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Padda, Lady Falcons relish pressure from school officials

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Adamson Lady Falcons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson has moved leaps and bounds in the UAAP this Season 80.The Pep Squad shook up the cheerdance landscape after winning their first title and the Soaring Falcons almost pulled off the unthinkable in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT The Adamson Pep Squad shocked the UAAP viewing public when they dethroned the five-peat seeking National University Pep Squad, while the Soaring Falcons almost dashed to the Finals and nearly eliminating De La Salle.Those moments of brilliance are what Adamson school officials are now looking for from the Lady Falcons, after all the girls in navy blue won six straight in the PVL Collegiate Conference before an injury to skipper Jema Galanza saw their fortunes crumble. The Lady Falcons still finished at a respectable fourth place in the offseason tournament.Padda knows the pressure from the bosses is another way of telling them that they can stun the competition in the women’s volleyball tournament.“Pressure’s a privilege, it’s a privilege to be in this position because if no one’s pressuring us to do well then it’s a dead giveaway that they don’t believe you can do it,” said Padda.“It’s different when you’re pressuring somebody to know what they can do, than when they’re pressuring somebody that doesn’t stand a chance. We know we stand a chance so it’s a privilege to be in this position and we want to make the school proud.”ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Set for UST return, Renzo Subido soaks in D-League experience MOST READ 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases With such accomplishments from the first two competitors in the UAAP Grand Slam, all eyes are now on the Lady Falcons.Adamson finished dead last in Season 79 winning just one game and losing 13, but a strong showing in the collegiate conference of the Premier Volleyball League became a beacon of hope for Adamson’s women’s volleyball team.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 folkHead coach Airess Padda, though, is not shying away from the pressure for a breakthrough this season which starts February 3“Yes they have been pressuring us and they’ve put a lot of pressure on us,” said Padda Thursday during the team’s practice. “They want to keep it going and they don’t want it to stop with basketball and the Pep Squad.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View commentslast_img read more


January 19, 2020 0

Griffin narrowly misses triple-double, Pistons rout Suns

first_imgGriffin led six Detroit players in double figures, finishing with 26 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds before sitting out most of the final quarter.“He was great tonight. I mean great,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “Had I realized he was one rebound away (from a triple-double) I would have given him another minute or so. I didn’t realize that. I really didn’t, but 26, nine and 10 is a hell of a game.”Jackson was back in the Detroit starting lineup after missing 24 games with a severe ankle sprain. He scored seven points on 3-of-7 shooting in 15 minutes.“It was good to have him out there and I thought he played pretty well,” Van Gundy said, “better than I thought he would after having three months off.”Luke Kennard added 16 points and Ish Smith 13 for the Pistons.ADVERTISEMENT Griffin narrowly missed a triple-double and the Pistons celebrated the return of Reggie Jackson by handing short-handed Phoenix its ninth straight loss, 115-88 on Tuesday night.Griffin methodically took it to the Suns, keeping Detroit in it early and leading the blowout that came later.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’s very important to me, you can’t play this game uptight,” he said. “You’ve got to play relaxed and you’ve got to play the way you can play. I thought we did that tonight.”The Pistons, winners at Sacramento on Monday night, got off to a slow start against the Suns but blew the game open in the second half. View comments The Suns were without their two leading scorers. Devin Booker missed his second straight game with a right hand sprain and T.J. Warren was out with left knee inflammation after being hurt late in Saturday night’s loss to Golden State.Alex Len led Phoenix with 19 points and 12 rebounds. Troy Daniels added 18 points, going 4 of 5 on 3-pointers, and Josh Jackson had 15 points and 11 boards for the Suns, who have lost 24 of 26 to run their NBA-worst record to 19-53.Detroit has won the last two after dropping the first three of a six-game road trip that ends Thursday night in Houston.Neither team led by more than seven points and both had trouble making shots in the first half, with the Pistons up 44-38 at the break.The Pistons shot just 32 percent (15 for 47) and Phoenix 36 percent (17 for 47) in the first two quarters. The Suns made only two of 18 3-pointers in the first half to Detroit’s 5-of-16 effort.The Pistons blew open a 21-point lead in the third quarter, outscoring Phoenix 25-10 go to up 69-48 with 4:56 left in the period. Seldom-used Alec Peters’ 3-pointer cut it to 77-64 but Anthony Toliver sank his third 3-pointer in the final four minutes of the quarter to put Detroit up 80-64 entering the fourth.The Pistons, who shot 56 percent in the second half, led by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter.“We just couldn’t hold them in the second half,” Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. “32 percent we held them to in the first half just by mucking it up a little bit. Second half they go 28 of 50 and Blake makes a couple tough ones and their confidence starts to go up.”TIP-INSPistons: Detroit made 10 of 20 3s and had just three turnovers in the second half. … Jackson had been ruled out for the game by Van Gundy at the shootaround but that changed when the coach met with the media pregame. … Griffin, who made his first appearance against Phoenix as a Piston, averaged 22.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in 26 career games against the Suns as a Los Angeles Clipper. … Detroit swept season series with Suns for second time in three seasons.Suns: Phoenix has lost 10 in a row at home. … Suns assigned C Alan Williams to Northern Arizona of the G-League. Williams is coming back from September knee surgery. … Jackson’s 36 points against Golden State on Saturday was fourth-most points by a rookie this season. … Booker missed his 18th game of the season. … Phoenix has won five games since Christmas, one since Jan. 31. … Dragan Bender made 1-of-8 3s. … Other than Daniels, the Suns were a combined 3 of 29 on 3s.UP NEXT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Read Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Pistons: at Houston Thursday night.Suns: at Cleveland Friday night. 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 Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) shoots against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Blake Griffin always seemed to hurt the Suns when he was with the Los Angeles Clippers.Now he’s doing the same for Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Rockets snap Blazers’ 13-game winning streaklast_img read more


