Month: November 2019

Benilde runs Perpetual aground for third win

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCollege of St. Benilde registered its third win in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking apart Perpetual Help, 83-55, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Blazers improved to 3-9 while the Altas slipped to 4-7.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Prince Eze had six points and 16 rebounds to lead the Altas. LATEST STORIES This is Benilde’s second win over Perpetual after the Altas had their 69-65 opening game victory against the Blazers forfeited after wearing the wrong uniform.Blazers head coach TY Tang used their earlier game against the Altas as a source of motivation and to prove that they can beat Perpetual without the help of some technicality.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“We had that as a motivation on our part that we just want to prove a point,” said Tang. “This time we wanted to win convincingly. We just played good basketball on both ends of the court and we were composed.” Edward Dixon led the Blazers with 21 points with four rebounds while Clement Leutcheu put up a 14-point, 11-rebound double-double. Read Nextcenter_img Saunders and Monroe want Golovkin-Alvarez shot Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

WWE legend Rick Flair vows to ‘never drink again’ after near-death experience

first_imgView comments MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City FEU sends UST reeling to fourth straight loss Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight What he initially thought as a minor issue turned out to be way worse, as his kidneys began to shut down and was on the brink of congestive heart failure, according to The New York Post.“My daughter [Charlotte] told me that the doctor told her to go see me — that I wasn’t going to make it,” Flair shared. “I had no idea it was that bad. Wendy never told me.”As it turned out, Flair’s years of alcohol abuse was the main culprit—a condition he didn’t even know he had.“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” he admitted.Flair also confessed that he had never taken a pain pill in his life, but often relied on booze to ease the pain from his wrestling injuries.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES But a after a recent health scare that nearly cost him his life, Flair has changed his tune and has vowed to “never drink again.”WWE: Pro wrestler Ric Flair out of surgery and restingFEATURED 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“It scared the sh*t out of me,” the “Nature Boy” recalled his harrowing experience in an interview with People TV.  “I never want to go through this again.”Flair recalled experiencing an upset stomach last month, which prompted his fiancee, Wendy Barlow, to rush him to the hospital. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:37PNP vows dismissal for cadets in alleged hazing at PNPA00:50Trending 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Still, the “Limousine Ridin’, Jet Flyin’, Kiss Stealin’, Wheelin’ Dealin’, Son of a Gun” said he remained sober while performing for his countless fans.“I never drank when I was working,” he said. “But as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.”  Khristian Ibarrola /ra Retired professional wrestler Rick Flair, the subject of the documentary “30 for 30: Nature Boy” participates in a panel during the ESPN Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)Aside from his trademark “Woo!” yell, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Hall of Famer Rick Flair is perhaps best known for his overly outgoing personality and carefree attitude.The 68-year-old retired professional wrestler certainly knew how to live his life, and admitted his penchant for consuming alcohol on a daily basis.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Mavericks guard Curry out with left leg injury

first_imgSeth Curry #30 of the Dallas Mavericks waits to enter the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Center on January 22, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.  AFPWASHINGTON, United States — Dallas Mavericks guard Seth Curry, the younger brother of NBA champion Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry, will be sidelined indefinitely with a left leg injury, the Mavericks announced Saturday.The expected Mavericks backcourt starter has suffered a left tibia stress reaction and will be re-evaluated in a week, the club holding out hope he can be ready when the new season opens in just under two weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Curry, 27, is the son of former NBA sharpshooter Dell Curry. He enters the final season of a two-year deal worth $6 million after averaging 12.8 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.7 assists a game last season for Dallas, all career highs.He connected on 48.1 percent of his shots from the court, 42.5 percent from 3-point range, as the Mavericks went 33-49, finishing eight games out of a Western Conference playoff berth.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 shutoutSeth Curry had prior NBA stops with the Memphis Grizzlies, Cleveland Cavaliers, Phoenix Suns and Sacramento Kings before joining the Mavericks. /cbb Ladies first Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Solo accuses former FIFA President Blatter of grabbing her

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH U.S. forward Alex Morgan has said that Blatter failed to recognize her at the annual award event in 2012,even though she was one of three nominees for the women’s Player of the Year.Blatter also famously argued in 2004 that players could boost the popularity of the women’s game by wearing tighter shorts. For her career, Solo has made 202 total appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts.Solo’s tenure with the national team ended following last year’s Olympics in Brazil, when the Americans were ousted by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Afterward, Solo called the Swedish team “cowards” for their defensive style of play.She was suspended from the team shortly thereafter and has not returned.Blatter was suspended from office and banned from soccer for six years following allegations of a widespread corruption scandal that came to light in 2015. Both U.S. and Swiss officials cooperated in the investigation, which is ongoing, and more than 40 people have been indicted.Blatter has also had a history of what many consider to be sexist behavior concerning the women’s game.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding A representative for Solo confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that the report was accurate and said the former goalkeeper for the U.S. women’s national team had no further comment on the matter.Blatter could not immediately be reached for comment by the AP, but the embattled former head of soccer’s governing body told the Guardian newspaper: “This allegation is ridiculous.”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 shutoutSolo has been dogged by a number of off-the-field controversies. Notably, a domestic violence case stemming from a 2014 altercation at a family member’s home in Washington state.Solo anchored the U.S. team in goal during its 2015 Women’s World Cup championship run, allowing just three goals in seven games with five shutouts during the tournament. FILE – In this Jan. 7, 2013, file photo, Abby Wambach, left, of the United States is presented the FIFA Women’s World Player of the Year award by Hope Solo, center, goalkeeper of the U.S. team, and FIFA President Sepp Blatter, right, during the FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala held at the Kongresshaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Blatter sexually assaulted her at the ceremony. In an interview published Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter “grabbed” her inappropriately on her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the awards event. (AP Photo/Keystone, Steffen Schmidt, File)Hope Solo told a Portuguese newspaper that former FIFA President Sepp Blatter sexually assaulted her at the Ballon d’Or awards ceremony in 2013.In an interview published Friday in the newspaper Expresso, Solo said Blatter grabbed her rear end shortly before the two appeared onstage at the annual soccer awards event.ADVERTISEMENT Irving gets hit in face, Celtics hold off Hornets Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters 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 students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Ginebra repeats over Rain or Shine for 1-0 lead in quarterfinals

first_imgBeau Belga led Rain or Shine with 17 points and five rebounds, while Ed Daquioag got 16 markers as both came off the bench.The scores:GINEBRA 88 — Tenorio 16, Devance 15, J. Aguilar 14, Thompson 14, Mercado 13, Ferrer 6, Mariano 6, Cruz 4, R. Aguilar 0, Caguioa 0.RAIN OR SHINE 80 — Belga 17, Daquioag 16, Ahanmisi 10, Ponferrada 9, Nambatac 8, Trollano 6, Washington 5, Norwood 4, Tiu 3, Maiquez 2, Almazan 0, Borboran 0.Quarters: 21-23, 44-43, 68-64, 88-80. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Joe Devance wanted no part of any overtime periods this time out as he helped Ginebra to an 88-80 Game 1 win over Rain or Shine in their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals duel Monday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 36-year-old forward triggered a telling 12-0 run in the middle of the payoff period that turned a close 70-69 Gin Kings lead to a decisive 82-69 advantage, capped off by a Sol Mercado trey with 4:49 to play.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alaska’s Abueva vows to get back at NLEX in Game 2 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIES Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Tenorio unloaded 16 markers on a 4-of-9 shooting from downtown, to go with four boards and three assists, while Scottie Thompson flirted with a triple-double with 14 points, 15 rebounds, and seven assists.Japeth Aguilar also had 14 markers, nine boards, four dimes, and four blocks for the Gin Kings, who outlasted the Painters in triple overtime, 100-92 on Friday.For Cone, the tough Game 1 was a perfect example of how hard the games are in the playoffs.“It wasn’t a pretty game, but playoffs aren’t pretty. Let’s put our heads together and bang them, let’s see who can stand up, and that’s what we did tonight.”Game 2 is on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ed Daquioag and Don Trollano tried to keep the Elasto Painters within striking distance, chopping the deficit down to six, 84-78, in the final 1:49, but Devance was there to clean up Japeth Aguilar’s miss, 86-78, with 1:22 remaining.LA Tenorio iced the victory from the charity stripe as he canned his freebies with 46.2 ticks left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Luckily, we had that stretch where we stretched in the lead in the fourth quarter and hung on,” said a relieved coach Tim Cone as Ginebra.Devance posted 15 points, four rebounds and five assists to lead his side in only his third game back from a foot injury. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

Argentina begins new era under coach Sampaoli

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds ADVERTISEMENT Marco Andretti has 2 chances to bounce back at Detroit GP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sampaoli, dressed in Argentina colors, said his mission is “to build a team that respects the history of Argentinian football” and bring fans back.He is Argentina’s third coach during the current edition of the World Cup qualifiers in South America, after Gerardo Martino and Edgardo Bauza. Argentina is currently fifth in qualifying — only the top four get direct spots at Russia 2018.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSampaoli, who left Spanish club Sevilla to take the national job, will get his first game in charge against Brazil in a friendly on June 9 in Melbourne, Australia.Most players in the squad have been involved in three consecutive narrow defeats in finals: World Cup 2014, Copa America 2015 and Copa America Centenario 2016. But Sampaoli knows his biggest challenge lies with Messi delivering good performances for the national team. Argentina’s new soccer coach Jorge Sampaoli poses between his coaching staff Sebastian Beccacece, left, and Jorge Desio at the end of a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. APBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Jorge Sampaoli has taken over as Argentina coach and faces the challenge of bringing out the best in superstar Lionel Messi for his national team and restoring the confidence of fans.“It is a dream that I cherished for ages. This is a position I always admired — It generates a lot of dreams and passion,” the 57-year-old Sampaoli told a press conference Thursday (Friday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We want the most genuine and pleasant version of the best player in the world, we want him happy here,” Sampaoli said, adding that he’d spoken with Messi in recent days.Argentina will play Uruguay on Aug. 31 in its next World Cup qualifying match. After that, there will be only three games to secure a spot in Russia.“The difficulty in the qualifiers is real: Argentina is not qualified, but we know we have the resources for that,” he said.Sampaoli only became famous at home when he took Chile to its first major trophy by beating Argentina on penalties in the 2015 Copa America final.last_img read more

Federer poised for record Wimbledon triumph

first_imgHeart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Federer. AFP FILE PHOTOLONDON—Twelve months after shutting down his season in the wake of a devastating semi-final defeat, Roger Federer returns to Wimbledon as favorite to capture a record-breaking eighth title and become the tournament’s oldest champion.The evergreen Swiss superstar, who turns 36 in August, has stunned the critics who wrote him off as yesterday’s man when he went down to Milos Raonic in five grueling sets on Centre Court in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “So I’m happy to react right away and remind myself I actually can play well on grass.“For tennis storylines of 2017, Federer shares top billing with Nadal after the Spaniard defied the doubters to win a 10th French Open.That took him to 15 Grand Slam titles, one ahead of Sampras and just three behind Federer.Bittersweet Nadal But for Nadal, Wimbledon has always been bittersweet.He was champion in 2008 — where he beat Federer in a final widely regarded as the greatest ever played — and 2010 as well as finishing runner-up in 2006, 2007 and 2011.Injury forced him to skip Wimbledon in 2009 and 2016 while the years 2012-2015 saw him lose to Lukas Rosol (world ranked 100), Steve Darcis (135), Nick Kyrgios (144) and Dustin Brown (102).A fourth round run in 2014 represents his best recent effort.Nadal admits that if he suffers a new problem with his knees on the Wimbledon grass, where the lower bounce of the ball piles more pressure on the legs and joints, then his visit to London may again be short-lived.“If I have pain in the knees, then I know from experience that it’s almost impossible,” said the 31-year-old. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Defending champion Murray is fresh off a first round exit at Queen’s at the hands of Australian world number 90 Jordan Thompson.The world number one, who was also Wimbledon champion in 2013, has failed to get past the second round in three of his last four tournaments.Short of grass court exposure, Murray headed to the luxurious surroundings of the Hurlingham Club in west London for an exhibition tournament.Equally desperate for game time is Djokovic, the three-time Wimbledon champion who travelled to Eastbourne hoping the sea air might breathe life into a career which is in freefall.The Serb was on top of the world just over 12 months ago when he arrived at Wimbledon with all four Grand Slams in his possession.However, a third round loss to Sam Querrey set him on a slide which has been more or less constant ever since.His ranking has slipped from one to four and he’s parted with coaches Boris Becker and Marian Vajda.The jury is still out on his decision to hire Andre Agassi while his quarter-final loss at Roland Garros to Dominic Thiem was his first in straight sets at the majors in four years.The 6-0 ‘bagel’ handed to him in the third set by the young Austrian was the first time he had suffered such an indignity in 12 years.“All the top players go through this. I have to get through it and learn the lessons and come back stronger. It’s a big challenge but I am up for it,” said the 30-year-old Serb. What ‘missteps’?center_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Federer, who captured a fifth Australian Open in January, will go into Wimbledon buoyed by a ninth title on the grass of Halle.His final demolition of Alexander Zverev, 15 years his junior and a player seen as his natural heir, came just a week after he marked his return from a 10-week break by losing in the first round in Stuttgart.It was his first defeat in an opening round on his favorite surface since his shock loss to Mario Ancic at Wimbledon in 2002.However, Federer believes his Stuttgart setback came at the right time ahead of Wimbledon.“I was doubting myself a little bit, I must admit, because losing in the opening round for the first time in 15 years on grass was always going to shake me a little bit and it did,” said Federer who has lost just two matches all year.ADVERTISEMENT Myers to beef up Gilas in Jones Cup 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games View comments The loss forced him off tour for the remainder of the year to rest a knee injury, leaving his Grand Slam title count on 17 where it had been since 2012.Fast forward a year and Federer is poised to break the tie for seven Wimbledon titles he shares with Pete Sampras and take his career tally at the majors to 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Federer done resting as he begins Wimbledon prepWith eternal rivals Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic in slumps of varying lengths and degrees of seriousness, and Rafael Nadal fretting over whether or not his knees will bear the stress of grass courts, it is Federer in the box seat. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Gameslast_img read more

‘Fighting for their fate’: Chinese kids adopted by MMA club

first_imgThis picture taken June 2, 2017 shows Abieamu, 13, preparing to fight in an underground fight club in Chengdu.Abieamu is among the kids from the Tibetan plateau who were adopted into the Enbo Fight Club in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Though most of the club’s activities are government-sanctioned, Chengdu police launched an investigation into the mixed martial arts (MMA) group in late July after a video showing two 14-year-old boys in a bruising cage fight before a roaring crowd went viral last week. / AFP PHOTO / Fred DUFOURThe 13-year-old fighter in training starts his day at 8 a.m.After a quick breakfast, he heads to a gym in southwest China where more than a dozen other shirtless teenage boys are kickboxing, wrestling and grappling — holding one another in full-body grips until one person yields.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo En Bo, the club’s Tibetan founder, was formerly in the military, and has spent the last 18 years running amateur MMA fighting studios.Enbo Fight Club boasts more than 200 members, with kids comprising just a small fraction.“As long as they meet my standards, we take kids of all ethnic groups, including the Qiang, Hui, Yi and Tibetan minorities,” En Bo told AFP in June. “We have a team that manages their health and safety, as well as teachers who are responsible for their schooling.”The kids’ housing, food and clothes are all provided by the club, En Bo said, and they receive extra “scholarships” if they win fights.But many commentators online were alarmed by the web documentary, streamed on the site Pear Video, in which the kids’ sparring appeared to be sold as a commercial spectacle.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Isner, Harrison advance to BB&T Atlanta Open final  Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant 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 In the footage, two thin, prepubescent fighters are seen in an octagonal steel cage. One knocks the other down and proceeds to bash him repeatedly about the head and body as the losing fighter cowers on the mat.Models wearing bikini tops and short jeans cheer and a man with a microphone whips up the crowd by saying the boys were “fighting for their fate.”“These kids are tougher than your kids,” the MC says. “Their story is more touching than your kids’. And they have had it much harder than your kids.”The video was a point of fierce debate on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.“Soliciting and using minors to engage in commercial performances which are also violent, while depriving them of a salary, is illegal,” wrote one user named Chen Ming.Others argued that without the club the boys would end up on the street and a possible life of crime.The glaring neon lights, rowdy crowds, and scantily-clad female performers at these public fights did not faze Jihushuojie, a 12-year-old who joined the club one and half years ago.“I’m not really scared of getting hurt,” he told AFP. “Before a fight, I feel relaxed and excited.”China had 500,000 orphans at the end of 2015, with less than 20 percent raised by the state and only about five percent adopted, the latest-available official figures show.The fate of the rest is unclear. Abieamu is among the kids from the Tibetan plateau who were adopted into the Enbo Fight Club in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Many were orphans or came from impoverished homes, and were connected to the club through the local civil affairs bureau.Though most of the club’s activities are government-sanctioned, Chengdu police launched an investigation into the mixed martial arts (MMA) group earlier this week after a video showing two 14-year-old boys in a bruising cage fight before a roaring crowd went viral last week.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 starsLocal authorities could not be reached for comment Friday. The education department in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture told Chinese media that the underage fighters have been returned to Liangshan and may be matched with new schools.A coach for the club told AFP that most of the kids have returned to the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, where they are continuing their training. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ MOST READlast_img read more

SEA Games: Bata, dela Cruz bow out in English billiards

first_imgView comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Efren “Bata” Reyes at the billiards event in the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur. INQUIRER/ MARIANNE BERMUDEZEfren “Bata” Reyes and Francisco dela Cruz failed to advance to the English billiards doubles quarterfinals in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games on Tuesday at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.The Filipino duo fell to the Vietnamese pair of Tran Le Anh Tuan and Nguyen Thanh Binh, 0-3, after getting shut out, 90-100, 33-100, 72-100.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal Reyes and Dela Cruz still have a chance to bring home a medal for the Philippines in English billiards singles on Wednesday.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 opening Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-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 Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more