Alab Pilipinas to get veteran boost from import Reggie Okosa

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Alab Pilipinas team for the 2017-2018 ABL Season. Photo from @alabpilipinas Twitter.Reggie Okosa, a 6-foot-10 center who has vast experience playing overseas, is Alab Pilipinas’ other import in the coming Asean Basketball League season.Okosa has had stints in Korea, China, Japan, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico, but aside from his experience, new Alab coach Jimmy Alapag described Okosa as a versatile offensive player, who can score in variety of ways.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Alapag is banking on the two imports’ familiarity with each other to further build the team’s chemistry with the new season set on Nov. 17.Alab Pilipinas opens its campaign against defending champion Hong Kong on Nov. 19 at Mall of Asia Arena.The Philippines, which got swept by Singapore in last year’s semifinals, will also lean on the likes of reigning local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr. and former PBA veteran Dondon Hontiveros.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Michael Jordan scores again, this time with his Jumpman logo View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201701:37Protesters 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH READ: Hontiveros returns to action, joins Alab Pilipinas“He’s a veteran. He’s played all over the world from the CBA to the KBL to the Japanese league, he and Ivan actually competed with each other in the KBL a few seasons ago,” Alapag told INQUIRER.net, referring to his other reinforcement Ivan Johnson.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 shutout“He gives us another inside presence. A guy who’s capable of stepping outside and make shots but can also play with his back to the basket.”READ: Team owner: Alab PH poses biggest threat to Hong Kong 5 reign Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Punch aimed at Lyon player by fan holding child at Everton

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Everton’s Ashley Williams celebrates after scoring during a Group E Europa League soccer match between Everton F.C. and Olympique Lyon at Goodison Park Stadium, Liverpool, England, Thursday Oct. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England — Everton could face punishment from European soccer’s governing body after a fan holding a child appeared to aim a punch at a Lyon player during a second-half melee at a Europa League game at Goodison Park.Everton captain Ashley Williams’ push on goalkeeper Anthony Lopes ignited a heated confrontation between several Everton and Lyon players which continued off the pitch and in front of the Howard Kendall Gwladys Street End.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nets’ Lin expected to miss season with right knee injury PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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’ boss LATEST STORIES Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH While players continued to jostle in front of the fans, one Everton supporter, who was holding a child, appeared to push Lopes’ head and seemed to aim a punch in the direction of the goalkeeper and defender Mouctar Diakhaby. The Lyon players noticed that and shouted in his direction before the situation cooled down.Referee Rob van de Ven produced a yellow card for Williams and Lyon striker Bertrand Traore, with the former fortunate to perhaps escape further punishment having raised his hand in Lucas Tousart’s face.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 shutout“It’s what happens. It’s football,” Williams told BT Sport television. “It’s high emotions. We want to win the game, they want to win the game and stuff happens. That was just one of those times.”Williams went on to head in an equalizer for Everton soon after but Traore gave Lyon a 2-1 win. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Nat’l team vet Norwood savoring every moment playing for PH

first_img“I can’t believe it’s been 10 years right? It’s just an honor to be a part of this team.”From being the greenhorn back in 2007, Norwood is now the elder statesman for Gilas Pilipinas as he bore witness to the highest of highs and lowest of lows.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 shutoutStill, the Rain or Shine swingman shared there’s no rush quite like representing the country in the international stage.And in his latest stint for Gilas, the 32-year-old Norwood showed why he’s still a vital piece, averaging 7.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists in victories over Japan and Chinese Taipei in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Read Next Wrapping up Gilas’ first pair of games in the Asian qualifiers, Norwood was beaming with pride as he feels that this current crop of national team campaigners have a great chance in helping the team reach their quest of earning a ticket to the 2019 Fiba World Cup in China.“The young guys are awesome. They bring a lot of energy to this team,” he beamed. “They are not just the future of Gilas but also the future of Philippine basketball.” LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Gabe Norwood. Photo from Fiba.comGabe Norwood admits that it feels like it was only yesterday when he first suited up for the Philippine national team.“It’s humbling, very humbling,” Norwood said, looking back to the day he first represented the country.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH His efforts did not go unnoticed as one of Gilas’ chief backers acknowledged his tireless efforts.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas awarded Norwood with the Chooks-to-Go Loyalty Award moments after Gilas’ 90-83 win against Chinese Taipei on Monday in a thanksgiving dinner at Barrio Fiesta in Ali Mall.Allein Maliksi was also feted with the Sportsmanship Award for his commitment to the national team through the first leg of the Asian qualifiers.Surprised with the honor bestowed on him, Norwood said that he’s just treasuring every chance he gets to play for flag and country.“Time is undefeated so I’m just here, trying to enjoy every moment,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Saguisag appeals for ‘trouble-free’ Game 2last_img read more

