Scorpion king

first_imgRod Ebondo continued to be a beast down low for Centro Escolar University, which crushed Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, 105-88, to nail its second win Tuesday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.The Congolese bruiser was excellent from all over the floor, lighting up for 28 points and 23 rebounds. He he was also two blocks shy of a triple-double.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Aside from Ebondo’s presence down low, the Scorpions also stung the Revellers with their lethal three-point shooting, going 12-of-31 from downtown to remain as the lone unbeaten team at 2-0.Orlan Wamar drilled 5-of-8 from three to wind up with 18 markers, seven boards, three assists, and two steals off the bench, Rich Guinitaran got 14 markers powered by four treys, while Judel Fuentes added 14 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Ebondo played his A-game, plus he got the support from our locals,” said CEU coach Yong Garcia. “We hope we could sustain this kind of game.”CEU didn’t waste time imposing control, establishing a 14-point lead, 49-35, in the second quarter before holding off the numerous rallies from Che’Lu-San Sebastian. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Trainer’s stock also rises Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES RK Ilagan led the Revellers (2-2) with 19 points on a 2-of-5 shooting from three, to go with four rebounds, two assists, and two steals.Akari-Adamson survived a late flurry from Go for Gold for a 98-92 victory in the other game.Sean Manganti chipped in 14 markers, eight coming in the payoff period to halt the uprising from the Scratchers, while also collecting seven boards and two dimes in the bounce-back victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

What sort of welcome will World Cup visitors get in Russia?

first_imgThere won’t be an “Oranje” army in Russia, because the Dutch failed to qualify, but there will still be the clapping Icelanders, the chanting English and the distinctive personalities of the supporters of the other 29 visiting countries.The differing languages, songs, flags and fan cultures of the world will energise the streets of Russia’s host cities until the middle of July.The figure of one million seems to have been reached by a surprisingly unscientific manner. FIFA has deducted the number of tickets sold to Russians, 872,578, from the two million it says have been sold in total.The biggest demand, outside the host nation, has come from the United States, whose team failed to qualify, with 86,710 sold. Then comes Brazil (71,787), Colombia (64,231) and Germany (60,457). The English are not even in the top ten.Russia’s objective, organising committee chief Alexei Sorokin said, is to show fans “an unforgettable, colourful Russia.”– $13 billion in infrastructure –Around $450 million was spent on Sochi’s Fisht Olympic Stadium in Sochi © AFP/File / Mladen ANTONOVRussia has spent a whopping $13 billion (11 billion euros) on infrastructure.“The airports in six cities have new terminals, 21 new hotels have been built in host cities,” Sorokin said in May, adding that “14 hospitals have been re-equipped for the tournament.”“Nothing is superfluous,” he said. “We needed them.”“This fulfils a regional planning objective which is in effect catching up on the lack of investment over the last 20 years,” said Jean-Baptiste Guegan, one of the authors of a book investigating Russian football.He added that the goal was also to present a “radiant and attractive” image and give visitors the best possible experience so they would go home and recommend Russia as a tourist destination.– Free transport and Fan IDFIFA president Gianni Infantino told AFP this week that “I have never seen a country that has done so much to welcome the fans”. They will certainly be able to get between the host cities on trains, although in reality the vast majority who benefit will be Russian nationals. Sorokin said 700 additional trains would be laid on.“It’s a good system but what they are offering is insufficient and the vast majority of trains are already reserved,” said Ronan Evain, head of Football Supporters Europe (FSE), an umbrella organisation of supporters in 40 countries.– Accommodation concernsThis could be a concern because some owners of apartments in host cities have sharply increased their prices. Some owners have cancelled bookings, and are now demanding higher prices than they originally advertised. Many fans complained of similar tactics in the Ukrainian capital Kiev in May when Liverpool played Real Madrid in the Champions League final.Evain said: “In Moscow, things are starting to balance out because there is an enormous choice of accommodation, but in cities which are not as used to having tourist visitors, like Saransk and Nizhny Novgorod, prices are shooting up.”– Language barrier and human rightsLGBT activists take part in a May Day rally in Saint Petersburg in May this year © AFP/File / OLGA MALTSEVAThe question of how foreign visitors will be received in Russia remains to be seen. “A lot has been done to train volunteers and the security forces to avoid racism,” said Sylvia Schenk, of Transparency International who also sits on a FIFA committee on human rights.But in a country where black footballers are still occasionally subjected to monkey chants, there is an obvious risk of racist incidents.A 2013 law in Russia makes homosexual “propaganda” a criminal offence if it is distributed to young people. FIFA has succeeded in negotiating with Russian authorities so that the rainbow flag, the symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender pride, can be displayed in stadiums during the tournament.“The rainbow flag will be allowed in stadiums for example. Is it solving all the issues of Russia with gay people? No, but it is a step,” Infantino told AFP.Schenk, from Transparency International, said: “There will also be a ‘House of Pride’ in Moscow run by Russia NGOs and FIFA, and the authorities have confirmed that no-one will be prosecuted.”In terms of the training of volunteers, “many have not been given any training in English”, Evain from the Football Supporters Europe (FSE) group said.“It won’t necessarily be a problem unless there is a problem like an illness or a specific request from an elderly supporter, for example, bearing in mind that security measures mean spectators might have to walk several kilometres to the stadium.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Senegal supporters will follow their team in Russia © AFP/File / SEYLLOUMOSCOW, Russian Federation, Jun 7 – World Cup organisers say the competition will draw more than one million fans to Russia, creating challenges that range from the logistical to the cultural for the hosts and their guests.– One million expected –last_img read more