January 19, 2020 0

De Jesus assures no favoritism as 8 La Salle players attend first day of tryouts

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Former Lady Spikers Kim Fajardo, Ara Galang, Cha Cruz, and Melissa Gohing were present for the session, together with current players Dawn Macandili, Kianna Dy, and Majoy Baron.Aby Maraño attended, but begged off from participating in the drills due to a hand injury.Of the La Salle players in the pool, only Mika Reyes did not show up for the session with her ballclub Petron scheduled to play on Saturday.De Jesus, though, still isn’t closing his doors on other players who are interested to lend their services for flag and country.“We’ll still have another tryout next week for those who weren’t able to attend today,” he said, with the next tryout scheduled on April 18. “We’re giving a chance for the players who weren’t able to attend today. We know it’s not easy because everyone has their own commitments, so hopefully, I see them next week.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Madrid-Bayern, Liverpool-Roma in Champions League semifinals 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 The multi-titled mentor clarified that though he’s the coach of La Salle in the UAAP, that won’t be a factor when deciding who will make up the team which will compete in major international tournaments this year.“There’s no guarantee that the La Salle players will be part of the final squad,” said De Jesus, who was officially introduced on Friday.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 wasn’t a part of the national team in the past years, and a lot of the players they took were from La Salle. So on my part, I wasn’t looking if the player was from La Salle or from another school or another company. If we can use them inside the court and they can follow our system, they will be in.”NT coach Ramil de Jesus shares his thoughts on the first national women’s volleyball team tryouts. pic.twitter.com/jBu9H7pUgM— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 13, 2018Nine players in the current national team pool came from Taft, and all but one attended the first tryouts on Friday at Arellano Gym in Legarda.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. New national team coach Ramil de Jesus assured everyone that he won’t be playing favorites when it comes to the fate of the women’s volleyball team.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Romeo hopes to make most of last stop

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ BanKo Perlas sinks PayMaya; Petro Gazz triumphs with new import Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Fresh off a record setting night, Terrence Romeo guns for another milestone even as the Smart All-Stars try to close out what has been a pulsating three-city PBA All-Star week on a winning note on Sunday night in Iloilo City.The TNT KaTropa guard, who fired a new All-Star mark of 48 points in the national pool’s 152-149 win last Friday night over the Luzon All Stars in Batangas City, can tie Vergel Meneses’ record of four All-Star MVP awards as he leads the Smart All-Stars against the Visayas selection at 6:30 p.m. at University of San Agustin Gym.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES With June Mar Fajardo and Kiefer Ravena suiting up for the Visayas, the Smart All-Stars, who will have Nash Racela as coach, will now turn to Mark Belo, Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, Carl Bryan Cruz, Gabe Norwood, Matthew Wright, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Jio Jalalon, Jayson Castro and Calvin Abueva.But they will be up against a Visayas team raring to give the Nationals a stern test in the last and final stop of the mid season showcase.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 crownlast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Belingon, Nguyen to tussle for ONE interim bantamweight title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Milo Marathon winners get shot at SEA Games national team “If I beat Martin, it would be huge, this is a great position I am in and I am excited for this bout,” added Belingon.Nguyen, who beat Belingon’s Team Lakay stablemate Eduard Folayang for the lightweight title, said he wants Fernandes to watch his match against Belingon to see who should be the rightful contender for the undisputed belt.Belingon and Nguyen have one common denominator, and it’s that both failed to deliver the goods against Fernandes.Nguyen lost to Fernandes in March of 2018 in a close split decision while Belingon tapped out to the champion’s Kimura lock in the first round of their 2016 fight.“Bibiano should watch this fight with a close eye,” said Nguyen who won seven of his last eight fights. “He knows who the rightful challenger is. It’s either me or Kevin, and I will be doing everything in my power to finish this one.”ADVERTISEMENT Thai superstar Shannon Wiratchai (9-2) will also make his Philippine debut in the fight card when he faces the legendary Japanese Shinya Aoki (40-8).Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu legend Renzo Gracie (13-7), a member of the iconic Gracie family, will have the farewell match as he battles 42-year-old Yuki Kondo (60-34) of Japan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Belingon (18-5) has cemented himself as one of the top 65 kg. fighters in the promotion, riding a five-fight win streak since his last loss to undisputed bantamweight champion Fernandes in 2016.Nguyen (11-2), meanwhile, has said it multiple times that he wants to hold three belts all at the same time.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 two will square off against each other on July 27 at Mall of Asia Arena in ONE: Reign of Kings.“As one of the top bantamweights in ONE Championship, I am willing to take on all comers, it doesn’t matter to me who is the opponent,” said Belingon. “In fact I am honored to face Martin Nguyen, a two-division World champion.” Photo from ONE ChampionshipKevin Belingon is about to get his due title shot.After becoming ONE Championship’s most dangerous bantamweight not named Bibiano Ferndandes, Belingon will get his chance at the gold when he takes on two-division champion Martin Nguyen for the promotion’s interim 65-kilogram strap.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Pocari Swear nears PVL semis

first_imgMOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Pocari Sweat-Air Force strengthened its bid for a semifinals berth after a 29-27, 20-25, 19-25, 26-24, 15-13 thriller over BaliPure-NU in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Phoenix makes case for quarterfinals spot, sinks Globalport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Lady Warriors need to win their next game against Tacloban Fighting Warays on Saturday to book a spot in the semis.Janisa Johnson’s 35 points went for naught for BaliPure. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 Lady Warriors import Madeline Palmer’s crosscourt kill sealed the outcome.“The team woke up after I said in the fourth set that we are facing a team mainly composed of high school players, who are just banking on two imports,” Pocari Sweat head coach Jasper Jimenez told reporters in Filipino.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 crownPocari Sweat came back from four points down to win the fourth set, 26-24, and extend the game to a deciding frame.The trio of Myla Pablo, Arielle Love, and Palmer combined for 57 points for Pocari Sweat, which needs one more win to formalize its entry. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Closed-door game ‘surreal’ experience for PH coach Yeng Guiao

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Guiao also said the crowd’s absence had an effect on Gilas Pilipinas’ flat start.READ: Cold-shooting Philippines turns to defense in win over QatarThe Filipinos, facing the injury-riddled Qataris, fell behind by as much as 17 points before mounting a spirited rally in the third quarter behind their unrelenting defense to turn a 13-point deficit to a three-point lead en route to a 92-81 win.Shooting guard Matthew Wright, who returned from a one-game suspension along with Japeth Aguilar, believed that had the fans were present, Gilas would’ve made an even bigger run.“Just the energy that they create I felt that the run that we had in the third quarter if we had the crowd behind we would’ve pushed it even more,” Wright said. “We did miss them today.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments PH coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from Fiba.basketballWith the game played behind closed doors, the Philippine team looked for other ways to draw crowd support against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifers Monday night.The silence was deafening inside a near-empty Araneta Coliseum, the stage where countless historic sporting events had been held, with only less than 150 people allowed inside.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Real Madrid more of a team without Ronaldo, says Bale READ: Philippines bounces back, pulls away in 4th to beat Qatar“It’s kinda surreal or it felt really weird playing in your own country or in your home stadium against another country and there’s no one cheering you,” national team coach Yeng Guiao admitted during the post-game press conferenceFEATURED 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“So what we did was we were the ones who cheered for one another and after a while you get used to it,” Guiao added. “I also told them that a lot of Filipinos are watching us on TV, livestream and listening to us on the radio so just visualize that and imagine that and maybe that’s going to help you put out that effort.” MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Meralco’s Newsome, Hodge fail to get clearance for Fiba Champions Cup

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Meralco’s bid in the Fiba Champions Cup is off to a rocky start after Filipino-American swingmen Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge were not allowed to be part of the team that will compete in the Thai province of Nonthaburi.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The exclusion of Newsome and Hodge meant that Fiba didn’t allow the two to play as Filipino locals for the Bolts who already didn’t have injured veterans Ranidel de Ocampo and Jared Dillinger.The 7-foot-1 Liam McMorrow, who was supposed to be Allen Durham’s import partner, wasn’t also part of the team’s roster instead the Bolts had 6-foot-10 Diamond Stone.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 ChrissAs of posting, the Bolts are playing against host Mono Vampire at Nonthaburi Province Stadium for their Group B match.The top two teams from the two groups will automatically move to the semifinals. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Longtime barker Rolly Manlapaz passes away Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Ronaldo still very much part of Portugal team, insists coach

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 “I thought it would be a great match and instead especially in the first half we had a lot of difficulties.“After the break I explained to them what was happening, and the game became more balanced.”Portugal host relegated Poland in three days in Guimaraes, in a match that has no significance for either side.But Santos insisted: “The final match against Poland will be important because it will be on front of our public, who are always with us.“We have to play well and to win.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Zverev’s ATP Finals win vs Federer tainted by ball boy flub Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “There are no questions to ask. Ronaldo is part of this team, just read the post he wrote today,” said Santos, referring to the message the Juventus player sent to wish his teammates good luck via Twitter.Portugal booked their ticket to the semi-finals next June after holding Italy to a 0-0 draw at the San Siro on Saturday.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 ChrissThey progressed top of Group A3 with one match to play, dashing Italy’s hopes in the process.“The qualification confirms the quality of our football,” said Santos. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Portugal’s forward Cristiano Ronaldo (R) sits next to coach Fernando Santos as he watches his teammates practice during a training session at the team’s base in Kratovo, outside Moscow, on June 21, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Francisco LEONG / AFP)Portugal coach Fernando Santos insisted Saturday that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo remains a key part of his national team despite being left out of his Nations League squad, after the European champions became the first team to advance to the semi-finals of the competition.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner spent much of last month vehemently denying allegations of rape and was dropped by Santos for the Nations League internationals amid accusations by former model Kathryn Mayorga that Ronaldo raped her in 2009, just before he joined Real Madrid from Manchester United.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more


January 18, 2020 0

Even in Year 16, LeBron James refusing to slow down

first_imgBut it’s not just the scoring. Only Steve Nash, John Stockton and Jason Kidd — three of the best point guards ever — averaged this many assists at this point in their career.“He’s the best player in the world,” Lakers guard Lonzo Ball said.Added fellow Laker Kyle Kuzma: “He could average 40 if he wanted.”Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, who had James for four seasons in Miami, describes James’ game in one word: “Timeless.”“Doesn’t matter what year, doesn’t matter how old,” Spoelstra said. “Consistency is as much of a talent as any physical or mental talent. He’s five-star in all of those.”James hasn’t won an MVP award in any of the past five seasons. For as good as he’s been, for as long as he’s been that good, it’s hard to believe that his first 15 seasons only resulted in him winning that award four times. He should be in the conversation again this year, and thought he should have won the award last year.“I just go out and my love for the game keeps me going,” James said. “My ability to put in the work, and see what happens after that. I know if I put in the work and be true to the game, then everything else will take care of itself.”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 Bryant had gone more than seven years without a 50-point game before April 13, 2016, when he went 22-for-50 and scored 60 points at Staples Center as the Laker faithful roared for his work one final time. James hadn’t gone six months since his last 50-point night; it was Game 1 of last season’s NBA Finals, the one where J.R. Smith forgot the score in the final seconds and Cleveland lost to Golden State on the way to a sweep.James was methodical on Sunday; he was 19 for 31 from the field, 6 for 8 from 3-point range, getting to 51 points on a deep 3-pointer in the final seconds with the outcome already long decided.“That’s all coaching,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Just great coaching. … No, the way he sees the game, he knows what he’s doing out there.”Through 16 games, though there’s nothing to suggest that he’s going to slow down this season — or anytime soon — James is his usual sensational self. He’s averaging 28.8 points on 52 percent shooting, with 7.7 rebounds and 6.9 assists per game.No one in NBA history has ever averaged that many points in a 16th season or later. Bryant is the only player to average more than 25 points this deep into a career; he averaged 27.9 points in 2011-12, 27.3 points in 2012-13.ADVERTISEMENT Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James keeps the ball from Miami Heat forward Justise Winslow during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)MIAMI — LeBron James stopped worrying about his place in history long ago. His legacy has been secure for years. The argument about where he ranks, whether or not he’s the best player to ever step on a basketball court, will continue forever and there will never be a definitive answer.That is, unless he keeps doing things like this.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In his 16th season, James can still make the game look absurdly easy. The latest entry on the long list of his unforgettable nights came Sunday, when James scored 51 points and led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 113-97 win over the Miami Heat. He’s only the second player to score at least 50 in a game this deep into an NBA career; the other is Kobe Bryant, in his final game, and that was aided by 50 shot attempts.“I’ve always been a guy to let the game talk for itself, speak for itself,” James said. “My body of work speaks for itself, still to this day, 16 years in.”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 ChrissHe paused for a second, breaking into a big smile.“If there’s ever a discussion,” James said, “games like this will make sure you figure it out.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES Civil Engineering graduate Dave Yu hopes to pave way for NU student-athletes Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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