Players get chance to show skills to scouts in PBA D-League Showdown

first_imgMOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Though Marcial refused to go into details of the league’s plans, he hopes that the PBA D-League Showdown will motivate the players to perform at their best in the first conference of the eighth season.“I hope you all do your best,” he ended. High expectations for 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup staging in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Opening more doors for Filipino ballers, the PBA is set to stage the first PBA D-League Showdown later this year.Players suiting up in the ongoing 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup will have a chance to showcase their talents not just in front of PBA coaches but also scouts from all over the Southeast Asian region in a two-day event.ADVERTISEMENT “They will be watched not just by PBA coaches, but also coaches from other countries like Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam who are getting Filipino imports in their regional leagues,” said PBA officer-in-charge Willie Marcial during the opening ceremonies at Ynares Sports Arena.The PBA D-League has been a stepping stone for the rookies seeking to make the jump to the pro league over the past seven years.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe league, however, acknowledges that with only a few cracking the roster spots annually, the developmental league also aims to be avenue for other players to make a good impression and earn jobs overseas.Some players who have seen action in the D-League and are now making their mark in the regional scene are Paul Zamar in Thailand, AJ Mandani in Singapore, and Reil Cervantes in Indonesia. Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitiescenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police 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 Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View commentslast_img read more

Son of a famous drummer, Van Halen makes own name in track

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken LATEST STORIES Why, yes he is.His father is drummer Alex Van Halen, the co-founder of the Hall of Fame rock band. Aric happened to find his rhythm on the track and certainly brings a rock star look with a sleeve of tattoos on his left arm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“He’s proud that I found something I’m good at and I love to do,” said Aric, who didn’t advance out of the first round of the steeplechase Friday night at the U.S. track and field championships. “It didn’t matter what it was. Making it to the Olympic trials last year was a huge accomplishment for me and for him to say, ‘My son went to the Olympic trials.’”Aric tried to follow a similar musical path as his father. He learned the violin, followed by the piano, drums, saxophone, guitar and back to the drums. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 MOST READcenter_img What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire It wasn’t for him.“I was more of a sports guy,” said the 27-year-old who grew up in Los Angeles. “I needed to be a little more active. My attention span was never there.”At first, baseball was his passion. He was a middle infielder until track entered the picture. He ran the fitness mile as a seventh grader and finished in a blistering time of 5 minutes, 45 seconds.In high school, he switched full time to running and attended the University of Colorado, where he was turned into a steeplechaser, a 3,000-meter race that features jumping over barriers and running through water pits. The school is renowned for producing elite steeplechasers such as Jenny Simpson — now a 1,500 Olympic medalist — and Emma Coburn, who earned a bronze medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games.“Just something I wanted to do. It looked fun,” Aric said.ADVERTISEMENT This was a way of carving out his niche. His father has one of the most famous last names in rock history. It trails Aric wherever he goes. He embraces it. He even has a clever turn of phrase on his Twitter account — “Exercising with the Devil.”“I like (having this name). It’s cool,” he said. “And I don’t think it’s anything, because I don’t know any different.”Alex Van Halen helped form the band with his brother, Eddie, in the ’70s. They’ve had countless hits (“Jump,” ”Runnin’ With The Devil”), iconic album covers (1984) and legendary lead singers (David Lee Roth, Sammy Hagar). The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007.“My dad occasionally tells me stories, but I really don’t ask because when he wants to tell me, he can tell me,” Aric said. “He likes to play his cards close to his chest.”Aric’s not sure how much longer he wants to compete. His best steeplechase time is 8:32.92 in 2014. In contrast, Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager has a lifetime best of 8:00.45.He’s thinking of a career switch, maybe a move behind the camera. He was a freelance photographer/videographer for Colorado last fall and was in charge of the camera that fed images to the Jumbotron at football games. He had a front-row seat to the Buffaloes’ turnaround season as they finished 10-4 and captured the Pac-12 South.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Magic sees Lonzo as 1 piece in Lakers’ grand rebuilding plan Aric Van Halen jumps into the water during a heat of the first round of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase at the U.S. Track and Field Championships, Friday, June 23, 2017, in Sacramento, California. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA—His favorite song is “Hot for Teacher.” His go-to selection on karaoke nights happens to be “Panama.”And whenever steeplechaser Aric Van Halen tells someone his name, he waits for the inevitable question: Are you related to THE Van Halens?ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

