BARCELONA, Spain (AP):Atletico Madrid substitute Luciano Vietto scored a late goal to snatch a 1-1 draw against crosstown rivals Real Madrid yesterday, denying Rafa Benitez’s side the chance to reclaim the Spanish league lead.Karim Benzema gave Madrid a great start with his league-leading sixth goal to quiet the Vicente Calderon crowd just nine minutes into the match, and goalkeeper Keylor Navas protected that advantage by saving Antoine Griezmann’s penalty in the 22nd minute.But as Madrid settled for defending instead of seeking a second goal to seal the win, Atletico pushed forward and Vietto poked in a cross from fellow substitute Jackson Martinez that the goalie couldn’t handle in the 83rd.”We had the win in our hands,” Navas said. “This isn’t the result we wanted, but it’s a point and we have to value it. We committed a mistake and in these games errors are paid for dearly.”SQUANDERED OPPORTUNITYStill unbeaten, Madrid squandered the opportunity to overtake Villarreal at the top of the standings after the leader lost 1-0 at Levante earlier.Madrid were left one point behind in second place, level on points with Celta Vigo in third and Barcelona in fourth after the defending champions’ 2-1 loss at Sevilla on Saturday.Diego Simeone’s Atletico remained in fifth place, three points off Vilarreal’s pace.”We snatched a point, and tried to get the win, but it wasn’t to be,” the 21-year-old Vietto said after his first goal for Atletico since transferring from Villareal following his breakout last season.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC): Three players have been slapped with fines by the West Indies Cricket Board for breaches of the Code of Conduct during the opening round of the Regional First-Class Championship last weekend. All-rounders Dave Bernard Jr and Kevin Stoute, along with off-spinner Shane Shillingford, were all fined 10 per cent of their match fees for Level One breaches. Bernard, who plays for Jamaica Scorpions and Stoute, who represents Barbados Pride, were both charged for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision by excessive appealing for lbw decisions that were given not out during the encounter between the two teams at Kensington Oval. Shillingford, meanwhile, was penalised for “conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game” after he pointed to his elbow during an appeal for a catch while he was batting in the Windward Islands Volcanoes second innings against Guyana Jaguars at the National Stadium at Providence in Georgetown. His actions were adjudged to be an attempt to influence the umpire’s decision. The players all admitted to the charges and accepted the sanctions.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies off-spinner Sunil Narine made his highly anticipated return to competitive cricket in Trinidad Saturday, as he continued his comeback from a career-threatening international ban.Boasting a remodelled action, the 27-year-old captured two for 37 in a 10-over spell as his domestic club Queen’s Park beat Clarke Road by 32 runs at Wilson Road in the opening round of the 50-overs championship.He was watched by Trinidad and Tobago Red Force head coach, Gus Logie, along with national coach Kelvin Williams.”They were very happy with the fact that during his last few overs he got back his pace on the deliveries, so all in all it was a good day for him,” Queen’s Park coach David Furlonge told The Guardian newspaper here.Narine had not bowled competitively since being forced out of the Bangladesh Premier League last November, with the announcement of the International Cricket Council (ICC) ban.He was reported during West Indies’ series against Sri Lanka and subsequent tests showed that his action was exceeding the 15-degree level of tolerance permitted under ICC regulations.The Trinidadian has since undergone rehabilitation on his action and is scheduled to be tested at the Loughborough University in England next month, to determine if he is fit to return to international cricket.Narine was last week named in a West Indies 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup starting in India in March.However, his place will only be confirmed once his action is deemed legal following the Loughborough test.- CMC
FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES With CAPTAIN GRANVILLE (21-1) and ZEEVA (10-1) scoring notable upsets at Caymanas Park last Saturday, the Pick-9 had no takers and the carry-over to tomorrow stands at $3.6 million. This should ensure a Pick-9 payout in excess of $5 million. Both Super-6s on the other hand were cornered and start anew with guaranteed minimums of $750,000. The Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the late Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6, which gets under way with a $450,000-$400,000 claiming race over the straight five course to be contested by six starters. Despite the small field, the race promises keen competition, what with the presence of last Saturday’s course winner, ZEEVA, ROCKETEER, FRANKENSTOR and OFFICIAL REPORT, who has beaten better in the not too distant past. Trained by Philip Lee, OFFICIAL REPORT last won over this trip via the Stewards’ Room last August on the disqualification of WOMAN IS BOSS in overnight allowance company and with a mere 48.0kg with apprentice Javaniel Patterson aboard, gets the nod over FRANKENSTORM and ZEEVA. Next on the programme is a maiden condition race for four-year-olds and up, which will more than likely come down to a straight fight between BIG BUCK with apprentice Jerome Innis and MR. TOPPER TOP MAN with in-form Aaron Chatrie aboard. Both finished second and third, respectively, behind FREE RANGE over 1200 metres last Saturday, but with Chatrie replacing female apprentice Andree Powell aboard the Donovan Plummer-trained MR. TOPPER TOP MAN, he should reverse the placings as only three-quarter length separated them at the finish. (1) OFFICIAL REPORT/FRANKENSTORM (20 MR. TOPPER TOP MAN/BIG BUCK (3) GENUINE FRIEND/EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS (4) IAN LINKS (5) RAY RAY/NO MONEY FRIEND (6) UNCLE G/LEGAL ACCOUNT The useful but unpredictable GENUINE FRIEND, with 3.0kg claiming apprentice Odean Edwards aboard, is weighed to win the third race over 1200 metres for five-year-olds and up. The 6-y-o mare from the stables of Linton Calder has come down 4.0kg in the weights and if getting it right at the start, should win from the front running EXPLOSIVE PRINCESS with top jockey Dane Nelson up and SEMPER FIDELIS in a field of 11. IAN LINKS, who beat all barring the promising SOL SENOR over 1400 metres in March 5, should go one better in the fourth race over a mile – for maiden three-year-olds – with former champion Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta. MR DOITBETTA and HEY CHAMP are twin dangers in a 14-strong field. Briefly, the last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by RAY RAY (Oneil Beckford up) and down in class UNCLE G with apprentice Patterson aboard. Their respective dangers are NO MONEY FRIEND and LEGAL ACCOUNT. USEFUL BUT UNPREDICTABLE
WESTERN BUREAU:Arnett Gardens FC will have just another 90-plus minutes to try and keep hold of their Red Stripe Premier League title when they battle Montego Bay United (MBU) in the return leg semi-final on Sunday at the Anthony Spaulding Sports Complex.Hopes of returning home with an advantage were dashed on Monday night when they stumbled to a 2-1 loss in Montego Bay; a gallant effort, but not good enough on the night against resolute MBU, who showed glimpses of the kind of football their fans love to see.The MBU forward, Owayne Gordon, was at his imperious best once more, capping his night with a spectacular goal in the 23rd minute.Arnett responded like true champions when Michaelos Martin prodded home from close range in the 43rd for the equaliser.Midfielder Ronaldo Rodney sealed victory for the home side when he poked home his chance after some shocking goalkeeping from Peter Harrison in the Arnett Gardens goal.”We deserve the win because all season we have had it rough against this Arnett side,” said Gordon, who was scoring his league leading 20th goal.”It’s all about the final and winning the title. Nothing else matters. Once we get there, if Humble Lion or Portmore make it, we will win it,” Gordon added.NEW-FOUND CONFIDENCEThe forward has been a revelation all season and is relishing his new-found confidence. In tandem with either out-of-favour Dino Williams or the industrious Cory Hylton in attack, he just continues scoring goals.Against one of the better defensive teams in the defending champions, he was great. His goal was sublime to say the least.He picked up the ball in midfield sped by his marker, slid the ball to Hylton, who back-heeled the ball into his running path and without breaking stride Gordon took one touch before curling the ball expertly into the net.”I am really feeling good, and I am promising another goal on their ground next week because we know now that we can defeat them,” he added.Arnett Gardens were left ruing a number of missed chances, but will have loads of confidence playing at home, where MBU have found it difficult this season, as they have not done particularly well on their travels to the capital city Kingston.”It’s an advantage we can work with. We haven’t done greatly playing in Kingston this season, but it is an opportunity for us to show quality if we can hold off this Arnett Gardens team in their home,” said Dillon Thelwell, MBU’s assistant coach.
