UAAP Starting 5: Week 4

first_imgLa Salle had just one game this week and Mbala punished University of Santo Tomas with 29 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks.READ: La Salle bounces back, clobbers USTHis performance came after the Green Archers’ 98-87 loss to University of the Philippines.Forward: Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the longest time, Thirdy Ravena has lived under the shadow of older brother Kiefer.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Alejandro almost single-handedly carried the Bulldogs in Week 4.The wingman averaged 23.5 points this week as he tried to lift the Bulldogs in every conceivable offensive way against Ateneo and Far Eastern University.Guard: Matt Nieto (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Matt Nieto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMatt Nieto is no longer one-half of the Nieto twins, technically he is, but he’s now distinguished himself as man of his own.The third-year Eagle has shown why he’s an invaluable piece of the Ateneo puzzle that has now won its first six games.Nieto lit up against University of Santo Tomas and finished with a career-high 22 points, 12 of which came from long distance. He, then, followed it up with a decent 12-point outing against FEU.Honorable mentionsChibueze Ikeh (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Chi Ikeh. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBoy oh boy have the Blue Eagles dominated this season and big man Chibueze Ikeh featured spectacularly in one of their better wins.Ikeh had 18 points, 11 rebounds, and two blocks in their 96-83 win over NU and not only did the 6-foot-8 center show his muscle underneath he also displayed a sweet stroke never before seen in his three-year career as he went 2-of-2 from deep. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Indians get AL-best 102nd victory, beat White Sox For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments Center: Ben Mbala (La Salle Green Archers)Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHere’s a question, is there a center right now in the league better than the reigning MVP?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 shutoutAfter representing Cameroon in the Fiba Afrobasket, Ben Mbala went back to business.And that business was dominating the competition in the UAAP.center_img MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Jordan Sta. Ana (UST Growling Tigers)Jordan Sta. Ana. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUST had the misfortune of facing the top two teams in the league, Ateneo and La Salle, in the same week and this led to its record plummeting to a sorry 0-6.Bright spots are hard to come by in the Growling Tigers season but wingman Jordan Sta. Ana tries to change that.Sta. Ana is not a shooter, and he knows it, with practically all of his points coming from drives and free throws and he averaged 17.5 points this week while putting his body on the line against the Blue Eagles and Green Archers’ frontlines. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But this season, Thirdy has come to his own as Ateneo’s leader.Thirdy isn’t the type of player to dominate opponents with scoring, but he does it in a variety of ways.In the two games Ateneo played this week, Thirdy averaged a double-double, 10 points and 10 rebounds a game while also putting up 4.5 assists per outing.Forward: Vince Tolentino (Ateneo Blue Eagles)Vince Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netVince Tolentino is not a scorer, but he proves his worth through his hustle plays.The forward has made a name for Ateneo as a player who’s willing to do the dirty work.Prior to facing NU, Tolentino averaged 6.4 points a game with most of his scoring options coming off drop passes from teammates and open layups.Then Tolentino showed his offensive wares against the Bulldogs, punishing Matt Salem with constant drives to the basket en route to a career-high 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting.Guard: J-Jay Alejandro (NU Bulldogs)Jay Alejandro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netForget that J-Jay Alejandro spells his first name in a certain way, or that National University lost both of its games this week. The end of the first round is nearing and the Final Four picture is starting to form.Ateneo has been flawless and La Salle, well the champion is hell-bent on ending its rival’s streak.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentlast_img read more

Cam Newton comments to female reporter ‘out of line’

first_imgAfter Newton’s comments, he proceeded to answer Rodrigue’s question.Carolina spokesman Steven Drummond said in a statement to The Associated Press that Newton had a conversation with Rodrigue after the news conference ended and expressed regret for his remarks.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 shutoutRodrigue released a statement through the Charlotte Observer via email saying that Newton did not apologize when they spoke after the news conference.She said she “was dismayed by his response, which not only belittled me but countless other women before me and beside me who work in similar jobs. I sought Mr. Newton out as he left the locker room a few minutes later. He did not apologize for his comments.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Drummond said the Panthers “strive as a department to make the environment for media comfortable for everyone covering the team.”NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Wednesday night in a statement that Newton’s comments “are just plain wrong and disrespectful to the exceptional female reporters and all journalists who cover our league. They do not reflect the thinking of the league.”Mike Persinger, the executive sports editor of the Charlotte Observer, said Newton’s comments were “unfortunate and out of line.”“The question Jourdan asked during the news conference was a good one, like countless other questions about football strategy and nuance she has asked in the course of doing her job,” Persinger said.Rodrigue joined the Charlotte Observer as a Panthers beat reporter last year.ADVERTISEMENT NBA G League to use 4 refs, expands playoffs to 12 teams Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers celebrates during the game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has “expressed regret” for his response to a female reporter’s question at a news conference on Wednesday, a team spokesman said.When Charlotte Observer reporter Jourdan Rodrigue asked Newton about wide receiver Devin Funchess’ route running, the former league MVP smiled and said, “it’s funny to hear a female talk about routes. It’s funny.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 She said on on Twitter: “I don’t think it’s ‘funny’ to be a female and talk about routes. I think it’s my job.”The Panthers (3-1) visit the Detroit Lions (3-1) on Sunday. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