French Open champ Ostapenko on the rise again in WTA rankings

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games The top 10 remains unchanged as Wimbledon gets underway although third-placed Czech Karolina Pliskova, the winner at Eastbourne, is closing the gap on second-placed Simona Halep of Romania.WTA ranking: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 stars China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Angelique Kerber (GER) 7,035 ptsSimona Halep (ROM) 6,920Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 6,855Serena Williams (USA) 4,810Elina Svitolina (UKR) 4,765Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) 4,550Johanna Konta (GBR) 4,400Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) 4,310Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) 4,010Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) 3,985Venus Williams (USA) 3,941Petra Kvitova (CZE) 3,135Jelena Ostapenko (LAT) 3.110Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 3.095Garbine Muguruza (ESP) 3,060Elena Vesnina (RUS) 2,831Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) 2,580Madison Keys (USA) 2,523Anastasija Sevastova (LAT) 2,325Timea Bacsinsky (SUI) 1,873 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko celebrates after winning the second set against Britain’s Johanna Konta during their women’s singles third round tennis match at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne, southern England, on June 29, 2017. AFPSurprise French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko resumed her rise up the rankings to number 13 ahead of her Wimbledon opener on Monday.The Latvian who jumped 35 places last month to 12th spot following her shock triumph at Roland Garros, then slipped back to 14th place last month, is on the rise again after reaching the third round of the Eastbourne tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Dying at Wimbledon would have been acceptable—Bartolicenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena MOST READ What ‘missteps’? LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Indians no longer wary of South African pitches: Dhoni

first_imgIndian cricketers are no longer wary of South African pitches after the Champions League Twenty20 tournament hosted here, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told an Afrikaans daily.Dhoni, who spoke to the newspaper after beating local team Warriors in the final, said that pitches in South Africa are no longer alien in nature for the senior India players.”Most of our players played here during the second edition of IPL and now also in the Champions League Twenty20.”The experience of playing on these pitches has been invaluable,” Dhoni said. The Indians will be touring South Africa during the end of this year.The Indian players in the CSK ranks such as top-order batsmen Murali Vijay (294 runs) and Suresh Raina showed their mettle in the league games, as did spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the tournament with 13 wickets.Dhoni described Ashwin as an “aggressive character” who is up for any challenge.”He is a very smart bowler who does not need much guidance and knows what is expected of him,” Dhoni said, adding that he believed Ashwin would be a key player in the South African tour.Despite winning the biggest prize in world cricket of 17 million rands, Dhoni said the victory on Sunday was tinged with sadness because some of the players would play for different teams during the next edition of IPL — courtesy fresh auctions.”After being together for three years, the core won’t remain the same as few of the players will play for different teams. That’s why we badly wanted to win this tournament.advertisementThat’s our way of saying ‘thank you’ having enjoyed playing together for the past three years,? Dhoni told the newspaper not forgetting to mention that Wanderers was very special for him as he led India to victory in the inaugural World T20 in 2007.last_img read more

