QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, La Salle could’ve just let Ateneo sweep the elimination round of UAAP Season 80.After all, with the Final Four seedings already set, the Green Archers would benefit more from a stepladder semifinals had the Blue Eagles completed a sweep.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC La Salle’s Ben Mbala wins 2nd straight UAAP MVP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next “Coach told us, never give up,” Mbala said. “We kept pushing and we just gave our everything and we left the rest to God, and it was able to help us win the game.”Mbala was sensational once again as the reigning MVP posted 28 points, 19 rebounds, six steals, and six blocks, while Ricci Rivero had 21 markers and five boards. The two combined for 19 of the team’s 25 points in the final frame.“Maybe, we just wanted it more than them. They took the lead, but our sense of urgency was there that we believed we can still win because we worked hard for this,” said Rivero.“That’s what we plan to do for the next few games. Play hard and leave the rest to God,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But rivalries run deep and the players would be the first to attest that duels between La Salle and Ateneo are never no-bearing games.“We just wanted to win. We didn’t quit,” said La Salle star Ben Mbala.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 shutoutAteneo seemed on its way to victory when it took a 76-69 lead with only 2:24 left.The Archers, though, still had a lot of fight in them as they staged a 10-0 blast en route to a 79-76 win. MOST READ
It was India’s second consecutive defeat after an identical 0-10 drubbing by South Korea earlierIndian women’s team was today taught a football lesson by Thailand in a 0-10 result in their third Group A match at the Asian Games here today.The much superior Thailand women led 8-0 at the interval.India though have qualified for the quarterfinals after they mauled Maldives 15-0 in their campaign opener on September 14.Today’s thrashing at the hands of Thailand was the second consecutive defeat for the Indians after an identical 0-10 drubbing by South Korea in their second group match on September 17.Four goals each from captain Sung Ngoen Kanjana and midfielder Boothduang Wilaiporn and one each from substitutes Sornsai Pitasamai and Seesraum Naphat sealed the issue for Thailand in a one-sided encounter.Such was Thailand’s domination that they surged into a 2-0 lead within eight minutes of the match and breezed to a 6-0 lead by the half hour mark.India felt the absence of regular captain Bembem Devi, suspended for the game for a double booking against South Korea, in the midfield as their fleet-footed counterparts got behind the back four more often than not.Stand-in captain Romi Devi and her defensive partners did try to shut it down but in vain.However, the Indian women looked much better in the second half after conceding one goal early on. Striker Bala Devi headed Kamala Devi’s cross from the inside the box in the 78th minute but it went wide. That was the closest India came for goal.advertisementKamala picked out Bala once again with the match nearing final whistle but the tall Manipuri was closed down well by two defenders.Goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan saved twice in split seconds to deny Naphat from the penalty spot but the substitute striker drilled low past the Indian keeper in her third attempt to close the match on 10-0.
In the past few weeks, the Chinese Football Association Super League — the country’s premier professional soccer league — has been on a shopping spree. By the close of the January transfer window, the Chinese Super League had outspent England’s Premier League in the transfer market; the CSL made five of the six largest transfer signings in the 2015-16 window.The biggest splash came when the Jiangsu Suning shelled out $55 million to acquire Alex Teixeira, a star Brazilian midfielder playing in Ukraine, who was hotly pursued by Liverpool. Teixeira’s signing gives the CSL the 70th most valuable player in the world.By attracting big-name talent, CSL clubs are signaling the rise of Chinese soccer power — at least financially. (The value of the signings to club owners likely has as much to do with marketability of the players for product endorsement purposes as it does with improving the team.) This power has grown in lockstep with the league’s attendance and revenue. Since the league was founded in 2004, total CSL attendance has surged from 1.4 million to more than 5 million in 2015; per-game attendance has more than doubled as the league has grown from 12 to 16 teams.As Chinese soccer has grown domestically, the league has begun to throw around its financial weight in the international transfer market, thus boosting the total market value of CSL players. The league’s total value, according to Transfermarkt estimates of its players’ transfer market values (as opposed to aggregate transfer buys) has risen to about $380 million. Teixeira’s transfer fee alone accounts for 15 percent of that. That’s humongous. Gareth Bale’s record-breaking (unless you ask Ronaldo) transfer fee to Real Madrid in 2013 came in north of $100 million, yet represented a mere 3 percent of the more than $3.4 billion estimated market value of La Liga’s players in 2013.Although the CSL is making international news with a few big-ticket signings, as a whole, the league is still small. The league’s total estimated market value is still half as big as even Portugal’s national league, and it pales in comparison to England’s Premier League, which is valued at $4.7 billion. In fact, the total market value of all 16 CSL teams is still less than that of just Liverpool. Thus, a transfer fee comparable to the one between the CSL and Teixeira would be about $700 million (!).(As CSL teams make it rain, it’s worth noting that this cash isn’t being evenly distributed. Foreign players make far more than Chinese players. CSL teams must abide by a strict cap of no more than four overseas players, plus one from another country in the Asian Football Confederation. And according to 2012 data, these foreign players pulled in earnings more than five times larger than those of their Chinese teammates. The disparity has probably only grown as the CSL hunts for pricier international stars.)In some ways, the CSL has taken Major League Soccer’s model and supercharged it. MLS has tried — with debatable success — to gin up fan interest by splurging on a few big-name, often well-aged, international players. David Beckham joining the Los Angeles Galaxy in 2007 on a (comically inaccurate) “$250 million” deal comes to mind. By the 2008 season, the entire MLS had an estimated market value of about $157 million; with more than $10 million of that being Beckham. Today, that number has crept up to $314 million — exponential growth, but well behind the pace being set in China. So the CSL is following the MLS script, to a degree, only with players in their primes instead of broken-down warhorses like Frank Lampard.Some macroeconomic context helps, too. Although there are signs that China’s economy is slowing, and its stock market has been a disaster over the past year, the appetite of Chinese sports fans doesn’t seem to be lagging. The slowdown within the Chinese economy seems to be focused on real estate, state-owned enterprises and the stock market. Although growing indebtedness is an issue, Chinese consumers are better positioned than other parts of the Chinese economy. So expect demand for — and spending from — Chinese Super League teams to keep growing. China has a very long way to go before it’s a top player in international club soccer, but if consumer interest grows at the pace it’s set, the CSL might just continue to draw stars anyway.CORRECTION (Feb. 19, 2 p.m.): An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the basis for determining the monetary valuation of players in soccer teams and leagues. That valuation is measured by a Transfermarkt calculation of overall player market values, not just salaries. Transfermarkt makes the calculation based on the estimated value of the player in the transfer market. References in the article to how much teams and leagues have spent on salaries have been changed to the market values of their players.
Luis Enrique says Wembley Stadium is the perfect venue for him to make his debut as Spain manager.Spain will play England at Wembley on Saturday evening, as new Spain manager Luis Enrique is looking forward to making his debut in the ‘mythical’ stadium.“I like adrenalin so I love the prospect of playing England here at Wembley which is the perfect place,” Luis Enrique told reporters in the pre-match press conference.“I know there will be difficulties and challenges but it is just great to be here. I’m looking forward to training tonight and I’m looking forward to playing in this unique and mythical football stadium.”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.Enrique lavished praise on Sergio Ramos and hoped he could rely on his services in the future.“He (Ramos) is the captain because he is the most capped player in our national team,” Enrique said.“He has, of course, got a great personality and a great presence on the pitch. You’ve all seen Ramos competing, he is just a fantastic player and he is a great player on and off the pitch.“I’m delighted to have him and I hope he stays with us for many years and he keeps pushing his team-mates – on and off the pitch – to victory.”
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes his squad can cope without Willy Boly who saw red in their 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Monday.Boly was sent off in the 19th minute for a reckless challenge on Bernardo Silva at the Etihad on Monday night.The defender has played every minute of Premier League football this season and replacing him for their clash with Leicester on Saturday might prove tricky for Nuno, but he’s confident the team can adapt without him.Chelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“What I find, when a squad is short of player numbers, they have to have the mentality to cope with those kinds of moments, and we have it,” he told the club’s website.“We are completely comfortable with the decision that we’re going to have to make and are completely confident that it will work out.“It’s versatility, it’s about being versatile. When you know the idea of the team, you are capable to deal with different positions, but there is no such thing of developing a player in various positions, what you have to do is work on where you want your players to compete.”