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Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps in privacy review

SAN FRANCISCO, USA – Facebook said Friday, September 20, it suspended "tens of thousands" of apps on its platform as a result of a privacy practices review launched following a scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. The review started in 2018 after revelations that the political consultancy hijacked personal data on millions of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 21st, 2019Related News

Qualified convicts surrender, won t leave Bilibid without clearance

MANILA, Philippines – A verbal presidential order to rearrest freed convicts is being carried out without a final validated list,  with the stakes heightened by President Rodrigo Duterte's casual warning to bring them in "dead or alive." The result? Even convicts who earned their early release on good conduct time allowance (GCTA) voluntarily turned themselves in and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 20th, 2019Related News

Five things to know about LeBron James newest signature sneaker

During a visit to Nike’s World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon in June, LeBron James teased a look at the newest shoe in his line: the LEBRON XVII. Look beyond the cursory glances from social media, and you’ll find updates under the hood that resolve LeBron’s quest for speed and support in his footwear. “We had ‘the blueprint’ in mind for the 17, and we started from the ground up on everything, whether that was the construction of the knit or the way we could protect him underfoot with Air bags," says Nike's Jason Petrie, designer of the LEBRON XVII. "The silhouette was a way to reset the mark for LeBron, and futuristically explore how we could help his game with the best that Nike offers.” Here are five things to know about the new shoe:   1. It Has the Highest-Volume Heel Max Air Unit in a LeBron Shoe It’s the most Max Air that LeBron’s worn in a shoe, set beneath the heel to provide shock absorption for his explosive play. A soft foam pod directly under the Max Air units adds cushioning. "If you look at the evolution of LeBron's line, you'll see how he loves Max Air, and we felt like the volume of Air in the 17 was the next solution in providing the stabilization and support he needs," says Petrie.   2. The Shoe Has Two Independent Air Zoom Pods Under the Forefoot Air Zoom is combined with Max Air for the ultimate hybrid cushioning. Air Zoom units in the forefoot respond to LeBron’s downhill speed from point to point. "The lateral and medial pods under the forefoot give him that response and comfort in conjunction with the Max Air bag," says Petrie. "The way LeBron sees it, he wants to feel confident from the ground up. He doesn't need help jumping. He wants to feel secure on the way down."   3. The Shoe Introduces Knitposite Evolving the upper construction from Battleknit 2.0 on the LEBRON XVI, the LEBRON XVII combines lightweight Flyknit construction with heat-molded yarns that add structure and color. The result is durable, supportive and resists stretching. "We wanted to blend the knit on the 15 and the strength of the Battleknit on the 16. The result is amazing. Once the heat is applied to the knitting process, you get this jewel-like armored exoskeleton that's stuffed with these yarns," says Petrie. "It's both structural and soft in the areas it needs to be."   4. Signature LeBron Details Have Shifted to the Tongue The Lion crest was on the heel of the LEBRON XVI, while the silhouette of LeBron dunking was on the outsole. The LEBRON XVII shifts those details onto the tongue, combining phrases and symbols like “I’m King,” “LJ” and “23.” "LeBron wanted a more overt tongue for the shoe, which opens up the opportunity for personal storytelling," says Petrie. "There are other micro details, too. Making the topline jagged was our way of stepping into the crown of the king. Also, there's a woven label on the medial side that has the inspiration for the colorway. It's almost like a key to the shoe."   5. The LEBRON XVII Releases Beginning September 27.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 20th, 2019Related News

RESULTS: September 2019 Physician Licensure Exam

This is a press release from the Professional Regulation Commission. The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announces that 4,006 out of 4,716 passed the Physician Licensure Examination given by the Board of Medicine in the cities of Manila, Baguio, Cebu and Davao this September 2019. The result of examination with respect to one (1) ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 20th, 2019Related News

‘Alcohol tax hike to weigh down government reserves’

The country’s top distilleries has warned lawmakers that imposing too much tax increases may dampen demand for alcoholic products, which may result in lower revenues and tax yield for the government......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: FinanceSep 20th, 2019Related News

