Uruguay is in great shape. It has 27 points and second place in the standings, 10 points behind Brazil. The team finishes qualifying at Venezuela, and at home against Bolivia — the two countries that are already eliminated.Depending on other results, a draw at Venezuela on Thursday might be enough to guarantee Uruguay a place in its third straight World Cup.COLOMBIAColombia has 26 points and beating Paraguay in the coastal city of Barranquilla could be enough to secure a place at its second straight World Cup. That would also eliminate long-shot Paraguay.“We’re fired up, but relaxed, knowing that this group can win the match and bring happiness to Colombia,” defender Davinson Sanchez said.CHILEThe two-time defending Copa America champion has only 23 points and is teetering on the edge. Chile is home against Ecuador on Thursday, and then must beat Brazil next week in Sao Paulo.Chile has lost its last two matches, against Paraguay and Bolivia, an indication of the state of play.PERUPeru has 24 points and has won three games straight to get back into contention. After the match in Buenos Aires, it finishes at home with Colombia.“We’re going to arrive at that final game in great shape,” Argentina-born coach Ricardo Gareca said. “We’ve got this far with our determination.”Peru last reached the World Cup in 1982 in Spain. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ What ban? Chinese in thrall to ‘goddess’ Sharapova Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president With two matches to play, Uruguay and Colombia are in the best shape to join Brazil at the World Cup. The biggest shock could be two-time champion Argentina, which will battle for a spot against Peru, Chile, Paraguay and Ecuador. Bolivia and Venezuela have been eliminated.Argentina, the runner-up three years ago in Brazil, has not missed a World Cup since 1970.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 shutoutHere’s a look at the countries and matches set for Thursday and next Tuesday.ARGENTINA View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Argentina and Peru play Thursday at Boca Juniors’ La Bombonera stadium, among the world’s most hostile venues for visiting teams. It’s the first World Cup qualifier there in 20 years.Both countries have 24 points, and a victory by either would be a giant step toward qualifying. A slip, andArgentina will have to win the final match in Quito, Ecuador, where the altitude of 2,850 meters (9,350 feet) is a burden for visiting teams.Peru, coached by Argentine Ricardo Gareca, is at home to Colombia in its final game.Argentina will be without Sergio Aguero for both matches after he fractured ribs in a car accident last week. New coach Jorge Sampaoli has been unable to lift the team, which has drawn its last two matches, against Uruguay (0-0) and Venezuela (1-1).URUGUAYADVERTISEMENT BRAZILBrazil is already in, and will surely test reserves in Thursday’s match in the thin air of La Paz. Look for the regulars to face Chile next week in Sao Paulo.Brazil coach Tite is undefeated in 10 qualifying games, and has won nine of them.THE RESTParaguay with 21 points, and Ecuador with 20, will need to win their final two matches and get help from others to have any chance. Bolivia and Venezuela are out. Brazil’s Casemiro(L), Neymar(C) and Thiago Silva attend a training session at the Granja Comary sports complex in Teresopolis, about 90 km from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on October 3, 2017 ahead of their World Cup qualifier matches against Bolivia and Chile. / AFP PHOTO / Mauro PIMENTELRIO DE JANEIRO — Brazil is in, and over the next week three more South American countries will join the five-time champions at the World Cup in Russia.The fifth-place team from the region will also keep its chances alive, facing a playoff next month against New Zealand. That winner will also advance.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients
John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Jerwin Ancajas jogs inside his room at Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina. | @rluarcaINQ pic.twitter.com/DldrHk9ZL2— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) February 2, 2018He told Manila-based sportswriters that Ancajas was really supposed to weigh within that range less than 24 hours before Friday’s official weigh-in.“It’s normal for Jerwin,” said Jimenez. “He can shed two, four or even five pounds in one solid training session” because he perspires a lot.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH The International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion went old-school sauna to help him sweat more Thursday night.Earlier, he did the mitts with trainer Joven Jimenez and ran short jogs to rev up the muscles. After 15 minutes, he went out, stripped out of sweat suits and proceeded to the toilet to check his weight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAncajas logged 117 pounds—two lbs above the weight limit and 1.2 over the 115.8 he registered Wednesday night.Instead of being concerned, however, Jimenez felt relieved. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police 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 View comments Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Even former world champion Rodel Mayol and Asian Games gold medalist Roberto Jalnaiz, who were tapped by Jimenez to assist him and Ancajas here for the Feb. 3 title fight, were surprised by the amount of sweat that oozed out when Ancajas did the treadmill Thursday morning at the Holiday Inn Downtown Marina fitness center.“With the way he (Ancajas) sweats , he can even go down to 105,” Mayol, the former World Boxing Council light flyweight titlist,” said in jest. “But we have to make sure that the nutrients he lost are replenished.”Jerwin Ancajas does old school “sauna” after Thursday night’s workout at his hotel room. | @rluarcaINQ pic.twitter.com/NuTPHUQRUy— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) February 2, 2018That’s why Ancajas was allowed to eat small servings, with soup on the side, making him heavier when he woke up after an afternoon nap.According to Jimenez, Ancajas will still be given food by midnight, but without rice.To give his ward ample time to rest and sleep, Jimenez switched rooms with Ancajas.