Jan
19

East-leading Raptors post 11th win in 12 games, beat Hornets

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 DeMar DeRozan scored 19 points, Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 13 rebounds and the Raptors beat the Hornets 103-98 on Sunday night, Toronto’s 11th win in 12 games.Ahead by 13 points to begin the fourth quarter, Toronto saw its lead dwindle to two before DeRozan and Lowry made key 3-pointers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It wasn’t a pretty game,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said. “Last year we probably would have lost that game, but we were mature enough to make plays, the right plays.”Serge Ibaka scored 17 points and Lowry had 14 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors completed their first season sweep of Charlotte since 2006-07. Toronto improved to 26-5 at Air Canada Centre, the best home record in the NBA. Hornets: F-C Cody Zeller returned after missing the previous two games because of a sore left knee. He fouled out with six points. … G-F Dwayne Bacon missed the game with an illness. … Michael Carter-Williams returned in the third quarter after suffering a sprained left shoulder in the second.Raptors: F OG Anunoby (sprained right ankle) missed his second straight game. “It’s not going to be a long-term thing,” Casey said of Anunoby’s injury. Malcolm Miller made his first career start.CRIME SPREEBatum has at least one steal in 11 consecutive games, the longest streak of his career.AS GOOD AS OVERThe Raptors are 39-1 when they lead through three quarters. The lone exception was a Dec. 11 road defeat to the Clippers in which Toronto led 74-70 after three.UP NEXTHornets: Open a three-game homestand against the 76ers on Tuesday. Charlotte lost at Philadelphia last Friday, their first meeting of the season. The teams play three more times before April 2.Raptors: Host Atlanta on Tuesday. Toronto has won its past three meetings with the Hawks. Toronto Raptors center Jonas Valanciunas, front left, battles for the ball with Charlotte Hornets centre Dwight Howard (12) during first-half NBA basketball game action in Toronto, Sunday, March 4, 2017. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — After three double-digit losses to Toronto, the Charlotte Hornets finally turned in a strong performance against the Raptors.Unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough to beat the Eastern Conference leaders.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments “Purposeful offense, smart play, and very good defense,” Clifford said. “That’s what we’re capable of. If we are serious about making a run here, that’s what we’re capable of.”The Hornets are 5.5 games behind Miami for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with 18 games remaining.“We need to build on what happened here tonight in the fourth quarter,” Clifford said.A downcast Walker wasn’t as encouraged as his coach.“We lost,” Walker said. “That’s all I’m really looking at right now until we watch the film.”Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist scored the game’s opening basket but the Hornets never led again.The Hornets cut the deficit to two, 88-86, on a three-point play by Lamb with 5:11 left in the fourth quarter. Lowry answered with a 3 for Toronto and, after Walker split a pair at the line, DeRozan added a corner 3, giving Toronto a 93-87 lead with 3:22 remaining. “We just tried to do what we could to stay in the game and win it down the stretch but those guys are really good,” Walker said. “They just made plays.”This was the first time in four meetings with Charlotte this season that the Raptors failed to score at least 120 points. Toronto had won the past three meetings this season by 13 points or more.TIP-INS Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They’re playing as well as anyone in our league at this point,” Hornets guard Kemba Walker said. “They move the ball really well, they trust each other.”Fred VanVleet and C.J. Miles each scored 12 points for the Raptors, who have won four straight since an overtime loss to Milwaukee on Feb. 23.Walker scored 27 points and Dwight Howard had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hornets, who lost their third straight, all on the road. Charlotte is 10-21 away from home.Jeremy Lamb scored 16 points, Frank Kaminsky had 15 and Nicolas Batum added 10.Despite the outcome, Hornets coach Steve Clifford said he liked what he saw in the final quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Oladipo, Pacers hold off Wizards GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Jan
18

Almadro confident Polvorosa will bounce back after dismal Game 1

first_imgLATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Almadro said part of Polvorosa’s dismal play was the fact that four-time MVP Marck Espejo, who averaged 46 points, in the Final Four was limited to just 16 against NU.“I think Ish got pressured because he had to disseminate the ball because Marck was a manned guy, the defense will be on him,” said Almadro. “He lost his timing, Marck also lost his timing.”“We won’t change anything, we just have to execute properly for the next game.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Polvorosa, however, crashed back to earth when he completely underwhelmed for the Blue Eagles in Game 1 of the finals against National University with a meager 11 excellent sets.Ateneo, which hadn’t dropped a game in three straight finals series, bowed to the Bulldogs, 25-20, 25-19, 25-23, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum and part of the blame could be placed on Polvorosa’s shoulders.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 crownBlue Eagles head coach Oliver Almadro, though, knows his wily playmaker will eventually shake off the disappointing performance.“I told him that in terms of setting we’re the ones who have the advantage, it’s just this time that he became preoccupied,” said Almadro in Filipino. “But I’m sure he’ll be back and I’m sure he knew what happened.” P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Ish Polvorosa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThroughout the eliminations, Ish Polvorosa was the undisputed best setter in the UAAP Season 80 men’s entire volleyball tournament.Ateneo’s 5th year playmaker averaged 10.74 excellent sets per period during the eliminations, and followed it up with a solid 9.44 clip during the Final Four against Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Parks explodes for 30 as Alab moves on brink of ABL crown View comments 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 awardlast_img read more

Jan
18

Strong finish

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Mongolia, which dealt the Philippines a 21-17 loss on Saturday night, clinched the No. 2 berth in Pool C after beating Russia (21-18) and Brazil (19-16).A quarterfinal clash against defending champion Serbia awaits the Mongolians.The two other quarterfinal matches will feature European teams with Latvia battling Poland and Ukraine squaring off with Slovenia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial A stinging 20-19 defeat to an experienced Canada squad hours earlier snuffed out the Filipinos’ chances of finishing in the top two of their bracket.Team PH coach Ronnie Magsanoc was apologetic after the defeat.“We will come back and try to give these people a win,” said Magsanoc.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 crownTwo hours later, the Filipinos gifted the fans who had stayed on with a blazing performance against the Russians who, surprisingly, did not field any player in the top 100 of the world rankings.The Canadians went on to top Pool C with an unbeaten 4-0 record, capping their assignments with an emphatic 21-4 win over Brazil to earn the right to face Pool A No. 2 The Netherlands in the quarterfinals on Tuesday. Eagles, Archers renew rivalry Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETBOCAUE, BULACAN—Team Philippines made good on its promise to close out its Fiba 3×3 World Cup campaign with a victory after seeing its title hopes go up in smoke at Philippine Arena here Monday night.The Filipinos took out all their frustrations on the third-seeded Russians, 19-12, to finish third in Pool C with a 2-2 record.Still, it wasn’t enough to push them to the knockout round.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Taallast_img read more

Jan
18

Timberwolves star Butler has minor surgery on hand

first_imgMOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Kyrie Irving insists he’ll be ready for Celtics camp 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 LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Jimmy Butler #23 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts to being called for a foul against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter in Game Four of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 23, 2018 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Rockets defeated the Timberwolves 119-100. Hannah Foslien/Getty Images/AFPMINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Timberwolves shooting guard Jimmy Butler has undergone minor surgery on his right hand.The Timberwolves announced Thursday that Butler had the elective procedure on Tuesday. The team said Butler has already returned to offseason activities.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Butler, who missed 21 games last season with an injury to his right knee, averaged 22.2 points per game for the Timberwolves after arriving in a trade with Chicago. He helped lead the Wolves to their first postseason appearance since 2004. Butler can opt out of his contract and become a free agent after the upcoming season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more

Jan
18

Dib quits after losing to Farmer in IBF super featherweight bout

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES SYDNEY — Billy Dib of Australia quit boxing after a unanimous points loss to American Tevin Farmer in an IBF super featherweight title fight Friday.Farmer sent Dib to the canvas with a left hook in the ninth round, but the bout went the distance, with the judges calling it 118-109, 119-108 and 120-107 on their scorecards.ADVERTISEMENT Another rout 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img “Billy Dib is a hell of a fighter,” Farmer said. “He’s had a hell of a career. A great fighter to win the belt against. He definitely tried to bully me.”The 32-year-old Dib, coached by three-time world champion Jeff Fenech, called time on his career with a 43-5 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“This is officially the last time I’ll step into this great circle,” he said. “You (Farmer) are a great champion, I know you’re going to be a champion for a very, very long time.” Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Jan
18

A squad built in weeks: Man United women’s team is revived

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “It was a blank canvas,” Stoney said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I wasn’t coming in and clearing up anyone else’s mess. I wasn’t inheriting players. It was stressful. Trying to put the entire squad together and staff in just over four weeks is a bit of an ask.”The appointment of Stoney was a statement by United. The former England defender is one of only eight female coaches among the 22 teams in England’s top two women’s divisions.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Concerns over sexist attitudes are still encountered, too, particularly when Stoney is accompanied by assistant coach Willie Kirk.“People automatically go and shake Willie’s hand,” Stoney said. “They think because he’s the man, he’s the head coach. I think it is a really strong decision by Manchester United to put a female coach in because the more you make it the norm, the more people will respect it, the more you break the barriers and the divisions. We want to get to a point where it is just football wherever it’s men’s or women’s.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments MOST READ Racket-smashing Djokovic reaches Cincinnati semifinals vs Cilic Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil United vice chairman Ed Woodward said in 2012 that the idea of reviving the team had never been discussed by the board.By March this year, Woodward realized girls deserved the chance to graduate from the existing youth ranks to play for United — just like Marcus Rashford and Paul Pogba did.“There was whispers just after Christmas that Manchester United were thinking about coming in and everybody in the game got excited,” Stoney said. “I put myself forward because for me it’s one of the biggest jobs in football.”Stoney has accomplished what would be unthinkable in the men’s game, persuading seven players to cross the northwest divide and leave Liverpool for United, including goalkeeper Siobhan Chamberlain and defender Alex Greenwood.“We want to play a style of football that entertains you know and that has driven my recruitment process,” Stoney said.Both Chamberlain and Greenwood were alongside Stoney as teammates, not just in England’s run to third place at the 2015 World Cup, but also at Liverpool until February. Adding an extra edge to United’s opening match, Liverpool is the opponent in the Continental Cup.“There are not many bigger rivalries in football,” Stoney said at the Aon Training Complex.The sprawling Carrington campus, reached down an unmarked private road, is the home of United men’s teams in south Manchester. Stoney’s side will train in the north of the city at The Cliff, which the men used until 2000.Whatever the distance between the team bases, Stoney feels United is an integrated operation.“I’ve never been at a club where I’ve felt so much a part of the club,” Stoney said. “There’s not a day gone by since I took the job where I haven’t gone ‘Wow.’ It’s what I’ve dreamed of in terms of where the women’s game needs to be. It’s what I would have absolutely wanted when I was a player.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Man United women’s team manager Casey Stoney smiles during an interview with the Associated Press at Manchester United’s AON Training Complex in Manchester, England, Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018. Stoney has rebuilt the Man United women’s soccer squad and the rebooted women’s side plays its first game upcoming Sunday Aug. 19, 2018, against Liverpool, with Stoney as coach. (AP Photo/Rob Harris)MANCHESTER, England — Within a few weeks, Casey Stoney has completed the job many soccer coaches would envy and some find daunting: Assembling a squad completely from scratch.Thirteen years after Manchester United women’s team was disbanded to prioritize resources on the men, gender equality has returned to one of the world’s richest sports teams. Only 83 days after being granted a license by the English Football Association, United’s women’s side plays on Sunday against Liverpool with Stoney as coach.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 73,000-capacity Old Trafford stadium, however, remains the preserve of Jose Mourinho’s Premier League title-chasing side. Casey’s team will be playing at the 12,000-seat Leigh Sports Village with adult season tickets costing 39 pounds ($50) compared to 532 pounds ($680) for the cheapest at Old Trafford.Attracting larger crowds is crucial to generate more revenue for women’s soccer. An average 953 fans are watching WSL matches.“That’s been the biggest challenge,” said Stoney, who has also played for Arsenal and Chelsea. “We’re growing the game all the time. We know it’s not where it needs to be but having Manchester United in the women’s game is a massive thing.”Stoney told her players how important they are to spur the game’s growth.“I’ve got two young daughters. I want them to come to a game and … (think) ’I want to be one of those girls,’” Stoney said. “If they can inspire my little girls to play football then to me that’s the legacy.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The women’s game has been transformed in England since women last pulled on United jerseys in a senior fixture in 2005.The Women’s Super League has been growing in status since its launch in 2010 and the entire 11-team topflight is now fully professional. United has a squad of 21 professionals trying to gain promotion from the second-tier Championship.“I come from an era where we used to pay to play,” recalled the 36-year-old Stoney, who appeared 130 times for England.Just as Manchester City has overhauled its neighbor’s men as the dominant force in the Premier League, the Abu Dhabi ownership has also invested to turn the women’s team into WSL champions.United is playing catch-up due to famed coach Alex Ferguson’s determination to focus resources on his men’s pursuit of English and European supremacy. The women’s team was scrapped months before United was bought by the Florida-based Glazer family in 2005.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Jan
18

Yeng at heart: Guiao opens up on Gilas, Congress

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Total domination Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “And then we have Justin Brownlee pending in the Congress. Of course, there’s also [NBA standout] Jordan Clarkson.”Now, Guiao’s problem is trimming that glut of talent to 12. But it’s a problem that he’s willing to deal with every day and one that will take a backseat once he tackles his bid to return to Congress.“I feel like there’s so much unfinished business that I want to continue,” said Guiao.He plans to build on the growth of Clark’s international airport and make it even more accessible to the public (a railway line is expected to be extended northward with a stop near the airport). He also hopes he can turn Clark into a major sports hub so it could be “utilized as out national training center.”Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from Fiba.comAnd he wants Clark ready for a huge goal of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Olympic Committee. “There’s already a plan to bid for the 2030 Asian Games. I witnessed the Asian Games in Jakarta already. Tayo naman.”More importantly, he plans to pursue a petition he filed at the Supreme Court that will compel the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to remit the full cut of the Philippine Sports Commission’s share of its revenue pie. So far, Pagcor has been releasing only half of the PSC’s annual share of its revenues.“If that full share is released, retroactively, I estimate the PSC will get around P12 to 13 billion,” Guiao said. “We won’t have any reason anymore not to win an Olympic gold.”It’s quite the stretch to hope that the gold will come from basketball. But even with insurmountable odds facing Gilas Pilipinas, Guiao hopes to shepherd teams that will lay it all down for the country. And it’s not even about rewriting the identity of the squad.“Laban. Puso,” Guiao said. “That’s always our battle cry. That identity should always stay with us. Our opponents may be bigger or better. We may lack preparation at times. We may not have all the players we want on a roster. But we should always play with the same heart and commitment.” If he fails in a congressional bid, he pours his focus on NLEX in the PBA and Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba World Cup qualifying windows. If he wins? “There are a lot of advocacies I started that have gained momentum already and I don’t want that momentum to lose steam.”And with a buffet table of PBA stars and naturalized players at his disposal, the options are dizzying.“It’s a good problem,” said Guiao during a guesting at Sports IQ, the Inquirer’s live multimedia sports talk show.“I was surprised,” Guiao said of the number of players released by their PBA teams and who showed up for the first practice of the national squad for the Asian Games. “Even the injured players came. For me, I know now that it’s not true that players would hold back [from the national team] or that they’re looking out for their big contracts. It’s unfair to the players to say that.”He even has a smorgasbord of naturalized players to select from: Andray Blatche, Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle and even Marcus Douthit, “if we really wanted to, he can suit up.”ADVERTISEMENT Spending an hour with national coach Yeng Guiao is like talking to a human flowchart. He looks at options like they were defensive schemes thrown at him by an opposing team.Is Kai Sotto leaving the country for a European team? “If he is, we really have nothing we can do about it,” he said. If not? “We have to give him an option, an environment, that will give him the best opportunities here.” 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 View commentslast_img read more