Lotto Result 09/19/2019

Grand Lotto 6/55 Draw 9/18/2019 36-19-08-14-10-52 42,417,064.20 Megalotto 6/45 25-33-08-31-38-02 35,139,691.20 6Digit 9-4-2-2-2-6 11AM Suertres 1-5-9 4PM Suertres 5-4-8 9PM Suertres 3-3-8 EZ2: 11AM 15-11 EZ2:4PM 24-14 EZ2:9PM 17-01.....»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsSep 19th, 2019Related News

Nat’l team availability issue looms for Grand Prix 2nd leg

Alyssa Valdez and four other players’ participation in the second leg of the Southeast Asian Grand Prix, which the country will host next month, is up in the air with the possible conflict of schedule with their club league. The power-hitter will miss the national team’s first leg stint of the Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima starting on Sept. 20, as Valdez is still recovering from a right ankle injury she sustained last week. The league, which features the Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, will make a stop in Sta. Rosa, Laguna from Oct. 4-6. However, Valdez as well as Creamline teammate Jia Morado, Jovelyn Gonzaga of PacificTown Army, Maddie Madayag of ChocoMucho and University of Sto. Tomas’ Eya Laure who are all playing in the ongoing Premier Volleyball League might not be available as they have game schedule with their clubs on those dates.      “I guess we have to work hand-in-hand siguro sa scheduling,” said Valdez. “Our tournament has released also the upcoming games for the second round and the semifinals and finals towards the latter part of the tournament.” Valdez and Morado have a scheduled match against Madayag’s ChocoMucho on Oct. 5 in Iloilo City while Gonzaga’s PacificTown Army will face PetroGazz on the same out-of-town PVL Season 3 Open Conference playdate. On the other hand, Laure as well as national team assistant coach Kungfu Reyes have a semifinals date with Ateneo de Manila University in the Collegiate Conference on Oct. 6. “I believe na it's gonna be the talk then of the management, siyempre Creamline. Hindi naman kasi Creamline 'yung I think affected sa scheduling e, marami ring mga team,” Valdez said. “So hopefully, makapagusap usap na 'yung mga management and the LVPI [Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc.] para mas maganda 'yung magiging result, hopefully,” she added. As part of their preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games in Manila, the Nationals are also set to participate in the Philippine Superliga Super Cup on Nov. 5, 7 and 9 where the Pinay squad will be pitted against a university team from Japan and two selections made up of PSL players. But even this will be a problem for PVL players as Game 1 or Game 2 of the Open Conference Finals is set on Nov. 9.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 18th, 2019Related News

TERRIFIC 12: Shenzhen beats champion Ryukyu, SMB not sure in semis yet

MACAU — Down goes the Terrific 12 champions. Shenzhen rebounded big time and crushed the Golden Kings Wednesday here, dominating defending champion Ryukyu at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavillion, 115-77. The Aviators turned around quickly after losing to San Miguel Beer Tuesday, destroying the Golden Kings by 38 points. Group B play just got more interesting with this result as San Miguel (1-0) has to beat Ryukyu (0-1) to seal its spot in the semifinals. If the Beermen lose, they play the quotient game against Ryukyu and Shenzhen. San Miguel already beat the Aviators by 14 points Tuesday. Shabazz Muhammad debuted in the Terrific 12 and scored 30 points for Shenzhen. Demon Brooks led Ryukyu with 21 points. The Beermen draw the Golden Kings at 7:00 p.m. Thursday here and a win sets up a semis clash against Lance Stephenson and the Liaoning Flying Leopards.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 18th, 2019Related News

Travel, tourism, services now leading GDP growth

  TRAVEL and tourism are today the biggest contributor to Philippine economic growth. It had long been the impression of many that the country’s development is largely the result of its commerce and industry and the output of its mines and its farms. But we seem to have lagged in these traditional sources of national […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsSep 17th, 2019Related News

After 7th place finish, Team USA reflects on what went wrong, next steps

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com BEIJING -- The result of Saturday's seventh-place game didn't really matter. Once the United States Men's National Team beat Brazil in its final pool play game at the FIBA World Cup, it had qualified for the Olympics. Once it lost to France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, its run of five straight major tournament titles had come to an end with no shot at a medal. And once it lost to Serbia on Thursday, it was doomed to the second worst tournament finish in USA Basketball history, with the only worse result coming when a team of junior college players went 0-4 at the 2001 FIBA Americas tournament. But the U.S. beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh at the World Cup and put an end to its first two-game losing streak since 2002. Only nine Americans played, with Kemba Walker (neck) joining Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart on the sideline. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 16 points and 10 assists. Gregg Popovich said afterward that there's neither shame nor blame to be distributed following the Americans' worst finish in a tournament to which it sent NBA players. "Like we should be ashamed because we didn't win the gold medal?," Popovich said. "That's a ridiculous attitude. It's immature. It's arrogant, and it shows that whoever thinks that doesn't respect all the other teams in the world and doesn't respect that these guys did the best they could." Falling short of their gold-medal goal still comes with pain, something the Americans have had to deal with since losing to France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, and something that won't go away when they arrive back in the States on Sunday. "That's something," Myles Turner admitted, "that's going to stick with us for the rest of our lives." The sting could ultimately be worse for the players who will never again have the chance to play for the national team. That could be a significant portion of this roster, with higher profile Americans expected to play at next year's Olympics in Tokyo, and with the next World Cup four years away. A lack of top-flight talent is the easy answer for why this was the first American team of NBA players to lose since the 2006 World Championship. And it's not a wrong answer. Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and James Harden would obviously have made a difference. But when asked about his country's failure to win gold this year, Kobe Bryant insisted that, no matter who is wearing the red, white and blue, losses will happen. "It's not a matter of the rest of the world catching up to the U.S.," Bryant said at a FIBA press conference on Friday. "The rest of the world has been caught up for quite some time. It's to the point now where us in the U.S., we're going to win some and we're going to lose some. That's just how it goes." Bryant brought up the 2008 Olympics, when one of the most talented teams ever assembled led Spain by just two points early in the fourth quarter of the gold medal game. At the World Championship two years later, a U.S. Team with four future NBA MVPs escaped with a two-point win over Brazil in pool play. "Put the best players that you think are going to make the best team out there on the floor," Bryant said, "we are still going to have challenges. It's not going to be a cakewalk. The days of the '92 Barcelona Dream Team are gone. They're over." That doesn't mean that the United States couldn't have won this tournament with the players that it had, some of which had disappointing performances on the world stage. In each of the last five major international tournaments, the U.S. ranked No. 1 in offensive efficiency. Through its first six games in this tournament, it ranked ninth offensively. Before breaking with a 12-for-25 performance against Poland on Saturday, the Americans had shot just 33.3 percent from 3-point range, well below the NBA league average (35.5 percent), even though the 3-point distance is shorter on the FIBA floor. The general sentiment among the players was that the loss to France was an "anything can happen on any given night" situation, but Harrison Barnes said that it was "executing on the offensive end" where the team fell short in a general sense. "If you look at a lot of these teams and how they played," Barnes continued, "they're able to fall back on their system. They're able to fall back on things that they know, things that they've run, guys that have been playing together for five, six, seven years. For us, we had to put our hat on defense. That was what we kind of made our calling card. Offensively, we knew we weren't going to ever get to that place where, 'OK, here are two or three quick-hitters.' But we did the best that we could." Though the U.S. was one of the best defensive teams in the tournament, it couldn't turn enough stops into transition opportunities. In each of the five major tournaments that the U.S. won from 2008 to 2016, it ranked first or second in pace. Through its first six games, this U.S. team ranked 13th of 32 World Cup teams in pace (an estimated 75 possessions per 40 minutes). Fewer fast breaks led to more half-court offense, where the execution just wasn't there consistently enough. There's something to be said about ingrained teamwork and the difference between how American and international players are developed. But four weeks of preparation and five pool-play games isn't enough time to build the requisite chemistry when the Americans bring back an almost entirely new roster every time they compete in a major tournament. This team also had less practice time than previous editions of Team USA. From the day before its first game in China to the end of the tournament, the U.S. never practiced on days between games, choosing only to get in the gym for one-hour shootarounds in the morning on game days. Next year's Olympics are earlier in the summer, so that preparation time will likely be shorter than the four weeks that this team was together before the start of the World Cup. And without the same chemistry that their opponents have, more talent -- guys that can get buckets on cue -- is needed. That means more roster turnover. And if some of these players never put on the USA uniform again, they can at least hope that the work that they've put in over the last six weeks will propel them to strong NBA seasons as a silver lining. "Individually, across the board, everybody gets a lot better by playing and going through this entire process," Joe Harris said this week. "You spent 39-plus days with one of the best coaches in the world, one of the best coaches in the game in Pop. "Just being around them, learning their approach to the game, being around all these great players, competing with them night in and night out, whether it's practices or games, and competing at a high level every night against some of the best players in the world, this is the best offseason preparation you can have going into the season." There don't seem to be any misgivings among the players about spending the last four weeks on the other side of the world. "We made that pact that we were going to do whatever we could to win basketball games," Barnes said. "To go out there and try to win gold medals. On the flip side of that is that there's a chance that we may not win. And, I think there are no regrets from our group in terms of what we've given, what we sacrificed, the commitment that everyone has made away from their families, teams, organizations, all of that." They all have an NBA season to prepare for now, and at least some of them would love a shot at redemption next summer. "There's no telling," Walker said about possibly playing next year. "It's not up to me. I would love to. It was really fun to be a part of. I would love to do it again." Hopefully with better results. John Schuhmann is a senior stats analyst for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 15th, 2019Related News

