Mono forges decider

first_imgMono’s 7-foot-5 pillar Samuel Deguara (top), denies Renaldo Balkman as Teerawat Chanthachon prepares to give help. —ABL PHOTOBANGKOK —Paul Zamar never imagined being in this moment more than a year ago when he signed for Mono Vampire.Hardly getting attention from PBA teams back home, the former University of the East stalwart found himself playing for the Thai powerhouse in a stadium in the outskirts of Bangkok with his team protecting a three-point cushion against a San Miguel Alab Pilipinas side looking to clinch the Asean Basketball League crown.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES 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 “Coming into the clutch, our team effort gave me the opportunity to make a play,” Zamar said. “We were right there trading blows [with Alab]. It was more of relief that I made it.”Even Alab coach Jimmy Alapag raved at Zamar’s basket, the impact of which was almost similar to the one that Ray Parks made over Zamar late in the Filipinos’ 99-93 win in Game 3.“That was a big shot similar to Ray’s the other night,” said Alapag, who was left to rue his team’s sloppiness that resulted in 26 turnovers.Still, Alapag feels they have achieved their mission in the Thai capital by getting a split and taking the series back home for what could be an explosive decider at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Laguna on Wednesday night.Parks finished with 21 points, while Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman had 18 points each for Alab, which played catchup for most of the game following a flat start that saw them commit 19 turnovers in the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Imports key to PSL Finals With the shot clock winding down, Zamar took two dribbles before knocking in a floater that sealed Mono’s 88-83 victory over Alab Monday night that sent the best-of-five Finals into a winner-take game.“I was not thinking that I was playing against the Philippines, because our season was on the line,” said the 30-year-old Zamar. “It was a relief that I made that shot especially because I was struggling the whole game.”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“I didn’t look at it as redemption but as survival,” he went on.Our season was on the line. It wasn’t easy, and we had to find other ways to win.”The 5-foot-11 Zamar finished with 11 points on a mediocre 4-of-12 shooting, but his gutsy drive and that dagger floater gave Mono a lifeline in a series that has turned out to be a dogfight in the first four games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

Santo Tomas seeks 2nd straight WIN

first_imgAdamson coach Franz Pumaren unveiled solid recruits in Jerome Lastimosa, Vince Magbuhos and Egie Boy Mojica who joined forces with Papi Sarr and Sean Manganti in the Falcons’ 83-80 win over the Knights. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Thai cruises to maiden LPGT victory at Malarayat 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ University of Santo Tomas hopes to build on its initial victory under coach Aldin Ayo as it battles UAAP powerhouse Adamson on Friday night in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.Gametime is at 6:30 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan where the Tigers, looking to follow up their 98-88 conquest of Jose Rizal U, face the Falcons, who are also coming off their first win at the expense of the Letran Knights on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours St. Benilde shoots for a fourth straight victory when it battles another NCAA powerhouse in Arellano U at 12:30 p.m., before NCAA teams San Sebastian and Jose Rizal U square off in the second game.The third game pits National University against winless Perpetual Help at 4:30 p.m.But the spotlight will be on the UST-Adamson tussle as the two teams are expected to figure prominently in the title chase in the coming UAAP 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, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Tigers are slowly but surely finding their feet under Ayo, who won titles in the NCAA with Letran and in the UAAP with La Salle two years ago.Ayo has given Renzo Subido the keys to the Tigers offense and the returning playmaker delivered, scoring a team-high 24 points in the victory over the Heavy Bombers.But the Tigers will continue to miss prized recruit Steve Akomo who has opted to focus on his academics. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

The summer that was: USA players reflect on a hectic July

first_img“Nothing that happens in the NBA surprises me anymore,” the league’s MVP and Houston star said.Summer isn’t over, but in the NBA spending sense, it’s winding down. About $2 billion in deals have been made in the last four weeks, not to mention a few trades. But with the biggest names who were available in free agency staying put for the most part, most of the players who were in Las Vegas for the national team camp this week seemed to agree with Harden.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’Not much surprised them.“The league is definitely shaken-up a little bit, but that’s how it is,” Charlotte guard Kemba Walker said. That’s the name of the game. That’s the business. You’re going to see guys go from team to team. … It’s just forcing everyone to step their games up individually.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ James Harden signs a basketball for a fan during a training camp for USA basketball, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — James Harden completed his work at USA Basketball’s national team minicamp, sat in a courtside chair and began to put together his assessment of what happened around the NBA this summer.He did not need long to formulate his thoughts.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? The term “player movement” was a bit of an oxymoron this summer. Players made moves, but most didn’t involve moving — James’ was the only free agent signing that exceeded $40 million in total value and involved a change to a new club.“I think the DeMarcus Cousins thing surprised a lot of people,” Memphis guard Mike Conley said. “At the end of the day, that is what it is. LeBron going to LA, Kevin Love staying in Cleveland, there was a bunch of big-time news. But I think everybody’s gotten better and we just have to try to keep up with the way the league is going. Teams are loading up.”That they are, especially out West, where the Warriors reign and yet will have challengers anyway.Houston lost some pieces, but was able to retain Chris Paul and Clint Capela to play with Harden. The Lakers have James, which changes their franchise immeasurably. San Antonio may have gotten better, in that it added DeMar DeRozan for an unhappy Kawhi Leonard.DeRozan knew Popovich was a fan of his game before last week’s trade.“He always showed me mutual respect that I definitely appreciated,” DeRozan said. “There have been times he’s told me things on the sideline about my game, that he was a fan and to keep working. Just to see things to come full circle, for me be in this position, definitely cool.”And in the East, things changed — in the sense that for the first time since 2010, James won’t be on a team that wins the conference title. Boston and Philadelphia may be favored, but there will be no shortage of teams like Miami, Indiana and Toronto believing they have a better chance in the East now that James has moved West.“If it’s a free-for-all, I’m all for that,” Heat President Pat Riley said Friday. “Because then I think the door’s wide open for almost anybody to do something very good.”Walker put it even more succinctly.“Everybody has high hopes,” he said. “I know everybody’s excited LeBron’s out of the East. Don’t have to play against him four times anymore.” GALLERY: ONE Championship: Reign of Kings Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 awardcenter_img Isaiah Thomas did change uniforms this summer, signing a minimum deal with Denver — a step he hopes is a precursor to cashing in next summer if he can return to his elite-scoring form and prove that his problematic hip is no longer an issue.He thinks the buzz around the NBA this summer only made the league stronger.“All publicity is good for the league, but this was a crazy summer with LeBron going to the Lakers, Paul George staying in OKC, a lot of movement, DeMarcus going to Golden State, it was a lot going on,” Thomas said. “But every now and then a summer needs to be like that for the NBA to keep going.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Here’s proof of that: Minicamp was officially over, most players had left to go resume their summers, and a few players — including Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Oklahoma City’s Paul George — were among the last on the floor working out.They were in a wild series of 1-on-1 games against the likes of Golden State’s Kevin Durant, among others. Booker signed a $158 million extension earlier this month, George signed a deal to remain with the Thunder for $136 million. And there they were, trying to beat Durant, just like their teams will be trying to beat Durant’s two-time defending champion team in a few months.“For the most part the players have kind of dictated the movement across the league,” Booker said. “I think it’s great for the fans. I think it’s great for the league both domestically and internationally. It’s just a lot to follow and keep up with.”Very few moves this summer involved a superstar-level player choosing to change teams. LeBron James left Cleveland for the Los Angeles Lakers and agreed to a new four-year contract, and the Warriors were able to add DeMarcus Cousins on a one-year, $5.3 million deal.Maybe that was part of the no-surprise factor.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Laos committing over $1 million to Asian Games campaign