‘No favorite, no underdog’ in Ginebra-Meralco series, says Tenorio

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “There’s no favorite and underdog in this series. It’s going to be 50-50,” Tenorio told INQUIRER.net.“There are no injuries to either team and they’ve also added firepower in Ranidel,” he said, singling out the veteran forward Ranidel de Ocampo, who has been a perfect fit for the Bolts.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 shutoutThe 33-year-old Tenorio said both teams present a difficult matchup to each other.The Gin Kings have the size advantage with the 7-foot Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar upfront while the Bolts flaunt a versatile roster led by the do-it-all import Allen Durham. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “It’s gonna be a really, really tough matchup for both teams. Not only for us. Of course, we’re going to make things hard for them and definitely, they will also make it difficult for us,” Tenorio said.Both Grand Slam coaches Tim Cone and Norman Black acknowledged the other team’s edge heading into Game 1 on Friday in Lucena.“I think Meralco is probably the most balanced team out there. It’s going to be hard for us to dictate match-ups with them because of their versatility,” said Cone, the only coach to win two Grand Slams. “Durham changes things.”“They are the biggest team in the league. They’ve shown this conference that they can overpower teams. We have Durham, we can go big or small but whatever we do, we’re never going to be big as them,” Black said.Ginebra won last year’s finals on a buzzer-beating triple by Justin Brownlee in Game 6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary 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 View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio sees the finals rematch against Meralco as dead even ahead of tipoff.Tenorio has a point. Both teams are healthy and the Bolts have brought in additional firepower to level the return of Greg Slaughter to the Gin Kings and the acquisition of Kevin Ferrer from the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Next MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City 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  Meralco has been on a redemption tour ever since that painful loss and Tenorio thinks the Gin Kings have very little room for error.“We just have to be ready, we just have to be composed and focused every possession this series. We cannot blink our eye, it’s like one blink and we’re dead.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mavs take tempered expectations into Nowitzki’s 20th seasonlast_img read more

Petron, Foton hurdle opening-day foes

first_imgIn the second game, Foton joined Petron on top after a 25-15, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22 triumph over Cignal. Climb king catches last Ronda trip Read Next Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference PLAY LIST 03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:37Protesters 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Stalzer banged in 14 points, while Hurley pumped in 15 as the Blaze Spikers, one of the league’s so-called “super teams,” handily won even with an all-Filipino crew late in the game.“We worked hard, trained hard and had fun,” said Hurley who is making her maiden stint in the country.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 shutoutBut that didn’t show as she and Stalzer, who played in two other PSL teams before, connected strongly with their teammates while Mika Reyes and Ria Meneses manned the net.Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos employed the new PSL rule allowing three imports to play at the same time if the third foreign player is a libero. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Petron’s Lindsay Stalzer scores off Generika’s Mary Grace Masangkay.Petron took advantage of a new rule and imports that fitted into its system right away.Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley blended perfectly to power Petron past Generika-Ayala, 25-13, 25-17, 25-19, on Saturday at the start of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Butler ties season high with 26, Wolves beat Magic

first_imgLATEST STORIES Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, left, eyes the basket as Orlando Magic’s Nikola Vucevic of Montenegro defends in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota—Jimmy Butler tied a season high with 26 points, Taj Gibson scored a season-high 24, and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Orlando Magic 124-118 on Wednesday night.Jeff Teague had 22 points and 11 assists, and Andrew Wiggins added 20 points as all five starters scored in double figures to help the Timberwolves end a two-game slide.ADVERTISEMENT Butler has scored at least 20 points in three of his last four games and seven overall this season.He had 16 points in the first half, and added seven in the first 4:36 of the second half to give Minnesota an 84-71 lead.Wiggins had seven points as Minnesota finished the third quarter on a 14-0 run for a 106-80 lead.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 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 Articles01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Westbrook’s 34 points lead Thunder past Warriors QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Karl-Anthony Towns had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double, which tied DeMarcus Cousins for the league lead.Aaron Gordon scored 26 points and added nine rebounds for the Magic, who have lost six straight. Terrence Ross scored a season-high 22 points, Evan Fournier had 19 and Nikola Vucevic finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds.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 shutoutOrlando was outscored 41-18 in the third quarter to fall behind by 26. However, the Magic started the fourth quarter on a 19-1 run to get within eight.Butler made Minnesota’s first basket of the quarter, a 3-pointer midway through the period, to end the rally. The Magic got within four in the waning seconds before Teague hit two free throws.last_img read more

