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SEA Games: PH squash team brings in second bronze

By on November 30, 2019

first_imgWATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LATEST STORIES Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Aribado also won a bronze medal in the women’s doubles Wednesday together with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida. Host Malaysia finished 1-2 in the podium like in the women’s doubles. 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NBA 2K18 promises to release Celtics version of Kyrie Irving cover MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Read Next The Philippines earned another bronze medal in the squash tournament of the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur Thursday. Robert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado captured the third place for the Philippines, a finish they shared with Singapore. ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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UAAP Starting 5: Week 6

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first_imgIt’s the second round and the Final Four picture is starting to form.Ateneo and La Salle are well ahead of the competition sitting at No.1 and No.2, respectively. Adamson University and Far Eastern University are in a tight race for No. 3 while National University and University of the Philippines duke it out for No.4.ADVERTISEMENT Rivero showed he can become another focal point in the Green Archers’ offense and be a terror on defense when he put up 20 points, four assists, and five steals in their 75-73 squeaker over FEU.He then closed out the week with another 20-point game against the Fighting Maroons. Guard: Mark Maloles (UE Red Warriors)Mark Maloles. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUE has another Red Warrior on this list, and it’s another Mark. Mark Maloles helped Olayon play closer for the Red Warriors in their win over NU when he put up 13 points, five in the fourth, and six assists.The reserve point guard also took over the responsibilities of Philip Manalang as the latter struggled with foul trouble against the Bulldogs.Honorable mentions:Issa Gaye (NU Bulldogs)Issa Gaye. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMbala has established himself as the best center this UAAP season and the label of “second-best” is a virtual toss up.Issa Gaye is one of those big men who are gunning to claim possession of the second place in the podium. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What if? Paras plays with idea of teaming up with Clarkson at Gilas 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 The high-octane Green Archer, though, reminded the public that they better get used to him as the league’s most dominating force putting a commanding display in Week 6.Mbala led La Salle to a 2-0 week averaging 22.5 points and 16.5 rebound.He also showed his perimeter defense in their 85-62 victory over University of the Philippines as he hounded Paul Desiderio for the full 94 feet of the parquet floor.Mbala, after watching Desiderio torch La Salle for 30 points in UP’2 98-87 first round win, limited the UP skipper to just seven points on 2-of-13 shooting.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img University of the East can still gun for a surprise entrance while University of Santo Tomas is one loss away falling out of contention.Well, here are the seven players responsible for those scenarios: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 shutoutCenter: Ben Mbala (De La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netReigning MVP Ben Mbala produced a lackluster performance by his standardsin Week 5. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Although coming off a 90-77 loss, Gaye produced marvelous numbers against the Red Warriors finishing with 20 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks.Ibrahim Ouattara (UP Fighting Maroons)Ibrahim Ouattara. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOuttara is another promising big man.The Fighting Maroons split their two games this week and Outtara showed respectable consistency in the two matches.Outtara quietly averaged nine points, 11.5 boards, and 2.5 blocks to help UP to a 4-5 record. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo played just one game this week and Thirdy Ravena shone the brightest among the Blue Eagles.In Ateneo’s 71-59 beating of Adamson University, Ravena was the lone Blue Eagle to finish in double figures with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds.Forward: Mark Olayon (UE Red Warriors)Mark Olayon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOh how University of the East become sudden Final Four contenders. The Red Warriors tacked on two straight wins and in honor of those couple of victories, there are two UE representatives on this list. First is lanky forward Mark Olayon.Olayon led UE in its 90-77 stunner of NU that saw the Red Warriors improve to 2-6 and he did that by stuffing the stat sheets. The versatile forward put up 17 points, six rebounds, and eight assists against the Bulldogs.Guard: Ricci Rivero (De La Salle Green Archers) Ricci Rivero. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRicci Rivero reminded everyone this week that there is more to La Salle than just Mbala. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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Gold-medal gadgets: Helpful, friendly robots buzzing around Olympics

