Will @KingJames end his career in Cleveland? #NBAMediaDay pic.twitter.com/8goKT4rrum— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 25, 2017ADVERTISEMENT View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “It hasn’t changed,” he was quoted as saying in a video uploaded by NBA TV on Twitter.“And that’s why I sit up here today, still in this uniform, still ready to lead this franchise to a championship, put us in a position where we can be successful,” he added.James also assured everyone that his looming free agency won’t be a distraction this season, as he plans to deal with it come summer time.“Obviously you guys know with me any time I am able to either be a free agent or my contract is ending I will approach that when the summer comes,” he explained.“I won’t ever cheat my teammates or cheat the fans. Or in a situation where I’m worried or talking about free agency all year long. Because I’m not going to give energy to something that I can handle in the summertime. “ADVERTISEMENT After the Typhoon Part 2 PLAY LIST 05:18After the Typhoon Part 204:50LeBron James puts on show for ‘unbelievable’ PH fans for 3rd time00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Read Next The 2017-2018 NBA season will mark LeBron James’ final year of his three-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.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 shutoutAlthough the four-time NBA MVP made it clear in a heartfelt essay in 2014 that he intends to finish his career with his hometown team, rumormongers have continued to speculate on where he will take his talents next.Speaking to reporters during the Cavaliers’ recent media day session, “The King” made it clear that he remains loyal to “The Land” and dedicated to its fan base. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ LeBron, of course, has been able to keep his promise of ending Cleveland’s 52-year title drought in 2016.He reportedly owes $33.3 million this season and has a player option worth $35.6 million for 2018-19, according to The Score. /raRELATED STORY:LeBron James ‘would love’ to have Dwyane Wade in Cleveland LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: PH’s David Carlos rules Chengdu 3×3 Dunk Contest
PBA IMAGESEven big boys cry.Blackwater center Poy Erram turned emotional after committing a turnover midway through the third quarter during a crucial game against Phoenix Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Erram more than made up for that miscue as he kept the Elite’s playoff bid going after an 83-78 win.The 28-year-old Erram continued to make his case as one of the best big men in the league with another double-double, finishing with 12 points and 19 rebounds on top of five blocks.The former Ateneo star joined elite company, tying reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo with the most double-doubles this season with seven.“I’m happy that I’m able to be side-by-side with the four-time MVP even if it’s just in the stats department but I owe this to my teammates and coaches’ trust in me.”ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus The 6-foot-6 Erram was reduced to tears on the bench and he said the scene was a testament to his love for the game.“My passion for the game is really high and to not be able to perform well and us not making the right decisions is just disappointing,” Erram said. “I’m disappointed with the team and more disappointed with myself because I’m not able to perform.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Erram didn’t let his emotions get the better of him for the remainder of the game and he couldn’t have done it without his teammates and coaches.“My teammates and coaches didn’t give up on me. They helped me get my composure back and I was able to get my confidence back to perform better.” Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UAAP Football: Andes’ hat trick propels FEU over Adamson MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments
“We just got to pull ourselves up, it’s definitely not for a lack of effort I can assure you that.”This conference, the Aces have they lost their games by an average of 6.33 points, which is respectable at best.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 starsCompton said the team is obviously frustrated with the string of losses and there would be a problem if there’s no negativity surrounding their dismal performance.“All of us [are frustrated],” said Compton. “In this sport you don’t do one play right and you’re going to end up frustrated, our thing is ‘next play, next play.’” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO CITY—Alaska is in the midst of the worst storm in franchise history after losing 11 straight games that has spanned two conferences and four months, but instead of moping around and doing nothing head coach Alex Compton knows there’s no way to go but up.