Derrick Rose leaves Cavaliers to handle personal matter

first_imgDerrick Rose #1 of the Cleveland Cavaliers dribbles the ball against the Washington Wizards at Capital One Arena on November 3, 2017 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO Rob Carr/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — Derrick Rose’s injuries may have pushed him to a breaking point.The former league MVP, who has been trying to revive his career with the Cavaliers, left the team earlier this week to handle a personal matter. A team spokesman said Friday that Rose has been excused since Wednesday and there is no timetable for his return.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “We want him to take his time — just know the team, the coaches, the organization, we all have his back and wish him well,” Lue said before the Cavs, who have won six straight, hosted the Charlotte Hornets. “We expect to have him back. I reached out to him and texted him and told him that we support him. We know he’s going through a tough time right now.”Rose has played in just seven of Cleveland’s 18 games this season because of a left ankle injury the point guard sustained while driving to the basket on Oct. 20 in Milwaukee. He’s averaging 14.3 points per game in his first season with Cleveland.Rose’s career has been slowed by knee injuries, which have required surgeries. He sat out the entire 2012-13 season in Chicago and played only 10 games the following year due to injury.The medical issues have taken an understandable toll on Rose.“He has been through injury after injury for the last few years,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “When you’ve played at an MVP level like he has, I’m sure that’s hard to take. Listen, he’s still playing at a high level. I think he averaged 18 points last year with New York and was playing well when he got hurt this month. They always say the toughest thing for the great ones is when you lose a step.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next The team did not offer any other details about Rose’s absence.ESPN reported that Rose is taking personal time “to evaluate his future in the NBA.” A team source told ESPN that Rose’s numerous injuries are “taking a toll on him mentally.”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 shutoutRose’s agent, B.J. Armstrong, did not immediately return messages from the AP seeking comment.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue expects Rose to return to the team. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort MOST READ The 29-year-old Rose had been excited about a new start with Cleveland after spending last season with the New York Knicks. He signed a one-year, $2.1 million free agent contract this summer with the Cavs and was expected to be the team’s backup point guard behind Isaiah Thomas.However, Thomas is still recovering from a hip injury sustained last season with Boston, and Rose was thrust into a starting role.Rose dropped some weight to pressure off his knee joints, and showed flashes of his former self before getting hurt. The ankle had been bothering him for nearly a month when Cavs coach Tyronn Lue announced last week that Rose would be sidelined for “at least” two more weeks.Rose had been wearing a walking boot and undergoing treatment on his ankle. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Rivals kick off title clash View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:04Hazing is a matter of perception, PNP chief Albayalde says01:29Police 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 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Ravena, Alas to play bigger roles for Gilas in Castro’s absence

first_imgGlobe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Americans rally after shaky starts in women’s Olympics short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netYoung guns Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas will be playing bigger roles for Gilas Pilipinas in the absence of Jayson Castro against Australia on Thursday.Castro was excluded from the Philippines’ final lineup against the Aussies due to an ankle injury he sustained against Barangay Ginebra and Phoenix in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “And you all know Kiefer accounted himself very well in the first window. It’s hard not having our top point guard, but this is an opportunity for Kiefer to step in and also for Kevin to get a lot more minutes than he usually gets.”Castro has always been national team’s top local performer for the longest time and his and loss is a major blow to Gilas, which faces a tall order in toppling the current 10th best team in the world, as per the Fiba ranking.But regardless of how invaluable Castro is to the team, Reyes believes Gilas can fill the void by committee.“Like we always say, there’s not one guy that can fill the big shoes of Jayson, but every other guy collectively can do so. so that’s the approach we’re going to take in tomorrow’s ball game.”ADVERTISEMENT READ: Injured Castro out for Gilas vs AussiesThe same goes for playmaker Jio Jalalon, who also didn’t make the roster due to an injury, leaving the point guard duties to Ravena and Alas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNational team coach Chot Reyes has faith in the two, who have been solid for their mother ballclub NLEX in the PBA.“They’ve been playing very well, both of them have been playing very well in the PBA,” said Reyes, who went live on Facebook for the announcement of the final lineup on Wednesday. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoiseslast_img read more

