The Raiders face the NFC North leading Green Bay Packers Sunday without right tackle Trent Brown.Brown, the NFL’s highest paid offensive lineman, went into Sunday listed as “doubtful” to play and was among the players listed as inactive by the Raiders 90 minutes before kickoff.It was apparent during warmups Brown wasn’t playing as he was reportedly wearing a team jacket and giving pointers to David Sharpe, the third-year tackle out of Florida who will presumably take his place.Brown played …
Rio Olympians Kirstie Alora (left) and Hidilyn Diaz during a roundtable discussion at College of St. Benilde. Photo by Bong LozadaOlympian Hidilyn Diaz hasn’t competed in a major weightlifting tournament since her silver medal finish in the Rio Summer Games, and she heads to the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games knowing the pressure has built up.Most of the pressure, though, is coming from within.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Lyceum routs St. Benilde to stretch unbeaten run to 11 “I’m not pressured by anyone except myself,” said Diaz in Filipino Thursday during a small luncheon with the media at College of St. Benilde, where she studies Business Management. “I always think to myself ‘do I still have it in me?’ because I was relaxed for four months.”Diaz became the poster girl of Philippine sports in 2016 when she ended the country’s 20-year medal drought winning the silver medal in the women’s -53 kilogram event.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 shutoutHer triumph in Rio was her moment in the sun but after reaching the peak doubts have started to creep in.“The comeback is the hardest part, after so many tears I don’t know if I can ever return to that form,” said Diaz who lifted a total of 200 kg. in Rio. “I think this is why other medalists or champions quit after winning because it’s hard to sustain the strength and the discipline after all the accolades.” 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 PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Diaz said she wouldn’t be pleased with herself if she can’t take the gold medal in the AIMAG in Turkmenistan, where other Filipino athletes are also competing, from September 17 to 27.Simply put, it’s championship or bust for the 26-year-old weightlifter.“I have to set my mind that the only acceptable thing for me to bring home is the gold medal,” said Diaz. “I must be determined because I can’t be contented with what I am right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ View comments
Former tennis star and current Davis Cup captain Mahesh Bhupathi is not getting flustered at allegations he is responsible for the IPTL – International Premier Tennis League – going bust, as a result of which players have not been paid and also allied partners.An email has been doing the rounds where a TV production company which worked with the tournament has alleged, “the IPTL has made no attempt to pay for crew expenses such as daily per diems, ground transport or visa costs with the overall loss attached to broadcast estimated to be $900,000. With revenues available, lack of payment to the IPTL’s TV production department remains a mystery,” it said.As a concept, the IPTL was raved about when it was launched five years ago. It brought superstars of world tennis, past and present, together to be playing in a format which was new. Matches were played in India and abroad, with marquee names like Serena Williams, Roger Federer and even Pete Sampras being part of it.There was an Indian presence in it as well with Sania Mirza underlining the glamour quotient. For fans to see icons like Rafael Nadal in flesh and blood was huge, though the tournament had run into trouble when it was last held in 2016.To be sure, the success of cricket’s Indian Premier League (IPL), had seen several other sporting leagues mushroom in India. It was impossible to match the size and glamour of the IPL but the IPTL, conceived by Bhupathi, was a big hit in the first year.advertisementIn fact, there were many who doubted the tournament as bringing together a galaxy of stars was considered near impossible. However, Bhupathi was able to do it with his own personal relationship with players built over the years.Speaking to Mail Today on Friday, Bhupathi said he is not solely responsible for the current situation where people are unhappy at outstanding money in thousands of dollars not getting settled.”In 2016, one of the IPTL team owners, the Legenderi group, that owned the Japan franchise, turned out to be frauds. Their share of the payment close to $8 million was the reason things came spiralling down. There have been pending dues from the league to players, most of them my colleagues and vendors as well,” said Bhupathi.”The management has constantly been in contact with all confirming that as recovery in any fashion happens the dues will be cleared. I guess some got tired of waiting. It’s been extremely painful in general but we will get it done one way or another it’s just this processes of recovery needs time,” Bhupathi added.It is well known in the global tennis circuit today, the eventual failure of the IPTL and players yet to get paid has hurt many. With a new event like the Laver Cup taking place and the man behind it none other than Rod Laver himself, it is impossible to imagine the IPTL can be resurrected.For that matter, the Champions Tennis League, which was held in India in 2015 with Vijay Amritraj as its brand ambassador, has also not seen the light of the day after the first edition.Personally for Bhupathi, there has been loss of face. He is, however, confident, matters will get resolved in due course.
Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar: I had Liverpool offer at 16by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has revealed he could’ve joined Liverpool before turning pro.Aouar is a target for Manchester City after impressing in the Champions League this season.He said, “Before signing my first professional contract with Lyon in July 2016, Liverpool was interested in me. “I was really thinking about the decision I needed to consider things carefully, what was best for my development.”And I chose Lyon because it is the club in my heart and my goal was to succeed here.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ajax defender Joel Veltman: Chelsea looked really goodby Paul Vegasa day agoSend to a friendShare the loveAjax defender Joel Veltman was left frustrated with defeat to Chelsea.Chelsea won the Champions League tie 1-0 thanks to Michy Batshuayi’s goal. “A messy game, it was waiting for a mistake or lack of attention from a team. Ultimately, it fell to us,” Veltman told NOS. “We were sloppy a few times, so they could counter and so you get that in British football. We also knew that from the games against Tottenham Hotspur, how it can go.”Chelsea just looked really good. They put us under pressure, we didn’t really get into our game. You hear of course sometimes: Chelsea is less, but they have plenty of money and plenty of good players. You could see that a couple of time.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Ronaldo Nazario has become the majority shareholder of Real Valladolid after purchasing a 51 per cent stake in the clubThe Brazil great paid up to €30m in shares and was presented to the press at a ceremony at the city hall on Monday alongside current majority owner and president Carlos Suarez and city mayor Oscar Puente.“I have gone through many stages in my training in football to prepare myself. Football is a passion,” said Ronaldo at his presentation.“We have the best wicker to meet our goals, goals that are not going to stay here because we want to grow to where our illusions allow us”“This new management will be defined by four words: competitiveness, transparency, revolution and social. We will count on our friend Carlos Suárez and with the group of workers of these past years ”“We want to form the best possible team to compete and report clearly our management. There will be a clear social content in all our actions ”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“Count on us to make Real Valladolid consolidate it’s spot in La Liga and continue building illusions. With the union between all, I am convinced that it will be very difficult to beat”“I want everyone to form this club and invite the fans to participate in this project. Give us ideas, opinions, criticisms and hopes. I want you to be part of the present and future of Real Valladolid ”?? @ronaldo ya presume de la blanquivioleta #RealValladolid pic.twitter.com/CVT5ePqQD4— Real Valladolid C.F. (@realvalladolid) September 3, 2018