US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH PLAY LIST 01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony00:50Trending 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 AFP official booed out of forum They had the first one of the night, on an interception by safety Duron Harmon in the first half.But they played with a different lineup against the Eagles Sunday, with starting cornerback Malcolm Butler benched in favor of Eric Rowe.Butler missed a day of practice last week with an illness. He warmed up and was in uniform, but didn’t play. It was the first Patriots game in which Butler did not play a first quarter snap since their Super Bowl win over Seattle to cap the 2014 season.Asked about the change during the television interview at halftime, coach Bill Belichick said it was a coaching decision.“I made the decisions that give us the best chance to win,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Without Butler, New England’s defense — and particular the secondary — had trouble keeping Foles and Philadelphia’s offense in check.The Eagles punted only once in the game and converted on a pair of fourth downs.Rowe struggled early, giving up three catches for 66 yards, including Foles’ first touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery.But New England’s secondary got the first turnover of the night when Philadelphia’s Jeffrey struggled to control a deep pass from Foles near the goal line. Stephon Gilmore got a hand on it and juggled it before it wound up in the hands of Harmon.Philadelphia used some trickery, facing fourth-and-goal on the 1 with less than a minute to play.After a timeout, the Eagles got the ball to Trey Burton on a reverse, who flipped a pass to a wide-open Foles for a touchdown.New England pulled to within 22-19 after scoring on the opening drive of the second half.The Patriots defense would break down again, though, this time letting Corey Clement get behind Marquis Flowers and McCourty for an over the shoulder 22-yard catch in the back of the end zone.Safety Patrick Chung was shaken up on that play and missed a few series. He returned to action in the fourth quarter but had to leave again late in the game with a head injury. LATEST STORIES Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz (86) dives into the end zone over New England Patriots free safety Devin McCourty (32) for a touchdown, during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. APMINNEAPOLIS — So many times this season New England’s defense made plays when it had to give Tom Brady and the Patriots offense a chance to win.But it couldn’t figure out the Philadelphia Eagles its 41-33 loss Super Bowl loss on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Nick Foles a Super Bowl MVP and unlikely folk hero in Philly John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 41 points New England allowed were more than they have given up in any Super Bowl in the Bill Belichick era. It also surrendered 613 total yards, including 373 through the air to MVP Nick Foles. LeGarrette Blount, a former Patriots running back, rushed 14 times for 90 yards and touchdown.The Patriots offense did its part. It didn’t punt and had no turnovers through three quarters. After playing from behind most of the night, Brady gave New England its first lead of the game, 33-32 on a 4-yard touchdown pass to Rob Gronkowski with 9:22 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut on the ensuing drive New England safety Devin McCourty couldn’t keep Zach Ertz from stretching the ball across the goal line for an 11-yard touchdown reception from Nick Foles that wound up being the game winner.The Patriots entered the game with 159-15 record, including a perfect 16-0 in the playoffs, when they had won the turnover battle. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC
India batting powerhouse Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said that receiving the Bharat Ratna “will be a dream come true” for him.”Every Indian citizen dreams to be honoured by his nation for his contributions. To be appreciated is the greatest feeling one can have,” Tendulkar said.Sachin TendulkarThe 37-year-old scored his 50th Test century while batting against South Africa in Centurion in December last year. He had remained unbeaten in the Test even as the rest of the battling line-up had folded.In the same Test series he went on to score another century in the Cape Town to bring up his tally to 51 even as India levelled the series 1-1.In February last year, Tendulkar became the only batsman to score a double hundred in ODIs while batting against South Africa in Gwalior.Several leading figures including sportspersons around the country have also voiced their support for Tendulkar in winning the Bharat Ratna.Earlier in September 2010, the Indian Air Force conferred on him the honorary rank of Group Captain.Padma Shri for VVS LaxmanMeanwhile, India Test batsman VVS Laxman has been bestowed the Padma Shri for his services to the game.The Hyderabadi, who has played significant part in securing many a memorable wins for India in Tests, follows Virender Sehwag in the list. India opener Sehwag was conferred the honour last year.The Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian honour in the country after Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.