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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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January 18, 2020 0

Australian Open: History beckons as Serena Williams shoots for Slam history

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Serena Williams of the US plays the ball to Venus Williams of the US, during the 2018 Mubadala World Tennis Championship match in Abu Dhabi, on December 27, 2018. (Photo by GIUSEPPE CACACE / AFP)Serena Williams is back in Melbourne as hot favorite to repeat her 2017 Australian Open win and claim a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam with rivals, including defending champion Caroline Wozniacki, battling health issues and poor form.Williams won her 23rd title and seventh at Melbourne Park while eight weeks pregnant two years ago, and now attempts to match Margaret Court’s mark of 24 singles majors on the Australian’s home soil.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Regarding the controversial final against Osaka at Flushing Meadows — when she raged against umpire Carlos Ramos who imposed three code violations, the final one resulting in the loss of a game — Williams said she had put it put behind her and intended to “move on to bigger and better things”.Bookmakers in Australia have installed Williams as a short-priced favourite for the title with her US Open conqueror Osaka — the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam — next in the betting.Osaka shinesThe 21-year-old Osaka backed up her US Open win by riding a wave of fanatical home support to reach the final of the Pan-Pacific Open in Tokyo without dropping a set.She warmed up for Melbourne by making the semi-finals of the Brisbane International last week, where she blamed a poor attitude for losing to Lesia Tsurenko.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But the 20-year-old Aryna Sabalenka from Belarus has zoomed up the rankings from 73rd at the start of 2018 to number 11 on the back of tournament wins in New Haven and Wuhan, and is a dark horse to emulate Osaka and achieve a maiden Grand Slam.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Azkals flaunt quality under continental spotlight Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebracenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award02:14Carpio 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The 37-year-old enters the tournament ranked 16 in the world but has proved in the past that such numbers mean little to her, despite fresh memories of her meltdown in losing the US Open final to Naomi Osaka in September.Her 2017 triumph Down Under gave Williams the outright open era record for singles majors ahead of Steffi Graf’s 22, leaving only Court’s tally of 24 titles — 13 of which were earned in the amateur era before 1968 — for Williams to chase.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 ChrissWilliams missed her first chance to match Court when losing last year’s Wimbledon final to Angelique Kerber, and said ahead of the Australian Open that she was taking nothing for granted.“It’s something that I clearly want but I have to be able to get there and beat a lot of good players to get it,” the American said. “I feel like last year I did a lot of that,” she said. “I’m trying to change it more, and I think I have.”While she is the leading light for the next generation, the world number four’s status as second favourite points to a lack of serious rivals for Williams among the more established players.Wozniacki, ranked three, started last season by winning her first Grand Slam in Melbourne and returning to world number one, but ended it in October with the bombshell announcement that she had been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.The 28-year-old Dane insists she can manage the debilitating auto-immune condition, which sometimes leaves her so exhausted she cannot raise her arms above her head.Wozniacki proved she can still compete by winning in Beijing in October but whether she can cope with the gruelling two-week slog of a Grand Slam remains to be seen, and she was bundled out of the Auckland Classic last week in round two.Halep cloudWorld number one Simona Halep of Romania comes into the tournament under a fitness cloud after a nagging back injury curtailed her 2018 season.Second-ranked Angelique Kerber has already indicated her priority for 2019 will be the French Open, the only Slam to elude the 30-year-old German in her career.Maria Sharapova has failed to impress since returning from a doping ban and, now ranked 30, is looking some way from the player who won five Grand Slams.Two-time major champion and former number one Garbine Muguruza was another who had an injury-blighted 2018 which saw her drop out of the top 10. 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January 18, 2020 0

James Harden drops 58 points as Rockets rally to beat Heat

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I wanted to be aggressive and continue to attack the rim,” Harden said. “I took my shots when I had the opportunities, and not only myself, but Austin (Rivers), Gary (Clark), Chris (Paul) made some plays down the stretch. It was a total team effort tonight.”Rivers scored 17 points, and Paul and Clark each had 14 to help Houston win its fourth straight game. The Rockets shot 49 percent, including 19 of 46 on 3-pointers.Houston held Miami to 20 points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the Heat by 15 in the decisive quarter.“I just really think it was a big win for us,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Just for a lot of reasons — spirit wise, we did it the right way. We got into them defensively. … This is a character win, and when you get in the playoffs, that’s what counts.”Kelly Olynyk and Goran Dragic each had 21 points for Miami, Justise Winslow added 19 points and eight assists, and Josh Richardson had 18 points. The Heat shot 52 percent, making 15 of 28 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college UP NEXTHeat: Host Brooklyn on Saturday night.Rockets: At Boston on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We were lackadaisical on defense, especially in that second quarter,” Harden said. “They gained confidence and knocked down shots. They were just too comfortable, so we had to pick the pressure up in the second half, create some turnovers and energy with our defense.”He fell three points short of his career high set at New York on Jan. 23, and had the most points ever against the Heat — breaking Willie Burton’s mark of 53 for Philadelphia on Dec. 13, 1994.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“We get the stat sheet at the end of the game, and I saw he had 58,” Rivers said. “All of us were like, ‘He had that many points?’ We had no idea he had that many points. That’s a lot of points. He was incredible.”Harden made 8 of 18 3-pointers and was 16 of 32 overall from the field and 18 of 18 on free throws. 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Phillip)HOUSTON — After scoring 58 points, James Harden pointed to the Houston Rockets’ defense and team effort.Harden also had 10 assists and seven rebounds and the Rockets overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit to beat the Miami Heat 121-118 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img View comments “We were in the driver’s seat and had an opportunity to close it out and really buckle down defensively, and we started to foul,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “Double-digit lead all of us a sudden you look up and they were right there. That was probably more deflating than anything.”Miami was coming off a home victory over Golden State on Wednesday night on Dwyane Wade’s banked 3-pointer at the buzzer. Houston played at Charlotte on Wednesday night.With Houston down 113-103 after Dragic’s 3-pointer with 6:18 remaining, Harden scored 10 points on a 14-0 run that made it 117-113.Miami had a chance to regain the lead after Paul missed a 3-pointer, but Wade missed a jumper, and Richardson missed a 3-pointer. Paul hit a jumper with 46 seconds left to finish the scoring.“Obviously, he (Harden) had the ball a lot and his teammates made timely plays when they needed to,” Wade said. “They just got it going, and defensively, we weren’t as good as we were early on in the game when we had that lead, and that allowed them to come back.”TIP INSHeat: James Johnson (shoulder sprain) and Hassan Whiteside (hip strain) did not play. … Wade had 12 points, Waiters had 11 and Adebayo 10. … The Heat outscored Houston 46-32 in the paint.Rockets: Kenneth Faried (hip), Eric Gordon (knee) and Iman Shumpert (calf) sat out. D’Antoni said Faried was day-to-day after leaving Wednesday’s game with the injury. 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