By on November 29, 2019

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Local companies teamed with South Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning to put the country’s best and most innovative technology on display during the Winter Games.There’s a robot cleaner that looks a lot like R2-D2 of the “Star Wars” movie franchise, but this husky gizmo vacuums the carpeted floors and keeps them spic and span _ and without any sarcastic beeps and blips.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJust outside the main dining hall in the Gangneung media village, a friendly and helpful little gadget plays music and approaches projects the weather forecast for the area, along with the daily event schedules for the games.A short snack robot zips around the hallways in the media centers that acts as a mobile vending machine, offering items such as bottled water. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH In this April 10, 2017, photo, an LG Electronics’s cleaning robot moves to clean the floor at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea. APPYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Give these robots a gold medal.While the athletes are wowing fans with their world-class abilities in skiing, skating and snowboarding, the big stars at the media centers around the Olympics are the fancy gadgets buzzing and whirring through the hallways.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel01:29Police 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 Also on display in media center 2 in the Alpensia Resort is a fish tank filled with, you guessed it, robot fish. They swim around and act just like real sea critters – except that they don’t need to be fed and there’s no messy cleanup.Several of the robots had already been tested over the last year at Incheon International Airport, which also has a few multilingual robot guides _ particularly helpful as tourists, fans and journalists from hundreds of countries descend upon the area for the Pyeongchang Games. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Nextcenter_img Whoops! Wardrobe malfunction mars Olympic debut for ice dancers MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Dennis Rodman returns to North Korea hoping to ‘open the door’

By on November 28, 2019

first_imgFormer NBA basketball star Dennis Rodman is surrounded by North Korean officials and photographers upon his arrival at Sunan International Airport on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/Kim Kwang Hyon)Flamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman arrived in North Korea Tuesday after saying he wants to “open the door” to the regime and claiming that US President Donald Trump would be pleased with his mission.Sporting a baseball cap, sunglasses, multiple facial piercings and a black t-shirt emblazoned with the logo of sponsor PotCoin — a cryptocurrency for the legal cannabis industry — Rodman was greeted at Pyongyang airport by  sports vice-minister Son Kwang Ho and journalists.ADVERTISEMENT Rodman has met Kim on some but not all of his previous trips.He has previously described his visits — including one in 2013 with the Harlem Globetrotters — as “basketball diplomacy” but has been roundly criticised for failing to raise human rights issues.A senior Trump administration official told Fox News Rodman was going to the North “as a private citizen”.Unlikely relationshipRodman, who is known as much for his piercings, ever-changing hair colours and off-court antics as his court skills, has developed an unlikely relationship with the North Korean leader since making his first trip there in 2013.The bombastic player — who once wore a wedding dress to promote one of his books — also knows Trump, having appeared as a contestant on his reality television show “Celebrity Apprentice”.Trump called Rodman “smart” for his 2013 trip to North Korea, Politico reported at the time.“The world is blowing up around us. Maybe Dennis is a lot better than what we have,” Trump was quoted as saying. “Dennis is not a stupid guy. He’s smart in many ways; he’s very street-wise.”Analyst Daniel Pinkston, a lecturer at Troy University, said he did not believe that Rodman was going as a back-channel emissary from Trump despite US media speculation.“I have high confidence that’s not the case but Dennis does know Trump and he does know Kim,” Pinkston said, adding that “it’s not a pre-planned thing, the White House, State Department calling him, saying ‘Take this envelope, say this thing’.”  “I’m just trying to open the door,” the eccentric ex-Chicago Bulls power forward told reporters at Beijing airport before boarding his Air Koryo flight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAsked whether he had spoken with Trump about his trip, Rodman said: “I’m pretty sure he’s pretty much happy with the fact that I’m over here trying to accomplish something that we both need.”Rodman’s trip to North Korea is at least his fifth. Most recently in 2014 he attracted a deluge of criticism after being filmed singing happy birthday to his “friend for life”, leader Kim Jong-Un. LATEST STORIES View comments READ: North Korea expecting visit from Dennis Rodman Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The young Kim, who was educated in Switzerland, is reported to be a keen basketball fan and especially of the Chicago Bulls. Rodman played a key role in winning three NBA titles for them alongside Michael Jordan in the 1990s.Pinkston said the trip was likely part of an effort by the North’s foreign ministry to ease tensions with Washington.“They were looking at ways to do that and this was one of the instruments they were looking at, and the foreign ministry thought it was advisable to formally extend an invitation,” he told AFP.The North has occasionally jailed US citizens on charges ranging from hostile acts to illegal entry, and released them only after visits by high-profile figures including former president Bill Clinton. Rodman routinely distances himself from political events in North Korea. James spectacular again, but his efforts not enough for Cavs The latest visit comes amid high tensions between Washington and Pyongyang — which is currently holding four Americans — following a series of missile tests by the North, which have triggered tightened UN sanctions.The 56-year-old NBA Hall of Famer, who was heavily criticised for failing to raise the plight of a jailed US missionary on a previous trip, said discussing detained US citizens was “not my purpose right now”.The player nicknamed “The Worm” is one of the few Westerners to have met Kim, who took over following the death of his father Kim Jong-Il in 2011.It is not clear whether Rodman, who once dated Madonna and was married to model and actress Carmen Electra, will be meeting Kim Jong-Un during the current trip or what its exact purpose is.He said in Beijing his aim is to try to “bring sports to North Korea”.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? 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 Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garagelast_img read more

