Hidilyn Diaz takes first SEA Games gold

Hidilyn Diaz clinched her first Southeast Asian Games gold medal after dominating the women’s 55-kg weighlifting event earlier at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium.

The 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist and 2018 ASEAN Games champion lifted a total weight of 211-kg to give the host country another gold medal finish.

Diaz conquered 91-kg in the snatch lift and 120-kg in the clean and jerk to hold a 14-point lead over the competition.

Vietnam’s Thi Thuy Nguyen finished in second place after lifting a total weight of 197-kg. Meanwhile, Indonesia’s Juliana Klarisa took the bronze medal with 175-kg.

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MPBL cancels games at Navotas Sports Complex due to non-playable condition

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There’s something about the Navotas Sports Complex.

For the third time in two seasons, the MPBL has cancelled the games here at the said venue due to slippery portions caused by heavy rains in the area.

League officials headed by MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes decided to halt the match betweeen Batangas City and Cebu with 7:32 left in the second period and the score tied at 22-all.

“Hindi na siya playable,” Duremdes told FOX Sports Philippines. “Bago pa lang kasi magsimula yung game, buhos na agad yung ulan kaya nag-moist yung sahig.”

A source added that the flooring of the said venue had become more slippery caused by the heavy downpour.

“Ang complain ng mga players, kapag nagdi-dribble sila, lumalabas yung tubig sa flooring. Nagmo-moist kasi nga umulan ng malakas,” added the source who requested anonymity.

Early this season, the league also suspended a game at the Navotas Sports Complex due to a similar incident.

Last season, the rim broke loose during a game between the Navotas Clutch and the Muntinlupa Cagers, forcing officials to reset the match.

On Monday, the MPBL also cancelled the game between the SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins and the Binan Heroes, who were scheduled to play in one of the games of the set triple-header on Tuesday.

Winless in 18 games, the Marlins are expected to undergo revamp in their line up and league founder Senator Manny Pacquiao had seen enough.

SOCCSKSARGEN is given time to make massive build up and put up a more decent team before plunging to action, league sources said.

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NBA games still not available on Philippine TV as asking price deemed too costly

One week into the 2019-20 NBA regular season and the games are still not being shown live on Philippine television.

Even the joint effort of bigtime networks ABS-CBN and TV5 combined were not enough, as the initial asking price for the television rights of the world’s biggest basketball entertainment have reportedly been too steep.

Jane Basas, president of TV5, told a select group of sportswriters that the price for the television rights of the NBA is too costly.

Ms. Basas refused to divulge the figures, but the amount is reportedly so mind blowing that even other TV networks are shying away from making a pitch.

“The price for the TV rights which was offered to us is something we can not even recover,” said Ms. Basas. “They had to lower it a bit, but we came up with our offer. Now the ball is in the hands of the NBA. Hopefully, they will get back to us.”

Ms Basas is the President and Chief Executive Officer of both TV5 and Cignal, one of the country’s leading cable television provider.

Both TV5 and ABS-CBN offered the NBA different platforms, using both the free and cable TV channels in bringing the games to the public.

“I’ve seen the opening game via livestream on Facebook, but it’s still not a good replacement for television. So as the League Pass which can be subscribed only by selected individuals,” added Ms. Basas. “There’s still no substitute for free TV.”

Under the proposal jointly offered by ABS-CBN and TV5, they will use both their free TV and cable channels to show the games of the NBA.

“We can bring it both at the high end and the downgraded level. In our case, we are planning to use One Sports where we can accommodate the NBA Premium TV so as to give the subscribers the viewing experience for HD subscribers, while we can also show a much lower end of viewing thru our free TV,” added Ms. Basas.

Ms. Basas is hoping to get feedback from the NBA in a week’s time.

The NBA is also reportedly offering the TV rights to another channel, CNN Philippines.

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Reports: Neymar’s father has agreed personal terms on behalf of the player with his next club

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Neymar’s father, who is also his aide and advisor, has reportedly reached personal terms agreement with Real Madrid president Florentino Perez as his son’s PSG exit looms.

Don Balon reports that a panic stricken Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has turned to Neymar as an emergency big money buy to save the club from its failings – on the back of the resounding 7-3 defeat to Atletico Madrid.

Neymar, who has been trying to force through a move to Barcelona for some time, has yet to agree to the terms that Real Madrid have put forth. Similarly, the report also states that PSG is yet to come to an understanding with Real Madrid too.