Jan
18

Expect stronger Rockets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In the Philippines, sports apparel giant Adidas has released the newest signature sneaker of Harden, the reigning league Most Valuable Player.Putting emphasis on balance, stability and traction, the Harden Vol. 3 is designed to suit Harden’s game that relies on quick and sudden movement.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 Chriss“This shoe means a lot to me,” said Harden. “Our challenge is to come back and [get] better every year, and I really think we’ve been doing that.”Adidas Philippines unveiled the Harden Vol. 3 in a trial run that involved select cagers, including Chris Tiu of Rain or Shine, Ginebra forwards Kevin Ferrer and Aljon Mariano, University of the Philippines’ Bright Akhuetie and Diego Dario and Kobe Paras.  —AP, CEDELF P. TUPAS PGT champs resume battle in Luisita invitational Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next James Harden scored 23 points and Chris Paul and Clint Capela had double-doubles as Houston cruised at Memphis, 121-103, in an NBA preseason game over the weekend.Paul had 14 points and 11 assists and Capela 12 points with 13 rebounds. Seven players scored in double figures for Houston, which made 20 of 47 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Jan
18

WBC green lights Wilder-Fury ‘direct rematch’

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Wilder (40-0-1, 39 knockouts) retained his WBC belt after a thrilling 12-round battle ended in a split decision draw.Many thought Fury (27-0-1, 19 KOs) did enough to win despite being knocked down twice.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 ChrissOn Monday, Fury voiced fears that Wilder would seek to duck a rematch.But Wilder promptly rejected that claim, saying a rematch with Fury was his priority over a unification bout with Anthony Joshua, holder of the WBA, IBF and WBO belts. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman is all for it.“I wish to once again congratulate Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury for their great battle inside the ring and for the exemplary sportsmanship after the bout,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LOS ANGELES, CA – DECEMBER 01: Tyson Fury baits Deontay Wilder in the second round, fighting to a draw during the WBC Heavyweight Champioinship at Staples Center on December 1, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPThe World Boxing Council gave the go-ahead Friday for a “direct rematch” between their heavyweight world champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury, who battled to a draw in Los Angeles last Saturday.“Wilder and Fury gave boxing one of the best fights in the heavyweight division in a long time, which has created tremendous popular demand for the fans to see a rematch,” the  WBC said in a statement on Friday, adding that it had conducted voting through the board of governors “which resulted in unanimous agreement” to sanction the rematch.ADVERTISEMENT Recovering Gonzaga targets 2019 PSL Grand Prix return Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Not Big Game James for nothing: Yap’s resurgence in full display in Rain or Shine’s hot start

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history “I just had a chance to have the ball at that stage so I just shot it and it went in. That’s the game of basketball.”Yap finished with 19 points, on 6-of-9 shooting from deep, three rebounds, five assists, and two steals as the Elasto Painters improved to a second-best 5-1 record behind undefeated Phoenix, which holds a 5-0 card.The 15-time All-Star is also Rain or Shine’s leading scorer averaging 16.3 points a game but he said that it’s not just him who’s solely responsible for his offensive ourburst.“All I can say is I fit right in with the system, my game really just fell into our system,” said Yap. “Of course I have huge thanks to coach Caloy [Garcia] because of the trust he’s given me. Even before the start of the conference he’s told me that I should be ready and it’s a good thing I was able to produce.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES At 36, Yap once again displayed that he’s still one of the best shooting guards in the league, drilling a clutch triple in Rain or Shine’s 107-100 win against NorthPort in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Down 100-99 in the final minutes of the fourth, Yap came off a curl in the right win and calmly drained a three-pointer in the face of Batang Pier guard Paolo Taha that gave the Elasto Painters a 102-100 lead with 2:50 left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsYap joked that his big shot was simply just another normal basket for him.“That’s normal for me,” said Yap laughing. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rey Nambatac grateful for chance to showcase late-game guts for Rain or Shine Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Vintage performance from James Yap saves Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines—James Yap is called Big Game James for reasons.The charismatic shooting guard is a two-time league MVP, four-time Finals MVP, and seven-time champion and these are thanks to no small part to his gutsy self in late-game situations.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View commentslast_img read more