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Imports TNT X-factor

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Cargo movers try to stretch win streak WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT KaTropa is still undecided on which import to play in Game 1—at least—of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Wednesday.Joshua Smith, the Texters’ 330-pound banger, attended the title series press launch on Monday, giving the impression that he will play despite torn ligaments in his right toe that left him hobbling in the last two games of their Final Four series against Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chickencenter_img World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide But over at another table sat Mike Myers, an equally impressive specimen who is listed as standby by the coaching staff in case medical examinations to be done later in the day would keep Smith out of commission.So where does this leave pre-series favorite San Miguel Beer which must prepare for every single component of its title series foe?FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd does TNT coach Nash Racela, in keeping his cards close to his chest, have an advantage in any way? Is he throwing San Miguel’s preparations off?Grand Slam-winning coach Tommy Manotoc feels that both teams have an advantage, albeit slight, with the element of surprise belonging to the Texters because they have two imports at their disposal. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ And Abanilla feels that TNT will be playing with Smith, at least for the 7 p.m. game slated Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’? 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 “It will take San Miguel three quarters at most to adjust [to the new import of TNT], but that’s all,” Manotoc said over the phone. “But you have to keep in mind that even [the local players of] TNT would have to adjust [playing] with their new import in such a high stakes game.”“So it can work both ways—the positives and the negatives,” he said. “The advantage that TNT has is that it has two imports at its disposal and the advantage that San Miguel has is that it still has (June Mar) Fajardo and (Charles) Rhodes.”Manotoc feels that TNT must have its import—whether that be Smith or Myers—neutralize Fajardo, leaving Rhodes as Racela’s other defensive concern.“The question mark is if a local can guard Rhodes,” Manotoc said. “TNT’s locals would have to defend him, and he will be a handful.”San Miguel team manager Gee Abanilla has compiled materials of Myers’ past games in the US and Korea since seeing him behind the TNT bench on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, firelast_img read more

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PBA opens doors to 2017 draft applicants

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first_imgView comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters 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 PBA Rookie Draft aspirants. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAspiring neophytes can now take the first step to their dreams with the PBA now accepting applications for the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.The draft proceedings is set on October 29 at Robinson’s Place Manila as it ushers in the new wave of players coming in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The deadline for submission of applications and requirements for Fil-foreign players is on September 1 while local-born applicants have until October 12 to file their papers.Once the preliminary list for Fil-foreign rookie hopefuls has been released, a month-long deliberation on the applicants’ eligibility will ensue and the final list of applicants will be released on October 27.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 starsThere will be a two-day Draft Combine late in October to test the applicants’ skill sets and gauge their physical abilities in front of PBA coaches. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Malaysia aims to be top gun of the 2017 SEA Games NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gameslast_img read more

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Skipper Mika Reyes warns volleyball team against complacency

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first_imgView comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion “It was a good result. We are thankful that we won,” said Reyes. “But we know that we were a bit slow. We had a slow start.”Reyes was referring to the first set when the Filipinos threw away five points through service errors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“Maybe it’s first-game jitters but we need to work hard on it,” she added.Reyes said that the game against Vietnam on Friday would be different. LATEST STORIES MOST READ “We are confident against Vietnam. Our mindset is positive that we can beat them because we already did (in the Asian Championships),” said Reyes.That win, according to her, would be the big motivation for the team.“But we can’t be over-confident. We can’t be complacent. We need this win against Vietnam so we will work very hard for it.” ADVERTISEMENT FILE/CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—For team captain Mika Reyes, the important thing is not to get complacent.The Philippines blew past Malaysia in straight sets, which the 6-foot middle blocker said will boost the confidence of the star-studded team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Heroes rise as athletics fuels Philippine gold drive Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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PH squash team nets two more bronzes

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first_imgRobert Andrew Garcia and Jemyca Aribado each claimed bronze medals in the singles’ events of squash in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games Monday at the National Squash Center in Kuala Lumpur.Garcia ranked third in the men’s singles as Malaysia’s Ng Eain Yow ruled the event to win the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Mohammad Syafiq Kamal of Malaysia also got the silver, while Singaporean Samuel Kang Shan Mu shared the bronze with Garcia.It was the same case for Aribado in the women’s singles, as Sivasangari Subramaniam of Malaysia took home the mint.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 openingCompatriot Rachel Mae Arnold settled for silver, while Aribado and Sneha Sivakumar of Singapore both had bronze.Garcia and Aribado earlier competed in the mixed doubles event, copping the bronze medal. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Garcia also got a bronze with David William Pelino in the men’s jumbo doubles, while Aribado had a silver with Yvonne Alyssa Dalida in the women’s jumbo doubles and another bronze in the women’s doubles.That hiked squash’s contributions to the Philippines’ medal haul to six, after one silver and five bronze medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments PH gets first bronze in pencak silat MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasionlast_img read more

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World Cup victory boost Team India’s brand value

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first_imgEven as cash and in kind offers are showering on the members of World Cup winning Indian team, post-victory their brand endorsement rates are also set to hit to new highs. While skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni , Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar and Man of the Tournament Yuvraj Singh are set to benefit the most from the World Cup triumph, even the likes of Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Zaheer Khan were likely to gain a lot from the feat, feel the insiders in the ad world. Positive about India’s chances, some companies had signed up lead cricketers to endorse their brands even before the World Cup started. While Sachin was roped in by Castrol and Pune-based realtor Amit Properties, Dhoni had been grabbed by electronics giant Sony. The chief operation officer of sports management company PMG, Melroy D’Souza, felt that the brand value of team India would increase several times now as a lot of brands and companies would want to get associated with these cricketers. The victory would not only benefit the popular players, but also the younger ones who had earlier failed to grab much attention, he said. While D’Souza predicted a definite rise of 20 per cent in the players’ endorsement fees, he was even optimistic about a spurt in the number of brands vying for cricketers. Rhiti Sports Management promoter Arun Pandey, who manages Dhoni’s account, agreed with D’Souza. He said the victory would give an opportunity to other cricketers also to create their brand value in the market. Hailed as the greatest Indian captain after leading the team to number one position in all the three formats of the game, Dhoni would benefit the most from the victory, Pandey felt. Dhoni already has at least 23 brands in his portfolio. According to industry sources, Dhoni’s value is estimated at around Rs 10 crore per year per brand. Apart from Dhoni, Rhiti Sports Management also handles the accounts for three other cricketers, including Harbhajan Singh and Suresh Raina. PMG, which manages Sehwag’s account, is already busy negotiating new deals for the star opener. D’Souza said PMG was negotiating with at least two companies which were likely to be added to Sehwag’s profile soon. He currently endorses 11 brands at a value of around Rs 1.75 crore to Rs 2.25 crore per annum. Hoping to ride on the World Cup success, D’Souza was hopeful about the inclusion of at least two more cricketers in the PMG list being managed by the company. Post-victory, Yuvraj is also set to become a hot property in the endorsement market as companies had started approaching him to sign up. Car manufacturer Fiat, which had earlier roped in the southpaw to promote its hatchback Punto, is now considering re-engaging him, revealed Fiat India president and CEO Rajeev Kapoor. – With inputs from AajTakadvertisementlast_img read more

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