However, what is in the favour of Florentino Perez and Real Madrid in this instance is the bad blood that has developed between the Paris club and Barcelona through the Neymar saga.

The report states that PSG supremo Nasser El Khelaifi would prefer to offload the Brazilian superstar to Real Madrid rather than negotiate a deal with Barcelona – who have been content to allow discontent to brew in the Parisien camp to knock his price down despite the overt come-and-get-me plea issued by Neymar and his camp.

FOX Sports Asia probability rating: 1/5; As mentioned at the start of the article, Neymar and PSG have yet to agree terms with Real Madrid. There is still a long way to go for this deal to be pushed through.

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‘Iba yung gusto nila sa gusto ko’ | Valenzuela Classic coach bolts out of team due to internal conflict

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After leading the Valenzuela Classic to consecutive wins, former PBA Rookie of the Year and current Valenzuela coach Gerry Esplana has resigned as the Classic mentor.

Esplana confirmed this development to FOX Sports Philippines in a telephone interview.

“Hindi pala kami parehas ng direction. Iba yung gusto nila sa gusto ko, so there’s no point of continuing as coach,” Esplana said in a telephone interview.”

Esplana had several differences with the management, including intervening in the coaches’ decisions during games.

“Ilang beses na ring nangyari nagagalit sila sa amin dahil hindi ipinapasok yung mga bata nilang players. Syempre as coaches, gusto namin yung mga players na sumusunod sa amin,” added Esplana.

In the MPBL, teams are allowed to use 15 players every game out of the 22 listed their respective rosters.

But Esplana wanted to have a fix 15-man line up which he can use in the long run with the other seven serving as reserves.

Management, according to the 1990 PBA Rookie of the Year and multiple champion member, opted to use different sets of 15 players every game.

“Ang idea namin sa coaching staff, magkaroon kami ng Team A, which is in the 15-man line up and yung seven other players, parang Team B namin,” he added.

The last straw happened when management fired former PBA player Jojo Villapando, who served as Esplana’s deputy, without informing the head coach.

Esplana said he took a leave of absence for several games as he had already planned a vacation ahead before he was acquired as coach of Valenzuela.

“Matagal na naka-schedule yung bakasyon ko, kasi nga pupunta talaga kami sa Holy Land,” added Esplana. “Nagulat na lang ako na tinanggal nila si Jojo right after nung altercation nya with one of our players, Chris de Chavez.”

“Nabastusan talaga ako sa ginawa nila. Tinanggal nila si Jojo na hindi man lang ipinaalam sa akin and hindi man lang sila nag-investigate o kinausap si Jojo and si Chris kung ano nangyari.”

A former coach of the Emilio Aguinaldo College Generals in the NCAA, Esplana decided to part ways with Valenzuela and already informed the management of his decision.

“Pinanghihinayangan ko lang talaga, kasi may mga players na kami na-develop, particularly yung mga bago at nakuha na rin namin yung suporta nila,” added Esplana. “Gusto naming baguhin yung kultura ng team dahil ako bilang sports director ng Valenzuela at dating player ng PBA, gusto ko maganda yung image ng Valenzuela at may reputasyon rin akong pinangangalagaan.”

Under Esplana, Valenzuela posted a win-loss record of 4-1, including a four-game winning streak.

Without Esplana, the Classic lost three in a row.

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14-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo superfan detained by authorities in Singapore after ‘pitch invasion’

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The kid who gatecrashed Juventus vs Tottenham ICC game played in Singapore just to meet Cristiano Ronaldo was detained by authorities and threatened with stringent action.

The Sun reports that 14-year-old Kazakhstani Akhmadi Yerzhanov, the kid who ‘invaded’ the pitch to meet Cristiano Ronaldo was later on detained by Singaporean authorities and threatened with a heavy fine for his actions.

Security was prepared to tackle the boy when he ran across the pitch to meet Cristiano Ronaldo, who was seated in the dugout by then, but were waved off by Juventus manager Maurizio Sarri who later claimed that a child cannot be deemed to be a ‘pitch invader.’

However, the law men in Singapore reportedly took a dim view of the incident and detained the boy and his father. The report states that the case had even been transferred to the prosecution, before the Kazakhstan consulate got involved and diffused the situation.

The boy was eventually let off with a stern warning for his actions.

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The country’s foreign spokesperson then issued a statement to the media regarding the situation.

“A Kazakhstan teenager and his father were taken to the local police station.Given the very strict laws in Singapore, the boy was threatened with a substantial fine and other administrative measures by the authorities.

“The Consul immediately went to the police station and provided our citizens with consular services, including a translator, as the detainee and his father did not speak English sufficiently.

“The boy was lucky to escape a serious punishment – it is important for everyone not to violate rules of foreign states,” he concluded.

(Quotes R/T Sun)

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Roger Federer reveals favourite opponent and favourite Wimbledon moment

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Roger Federer coasted to a Wimbledon final showdown in the recently concluded 2019 edition before losing a five set thriller to Novak Djokovic. He names some of his favourites in the tournament.

Federer relinquished two match points against Djokovic en route to a 6-1, 6-7, 6-4, 6-7, 12-13 loss to the Serb in the finals of Wimbledon 2019 recently.

Speaking to Vogue, however, the Swiss sensation appeared to be in chipper spirits and went on to relay who and what his favourite Wimbledon opponent and moments were respectively.

“Winning my first Wimbledon or maybe beating Pete Sampras here,” he said of his favourite moment at the tournament which he has won a record eight times.

However, there was no surprise as to his favourite opponent.

“Rafa Nadal,” he said, as a matter of factly, before going on to praise the Spaniard at length.

“He is an intense guy on the court, he is super honest and open off the court and he has a heart of gold.”

Federer defeated Nadal in the semifinals of the tournament in a four set affair that was praised for the quality of the tennis on display, eleven full years after the duo had squared off in the consensus greatest Wimbledon finals in 2008.

 

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Philippines shower Pacquiao with praise after he becomes oldest Welterweight Champion in boxing history

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Manny Pacquiao defied father time to emerge victorious against Keith ‘One Time’ Thurman and captured the WBA Welterweight strap – making him the oldest champion ever in the weight class. 

The Philippines stood alongside the 40-year-old and serenaded him with praise after his achievement. Pacquiao got the better of Thurman on the judges’ scorecard in a split decision.

Thurman himself acknowledged after the fight that his conditioning and output was slightly lagging behind that of Pacquiao’s and that he had learned an important lesson on the day.

The American had also indulged in more than his fair share of pre-fight trash talk — only to be dropped in round one by Pacquiao and got visibly hurt after taking a body shot in Round 10.

After the fight, reactions poured in on social media from Pacquiao’s home country of Philippines, with people praising the pugilist for his remarkable showing against a much younger, undefeated champion.

Here are the best of them:

 

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Fans troll Thurman for pre-fight trash talk after he gets beat-up by 40-year-old Pacquiao

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Forty-year-old old Manny Pacquiao defeated the previously undefeated Keith Thurman in a 12 round slugfest, and Twitter was sure to troll the American after all of his pre-fight trash talk.

Pacquiao,  who also currently serves as a senator in the Philippines, came out victorious in the end and snagged the WBA (Super) Welterweight title from the previously unbeaten Thurman. The American certainly had his moments — especially in the middle to late rounds — but Pacquiao’s speed and accuracy proved enough to sway the judges in his favor.

And despite one judge scoring the fight for Thurman, it was quite apparent to the boxing savvy that Pacquiao had landed the more telling damage and won more rounds.

Pacquiao chose to make light of it after the fight when asked about Thurman’s pre-fight verbal volleys, stating that his opponent was just selling the encounter.

For his part, Thurman was also classy in defeat, hailing Pacquao as a legend and saying that he was lacking slightly in his output and conditioning compared to the veteran.

Twitter, however, wasn’t that kind.

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Ageless wonder Manny Pacquiao defeats Keith Thurman for the WBA Welterweight title

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Manny Pacquiao, 40,  defied father time yet again as he earned a hard fought split decsion against previously undefeated champion Keith Thurman.

The judges saw fit to rule the fight as a split decision, but it was Manny Pacquiao who captured all the key moments in the 1- round contest, knocking down Thurman with a right hook in the first round and visibly hurting him with a body shot in the tenth.

To his credit, 30-year-old Thurman battled back bravely, pushing Pacquiao onto the back foot in the middle to late rounds, But it was a case of too little, too late as the eight-division champion used his superior footwork and speed to his advantage to land the most damage.

At the end of the fight, Thurman did land more significant punches but Pacquiao’s punches were more telling.

After the victory, Pacquiao mentioned that his next fight will be in 2020, and that he will be ringside at the Errol Spence Jr. vs Shawn Porter fight that is scheduled to take place later this year in September.