Adamson batters Teng-less Flying V in tune-up

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES 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 Column: Woods may have stumbled onto his Kryptonite Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University handed Flying V a 94-67 beating in a tune-up game in the Filoil preseason tournament Wednesday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan. The Soaring Falcons’ victory won’t reflect on the win-loss columns as this game was regarded as a practice game for the Thunder who are playing in the PBA D-League. ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Noble played for 13 minutes and registered three rebounds. No Soaring Falcon played for more than 20 minutes with Simon Camacho leading the way with 16 points while Jerrick Ahanmisi added 14. Gab Banal led Flying V with 12 points. ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR The Thunder, though, played without offensive stalwart Jeron Teng and their defensive anchor Jan Colina.As Adamson played a non-bearing game, the skirmish allowed for the reserve Soaring Falcons to take on some quality minutes against the depleted Thunder. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Coach Franz’ [Pumaren] instruction was to give those players who normally receive less playing time the chance to play,” said skipper Jack Santiago. “Everything went well and the first stringers got a bit of a break.”“We have a new recruit, Alex Noble, and this game allowed him to be an integral part of our system.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View commentslast_img read more

Shanghai knight

first_imgThe global concept store in ShanghaiI could be lost. I’m driving through Shanghai’s Nanjing Xi Lu area, looking for the Ritz-Carlton where I’m scheduled to stay. It seems to be the right place, but there’s no sign of the hotel. My Chinese driver nods unhelpfully when I ask him where,The global concept store in ShanghaiI could be lost. I’m driving through Shanghai’s Nanjing Xi Lu area, looking for the Ritz-Carlton where I’m scheduled to stay. It seems to be the right place, but there’s no sign of the hotel. My Chinese driver nods unhelpfully when I ask him where we are! Next thing I know, he’s swerved off the road and into the driveway of what looks like a giant Zegna property. The building is encased in the marque’s trademark black, the cars in the driveway are emblazoned with the logo, even the concierge is standing behind a Zegna-flagged podium. “Welcome to the Portman-Ritz Carlton. Welcome to Zegna,” says the concierge as he opens my door.Turns out there is a rather large corner of a foreign field that is for now Ermenegildo Zegna. The marque’s centennial celebrations, which began last spring in Italy, have wound their way to China. The timing couldn’t be better. The city is overrun by the world’s notables, here for the Shanghai Expo. The brand’s fifth global concept store has opened in town. And most fittingly, China has just whizzed past Japan as the world’s second-largest economy.Everyone is talking about Louis Vuitton’s dream run in China. Few know that Zegna is following close behind. The first Ermenegildo Zegna store in Greater China opened in the Beijing Peninsula Hotel in 1991. The brand now has over 75 stores across the country. The latest store just opened in Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia (yes, you read that right).The VIP room where clients get personalised serviceFor its centennial-celebrated only in Italy and China, I’d have you know-the brand has taken over a good part of the Shanghai hotel for its employees and guests. It’s quite a takeover. The lobby is overrun by suits; the keycard sends you to a Zegna room where the phones have a special Zegna Hotline number, the flowers come in a little branded box; even the lozenges are encased in little black logoed wrappers. Zegna is clearly making a statement, staking its claim to China, where it was the first luxury brand to open directly-operated stores exactly 20 years ago.The posturing is atypical of the low-key brand but impressive. It’s also easy to understand. Zegna’s sales in emerging economies now account for 40 per cent of its total sales and, to a large extent, offset the contraction seen in traditional markets like Europe and the US. A rapacious appetite for luxury goods is seen as a bellwether of a blooming economy. For much of the last few decades, that appetite has been strongest in Japan, making it the darling of the luxury world. When Hermes put out a coffee table book on its remarkable history a couple of years ago, it came in only two languages: French and Japanese. When the chef of Le Meurice went missing from the hotel’s kitchens, you could be sure he was doing demos for prized clients in Tokyo. Well, not anymore. He could well be in Shanghai.The company is run by fourth generation Zegnas, chairman Paolo, image director Anna and CEO Gildo, standing in the new Shanghai storeBecause China is the new Japan. Zegna is 100 per cent cashmere proof of that. This is the market that helped the brand contain the effects of the economic crisis that broke in 2008, and grew the group’s business by 29 per cent in 2009. It’s the jade in luxury’s new crown.Gildo Zegna, CEO of the Ermenegildo Zegna Group, is proud to admit that Greater China has become the biggest market for the Zegna brand worldwide. And to put his money where the mouth is. For the Beijing