Hubert Lawrence | Come back, Ashton

first_imgAshton Eaton may be right about retiring from the decathlon before the 2017 season begins. When you’ve set three world records, won the Olympics twice and have collected three gold medals at the outdoor World Championships as the 28 year-old American has, you’re entitled to think you’ve done everything there is to do in the sport. No one can argue with that. The stat freaks can sit in their corner and grumble that he should stick around until 2020. Then he could try to outstrip the likes of Great Britain’s Francis Daley Thompson, who won the Olympic decathlon twice. Thompson just missed a medal in 1988, when he went for the hat-trick in Seoul, South Korea. They don’t know what the lactic acid burn feels like. Even so, somebody has to convince Eaton not to retire. The mission, if he chooses to accept it, belongs to Eaton’s coach Harry Marra. Marra has to persuade the decathlon king to come back in 2017, but not to the decathlon. His new target should be the 400-metre hurdles. In 2014, Eaton took a holiday from the ten-in-one two-day marathon and had fun running the hurdles. The result was a personal best of 48.69 seconds and a TRACK AND FIELD NEWS world ranking of number 6. His potential in this event is enormous. He has a 400 metres personal best of 45.00 seconds, but there’s more to that number than meets the eye. That time came at the end of the first day of the 2015 World Championships decathlon. That means that he had already run the 100m, long jumped, competed in shot put and high jump by the time he settled in the blocks for the 400m. To put it in perspective, 45 flat would have easily won a spot on Jamaica’s 2016 Olympic team. At our National Senior Championships, the Olympic Trials, only Javon Francis went faster than Eaton’s personal best. Eaton, a 110-metre hurdler, too, with a personal best of 13.35 seconds, would probably find training for the 400 hurdles easy. Track fans nickname it the ‘man killer’, but Eaton’s decathlon background should enable him to manage. Athletic development doesn’t travel in a straight line from theory to performance. Yet, it’s hard to see Eaton struggling to break 48 in the hurdles. In fact, he can probably run as fast as 47.69 in 2017 if he concentrated on it. Times in that range would put him in the medal picture at the World Championships. In fact, the winners in Rio and in Beijing at the last Worlds clocked 47.74 and 47.79 respectively. In the same way that fans are quietly hoping that sprint guru Glen Mills will coax the incomparable Usain Bolt not to retire from the 200m a year early, I hope Marra will get Eaton up and over the hurdles. – Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980last_img read more

Hurricanes star Cornwall thrilled with batting form

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC: All-rounder Rahkeem Cornwall says the hard work on his batting is now paying dividends, after he hit a classy half-century to steer Leeward Islands Hurricanes to a pulsating four-wicket win over Windward Islands Volcanoes here Wednesday night. With the hosts tottering on 208 for six in the 39th over after losing five wickets for 44 runs, the 24-year-old Cornwall stepped up to stroke an unbeaten 74 off just 50 balls and see his side over the line with eight balls left in the innings. “For the past few years, my batting was giving me a little bit of a problem but I spent some time with Kenny Benjamin and sorted it out,” said the burly right-hander, who hit 10 fours and one six during his cameo. “All he said was do the basics and everything will fall back into place. I think I am doing the basics and everything is falling back [into place].” Unbeaten seventy The half-century was Cornwall’s second of the tournament following his unbeaten 70, also against Volcanoes, in Hurricanes’ third outing of the Regional Super50. The victory was the sixth in seven games for Hurricanes and it allowed them to inch even closer to confirming their status as Group A winners, with their final game on Sunday against reigning champions Trinidad and Tobago Red Force. “It’s a good feeling. Once you get the team over the line it’s a good feeling,” Cornwall noted. “We were playing this game so we can top the group so we can play whoever is coming from Barbados. I think the team is gelling well, the captain (Kieran Powell) is batting well, I’m getting some runs on the lower end so the feeling is good.” Cornwall is expected to be a key player for Hurricanes in their title bid. Not only is he an aggressive lower batsman but his stingy off-spin has also been a feature of his side’s attack. And the West Indies A star is hoping he can successfully combine both aspects of his game to good effect for Hurricanes. “I am a genuine all-rounder and once I can get the two [components] to click together that would make me an even better player,” he stressed.last_img read more

LeBron puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans, vows to come back

first_imgNBA superstar LeBron James soars for a dunk as PBA player Ranidel de Ocampo attempts a chasedown block in an exhibition game featuring former and current national team players at Mall of Asia Arena. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonThe King was back in Manila like he never left his throne.Returning to the city known for its unparalleled love for hoops, LeBron James thrilled Filipino fans for the third time in five years.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles LATEST STORIES View comments Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I said it two years ago that I was coming back. Last year, some unfortunate event happened but I’m back,” James told the packed crowd at Mall of Asia Arena Saturday night.“I’m happy spending this time with you guys throughout my busy schedule, but there’s no way I wasn’t going to be back here in Manila this year and I’m happy I’m celebrating this time with you,” added the NBA superstar of the Cleveland Cavaliers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The 32-year-old James had the fans on the edge of their seats with his electrifying dunks when he entered at the five-minute mark of the exhibition game pitting the young guns of Gilas Pilipinas against the former and veteran national team players.center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu LeBron thanks ‘patient’ Philippines for welcoming him back Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles The three-time NBA champion drew a thunderous roar from the crowd after shaking the rim with his patented Statue of Liberty dunk wherein his arm is stretched in the air and as far back behind his head before emphatically putting it through the hoop.James was just warming up.The four-time MVP delivered another one-handed throwdown, but this time, taking off farther than the first. James fittingly closed the show with a windmill to beat the final buzzer before he was mobbed by Ravena and company, who beat Jayson Castro and the rest of the OG team, 91-72.“You guys are unbelievable and I thank you so much for being part of the LeBron James Tour 2017 and I hope you guys continue to welcome me because I would love to come back.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James, who, arguably, has been the best basketball player for the past decade, gave the fans what they were waiting for as he teamed up with the likes of Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks and Baser Amer for the Youngbloods and left them wanting more.last_img read more

Balkman returns to Philippine basketball as Alab import

first_imgView comments MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Lou Williams scores 40 as Clippers hold off Hornets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Puerto Rico’s forward Renaldo Balkman. AFP PHOTO/ CRISTINA QUICLERRenaldo Balkman may be banned from the PBA, but he still found a way to be part of Philippine basketball.The former Petron import is now part of Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League, team owner Charlie Dy announced.ADVERTISEMENT Balkman will join two-time PBA champion Justin Brownlee as Alab’s foreign reinforcements, replacing Ivan Johnson and Reggie Okosa.Alab Pilipinas will play Westports Malaysia Dragons in a home game on Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe former New York Knick was banned by PBA Commissioner Chito Salud in 2013 after choking Blaze Booster teammate Arwind Santos. He was also fined P250,000.Balkman last played for Reales dela Vega in the Domincan Republic League, a local basketball league. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

GALLERY: ONE Championship: Reign of Kings

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West READ: Belingon dominates Nguyen for ONE interim bantamweight beltThe biggest win of the night was delivered by Kevin Belingon, who ended Martin Nguyen’s reign and captured the ONE interim bantamweight title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Here are the photos from the event:Rene Catalan scored a unanimous decision win over Indonesia’s Stefer Rahardian in ONE: Reign of Kings. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRene Catalan (left) scored a unanimous decision win over Indonesia’s Stefer Rahardian in ONE: Reign of Kings. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRene Catalan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChamuaktong Fightermuaythai and Brown Pinas locked in a battle. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio puts Pongsiri Mitsatit in a “passion lock.” Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJoshua Pacio wins his third straight fight in ONE Championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPanicos Yusuf vs Han zi Hao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChris Ngimbi vs Armen Petrosyan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArmen Petrosyan vs Chris Ngimbi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGarry Tonan vs Rahul Raju. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGarry Tonan vs Rahul Raju. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEduard Folayang takes down Aziz Pahrudinov in their ONE Lightweight bout. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEduard Folayang tries to fend off punches from Aziz Pahrudinov. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEduard Folayang vs Aziz Pahrudinov. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEduard Folayang vs Aziz Pahrudinov. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEduard Folayang continues his steady climb back to the top. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRenzo Gracie vs Yuki Kondo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRenzo Gracie vs Yuki Kondo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShannon Wiratchai getting pummelled by Shinya Aoki. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShinya Aoki with a dominant performance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBrandon Vera pumps up the crowd at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon showing off his Igorot roots during the ring entrance. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon vs Martin Nguyen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon vs Martin Nguyen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon vs Martin Nguyen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon vs Martin Nguyen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon vs Martin Nguyen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon is the new ONE interim bantamweight champion! Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon addressed the hometown crowd at Mall of Asia Arena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon is the new ONE interim bantamweight champion! Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon is the new ONE interim bantamweight champion! Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKevin Belingon is the new ONE interim bantamweight champion! Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Filipino fighters put on impressive performances in the ONE: Reign of Kings on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Joshua Pacio and Rene Catalan both dominated their foes in the undercard while Eduard Folayang made it back to back in the lightweight division after a unanimous decision.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Carlos’ absence a challenge for Lady Maroons Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments MOST READlast_img read more

You’ll know when I know: Federer not thinking retirement

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal David West retires from NBA after 15 seasons LATEST STORIES Roger Federer, of Switzerland, waves after defeating Benoit Paire, of France, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Roger Federer, still a force in tennis at the age of 37, says that when he does retire it won’t be a spur of the moment decision sprung on an unsuspecting public.“I would first check with my family,” Federer said. ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “At this point I take it with a smile and I understand that everybody is just doing their job, I guess.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The topic of when the 20-time Grand Slam champion — currently ranked second in the world — might hang up his racquet so exercises the press that even a casual comment can get antennae quivering.Federer himself jokingly used the “R-word” as he addressed the Flushing Meadows crowd after his first-round win over Yoshihito Nishioka on Tuesday — and promptly faced questions about it.“It’s a total joke, yes,” he said. “So please don’t read into it. Don’t even write that word.”The Swiss great admitted it could get wearing, with no new answer to the question on the horizon.“Sometimes you wonder why they ask you again because do they not hear what I said yesterday? Do they not listen to what I said two months ago?ADVERTISEMENT “If the team and everybody thinks that this is it now, and I feel it’s truly that, I wouldn’t probably tell it to that one journalist just it happened I was doing that interview that day,” he said.But Federer said he’s resigned to the questions, which first started cropping up almost a decade ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“In the beginning, you’re like, What? It can’t be true,” Federer said after beating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the third round of the US Open. “Eventually, OK, fine I get it, they’re allowed to ask it. Then you get to a point where everybody has to ask it because it could be that I would be the one in that very moment to reveal that this might be it.” Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

PVL to play out of town

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Baliwag Star Arena, also in Bulacan, hosts a doubleheader on Oct. 21 while Batangas will host the next PVL stop on Oct. 28. Legazpi City and Cagayan de Oro City will also host PVL matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Playing to keep it close, Southwoods finds itself in the lead vs Pradera Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Premier Volleyball League will hold six out-of-town games for its Season 2 Open Conference which unwraps on Saturday.The Malolos Sports and Convention Center in Bulacan will host the Iriga-Tacloban and Pocari-PetroGazz matches on Sept. 26 before action shifts to the Imus Sports Center in Cavite on Sept. 9.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIEScenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

After barely escaping semis sweep, Ginebra prepares for another do-or-die game

first_imgView comments MOST READ After all, the moment the final buzzer sounded and the roaring crowd had already left Araneta Coliseum, the Kings had barely just kept themselves alive and another do-or-die comes less than 48 hours from now.“We only got one game, inside the locker room after the game it was nothing, we moved on right away and are thinking about Friday’s game right away,” said Game 3 hero LA Tenorio, who buried the game-winning floater with 14.9 seconds left and sank two free throws with sixth tenths of a second remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissGinebra avoided a sweep but not after having to come back from 18 points down and weathering an endgame rally from Magnolia, which rose from 11 points down late and even regained the lead with 53 ticks to go.Tenorio fired 11 points alone in the final frame while Justin Brownlee tied his career-high 46 points while also collecting 19 rebounds and three blocks. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Barangay Ginebra pulled off a dramatic win in Game 3 of its semifinals series against Magnolia on Wednesday night but the Gin Kings were hardly in a celebratory mood.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Actually, I was struggling the whole game. I’m just feeling a bit different today but that’s not an excuse. I think the whole team was really focused today but I cannot say that we really played well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Paul Lee takes blame for letting Game 3 slip away from Magnolia Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

No more games on South Korean TV: Streaming services replacing TVs in sports broadcasts

first_imgLATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra But with sports events becoming less lucrative investments for Korea’s broadcasting giants, their latest absence in Asia’s biggest soccer competition suggests a changing trend in the way people prefer to watch sports, industry watchers say.Kim Jo-han, a media industry expert at Gom & Co., attributed broadcasters’ shrinking enthusiasm for live broadcasts to changes in Korea’s viewership preferences: People prefer edited online footage over sitting down for an entire live broadcast.“Spending more than two hours in front of a TV is an awfully long time for young viewers,” said Kim. “Instead of watching the whole game on terrestrial broadcasters, they want to enjoy it with more entertaining content, or just pick up the highlights on internet portals.”With fewer people watching sports via traditional broadcasters, media companies would be more reluctant to spend a hefty sum on sport games.Watching Gamst, for example, one feels like he or she is looking at a stand-up comedy rather than a sports forecast, as he wears ridiculous outfits, trades inside jokes with his die-hard fans and squabbles with random visitors. Using expletives is common as well.ADVERTISEMENT As more viewers have begun to shift from traditional broadcasters to streaming services for live sports around the world, the scene of people gluing their eyes to TV screens is becoming a thing of the past in South Korea as well.Kwon Jong-hyuck, a 35-year-old longtime soccer fan who works at an IT company in Seoul, said he watched Saturday’s match through the country’s most popular online streaming service, Afreeca TV.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Neutral voices from professional broadcasters are not what I want,” said Kwon, who enjoyed the game broadcasted by popular Afreeca TV streamer Gamst. “I want to feel like I’m at a bar with my friends. Internet streaming services give me such pleasure.”Territorial broadcasters have often paid skyrocketing prices to win the right to air the World Cup or the Olympics –sometimes exclusively — priding in their abilities to deliver heated moments without a hitch. The Korea HeraldSEOUL — When South Korea secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Kyrgyzstan at the Asian Cup Games in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, Korean soccer fans did not rely on traditional broadcasters to watch the match.In fact, there were no live broadcasts from the country’s three media giants — KBS, MBC and SBS. Only JTBC, a cable network owned by a local media group, broadcasted Korea’s second match at the Asian Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. KBS, MBC and SBS recorded a combined 40 percent viewership when South Korea beat Germany during the Russian World Cup, according to Neilsen, which said about 8 million people watched the game through the broadcasters.Meanwhile, Afreeca TV, which bought broadcasting rights from the territorial broadcasters, said the number of subscribers reached an all-time high during the World Cup season, with an average of 7.2 million people having logged onto the streaming service.“The growth of Afreeca TV last year stems from having broadcasted the World Cup,” Shinhan investment said in a 2018 report. Afreeca TV’s third-quarter operating profit and revenue in 2018 were roughly 7.4 billion won and 32.4 billion won, respectively, down about 21 percent and 12 percent from the previous quarter.Only selected streamers are allowed to live broadcast sports games purchased by Afreeca TV. The streamers are banned from using clips of games that Afreeca TV has not purchased from content providers. Editing original content — such as advertisements embedded in a live broadcast — is restricted as well.Challenges for streamersDespite the rapid surge in popularity, challenges remain for online streaming services to become live broadcasting platforms, particularly in terms of whether they are capable enough to deliver content to global audiences without a hitch.During the Russia World Cup, YouTube suffered an embarrassing outage during England’s semifinal clash with Croatia, an incident that showed even the world’s largest video-sharing platform could not livestream smoothly.When Russia competed against Saudi Arabia at the World Cup’s opening match, Gamst’s streaming service on Afreeca TV crashed for half an hour. This reportedly occurred when some 170,000 viewers flocked to see his broadcast.“While online streaming services have become a popular form of live sports broadcasts, people still think traditional broadcasters deliver better content with better quality,” said Kim Jo-han of Gom & Co.In the absence of a traditional broadcaster during the Asian Cup, and with streaming companies seeking to present themselves as reliable alternatives, internet companies and telecom giants have also joined the fray with their own streaming services. Buoyed by its huge success in previous World Cup games, Afreeca TV offers live broadcasts of almost every match to subscribers. Along with Gamst, professional commentators and former soccer players were also recruited to broadcast the match.Korea’s biggest internet giant, Naver, came up with its own live broadcasts based on customized content. The internal portal company allows users to select matches to watch more easily by classifying them based on countries, players and dates.Live broadcasts are also available at streaming platforms run by the country’s three major telecommunication companies. SK Telecoms, KT and LG Uplus are providing livestreaming of Asian Cup games via over-the-top video services.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Instant communication with viewers is one of the most significant features that set online streaming services apart from traditional broadcasters’ homogenous content designed for unknown masses.“I’m trying to make our viewers feel like they are watching the games with close uncles,” Gamst, one of the most popular sports streamers on Afreeca TV, said in an interview with a local newspaper last week. “I’m glad I have created my own way of broadcasting.”Easier access through mobile devices is also one of the advantages.Such efforts to establish their own community have led to massive popularity, with Gamst becoming the most popular streamer on Afreeca TV. His broadcast of the 2018 Russian World Cup attracted the largest number of viewers, with 350,000 people watching the game between South Korea and Mexico.Terrestrial TVs, threatenedWith live sports broadcasting having boosted the growth of conventional broadcasters worldwide in the early 1990s, Korea’s media giants have also devoted much of their resources to delivering popular sports games.Major sports events have been a battleground for larger viewership among broadcasters, equipped with massive infrastructure and finances to broadcast international sport events, such as the Olympics and the World Cup.The competition has often resulted in hefty prices for the right to broadcast the sport events. For example, KBS, MBC and SBS reportedly paid about 120 billion won ($172 million) to FIFA to broadcast its 2018 Russia World Cup.“Sport is considered to be a crown jewel of live broadcasting,” research firm Nielsen said in a report in 2017. “We are forced to watch in a fixed time period and stick with it until the end. … Sport is high-value content because it can attract views and make them stay.”Money and infrastructure are still significant barriers for local streaming services, which cannot afford to purchase exclusive broadcasting rights. But hyper-fast internet speeds and technological breakthroughs have brought changes. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Scottie Thompson says Pia Wurtzbach’s presence fueled Ginebra’s win over TNT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerslast_img read more

House Sanctions Public Works Minister’s Extension Request

first_imgMembers of the House of Representatives have consented to defer the reappearance of Public Works Minister, Dr. Antoinette Weeks from Thursday, 12 June to Thursday, 26 June 2014.The lawmakers made the overwhelming decision during their 36th day sitting on Thursday, June 12, 2014 owing to a request for extension to appear before the House of Representatives.Dr. Weeks should have continued her 16-page report, which began Tuesday, June 10 relating to the poor quality road and infrastructures in the country.According to the Public Works Minister, 34 contracts were singled-source and about US$500,000 were spent to mark the Buchanan highway amongst others.Meanwhile, in her letter to the Representatives in session, she pleaded for a request permission from the House of Representatives to reschedule for reappearance for two (2) weeks until Thursday, June 26, 2014 due to several pre-scheduled and pending commitments of the Ministry of Public Works (Ministry).“Some of these pre-scheduled and pending commitments include but not limited to the following; a jointly sponsored workshop by the Ministry of Public Works and Government of Sweden through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) as part of the Liberian Swedish Feeder Roads Project (LSFRP) covering Best Practice Guidelines, Design Standards, Road Alignment, Road Curvature, Drainage Design, Culvert Design on June 12,” Dr. Weeks wrote.She added: “Meeting with ArcelorMittal for the Ganta-to-Yekepa Road Upgrade Conditions on June 12, 2014 and visit to the Southeast to assess the road conditions and work process scheduled for the week of June 16-21, 2014 and several other pending House and External project-related issues to be addressed by the Ministry during the next two weeks.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more