 

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Here’s what Nadal learned from Djokovic’s approach against Federer in Wimbledon 2019 finals

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Rafael Nadal bowed out of Wimbledon 2019 after a tough semifinal loss to Roger Federer but learned just what he did wrong when he watched Novak Djokovic defeat the Swiss maestro in the finals.

Speaking to RTVE, Rafael Nadal’s uncle Toni Nadal revealed that they were watching intently as Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in a five set epic at the Wimbledon 2019 finals and managed to pick up a couple of pointers from the way the Serb approached the game.

“The final was one of the greatest matches in history, it had all the things although I remember better matches like in the US Open and, especially, the 2011 French Open semi-final,” Toni said.

“I watched the final with him [Rafael Nadal] and I told him to look at where Djokovic was returning. He was much closer to the baseline than he did in the semi-finals.

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“He admitted I was right and he was wrong in returning all the time from very behind. I asked him why he did not change his return position as both Francis Roig and I were telling him that during the match.

“He told me he had not seen it, he did not understand us and if he did he would have definitely done it,” revealed the world number two’s former coach.

Nadal, for the most part, played Federer from deep beyond the base line for the game and came up short, losing in four sets.

(Quotes R/T Express)

 

 

Wimbledon 2019: Novak Djokovic hints he wasn’t at his best against Roger Federer

The winning moment – Novak Djokovic epic Wimbledon final win over Roger Federer

Novak Djokovic had to battle through adversity for most of his Wimbledon 2019 final encounter against Roger Federer but held firm in the high pressure points and outlasted his Swiss counter part.

Novak Djokovic just about edged Roger Federer to his fifth Wimbledon title, surviving two Championship points and three tie breaks to defeat him 7-6, 1-6, 7-6, 4-6, 13-12.

However, the Serb acknowledged after the game that it was Federer who had the upper hand throughout the contest and dictated most of the match. Just, Djokovic’s ability to come up big during pressure points in the tie breaks ensured that he won in the end.

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He later elaborated on his theory and suggested that he had to bank on his ‘mental strength’ and ‘fight’ in order to win the match despite playing below his best.

“When you don’t play at the necessary level, you have to find your mental strength to add something extra.

“He was the one dictating the rhythm. It is a fight which brought me into this situation to achieve this trophy,” he said.

As it stands, it was the Serb’s 16th Grand Slam title, meaning that he is only 4 short of Roger Federer’s tally of 20 and only two behind Rafael Nadal – while being younger than both of them.

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Wimbledon 2019: Prize money earned by Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer revealed

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Wimbledon 2019 is in the books and Novak Djokovic was crowned the gentlemen’s singles champion while Simona Halep took the crown for the women. Here’s how much they got paid for their efforts.

Telegraph is reporting that Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep will both earn £2.35m for emerging victorious in their respestive gender brackets.

The losing finalists, Roger Federer and Serena Williams, will both come into £1.175 million each. The breakdown for the entire bracket is as given below:

Winner: £2.35 million

Runner-up: £1.175 million

Semi-finalists: £588,000

Quarter-finalists: £294,000

Fourth round: £176,000

Third round: £111,000

Second round: £72,000

First round: £45,000

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The total prize pot for the tournament stands at £38 million this year. However, despite widely being regarded as the most coveted and prestigious of Grand Slams, the number still falls below what is offered in the US Open and at Roland Garros.

US Open reportedly offered £42.4 million in 2018 while Roland Garros earlier this year coughed up €42.6 million.

Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in an epic 5-setter at yesterday’s Wimbledon finals, finally clinching the top prize with a 13-12 tie breaker win in the fifth and final set.

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Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams’ coach reveals ‘only reason’ she returned to tennis after childbirth complications

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Serena Williams lost to Simona Halep in straight sets at the Wimbledon 2019 finals as her comeback to tennis after childbirth continues to be a rocky road.

Williams was blown away 6-2, 6-2 by the Romanian and later on admitted that it was a case of being a ‘deer in headlights’ while her opponent pulled out all the stops in a high pressure situation.s

Ahead of the match, much was made of Williams breaking the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles – which she would have done had she defeated Halep.

The American’s coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. revealed before the match that the record was the only reason why the 37-year-old came back to tennis after serious complications during childbirth in 2017.

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“I’m not going to lie. This record is the number one reason she came back to tennis,” he said.

She had a baby, she started a family, she became a mother. She had to accept the pressure, accept to live this life again, travel around the world at 37 years old. And that’s because she wants it so much. It is the only reason she came back to tennis.”

As it would turn out, the imperious American would have to wait for the US Open to try and realize her dreams.

(Quotes R/T Guardian)

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