“When he wakes up, hell’ be a little bit heavier and he’ll get the weight in one session before lunch,” said Jimenez.If not, the old reliable sauna will come in handy. Staredown fails to shake Ancajas’ knees Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jerwin Ancajas weighs 115.8 pounds after Thursday morning’s workout.CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS—At first glance, the pile of white tucked at the corner of Jerwin Ancajas’ hotel room were soiled beddings and pillows.But upon closer look, a cell phone became visible and there was slight movement beneath the sheets. Somebody was in there, listening to music. It was Jerwin Ancajas.ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast 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 The Hawkeyes return to action on Thursday against Marinerong Pilipino.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The numbers speak for themselves.Jose is averaging 14.7 points and 12.7 rebounds through three games for the Hawkeyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn their recent conquest against the Jawbreakers, the former FEU bruiser tallied 12 markers and 17 rebounds to carry his team to a 2-1 slate early in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.But as gaudy as his stats are, Jose made it clear that he’s simply doing what Fernandez is asking from him. Raymar Jose. PBA IMAGESIt took three games for Cignal HD coach Boyet Fernandez to prove his assumptions correct, and after the team’s 107-69 win over Zark’s Burger on Monday, he can dare say that his hardworking forward is one of the best young prospects in the country today.“I can’t say anything about him. He’s one of the best in the amateur leagues right now,” he said. “He’s hardworking and he always makes it a point that he knows the system. He has a good chance of making to the PBA and I’m happy with the way he’s playing.”ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games “I’m only doing what I can for the team, which is hard work and hustle. I always give my all whenever I’m on the floor,” he said in Filipino.Jose, though, wouldn’t deny that his goal is to make a good account of himself this conference as he seeks to make some noise in the upcoming 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.“Of course, I want to make it to the pros. That’s why I’m this focused. This is my last conference in the D-League going to the draft, so I have to step up for me to make it to the goal that I want to achieve,” he said.Before he could get too ahead of himself, Jose still maintained that his focus is on Cignal as the team seeks to complete a season sweep this year.“Cignal is known as a top team, so we have to be up there. Our goal is to win a championship, so we can’t relax and we have to sustain the way we are playing,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds View comments Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Valdez, Reyes headline Ateneo-La Salle charity game Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
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. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ 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 Aby Marano of F2 Logistics. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO, surveying the damage of Tuesday’s Finals Game 1, had a clear picture of exactly what happened: “We became too meek and lost our fire.”The feisty enforcer of F2 Logistics said her team needs to regain its confidence in order to stop Petron from sweeping the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference title Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Air Force shoots down UP Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “We have to come out like we are ready to eat our opponents alive,” Maraño said in Filipino. “It’s a test of character for us.”Game time is 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.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 starsWith a solid lineup that they use efficiently, the Blaze Spikers blasted the Cargo Movers, 25-23, 25-21, 25-19, to inch closer to their first title in two seasons.“You know our team, we have a way of coming back,” said Maraño. “We just have to erase doubts in our mind. Yes it was a three-set defeat. But we need to move on. I know we can do it as one whole team.” El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes “I know that what we showed in Game 1 wasn’t the real performance of F2 Logistics,” De Jesus said. “The adrenaline of the players in Game 1 was so high that they tend to commit mistakes.”De Jesus added: “I told them that some of them were selected in the national team, so they might as well come up with ‘national team-like’ performance.”F2 Logistics boasts national team players in Maraño, Kim Fajardo, Dawn Macandili and Kiana Dy.Petron has four in Mika Reyes, Rhea Dimaculangan, Aiza Pontillas and Ces Molina, who topscored in Game 1 with 11 points.Of the national team mainstays of F2 Logistics, top libero Macandili played below expectations, failing to get first ball which created a domino effect in their offense.But De Jesus expressed confidence on his players that include reigning UAAP champions Majoy Baron, Desiree Cheng, Macandili and Dy of La Salle.“My players are warriors,” said De Jesus, “I know they will come back and redeem themselves. It’s not over yet. The series won’t end on Thursday.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For Petron coach Shaq delos Santos, it was his wards’ burning desire to win that made the Game 1 victory possible.“It was our heart which carried us in this game,” he said. “We’re already in the championship match. It’s no longer a question of skills or talent; it’s now a question of willingness and desire. Whoever wants it more would definitely win.”But Delos Santos said they are wary F2 Logistics will come back to retain the title.“Knowing F2 (Logistics), they will surely bounce back,” he added.F2 coach Ramil de Jesus said he called for a “national team-level” performance from his wards but didn’t get one last Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT
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’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo 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 FILE PHOTO – Guard Ray Parks and national team assistant coach Jimmy Alapag during practice at Meralco Gym. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere were occasional bursts of laughter during practice on Thursday.Controlled scrimmages between Gilas Pilipinas’ Fiba Asia Cup team and Southeast Asian Games squad were intense, but fun was still written on the players’ faces from the ever playful Calvin Abueva to the usually stoic Mac Belo and always serious Terrence Romeo.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet LATEST STORIES “As you can see, we’re very far from being in competitive shape so all we can do is really make the best of what we have and have fun like this kasi there’s just so much we can do. We’ll just try our best.”Gilas opens its campaign against China on Wednesday. The team takes a break on Friday, then holds its last practice here Saturday morning.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Seasoned Fernandes wages ONE bantamweight title to young Leone But beyond the feeling of ease throughout Gilas’ second to the last training session before leaving for Lebanon early Sunday morning, reality check hits.“As you can see, the Fiba Asia team, they’re having a hard time against the SEA Games team. Can you imagine if that’s China?” Reyes told reporters.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 stars“But like I always keep saying, we gotta work with what we have. We had to rest the players who have games tomorrow so those who are not playing tomorrow were the ones who scrimmaged,” said Reyes, referring to June Mar Fajardo and Jayson Castro, who will suit up for their respective PBA clubs on Friday.Reyes admitted the team still has a lot of catching up to do to reach its desired form in time for the Fiba Asia tilt. View comments
Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 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 Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments “I was not able to give June Mar a lot of minutes because of his injury and he wasn’t able to join practice for the past two days because he’s still recuperating,” said Austria.Still, San Miguel enjoyed a three-pronged attack with Wendell McKines doing the most damage with 35 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists.Santos added 30 points to go along eight boards and five blocks while Alex Cabagnot had 27 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.Terrence Romeo led Globalport with 26 points and six boards while Holloway added 25 points and 23 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel bounced back and sank Globalport, 115-112, to get its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Beermen, who are coming off a three-week break, had to rely on late-game heroics from Arwind Santos, who made the game’s final free throw and disrupted Murphy Holloway’s potential-game tying shot.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Bench-clearing brawl erupts in La Salle, FEU pre-season game LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “Even though the players played sluggish, we were able to to come out as winners and I’m happy for them,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria as they improved to 3-1.Despite taking a 112-104 lead with 2:12 remaining in the game, the Beermen weren’t able to easily shake off the Batang Pier as the latter pounded to make it a one-possession game, 114-112, on the nine-second mark.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 openingCompounding San Miguel’s situation was June Mar Fajardo’s injury.The three-time MVP is still nursing his injured right calf he sustained before the Fiba Asia Championship.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo And these attempts were point blank floaters and layups that Castro, who finished with 15 points, usually makes.“Everybody has off nights but I think our mistake was our transition defense because once they get the ball we let them start running,” said Castro in Filipino.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 openingThere were also some calls—or lack thereof—that seemed questionable for TNT but Casto would not comment on the officiating in the loss.“We can’t do anything about it, that was what the referees called so we just have to focus on the game next time around,” said Castro. 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 Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Gavina blows his top after yet another Kia loss: ‘I’m tired of this’ The KaTropa failed to stretch their winning streak to three with the loss as they dropped to 4-3. MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion 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’ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—–TNT point guard Jayson Castro had the coldest hands inside Ynares Sports Center in the KaTropa’s loss 119-112 loss to Globalport in the PBA Governors’ Cup.Castro went on a decent 5-of-12 clip from the field but missed multiple crucial shots in the fourth quarter when the KaTropa attempted to come back against the Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENT
The Commonwealth Games Village, the cause of much heartburn and anguish, has seen a Cinderella-like transformation into a spanking new five-star complex.A view of the Commonwealth Games 2010 VillageI spent over five hours walking through the Village and checking out the facilities on Saturday – the Games Organising Committee had taken mediapersons on a visit to get a first-hand view.From what I saw for myself, my verdict is a thumbs up. And I am basing my judgment on what I had experienced of similar facilities provided at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games and the 2008 Beijing Olympics. I have covered all the three events.Not even a week ago, the Village had become an embarrassment for the country, its dirty loos and bad maintenance flying in the face of the country’s claim to be an emerging economic power. With India’s reputation in the mud, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had to do some plainspeaking to the organisers.More from CWG 2010:We’ll have good games: FennelChange in CWG tune: Everyone loves it nowCWG lanes to be operational from MondayNothing to fear in CWG: Delhi PoliceThat was after foreign athletes, sports officials and even heads of government had raised doubts over the New Delhi Games. Some even seemed to encourage pull-outs.Indeed, many athletes did so, citing worries over health and hygiene. Those shrill complaints receded into the background as I walked through the complex – the residential quarters, the dining area, the gymnasium and of course the loos. And the 15 high commissioners who had come along with us seemed to share my sense of elation.advertisementI boarded the gleaming red air-conditioned Commonwealth Games bus from Connaught Place. CRPF personnel stood guard inside. A Delhi Police patrol vehicle kept us company. It was with trepidation that I stepped into the Village. Much has been written about stray dogs that had made themselves comfortable in the rooms meant for the athletes. At first I walked along with the media group, but soon I broke away to check things out for myself.My first stop was a toilet. It was not like what I had seen in the pictures that had been published. The one I saw looked clean. Evidently, the housekeeping staff, drawn from three leading hotel chains, have managed to set the house in order in record time.The Indian contingent at lunch in the Games VillageThe residential area has close to five-star facilities. The rooms are quite spacious and the furnishings of a very high order. Sanitation standards haven’t been compromised. Some blocks are still being readied and work is expected to be completed only by Tuesday.During the Manchester Commonwealth Games in 2002, visiting teams were made to stay in university hostels. The general store, from where I bought a can of juice as the sun was unexpectedly harsh, was well-stocked. You could buy bottled water, aerated drinks and Toblerone bars. Microwave-and-eat Indian food abounded on the shelves.I have been to the Games villages in Sydney and in Beijing, so I can tell you that the store at our Games Village compares well with them. The store attendant said business had yet to pick up because the athletes were just coming in. But he still did business worth Rs 20,000 each day.The Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chairman, Suresh Kalmadi wanted to stretch the guided tour and I agreed. He showed us the gym that had got loads of bad publicity and the equipment in it – such as the infamous Rs 10-lakh treadmill.The gym was state-of-the-art, just as any top athlete would expect it to be. From there to the indoor wrestling training arena was a short walk. Kalmadi wanted me to see it for myself. The mats were impressive and the floor clean. No foul smells and in fact, if you had none to grapple with, there were ‘dummy bodies’ you could check out your skills with. Even their weights were different, so that you could choose one in your weight category.The sauna and steam baths looked superb, making me envy those who would buy the apartments after the Games – they would get to enjoy these facilities. Very soon, we walked into a mini stadium where track and field athletes will train. It is a huge complex with synthetic tracks good enough to host a national championship. Surely, there has been no compromise on this. I remember, Sydney and Beijing did not have such facilities.Altheletes from participating nations have food at the CWG Village dining areaAt a distance of 500m, we were shown overlays. “See those large umbrellas, they are part of the overlays we had asked for. They are not umbrellas that you said are available for Rs 600 at the top end in markets,” Kalmadi said. It was past lunch time, so we were taken to the dining hall. The ambience, dcor and quality of food compare with the best that athletes are offered anywhere else in the world. The variety was good enough to cater to an international turnout.From calorific values of each food item to a nutritionist at hand, ready for assistance, none of the essentials were left out. Indian, Mexican, Italian and Continental dishes were on offer. I sat down for a meal. It was soul-satisfying. By contrast, at the Beijing Olympics, the variety was limited and the vegetarians got a raw deal. At Sydney 2000, Indian athletes complained of the limited choice of food items.advertisementI saw athletes from India and abroad – I will not name the ones I spotted – enjoying their meal. The hospitality staff was courteous and the cutlery so clean that it was like what you’d get at a starrated restaurant.When we were taken to the residential area – the towers we were taken to looked spanking clean – I first went into the block where the Welsh contingent had put up. The electric plugs and toilets looked fine. The India block was also in ship shape, the athletes said.Lalit Bhanot, secretary general of the organising committee, said, “We got the residential blocks late and an entire labour force was deployed. We have worked hard. Even in Manchester 2002 and in the Olympic villages I have seen, such five-star facilities were not provided.”During the visit, I did not find dirty residential blocks. Yes, water had collected at some points. True, 18 blocks still remain to be cleaned fully. But if what I saw on Saturday is any indication, the work that remains will be completed by Tuesday as promised. India Shining again? Keep your fingers crossed.