Jamalco proved they will be difficult to beat when they opened the 2017 Clarendon Netball season defeating Team R of Mandeville 10-2 in the final of the opening rally of the Jamalco-sponsored Open League. The opening day rally followed a dress parade of 15 teams as well as the sponsors’ presentation. Newcomers Dynamic Star won a cash prize for being adjudged the best outfit but they did not feature significantly when play began on court at the Mineral Heights Sports Centre. Jamalco played unbeaten in the preliminary rounds before defeating Holmwood A 11-3 in the semi-finals. Team R who have shown significant improvement over the last two years proved no match for Jamalco who now have the services of Annakay Griffiths. Griffiths is a former Cable Pro player. Jamalco led 4-1 at half time in the eight minutes final. The league begins tomorrow at the same venue starting at 2 p.m. Avadean Ellington scored twice to lift Old England to an important 2-1 win over New Green on Wednesday to take the lead in the Jamalco- sponsored Manchester Division One competition. They now have nine points and are ahead of Los Perfectos and Mandeville United who have seven points each. The last two teams have played a game less. Jamalco start netball season with rally win The former flag bearers of Manchester Football, Los Perfectos, will journey to St Ann tomorrow for the first staging to the one day Champion of Champions Masters Football Tournament. Drax Hall Sports Complex will host the tournament beginning as early as 9 a.m. The slated end time for the day’s activities which will involve other entertainment is 8 p.m. Los Perfectos will join three other teams in Park Rovers – the Kingston & St Andrew Master’s League Knockout champions; Constant Spring, the Kingston and St Andrew Masters League champions and from the western region, Violet Tourers of Montego Bay. Los Perfectos, the mid-island champions, are expected to field former stars such as Orville ‘Nose’ Smalling, Shawn Newman, Chris Powell, Cheddi Grant and James Sampson. Entry to the venue is free. Sporting Central, Tru Juice maintain form Bridgeport Primary, by virtue of topping the Portmore group with maximum nine points, advanced to the semi-finals of the Scotia Bank-sponsored Kiddy Cricket at the Bridgeport ground last Monday. Independence City Primary placed second in the group with six points from three games, but will not progress in the competition as only the group winners are assured a semi-final berth. The Jamaica Cricket Association also hosted a cricket seminar for administrators of Portmore schools with operations officer Oneil Cruickshank, the main speaker. Gregory Park Primary are the defending champions of the Portmore Cricket Association Primary Cricket League which is now in its third year. Henriques dominates The Faith “Steppaz” for the Lord Lapathon 2017 is on today, from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Emancipation Park in New Kingston. Dubbed “Living the Word: Faith Steppaz for God!” It is hosted by Caribbean Christian Publications (CCP) the region’s primary provider of Sunday School literature. This year marks the seventh annual staging of the Lapathon, which is open to runners, walkers, joggers and rollers (persons with physical disabilities who use wheel chairs). Other activities to be hosted at the Lapathon will include an aerobics marathon, egg-and-spoon competitions and sack races. Proceeds from Lapathon 2017 will help to finance CCP’s yearly Writers’ Conference for the development of the new Sunday School curriculum. Old England lead in Manchester Division One Semi-final bound teams in the Magnum/JB Rum/SCC Super league competition threw down the gauntlet on the struggling teams with a heavy downpour of goals last weekend. Sporting Central showed no mercy on relegation bound Kemps Hill, hammering them 8-0. Two players in Javier Brown and Tajay Reid scored twice with four players netting once. St Catherine’s Tru Juice drubbed Holland PYC of St Elizabeth 8-2 courtesy of four second half goals by Sevion Thompson. The rout had started with Gawaine Smith’s first half brace. Tru Juice led 3-2 at half-time. Blackstars continued the rough patch for Clarendon-based teams handing them a 7-0 defeat. However, the first half had ended only 1-0 with Akeem Higgins’s 12th minute strike. Thereafter, Xavier Harvey netted a hat-trick as the second half was a one-sided affair. Manchester’s Los P in Masters Football tourney Alligator Pond in Manchester Major League semis Eradication stay perfect Faith Steppaz Lapathon 2017 Bridgeport qualify for semis in Kiddy Cricket The central region’s best shooter, Orville Henriques, triumphed over 21 shooters to win the tournament dubbed “A Minor Affair” last weekend at the at the Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club Range. Henriques finished on 650 points from seven stages to win ahead of guest shooter Christopher Fung-Chung who tallied 554 points at 85 percent. He won four of the seven stages. Female shooter Sue Ann Henriques turned in a superb performance to nab third place with 509 points at 78 per cent. There were other remarkable finishes down the field. Junior shooters in terms of experience, Lyle Swaby and Alvin Amore, copped fourth and fifth to lock out senior pro Thomas Jones (6th), Owen Campbell (9th) and Evan Grant (10th). Eradication continue to the way in the Jamaica Domino Federation/ COK Cooperative Credit Union after they chalked up