Olympics, his company shot the first-ever luxury menswear campaign in China with a budget of over 20 million Euro (Rs 120.8 crore). An integrated ad campaign across large format billboards, print and online videos, it was, cleverly, called Great Minds Think Alike. Actually, the brand’s intentions were made clear back in 2004 when, on a visit to the Shanghai International Circuit, chairman Paolo Zegna tried racing in a Maserati car bearing the Zegna logo and a fabric pattern, and explained his increased presence in the country: “In Europe, the competition is fierce and the pie is getting smaller. Here in China, when you make an investment, you can see the result.”48 top models from across the world walk the stone ramp for Zegna’s centennial celebrations in ShanghaiThe results are rather tangible. The brand’s new 7814-sq-ft global concept store stands on Huaihai Road, which hosts the who’s-who of excess. Next door stands a humungous Louis Vuitton outlet; across the road, Hermes has taken up the whole block for its new retail offering.Zegna’s global concept stores are the result of a partnership with Peter Marino, where the architect echoes the brand’s quality materials and contemporary style across the outlet. Marino, who has also designed stores for LV, says the fabrics created at the Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna since 1910, in Trivero Italy, are the “pivotal inspiration for the store design, with Zegna’s spirit and inspiring brand story manifested directly on the building’s sandblasted glass faade”. Folk singer Sa Dingding performs in Mandarin, Tibetan and SanskritThe mirrored lights represent the trademark pinstripe livery fabric while the metallic strands in the windows resemble the woven composition of textiles. The central staircase is the sexiest feature, with an overlaid woven structure of criss-crossed polished stainless steel rods behind a glass curtain wall.A marble stripe traverses the store floor, in reference to the selvage on Zegna fabrics, the signature line at the edge of bolts of fabric that guarantees authenticity. The colour palette that runs alongside the wood and stone is, but naturally, overtly masculine.While this is the fifth global concept store created for the world leader in luxe menswear by Marino, the VIP luxury room (with a pale gold palette of stucco, where clients are given individual style consultations and personalised service) is exclusive to Shanghai. All of Zegna’s diverse collections ranging from formal to casual wear and accessories to the Z Zegna and Zegna Sport brands (think shearling coat trimmed with crocodile and leather jackets lined with wool), are displayed within the store’s two floors.On the evening of the official opening of the store is the much-touted centennial party. It starts solemnly enough with the launch of an exhibition, entitled A Century of Excellence. From Textile Factory to Style Factory, that was unveiled in June in Milan’s design museum La Triennale. Cocktails at the store follow, and then the Zegna club of family and friends trot off to the Shanghai Music Hall for the Autumn-Winter’10 Ermenegildo Zegna and Z Zegna shows. Under a mammoth canopy, watched by famous local faces from business, entertainment and fashion, as well as people who’ve flown in from Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, 48 international models strut the latest designs from Milan on a 60-metre stone runway.The marque’s leather corner at Shanghai Grand Gateway PlazaShow over, the guests traipse across to the 17,222-sq-ft structure created next door for the afterparty. The place pulses with an abundance of surreal realism. Psychedelic visual displays are projected on suspended cylindrical screens and lightbeams bearing the Chinese term for ‘100 years’ swim through the air. Chinese folk singer Sa Dingding performs in Mandarin, Tibetan and Sanskrit, accompanied by dancers doing a traditional Chinese fan. Irish singer Roisin Murphy has the next act before New York’s DJ Coleman gets people on the floor and the real party going.Most of the crowd is young and male. That’s easily explained: 80 per cent of male Chinese consumers making luxury purchases fall within the age bracket of 18 to 44. Gildo says he expects the region’s sales to grow by at least 30 per cent this year by catering to the established, older clients with its premium made-to-measure products and targeting young money in China’s second-, third- and fourth-tier cities through the edgier Zegna Sport and Z Zegna brands.Last heard, Zegna was finalising its 20th anniversary celebrations in China for 2011. Watch out for that party if Gildo’s sales projections stay on track. The Ritz-Carlton be damned. They may need to take over Tiananmen Square for that one. The China storyThe first Zegna store in Greater China opened in the Beijing Peninsula Hotel in 1991.The Shanghai Global Store is the fifth of the Peter Marino concept stores for the marque. The first opened in Milan in 2007.Seventy-five of the Group’s 525 stores worldwide are located in Greater China (China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).In 2009, Greater China was the biggest market for the brand.Zegna’s links with Mongolia began to be forged in 1984, when a delegation visited the region to source the world’s finest cashmere.At least half of the 20 stores that Zegna plans to open in 2010 will be in Greater China.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more