Deepika Padukone, who stars in Prakash Jha’s Aarakshan, says she got admission in college by flashing her ‘sports certificate’.”I owe my admission to the sports quota. It worked for me, so reservation has touched my life. But then there is a much wider impact of reservation in education and jobs. It has its own benefits and pitfalls. I am sure that the film would fetch varied reactions,” Deepika told PTI.”This is why it really meant a lot to me when Aarakshan came my way. There is no added glamour quotient or a romantic track just so that it could be made into a ‘masala’ affair,” she added.Jha’s latest explores the politics behind reservation in education system and stars Amitabh Bachchan, Saif Ali Khan, Deepika and Manoj Bajpai in key roles. The film hits theatres on August 12.Saif plays Deepika’s love interest in the movie while Bachchan is her father. So while the core subject of the film was dramatic enough, the demand of the script was for Deepika to share certain chemistry with Bachchan.And the 25-year-old actor admits that she was flustered to share screen space with Bachchan.”Before stepping into Aarakshan, I had never interacted with him (Bachchan) very closely. I had perhaps met him a few times socially on a ‘hello-hi’ basis but that’s about it. Due to that I was really very flustered on the first day of the shoot as I didn’t quite know what to expect from him,” said Deepika.”But when I look back and reflect, I think it was all in my own head.”advertisementDeepika also feels that scenes between her and Bachchan create several brillant father-daughter moments in the movie.”I think what also helped was the fact that Prakashji has written several moments quite brilliantly for the film.There are these little moments between Amitji, Tanviji (Azmi) and myself that present a close knit family. The sense of togetherness has been brought out well here.”Last year was a mixed bag for Deepika. Housefull did well but films like Break Ke Baad, Lafangey Parindey, Karthik Calling Karthik and Khelein Hum Jee Jaan Se Bhi failed to live up to the hype, which has left the actor disappointed.”I was disappointed with the box office outcome of some of my films because I sincerely believe they could have done much better. But then there is a silver lining as creatively it was a satisfying experience and this is what keeps you going,” said Deepika.The actress will next be seen in Desi Boyz and (tentatively titled) Cocktail.
For Abhinav Bindra, training is not about studying the strategies of his rival shooters but about challenging himself to improve each time he is at the range. “If you can shoot perfectly when no one is around, if you can challenge yourself to the limit and succeed, there is nothing that can hold you back,” he explains.Bindra’s preparations for the 2008 Beijing Olympics startled most psychologists. He once bought yak’s milk from China, believing it could enhance concentration, which it did not.He spent 20 days experimenting with a single pair of shooting shoes before concluding that the sole on one needed to be 1mm thicker. He seeks perfection.To prepare himself mentally for the London Games, he went skydiving a couple of weeks ago from approximately 20,000 feet. He slept amidst red ants a year ago, just to see how long he could hold on. “He is getting mad again,” says his coach Heinz Reinkemeier. ‘Mad’ refers to Bindra’s obsessive nature.Reinkemeier was to join Bindra in London but could not as he is chief coach of the Dutch shooting team. “Abhi is getting into the groove again. After winning gold in Beijing, he perhaps lost his way a bit. But the focus is back now. He is back doing the weird things,” he says.It is not surprising when you consider the tiny margin for error. One bad shot and four years of preparation will amount to nothing.”When you are shooting, you are too focused on your job,” says Bindra. “At the end of the day, you have to see that your best is better than that of others.”advertisementIs he satisfied with his preparation for the Olympics? “Well, one is always striving to do better,” he says. “I was world champion and Olympic champion, but I always try to better my own performance.I don’t like to think about what’s going to happen. Maybe that’s how others prepare. When I go to sleep, I need to be happy with the effort I have put in. I am sleeping peacefully. I am happy.”
Saif Ali Khan made heads turn with his new look as he stepped out of Mumbais Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport sporting blonde hair and a set of brand new tattoos splashed liberally on his left arm and fingers.Girlfriend Kareena Kapoor was at the airport to receive him as Saif returned from Mauritius after finishing a shooting schedule for his upcoming zombie comedy, Go Goa Gone , which he has also produced.”These are Aztec symbols that symbolise peace and harmony. I have got the tattoos because they ward off the evil eye,” Saif said.The blonde hair, the actor said, was part of his look in Go Goa Gone . He plays a member of the Russian mafia who is hunting for a zombie. The hair, he said, “adds to the character”. “I have tried to experiment with my look in the film as it is an altogether different character from all that I have ever played,” he said.This is not the first time that he has got himself inked. Earlier, he had etched Kareena on his left forearm.Saif seemed to be enjoying showing off his new tattoos to the press, even as the lensmen missed no chance to click away.In 2008, Saif created a buzz when he got Kareenas name tattooed on his forearm.The tattoo has been tactfully concealed in his films but the latest set of tattoos that he has acquired will obviously be visible in his upcoming projects.Apart from Go Goa Gone, Saif is also shooting for Abbas- Mustans Race 2 . He will have to get rid of his blonde look for Race 2 , of course.advertisement”The look in Race 2 is an extension of what it was in the first film. In the sequel, though, I will look more muscular and sport more tattoos on my arms,?? Saif, who had acquired a lean look for his latest releases, Agent Vinod and Cocktail , said.For Race 2, he added, he has hired a new trainer to get into the beefy mode. He is shooting for the first leg of the film in Mumbai and is cast opposite actor Deepika Padukone.
It’s been crazy as I have been chasing three possible Indian medals in one day at the London Olympics.Okay, before you think I have lost it, this is how Friday panned out.Sunrise was early and not just because of early day break in summer but how every Indian wanted to make a dash to Wembley to see Saina Nehwal in action against Wang Yihan. Had Saina won, she would have been sure of a silver, though it did not happen.A 9am start was indeed challenging not just for Saina but even me. From the Main Press Centre in Stratford to Wembley, it’s a long run.No matter how fast the Olympics bus takes you in the dedicated lane, it means nothing when you have got into a wrong bus! Instead of Wembley, it was talking us to Excel, where boxing takes place.It was harrowing, using all forms of transport available and making it to Wembley just in time for Saina’s match. While the average fan would say it was bad Saina lost, reality is the Indian queen is still not good enough to beat this tall girl Wang. The Chinese girl’s smashes are so hard and she moves like a hare. Actually, if we were to have a “Battle of Sexes” match in badminton, the Indian men may lose to her!From Wembley to the Royal Artillery Range was another mad dash. News of Joydeep Karmakar in the prone final and Vijay Kumar going great guns made me believe this was truly going to be a ‘Game for Gold’ day.Karmakar shot as well as he could, though nerves played its part towards the end. Yet, for someone who had lost his ammunition in Hanover and was left with the last lot of his Eley cartridges, this was a great show.I have no doubt with the focus on Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi and Abhinav Bindra in London, Karmakar was relaxed. He had his chances and blew it but all is not lost.It’s just his first Olympics and a fourth place show is indeed creditable. Leave aside India’s Olympic medallists a fourth place showing in an Olympics final is the best I have got to see.Back to the real silver medal which came after two dreams went up in smoke in the space of hours.I knew Vijay Kumar had been waiting for this big day. Unlike other Indian sportspersons, he has liked to keep the spotlight away from him.After watching him shoot the final, I am convinced when we talk of killer instinct and so on, if we could get the Indian Army to train more sportspersons, it will be good.Shooting is a sport in India where there is a proper system and there is good synergy between civilians and the Army and corporate also chip in.While we know the Mittal Champions Trust has been funding athletes, the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) also needs to be recognised for their support. Both Narang and Vijay Kumar Sharma are supported by OGQ.Talk of faujis in sport, their discipline and dedication are amazing. Being a subedar, Vijay Kumar knows what the ‘differences’ are between him and the officers in Indian Army.While I saluted Vijay in London and you will do so when he touches down at the IG airport in the capital, he knows in the Indian Army, there is a divide.Yes, unlike others athletes who work in public sector undertakings and the Indian Railways, Vijay doesn’t have to attend office. He can just keep training.There will be huge cash awards and so on for Vijay, but where he needs true recognition is from the Indian Army.From Dhyan Chand to Milkha Singh and Sriram Singh, they were all from the Indian Army.Vijay Kumar has done his regiment proud and become a national hero now. Yet, as one who serves the Army, he knows the class difference will always exist. Sad, isn’t it?advertisement
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Wednesday added more fuel to the intense speculation about his strained relationship with V.V.S. Laxman, saying he was not invited for a late night party thrown by the retired cricketer at his residence.Laxman, who retired from the game in controversial fashion just ahead of the series against New Zealand even though he was selected for the two Tests, threw a party on Tuesday for senior members Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir and Zaheer Khan at his residence in Manikonda in the suburbs of the city. He, however, chose to ignore Dhoni for the bash.When Dhoni was asked at the pre-match press conference if he was invited by Laxman, he replied in a clear “No”.The skipper also chose to pay little attention to the fact that Laxman could not get through to him to inform him about his immediate retirement plans ahead of the series.”You think it’s a controversy but people who know me always complained that I’m someone who is quite difficult to get hold of. That was one of the reasons why Laxmanbhai could not get hold of me,” Dhoni told reporters ahead of the first cricket Test against New Zealand starting here tomorrow.”That’s not something new. I have tried to improve but it seems I have not really improved,” he said.Asked about Laxman’s sudden retirement, pat came Dhoni’s reply: “You need to ask Laxman about it.”Laxman, who trained hard at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for about four months and also played in two local matches keeping in mind the fresh season ahead, suddenly announced his retirement last week, fuelling speculation that all was not well in the Indian camp.advertisementAccording to unconfirmed reports, Laxman was handed a two-match ultimatum by one of the selectors.The elegant middle-order batsman, known for his second innings heroics including an epic 281 against Australia in Kolkata, was unhappy about the ultimatum which is believed to be the reason behind his sudden retirement.Laxman’s retirement came after Dravid bid adieu to the game in March in the aftermath of India’s 0-8 rout in England and Australia.Dhoni said the team would miss the duo but felt that their absence would provide opportunity to youngsters to prove their mettle.”Definitely these are our two great players and we will miss them on the field. But that’s how it is,” he said on the eve of series opener.”It’s an opportunity for the youngsters to take up the responsibility in the longer format. We are hoping that the youngsters would grab the opportunity and do well,” he added.The duo’s absence would mean that India would have to fill in the void at the slip cordon, of which Laxman and Dravid were integral part. But Dhoni hoped that Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli would take up the responsibility.”We are hoping that we won’t miss them in the slip cordon. When it comes to scoring runs and the experience they had, it would be quite difficult. That’s one area where we will definitely miss them,” the skipper said.”But we don’t think we will be short of fielders. We have players like Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Virender Sehwag who are already fielding at the slips. We have seen the youngsters catch the ball really well. Sehwag most likely will stand at the first slip.”With the spinners, there might be a bit of issue. It’s challenging when there’s bounce. We will miss Rahul over there. But let’s look ahead and hope one of the youngsters take this opportunity and take a few good catches there,” he added.
