De Ocampo hopes Bolts can replicate ‘near perfect’ game to sweep Hotshots

first_imgPaul Lee ‘day-to-day’ after knee injury resurfaces BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Game 3 is on Thursday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/PBA IMAGESSTA. ROSA — Ranidel de Ocampo had his best game yet as a member of the Meralco Bolts on Tuesday night.De Ocampo, who was acquired by the Bolts in a three-team trade three weeks ago, has been showing why his new team benefitted the most from the deal since his departure from TNT and Game 2 of their semifinals series against the Star Hotshots was no different.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The veteran forward scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field, including three 3-pointers in 26 minutes off the bench.But de Ocampo feels he and the rest of the Bolts, who dominated the Hotshots right from the opening tip to win, 98-74, will have to replicate their “near perfect” game to close out the series as early as Thursday.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“Hopefully, we’ll be able to play the same way. But we know that it’s not going to be easy in Game 3,” he said. “At the same time, finishing a series is the hardest one.”“This is the only time that I had a good game. I’m hoping that I can have more good games to help my teammates and I give the credit to them especially to Durham.” LATEST STORIES View comments Star got off to a fast start in the semis opener on Sunday and Meralco returned the favor in Game 2. De Ocampo said that was exactly the Bolts’ plan heading into the duel.“That was really our game plan, to have a good start and it happened,” he said. “We sustained our good defense and we connected on our outside shots.”Meralco led, 30-11, after the first quarter and by as much as 30 points, 78-48, entering the final period.The Bolts also shot 53% from the field and held the Hotshots to just 32%. They hit 14-of-33 from deep and had 28 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 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 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READlast_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock: Poor start handed Spurs win

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock: Poor start handed Spurs winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits they were never in the game for defeat to Tottenham.Cardiff lost 3-0 at home via goals to Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.Warnock said: “When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot. All the planning goes out of the window. The goals were disappointing but they were too good for us in the first half. But that’s life and you move on.”I was pleased we hung in there because it’s easy to throw the towel in when you’re 3-0 down to a team like this. Four points in three games over a difficult period is good really.”We have had a great season so far. Players were told what they were doing and two or three let me down a little in that respect defensively today. We were playing for pride in the end.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

WestJet reviewing baggage policy after customer calls it discriminatory

first_imgTORONTO – WestJet says it is reviewing its baggage policy after a customer complained that it discriminated against travellers from certain countries.At issue is an airline policy that prevents travellers to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago from checking in more than two bags, unless the extra luggage is “a golf bag containing golf clubs.”Jared Walker tweeted about the policy after his 62-year-old mother was prevented from bringing an oversized bag on a trip to Jamaica to attend a funeral.Walker says the policy is “absurd” and shows preferential treatment to tourists, as opposed to travellers returning to their country of origin.WestJet says the baggage policy was in place for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago “due to the amount of access checked baggage brought by guests travelling to these particular destinations.”The company says it’s reviewing the rules related to golf bags, recognizing that “the optics are poor.”last_img read more

Toronto stocks edge higher US stocks mixed Loonie gives up ground

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged higher in late-morning trading, helped by rising energy stocks and gains in the health-care sector which includes the big marijuana companies.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 17.87 points at 14,822.60.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 25.66 points at 23,904.78. The S&P 500 index was down 0.79 points at 2,584.17, while the Nasdaq composite was up 4.34 points at 6,961.42.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.57 cents US compared with an average of 75.64 cents US on Wednesday.The February crude contract was down 14 cents at US$52.22 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was up 2.3 cents at US$3.01 per mmBTU.The February gold contract was down US$1.50 at US$1,290.50 an ounce and the March copper contract was down 1.30 cents at US$2.64 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X)last_img read more

When Warner is on song theres little margin Rahane

first_imgHyderabad: With Rajasthan Royals putting on 198 after taking strike against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal, it was believed that the Royals had put on a winning total. But Sanju Samsons brilliant 100 went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad chased down the total with six balls to spare. Speaking after the game, RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane said that despite putting up a good total, the Royals ended up on the losing side due to some brilliant batting from Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “First of all, 190+ on that wicket was really good. Initially when Sanju and me were batting the wicket looked slow — it was stopping and coming — and we thought 150 was a good total. But when players like Warner bat like that there is a very small margin for us. They didn’t lose any momentum when someone got out and they played really well,” he acknowledged. Rahane was also all praise for Samson and said that the batsman needed to work on his consistency to make it to the next level. “We all know how talented Sanju is. He will go miles and consistency is going to be the key for him,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later SRH skipper Kane Williamson was all praise for his boys and was really happy to see the plan to have Rashid Khan bowl to RR batsman Jos Buttler work. He even praised Rashid for putting up a good show with the bat towards the end of the chase. “It was nice that it came off (Rashid bowling to Buttler). He’s such a wicket-taker for us and Jos is a threat for us. Rashid was supposed to bat 7 or 8 depending on the situation. His batting has improved so much in the last year or so. It’s nice to be on the right side of the result tonight,” he smiled. Commenting on the show put up by the players as they chased down 199 on a wicket that wasn’t very conducive to batting, Williamson said: “A very tough game. Rajasthan Royals played really well to get to that total after the start we had with the ball. It was a brilliant chase. The openers set it up for us. A good collective effort, we needed parts to work well for us tonight. Really good experience for us as a batting unit to chase it down.last_img read more

Ties with India only problem for peace in region Pak PM Imran

first_imgBeijing: Pakistan’s relationship with India remains the “only problem” for peace and stability in the region, Prime Minister Imran Khan has said and expressed hope of establishing a “civilised relationship” with New Delhi after the Lok Sabha elections are over. Unless there is peace and stability in region, economic prosperity is difficult for Pakistan, and that is what right now the Pakistan government is working on, Khan who is in China to take part in the 2nd Belt and Road Forum, (BRF) said while addressing China International Cultural Communication Centre here on Friday. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report Khan said Pakistan hopes that the political solution in Afghanistan will succeed and the war-ravaged country attains stability. “Whatever happens in Afghanistan affects the Pakistan’s bordering areas. So we are working for a peaceful region. We have decent relationship with Iran and we are trying to strengthen them,” he was quoted as saying by state-run APP news agency. “The only problem right now is our relationship with India. But we are hoping that after the Indian elections, we will again hope to have a civilized relationship with India too,” he said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Since his arrival here on April 25 to take part in the BRF meeting which concluded on Saturday, the Cricketer-turned-politician refrained from speaking on India-Pakistan ties which in the last two months have experienced severe strains following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack carried out by the Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e Mohammed which killed 40 CRPF personnel. His emphasis during the visit appears to be firming up more projects for the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the flagship project of China’s ambitious trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). The BRI is Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature global infrastructure policy. First announced in 2013, the project promises to build ports, roads and railways to revive the ancient Silk Road and create new trade corridors linking China to Asia, Africa and Europe. The BRF forum aims to showcase the progress of the BRI since it began in 2013. The CPEC is opposed by India as it is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). In his address at the roundtable meeting of the BRF forum presided by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Khan termed the CPEC as a transformational project which would play an important role in boosting connectivity between the Gwadar Port in Pakistan and Xinjiang region of China. He also underscored the importance of greater connectivity among the BRI participating countries and proposed four specific areas for particular focus, including digital connectivity, mobility of labour, cultural connectivity and sharing best practices in knowledge and innovation. To advance these proposals, among other things, Khan also suggested setting up of BRI Tourism Corridor to improve labour skills and mobility and creating multi-lingual digital platforms. He also mooted cooperation among the BRI countries for poverty alleviation and campaign against corruption. In his speech at the cultural centre, Khan said the BRI had come as a blessing for Pakistan. “Belt and Road Initiative has given us an opportunity to catch up with other nations. CPEC has provided an opportunity for Pakistan to attract investment not just from China, which is the fastest growing economy in the world now. So obviously, China is a main home from where we hope to invite investors,” he said. Khan also met Managing Director of International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde on the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing and reportedly discussed the bailout package. Pakistan is currently undergoing a severe balance of payment crisis, despite large infusion of investments from China, the UAE and Saudi Arabia. The meeting reviewed the relationship between Pakistan and the IMF. Khan identified the areas of reform and initiatives being undertaken by his government to stabilise the economy, control inflation and achieve fiscal balance, the APP report said. The two leaders agreed on the importance of the IMF programme and to work towards an agreement for which a fund’s delegation is coming to Islamabad. The two sides agreed on the need for a social safety net for the vulnerable groups of the society.last_img read more

