first_imgThe Brunei national football team captain is the nephew of Hassanal Bolkiah, the Sultan of Brunei. He announced himself at the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore, when Brunei finished bottom of their six-team group. Royal blood aside, the 19-year-old is a footballing prospect, having already recorded appearances for the youth sides of English Premier League clubs Southampton, Arsenal, Chelsea and Leicester City.KHAIRY JAMALUDDIN Thailand, for example, have been represented by at least two royalties. The late King Bhumibol Adulyadej won the OK dinghy class in sailing at the 1967 Bangkok SEAP Games, while Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana – the only daughter of King Maha Vajiralongkorn – clinched the badminton team gold at the 2005 Manila SEA Games.FAIQ BOLKIAHFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH It is not often that you can tell your friends and family that you took on a king or princess, but some SEA Games athletes can.Ever since the inaugural South-east Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games in 1959, the biennial event has seen royal descendants participate in sports which pit them against people of different backgrounds.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Despite having his polo qualifications challenged by Johor Crown Prince Ismail Idris after his inclusion in Malaysia’s polo squad was announced, he is set to be the first minister in the region to take part in the SEA Games. The 41-year-old Youth and Sports Minister of Malaysia previously played in international matches, and in July’s Malaysia Open. Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ RoS import vows to play better after lack of aggressive play vs Kia View commentslast_img read more

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa However, turnovers doomed the Heavy Bombers as Mapua cut the deficit down to just seven, 66-59, in the final minute, but Abdulwahab Abdulrazak scored on a huge putback in the dying seconds nail the win.“It’s a good thing that we converted after the three turnovers we had. But we’re not yet in the level of San Beda and Lyceum. I hope we can bring this winning run to the second round, but we can’t play like we did in the first round,” said Meneses.Abdulrazak also hauled down 21 rebounds to go with his five points in the game.Christian Buñag led Mapua with 15 points and 21 rebounds, while Laurenz Victoria had 12 markers and five boards in the loss, which was the Cardinals’ seventh straight defeat to finish the first round on a 1-8 card.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Ervin Grospe and MJ Dela Virgen also tallied 11 points and three rebounds each in the conquest.Despite the win, coach Vergel Meneses still expressed dissatisfaction with how his wards played against the cellar-dwelling Cardinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“A win is a win, but the way we played, I’m not happy about it,” he said. “They thought they can easily win against Mapua, but Mapua gave them a hard time.”JRU seemed like well on its way to an easy triumph after Ervin Grospe drilled a rare three-pointer to put his crew up, 64-45, midway in the payoff period. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Pencak silat gives PH 24th gold, 3 more bronzes JRU 68 – Bordon 17, Mendoza 12, Grospe 11, Dela Virgen 11, Teodoro 7, Abdulrazak 5, Poutouochi 3, Mate 2, Sawat 0, David 0.MAPUA 59 – Buñag 15, Victoria 12, Gabo 8, Aguirre 8, Pelayo 6, Nieles 4, Raflores 4, Jimenez 2.Quarters: 19-16, 38-34, 49-42, 68-59. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Aaron Bordon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University gutted out a 68-59 victory over Mapua to finish the first round on a four-game tear Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Aaron Bordon was the one to step up this time for the Heavy Bombers, unleashing a career-best 17 points and four rebounds, while Jed Mendoza got 12 markers, five boards, and two assists.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LATEST STORIES LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. France won all three previous matchups with Japan easily, but the Tricolors are suffering from low morale after six consecutive tests without a win since the Six Nations. Coach Guy Noves tried to inject some life into the side by making eight changes after the drab loss to South Africa last week, but France was dominated by Japan. France has only three wins in 11 tests this year.Japan, bolstered by an impressive 39-6 win over Tonga in Toulouse, made all the running at U Arena, pinning France in its own half and tearing through the French with panache. But 15 turnovers by Japan undermined its attack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter trading early penalties, France blew a try when prop Jefferson Poirot knocked on at a ruck on the try-line.But Japan hooker Shota Horie made no mistake, collecting a pass on the left wing to score in the corner. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Wizards’ Wall expected to miss 2 weeks with knee injury View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan couldn’t finish off the French but achieved its best result against a tier one side since toppling South Africa at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City France’s Baptiste Serin, left, passes the ball during the rugby union international match between France and Japan, at the U Arena, in Nanterre, west of Paris, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. APPARIS  — Japan almost beat France for the first time and had to settle for a 23-23 draw in their rugby test on Saturday.Japan scored three tries to two, and the last try in the 73rd minute, the equalizer by replacement prop Shintaro Ishihara. But flyhalf Yu Tamura couldn’t convert it.