“We just have to keep fighting,” said Compton after the Aces lost their third in as many games in the PBA Governors’ Cup in a 101-92 disappointment against Star Friday at Ynares Sports Center here.ADVERTISEMENT “If we weren’t frustrated we have serious problems and if losing 11 straight was okay, we better be frustrated.” LATEST STORIES Kimura stuns China’s Zou to win WBO flyweight title Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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. Alcantara eyes revenge, men’s doubles gold vs Thai twins LATEST STORIES Nikko Huelgas.KUALA LUMPUR — Let’s not get over confident.That’s the stern reminder of triathlon top boss Tom Carrasco to the four Filipino triathletes who will try to retain the country’s double golds Monday in Putrajaya.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony 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 Last SEA Games’ champions Nikko Huelgas and Ma. Claire Adorna will once again suit up along with John Leerams Chicano and Marion Kim Mangrobang, who won silver in 2015.“We are the favorites, everything is looking good, but I told the players, let’s not put our guards down,” said Carrasco after a lunch meeting with his team.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 openingField reports said the waters of Putrajaya is 31 degrees, which is hotter than usual.“We need to get used to it, so they had a swimming work out today (Saturday),” Carrasco added. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Huelgas and Chicano have been competing and training in Johore Bahru since June 29 and getting acclimatised should not be a big problem to them.Carrasco said the pair competed in Palembang, Indonesia and finished five minutes ahead of the Indonesians.Adorna and Mangrobang have been training in Portugal and competing around Europe, according to Carrasco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’
Old habits die hard. Just ten days after the Indian Weightlifting Federation borrowed Rs 1.75 crore from the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee to pay a balance fine to the international body for doping, Sanamacha Chanu has now returned a positive test.Sanamacha ChanuArguably one of India’s most successful lifters, who won a number of medals on the big stage, Chanu flunked a dope test as she tested positive for methylhexanamine, the same substance which been haunting the swimmers, wrestlers and even track-and-field athletes at home.While reams have already been written about where this ‘salt’ can be found, it is surprising how the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL) and the Indian federation did not make public the result of Chanu’s test before.It is believed that Chanu was tested on August 7 in the Capital and the result came out on September 3. However, the NDTL, which has been announcing names of sportspersons failing tests with glee, did not do so this time.On the other hand, the Indian weightlifting federation has been seeking refuge in strange technicalities.A top official of the body said on Wednesday: “All weightlifters cleared the dope test barring one and the report was given to us by NADA seven days ago.” The same official is also now seeking refuge under the fact that the ‘B’ sample of Chanu is yet to be tested.Chanu was banned in 2004 for two years after she failed a dope test just before the Athens Olympics. At that time, the substance detected was a diuretic.advertisementThis time, it is a stimulant.Even as doctors, coaches and sports medicine experts have been debating at length from where the methylhexanamine is showing up in results, it is worth taking a look at what the Indian weightlifting federation buys as supplements.Some officials connected with the sport say that it is accepted that ‘Whey protein’, fat burners, glutamine, amino acid, creatinine and more supplements are being supplied to the lifters.Earlier, the Sports Authority of India was responsible for advising and administering these to the lifters. However, the Indian weightlifting federation is now buying all this directly from a supplier. There is intrigue as to why the federation is buying its supplement requirements from a company in Modinagar, Ghaziabad.Questions are being raised as to why the supplier is not from Delhi and whether these supplements are one hundred per cent safe.At the same time, it is also clear that if any of these supplements does contain any banned substance as per the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) list, then all the lifters should be testing positive.The belief now is that people flunking dope tests and testing positive for methylhexanamine are certainly using additional supplements as well. Till 2009, this was fine as the substance was not on WADA’s banned list. However, there still seems to be a lack of literacy among several athletes on what is now banned and what is not.As per the rules, Chanu, a repeat dope offender, faces a life ban.Agreed, her ‘B’ sample is yet to be tested and she has not been heard, but what defence she has to offer will be interesting.The saving grace in this messy situation is that Chanu is not part of the Commonwealth Games squad. Chanu was not available for comment and her phone was switched off.
Indians expectedly finished in the bottom half of the results chart in the weightlifting events on the first day of the competitions in the Asian Games here on Saturday.Commonwealth Games silver medallist Soniya Chanu improved upon her CWG performance by lifting a total of 170kg (75+95) but still finished fifth in women’s 48kg category. She had lifted 167kg (73+94) in the CWG.CWG bronze medallist, Sandhya Rani finished sixth in the eight lifters field with a total of 158kg (70+88), which is seven kilogram less than her CWG effort.China’s Wang Mingjuan ran away with the gold medal with a total lift of 285kg. She created new records in both snatch and clean and jerk with efforts of 91kg and 95kg respectively.Thailand’s Pensiri Laosirikul won the silver with a lift of 192kg (83+109) while the bronze went to Chen Wei-Ling of Chinese Taipei who had a total lift of 191kg (86+105).In men’s 56kg, V Srinivasa Rao and Sukhen Dey finished eighth and 10th respectively with below par performances.Rao lifted 245kg (110+135), three kilogram less than his bronze-winning effort in the Commonwealth Games.Dey, who won a silver in the Commonwealth Games, was far below his best with a total lift of 230kg (104+126), a whopping 12 kilogram less than his CWG performance.World champion Wu Jingbiao of China won gold with a total lift of 285kg (133+152), seven kilogram less than his effort at the World Championships in Turkey in September.South Korean Cha Kum Chol, who finished third in the World Championships, expectedly won the silver with a total lift of 276kg (128+148), which is four kilogram less than his effort in Turkey.advertisementIndonesia’s Jadi Setiadi won the bronze with a total lift of 271kg (120+151).With inputs from PTI
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A day before the grandaunt of all clashes at Mohali, Agent Viru and I discussed a matter of great national importance. With two hostile nations watching, this was too important a day to mess around with. So, in accordance with the National Security Act, we decided not to divulge any inside information and rather focus on the enemy camp. And given that I had helped Viru during an especially painful period in his career, when he found himself in the middle seat of an airplane with Ashish Nehra and Amit Mishra on either side, he put me in touch with Double Agent Akhtar, code named Double A. And within an hour, I found myself peacefully walking through the security cordon and into the Pakistan team hotel.I exited from the elevator on the fourth floor and walked down the corridor when I passed by a room with the door, probably accidentally, open. Inside, Misbah-ul-Haq was leaning over a copy of the National Geographic. My heart went out to the man, clearly the most cerebral player in the Pakistan team who, if fate had dealt a better hand, could so easily have been the Rahul Dravid of Pakistan cricket. Here he was, like our own Jammy, keeping his mind constructively occupied, I thought. A closer inspection, though, made me quickly change my opinion because what appeared to be Einstein Misbah reading about African tribes was actually just Misbah sketching underwear on natives’ pictures. Sorry, Rahul.I continued towards Room No. 420, where I was greeted by Double A, an 86 kg man-beast of pure muscle. Once I got over his imposing presence and the Manchester-meets-Rawalpindi twang, I realised that he was ranting about being overlooked after being the man solely responsible for getting Pakistan into the semi-finals. Double A claims that the kick he gave up Kamran Akmal’s backside at a team huddle had altered the wicket-keeper’s bio-mechanics, changing his style from that of a clapping toy monkey with drum cymbals for hands to that of a football goalkeeper. To Double A, this was as important to Pakistan’s World Cup campaign as the emergence of homo erectus to the evolution of humankind. “And what do they do? Fine me $2,000 for this service,” he said disconsolately. “Look at India and look at us. We have no team spirit,” Double A screamed. “I have announced my retirement and so far not one player has said that he wants to win the World Cup for me.”advertisementShahid Afridi had banned his players from watching Indian news channels for what he thought was negative coverage. In fact, he was conducting surprise raids on players’ rooms to check what channels they were watching. During one of the raids, he caught a bunch of misty eyed players glued to a Hindi news channel. Shockingly, Afridi too was hypnotically drawn to the programme on air titled Jung ke Jalwe Mein ek Maa ke Do Bete-Hindustan aur Pakistan.Double A told me that from the time they have landed in India, the team has been sending sos signals to Shoaib Malik. Several players, Afridi included, had been calling him daily, sometimes multiple times a day. While Double A had no clue, I guessed it must be because Malik was the captain when Pakistan had beaten India in Mohali in 2007. Late at night, I shared this piece of inside information with Agent Viru. “Isn’t Shoaib Malik married to Sania Mirza?” he asked. “Saaley sudhrenge nahin. They must be asking for tips on how to land Indian girls.”- The writer was formerly known as the Fake IPL Player. He will observe the 2011 World Cup through Agent Viru’s eyes.