Valdez not closing door on joing National team in Thailand

Alyssa Valdez is not closing her door on a possibly participating in the ASEAN Grand Prix but all will depend on national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos and the X-ray result of her ankle injury. The Creamline star injured her right ankle on Thursday and was advised to rest for at least a week and to undergo therapy that forced her to miss the Nationals’ training camp in Thailand. Counting the seven-day rest, Valdez will miss the Nationals' last few days of buildup but could be available to join the squad in the ASEAN Grand Prix to be held at Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand from Sept. 20-22 if ever she gets the green light from her doctors.   It will also be up to head coach Shaq Delos Santos and Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. if they will fly her in time for the tournament.    “It will depend sa X-ray so I cannot diagnose or asses kung ano talaga ang nangyari sa paa ko. Ako, it would be unfair kasi I really had no time to prepare also with the team,” she said Saturday. “If I’m allowed to play it’s really the call of the coaches also and the management if I’ll be able to be a part and join the team.” Valdez was supposed to join teammate Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag of ChocoMucho, Jovelyn Gonzaga of PacificTown Army, Eya Laure of University of Sto. Tomas and Nationals assistant coach Kungfu Reyes on their flight to Thailand on Sunday.           “We’ll talk about it kasi it’s going to be a long week din naman to recover and prepare for the upcoming games. We’re hoping for the best na siyempre to really represent the country and be there to support these girls,” said Valdez. The three-time Premier Volleyball League Most Valuable Player hurt her ankle during practice. “Thursday morning sa training namin I was trying to block Mama Fille (Cainglet-Cayetano) kasi mag-spike siya. So pagka-land ko I stepped on her foot and I suffered an ankle injury,” she recalled. “I think it’s mid-foot kaya pina-X-ray ni Doc (Raul Canlas).” Valdez watched from the sidelines as the Cool Smashers’ crush winless Chef’s Classics, 25-11, 25-14, 25-21, for their ninth win in as many games on Saturday.   “Probably this is the first time people also saw me na di na talaga pinalaro. Nakaapak talaga ako. First time ko rin nakaapak coming from a jump so medyo nanibago lang siguro ang paa ko,” she explained. Valdez said that there’s still some swelling on her foot but is hopeful that she'll recover soon. “Namamaga pa rin but for the past three days way better. Nu’ng first day talaga I can’t walk din but now I can walk na,” she said. “Mas tolerable na yung pain. Hopefully mas mabilis din ang recovery.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 14th, 2019Related News