French Open: Sania-Elena enter semi finals

first_imgSania Mirza and and her Russian partner Elena Vesnina shocked top seeds Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta 6-0, 7-5 to reach the semi-finals of the French Open at Roland Garros on Monday.The seventh seeded Indo-Russian pair wrapped up the quarter-final in an hour and six minutes after blanking the Argentine-Italian duo in the first set. This is the first time that Sania has reached the women’s doubles semi-finals in a Grand Slam tournament.The quarter-final appearances in the 2007 US Open and 2008 Wimbledon were her best performances so far at the big stage. Sania and Vesnina take on the winners of the Liezel Huber & Lisa Raymond – Victoria Azarenka & Maria Kirilenko clash in the semi-finals.Bopanna-Qureshi winIn men’s doubles, India’s Rohan Bopanna and Aisam ul-haq Qureshi of Pakistan advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Andrey Golubev and Denis Istomin.The fifth-seeded Indo-Pak pair downed the Kazak-Uzbek combination in an hour and nine minutes in the third round. It will be the third quarter-final appearance in the last four Grand Slams for Bopanna and Qureshi.They will take on top seeded American twins Mike and Bob Bryan, who defeated Russia’s Teymuraz Gabashvili and Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 7-6 (6), 7-5 in their pre-quarterfinal.Bopanna and Qureshi had lost to the Bryan brothers in the US Open final last year. Bopanna is the only Indian surviving in the men’s doubles as the pair of Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have made a shock second-round exit.It was more disappointment for Paes as his French Open campaign came to a halt when he and Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic bowed out of the mixed doubles. The seventh seeds went down 7-6 (3), 6-3 to top seeds Katarina Srebotnik Slovakia and Serb Nenad Zimonjic in an hour and 19 minutes.advertisementThe Srebotnik-Zimonjic combination will take on the winners of the quarter-final between Russian Nadia Petrova and Jamie Murray of Britain, and Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova and Bruno Soares Brazil.Second serve proved to the biggest weakness for Paes and Benesova they managed to win only per cent of points when they missed their first delivery. In contrast, Srebotnik and Zimonjic won 64 per cent points on their first serve, and 71 per cent with their second.The top seeds capitalised four of the six break point opportunities they got, while Paes and Benesova managed break serve three times from six chances.- With agency inputslast_img read more

Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks released on bail

first_imgFormer chief executive of News Corp’s British newspaper arm News International, Rebekah Brooks, was released on bail early on Monday morning after being questioned over the phone-hacking scandal.The British police had arrested Brooks, 43, as part of an investigation into the allegations of illegal voicemail interception and police bribery. Brooks had resigned over the allegations at News International’s News of the World tabloid, the paper she headed as its editor at the time some of the worst offences happened. She has, however, denied knowing about the hacking. The owner of News Corp, Rupert Murdoch, 80, his son James – the chairman of News International – and Brooks would be questioned by a British parliamentary committee on Tuesday. They are likely to face angry questions from politicians about suspicions that Britain’s parliament was misled over allegations of phone hacking by one of Murdoch’s newspapers. The 10-member panel of politicians on the culture, media and sport committee would focus on James Murdoch’s admission that parliament was misled over the hacking allegations. The Murdochs had initially declined to appear at the British parliamentary hearing, but later changed their minds amid escalating political and public condemnation of suspected media abuses at the News of the World. News International had previously pinned the blame for phone hacking crimes on a single rogue reporter who was convicted in 2007.last_img read more

Designers Gun For Gold: Here’s a look at why the 2012 Games are a fashion delight

