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Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:29Police 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 PBA IMAGESChris Ross isn’t one for excuses after San Miguel dropped its second loss in its last three outings in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We just got to play better,” he said, moments after his side suffered a shock 96-106 defeat to Blackwater on Friday. “Every game’s close, so we just got to play better.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments With the Elite on fire from distance for the entirety of the game going 13-of-25 from three, the famed Beermen starters failed to find a spark and suffered the upset to fall for only the second time in eight games.Ross finished the game with a near triple-double effort with his 20 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOf course, part of those struggles root from the absence of Alex Cabagnot, who is still at the sidelines nursing a plantar fasciitis injury, as San Miguel scampers for an able replacement to fill up the absence of the veteran guard — a fact that Ross acknowledged.“We’re still trying to figure out ways to fill that void. We’ve had Brian (Heruela) do it in a game and Chico (Lanete) do it in a game. But we can’t just rely on one of those guys, it has to be a team effort,” he said. “Alex will be back soon, but we can’t wait on that. Injuries are part of the game and we just have to figure it out somehow, some way.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The loss, though, was shocking enough to trigger alarms given that these shortcomings happened late in the eliminations, a time where the Beermen should be fine-tuning their weaponry going into the quarterfinals.For Ross, that should pose as a legitimate challenge for the four-peat seeking squad.“We got to be ready for that challenge because we’re going to get everyone’s best punch every night out and we just got to prepare for that,” he said.And that should start as soon as next Saturday in Batangas when San Miguel takes on Alaska in a surefire intense duel between two of the current league leaders.“They’re the hottest team in the league right now and we got a week to get prepared, rest our bodies, and get ready for them because that’s going to be a battle,” he said. “We got to find a way to just play better. We know teams aren’t just going to lay down just because we’re the three-time champions.”ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ Alvarez grateful for coach’s trust in career season for JRU
MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Members of the ground staff work on the baseline after play finished on center court on day eight at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)LONDON — Bothered by what he called a “hole” at Centre Court, Novak Djokovic complained about the condition of the grass at Wimbledon on Tuesday.Djokovic, who defeated Adrian Mannarino in the fourth round, said the courts are among the worst he’s played on in his 13 years at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES “He wanted me to show him, so I showed him,” Djokovic said at a news conference. “His reaction wasn’t that great.”Mannarino, who had not played on Centre Court until he faced Djokovic, said his only concern about the surface was that he had to make sure he didn’t slip during the match.“To me, the Centre Court (was) really good, actually,” Mannarino said. “Maybe he was complaining a little bit, but compared to the other courts I’ve been playing on before, it was good.”Tuesday was the first day persistent rain moved over southwest London since Wimbledon started. Because of the dry conditions, the 18 courts saw nearly uninterrupted play over the first seven days of the tournament, which led to consistent wear.Neil Stubley, the club’s head of courts and horticulture, said on Saturday that the measurements his staff had taken over the first week of play showed that the grass was considered to be healthy and within the acceptable standards of use.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pacquiao: Until passion is gone, I’ll continue to fight El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes View comments He also expressed confidence that the surface at Centre Court would be able to hold up over the second week.Simona Halep, whose quarterfinal loss to Johanna Konta was the third match on Centre Court on Tuesday, said she didn’t notice the hole Djokovic had mentioned.And Djokovic said the issue wasn’t one of safety as much as it was about fair play.“Grass is probably the most demanding and complex surface for maintenance,” he said. “The more you play on it, the worse it actually gets, unfortunately.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: 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 “(The) courts, honestly, are not that great this year and many players feel the same, but it is what it is,” Djokovic said in a television interview after his match ended. “I’m sure they’re trying their best, but I’ve played on better courts.”Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champion and 12-time Grand Slam winner, initially expressed his disappointment with the court condition following a third-round victory over Ernests Gulbis on Saturday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsOn Tuesday, playing with the roof closed, Djokovic could be seen after points picking up or kicking away small portions of grass that had loosened up on the baseline.The second-seeded Serb lodged his disappointment with chair umpire Carlos Bernardes during the match and pointed out the issue afterward.
The corruption scandal that has rocked international cricket is finding an echo in India as well with out-of-favour pacer Irfan Pathan on Friday claiming that he was sent expensive gifts by a “stranger”, suspected to be a bookie, during a series.Although he did not disclose when exactly the incident happened and which team he was playing against at that time, Pathan said expensive gifts were sent to his hotel room during the series and he reported the matter to the team manager.”I was in a team hotel when a stranger approached me. He sent three expensive gifts to my room. He later sent me two more expensive gifts, things I couldn’t afford,” the 25-year-old, whose last Test appearance for India was in April 2008 against South Africa, told an English news channel.”I thought it was wrong as I didn’t know this person. I reported to the team manager who then alerted the ICC Anti-Corruption and Security Unit Officer,” he recalled.The pacer, whose career has been hit by injuries and a slump in form, was last seen in an ODI for India in February 2009 against Sri Lanka in Colombo.Pathan said he never saw the “stranger” again and is proud to have reported the matter to the concerned authorities promptly.”I haven’t seen the stranger since then. I think I have done the right thing and I am proud of it. As a player you are expected to report any such thing as per the code of conduct,” he said.advertisementHis disclosures come amid the raging spot-fixing controversy which has led to the suspension of the Pakistani trio of Test skipper Salman Butt and pacers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamir.The three players were provisionally suspended by the ICC for allegedly conspiring to bowl no balls to order during the Lord’s Test against England last month.