Pinay spikers dominate Bangkok University

Five days since the Philippine women’s volleyball team started its Thailand training camp, the Filipinas are already showing signs of cohesiveness and improvement. Head coach Shaq Delos Santos saw his team produce its best result in four tune-up games after dominating Bangkok University in four sets of play, 25-19, 25-19, 25-15, 26-24, on Thursday.     The Nationals displayed improved chemistry and fluidity inside the court in their penultimate friendly match in their 12-day buildup for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima starting on Sept. 20. The Filipinas will have a two-day break before taking on Japan's V-League runner-up Toray Arrows on Sunday where they will be joined by the remaining members of the 15-woman team in Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga. The Nationals lost to Thailand U-23 team, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 13-15, on Monday and only won one set against the powerhouse Thailand senior squad, 12-25, 19-25, 12-25, 21-25, 15-9, on Tuesday. The PHI team on Wednesday eked out a 24-26, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, result in a rematch over the THA U-23 squad......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 12th, 2019Related News

Lotto Result 09/12/2019

   Grand Lotto 6/55 DrawSeptember 11, 201912-33-27-02-50-53 34,793,812.00Lotto 6/4224-07-09-36-23-06 11,030,189.206Digit 1-0-7-6-2-411AM Suertres 2-2-14PM Suertres 5-4-59PM Suertres 8-3-5EZ2: 11AM26-12EZ2:4PM05-23EZ2:9PM25-04.....»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsSep 12th, 2019Related News

MPBL: Cañete and Strikers shoot lights out as Bacoor stops Bicol

The Bacoor Strikers leaned on a boisterous home crowd and clutch outside shooting to defeat the Bicol Volcanoes - LCC Stores 84-80 on Wednesday night at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. Triples in the last five minutes from best player of the game Mike Cañete, Oping Sumalinog, Mark Montuano and Ian Melencio powered the Strikers to the win in front of a jampacked crowd at the cozy STRIKE Gym in Bacoor. "Sumunod lang kami as sistema namin at kay coach (Chris Gavina.) At nagtiwala kami sa sarili," said Cañete, who led his team with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Bacoor was in the driver's seat at the half, 40-33 thanks in part to their hitting all nine of their free throws. An entertaining third period concluded with Bicol up 57-56 on a Jerome Garcia triple, his second of the segment. Leo Blanca, Mark Pangilinan, Don Ochea and Ronjay Buenafe also all buried threes in the period. But Bicol began the fourth with an 8-0 run, which was actually the second part of a 14-0 run that straddled the two quarters, to lead 65-56 with 7 minutes left. Bacoor's gunners exchanged three-point fire with Volcanoes Clark Derige and Jerome Garcia over the next three minutes to result in a 77-77 scoreline with just over a minute remaining. Then Melencio knocked in a three, and made a pair of free throws while Garcia and Buenafe misfired from range. RJ Ramirez also went 2-for-2 from the line to give Bacoor an 84-77 advantage that held up in the end. The Cavitenos hit 13 of 30 three-point attempts, or 43 percent, as they improve to 11-4, with the most number of wins in the South Division. Bicol loses a second close game in a row and see their slate dive to 8-7 despite a 21-point offering from Buenafe. In the second match of the day the Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP earned a big 87-84 win over Caloocan Supremos Victory Liner in the battle for bragging rights across A. Bonifacio Avenue. Dahrrel Caranguian was the talisman for Quezon City with 22 points to lead all scorers. He was the co-best player of the game alongside fellow guard Aaron Black. The Capitals led 44-40 at the half, a deficit the Monumento Boys cut to 60-58 entering the final period. But Quezon City stormed out of the blocks with an 8-2 surge to up their lead to eight. Black and Caranguian both hit triples to keep Caloocan at bay. Caloocan nipped at the heels of the Capitals and got to within four points when Supremo AJ Mandani nailed a three-bomb with just under three minutes to go. With a minute and a half he repeated his feat to pull Caloocan to four once again, 87-83. But a Thomas Torres free throw was all the scoring we would see in the match-up as Paul Sanga, Almond Vosotros and Mandani all fired blanks in the last few minutes. QC edges closer to .500 with the win. They are now at 6-7. Meanwhile the Supremos are now level at 7-7. Vosotros topped all Caloocan scorers with 19 points. In the afternoon game, the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors disposed of the Cebu Sharks Casino Ethyl Alcohol 78-68. Jeric Teng led Pasig with 21 points, closely followed by Josan Nimes' 20 markers. The Sharkes were down 62-51 at the start of the fourth period but a Kraniel Viloria free throw capped a mini-run of seven points for the Cebuanos, pulling them to within four wih six minutes left, 67-63. Three minutes later five straight points from Josan Nimes would restore a 10 point lead for Pasig, 74-64, and Cebu was unable to draw much closer. Will McAloney was the top producer for the Sharks with 20 points as his team finished with a subpar 30 percent field goal shooting percentage for the day. While Cebu tumble to 4-8 in the South Division the Pasigueños are now a half-game away from Makati with a 9-3 card......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 12th, 2019Related News