Big man Asi Taulava is looking at retirement after 20th season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Asi Taulava is ready to hang those sneakers up.An original giant of the PBA, the 6-foot-9 Taulava entered the league in 1998 as Mobiline’s direct hire for that season and it eventually became the beginning of one of the greatest careers of any Filipino basketball player.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Heartbreak and disbelief as Andy Murray announces retirement Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting At 45, however, Taulava knows he’s reached the final days of his playing career and he hinted that the 2019 PBA season will be his last.“I’m thinking this might be my last year, I want to get it to 20 and see where it goes from here,” said Taulava Thursday during the PBA Media Day at Solaire Resort and Casino.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“Let’s see after the final year if it’s meant to be then it will be my swan song.”Taulava won just one title in his career but he was the 2003 MVP and was a 16-time All-Star, and represented the Philippines in several occasions. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 View comments LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte NLEX’ amiable big man won the silver medal in the 2015 Fiba Asia Championship in Changsha.Taulava averaged 2.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 0.6 assists in 9.4 minutes of play in the past season.“I just want to enjoy it, I’ll play my tail off, if my body can still go for another year then why not, but if my body tells me ‘Asi, it’s time to sit down and hang out with the older guys,’” said Taulava.“It’s a win-win situation for me, I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve enjoyed this ride, and not too many players in the PBA can last 20 years.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion
MOST READ It took just one practice session for Juan Gomez de Liaño to create quite an impression on former Los Angeles Lakers standout Lamar Odom.“This kid can play and is good,” said Odom of the UP star, who showcased his shooting and playmaking skills in Mighty Sports’ first practice session.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts PLAY LIST 02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 2019 Batang Pinoy set for fine weather Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town The team, which will also parade former Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee and Chinese league veteran Randolph Morris, is gearing up for the Dubai International Basketball Championship set Feb. 1 to 9.“First practice was OK; I like that guys were excited, lots of laughs. They were practicing well,” said coach Charles Tiu, the younger brother of retired Rain or Shine star Chris Tiu. “Juan looked very good. I was also impressed with his decision-making. His overall game, including his shooting, was great.”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 Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES
Amidst Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s much talked about Japan visit, another good news especially for students who have a penchant for learning news languages is that PM Modi spoke in an interactive session at the Taimei Elementary School on Monday morning as he began his second full day of the five-day trip to Japan, stressing on building language ties between the two nations. He called on Japanese teachers to impart their language skills to Indian learners as mentioned by a newspaper daily.PM Modi tweeted on his PMO account that it (Indian Government) is trying to teach Japanese language in India’s schools. They need teachers for that and thus he invites them all (Japanese techers) to come to India and teach. Modi, who arrived in Kyoto on Saturday and was received by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Sunday visited the famous Toji and Kinkaku-ji temples.After interacting with Japanese Deputy Minister for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Maekawa Kihai, and teachers of the Taimei Elementary School, Modi also said that Indian languages could also be introduced in Japan, and such an exchange would positively impact this century. He also said that India needs to learn from Japan in order to modernize its primary education system.
Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag “When he shot that three-pointer I had to stand up from my seat,” said Cabagnot in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “Coach Chris [Gavina] and I talk about encouraging and you know we shot a lot of three-pointers [11-of-44].”“The best thing we could do in encourage and when he shot that shot there was no doubt in my mind, especially coach Chris’ that it would go in,” added Cabagnot.Nonoy said that his sudden outburst just came out of nowhere especially when he scored just seven points in the first three quarters.“I don’t know where that came from and I think I had that confidence from my coaches and I was actually surprised that I did that,” said Nonoy who finished with 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT MANILA, Philippines—Alex Cabagnot has hit numerous clutch shots for San Miguel in the PBA that it has gotten hard to keep track.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gerry Abadiano determined to deliver NU Bullpups another NBTC crown LATEST STORIES MOST READ Google Philippines names new country director Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And his resume of late-game heroics has made him appreciate another man’s work even more.Cabagnot was serving as the assistant coach for Team Hustle in the 2019 NBTC National Finals Division I All-Star Game when he bore witness to the greatness of Mark Nonoy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsTeam Hustle trailed 76-75 against Team Heart midway through the fourth quarter when Nonoy decided to go mental.Nonoy went on a personal 14-6 run capped off with a booming three-pointer against two defenders for the 89-82 lead with 34.7 seconds left in the game. Cabagnot was no doubt in awe of Nonoy but he knows the incoming collegiate freshman for University of Santo Tomas still has a lot to work on.“He still has a lot to improve but he’s under a good program and a good coach,” said Cabagnot who also works as an assistant for University of the Philippines. “The best thing he could do is listen to the coach, to the elders around him, and also to the alumni.” 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 View comments Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We were trying to avoid going [down] 0-2. I told them to step up on defense and that’s what’s happened,” San Miguel coach Leo Austria said. “I think what happened tonight was that we were able to set up the plays and not rely solely on June Mar (Fajardo).”Chris Ross was the catalyst in the second period, while skipper Alex Cabagnot followed through in the next frame as a total of seven players tossed in twin figures that baffled the Magnolia defense.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsMangolia got 18 points from Ian Sangalang, while Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca tossed in 15 and 12, respectively.“Like I’ve said, once they reach a hundred points, we have a slim chance of defeating them,” Magnolia’s Chito Victolero admitted. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Resharpened Ancajas must stun and shine LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte San Miguel Beer didn’t take any chances on Friday, dominating on both ends early to turn back Magnolia, 108-101, and knot their best-of-seven series for the PBA Philippine Cup at 1-1 at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.The Beermen made use of a fiery performance in the middle quarters to break away from the Hotshots and take full control of the contest and wrest psychological edge going into Sundays crucial third game also at the fabled Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess