LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Serbia’s Novak Djokovic takes a selfie with spectators as he practices on Rod Laver Arena ahead of his men’s singles final against Spain’s Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019.(AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)MELBOURNE, Australia — The showdown between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final is their 53rd meeting on tour.Djokovic will be trying to win the hard-court tournament for the record seventh time. He’s also bidding for a 15th Grand Slam trophy overall and third in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments For Nadal, Sunday’s match is a chance to win his second title at Melbourne Park. He’ll also be eyeing an 18th major championship, which would move him within two of Roger Federer’s men’s mark.Nadal has not lost a set in the tournament so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWhen they met in the 2012 Australian Open final, Djokovic won in 5 hours, 53 minutes, the longest Grand Slam title match in history. CJ McCollum has triple-double, Trail Blazers beat Hawks ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Brazilian goalkeeper Victor tries to save a goal during an official training session on Tuesday. Brazil take on Croatia at the Itaquerao Stadium in Sao Paulo. AP photoSit back, and do watch the big game today. With Brazil playing host to its first FIFA World Cup after 64 years, nearly 3-billion people, roughly half of the world’s population, will watch the opening match of the tournament.All eyes will be on Brazil from today, which will host the Summer Olympics two years from now. But it is still not clear which Brazil the world will get to see – the festive, free-spirited South American country, or a country hit by protests over poor public services, and a political system widely viewed as corrupt, besides anger over the $11.5 billion spent on hosting the grand event.In Pics: World Cup 2014 and sex: Who wants it, who does not “The world is going to see multitudes cheering for soccer, but also demanding that our country change,” Helen Santos, a schoolteacher, said as she walked home in Rio de Janeiro. “The world needs to see that we’re a serious country. We’re not just a nation of soccer, but a country striving and demanding the government to provide better education and healthcare. The world needs to see the reality of Brazil, not just the sport.” Football will take the spotlight when play begins with Brazil and Croatia meeting in Sao Paulo on Thursday. Brazilians are hungry to see their team deliver a record sixth World Cup.advertisementCompared to last year, when Brazilians staged rallies against the government and overshadowing the Confederations Cup football tournament, street protests have lessened now. On one of the nights when a match of the Confederation Cup was being played, nearly a million people took to the streets of various cities, and the unrest continued for two weeks.Only time will tell if Brazilians have moved past such mass disruption. “I hope football outshines the protests; I also know there remains a climate of anger,” said Edson Carvalho, an office assistant watching 10 barefoot young men play a pick-up soccer match in Rio’s Botafogo neighbourhood. “What will the world see? I’m waiting to find out myself.”In 2007, when FIFA named Brazil as the host nation for the 2014 World Cup, the country’s folksy and immensely popular president at the time, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, told a celebratory gathering in Zurich he would return home filled with joy – but also feeling the burden that comes with hosting the world’s biggest sporting event. “At the heart of the matter, we’re here assuming as a nation, as the Brazilian state, to prove to the world … that we’re one of those nations that has achieved stability,” Silva said then. “Yes, we’re a country that has many problems, but we’re a nation with men determined to resolve those problems.”Seven years later, all eyes are on Brazil; football has returned to a continent that loves the game. The eyes, however, will also be on those problems Silva referred to, the lingering ills that have not gone away. (With AP inputs from Rio De Janeiro)
LATEST STORIES INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – APRIL 21: Tyreke Evans #12 of the Indiana Pacers shoots the ball against the Boston Celtics in game four of the first round of the 2019 NBA Playoffs at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on April 21, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPINDIANAPOLIS — The NBA has banned Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans at least two years for violating the league’s anti-drug policy.The league announced that Evans had been dismissed and disqualified on Friday. He can apply for reinstatement in 2021.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Yancy De Ocampo to retire if San Miguel wins Grand Slam MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport View comments Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard declined comment at the NBA draft combine in Chicago. The team said it in a statement it would reach out to Evans to offer our support.A 10-year veteran who will be a free agent after the season, Evans averaged 10.2 points in 69 games after signing with the Pacers in July. He scored 19.4 points per game for Memphis in 2017-18 and previously played for Sacramento and New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsEvans sat out one game early in the season for violating team rules and issued an apology then for being late to practice. He also missed three games late in the year due to personal reasons and a respiratory infection. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Palace: Up to MTRCB to ban animated movie Magellan in PH00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.