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Harumichi Tatekawa then had to make a try-saving tackle on France wing Gabriel Lacroix to hold on to the lead, but France grabbed it against the run of play thanks to Francois Trinh-Duc’s second penalty and a Rabah Slimani try on halftime after the French forwards pounded the Japan try-line.France’s lead held up for only moments into the second half, when center Timothy Lafaele fended off two defenders and scored between two more.Tamura’s conversion gave Japan the lead for the second time. Flanker Kazuki Himeno couldn’t extend it when his try was disallowed because of a forward pass.France hit back with a Lacroix try from a perfectly weighted cross kick by Trinh-Duc for 20-15, but Lacroix was yellow-carded in the 61st for taking a player out in the air.Penalties by each side made it 23-18, then Ishihara barged through the middle of a ruck and history beckoned.ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Real ‘battle’ happens on POC General Assembly, not on Feb. 23 polls Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Meanwhile, the league approved on Thursday the revised trade involving Rain or Shine and TNT, which sent guard Kris Rosales, rookie Sidney Onwubere and a first-round pick in exchange for guard Jericho Cruz.The Texters added Rosales to the deal, paving the way for the approval of the swap by commissioner Willie Marcial. The Batang Pier try to sustain their momentum when they clash with second-ranked Magnolia on Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We have to continue playing the way we did (against TNT) and not worry about other results,” Jarencio said. “We have to stay aggressive. The players want to make the playoffs and I feel this is our best chance.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlackwater faces Kia in the curtain raiser at 4:30 p.m. with the Elite gunning for a share of the ninth spot with the Texters. With just two games separating the fourth to 10th ranked teams, Blackwater, with a 3-5 record, is hard-pressed to win its remaining three games to stand a chance of making the quarterfinals.The Picanto, with only one win to show from their first eight games, will kiss their quarterfinal hopes goodbye with another loss. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES (FILE) PHOTO BY TRISTAN TAMAYO/INQUIRER.netNico Elorde’s career performance against TNT KaTropa guard Jayson Castro and Jeric Teng’s return to the PBA weren’t the only feel-good stories for GlobalPort on Wednesday night.GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio feels his team is playing their best basketball at a critical time in the Philippine Cup, where the playoff race is headed for a down-the-wire finish.ADVERTISEMENT Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Magnolia is coming off a 101-95 loss to Rain or Shine in a road game in Calasiao, Pangasinan province, last Saturday. The Hotshots are looking to avoid a third straight loss, even as top gunner Paul Lee remains doubtful due to a high ankle sprain.In contrast, GlobalPort whipped up an early storm to extend TNT’s woes with a 99-84 win and climb up to seventh in the standings with a 4-4 slate.Elorde sparkled with 17 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while being matched up with Castro in the game.“I’m just glad to repay the trust coach has shown to me,” Elorde said. “More importantly, we need to stay consistent if we want to make the playoffs.”Signed by GlobalPort just a day before the game, Teng made the most out of his 10-minute stint on the floor with nine points on three triples as he reunited with Jarencio, who coached him at the University of Santo Tomas.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ “Gave up not once, not twice but three times!” said Mayweather. “Real fighters never give up.”BACKSTORY: Expletives, excitement as Mayweather, McGregor face offFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMcGregor, a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has conceded three defeats in 24 bouts, all by submission.The two men are set to face each other in a boxing ring in Las Vegas on August 26 in what could be the richest fight in history. Stags shame Chiefs Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena A giant step forward from each had them nose to nose and brought more cheers from the crowd before McGregor launched into a lewd, crude address.“No one’s going to stop me walking around this place like I own it,” he said.Mayweather, meanwhile, was all indifference until it was his turn to speak. After a little back-and-forth with the crowd, he showered McGregor with handfuls of dollar bills from his backpack — a day after McGregor mocked the paltry stash of cash “Money” had brought to their promotional stop in Toronto on Wednesday.“They’re all ones!” McGregor said. “Because that’s all you’re worth,” Mayweather replied.