Darrelle Revis And the Paradox of Cornerback Stats

Less than a year after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made Darrelle Revis one of the splashiest acquisitions of the 2013 NFL off-season, the star cornerback is on the move again — this time as a free agent to the New England Patriots.The economics behind Tampa Bay’s desire to divest themselves of Revis were predictably complex, given the league’s byzantine salary-cap rules. But suffice it to say, Revis would have cost the Buccaneers’ front office a lot of money. On the field, though, he will bring a lot of value to New England. Last season, he ranked first among cornerbacks in Pro Football Focus’ play-by-play-based grading system (this data is behind a paywall), making it the second time he’s led the NFL in that metric over the past three years. (He also finished first in 2011.)But more importantly, Revis’ 2013 contributions extended beyond the stat sheet. Paradoxically, a top-flight cornerback’s statistics — particularly his interceptions — tend to go down as he plays better.Take the great Deion Sanders. According to Pro-Football-Reference’s Approximate Value (a measure of an NFL player’s overall value to his team), Sanders peaked during the 1996 season, when he was named first-team All-Pro while playing every game for the Dallas Cowboys. Yet that same season, he tied his career-low for interceptions in a season (two) — even a broken-down, 37-year-old Sanders had more picks with the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.What was going on? Teams were afraid to throw in Sanders’ direction. He wasn’t accumulating interceptions because he rarely had the chance to do so. The same was true for Revis last season. Despite posting one of the lower interception totals of his career, he was effectively shutting off one half of the field, keeping receivers from getting open and/or scaring the opposing quarterback away from risking a throw in his vicinity.Among qualified cornerbacks, only the Seattle Seahawks’ Richard Sherman discouraged opposing passes more than Revis. Teams threw in Sherman’s direction once every 17 snaps. Revis was targeted once every 15 snaps. Only two other CBs, the Atlanta Falcons’ Asante Samuel and the New Orleans Saints’ Keenan Lewis, even cracked the one-in-13 barrier last season. You can’t complete a pass if you don’t attempt it, so a lot of Revis’ value lies in this deterrent factor.All of this isn’t to say that the Buccaneers were wrong to release Revis. They’re a rebuilding team with a new coach, Lovie Smith, and have little use for a veteran soaking up a massive amount of cap room and costing them an extra draft slot. But the Patriots are getting a cornerback who still ranks among the game’s elite. read more

Ohio State mens soccer falls 10 to Oakland

OSU sophomore defender Austin Bergstrom pushes the ball up the pitch during a game against Akron Sept. 24 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost 3-1.Credit: Ben Jackson / For The LanternComing off two wins against ranked teams, the Ohio State men’s soccer team’s focus was to not fall into a trap against a supposedly weaker squad.“If your aspirations are to go farther and compete maybe for a Big Ten championship or hopefully gain an NCAA Tournament bid, if you believe you can do that, you cannot let down against a team like Oakland,” OSU coach John Bluem said Monday.Unfortunately for the Buckeyes, a let down is exactly what happened.OSU (4-4-3, 2-1-0) fell to Oakland (3-5-1) in Rochester, Mich., by a final score of 1-0 Wednesday evening.The Grizzlies struck in the first half when senior forward Joey Tinnion received a pass off a misplay by OSU and put it past OSU redshirt-senior goalkeeper Alex Ivanov for the game’s lone score. The goal was Tinnion’s second of the season.The Buckeyes had their chances throughout the game, but were unable to get anything on the board.OSU took 12 shots, but only two of those were shot on goal. Overall, Oakland outshot OSU, 13-12, including a 4-2 advantage in shots on the mark.OSU’s slow day on offense came days after a six-shot-on-target, three-goal game against Michigan State last Saturday.Oakland has now won three straight games after beginning the season with five consecutive losses and a draw.The loss was the first for the Buckeyes against the Grizzlies in 14 all-time meetings. OSU was previously 11-0-2 in the series, including a 4-0 victory in Columbus last season.Before the game, OSU had found itself at No. 13 in the NCAA RPI rankings on top of receiving four votes in the coaches poll coming off its two wins against ranked opponents.The Buckeyes’ next shot to get back to their winning ways is set to come at home when they host No. 10 Indiana on Sunday. That game is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Domenico Tedesco keen to win final UCL group game

first_imgSchalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco has revealed he intends to win the team’s final group stage game of the UEFA Champions League despite already securing qualification to the second round.The Royal Blues face Lokomotiv Moscow tomorrow night, and Tedesco has stressed the importance of winning the game.“The game is important because we want to underline the fact that we deserve to be in the last 16,” said Domenico Tedesco, according to the club’s official website.“In the Champions League, we’ve played well four times and very badly once.”“On Tuesday, it’ll be about representing the club and the Bundesliga in the best way possible once again.”The Schalke manager also suggested that there could be changes from the 2-1 loss to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.Tedesco: Schalke fell apart after Aguero’s penalty Andrew Smyth – March 13, 2019 Schalke 04 manager Domenico Tedesco believes Sergio Aguero’s penalty literally caused his side to fall apart following their 7-0 Champions League defeat.Guido Burgstaller, who was taken off after 36 minutes against Dortmund, won’t be available for Tuesday’s UCL game.Steven Skrzybski is also expected to miss out, and it’s still too early for Cedric Teuchert to think about playing the entire game.However, injuries can also provide the opportunity for other players in the squad to impress.“Ahmed Kutucu will definitely be in the squad. Ahmed is someone who always wants the ball and get forward. He can play up top, but he also plays quite well in midfield,” said Tedesco.The youngster has been causing a stir in the club’s U19 team recently.“He’s got great character and he’s earned the chance to get a few minutes under his belt,” added Tedesco.last_img read more

Danny Murphy United were lucky against Young Boys

first_imgAccording to former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy, United’s 1-0 Champions League victory at Old Trafford against Young Boys was nothing more than a stroke of luck.Murphy was baffled why Jose Mourinho’s side lacked tempo and said it’s better they are in the competition playing ‘badly’ rather than getting knocked out early.In another underwhelming home performance on Tuesday, Marouane Fellaini scored in stoppage-time to help Manchester United win the crucial three points they needed to qualify for the knockout rounds of the UEFA Champions League.“You’re better being there and playing badly than playing well and not being there but it’s Manchester United football club and the level of the performance is not what the fans want to see,” Murphy told Sky Sports.“Young Boys were better in the final third and they could have beaten them. It was another poor performance but they’ve won.“He could argue that the win at Juventus gave them the chance to have an off day but it’s too many off days.“They’ve got so many tremendous players and I don’t know why they’re so lackluster. It was a lucky win.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The best coaches I’ve played for were insistent on a level of performance because if that stays high, then wins generally come.“The games where they [Man Utd] lost at West Ham and Brighton were lackluster performances.“The game against Crystal Palace the other day, Wolves at home and tonight, they all lacked tempo.“I don’t think the players are going out there and not trying, but could it be fitness? Are they against the way Jose wants to play?“Subconsciously, if you’re going out not happy with the way you’re setting up, are you going to give it your best? There was just no urgency.”last_img read more