The Associated Press reported this week on the growth of lightsaber dueling in France , after the French fencing federation gave the nascent sport its official blessing.The International Fencing Federation, or FIE, said Tuesday that although it doesn’t include lightsaber fencing as one of its official disciplines, it is “interested in how this new event progresses.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesResponding to AP questions sent two weeks ago, federation official Serge Timacheff said the FIE has been in touch with France’s federation about lightsaber events, rules, and equipment.By email, Timacheff said: “We are always watching new trends in swordplay, and we are interested in observing the development and adoption of it in the French Fencing Federation.” PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Urgent reply from Philippine football chief Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 MOST READ View comments LATEST STORIES PARIS — The international governing body of fencing is giving a qualified thumbs-up to France’s embrace of lightsaber duels.ADVERTISEMENT Boxing official warns time running out in Olympic standoff Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
TweetPinShare0 Shares A look at where things stand in the NBA playoff picture, with two days remaining in the regular season and all 16 teams that will head to the postseason this weekend now having clinched their spots:___EAST UPDATEIt’s coming into focus. Slowly.Indiana will be the No. 1 seed, wrapping that up when Miami lost at Washington. So the Heat are the No. 2 seed, and Atlanta will play the Pacers starting this weekend.Everything else? Who knows.Toronto and Chicago will take the race for No. 3 down to the final day; the Raptors need a win or a Bulls loss to get that spot, with No. 4 going to the other club. Brooklyn can wrap up No. 5 with a win April 15. Washington has a chance at fifth, yet could finish No. 7. And Charlotte got a buzzer-beater win at Atlanta to keep its chance at finishing No. 6 — and avoiding Miami — alive.___WEST UPDATEMemphis grabbed the final available playoff spot by winning in Phoenix on April 14, a tremendous game that wasn’t decided until the final seconds. The loss eliminated the Suns, who were one of the feel-good stories in the league all season.Meanwhile, Oklahoma City still hasn’t clinched the No. 2 seed; the Thunder lost at New Orleans, extending the Los Angeles Clippers’ slim hopes of finishing second alive for at least another day.So just like in the East, all that’s left to decide are some seedings. Fifth-seeded Portland will open at fourth-seeded Houston in the West quarterfinals; after that, just about everything will have to be decided after Wednesday’s slate of finales.Houston clinched No. 4 by beating San Antonio — which will be the top seed — on April 14. Golden State locked up No. 6 by topping Minnesota.___APRIL 15New York at Brooklyn: Nets playing for No. 5 seed. Knicks lead weird season series 2-1: New York has won by 30 and 29, Brooklyn by 23.Denver at L.A. Clippers: Long shot, sure. But if the Clippers win here, and beat Portland, and OKC loses its finale to Detroit, Doc Rivers’ club gets No. 2.___CURRENT BRACKETFirst-round matchups if the season ended April 14.East: Indiana-Atlanta, Miami-Charlotte, Toronto-Washington, Chicago-Brooklyn.West: San Antonio-Memphis, Oklahoma City-Dallas, L.A. Clippers-Golden State, Houston-Portland.___NOTE OF THE DAYMike Miller loves this time of year. Including his season-high 21-point effort in Memphis’ big win April 14, he now has a total of four 20-point games in the last three seasons.They’ve all come in April or June.___QUOTE OF THE DAY“We were able to play everybody — no injuries — and we got a good sweat out of it.” — San Antonio’s Tony Parker, as his team tuned up for the playoffs in a loss to Houston.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)
Cristiano Ronaldo ‘Ronaldo will deliver for Real when it matters’ – Alonso expects titles to calm critics Chris Burton Last updated 1 year ago 03:31 11/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) PIERRE-PHILIPPE MARCOU/AFP/Getty Images Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Primera División The Portuguese forward has been uncharacteristically inconsistent this season, but a former team-mate is expecting him to lead another trophy charge Cristiano Ronaldo remains a talismanic presence at Real Madrid and will deliver in “the decisive moments of the season”, says Xabi Alonso.Ronaldo 10/11 to be CL top scorerThe Portuguese superstar has faced criticism this season on the back of an uncharacteristically inconsistent opening to the 2017-18 campaign. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Having seen a five-match ban deny him the chance to build early momentum, the four-time Ballon d’Or winner did not register his first La Liga goal until October 14.Ronaldo has, however, still managed to find the target 11 times in 16 appearances this term and is being backed to lead another trophy chase at Santiago Bernabeu.”As always, I’m sure he will be there at the decisive moments of the season, with desire and enthusiasm to continue scoring goals and winning titles,” former Madrid midfielder Alonso told Marca.Ronaldo is the not only one to have come under fire this season, with Real having endured their fair share of struggles as a collective.The reigning La Liga champions and holders of the Champions League crown have slipped eight points adrift of Clasico foes Barcelona in the domestic title race and only reached the last-16 in Europe as runners-up in their group behind Tottenham.Alonso, though, believes that the Blancos will be in contention when the top prizes are handed out, with there still a long way to go and plenty of twists and turns to be taken in.The World Cup winner added: “I’m optimistic because the team and the players are very good.“Football is a lot to do with mental state. Barcelona have dropped another two points and have to come to the Bernabeu. Also, the second part of the season can start in a very different way. If that happens, the league is alive again. These things happen.”Alonso hopes Real can get back on track, as he considers criticism of Ronaldo and Co to have been unnecessary.He also retains unwavering faith in Zinedine Zidane, with the Frenchman still considered to be the best man to guide the club forward.”He has great merit,” said Alonso.“How he has managed everything, having the players focused in important moments. It comes from winning the Champions League and titles. I don’t understand the pessimism that exists there.”