Gilas PH squad underdog no more

first_imgLATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Gilas Pilipinas entered the Fiba Asia under the shadow of uncertainty: Andray Blatche begged off from the team and June Mar Fajardo was struck off due to injury.But after dismantling defending champion China, the Filipinos are suddenly under the spotlight.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’And they will no longer be underdogs when they take the Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex floor at 9 p.m. (Manila time) against Iraq, which made a huge lineup change by replacing naturalized player DeMario Mayfield.This will give the Iraqis a slightly different look when they tangle with the Filipinos, who routed them in the Jones Cup, 84-75, in Taipei. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings MOST READ Iraq pulled Mayfield out of the lineup and went for Kevin Galloway, even if Mayfield was one of the best scorers in Taipei and drilled 29 points in that losing game against the Filipinos.The Iraqis will also come into the game with some sort of momentum after tripping Qatar, 75-66, with Galloway shooting 16 points and plucking down eight rebounds.The Philippines-Iraq game was one of the dirtiest in the Jones Cup. Christian Standhardinger and Carl Cruz, in fact, were thrown out of that game.Coach Chot Reyes and his staff came over to Beirut knowing that Mayfield will be the naturalized player for Iraq, but now they will be having to deal with someone who is a lot taller and heftier in Galloway.Galloway was originally replaced by Mayfield in the team, though the 26-year-old would have been a handful for the Gilas guards because of his athleticism and shiftiness.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate The Filipinos close out first-round play against the Qataris on Sunday also at 9 p.m.Meanwhile, Calvin Abueva apologized to the team immediately after the win over the Chinese as he played just over a minute and 30 seconds and was thrown out after head-butting Li Gen in the first quarter.Gilas officials said that under Fiba rules, being thrown out does not mean an automatic suspension in the next game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano PH athletes get send off for SEA Games Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo’s name is starting to make the rounds on social media. Raymond Almazan, a Fiba Asia “rookie,” just saw his two dunks in the first half against China immortalized by the tournament as they made the top five plays of the day.What difference a game makes.ADVERTISEMENT Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her View commentslast_img read more

Surprising start to season: Madrid struggles, Barcelona thrives

first_imgMOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Timberland Heights to host first Spartan Sprint Philippines Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 A costly, catty dispute finally settled Madrid had opened with a convincing 3-0 win at Deportivo La Coruna but then was held to a 2-2 draw by Valencia at the Bernabeu. Next weekend it will face a difficult test when it travels to play co-leader Real Sociedad at Anoeta Stadium. Before that, it makes its Champions League debut against Apoel.Barcelona, which opened with 2-0 victories against Real Betis and at Alaves, hosts Juventus in the Champions League before playing at Getafe in the league on Saturday. Getafe has four points and is yet to win at home.To make things worse for Madrid, it will have to face Real Sociedad without Karim Benzema because of a muscle injury sustained against Levante, and without veteran left back Marcelo because of red card picked up late in the game.Cristiano Ronaldo, still suspended after pushing a referee in the Spanish Super Cup final, also won’t play on Sunday.Barcelona is back at full strength after Saturday’s return of Suarez, who missed the first two league games with an injury.Lionel Messi thrived as the team’s lone star, scoring five goals in the first three league matches, including a hat trick in the Catalan derby against Espanyol.Barcelona’s good start has put fans back at ease after the team started the season in bit of a crisis following the Spanish Super Cup loss to Madrid and the transfer-window debacle in which it failed to sign any top players other than Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund.“The most important thing is that the team has been playing well and the players are committed,” Valverde said. “We are being able to play well and please the fans who have been coming to watch us.” FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — No one saw this one coming.Real Madrid is the team struggling early in the Spanish league. Barcelona is just cruising along in the lead.ADVERTISEMENT Break new groundcenter_img Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Winning start OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It was supposed to be the other way around considering how both teams entered the season: Barcelona was in turmoil, Madrid was thriving.Madrid, the defending European and Spanish champion, was considered the early favorite after keeping its top players from a season ago and routing Barcelona 5-1 on aggregate in the Spanish Super Cup. It had also defeated Manchester United 2-1 in the European Super Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBarcelona was reeling after the surprise departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain and the failure to sign many top players during the offseason. It also had to deal with the absence of Luis Suarez because of an injury.It all pointed to early success for Madrid and disappointment for Barcelona. View comments But three games into the season, Barcelona has a perfect record and Madrid has only one victory.The Catalan club is the league leader with nine points from three victories, along with Real Sociedad, while Madrid is in seventh place with five points from a win and two consecutive draws, both at home.“It’s early in the season and the difference in points is not significant, but it’s better to be in front than to be behind,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the team’s 5-0 rout of Espanyol at Camp Nou Stadium on Saturday. “You never know what may happen later on. It doesn’t mean much now, but it’s good to be ahead. We will keep focused on winning and adding points.”Zinedine Zidane’s Madrid could not manage more than a 1-1 draw against minnow Levante at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium on Saturday.“I’m not worried, games like this one are normal in a season,” Zidane said. “There will be ups and downs, but the good thing is that we have plenty of time to fix things.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Pingris: Hotshots ‘gave up’ in Game 1 loss to Bolts

first_imgPBA IMAGESBIÑAN — Marc Pingris didn’t deny that Star floundered when it mattered most in Game 1 of its best-of-5 semifinals series against Meralco on Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena here.“We gave up, and it happened, of all times, in fourth quarter,” the veteran forward said in Filipino after a 72-66 loss to the top-seeded Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bolts defuse Hotshots OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Star lost an early 17-point lead and a 12-point advantage in the fourth quarter as it committed six costly turnovers in the final three minutes of the game.“Those things happen. Maybe, because we want to win so bad, you can’t avoid turnovers like those,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“Even I am not spared from those, so next time, we have to make up for that. We need to learn from our mistakes in this game,” added Pingris, who was responsible for four of the Hotshots’ 24 turnovers that resulted to 26 turnover points by the Bolts.Star coach Chito Victolero echoed Pingris’ sentiments and said the Hotshots have their work cut out for them in Game 2 on Tuesday. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We need to do something on the mental aspect of our game. We got affected by their late run, so we need to calm ourselves and play for 48 minutes to bounce back for Game 2,” the soft-spoken mentor said.And Pingris knows that the line that separates a 1-all deadlock to a 0-2 series deficit for the Hotshots will boil down to one simple thing.“It’s all about the defense,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Meralco suspends Kelly Nabong

first_imgCarpio 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Bolts shoot for a 2-0 lead against Star later today at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex in Sta. Rosa, Laguna.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKelly Nabong will not play for Meralco on Tuesday for Game 2 of its 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series against Star.Bolts team manager Paolo Trillo relayed that the fifth-year center has been indefinitely suspended by the team after his brush with assistant coach Jimmy Alapag late in Game 1 last Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ How to help the Taal evacueescenter_img LATEST STORIES “Kelly Nabong is suspended indefinitely for conduct unbecoming of a PBA player and for conduct detrimental to the team,” the executive shared in a statement.Nabong figured in an verbal spat against Alapag last Sunday. The two needed to separated in the Meralco bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFrustrated, the bruiser was seen tearing his jersey as he sat at the far end of the bench at Alonte Sports Arena in Biñan, Laguna before quickly making his exit after the Bolts pulled off the 72-66 victory against the Hotshots.The Fil-Am center was also the first man out of the Meralco dugout. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up San Beda evades upset, ousts Perpetual DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

After winless season, McIlroy plots return to top of golf

first_imgView comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours McIlroy said he will not start hitting balls again until the end of November, and will focus on rehab and “getting my body right.” A rib injury sustained at the SA Open in January forced him to have six weeks off, and the problem resurfaced at times.Putting and wedge play have been his biggest weaknesses this year, said McIlroy, who added that “basically all areas of my game could get a little bit better.”McIlroy turned pro in 2007 and failed to win a title the following year. Since 2009, he has won 21 titles worldwide.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy on the 17th tee, during day three of Dunhill Links Championship at Kingsbarns, St. Andrews, England, Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017. Three courses stage the tournament, Kingsbarns, Carnoustie and the Old Course at St. Andrews. APST. ANDREWS, Scotland — After completing only the second winless season of his 10-year professional career, Rory McIlroy will put his clubs away for six weeks and plot a way to regain his aura of old.McIlroy finished a frustrating, injury-hit 2017 season with an even-par 72 at St. Andrews in his final round at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Nadal wins 6th title of year in Beijing; Garcia beats Halep DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It summed up my whole of 2017: Not much happening,” McIlroy said. “Couldn’t get out of neutral.”Former top-ranked McIlroy, who has had two spells out of action this year because of injury, has dropped to No. 6 in the world — behind players like 24-year-old Americans Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas and rising Spanish star Jon Rahm, who is age 22. The last of McIlroy’s four majors came at the PGA Championship in 2014.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I feel I’m a much better player than I was in 2011 and 2012, when I was able to win a couple of majors,” the 28-year-old McIlroy said. “I feel I can do better than that in the next 10 years and that’s why these next three months are very important for me to put some really good things in place, step away and just reassess where I’m at and where I need to be.“The landscape of the game has changed a bit since I started to win majors. You have young, hungry guys now who are fearless and playing the game how I basically came out and played a few years go. It’s about gaining an advantage again here and there. Just reassessing everything and making sure I’m not leaving any stone unturned and do everything I can to get back to (being) the best player in the world.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

PBA takes All-Star festivities to provinces anew

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ The format for this season’s All-Star Game has not yet to be agreed on, but the Board expressed its satisfaction of how the public embraced the midseason celebration.Last year, the PBA scrapped the traditional North versus South format and instead,  pitted Gilas Pilipinas against superstars from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao in three separate games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The all-Filipino and Commissioner’s Cups will see the top two squads gaining a twice-to-beat advantage against the bottom two in the quarterfinals, while the four middle teams face off in a best-of-three series.Meanwhile, the top four teams in the Governors’ Cup will have twice-to-beat edge in the playoffs.Also, the 2018 PBA All-Star Game will once again be a three-leg event just like the previous year.The Luzon leg will be in Batangas, Davao will be the stage in Mindanao while the Visayas tilt is still up for bidding.“The members of the PBA board were all happy with the turnout of each game, thus, they want another Luzon-Visayas-Mindanao series,” said PBA director for external affairs Willie Marcial.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PBA IMAGESComing off another banner year, the PBA will still adopt the same three-conference format for the upcoming 43rd season.The Board of Governors resolved the issue in the last board meeting in Manila before team representatives flew to Los Angeles for the annual planning sessions.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Locals will take center stage once again as the PBA opens with the Philippine Cup, set to tip off on December 17.Import-spiced conferences, meanwhile, will continue with height limits for the reinforcements already set — 6-foot-10 for the Commissioner’s Cup and 6-foot-5 for the Governors Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSan Miguel reigned in the first two conferences last season, but their bid to be the sixth team to complete a Grand Slam feat was foiled when Barangay Ginebra successfully defended its throne in the season-ending tournament.All three conferences will have a single round-robin elimination phase, with the top eight teams progressing to the playoffs.  OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

Putin accuses US agencies of manipulating doping testimony

first_img“The scandal is being created ahead of the domestic political calendar,” he said. “Whatever people say, I’m convinced, I just know this is the case.”Russian sports officials and athletes across numerous sports have said they will accept the IOC demand that they compete as “Olympic Athletes from Russia.” That means they will compete in neutral-colored uniforms under the Olympic flag, with the Olympic anthem played at medal ceremonies instead of the Russian anthem.However, the IOC says the ban could be lifted in time for Russian athletes to march at the closing ceremony under their own flag, if Russia complies with IOC conditions.An IOC commission found no evidence that Russia’s “highest state authority” was involved in doping, but that sports ministry officials knew of the doping scheme.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Rodchenkov said he was ordered by the sports ministry to oversee steroid use by Russian athletes in many sports, and to cover up their doping by falsifying test results and swapping dirty samples for clean ones.The IOC’s decision to trust Rodchenkov’s evidence is “nonsense,” Putin said, portraying the scientist as mentally unstable and referring repeatedly to Russian criminal investigations against him.The Russian government has denied it had any involvement in doping, particularly around the Sochi Olympics, which is seen as a key prestige project.Russian officials have previously said they accept some drug use occurred, but on a much smaller scale than alleged, and that Rodchenkov tricked some clean Russian athletes into taking banned substances by claiming they were legitimate dietary supplements.Putin also reiterated previous claims that Russian doping scandals are an attempt to smear the government as he runs for re-election in March, a month after the Pyeongchang Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Rodchenkov being in the United States “is not a positive for us, it’s a negative. It means he’s under the control of American special services,” Putin said. “What are they doing with him there? Are they giving him some kind of substances so that he says what’s required?”Putin added that Rodchenkov should never have been appointed to run Moscow’s anti-doping laboratory in the first place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It was a mistake on the part of those who did it, and I know who did it,” he said, but didn’t name names or say they should be punished.Testimony from Rodchenkov played a key role in International Olympic Committee investigations which led last week to Russian athletes being required to compete under a neutral flag at the upcoming Pyeongchang Games. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during his annual news conference in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin accused U.S. agencies of manipulating evidence from the main whistleblower on doping at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.Putin said Thursday that former Moscow anti-doping laboratory director Grigory Rodchenkov — who is under witness protection after fleeing to the United States last year — is “under the control” of the American agencies, including the FBI.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone James’ 59th career triple-double leads Cavaliers past Lakers Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

After jittery start, Jose finds bearing for Blackwater

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson But he admits that there’s still a lot of ground for the newly-formed trio to cover, saying, “Hopefully, we can improve ourselves as a team and we continue working hard.”“What we did wasn’t enough and we haven’t proven anything yet. We still need to be one and we can still develop a lot of things as a unit.”Erram notched a double-double in the season opener with 11 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks, while Belo collected 13 markers, a rebound, and an assist in the game.Jose is unfazed by his new team’s bad start in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup as he keeps a positive vibe and looked at the good things Blackwater did in the game.“The mindset is the same: when coach puts me in, I’m always ready to do what he asks me to do and to execute our plays. I admit that I was excited and I’m still adjusting, but hopefully next game, I’m already okay,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas PLAY LIST 02:06Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas00:50Trending 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cañaleta catches fire for Meralco, torches Blackwater Luckily, that wasn’t the case in his second freebie–which he swosshed–and for for his next shots, giving him the confidence he needed to deliver for Blackwater.The third overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft lived up to his billing as he paced the Elite with 16 points, six rebounds, and two assists in his pro debut.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkUnfortunately, that smashing first game went for naught as Blackwater fell to Meralco, 103-98, at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.Jose, however, isn’t dwelling much on the loss and shared his optimism when talking about the youthful Elite frontline of him, Mac Belo, and JP Erram forming an intriguing three-man combo in the paint. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRaymar Jose was truly feeling the nerves in his first PBA game on Friday that it even showed on his game, hilariously air-balling his free throw midway in the second quarter.“I was excited,” he said in Filipino as he tried to hide his embarrassment from his gaffe. “This is my first game and I’m surprised that happened.”ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

Ellington sets Heat record, Miami tops Toronto

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ellington scored a career-high 32 points while setting Miami’s single-season record for 3-pointers, and the Heat wrapped up the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the Toronto Raptors 116-109 in overtime Wednesday night.“It’s just absolutely fitting that it would come down to an overtime game with this group,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “It was a heck of a regular season. Now we’re on to the second act.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThat starts this weekend, when the Heat go to Philadelphia and take on the third-seeded 76ers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.Kelly Olynyk, Dwyane Wade, Justise Winslow, James Johnson and Tyler Johnson each scored 11 points for the Heat, who got 10 each from Hassan Whiteside and Bam Adebayo. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Even with nothing standings-wise to play for, the Raptors had no qualms about using their starters. Lowry, DeRozan, Valanciunas and Serge Ibaka combined to play more than 120 minutes.The Raptors were 22-60 in 2010-11, the season before coach Dwane Casey came to Toronto. They ended this season 59-23.“It’s taken us a while to build our program, to get it where it is,” said Casey, a coach of the year candidate this season. “This (Heat) program has multiple championships and we’re trying to get to that level organically. And it takes time. You’re just not going to wave a magic wand and turn a player into Magic Johnson or Larry Bird or anybody like that. It’s part of the process, and that’s something I know our organization is proud of.”Ellington’s 3-pointer with 18.8 seconds left in regulation put Miami up two, and Poeltl tied it with a tip-in. But Miami scored the first five points of the extra session and didn’t look back.A year ago on the last night of the season, the Heat were left teary-eyed and with a sour taste in their mouths after missing the playoffs.This time, Wade and Udonis Haslem toasted each other with flutes of fancy champagne to celebrate their 15th NBA season.“It really means something, every time you complete a season especially as you get up there,” Wade said. “So both of us are a little tipsy.”TIP-INSRaptors: Key reserve Fred VanVleet left with 1:32 remaining in regulation after apparently getting hurt while trying to fight through a screen. He stayed down for several seconds near the Toronto bench before getting helped off the floor. … Toronto went 25-16 on the road, and 40-12 against East opponents.Heat: All-Star point guard Goran Dragic missed the game with soreness in his right knee. The Heat are not concerned about his availability for Game 1 of the playoffs. … Miami finished 26-15 at home.FIORENTINO HONOREDTony Fiorentino, one of the Heat original employees who started as an assistant coach in the team’s inaugural season 30 years ago before transitioning to broadcasting, was honored in a halftime ceremony. Fiorentino has spent the last 15 season as the Heat television analyst, and will assume a team-ambassador position when Miami’s playoff run ends.SIZZLING POELTL To say Poeltl is going into the postseason on a hot streak is an understatement. Poeltl ended the regular season having made 34 of his last 39 shots in the final eight games. Poeltl is also the only Raptors player who appeared in all 82 regular-season contests.UP NEXTRaptors: Face Washington in Eastern Conference quarterfinals.Heat: Face Philadelphia in Eastern Conference quarterfinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Miami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) celebrates after hitting a 3-point shot during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Miami. The Heat won 116-109 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — Here were the two primary goals for the Miami Heat on the final night of the regular season: Beat the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, and get Wayne Ellington into the team record book.Done, and done.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 76ers win 16th straight, earn 3 seed in romp over Bucks P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Ellington needed six 3s to beat the record of 225 that Damon Jones set in the 2004-05 season. He finished the season with 227, and now gets to go to his hometown to start the postseason.“A big-time overtime win,” Ellington said. “We feel like if you put us up against anybody in seven games, we can beat them. That’s the kind of team we feel like we are. It’s going to be a dogfight no matter what.”Kyle Lowry scored 28 points for Toronto, which already had the top seed in the East wrapped up — but played its regulars in this one anyway. The Raptors will meet No. 8 Washington in the first round.DeMar DeRozan had 19 points, Jakob Poeltl had 16 and Jonas Valanciunas scored 12 for the Raptors, who were outscored 11-4 in overtime.“We had a goal set out that we would win 60 games before these 82 were up,” DeRozan said. “That didn’t happen. Time to clear that. None of that matters now. Get ready for this weekend.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nadal wins 11th Barcelona title, unbeaten in 46 sets on clay

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Bong Ramos set to replace Leo Isaac as Blackwater coach Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal, who won his 400th match on clay in Saturday’s semifinal, needed the victory in Barcelona to secure his No. 1 ranking.“It’s hard for anybody to imagine all the feelings and emotions I have when I play here,” Nadal said. “Hopefully I can keep coming back for many more years to come.”After the win, Nadal dived into a pool at the venue along with some of the tournament’s ball boys and ball girls.Nadal was out of action earlier this year because of a lingering right hip injury sustained in the Australian Open quarterfinals. He returned to help Spain defeat Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals and then went on to win in Monte Carlo.“I’ve had two fantastic weeks but we were coming off difficult months because of the injuries,” Nadal said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Nadal, who also won his 11th Monte Carlos Masters title last week, was never seriously challenged on his way to a 19th straight victory on clay.The top-ranked Spaniard has won 46 straight sets on clay, extending his own record. He hasn’t lost on clay since facing Dominic Thiem in Rome last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“It’s very difficult to describe how to win 11 titles at one tournament,” Nadal said. “To win 11 Monte Carlos and 11 Barcelonas is something I couldn’t imagine doing. I’m just enjoying every week and the fact I’m playing in a tournament that I enjoy so much means a lot to me.”It was the 77th title overall for Nadal, tying him with John McEnroe for fourth best in the Open Era. Only Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl are ahead. Spain’s Rafael Nadal poses with his trophy after winning the Barcelona Open Tennis Tournament final in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, April 29, 2018. Nadal defeated Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-2, 6-1 in the final. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Rafael Nadal continues to make winning on clay look all too easy.Nadal extended his dominance on the surface with a 6-2, 6-1 win over 19-year-old Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday to win his 11th Barcelona Open title.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The 63rd-ranked Tsitsipas was trying to become the first Greek to win an ATP Tour title. He was the first Greek to make it to an ATP final since Nicholas Kalogeropoulos in 1973.“I knew the chances to win were small but my confidence was rising in every match, and while I was expecting a little better today, congratulations to Rafa,” Tsitsipas said. “It was a first experience and tougher than I thought. I’ve watched him millions of times on TV, but it’s tougher to face him in reality.”Tsitsipas was the youngest finalist in Barcelona since 2005 and was looking to become the first unseeded champion in the tournament since Gaston Gaudio in 2002.Tsitsipas had 23 unforced errors in the 77-minute loss on the Rafa Nadal court, with brief rain interruptions.The Greek is expected to move to 44th in the rankings after his performance in Barcelona.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more