PHI spikers produce better showing in THA U-23 rematch

The Philippine national women’s volleyball team had a better showing on Wednesday as the Filipinas won two of the four sets they played against Thailand's U-23 squad. Playing in their third straight tune-up game, the Pinay spikers eked out a 24-26, 26-24, 25-16, 20-25, result over the host team, which requested to only play four sets. The 10-woman squad is halfway through its scheduled series of friendlies in the 12-day training camp which serves as part of the team’s buildup for the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Nakhon Ratchasima starting on Sept. 20 and for the 30th Southeast Asian Game in Manila in November. The Nationals lost to THA U-23 team, 25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 17-25, 13-15, on Monday and only won one set against the powerhouse Thailand senior squad, 12-25, 19-25, 12-25, 21-25, 15-9, on Tuesday.      The Nationals, composed of skipper Aby Marano, Fil-American spiker Kalei Mau, Alohi Robins-Hardy, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mylene Paat, Majoy Baron, Ces Molina, Roselyn Doria, Dawn Macandili and Kath Arado, will play Bangkok University on Thursday. After taking on Bangkok U, the Filipinas will have a two-day break before taking on Japan's V-League runner-up Toray Arrows on Sunday where they will be joined by the remaining members of the 15-woman team in Alyssa Valdez, Jia Morado, Maddie Madayag, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 11th, 2019Related News

