and at one point six overrun. Things are better, but not good. Helmand will probably never be good any time soon, but the Marines' presence and massive aerial firepower have arguably stopped the entire opium-rich region from being swallowed by the Taliban But the Marines are only one part of the picture in a country where, according to the US government's own auditors, the Taliban influence or control about half the land. ISIS too, intermittently rises, and then, after coalition airstrikes, falls &'8212; competing to be the most extreme actor in a crowded marketplace. The government in Kabul is weak, ridden by conflict and rivalry between senior players. And the West's ideas for stabilizing the country are running out But really it is the mood in the capital which tells you things are still slipping, yet again. Long-term Afghan friends discussing for the first time how they might leave. A top executive saying his employees are leaving their large, high-profile Afghan company to protect themselves from possible attack at their central offices. This is not a time for optimism. There is no sign the Taliban are weakened, even though one Afghan official told me hundreds of mid-level leaders have been taken out in raids over the past year. Their leadership is more radical than ever, and they are likely to see handsome funds from a productive opium harvest, possibly boosted by a new poppy seed that blooms more quickly, massively increasing production. Afghanistan's bleed is slow, and perhaps hidden or ignored by much of the world, but happening all the same. Take this final anecdote from our visit to Helmand, when the Marines took us to a remote outpost where they were advising the Afghan army. We were there to see them pull out, removing themselves from a flat stretch of what Colonel Matthew Grosz called &'8220;Taliban country&'8221; &'8212; a main thoroughfare between insurgent strongholds. But their advisory mission seemed to have run into one issue: There weren't many Afghans to advise. A US Marine stands at the back of a Chinook helicopter en route to Shorsharak. On paper there were 500 Afghan troops, and 45 US marines. But as Grosz told me: &'8220;There's 200 assigned right now.&'8221; By &'8220;assigned,&'8221; he meant that there were 200 who had existed, physically at the base. But even that was optimistic, as another hundred had never shown up while the Marines were there. In fact, of the hundred they had seen, some were on operations or on patrol. So really there were fifty to a hundred Afghan soldiers at the base, almost enabling one-to-one Marine mentoring sessions. As we sat in the Helmand runway bomb shelter, waiting for the &'8220;all clear&'8221; after the rocket attack, I overheard two young Marines chatter about 9/11 as though it was a moment of historical import rather than something they had seen live on TV. That's because for them, it is something their parents mourned when they were probably five or six. Fifteen years of war sounds exhausting until you remember that for Afghans, [&'].....»»

Source: Mindanaoexaminer MindanaoexaminerCategory: NewsJul 24th, 2017Related News

Grace sets major championship record with 62 at British Open

em>By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press /em> SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Branden Grace posted the lowest 18-hole score in 157 years and 422 major championships, and he didn't even know it. He knocked in his short par putt on the final hole at Royal Birkdale for a 62 when his caddie, Zack Rasego, walked up to him and said, 'You're in the history books.' Grace didn't know what he meant. The 29-year-old South African was so locked in on a flawless round Saturday at the British Open that he wasn't even aware of the scoring record. Grace was only thinking about trying to get through the third round without a bogey. 'I had no idea that a 62 was obviously the lowest ever,' Grace said. 'Now it makes it even more special than what it was.' Grace pounced on a serene day that was ideal for scoring at Royal Birkdale with a 29 on the front nine. And after a lull to start the back nine, he resumed his march with a 36-foot birdie putt on the par-3 14th, a birdie putt from just inside 30 feet on No. 16, and then he moved to 8 under on his round by hitting 3-iron onto the green at the par-5 17th for a two-putt birdie. From about 60 feet behind the 18th green, he rolled a beautiful lag to 2 feet and tapped in for the record. Johnny Miller shot his famous 63 in the final round at Oakmont in 1973 to win the U.S. Open. Since then, 28 players posted a 63 in the majors 30 times, most recently by Justin Thomas in the U.S. Open last month at Erin Hills. No one ever got lower — until Grace. 'Look at that number! That is sweet,' Miller, now a golf analyst, said as NBC flashed a 62 on the screen. With his name in the record book, still to be determined was whether he had a chance to add his name to the claret jug. Grace, who made the cut by one shot, finished at 4-under 206. He was two shots behind Jordan Spieth, who was on the range still warming up, when Grace finished. Spieth shot a 65, however, and the day ended with Grace seven shots out of the lead. Grace wasn't the only player to take advantage. Fifteen players shot 66 or better. Dustin Johnson missed an 8-foot birdie putt on the 16th and failed to birdie the par-5 17th from the fairway and still shot 64. No matter. 'You still have to do it out there,' said Grace, who said par felt more like 67 than 70 because of the light wind and turf that was on the soft side. 'There's a lot of spots you want to keep out of on this golf course. And I did it today. So just fortunate the way things finished.' He played the third round with Jason Dufner, who shot a 63 at Oak Hill in the second round of the PGA Championship four years ago. Dufner also had a shot at 62, facing a 10-foot birdie on the last hole. He left it well short and barely made the par for 63. 'It's kind of neat to be a part of history,' Dufner said. 'It's a great experience for him. It was semi-cool for me.' Grace's record score came one year after Phil Mickelson almost became the first to shoot 62 until his birdie putt on the 18th at Royal Troon in the first round swirled around the edge of the cup. And there were others over the years. Tiger Woods had a vicious lip-out in his bid for 62 in the second round of the 2007 PGA Championship at Southern Hills. And then there was Jack Nicklaus in the first round of Baltusrol for the 1980 U.S. Open. He missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole and had to settle for a 63. Now, there's a new standard for scoring in the majors. Grace's record score came 44 years after Miller was the first to shoot 63 in a major. Miller's record was 33 years after Lloyd Mangrum was the first to shoot 64 in a major, at the 1940 Masters. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 22nd, 2017Related News

Morata leaves Real Madrid for second time, joins Chelsea

LONDON (AP) — Alvaro Morata joined Chelsea from Real Madrid on Friday and is set to take over from Diego Costa as the main striker for the English champion. Chelsea announced the signing of the Spain international without giving a fee. He signed for five years. Costa was one of Chelsea's key players in its run to the Premier League title last season. But he said last month that he was told by coach Antonio Conte he wasn't wanted for the coming season. It is the second time Morata has left Madrid. With Karim Benzema established as its first-choice striker, Madrid sold Morata to Juventus in 2014 for 20 million euros. After he scored twice in the 2015 Champions League semifinals to help Juventus eliminate Madrid, president Florentino Perez waited only one more year to pay 30 million euros to bring him home. Morata quickly became a crowd favorite in the Santiago Bernabeu but coach Zinedine Zidane's preference for Benzema meant he never got the minutes he expected after returning. Still, Morata made the most of his playing time and proved a natural scorer, nabbing opportunistic goals and showing he is a danger in the final minutes to swing results. Morata scored 20 goals in all competitions for Madrid last season, despite playing limited minutes. He made just 14 starts in the Spanish league and one in the Champions League, competitions Madrid won in a rare double. For Spain, he has nine goals in 20 appearances. He struck three times in four matches at last year's European Championship, where defending champion Spain was ousted in the round-of-16 by Italy. 'Alvaro has proven class at the highest level,' Chelsea technical director Michael Emenalo said.   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 22nd, 2017Related News

Duterte: Charges vs. Aquino meant to fail

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Source: Pep PepCategory: GossipJul 18th, 2017Related News

Federer tells AP he 'can't think too far ahead' nowadays

em>By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press /em> LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer has learned not to take anything for granted. That's why he said what he did during the trophy presentation after his record-breaking eighth Wimbledon championship: 'I hope this wasn't my last match. And I hope I can come back next year and try to defend the title.' Some wondered whether that meant Federer was considering retirement. Hardly. What he meant, Federer explained Monday, was simply: 'I can't think too far ahead.' 'I didn't think about what I was going to say. It just came out that way, to show the people that, yes, of course I hope to defend my title and, of course, I wish to be back here next year. But we just don't know if it's really going to actually happen,' he said in an interview with The Associated Press at the All England Club the morning after beating Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 in the final. 'We have to wait and see.' He didn't always take that approach, back when he was in his 20s and reached a record 10 Grand Slam finals in a row. Things are different these days. 'At 25, when you win, you're like, 'All right, I'll see you next year!' because it's normal. You're going to be playing, for sure. The body's going to be fine, most likely. And if not next year, well, then the year after that, you know?' Federer said as he walked through the hallways of Centre Court in gray pants and a white zippered warmup jacket. 'But I can't really think two years ahead now. Let's be honest.' First of all, there's the no-way-around-it matter of his age: Federer turns 36 on Aug. 8; he is the oldest man to win Wimbledon in the Open era, which began in 1968. And then there's what happened about 18 months ago: A father of four, he was preparing a bath for his twin daughters when he turned and felt a 'click' in his left knee. In February 2016, he had the first operation of his career, arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage. Federer returned to the tour that March, then missed the French Open because of lingering back problems, ending his record streak of 65 consecutive Grand Slam tournament appearances. After a semifinal loss at Wimbledon a year ago, he took the rest of the season off to let his body heal, missing the U.S. Open, Rio Olympics and every other event. 'I've seen how quickly things can change,' Federer said. 'Filling a bathtub for my girls changed the whole next 1½ years of my tennis life, really.' These past six months turned out OK, though. Federer is 31-2 with a tour-leading five titles in 2017. That includes his 18th Grand Slam trophy at the Australian Open — ending a 4½-year drought without a major title — followed by his 19th at Wimbledon, where he became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the tournament without dropping a set. 'Everything he does is exceptional,' said Jonas Bjorkman, Cilic's coach. 'Obviously, he's unique in many ways.' Federer himself is surprised at how well this year has gone so far. He says he certainly didn't expect to win both majors he's entered (he sat out the French Open again, using another break during the clay-court circuit to recharge before the brief grass portion of the season). Now he moves on to the hard courts, including the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 28. 'I have a hard time thinking I could win three Slams in one year. It just sounds totally surreal to me,' said Federer, who did collect trios of major titles in 2004, 2006 and 2007. 'But I'll prepare myself the best way possible, so that I will have the best chance to really excel there in New York.' His voice sounded deeper than usual, a bit of after-effect from celebrations into the wee hours that included the Wimbledon champions' dinner and drinks with a group of more than 30 friends at a bar. Federer said he didn't get to sleep until 5 a.m. Here he was, about 6½ hours later, returning to the arena to pose for group photos with 200 members of the tournament's staff — groundskeepers and others who sat in a corner of the stands while he took a spot on a courtside ledge, Wimbledon's gold trophy beside him. 'Everybody say, 'Swiss cheese!'' Federer said, drawing laughter. Then he posed on the court for a few last pictures, steps from a small green sign with white letters instructing, 'Keep off the grass.' So, yes, expect him back on that turf in 2018. Just remember not to take his excellence for granted. He won't. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 18th, 2017Related News

Palace: Duterte s rape remark was sarcasm, not a joke

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte's latest remark about rape is not a joke but a "sarcastic statement" meant to convey a serious message to cri.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 17th, 2017Related News

Palace: Upside down presidential seal not meant to embarrass Duterte

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Source: Pep PepCategory: GossipJul 16th, 2017Related News

All-Star players remember late Marlins ace Jose Fernandez

em>By Steven Wine, Associated Press /em> MIAMI (AP) — Clayton Kershaw stood in the National League clubhouse before Tuesday's All-Star Game across from Jose Fernandez's locker, which serves as memorial to the Miami Marlins' dynamic right-hander. 'It's sad for sure to see that,' said Kershaw, the Los Angeles Dodgers' ace. 'Obviously he meant a lot to everybody, because his locker is still here. You reflect for sure.' Fernandez was a two-time All-Star before he died at 24 in a boat crash last September. Among his unfulfilled goals was to start in Tuesday's game at his home ballpark. It would have happened if not for the accident, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said. 'His last five starts would probably have been one-hitters, so he would have forced the issue,' Loria said. 'He is on my mind every day, every single day. It's something that doesn't disappear for me, unfortunately. No doubt he would have been an All-Star. He would have found a way to be the starter.' Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton agreed. 'His No. 1 thing to that point, besides winning Cy Young, was to start this game,' Stanton said. In tribute to Fernandez, NL All-Star right fielder Bryce Harper wore colorful shoes bearing the pitcher's image and uniform number 16. Fernandez was the 'probable' operator of the speeding boat that crashed into a jetty last Sept. 25, killing him and two other men, an investigation determined. It listed drugs and alcohol as factors in the crash.   .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 12th, 2017Related News

Bantay Bata protects kids from cyber bullying

When it was founded in 1997, Bantay Bata 163 was solely meant to rescue and rehabilitate abused children by providing shelter, therapy and quality home care.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: MoviesJul 11th, 2017Related News

South Syria truce to allay Jordan, Israel fears about Iran

AMMAN — A separate truce for southern Syria, brokered by the US and Russia, is meant to help allay growing concerns by neighboring Jordan and Israel about Ir.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: WorldJul 8th, 2017Related News

Heat make it official, signing Waiters, Johnson and Olynyk

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> MIAMI (AP) — They came to the Miami Heat a year ago almost as afterthoughts, two guys with less-than-stellar reputations who didn’t exactly have an abundance of options. Those days are long gone for James Johnson and Dion Waiters. They’re now cornerstones of Miami’s plan to return to contention. Capping several days of salary-cap maneuvering to make sure all the pieces fit the right way, the Heat announced the signings of Johnson, Waiters and newcomer Kelly Olynyk on Friday (Saturday, PHL time) to new four-year contracts. All were agreed upon earlier this week, though Miami didn’t start closing those deals until more cap space was created earlier in the day by trading Josh McRoberts to Dallas. Combined, Johnson, Waiters and Olynyk’s deals have a maximum value of about $165 million. Those three played for $10 million last season. “As soon as Kelly Olynyk became an unrestricted free agent, we pursued him,” Heat President Pat Riley said. “He is not only a post player, he can also play away from the basket. What we like the most is that he is a playmaker, tough defender and rugged rebounder. At just 26-years-old, he fits in perfect with our young core that will play together in their primes.” Olynyk thinks he and Miami will be a great fit. “The culture here, I’ve heard so much about it,” Olynyk said. “I’m really excited about it.” Olynyk being added to the mix was the lone surprise. Johnson and Waiters had made clear they wanted to stay in Miami long ago. Johnson was courted by the Utah Jazz after Gordon Hayward left for Boston and said he was still getting used to the idea of being a sought-after commodity. “It was my first time ever being in a situation like this,” Johnson said on Friday night. “Everything was mind-boggling and exciting at the same time. I was just riding the rollercoaster.” As intoxicating as it was, he had so many reasons to stay. Johnson could make over $60 million in the next four seasons, a huge bump from the $4 million he played for last season. He dropped 40 pounds, changed his body, changed his outlook and went from someone who bounced around the league — and carried a bit of an underachiever label — to someone Miami trusted to have on the floor at the end of games last season. “It’s not just what they did for his game, it’s what they did for his life,” said Mark Bartelstein, Johnson’s agent. “When you look at where he was a year ago and where he is now, it’s an amazing story and it’s been a great marriage there between James and the Heat.” Heat guard Wayne Ellington — whose $6.3 million team option for next season is set to become officially picked up at midnight Saturday — said Johnson’s payday was both inspiring and well-deserved. “Congratulations to my guy J on his new deal!” Ellington wrote on social media. “We came in to the league together and I watched your journey and your transformation!” “Not only does Miami want me back,” Johnson said, “but my guys want me back as well.” Waiters transformed as well. He slimmed down at the team request, and his game took off — making him a go-to player in Miami last season. “Dion was so important to us,” Heat point guard Goran Dragic said. “He worked hard and you saw what that did for his game.” Much of the space Miami used this summer was created by the waiving of Chris Bosh, who still gets his $25.3 million salary for this season but doesn’t have it count against the Heat books. The Heat went after Hayward and lost out when he picked Boston, so that meant Miami went to what Riley described as Plan B: keeping its own guys. Waiters was the first big domino to fall Miami’s way in that plan, agreeing to his deal on Wednesday. Johnson and Olynyk agreed on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Waiters averaged 15.9 points on 42 percent shooting last season, but his effect on Miami’s success was clear simply in won-lost numbers. When he played, the Heat won 59 percent of their games — a rate that would have been good enough for a No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. When Waiters didn’t play, Miami won only 39 percent of the time. “This is where I want to be,” Waiters said earlier this summer. It’s where he’ll be for a while now. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 8th, 2017Related News

PFL Roundup: Global puts pitch woes aside with big home win; Kaya ends slump

Global Cebu leaned on a first half strike from Matthew Hartmann and some stellar goalkeeping from Patrick Deyto to overcome Ceres Negros, 1-0, last Wednesday night in the second round of the Visayas Clasico in the Philippines Football League.  Hartmann curled a left footed shot from just outside the box, catching Ceres substitute goalkeeper Michael Casas flat-footed with three minutes remaining in the second half, sending the record 5,000-strong Cebuano crowd into jubilation at Cebu City Sports Center.  Over at Binan Football Stadium, Kaya FC Makati ended a three-match winless run with an emphatic 3-1 win over Stallion Laguna.  A brace from Miguel Tanton after an early striker from Jordan Mintah sealed all three points for Kaya, which conceded a late consolation goal to Yannick Tuason.  The results meant Global moved up to third with 17 points, while Kaya jumped to fourth with 14 points. Ceres fell to fifth with 13 points, while Stallion is still in seventh with three points.  Much of the talk before the match centered on the condition of the pitch with Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic dismissing the uneven field, saying it could cause injury to his players.  But as the match progressed, the Busmen looked more like the side that adapted well to the conditions as they created the first real chance through Stephan Schrock early on.  The match took an early twist when Ceres goalkeeper Roland Muller was sent off for a challenge on Sekou Sylla, who also saw red in the aftermath of the incident.   “It was very important because we got all three points,” said Global Cebu FC head coach Marjo Allado, whose side avenged a 0-1 defeat last month at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod.  “These players never want to let down the fans. We just focused on the game and not focus on the field. Both teams played in the same field. For me it’s about preparation, motivation and focus. We thought about winning instead of the condition of the field.” “Obviously I’m very happy because I got a clean sheet. We have been conceding goals lately,” said Deyto, who denied Iain Ramsay and Schrock in a strong first half performance. Ceres skipper Martin Steuble was adamant that the pitch had an impact on the performance of both squads.  “Both teams have very gifted players,” said Steuble. “But playing in a pitch like this isn’t productive and it’s going against the flow. I believe even the Global players are embarrassed to play in a pitch like this.”  A frustrated Vidakovic was also sent off for confronting a match official in the second half. Ceres Negros team manager James Dinsay said the club has already forwarded its complaint on the pitch to the league.  “This is the worst pitch that we have played in,” said Dinsay. “We went two steps backward.” .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 6th, 2017Related News

In Focus: Why The 'SongSongCouple Is Truly Meant To Be

Could these two love birds be any more perfect for each other?!.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: LifestyleJul 6th, 2017Related News

Rubio leaves Minnesota: Maybe it wasn t meant to be

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Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJul 5th, 2017Related News

I quit! Federer, Djokovic benefit from Wimbledon retirements

em>By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press /em> LONDON (AP) — Novak Djokovic's first-round match at Wimbledon lasted all of 40 minutes Tuesday. Roger Federer's, which was next in the All England Club's main stadium, went 43. When two of tennis' biggest stars crossed paths after both advanced when opponents stopped playing because of pre-existing injuries, they kidded each other about a way to try to make it up to the fans. 'We had a little joke about it in the locker room,' Djokovic recounted, 'saying we should maybe play a practice set on the Centre Court, have the crowd stay.' The short workdays for the two were quite similar. Djokovic led 6-3, 2-0 when Martin Klizan retired with a left leg problem that has bothered him for about two months; Federer was ahead 6-3, 3-0 when Alexandr Dolgopolov quit because of a painful right ankle he first twisted last month. Those still go into the books as wins, allowing Federer to collect his 85th at Wimbledon, breaking a tie with Jimmy Connors for the most in the Open era. Djokovic picked up his 234th match victory at all majors, moving ahead of Connors and alone into second place in history, behind only Federer's 315. But the way the afternoon went meant Centre Court spectators who paid 56 pounds (more than $70) per ticket, some of them waiting in line for hours, got only brief glimpses of seven-time champion Federer or three-time champion Djokovic. They did, however, have the opportunity to watch a pair of top women, current No. 1 Angelique Kerber and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki, win full-length matches. 'I feel for the crowd. They're there to watch good tennis. Proper tennis. At least they see the two of us, who gave it all they had. They saw other players that tried, at least,' Federer said. 'It's unfortunate that it happened.' Two other men also stopped mid-match Tuesday, 19th-seeded Feliciano Lopez (left foot) and Janko Tipsarevic (right leg), bringing the first-round retirement total to seven. That equals 2008 for the most by men in the first round during the 50 editions of Wimbledon in the Open era. It sparked discussion about whether Grand Slam tournaments should change their rules to allow players to still receive prize money if they withdraw before an event. That's a system being employed on a trial basis this season on the ATP Tour — which doesn't run majors — and lets someone who lost in qualifying take the spot in the main draw of an injured player. The theory behind that setup: Players who are injured won't step on court simply to collect their prize money as an entrant, before calling it a day without finishing the match. 'Even if I had a torn muscle today, and the doctor says, 'You shouldn't go on court, you have serious damage to risk,' I could have faked it, stayed there for two less games, and still picked up the paycheck,' said Tipsarevic, who stopped while trailing 5-0 after only 12 minutes against Jared Donaldson of the U.S. A first-round loser at Wimbledon earns 35,000 pounds (about $45,000). 'Unless you're [in the] top 10 ... it's significant money,' said Dolgopolov, who is ranked 84th. Tipsarevic, Dolgopolov, Djokovic and Federer all said they would like to see the majors follow the ATP's lead. 'A player should not go on court if he knows he [can] not finish. The question is: Did they truly believe they were going to finish? If they did, I think it's OK that they walk on court. Otherwise, I feel they should give up the spot,' Federer said. 'The ATP has adjusted its rule, but maybe the Slams should ... look at what they could do for the players to make it just a little bit easier.' At Centre Court on Tuesday, Federer and Djokovic had an easy go of things. Kerber, last year's runner-up to Serena Williams at the All England Club, had more to do to get past Irina Falconi of the U.S. 6-4, 6-4, and Wozniacki, a two-time U.S. Open finalist, needed three full sets to edge Timea Babos 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. But it was the short men's matches that had everyone talking. 'If it's just excruciating pain, OK, you can't play. If something is tweaked here or there and you feel like you can give it a decent go without hurting yourself, I think they should stay out there and I think you owe it to the fans,' said 23rd-seeded John Isner, who beat Taylor Fritz 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in an all-American matchup on Court 14. 'I know the Wimbledon Centre Court didn't get their money's worth today, that's for sure.' Collette Sherratt, 54, a spectator who traveled from Manchester, England, to attend the tournament for the first time, sure felt that way. 'I've been watching Wimbledon [on TV] for 42 years, and it's been on my bucket list to come here,' Sherratt said. 'I was absolutely thrilled that [I] was going to be on Centre Court, and then for that to happen, it was like, 'I might never get to come here again.'' .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 5th, 2017Related News

Spieth to sit out John Deere Classic again

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Jordan Spieth has decided to skip the John Deere Classic to prepare for the British Open. Spieth is a two-time winner of the tournament. He won the John Deere Classic in 2013 on a sponsor's exemption, which sent him to the FedEx Cup playoffs and a spot on the Presidents Cup team at age 19. He won again in 2015, even though it meant not getting to the British Open until Monday when he was going after the third leg of the Grand Slam. He did not defend his title at the TPC Deere Run last year. The tournament was the same week as the Olympics, and when Spieth joined other top stars in not going to Rio de Janeiro, he felt it would be disrespectful to play anywhere else that week. The John Deere Classic is July 13-16. The British Open at Royal Birkdale is the following week. 'I love the tournament, I love the golf course and, more importantly, I love the people,' Spieth said. 'While my schedule doesn't permit me returning to the Quad Cities this year, I plan to be back in the future.' Spieth has two victories this year, most recently the Travelers Championship, which he added to his schedule as part of a new PGA Tour policy that players add one tournament they haven't played in the last four years. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 4th, 2017Related News

Jazz point guard scenario to influence Hayward decision

em>By Kareem Copeland, Associated Press /em> SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Teams are lining up to offer Gordon Hayward a max contract when free agency begins Saturday morning (Saturday, PHL time). How the Utah Jazz address their point guard situation could affect the All-Star’s decision as much as anything else. The Jazz can offer Hayward more cash than anyone else, but the seven-year veteran wants to win sooner than later. The Boston Celtics are considered a top suitor after advancing to the Eastern Conference finals with the ability to add two more All-Star caliber players this offseason. The Miami Heat are also expected to be in the mix. Utah showed it was trending upward with its first 50-win season since 2009-10 and a playoff berth for the first time since 2012. Hayward and Rudy Gobert had career years, but the addition of George Hill gave the Jazz their best point guard production since Deron Williams was traded in 2011. Hill, however, is a free agent. “We’re very anxious to tell our story,” Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said. “The last two summers, I think people are noticing. We anticipate a very good and interested audience. And obviously a veteran point guard is one of them.” There are high expectations in Utah for point guards after watching Hall of Famer John Stockton for 19 seasons. That standard continued with Williams before the two-time All-Star and the team had an ugly breakup and he was traded. The Jazz have been looking for consistent play at the position since that split and finally got it last season with Hill, who along with Hayward is a Jazz free agent priority. Utah has added at least one point guard to the roster every June since Lindsey has taken over, including three in the lottery and trading a pick for Hill. And despite their efforts, the Jazz continue to search for a long-term answer at the position. Trey Burke (No. 9 overall pick), Dante Exum (No. 5) and Raul Neto were all added between 2013-15. Lindsey traded the No. 12 pick for Hill last June, and he averaged a career high 16.9 points, but struggled with injuries. Utah also drafted Marcus Paige in 2016. The Jazz traded up to draft Donovan Mitchell at No. 12 and selected Nigel Williams-Goss in the second round last week. It is possible that Serbian point guard Milos Teodosic, among others, could end up in Utah this summer. “It sounds really similar to when I was transferring to Gonzaga,” Williams-Goss said. “... Like being the quarterback for the Patriots or the pitcher for the Yankees. It’s a very marquee position in their organization. It’s the same here. “If you haven’t prepared, then maybe the pressure can kind of get to you. I’ve worked my tail off to be ready when my number is called and I don’t see that changing here.” Mitchell checks all the athleticism and character boxes that appeal to the Jazz. The 6’3” defensive bulldog can play either guard position, but must improve offensively. Williams-Goss doesn’t have the physical attributes of Mitchell, but had the more productive college career. The 6’3”, 190-pounder was the West Coast Conference player of the year, a Bob Cousy Award finalist and Naismith Trophy semifinalist after averaging 16.8 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.7 assists. He also led Gonzaga to the national championship game. Oh, and Williams-Goss has the backing of that point guard with a statue out front of the Jazz arena. Stockton said, “Hey look, I thought he was the national player of the year,” Lindsey noted. “You cannot speed him up. He plays with great pace. He plays with great toughness and character. “This is the comment I loved the most, ‘He plays like an adult.’ That’s meant a lot to us. That’s what I saw when I saw Nigel.” The Jazz would prefer Hill to be the point guard of the present and future, but other teams will make a push for his services. This is likely the last major payday for the 31-year-old. Hill has called Hayward his little brother and said his decision will have an influence. The opposite is likely also true, and the pair had planned to stay in contact at the end of the season. Lindsey said he’s not feeling the pressure. “Many times, what happens is, you capitulate to pressure and then you overreach,” Lindsey said. “We want to stick to our fundamentals of team building — mindset, culture, skills, fits, value adds, contract, production. “We’re quite confident.” .....»»