first_imgIn 1948, London staged the XIVth Olympics, also known as the Austerity Olympics because of post-World War II rationing. The sporting headlines were dominated by Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four golds in athletics. On the sidelines, though, history of a different kind was being written. The magical meeting,In 1948, London staged the XIVth Olympics, also known as the Austerity Olympics because of post-World War II rationing. The sporting headlines were dominated by Dutch sprinter Fanny Blankers-Koen, who won four golds in athletics. On the sidelines, though, history of a different kind was being written. The magical meeting between Rosita Jelmini and Ottavio Missoni was then viewed as just another Games romance-she was a shy 16-year-old daughter of an Italian shawl maker; he was a handsome 27-year-old Italian hurdler. They had discovered that in addition to their mutual love of sport, fashion featured high on their lust list. As fashion and love collided, they came together to form brand Missoni.Several decades later, the love affair between fashion and sport has morphed into a full-blown relationship, complete with whims, tantrums and doublespeak. So if you thought the Olympics was a sporting spectacle that purely played itself out on the track and field, think again. The 2012 London Games showcases fashion like never before. No longer are athletes satisfied with designing their own outfits, as Florence Griffith-Joyner once did to a stunned reception. Today, brands are a must on the tracks. After all, nothing screams patriotism louder than a designer label. Wear your support, and get ready to witness what Giorgio Armani describes as “the most fashionable Games ever.”Cedella Marley with Usain Bolt.JAMAICAN RUSHUsain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, will be sporting an outfit designed by Cedella Marley. Yes, the name rings a bell. The daughter of reggae god Bob, Cedella is behind the Jamaican team’s outfits. Complimenting the designerwear will be Puma shoes. The designs reflect the colours of the Caribbean, moving from yellow to green shades.advertisementDesigned by Cedella, the ‘military’ jackets for the Jamaican team are embroidered with a Bob Marley patch, accompanied by song lyrics on the back. Go Jamaica! STELLA FOR TEAM GBDesigner Stella McCartney has been one busy woman. How do you give a creative twist to an outfit that screams utility and comfort? Lycra is not the most fetching material to work with, but the designer has managed to give Team GB a fashion headstart at the Games. The Union Jack, redrawn in two shades of blue, which is the centrepiece of the British team’s official kit, has been disapproved by many fans for McCartney having largely jettisoned the trademark flag-red from her design. She has also created an Olympic Village-wear collection for participants to wear off the field, and for fans to buy. The red of the Union Jack has been used as trimming on many of the 590 individual articles created for Team GB by Adidas. River Island has also joined forces with Adidas to create a Team GB sportswear collection for both men and women, which is decked in red, white and blue, save for some cropped vests with metallic prints; hoodies with Union Jack motifs; and dresses with lion detailing.The Union Jack and its colours are predominant references in the designerwear for Team GB, with prices starting at 16 (Rs 1,400).RALPH ALL THE WAYThe US team has fashion icon Ralph Lauren as their outfitter. The Ralph Lauren 2012 Olympic Collection features reissued heritage pieces from the 1930s and 1940s, including fleece warm-ups, a cricket-collar shirt and sweatshirts with USA appliqus featuring an updated 1948 crest. The colour palette matches the countrys flagred, white and blue. In addition, newsboy caps are making quite a statement this Olympic season.Trust the US to take patriotic fervour to extremes.Angered at uniforms being made in China,Senator Bernie Sanders said: “When millions are unemployed in the US, why arent our Olympic uniforms being made here?”THE ITALIAN JOBItalian athletes are being clothed, naturally, by Giorgio Armani. Designed by his EA7 Emporio Armani sportswear label, the collection features 50 pieces of clothing and add-ons. The palette is white and midnight blue, the country’s competitive colours. To add a swatch of patriotic fervour, inside each garment are words from the Italian national anthem.Every Italian athlete will be issued a set of Armani luggage, with an asymmetrically-zipped tracksuit to wear on the podium, warm-up kit,shorts,trousers,shirts,shoes and tees.AZERI FASHION BIASThe Republic of Azerbaijan has certainly marked a spot for itself on the global fashion map. Having roped in European luxury brand Ermanno Scervino as their official Olympics outfitter, the countrys competitors are all set to make a statement on D-Day. Scervino has designed both formal and casual apparel for the athletes, to be worn by them both on and off the field. Flaunting the colours of the Azeri flag, the kit blends the blue, red and green shades with the crescent moon and eight-point star, symbols of the republics flag, and adds to them a touch of designer signature vibe. The uniform has a strong-shouldered, notch-lapel navy blue jacket of heavy stretch cotton, with white chino trousers for men and white pencil skirts for women.advertisementlast_img read more