England, Ronaldo keep up scoring form in Euro qualifying

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — England's scoring form was on display again in European Championships qualifying on Tuesday. So was Cristiano Ronaldo's. England made it four wins out of four in Group A with a 5-3 win over Kosovo and Ronaldo netted four goals in European champion Portugal's 5-1 away win at Lithuania. On a night of heavy scoring, it took the five-time Golden Ball winner's international tally to a whopping 93. Ronaldo might well hit the century mark before next year's tournament, considering Portugal still faces Lithuania at home and twice plays lowly Luxembourg. "I'm going through a good phase, but the team has been playing well too," Ronaldo said. "I'm enjoying this moment not only because of my goals, but also because of the team's performances in recent years. I just have to keep helping the team." Striker Harry Kane moved onto a more modest 26 for England, whose fans got a jolt when midfielder Valon Berisha put the visiting side ahead after just 35 seconds. They were soon reassured by Raheem Sterling's equalizer and Kane's latest goal for England, both inside the opening 20 minutes at St. Mary's Stadium in Southampton on a rare occasion England wasn't playing at Wembley Stadium. By halftime fans had been treated to five home goals, including 19-year-old winger Jadon Sancho scoring his first two for England. But the second half proved more inspiring for Kosovo's fans as they witnessed a mini-comeback, with Berisha enjoying a memorable night with a fine second goal curled into the top corner. Kane could have netted a brace, too, but saw his penalty saved by Arijanet Muric. World Cup winner France labored at times against a well-organized Andorra side in a 3-0 home win, with Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann missing a penalty for the second straight qualifier. After Kingsley Coman found a way through in the first half, center half Clément Lenglet and substitute Wissam Ben Yedder added goals after the break. DEFENSE IN QUESTION England's attack is purring with 19 goals in four games, but alarming questions will be asked of the defense. From a commanding position of 5-1 up, England leaked two goals after the break — one of those a penalty conceded by the expensively-acquired Manchester United center back Harry Maguire. Kosovo's opening goal was the result of a careless pass from defender Michael Keane. England still hasn't lost a qualifier for either the World Cup or European Championship in 10 years. But coach Gareth Southgate knows his defense has to eradicate such sloppy errors if his side wants to win Euro 2020. "The outstanding play was obvious," Southgate said, "and the errors were obvious." The Czech Republic overtook Kosovo to move into second place in Group A with nine points after a 3-0 win at Montenegro and hosts England on Oct. 11. RAMPAGING RONALDO Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot in the seventh minute, before Lithuania hit back through Vytautas Andriuskevicius' header. Portugal's second goal was given to Ronaldo before being changed to an own goal, and then given back to him on UEFA's website. The bizarre-looking 62nd-minute effort was a low shot from outside the area. It was saved by Lithuania goalkeeper Ernestas Setkus, before the ball bounced off the goalkeeper's back and went in. Three minutes later, Ronaldo tapped in from Bernardo Silva's pass, and the attacking midfielder set him up again in the 76th. William Carvalho completed the scoring in stoppage time against last-place Lithuania. Portugal is second in Group B with eight points and five behind Ukraine, which has 13 points having played one game more. Powerful striker Aleksandar Mitrovic netted twice as third-place Serbia won 3-1 away to Luxembourg. PENALTY FLOP Griezmann remains stuck on 29 international goals after hitting his spot kick too close to goalkeeper Josep Gomes in a one-sided first half where France largely struggled to turn possession into chances. Coman pounced in the 18th after latching onto Jonathan Ikone's pass behind the defense for his third goal in two France games. Griezmann's curling free kick from the left was headed in by Clément Lenglet soon after the break. Substitute Wissam Ben Yedder added the third during injury time, steering the ball in from close range after Nabil Fekir's free kick was spilled by Gomes. Turkey and France top Group H with 15 points and meet at Stade de France on Oct. 14. Striker Cenk Tosun netted twice in Turkey's 4-0 win at Moldova. Third-place Iceland slipped three points behind the top two after losing 4-2 away to Albania. Andorra has scored no goals and conceded 14 in six defeats......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 11th, 2019Related News

Duterte jokes he ll appoint any outstanding gov t official to replace Robredo

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte cracked a joke about replacing Vice President Leni Robredo on the same day the Supreme Court (SC)  announced the completion of a report on the result of the pilot recount in the vice presidential poll protest. Duterte, speaking on Tuesday, September 10, to government personnel who had been ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 10th, 2019Related News

FIBA: Despite horror World Cup, “exciting times” ahead for Gilas says Gabe

The 2019 FIBA World Cup was a harsh eye-opener for Gilas Pilipinas and the national team will surely take some valuable lessons home after going 0-5 in China, losing by a combined 147 points. Effort is certainly not a question but Gilas Pilipinas may have to rethink its ways on how to handle FIBA tournaments in the future in order to avoid an embarrassing result like this one. The countdown is set to four years for Gilas as the Philippines will be the primary host of te 2023 World Cup. After a horror 2019 tournament, things should get brighter for the national team. It certainly can’t get darker than this one. “I think it’s exciting times for Philippine basketball,” team captain Gabe Norwood said, looking ahead. “To host an event as big as the World Cup, even though it’s four years away, it’s very exciting,” he added. Excitement can only get you so far and while Norwood is not in charge of putting things together four years from now, he knows that Philippine basketball will have to put its best foot forward for the 2023 World Championships. “You gotta get the best players available ready in the next four years,” Norwood said. “We got a lot of young talent in our country, our youth program is doing really well. It should be interesting to see how the groups play out and everything. But I think everybody can look forward to a fun athmosphere in Manila,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 8th, 2019Related News

FIBA World Cup referees sent home after blunder

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