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Thursday’s show at the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, drew a pro-McGregor crowd of more than 13,000.It was the third such production in three days, with one more scheduled for London on Friday aimed at pumping up interest in the bout — although both men seemed to be running short of inventive invective.McGregor eschewed his sharp-tailored suits for a bare chest and white fur overcoat — which he swept from his shoulders as he took the stage to offer a flexed-arm pose that inflamed the crowd.LOOK: McGregor wears suit with ‘F you’ pinstripes to Mayweather presserThe Irishman then paced impatiently as Mayweather, draped in an Irish flag, made his way to the stage and they took their positions for the ritual staredown from opposite sides of the podium.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on as money rains down on Conor McGregor during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. AFP/GETTY IMAGESNEW YORK—Floyd Mayweather was on the attack on Thursday, branding Conor McGregor a quitter as the four-stop tour hyping their cross-combat superfight hit New York.“Eejit” and “Circus Clown” were the tamest epithets the former welterweight king, who retired from boxing with a perfect 49-0 record in 2015, threw at McGregor, one of the biggest stars of mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View commentslast_img read more

first_imgNational Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Serena Williams on her first million-dollar check and the gender pay gap Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant The pony-tailed 27-year-old is being groomed to be an integral part of Gilas in the years to come, with coach Chot Reyes breaking him in gently as he is also slated to play in the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon in late August.“It was nice,” Standhardinger said when asked how he felt after getting his first official Philippine Team game off. “I need to do better next time, though.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRavena and Paras have hugged the spotlight coming over and both didn’t disappoint even though the Filipinos lost to Canada 150, 77-90, Saturday night.Standhardinger, meanwhile, just went about his business and battled Canada’s bigger, more athletic frontliners tooth and nail in all the 25 minutes and 33 seconds he was on the floor. Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netTAIPEI – There’s one Gilas Pilipinas newcomer who is the tallest, beefiest of them all who should be commanding all the attention yet is very content playing behind the likes of Kiefer Ravena and Kobe Paras.Christian Standhardinger is a 6-foot-7 center of German descent who made his national team debut on Saturday afternoon in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational playing as the back-up to import Mike Myers.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img “Oh, man, he can play,” former Gilas skipper Jimmy Alapag, now one of the squad’s assistant coaches, said. “And he plays really hard. That’s probably the way the game is played back in Germany, and the way we like it at Gilas.”At the end of what had been a very trying grind, Hardinger certainly announced that he deserves the same praise the other newcomers are getting. He scored nine points and had 10 rebounds.And we can only imagine what “I need to do better means,” and how well it could help the team in the tournaments to come.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgGolovkin said he might watch the replay of Mayweather-McGregor this week, but didn’t seem terribly interested. Alvarez, who took his only career defeat against Mayweather in 2013, said he ordered the pay-per-view, but “to see a show, not a fight. I knew what I was getting.”“We weren’t negative on that event,” Loeffler added. “We just made it clear that this is the real boxing match, and that was a spectacle. It was the most popular MMA fighter against the most popular boxer. … You shouldn’t sell it as a real, competitive fight. But we were happy that it wasn’t a disaster to where people would be down on buying this fight.”Although Loeffler praises McGregor’s showmanship and MMA skills, he likened the matchup to Muhammad Ali’s infamous 1976 fight with Japanese pro wrestler Antonio Inoki.“It was really more of an exhibition,” Loeffler said. “It wasn’t really a boxing match.”But don’t mistake Loeffler for an Oscar-style hater. He thinks the long-term benefits of that short-term curiosity outweigh the drawbacks.“The more boxing exposure we can get for the sport in general, the more fights that can be made,” Loeffler said. “It brought (boxing) to the mainstream. It got a lot of attention that many other events never have a chance of getting. But I really think (Alvarez-Golovkin) is the highlight of boxing for this year.” Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ray Allen visits Manila NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Loeffler and De La Hoya are both grateful that most casual sports fans seemed to enjoy Mayweather’s 10th-round stoppage victory: The unusual fight appeared to be competitive, and it largely entertained people who don’t watch every big fight.And if those casual fans now want to see the best that boxing has to offer, De La Hoya and Loeffler are selling Mexico’s biggest star against an unbeaten Kazakh knockout artist for four middleweight title belts.“I’m glad that so many people bought the fight so they can see what boxing is all about, and what boxing is all about is September 16th with Canelo and Triple G,” De La Hoya said.De La Hoya sent out a furious, profane tweet to his 1.8 million followers one day before the bout, declaring that Mayweather and McGregor were “disrespecting the sport of boxing.” De La Hoya didn’t back down from that opinion during public workouts in downtown Los Angeles for Alvarez and Golovkin, who attracted well over 1,000 fans standing in 90-degree downtown Los Angeles heat for four hours.