Scalpers turn to online after crackdown during UAAP Finals

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tickets have not been available from online portal since Saturday, a representative at the Araneta Coliseum told the Inquirer. General Admission and Upper A tickets were eventually put on sale a couple of hours before tipoff.For the other sections, a lot of tickets were resold online.“I got mine through a friend who asked me to deposit via mobile banking,” Ally, who asked for her name to be withheld, told the Inquirer. “The electronic tickets set me back by P800 each.” Both tickets were for upper box B seats.A die-hard fan who never missed a UP game, even during the Maroons’ doormat years, Ally revealed that she banked on the services of a scalper for Game 1 who sold her a ticket for a lower box seat amounting to P3,000.“Some of my friends were not as fortunate,” she added.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “There had been no reported cases [of scalping] yet,” Sangangbayan told the Inquirer in Filipino a couple of hours before tipoff.The Inquirer tried to purchase tickets from scalpers around the venue but there were no sellers present. Their absence came at the heels of a crackdown by police in Game 1.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut that doesn’t mean tickets weren’t sold at inflated prices–they were simply sold elsewhere.Admission rates hit a fever pitch Wednesday morning with patron seats being peddled at P7,500. Its original price was P450. View comments Magnolia Hotshots rout Alaska Aces in PBA Finals opener After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Some of the athletes weren’t, too.UP guard Paul Desiderio vented his frustration on Twitter Tuesday night, saying his family was unable to secure patron tickets for the match. A later development then revealed that a miscommunication transpired within the Maroons’ camp. The cager’s social media post has since been deleted.Gabbi Dario, brother of Maroons guard Diego Dario, also shared his experience on social media, saying his family had to queue up for tickets only to settle for General Admission tickets.“No we do not get tickets for free, [neither] does my brother hoard a lot to accommodate us,” he said. “Pare-pareho po tayong nagha-hanap. I don’t have extra!”Game 1 drew 21,608 spectators with seats virtually filled with a handful politicians also in attendance. The title-clincher attracted 23,471 fans.Around 270 members of the Quezon City Police District—some in uniform, others in plainclothes—were deployed around the Big Dome The UP crowd during the UAAP Finals Game 2. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPolice heightened its efforts against ticket scalping on the wake of reports that tickets were hard to come by, even for players competing in the UAAP Finals. Enterprising scalpers, however, still found a way to profit off their illegal activities: Going online.“Usually, we deploy around 50 members of the force,” police inspector Nolasco Sangangbayan said, but was quick to add that the number of cops was increased for Wednesday’s Game 2 between Ateneo and University of the Philippines was to ensure the safety of the spectators more than to clamp down on ticket scalping.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Zimbabwe Warriors in Camp against Liberia

first_imgAriel Sibanda of Zimbabwe WarriorsThe first batch of players of the Zimbabwe national soccer team, Warriors trooped to camp Tuesday night (May 30) at the Yadah Hotel exclusive VVIP Suites in the Waterfalls area of Harare.The team begins preparations for the 2019 Nations Cup qualifier against Liberia at the National Sports Stadium on June 11.The Caps United duo of inform midfielder Ronald ‘Rooney’ Chitiyo, who made the Caf Champions League Team of the Week for the second round group matches after a starring role for the Green Machines against Algerian side USM Alger, was part of the group that went to camp.His teammate, defensive midfielder Devon Chafa, FC Platinum goalkeeper Petros Mhari and Ngezi Platinum wingback Qadr Amini and central defender Partson Jaure were also part of the group.Caps United defender Dennis Dauda, who needs treatment after suffering injury in that match against USM Alger, also checked in.Zifa President Philip Chiyangwa had earlier spent the better part of Tuesday inspecting the suits, where the Warriors will stay during their camp, having a taste of the food that they will consume and also looking at the state of the pitch which has been offered for some of the team’s training sessions.The Zifa boss spent virtually all his working day—from morning to late afternoon—in the company of Prophetic Healing and Deliverance Ministries leader Prophet Walter Magaya who provided the accommodation, food and training around to the Warriors free of charge.“Everything has gone according to plan today (yesterday) and the Zifa President took a leadership role in all this, he was here from first thing in the morning and right until around 4pm, in the company of Prophet Walter Magaya, inspecting the accommodation facilities, the dinning places and the training ground,” Warriors acting team manager Wellington Mpandare said.“The Zifa boss was impressed with the state of the VVIP suits where the boys will be staying for their camp and he was also happy that the secluded environment provides the perfect place for the players to camp and concentrate on preparing for the big game.“He was taken on the tour of the facilities by the prophet and you know that the Zifa boss is a man who believes in elegance and when he tells you that he has been impressed with what he has seen then it means a lot.“We need to thank the prophet for opening his facility for a national cause, at no charge at all, and this is what is needed on their own given that it costs a lot just to prepare and host such a huge match.“Remember the association also has to foot the bill for the air tickets for the players, the bill for the referees, among others and it’s good that someone who has a passion for our football has come to the aid of our football leaders so that they won’t have to run the huge costs of paying for the team’s accommodation and food as we prepare for this big game.” (Zimbabwe Chronicle).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Chelsea beat Spurs to set up Man City Carabao final

first_img0Shares0000Tottenham midfielder Lucas Moura has his penalty saved by Chelsea ‘keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga to give Chelsea chance to winLONDON, United Kingdom, Jan 25 – Chelsea provided the perfect response to manager Maurizio Sarri’s public criticism to progress to the League Cup final by beating Tottenham 4-2 on penalties in a thrilling semi-final, second leg on Thursday.First-half goals from N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard handed Chelsea a 2-1 win on the night to overturn a 1-0 first leg deficit. Willian, Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho and David Luiz then scored from the spot to send the Blues through to face Manchester City on February 24th, while Eric Dier and Lucas Moura missed for Spurs.Sarri had questioned the mental strength of his squad and demanded Hazard to deliver more on his abundant potential in the wake of a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday, and the Italian got the response he desired against an injury-ravaged Spurs.Kante levelled the tie with a shot from the edge of the box that went through three pairs of Spurs legs before Hazard rounded off an excellent team move to double Chelsea’s lead.Fernando Llorente’s header hauled the visitors back into the tie five minutes into the second-half, but another chance for Spurs to win a first trophy under Mauricio Pochettino has now gone.Spurs’ spirit could not be questioned as they battled to stay in the tie for 90 minutes despite the absence of Harry Kane, Dele Alli and Son Heung-min, but it could prove a costly night for Pochettino’s men as Ben Davies and Moussa Sissoko added to their growing list of injuries.Sarri has been criticised for persisting with Hazard in a centre-forward position of late and the decision to move the Belgian back to his prefered role on the left of a front three paid dividends.Chelsea’s new number nine Gonzalo Higuain was presented to the home fans before kick-off, but the Argentine’s loan move from Juventus was not completed in time for him to feature so Olivier Giroud was handed a rare start as the focal point of the attack.The hosts were dominant in the first 45 minutes with Tottenham struggling to mount a threat on the counter-attack due to the 33-year-old Llorente’s lack of pace.However, Chelsea needed a slice of good fortune to open the scoring when Kante’s shot from the edge of the area when through Dier and Sissoko’s legs to leave Paulo Gazzaniga unsighted and the ball also nutmegged the Argentine goalkeeper.Davies added to Spurs’ injury woes by limping off with a groin injury just after the half hour mark and five minutes later that latest blow was compounded by a Chelsea second.Ross Barkley, Pedro Rodriguez and Azpilicueta were all involved before the latter picked out Hazard to side-foot home from inside the area.Chelsea could even have made the tie safe before half-time as Toby Alderweireld was lucky to avoid punishment for chopping down his international team-mate Hazard as he bore down on goal.Tottenham have defied the odds all season to remain fighting on four fronts despite a host of injuries, no new signings and persistent delays to the completion of the club’s new stadium.And they did so again to get back into the tie five minutes into the second-half when Llorente stooped to met Danny Rose’s cross to level at 2-2 on aggregate.The game then roared from end-to-end as both sides chased the winner.Pochettino fell to his knees in exasperation as Llorente miscued Christan Eriksen’s inviting cross wide.Giroud then had a huge opportunity to kickstart his faltering Chelsea career when picked out by Emerson’s cross deep into stoppage time, but the French striker headed wide to send the game to penalties.Chelsea were more ruthless from the spot as Dier, who scored the winning penalty in England’s first ever World Cup shootout win in July, blazed over and Kepa Arrizabalaga saved from Moura.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more