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 2 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan PLAY LIST 00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Pencak silat, boxing, wushu, archery, weightlifting plus track and field athletes are currently preparing at the Lao National Sports Training Center with taekwondo and sepak takraw training taking place at the National University of Laos Dongdok campus.The judo team is training at the Lao-Japan Budo Center, swimmers at the Km16 pool in Xaythany district, and karate-do fighters at the Polytechnic College, while the cycling team is training along the 450 Road.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’Sports officials believe pencak silat, sepak takraw, wushu, boxing, taekwondo, judo, karate-do, judo, archery and baseball are Laos’ best medal hopes at the games.“We have hired foreign coaches to improve the athletes in these sports in the hope of winning medals at the Asian Games,” Director General of the Elite Sports Department, Ministry of Education and Sports, Mr Sengphone Phonamath said. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ A pencak silat team competed at the Pre-Asian Games in Indonesia where they won one gold and five bronze medals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The pencak silat team is being guided by an Indonesian coach, sepak takraw has two Thai coaches, wushu and archery have Chinese instructors, taekwondo has a Republic of Korea coach, the judo and karate-do teams have Japanese mentors, baseball is coached by two South Koreans, and the boxing team is coached by a Russian.The National Olympic Committee of Laos has been cooperating with the various sports federations to regularly check on the progress of the athletes’ training.“We have also been sending taekwondo, pencak silat, wushu, sepak takraw, boxing, baseball, paragliding, and track and field athletes to overseas training camps ahead of the Asian Games,” Mr Sengphone said.The football, baseball, shooting, tennis, table tennis and paragliding teams have used their own budgets to support training ahead of the games in Indonesia.Laos will compete in three sepak takraw events and face opponents from Myanmar, China, Japan and host Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT VIENTIANE — The Laos government is spending more than 9.9 billion kip ($1.16 million) in preparing competitors to take part in 12 sports at the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia from August 18-September 2.Some 271 athletes, coaches and officials are set to represent Laos at the Asian Games.ADVERTISEMENT Balkman no hard feelings after finals loss: ‘Credit to Ginebra for doing a great job’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

European clubs group says UEFA is preparing 3rd competition

first_imgStags escape Blazers after Gutang’s last-second layup gets waved off General view of the UEFA Europa League draw at the Grimaldi Forum, in Monaco, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)SPLIT, Croatia — European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli says UEFA is preparing to start a third club competition in 2021.Agnelli says a total of 96 teams would be involved if UEFA adds to the Champions League and Europa League. He says the plan is “pending approval” of the UEFA executive committee.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 LATEST STORIES MOST READ Agnelli, who is also the chairman at Juventus, is a member of the UEFA executive committee, which will meet on Sept. 27 in Nyon, Switzerland.Two weeks ago in Monaco, UEFA said “various ideas” were being reviewed within committees which include ECA delegates.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 ChrissBack then, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said proposals were “just discussions.”One option is to expand the Europa League, adding 16 teams to make a 64-team group stage. Another option is to create a 32-team competition alongside a 32-team Europa League. View commentslast_img read more

UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 9

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown That was when Tuffin got to work when he gave the Tamaraws a 78-65 lead midway through the fourth with a fastbreak dunk.Tuffin eventually finished with 15 points and five boards.Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University, forward)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo ran into some big time trouble when it had not legitimate center to handle the fort in the first half of its game against De La Salle.William Navarro, a lanky 6-foot-5 power forward, was slotted in as the team’s center who would go up against La Salle’s 6-foot-9 centers in Taane Samuel and Brandon Bates.There was also the threat of Justine Baltazar and Santi Santillan but Navarro had major help from senior forward Thirdy Ravena.The Season 80 Finals MVP was a whirling derby not just in support of Navarro in the paint but also as a focal point in offense.Ravena made a huge block on Samuel in the second quarter, and this was during the absence of Angelo Kouame and Isaac Go, showing that he can patrol the paint against the bigger La Salle centers.He then, delivered a haymaker of a triple that capped off the Blue Eagles’ 11-2 run in the fourth and a 71-58 lead that effectively knocked the Green Archers out.Ravena finished with 14 points with 10 rebounds and two blocks against the Green Archers. 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Final Four is almost set and the race has dwindled to just five teams.Ateneo and Adamson University already own the top two seeds and have secured its respective twice-to-beat advantages for the semifinals while De La Salle, Far Eastern University, and University of the Philippines are all incontention for the third and fourth spots.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 ChrissThe Green Archers currently own the third seed in the ladder with an 8-5 record while the Tamaraws and the Fighting Maroons are tied for fourth with identical 7-6 cards.De La Salle has the most leverage of all three teams since its next game is against UP and a win by the Green Archers on Wednesday secures them the third spot in the standings. Honorable mentionsArvin Tolentino (Far Eastern University, power forward)Arvin Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf Tuffin did his work in the end game for the Tamaraws agains the Bulldogs, then Arvin Tolentino was the architect of the early game surge.Tolentino capped off a blistering 19-4 Tamaraw run for their 40-26 lead late in the second.In all actuality, Tolentino scored all of his 16 points in the first half while also grabbing six rebounds for the whole game.Paul Desiderio (University of the Philippines, shooting guard)Paul Desiderio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s no question that Akhuetie has earned the right to become UP’s first option in offense but that doesn’t mean Paul Desiderio is just an ordinary second fiddle.Desiderio is arguably the best secondary offensive option right now in the UAAP and the Fighting Maroons needed his exploits against UST.In just three quarters, Desiderio put up 19 points while playing as the support shooter, he went 3-of-8 from deep, for Akhuetie who roamed the middle for the Fighting Maroons. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gonzalez, La Salle brace for all-important tiff vs UP (The Inquirer Sports’ Starting 5 weekly ranking is based on the players’ individual numbers and their respective team’s outcomes during the competition week.)ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES BackcourtJohn Lloyd Clemente (National University, shooting guard)John Lloyd Clemente. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University may have went 0-2 this week but John Lloyd Clemente made sure the league was put on notice.The rookie guard, who already held a hefty reputation as a high-scoring force, in high school, gave a little preview of his offensive capabilities in the Bulldogs’ 84-77 loss to the Green Archers when he put up 19 points on just 7-of-9 shooting.Clemente then took the single-game scoring record this season when he put up 38 points, on 14-of-25 shooting, in a 79-74 loss to the Tamaraws.The 38-point mark Clemente scored is just five shy of the school record that his coach Jeff Napa co-owns.Jerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University, shooting guard)Jerrick Ahanmisi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University went a perfect 2-0 in Week 9 and a large part of that success was the consistency shooting guard Jerrick Ahanmisi put on.Ahanmisi was in usual self of being a smooth operator from beyond the arc and his 7-of-15 3-point shooting between his two games attest to that.He also averaged 18 points a game for the Falcons this week, and that’s not too shabby at all.center_img Bright Akhuetie (University of the Philippines, center)Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBright Akhuetie has been pretty steady in the second round getting those double-doubles by the usual and that consistency paid in a big way for UP in its lone game this Week 9.The Fighting Maroons were able to get to a 7-6 record, and a tie for the fourth spot, after their 83-69 win over undermanned University of Santo Tomas.Akhuetie finished with a dominant 25-point, 18-rebound double-double in that outing that saw rookie sensation CJ Cansino fall down to injury.UP’s win not only extended its life in the Final Four hunt but it also eliminated the Growling Tigers from the race, trimming the semifinal contenders to just five teams.Kenneth Tuffin (Far Eastern University, small forward)Ken Tuffin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFEU had a similar case to UP’s in Week 9 of the tournament that it needed a win to stay on course for a Final Four spot especially with the two teams sharing the same record.The Tamaraws eventually got out of Week 9 with a 7-6 record and stayed in their path for the semifinals and one of the reasons why is versatile forward Kenneth Tuffin.FEU’s junior forward was crucial in its 79-74 win over National University and it was a game that needed a little bit of fortitude in the end-game.The Tamaraws cruised to a 44-28 lead at the end of the first half only to allow the Bulldogs to trim the lead to eight, 69-61, after the third quarter. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In the event that the Green Archers win, the Tamaraws have to win in their final game of the eliminations against the Soaring Falcons to ultimately end UP’s season.And of course the inverse of those things can happen.La Salle, FEU, and UP can still end up with identical 7-7 records and if that happens the Fighting Maroons will take the third seed by virtue of a superior quotient over the other two and that will leave the Green Archers and the Tamaraws to fight for the no.4 spot.That’s basically a quick rundown of the team scenarios so here’s a quicker look at the players that starred in the league’s penultimate week.FrontcourtADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Steph Curry, Klay Thompson help Warriors beat Kings

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, tries to fight through a screen as he guards against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, right, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Golden State coach Steve Kerr praised his team’s smothering defense for providing the spark it needed to bounce back from a disappointing loss. He also chided the Warriors’ offense for a lack of focus that made the a late run necessary.Not much is coming easy for the two-time defending NBA champs this season, not even on a night when they got another big night from the All-Star trio of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson.ADVERTISEMENT Thompson made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 38.5 seconds left, Curry added four free throws down the stretch and the Warriors ended the game on a big run after a sluggish start to the fourth quarter, beating the Sacramento Kings 130-125 on Friday night.“I don’t know what they shot over the final six minutes but it wasn’t good,” Kerr said. “We knew we could get back in it if we were just poised and a little more patient offensively. We had several spurts in that second half where we sort of lost our composure and just couldn’t get anything going.”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 ChrissThe Warriors have been searching for some consistency after starting the season 10-1. They went into Sacramento having split their previous 18 games and were on the verge of a complete collapse against the Kings before holding on.Curry finished with 35 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Thompson had 27 points and nine rebounds while Kevin Durant added 33 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CLUTCH TIMEGolden State is 4-1 this season and 33-3 overall when the three each score 20 points or more.“We’ve been to two straight Finals together so we know how to make plays on the highest stage,” Thompson said. “A game in December I don’t think is going to faze us. Just play under control and that’s what we did in the last three minutes.”HIELD IN AWEThe Kings have made big strides this season but their inexperience showed late in the game. Hield, who was three points shy of his career high, was in awe of Golden State’s finish.“In the last four minutes all you saw was Durant and his greatness,” Hield said. “No wonder why they are the world champion. It’s just a great team.”UP NEXTWarriors: Host Memphis on Monday night.Kings: Play at Dallas on Sunday night. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments After De’Aaron Fox missed a jumper, Curry made two free throws with 14.8 seconds remaining. Buddy Hield’s desperation 3-point try also missed, and Curry added two more free throws to close out Golden State’s second win over Sacramento this year.“They just got us with their experience at the end,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “We struggled to finish some shots once a lot of their switching happened. They made some plays but we made some mistakes and they made us pay.”Draymond Green had 14 rebounds and 10 assists for the Warriors.Hield scored 27 points for the Kings. Fox had 25 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.The wild ending was in stark contrast to the first half when Golden State controlled the pace and the flow while leading by 16.The Warriors came out much crisper and sharper offensively than they had been in their 113-93 loss to the Raptors two nights earlier.Curry, Durant and Thompson combined for 51 point and nine 3s, and Golden State had a 13-2 run late in the second quarter to go up 76-64.TIP-INSWarriors: Andre Iguodala (sore right hip) was held out for a third consecutive game, although Kerr is hopeful that Iguodala will play against Memphis on Monday. … Shaun Livingston did not play after suffering a pelvic contusion in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss to Toronto.Kings: Marvin Bagley III left in the first half with a left knee bone bruise and he’s expected to miss 10 to 14 days. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pacers spoil Joel Embiid’s 40-point night, beat Sixers “Late in the game we just simplified everything,” Durant said. “We were down 10 points in the fourth with three minutes to go, we just simplified it.”Two days after a 20-point home loss to NBA-leading Toronto, the Warriors put up 103 points through three quarters, went stagnant for more than eight minutes in the fourth before outscoring the Kings 17-2 over the final 3:03.Durant had 13 points in the fourth quarter, including eight of the first 10 during Golden State’s late surge, but Thompson came up with the biggest shot with his fourth 3-pointer of the night.The Kings repeatedly left Thompson unguarded throughout the game and paid for it in the end when his 27-footer put the Warriors up 126-125.“Just wide open on the right wing,” Thompson said. “I knew one was going to fall eventually.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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James Harden makes 8 3s as Rockets thump Kings

first_imgView comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mavericks deal Harrison Barnes to Kings while beating Hornets Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Kings: Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 13 points while starting in place of Shumpert, who addressed his former Sacramento teammates in the locker room before the game and then left the arena. … Justin Jackson and Zach Randolph are reportedly being sent to Dallas as part of the trade for Barnes.FARIED’S NIGHTKenneth Faried had 13 points and 11 rebounds for Houston. He has settled in nicely after signing with the Rockets as a free agent on Jan. 21.He is averaging 16.1 points since joining his third team this season.“It’s always nice to know that, yes, he is a perfect fit,” D’Antoni said. “When Clint gets back and (Faried) comes off the bench, he can give us that spurt that we can have 48 solid minutes of high-energy centers running up and down the floor.”UP NEXTRockets: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday.Kings: Host Miami on Friday. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA trade call has not yet been completed.“Shump is a vet who can help us defensively, ball-handling, shooting,” Harden said. “He’s been playing very well this season. Once he gets here and gets a couple of practices in, let’s go.”Houston has won seven games by 20 or more points this season, including twice on its road trip.“That’s a good trip for us,” Chris Paul said. “To get three on this road trip, we’re playing the right way.”Sacramento also was working on a trade for Dallas’ Harrison Barnes in another deal ahead of Thursday’s deadline.ADVERTISEMENT Harden made eight 3-pointers and scored 36 points, helping Houston beat the Sacramento Kings 127-101 on Wednesday night.“We played very, very well,” Harden said. “We’re kind of catching a momentum and it feels pretty good. It’s even more exciting once we get our full roster back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe Rockets closed out a four-game trip with their third consecutive victory, and they appeared to be on the verge of adding Iman Shumpert to their array of talented shooters. Gerald Green matched his season high with 25 points, and Eric Gordon scored 20 points.Houston, Sacramento and Cleveland were working on a trade that most notably will move Shumpert from the Kings to the Rockets. Houston is sending Brandon Knight and Marquese Chriss to the Cavaliers. Alec Burks — now traded for the second time this season, after starting the year in Utah — will go from the Cavaliers to the Kings. Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center goes to the basket against Sacramento Kings’ Buddy Hield, left, and others during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, in Sacramento, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)SACRAMENTO, California — James Harden and the Houston Rockets are finding their rhythm at the right time.Looks as if some help is on the way, too.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers The Kings had won three in a row and four of five. Buddy Hield had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Marvin Bagley III added 10 points and 10 boards.“Tough night,” coach Dave Joerger said. “We didn’t shoot the ball well, they did. It’s been a tough couple of hours and an interesting couple of hours.”Sacramento kept Harden off the line, but the reigning NBA MVP still scored almost at will.Harden collected 25 points while helping Houston to a 76-45 halftime lead. He made four 3-pointers during a 19-3 run over the final five minutes of the second quarter.Harden — the NBA leader in average free-throw attempts — was limited to two, matching his season low. But he went 13 for 26 from the field.“Guys set the tone early,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Pretty impressive finish of the road trip. There’s just a lot of good things that we did solid.”Things got chippy midway through the fourth when Harden was called for a technical foul after he exchanged words with Sacramento’s Frank Mason near midcourt.The Kings struggled to keep up. They trailed by as many as 37 in the second half.TIP-INSRockets: Paul had 15 points and 11 assists. … Gordon returned to the lineup after sitting out Monday’s win over Phoenix because of right knee soreness. … Houston is 8-4 without Clint Capela, who is sidelined with a right thumb injury. 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Roger Federer reaches semis in Dubai as he chases 100th title

first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Marton Fucsovics of Hungry during their match at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Roger Federer is two matches away from his 100th career title after beating Marton Fucsovics 7-6 (6), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Dubai Championships semifinals.Federer faced two set points in the tiebreaker but Fucsovics hit two forehands into the net to let the Swiss star take control. Federer then wasted an early break in the second set but broke again for a 5-4 lead before serving out the match when Fucsovics sent a forehand return wide.ADVERTISEMENT “The tiebreak was tough. I’m happy I found a way to get out of that one,” Federer said. “That was an exciting match, to say the least.”Federer is looking to become the second man in the professional era to reach 100 tour-level tournament tiles, joining Jimmy Connors, who won 109. Seven of Federer’s previous 99 triumphs have come in Dubai.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe will next face sixth-seeded Borna Coric, who beat Nikolaz Basilashvili 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (1). Coric beat Federer twice last year, including in the Halle final.“He’s really found his game,” Federer said of Coric. “We’ve had a couple tough matches as of late.” Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nike continues eSports push with league partnership in China Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The other semifinal will pit rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece against French veteran Gael Monfils.Tsitispas outlasted Hubert Hurkacz 7-6 (4), 6-7 (1), 6-1, while Monfils beat Ricardas Berankis 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2.Both Tsitsipas and Monfils are coming off tournament wins in Europe last week and have a 1-1 head-to-head record.“We’re both serving really well,” Tsitsipas said. “We have similar game style. I guess I’m a bit more aggressive than him, but he’s much faster. I’m going to have to deal with all of that, be patient, play with passion as well, just wait for the opportunities to break him.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Lakers fans on tenterhooks

first_imgFormer sportswriter Val Abelgas is looking at a big hole in his sports calendar.Now living in Los Angeles, California, with his family, Abelgas is caught in the mess around the Southland’s most storied sports franchise—the Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college But Abelgas and the countless Lakers fans worldwide agree about the ugly truth.Since James suffered a groin injury that sidelined him for 17 games in December, the Lakers have gone downhill. From 20-14 when he left, the team went to 20-25 when he returned.A slew of other injuries, fresh or otherwise, including those suffered by Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma on Monday, is sure to saddle them the rest of the way.Michael Keon’s camp director in Baguio when he ran the Gintong Alay Project in the 1980s died on Tuesday.Narciso Padilla Jr., a longtime newsman and public relations professional, was 87.As the camp honcho at Teacher’s Camp, Padilla took care of the training needs of athletes who excelled in Keon’s fruitful track program, including Lydia de Vega, Elma Muros and Isidro del Prado.Also a former Baguio alderman, Padilla relished playing Santa for all of December every year for over 42 years.Farewell, Manong Nars. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The team’s failure will be especially painful for James, who was expected to help the team after a much trumpeted move to Hollywood from Cleveland.If the Lakers can’t hack it, James will miss the postseason for the first time since his second year in the NBA.Not that Abelgas is getting used to his hometown team’s absence in the postseason.In a freeway city like LA, he is surely blocking off his Lakers blues while driving around  working as a realtor-cum-newspaper columnist for several Filipino periodicals.It’s just that the specter of not busting his lungs rooting for the Lakers really sucks.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES The team’s playoff hopes are slowing being dashed. The Lakers are unraveling despite the presence of LeBron James, the best basketeer on earth, in their lineup.At the rate they are going, they are headed to the same abyss and in danger of falling with a thunderous thud. They could miss the playoffs again for the sixth straight season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsMathematically, the Lakers are still in contention for a spot in the playoffs. Realistically, game analysts are proclaiming them in life support after a 113-105 loss to their co-tenant at Staples Center—the Los Angeles—on Monday night.With 18 or so games left in the regular season, the Lakers are in a mad scramble for the seventh and eighth playoff spots with the Clippers, San Antonio Spurs and the their crosstown rivals, the Sacramento Kings. UVC, Generika topple foes 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more