“Only Mayweather knows, why it lasted 10 rounds,” said De La Hoya, who lost a close fight to Mayweather in 2007. “Obviously, Mayweather is not the biggest puncher in the game. If there was a Canelo in there, obviously it would last one round.”ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again01:16Pacquiao takes another swipe at Mayweather over exhibition match KO02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ But now that Mayweather’s farewell victory over the UFC champion went off without a major embarrassment for boxing, De La Hoya and fellow promoter Tom Loeffler hope their upcoming megafight between Saul Alvarez and Golovkin will be carried to new heights by a surge of interest created by the spectacle of the summer.If you liked Floyd and Conor, they think you’re going to love Canelo and Triple G.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGolovkin meets Alvarez on Sept. 16 in the same Las Vegas arena where Mayweather stopped McGregor in the 10th round last Saturday. The result was no surprise to De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez, or to Loeffler, who guides Golovkin’s career.“We were all pretty convinced that Floyd would win,” Loeffler said. “We were just hoping that it wouldn’t be a disaster where people were going to say, ‘We’re never going to buy another pay-per-view.’” Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Boxer Canelo Alvarez works out as he hosts an open-to-the-public media workout at L.A. LIVE in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 28, 2017. Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin is a 12-round box fight for the middleweight championship of the world presented by Golden Boy Promotions and GGG Promotions. The event will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017, at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)LOS ANGELES — Oscar De La Hoya had no desire to watch Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s victory over Conor McGregor last weekend. Neither did middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, who smirked at the idea of taking the time away from his family.“I just thought it was a fraud, and I still think it’s a fraud,” De La Hoya said Monday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

first_imgThe tsunami unleashed by the Commonwealth Games earthquake seems to have reached distant New York as well. Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh and external affairs minister S. M. Krishna, who are attending the UN General Assembly session, have been forced on the back foot by the reports of the poor state of preparedness.”It is pretty depressing to read such things in the international media. India’s image has taken a beating,” Ramesh told Headlines Today. “I hope we come out of this soon. We are among the fastest growing economies. We could have done without this embarrassment,” he added.Krishna, on the other hand, said he would do all he could to reassure leaders of the Commonwealth nations about the CWG. “If there are any misgivings, we will certainly try to set them right,” Krishna said. According to the ministry of external affairs officials, the media storm unleashed by the reports of poor hygiene, collapsed bridges and other shortcomings have indeed dented India’s image around the world, ” incredible India” has been reduced to ” incredulous India”. The Games had been billed as India’s coming out parade, a mini version of China’s spectacular entry parade in the form of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The Union government poured in a vast amount of money into the effort, a steroid boost that would have added muscle to the Capital city in a short time. Unfortunately, the reverse seems to have happened.India’s image has taken a severe beating and the failure to execute the Games projects in time and with “world-class” quality, despite a great deal of boasting, has now boomeranged.advertisementThe pictures of dirty toilets at the Games Village and the collapsed bridge have dented the already fragile self- esteem of this rising nation. ” The commentary in our newspapers is certainly not flattering,” acknowledged a South- east Asian diplomat posted in New Delhi, somewhat diplomatically refusing to say more.A Scandinavian ambassador said the Commonwealth issue had affected India’s image adversely, coming as it does with the developments in Kashmir.”The only thing going for India is that the news from other places is often gloomier,” the envoy said.What has struck many diplomats stationed in New Delhi is the casual approach that has been taken till the last minute by the Union government.”Surely if the country’s prestige was at stake, there should have been much better higher management,” a European ambassador said.An Arab ambassador, however, pointed out that it was not the dirty toilets and collapsed bridge that mattered so much as the security scare arising from the incident in which two Taiwanese visitors were shot at in the Jama Masjid area last Sunday.”The western countries are making a big fuss about the preparations because they do not want to anger India by pointing to the issue of security,” he maintained.For some time now the government has been grumbling about the massive cost overruns and the people had taken the construction mess in their stride.But as the countdown to the Games began about a month or so ago, it became clear that the country had been shortchanged, and how. The ignominy of having Indian hygiene habits discussed in the world media, and having our vaunted economic might being juxtaposed against the collapsed footbridge has been humiliating to all Indians, whether they live in the country or abroad.Given the fact that the Games would have showcased India to the Commonwealth, if not the world, it is surprising that the Union government did not play a more hands- on role in managing the Games. In the case of the 1982 Asian Games, for example, no less a person than Rajiv Gandhi, the then general secretary of the Congress, was asked to supervise the preparations.Given his clout he was able to cut through many of the problems that dogged the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee this time round.The government only got involved at the last minute when it appeared that the Games were headed for a train- wreck.Considering it was the main financier of the Games, the government should have also been its main supervisor. As of now, the Games are teetering on the edge. Hopefully, there will be no more major glitches in the run up to the event. But a lot of equipment and systems there would not have had enough time to be tested. Any major setback is bound to only add to the collective pain of the country.As for the image, it will take some time to undo the damage caused by the poor management and execution of a mega project, something that a rising India should have taken in its stride.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgParamilitary commandos stand in a group for a security briefing at the Indira Gandhi International Stadium ahead of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi on Sunday, September 26, 2010.Pakistan on Monday joined the list of countries complaining about the Commonwealth Games facilities, saying a lot still needs to be done to ensure that their athletes are comfortable at the Athletes’ Village.Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik, who visited the Village to take stock of the arrangements being made for his country’s athletes, also met the Organising Committee officials in New Delhi.”There is lot need to be done. Our concern is that when our athletes come they should be comfortable. I can’t pinpoint (the problem),” he told reporters after inspecting the facilities in the Games’ Village.Malik, however, hoped that India would go full throttle to ensure a successful Games.”It is a very big event that Indian government is holding and I’m confident that they would do all (to ensure successful conduct of Games),” he said.”Our players have not come yet. They will be arriving by tomorrow. We have got a very large contingent,” he said.Many countries, including Australia, England, Malaysia, South Africa and Botswana have complained about the facilities at the Athletes’ Village terming it “filthy and unlivable”.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

first_imgA woman was allegedly raped and burnt alive by five men in Etah district of Uttar Pradesh late on Sunday night. It was the third incident of rape in the state in as many days.According to police, the accused forcibly entered the house of 35-year-old Anarkali in Prabhapur village and gang-raped her. Her husband, who works in Delhi, was away when the crime took place.After raping her, the accused allegedly poured petrol on the victim and set her on fire. She was taken to Etah district hospital by the neighbours where the woman succumbed to her grievous burn injuries about 90 minutes after being admitted.However, before dying, the victim made a statement to the additional district magistrate. Her children have also identified one of the accused. However, no arrest was made in the case till Monday morning.Earlier, a Dalit teenager was stabbed in her eyes after she resisted rape by two young men in Kannauj district, while another Dalit girl was raped by a man at gunpoint in Basti district.For more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgS. Kannan.Bright sunshine welcomed the Indian contingent at the All England Club on Monday.”Don’t be fooled by this sunshine. This is London, and by evening, it can again become miserable,” Mahesh Bhupathi told Mail Today after a long training session.With tennis selection having made headlines for almost a month in India, the superstars are now busy working the rust off their game.Usually, most players stay near Wimbledon during the fortnightlong annual extravaganza. However, they are now soaking in the atmosphere at the Village.”It’s a sprawling complex and one cannot really feel that over 10,000 athletes have been housed here. The variety of food is very good and it’s nice to see top stars from other sporting disciplines also mingling with everyone,” Bhupathi added.However, he plans to move out of the Village closer to the Games. “The distance from Stratford to Wimbledon is a lot and I will stay nearer the tennis facility,” he said.Meanwhile, after eight months on the sidelines, wild card Somdev Devvarman says he is looking forward to the challenge.Reflecting on his shoulder injury, Somdev said: “This is the first time I had such an injury. I had to undergo a major surgery and after rehab, I am now fine.”A lot of people are questioning whether Somdev deserved the wild card, since he has been away for so long. But his answer is simple: “I have been playing tennis for so many years now. I really don’t feel I have been away from the sport.”advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted Deccan Chronicles Holdings Ltd (DCHL) three more days to give an irrevocable and unconditional bank guarantee of Rs 100 crore to the BCCI in connection with IPL franchise Deccan Chargers.DCHL were directed by the court on October 1 to submit the guarantee, which would be in force for one year, by October 9. The direction was passed by Justice SJ Kathawala while hearing a petition filed by DCHL, challenging the BCCI’s decision to terminate the cash-strapped Hyderabad-based franchise’s contract in September after an emergency IPL Governing Council meeting.DCHL on Tuesday filed an application seeking extension of time which was accepted by the court.The court had earlier ordered that DCHL shall bear all expenses for IPL season VI, including the cost of conducting matches and payments to BCCI towards franchise, players and support staff. In the event of any default, the BCCI shall be entitled to invoke the bank guarantee to the extent necessary.The court had, on September 26, appointed retired Supreme Court judge CK Thakkar as arbitrator to resolve the dispute between BCCI and DCHL within three months.However, pending arbitration proceedings, the judge asked the BCCI not to act on the termination of the franchise agreement for a period of seven days. The judge clarified that this order would immediately cease to be in effect if DCHL fails to furnish the bank guarantee.last_img read more

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 04: Bogdan Bogdanovic #8 of the Sacramento Kings handles the ball during the first half of the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 4, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPSACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers looked just fine for 3 ½ quarters in their first game without LeBron James.Down the stretch it was a different story, when the four-time MVP’s absence was noticeable and costly, even as coach Luke Walton found a variety of other reasons to blame.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Bogdan Bogdanovic made a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to beat Los Angeles 117-116 on Thursday night.“This is the first close game we’ve been in that he’s not there,” Walton said. “If LeBron James is playing in that game it probably finishes a little differently. When you get the best closer in the game on your team, then you rely on him to do that. All that said, we made enough plays to win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefNot quite enough.Los Angeles led 104-89 with 6:44 remaining following a dunk by Tyson Chandler before Sacramento surged back. Bogdanovic, who had 11 points through three quarters, sparked the comeback with 12 points in the fourth, including a pair of buckets from beyond the arc.After Justin Jackson made three free throws to tie the score at 112, Kyle Kuzma made a 3-pointer with 41 seconds remaining. De’Aaron Fox followed with two free throws for Sacramento, and Kyle Kuzma made one of two for Los Angeles with 4.6 left.Following a timeout, Bogdanovic got the ball outside the arc and launched a 27-footer over the 7-foot-1 Chandler for the game-winner.“We switched and I don’t think we necessarily should have switched but credit to him, he made a hell of a shot over a 7-footer at the buzzer,” Kuzma said. “It’s always a tough way to lose.”James was held out with a groin injury, ending his consecutive games played streak at 156. He was injured during the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over two-time defending NBA champion Golden State on Christmas when he slipped while going for a loose ball.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Kuzma had 34 points to help make up for James’ absence, and Lonzo Ball added 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds. But the Lakers struggled down the stretch and lost their fourth in six games.Walton blamed the loss on his team’s failures in rebounding and defense late in the game and not on James’ absence.“Those type of things are what cost us the game, not not having him at the end or that shot that Bogdanovic hit,” Walton said.Bogdanovic finished with 23 points and Fox added 15 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds for Sacramento. Willie Cauley-Stein had 19 points and eight rebounds, while Iman Shumpert scored 18 points and matched his career high with six 3s.“We keep things interesting,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We scrambled around and got loose balls and were able to get out in transition. Heck of a win.”BALL MISSING AT THE ENDBall was on the bench for the final few minutes after checking out of the game due to cramping. Ball said after the game he was fine and expects to play against the Clippers on Friday.COMEBACK KIDSThe Kings are the first team to win three consecutive home games when trailing by 15 points or more since San Antonio did it during the 2016-17 season.TIP-INScenter_img Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Damian Lillard’s 3-pointer in OT lifts Blazers over Warriors Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lakers: Chandler had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. … Los Angeles had seven turnovers in the first quarter but none in the second. … Kuzma scored 12 points in the second quarter. … Rajon Rondo (sprained right ring finger) and JaVale McGee (respiratory infection) were inactive.Kings: Fox made a buzzer-beating jumper to end the third quarter. … Sacramento made its first six shots then missed nine of the next 12. … No. 2 draft pick Marvin Bagley III remains sidelined with a left knee bone bruise.UP NEXTLakers: Head back to Los Angeles to host the Clippers on Friday night.Kings: Host Portland on Jan. 1. 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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Manny Pacquiao wants knockout vs Adrien Broner Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue After his morning workout on Sunday (Manila time), Pacquiao gamely posed for photos and signed autographs for his supporters who gathered around the parking area of Pan Pacific Park.He continued his training in the afternoon with eight rounds of sparring against Arnold Gonzalez and George Kambosos Jr. and four rounds of mitts with Freddie Roach at Wild Card Gym.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionPacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs) is defending his WBA welterweight title against Adrien Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) on January 19 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.The 40-year-old Pacquiao is fighting in the US for the first time since his lopsided victory over Jessie Vargas in November 2016. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao entertains his fans after his morning workout at Pan Pacific Park in Los Angeles. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIt’s been a little over two years since Manny Pacquiao last fought in the US, but things have practically remained the same in his return to Los Angeles.The Filipino boxing superstar still draws large crowds when he trains and he still doesn’t disappoint his fans.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

first_imgLOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Joking aside, Cabagnot said he’s “gonna miss that spidey dunk.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next I will match you!! Haha https://t.co/Icyd2MeUus— Chris Ross (@cmross6) January 15, 2019READ: End of ‘Spiderman dunk’ as PBA deems ‘monkey ride’ unsportsmanlikeThe league on Tuesday released a memo wherein “a player who hangs onto the rim after a dunk and places either or both of his feet onto the backboard, shall be assessed with an unsportsmanlike technical foul.”ADVERTISEMENT The All-Star guards even joked about paying the fine just for Santos to continue doing his patented dunks.I’m sponsoring the first spidey dunk “fine” this conference ? @cmross6 you want to sponsor the 2nd spidey dunk ? 😊😊😊😊FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars— alex cabagnot (@askcabaggie) January 15, 2019 LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening A day hasn’t passed since the PBA issued a memorandum banning Arwind Santos’ ‘Spiderman’ dunk but his San Miguel Beer teammates Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross are already sentimental over it.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Knicks’ Enes Kanter says anyone against Turkey president is a ‘target’ MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem The NBA says Ibaka drew the stiffer penalty for several reasons. The league found he was the instigator and threw a punch at Chriss. The league also cited his history of fighting during games. Chriss’ suspension was for throwing a punch at Ibaka.The suspensions are without pay. Ibaka will lose about $448,000 and Chriss about $22,000.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges LATEST STORIES P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed View comments 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cristiano Ronaldo nets hat trick to send Juventus into Champions League quarters Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NEW YORK — The NBA has suspended Toronto’s Serge Ibaka for three games and Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss for one game for their involvement in an on-court fight.Chriss will sit out Cleveland’s game Tuesday in Philadelphia. Ibaka will miss Toronto’s games against the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, at Detroit on Sunday and against New York on Monday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_img1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “I played the best I could here,” she said.But Williams hasn’t made it farther than the quarterfinals at any Premier Mandatory or Grand Slam tourney since last year’s BNP Paribas Open. Until Kerber stopped her, Williams had won four matches in a row for the first time since last year in the desert.Bencic was pushed to three sets for the first time in four matches at the tournament. She was coming off a straight-set upset of defending champion and top-ranked Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.Pliskova raced to 4-1 lead before wrapping up the second set. In the third, she overcame a break point to hold at 2-all but only won one more game the rest of the way.“Physically, it was tough somehow, and the wind didn’t help much,” Pliskova said. “So my serve was bad, my shots were bad.”Bencic improved to 18-3 this year. She won her third career title at Dubai last month and her first since 2015. The 22-year-old Swiss player missed five months in 2017 after wrist surgery.“When you’re confident, you can really just trust your instincts and you don’t have to think about it at all,” Bencic said. “I’m definitely playing how I feel it, and it’s going well so I’m not planning on changing that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Milos Raonic, of Canada, celebrates winning a point against Miomir Kecmanovic, of Serbia, at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Indian Wells, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)INDIAN WELLS, California— Milos Raonic made sure Miomir Kecmanovic’s good luck finally ran out at the BNP Paribas Open.Raonic beat the 19-year-old Serb 6-3, 6-4 on Thursday to reach the semifinals and improve to 19-4 at Indian Wells since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT “I knew he had nothing to lose, and I had to be really disciplined with myself,” Raonic said.In January, Raonic beat Kecmanovic in straight sets on his way to the title at Brisbane in January.Belinda Bencic beat fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 to reach the semis, ensuring her return to the top 20 in the rankings.“I wouldn’t believe I win today again,” Bencic said. “I’m not going to the court with any expectation. I’m just trying to play. This is the mentality I have, and this is the mentality I’m going to keep having.”Bencic’s victory set up a semifinal against No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber, who beat error-prone Venus Williams 7-6 (3), 6-3 in a matchup of 30-somethings.Williams led 4-2 in the first set before Kerber won three straight games to go up 5-4. Kerber held to force the tiebreaker, which she dominated.It took Kerber several games in the opening set to get used to Williams’ changing tactics.“She changed the rhythm a little bit,” Kerber said. “Going for it when she put the lob ones and the high ones and the short ones. In the first set I was moving everywhere and when I have the chances to move her.”Williams fought off two break points to tie the second set 2-all before Kerber again won three games in a row for a 5-2 lead. She broke Williams in the match’s longest game that went to deuce five times when Williams’ forehand went wide.Williams alternately smacked winners from the baseline and sprayed shots beyond the lines. She had her right knee taped and didn’t appear to be moving with ease or serving with much pace. Barcelona against haste of introducing bigger Club World Cup Raonic fired 13 aces against no double faults in putting away Kecmanovic in 72 minutes on a sunny, windy and cool day in the Southern California desert.“Even when I was hitting the spots, I wasn’t hitting them that well,” Raonic said about his serving. “I think that can get better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHe’ll try to improve next against No. 7 Dominic Thiem, who advanced via walkover when No. 18 Gael Monfils announced on court that he couldn’t play because of a left Achilles injury.At 15-3 this year, Monfils was off to the best start of his career. But he was 0-4 against Thiem. LATEST STORIES Kecmanovic was the first lucky loser to reach the quarterfinals at the tournament since it became a Masters 1000 event in 1990. Ranked 130th in the world, the Serb lost in qualifying, but his fortune soon turned.Three seeded players withdrew before the tournament began, clearing the way for Kecmanovic to become a lucky loser and receive a first-round bye.The teenager certainly made the most of it. Kecmanovic got by three players, including 30th-seeded Laslo Djere, in straight sets to set up his second meeting with Raonic.That’s where Kecmanovic’s luck ended.Raonic won 88 percent of his first-serve points and saved all three break chances against him.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. cristiano ronaldoIndian cricket teamlionel messithe best First Published: September 26, 2019, 9:45 AM IST The world often stands divided on who is the best footballer – Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo? Both players have broken goalscoring records for their respective clubs and countries and are considered by many fans and experts as two of the greatest footballers to have ever played the game.Messi was named the Best FIFA Men’s Player as he helped Barcelona to the Spanish La Liga title, the tenth of his career and he also won the European Golden Shoe for the sixth time. The captain of the Indian cricket men’s team Virat Kohli was recently asked in an interview to weigh in on the debate.”Tough question. But I would say Cristiano is the most complete player that I have seen. Whether it’s the left foot, right foot, speed or dribbling skills, he’s amazing. I have not seen a better goal scorer. (Ronaldo) The Phenomenon, on the other hand, was something else. He revolutionised the sport and everyone followed him. His place is special, but if I had to take only one in my team who will give energy and intensity, it’s Cristiano,” Kohli was quoted as saying by the Times of India.”It’s a personal preference. Messi is a freak, absolute natural talent, and his ability is second to none. For me, what stands out is the ability or the will to put in the effort in every single minute of the game. Ronaldo’s drive separates him from everyone else. Playing at the top level, everyone has talent, but I don’t think anyone has the will that he has,” he added.Kohli has often expressed his admiration for Ronaldo and his obsession with fitness, something that Kohli himself is famous for.”We always look up to footballers for their discipline. It’s a requirement of the sport that you need to be at your absolute best to be able to take the field. Football players are very particular about professionalism, in terms of physical preparation, nutrition and rest periods. We learn a lot from them,” Ronaldo said. last_img read more