their 10th win in as many matches with a solid 300-281 victory over Correctional Services last Sunday. Second place teams, Waterhouse United and Fort International kept close to the leaders with 300-296 wins over Ken’s Wildflower and Naggo Head respectively. In other games Soursop stunned Passagefort United 300-296; Masterpiece upset high-flying Spring Village 300-291; Felluchi Strikers shocked Right Stuff 300-290; Exceptional down Chedwin Strikers 300-287; Memory Lane beat Garveymeade 300-291; Links United slammed Mechanical Strikers 253-181 and Braeton All Stars defeated Frazsiers Whip 300-253. Alligator Pond are firmly in charge of the Magnum/Captain’s Bakery Manchester Major League after spanking Porus 3-0 at home. Kenji Thomas opened the scoring in the 28th minute before Dane Seaton’s brace effectively made the three points safe. With a four-point lead on second place Comfort and two more games to complete the preliminary round, Alligator Pond have sealed a semi-final spot. Comfort clipped Mile Gully 1-0 in another match with Geimel Muirhead getting the winner in the 73rd minute.Villa United who complete the seven-team table, were not involved this week and will have to wait for the next round at the end of the month to decide their semi-final fate.
LATEST STORIES John Vincent Pangga. INQUIRER / Roy LuarcaPUERTO PRINCESA — Two finalists, two gold medalists for the Philippines.Kenneth dela Peña and John Vincent Pangga subdued their respective opponents Monday as the host country exceeded expectations in the 2017 ASBC Asian Juniors Boxing Championships at Puerto Princesa City Coliseum here.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite A prized find from General Santos City, Dela Pena beat Kazakhstan’s Akilbek Mukhtarov, 4-1, in the pinweight (44-46kg) category while Pangga, pride of Cagayan de Oro City, bested Thailand’s Sarawut Sukthet by the same score in the light flyweight (50kg) class.Endowed with fast hands and agile on his feet, the 16-year-old dela Peña landed a left-right-left combination midway of the second round that rocked the Kazakh for a standing eight count.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Sensing that he was way behind, Mykhtarov launched an all-out assault in the third, pinning Dela Pena on the ropes. Dela Peña, who’s only on his first year as a boxer, however, weathered the attack with a left to the body followed by a right to the face to earn the wide decision.At the dugout, dela Peña admitted he got tired in the third round, but said he was determined to win for his family, which includes his twin brother and an older brother who have also taken up the sport, and bring glory to his country. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Former NBA star Metta World Peace says he’s ‘going to Manila’ Both Dela Pena and Pangga are aiming to make it to the Olympics someday.Having given the Philippines its first gold medals in the event confined to 15 and 16-year olds, dela Peña and Pangga will most likely represent the country in this year’s World Juniors, the date and venue of which have yet to be announced by the AIBA (International Boxing Association).Ricky Vargas, president of the organizing Abap (Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines) was impressed with the Young Turks’ performances. “The kids fought with a lot of heart. They have a lot of potential to make it to the Olympics,” said Vargas. “I was surprised that we won two golds.”Also present were Abap secretary general Pato Gregorio and executive director Ed Picson.The Abap fielded only four bets for the tournament that drew entries from 18 nations, including world powerhouse Kazakhstan, with light flyweight Criz Russo Laurente and lightweight Norlan Petecio failing to advance to the medal round.Other early final bouts saw Kazakhstan’s Makhmud Sabirkhan snare the light flyweight and light bantamweight Biibars Zheksen snare the gold at the expense of Japanese Toshiya Yano and Uzbek Asadkhuja Muydinkhujaev, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Even during clinches, I was talking, saying that this gold is mine and I won’t let it slip away,” dela Peña, last year’s Batang Pinoy silver medalist, said in Filipino.Familiar with his foe, the 15-year-old decorated Pangga said he had to box smartly and threw everything in his arsenal to beat Sukthet, who had sparred with him during the national team’s training in Thailand last month.“He (Sukthet) caught me with a solid body shot that time and it hurt so I had to be careful,” said Pangga, a four-time Batang Pinoy and 2016 Palarong Pambansa champion. “I just followed my coach’s (Ronald Chavez) instructions to measure him up first, in Filipino.”Always beaten to the punch by Pangga in their first encounter, Sukthet changed tactics and turned counter puncher.Eventually Pangga was able to pierce his defenses by unleashing rapid combinations to earn the nod of four judges with only the judge from United Arab Emirates going for Sukhtet.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
