LeBron’s 3rd visit speaks of his love for hoops-crazy Philippines, says Alapag

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief MOST READ US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony PLAY LIST 01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:22Manila police chief: Cops tolerating illegal street vendors to get ax01:37Protesters 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES View comments “What made it more special was being with my Gilas brothers because you know these guys are family for life,” said Alapag.But he also got to bring his real family with him to the bench to meet the King.His eldest child Ian Maximus, who has the same second name as LeBron’s youngest son Bryce, even got to keep LeBron’s arms sleeves.“My son will have to grow into it because it’s a little big right now and I’m just glad my kids could be here to experience it with me,” said Alapag.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT It would’ve been James’ fourth tour in the country had his “Battle the Doubt Night” show in 2016 pushed through.But much like his in two previous visits, James once shared the floor with up-and-coming stars and national team members in a brief exhibition game for the “Strive for Greatness” show.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 shutoutAlapag, one of the key Gilas players in the last decade, showed he can still duke it out in the parquet floor—against one of the best NBA players ever no less—even a year into retirement.Saturday night was extra special, though, as he got to play again with his batch’s Gilas Pilipinas squad that include Ranidel de Ocampo and LA Tenorio, among others. ‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LeBron James interacts with Jimmy Alapag’s son Ian Maximus during the Strive for Greatness tour. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonLeBron James has returned to the Philippines for the third time on Saturday and in the eyes of Philippine basketball icon Jimmy Alapag, this speaks volumes for the NBA superstar’s appreciation for this country.“The fact that he came here to Manila to share some brief moments with everyone here at home…I think he understands how passionate we are about the game of basketball,” said Alapag Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena as James wrapped up another showcase before Filipino fans.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

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Italy keeper Buffon ends international career

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I leave a squad of talent that will have their say, including Gigio Donnarumma and (Genoa keeper) Mattia Perin.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. From left : Italy’s defender Andrea Barzagli, Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, Italy’s midfielder Giorgio Chiellini and Italy’s midfielder Marco Parolo react at the end of the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification football match between Italy and Sweden, on November 13, 2017 at the San Siro stadium in Milan.Italy failed to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1958 on Monday as they were held to a 0-0 draw in the second leg of their play-off at the San Siro by Sweden, who qualified with a 1-0 aggregate victory. AFP PHOTO / Miguel MedinaItaly goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon confirmed Monday he was ending his international career after the four-time champions failed to reach the World Cup for the first time in 60 years.Buffon, 39, played his 175th and final game for Italy as they were beaten 1-0 on aggregate in a play-off by Sweden after a 0-0 second-leg draw at the San Siro, bringing an end to a 20-year international career that included winning the 2006 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES READ: Italy miss out on World Cup as Sweden qualify“I’m not sorry for myself but all of Italian football,” Buffon told Italian broadcaster Rai.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 failed at something which also means something on a social level. There’s regret at finishing like that, not because time passes.”Andrea Barzagli and 34-year-old midfielder Daniele de Rossi, the other two members of Italy’s squad on Monday who lifted the 2006 World Cup, also retired from internationals in the aftermath of the shock defeat. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s the biggest disappointment of my life from a sporting point of view… I can’t find my words,” said 36-year-old defender Barzagli.Midfielder De Rossi, who won 117 caps, said: “To think that I took off this jersey for the last time, it hurts. After the match, there was a funeral-like atmosphere.” Buffon made his debut for the Azzurri as a 19-year-old in a 1998 World Cup play-off victory over Russia, but his last match saw him fail in his bid to become the first man to play in six World Cups.The Juventus captain, who has already said he will likely retire from all football at the end of this season, said Italy fans still have plenty to look forward to, with AC Milan’s 18-year-old keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma set to take the international number one shirt.“There is certainly a future for Italian football, as we have pride, ability, determination and after bad tumbles, we always find a way to get back on our feet,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Barbie makes doll of hijab-wearing Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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10 months agoLeicester boss Claude Puel: We couldn’t get past Cardiff defence

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester boss Claude Puel: We couldn’t get past Cardiff defenceby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel says they couldn’t find a way past Cardiff’s defence for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat.Neil Etheridge pulled off a string of important saves for the visitors, as well as denying James Maddison from the penalty spot with just 15 minutes to play.And while the fixture looked destined to finish goalless, Victor Camarasa curled an effort into the top corner to win it for Neil Warnock’s side.“We started this game with the right mentality,” Puel told LCFC TV after the game. “We knew it would be a tough game against this team – direct play, second balls, long throw-ins, all these things.“We managed our game with interesting moves and chances in the first and second half without finding the clinical edge. It was a shame. Of course, we cannot find the solution to score. We can take this goal but it is not a fair result.“A draw was the minimum and to lose this game for my team and players is harsh. Harsh because they had the right mentality despite tiredness in this busy period. They tried to give their best, to push until the end with a lot of chances.“It’s a shame. I’m sorry for my players and fans because it is not a fair result. We were unlucky, we conceded a fantastic goal and they scored with their chance at the end without the possibility to react. It’s difficult to accept, but that’s football.” last_img read more

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a day agoPhelan admits he was reluctant to return to Man Utd

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Phelan admits he was reluctant to return to Man Utdby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United assistant Mike Phelan has admitted he was reluctant to return to the club.Phelan left the club in 2013 but was offered a role in Ole Gunnar Solksjaer’s backroom staff last December.He told The Athletic: “I was down at Burnley College doing a coaching day and out on the pitch. About 3 o’clock, I finish and turn my phone on.”There is a call from Ole and another from Ed Woodward. Ole offered me the job and there was no real discussion. ‘Yeah, I’ll do it.'”Going back into Carrington, I was really, really nervous. We’d won the league by a canter when I left. But I didn’t know what to expect.”I had heard a lot of things in my time out about how it was operating. I just thought, ‘I’ll be myself.”And it was like I’d never been away. Surreal. We just brought back a bit of a feelgood factor.” last_img read more

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2018 Big Ten Football Preview Illinois Fighting Illini

Location: Champaign, Illinois 2017 Record: 2-10 (0-9 Big Ten) Head Coach: Lovie Smith 2018 record: 2-2 (0-1 Big Ten)All time record vs. OSU: 30-68What has happened thus far in 2018: The Fighting Illini began the season against Kent State, riding a strong second half to a 31-24 victory. In Week 2, Illinois overcame another sluggish start to gain a convincing 34-14 win against Western Illinois. After leading through the first three quarters, the Fighting Illini fell short, falling to USF 25-19 at Soldier Field in Chicago. Illinois played Penn State in the first Big Ten matchup of the season, where they held tough through three quarters, even leading 24-21 at one point in the third quarter, before Penn State scored six consecutive touchdowns to win 63-24. Impact Player:Freshman quarterback M.J. Rivers Jr. appears to be rising as an essential part of head coach Lovie Smith’s offense. After throwing two touchdowns in his debut against Western Illinois in place of injured quarterback A.J. Bush, Rivers has shown continued improvement on the field against strong opponents like Penn State. As he becomes more comfortable within the offense, he could continue to improve, having already set career highs for himself in total offense in each of the three games he has appeared, including 173 total yards against Penn State. Strengths:A balanced running attack appears to be Illinois’ biggest strength this year. With a freshman quarterback at the helm, the offense has had to remain balanced and rely on a steady running attack to aleve the quarterback of pressure. The Illini rushed for 174 yards and a touchdown against Penn State, including a 51-yard run from junior Reggie Corbin. With two running backs sharing carries in Corbin and Mike Epstein, the Illini have a strength in their consistent running attack this season. Weaknesses:The other side of the ball has not been as consistent for the Illini this season. Their defense has failed to create stops when they need them against strong opponents like USF and Penn State. Illinois gave up 591 total yards against Penn State and allowed them to convert 9-of-11 third-down attempts. It also gave up six straight touchdowns to end the game. While the Fighting Illini had two takeaways against Penn State, the Illini defense will certainly be hope for improvement as it comes off its bye week and resumes the Big Ten season. read more

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In celebration of Diwali one family plans to brin

first_imgIn celebration of Diwali, one family plans to bring Indian culture, food and entertainment to Tuscaloosa’s Bama Theatre.Bollywood Groove is a local dance studio owned by Huntsville native Dibya Singh. She was inspired to turn an unused office space into a Bollywood dance school, and the family has put on a Diwali show every year since then.“All the students get together and perform for the Diwali, which is the festival of lights,” Dibya Singh said. “We’ve been doing it at the Bama for several years now. We invite the community to come join us, we have food catered in from Sitar and we usually charge a very nominal ticket price at the gate. It’s just to enjoy our heritage.”Dibya Singh’s children, Nisha and Nikhil, attend and teach at the school and will be featured in the show. Nikhil Singh said that while Diwali is traditionally a Hindu festival, attendees can expect a variety of dances by performers of many faiths.“We have people from all kinds of different backgrounds, maybe a couple of people that are actually Hindu,” Nikhil Singh said. “We’re going to have a big opener with all the people. That one is the most fun; there’s a lot going on, it’s like five minutes. Then there will be an all-girl dance, there will be one with four people in it, two duets together. There will be a lot of me flipping, too.”Bollywood dance pairs traditional Indian music and choreography with hip-hop. It features lots of stunts and tricks, and the costumes are full of sparkle and bling. Nikhil Singh said he dances “just for fun,” but to his sister Nisha, the show is a testament to the studio’s independence and success.“The show is really cool because before we would just go to other people’s shows and perform, like in the local Indian community and UA,” Nisha Singh said. “But, 10 years ago we started doing our own show, and it was cool to get to display all of our own dances and put it on from our own studio and really establish ourselves as our own separate entity from other organizations.”The show will consist of several dances and songs from community members and students at Bollywood Groove. Guests from around Alabama and Mississippi will also perform. Dibya Singh said there may be a couple of western dances, but “it is Bollywood all the way through, from beginning to end.”UA religious studies professor Steven Ramey specializes in Asian religions and was in India for a Diwali festival during one of his trips abroad. He said that, while the festivities could be a bit much for his then-toddler son, he and his wife were met with plenty of hospitality and warmth.“When we were in India during Diwali, our neighbors invited us for a meal, to observe their ritual, which their college-aged daughter led for the first time, and then to watch the fireworks across the neighborhood from their roof patio, including the fireworks our neighbors lit themselves,” Ramey said.The five-day festival cannot be complete without lights, and Ramey said India was full of them. People decorated their homes with clay lamps called Diyas, but others took a more modern approach and used Christmas lights. A typical day of Diwali is full of feasts, rituals and entertainment, he said.“On the central day, many will eat a special meal in the evening, conduct a ritual at the home shrine that includes installing new images for the new year, specifically small clay images of Lakshmi and Ganesh (a popular deity across India who is the remover of obstacles and most recognized for having an elephant head), and set off fireworks outside,” Ramey said.Diwali is celebrated more dramatically in northern regions of India, but interfaith observance is not uncommon, as Ramey remembered one person in India told him “it does not feel like Diwali if her Muslim friends do not drop by her house to celebrate with her.” Specific traditions and practices depend on where a family is from and which deities they worship.“Two of the most common deities are Rama and Lakshmi,” Ramey said. “In the epic poem ‘The Ramayana,’ Rama is the crown prince who is also understood (later) to be an avatar (appearance) of the god Vishnu in human form.”The poem describes Rama’s stepmother banishing him for 14 years so her own son could become king instead. Sita, Rama’s wife, and his brother Lakshman followed him in his exile, but Sita is eventually kidnapped by a demon king named Ravana. While the story seems dark at first, it does lead to more of a wholesome ending.“After Rama defeats Ravana and saves Sita, they return to the kingdom and Rama is greeted by his half-brother, who never accepted the kingship his mother tried to secure for him,” Ramey said. “The celebration of Rama’s triumphant return, with lights decorating the capital, is one basis for the festival of lights, Diwali, when people decorate their houses with lights.”Ramey also mentioned one goddess, Lakshmi, who visits brightly-lit homes and brings good fortune to the families that live there. People often light every corner of their homes with Diyas so Lakshmi can find and bless as much of their lives as she can.“Lakshmi is the goddess of wealth, and another set of stories focuses on her in relation to Diwali,” Ramey said. “As the New Year (begins), business people in some areas start their new account books for the year on Diwali.”While attendees enjoy the show, they can also feast on traditional Indian dishes provided by Sitar, a local Indian restaurant and Tuscaloosa staple. General manager Mandy Pruthi said their partnership with Bollywood Groove’s event also benefits a cause dear to her heart.“We do this program under Drishti, the nonprofit organization I am the chairman for,” Pruthi said. “We have been doing this for 10 years now; it is like our Christmas.”The organization leaders pick a charity each year to support, then plan events throughout the year that directly benefit the selected charity. Drishti has been able to provide funding for Arts n’ Autism, the Oakdale Elementary School library and Project Blessings in the past, but they have yet to choose what to benefit for the 2019 season.Pruthi practices the Sikh faith, which she said is a newer religion that derives from Hinduism and Islam. She said she is excited to promote the beauty of her heritage and her business with the Tuscaloosa community.“People will learn about our culture, about Indian food catered by us,” Pruthi said. “Colorful costumes, they get to see nice dances also.”While Dibya Singh is excited to have a night of fun with her community, she is always paying attention to her future goals, as well.“I would like everybody here in Tuscaloosa to know that we do a Diwali show every November and look for it,” Dibya Singh said. “We do have people that come back year after year, which is very nice, but I would like it to be like a regular event of Tuscaloosa. That would make us very happy.”last_img read more

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