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Behind swashbuckling Perez, Pirates determined to finally strike gold

strong>HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? /strong> 6-12, 9th place strong>YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: /strong> Jesper Ayaay, Mike Nzeusseu strong>WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: /strong>Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino, CJ Perez, Spencer Pretta strong>GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: /strong> Shaq Alanes, Jebb Bulawan, Joseph Gabayni In the preseason, Topex Robinson led Lyceum of the Philippines University into defeating his alma mater. With that win, the Pirates made their first-ever Filoil Final Four. As always, the amiable mentor downplayed his personal win and instead highlighted what the triumph meant for his budding program in Intramuros. “I’ll always be a Stag, it’s always gonna be a part of me, but again, my loyalty is to LPU. I want to bring glory to LPU,” he expressed. To do just that, Robinson knows he needs to replicate that exact same feat in the upcoming NCAA. “We continue to hope we’re building a culture of winning. Of course, it’s not gonna be easy and we’re gonna make mistakes,” he shared. He then continued, “But it’s for our growth and hopefully, that will contribute to our building of a culture of winning. It’s something that, obviously, the whole LPU community has been hoping for a long time.” The good news is that now into his third year as shot-caller, Robinson will have holdovers MJ Ayaay, Wilson Baltazar, and Mike Nzeusseu – as well as perhaps the biggest offseason haul for any collegiate team this year. That list includes former San Sebastian standout CJ Perez, former San Sebastian sniper Spencer Pretta, and energetic rookie recruits Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino. Asked about their fresh faces, the coach answered, “Kung san-san napulot. Our new players were players left behind by their teams prior to coming here.” He then continued, “We just gave them a chance. Mahalaga kasi na bigyan mo ng tsansa and tiwala yung bata.” That was no more evident than in Pretta who exploded for 21 points, all on triples, in the Pirates’ preseason matchup against University of Sto. Tomas. “Spencer has really been a shooter since I got him when he was 16-years-old. I guess, that’s just believing in him na he will take and make those shots,” Robinson said. Pretta was recruited by Robinson for San Sebastian before the two of them set sail for Intramuros. But of course, all will begin and end for LPU with arguably Robinson’s biggest get – six-foot-two do-it-all swingman Perez. “The good thing about this team is that CJ is one of the best players in the league, but he’s always the same as the other guys,” Robinson said. Fortunately for the mentor and the team’s fans, the 23-year-old is already locked in. “Sa preseason, maganda ginawa namin kasi nag-contribute, nag-step up lahat. Pero preseason pa lang yun; yung NCAA talaga pinaghahandaan namin,” he shared. He then continued, “’Di ko kayang mag-isang dalhin kami sa Final Four, pero yung buong team, committed naman para ma-achieve yun. Basta gagawin lang namin magagawa namin.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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