A costly, catty dispute finally settled New year, new look. 🔥#NIKExNBA(Via @NBA) pic.twitter.com/K4xVbunOAN— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 16, 2017Most teams boasted significant and modernized changes to their uniforms, while some opted to keep their signature style from previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT From NCAA to UAAP, Ayo and Jarin have each other’s respect View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Nike took over the reigns from Adidas as the official jersey manufacturer of the NBA and it didn’t take long for the sporting giant to leave its mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn a star-studded event in Los Angeles on Friday (Saturday in Manila), both Nike and the NBA officially unveiled their innovative “Statement Jerseys” from all 30 NBA franchises.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend In July, Nike confirmed that it will do away with the traditional “Home and Away” uniforms and replace them with the “Association” and “Icon” editions.READ: Nike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonNike also described the colorful designs as “inspired by the team’s desire to make a bold statement every time they step on the court.”The “Statement” uniform will be available for purchase on all NBA Stores starting Nov. 20. /ra Panelo now believes Esperon on Duterte inclusion on NPA ‘kill list’ PLAY LIST 01:36Panelo now believes Esperon on Duterte inclusion on NPA ‘kill list’00:50Trending Articles02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)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 Representatives of the teams proudly wore their nifty new threads for the upcoming season. Aside from the vibrant alternates, players donned a new hoodie design as warm-ups—another first for the league. LATEST STORIES
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up The 28-year-old Nguyen (9-1) is currently on a five-match winning streak and the Australian is motivated to become a two-division champion in the promotion.“New Year will be coming early this year, because in this fight there will definitely be fireworks. I’m out not only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner,” he said.Other fights featuring Filipino fighters are still expected to be announced in the coming weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is set to defend his world title against reigning ONE Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen in a champion-versus-champion main event of ONE: Legends of the World on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.The 32-year-old Folayang (18-5) is embracing his latest the challenge after disposing of Ev Ting last April.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “As a martial artist, I am constantly in search of the biggest challenges, the biggest tests of my skills. As champion, I welcome any and all challengers and Martin is one of the best in the world and it is an honor to share the ONE Championship cage with him,” said the Team Lakay stalwart.But what excites Folayang more for the fight is to showcase his talents in front of his countrymen anew.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHis first title defense against Ting was also held at MOA Arena.“This bout is for the fans and I can’t wait to perform in front of my hometown crowd in Manila once again. I have complete respect for my opponent’s skills and together with my brothers at Team Lakay, my coach Mark Sangiao, I’m preparing to showcase the best version of Eduard Folayang on 10 November.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Irving confirms he did not talk to LeBron about trade request: ‘Why would I have to?’ DAY6 is for everybody View comments
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 The Asian Football Confederation said in a statement it will have to decide on the future status of the match.Malaysia’s foreign ministry cited North Korea’s missile tests and related developments as the reasons for the travel ban and said it would last until further notice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNorth Korea has been targeted in recent months by stricter sanctions and increasing diplomatic pressure, with Kuwait and Mexico expelling its envoys in recent weeks. Since July, North Korea has launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, has flown midrange missiles over Japan into the Pacific and has detonated its sixth nuclear test.Malaysia is one of its few remaining diplomatic partners in the world, even though tensions escalated after the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February. Both countries imposed travel bans on the other’s citizens that were lifted after a deal was reached in March. Two women from Vietnam and Indonesia have been charged in the murder, widely believed to have been orchestrated by North Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees St. Benilde, San Beda sweep their way to NCAA table tennis titles Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES In this March 9, 2017, file photo, the North Korean flag is seen behind razor wire on top of a wall at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia has banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs. The foreign ministry announced the ban in a statement Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, and said it would last until further notice. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia on Thursday banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs.The travel ban prompted the region’s football governing body to postpone for the third time an Asian Cup qualifier match between Malaysia and North Korea scheduled for Oct. 5 in Pyongyang. The match has already been delayed twice due to security issues.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody