Compton hopeful Aces can stun Beermen: ‘Davids of the world have a chance’

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins From young Mbappe to aging keeper, the World Cup in records Of the Beermen’s last five titles in the PBA, three of them came against Compton’s Aces.And as far as this rivalry is considered, the Aces have yet to get their first taste of victory.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’“Undoubtedly, they’re the strongest team in the last four years and I told my colleagues and my friends that the strongest team in the league is now stronger than ever,” said Compton after losing Game 1 of the five-game Commissioner’s Cup semifinals 92-79 Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.“They have a legitimate NBA import [in Renaldo Balkman] and the no.1 draft pick, and [Kelly] Nabong’s playing great so the rich get richer,” added Compton with a chuckle. “They’re already a headache for the league so it’s going to be the strongest team that we’ve ever faced.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew If there’s someone in the entire league who has tried to piece together a definite plan on stopping San Miguel, it has to be Alaska head coach Alex Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Unlike Alaska who had Diamon Simpson carry much of the offensive burden with 31 points and 24 rebounds on his own, the Beermen enjoyed the luxury of having six players share the scoring load.June Mar Fajardo had 17 points, Alex Cabagnot had 15, Balkman finished with 12, Arwind Santos and Marcio Lassiter had 12 points apiece, while Nabong had 11 off the bench.Compton, however, will not just put this series to naught.“I am a believer, I always think the Davids of the world have a chance,” said Compton. “But man, David had to be really accurate with that sling. If he was off with his aim, Goliath would have eaten him for lunch.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 San Miguel nary had a difficult time against the depleted Aces, who played without Calvin Abueva and Chris Banchero, in the opening game of the semifinals having seen six Beermen score in double digits.The Beermen, after a minute 25-24 lead at the end of the first quarter, quickly pulled away in the second with a 9-0 run that Christian Standhardinger capped off with a jumper for the 34-24 lead.Standhardinger, who came off the bench, had all of his nine points in the second quarter and when he was rested for much of the third quarter it was Nabong, who’s also a substitute, who dealt the damage.Nabong, known as a bruiser, went to the free throw line and knocked down two straight smooth-looking jumpers for the Beermen’s 75-63 lead with 44 seconds left in the third quarter.“We might have gone a couple of Game 7s with them but it’s always a dilemma because how many guys got in double figures? Six? So who’re you stopping?” queried Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Venus Williams holds off challenge from teen at Rogers Cup

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Venus Williams of the United States waves to the crowd following her first round match against Caroline Dolehide of the United States at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Montreal, Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. (Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press via AP)MONTREAL — Venus Williams advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup after a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Caroline Dolehide on Monday.The 14th-ranked Williams made quick work of her 19-year-old fellow American in the second set after coming from behind to win a back-and-forth first set.ADVERTISEMENT Dolehide earned spot in the main draw of the U.S. Open on Monday when Mirjana Lucic-Baroni of Croatia withdrew due to an injured right shoulder.Earlier Monday, Eugenie Bouchard and partner Sloane Stephens upset the fifth-seeded duo of Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (6) in first-round doubles action.In singles play, 29-year-old Julia Goerges of Germany avoided an early loss with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over Timea Babos of Hungary in a match that lasted nearly 2 1/2 hours. Goerges had 17 aces and five double faults to Babos’ eight and one, respectively.Goerges will next face qualifier Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in the second round.In other singles matches, Anett Kontaveit of Estonia defeated Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia cruised past Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-1, 6-0.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James adds Showtime doc to his small-screen portfolio Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The seven-time Grand Slam champion will now face either Sorana Cristea or Monica Niculescu in the second round.It looked like an upset was in the cards in the early going. The 124th-ranked Dolehide, who was making her Rogers Cup debut, jumped to a 3-1 lead in the first set after breaking Williams’ serve. One of just two teenagers in the main draw, Dolehide used her heavy service game and aggressive play to challenge Williams on every point. She finished the match with three aces. Williams had none.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’But the 38-year-old veteran broke Dolehide back to take a 4-3 lead, and she did it again in the deciding game of the first set.Dolehide, one of 12 qualifiers in the main draw, just couldn’t maintain the same pace in the second set, as Williams only lost 11 points on her way to victory. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Biles electrifies on 1st day of US gymnastics championships

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Simone Biles competes on the balance beam at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Simone Biles didn’t come back after a two-year break from gymnastics to just win. That’s not really what it’s about for the Olympic champion. She’s won enough — more than enough really — during her career. And she’s got the medals to prove it.The second act of her remarkable career is about something more. At 21, she has a greater appreciation of her own natural abilities than she did when she won four golds at the 2016 Olympics. She wants to find out where all that talent and all that power can take her and her sport.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 “Every single meet she does she learns about herself again and it takes time,” Landi said. “It took her so many years to get really comfortable with what she was doing and the reward was all the gold medals. It took some time … but overall with technical aspect, mental aspect, she’s back, so it’s good.”She’s even working in an upgrade or two. Biles did just one vault at the US Classics but added an Amanar for nationals. She drilled it with ease, seemingly falling out of the sky while finishing her 2 1/2 twists.Hurd did her best to keep Biles at least within sight. She missed out on a chance to make a real run at Biles two weeks ago when Hurd fell off the beam. There were no major mistakes this time around. She finished in the top five on all four events, looking like someone who has taken a significant step forward over the last 10 months.Riley McCusker is third, followed by Grace McCallum and Trinity Thomas. Defending national champion Ragan Smith, battling foot injuries, struggled. The 2016 Olympic alternate is tied for ninth after putting up a 53.750, well below her all-around scores at the 2017 championships when she easily rolled to victory.Biles was just beginning the early stages of her return last August. She got serious about competing last fall and now appears to be even better than she was when she returned from the 2016 Olympics with a record-tying five medals. She’ll likely stroll to her fifth national title on Sunday. After that it’s preparing for the world championships in October before adding even more difficulty in preparation for the long run to the 2020 Summer Games.Why?“It’s what I’m capable of,” she said with a laugh.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Former NFL linebacker credits yoga for saving his life “It’s such an honor to be able to compete with the GOAT,” Hurd said, using the popular acronym for Greatest Of All Time to describe Biles. “She’s just such a legend and it’s amazing. Clearly I’m watching her because you can’t not watch her. Your eyes are just automatically drawn to her.”In that sense, nothing has changed for Biles. She returned to competition following a her post-Olympic sabbatical at the US Classic two weeks ago and won easily even with a handful of small errors she promised could clean up in time for nationals.Though Biles wasn’t quite perfect — she stepped out of bounds twice during her floor routine — she left little doubt she remains in a class by herself. And it’s not close. The chasm between Biles and the rest of the world appears to be widening two years before the Tokyo Olympics. She tries to shut out the noise, instead focusing on the next challenge and not the prospect of living up to her own rapidly growing legend.“It doesn’t matter the gap between her and everyone else,” co-coach Laurent Landi said. “She doesn’t compete against everybody. She competes against herself.”And even on a night when she reached heights not seen since her star-making turn in Brazil, both Biles and Landi believe she’s still not 100 percent. It will take time to get her to successfully harness her adrenaline on floor exercise. She stepped out of bounds during her first tumbling pass in Columbus. This time, she was so relieved to keep her first pass in bounds that she promptly found herself stepping outside the white lines on both her second and third runs.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “I have nothing to prove,” Biles said. “I can quit if I wanted to.”No chance. She’s simply too curious to see where this thing goes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Biles dominated the opening night of the US Championships on Friday, posting the highest scores on all four events on her way to an all-around total of 60.100. It’s the first time since the all-around final in Rio de Janeiro two years ago that anyone’s topped 60 points.No one has really come close in the interim. Then again, no one is Biles. Reigning world champion Morgan Hurd put together the best night of her career as a senior and her score of 57.000 but will head into Sunday’s finals a distant second behind Biles. The 17-year-old Hurd is well aware who she’s up against. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Nationality confusion forces Zabelinskaya out of Asian Games

first_imgShe was listed in the Asian Games information system as a member of the Uzbekistan team and appeared to be nominated for the individual time trial, the 3,000-meter individual pursuit, the women’s Madison and the omnium. She won the Olympic silver medal in the time trial at Rio de Janeiro on 2016 and won bronze medals at the London Games in 2012 in the time trial and the road race.Zabelinskaya did not compete in the women’s road race on Wednesday, prompting speculation she was barred after protests from other countries.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Olympic Council of Asia said it had been aware of Zabelinskaya’s attempt to switch allegiances.“However, until the competition day, both Zabelinskaya and the Uzbekistan Olympic committee failed to provide any official letters from the Russian Olympic committee and the Russian Cycling Federation to approve and confirm the release of the athlete for the Uzbekistan cycling federation,” an OCA spokesman said. “Therefore, OCA considers she is not eligible to represent Uzbekistan at the 18th Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ FILE – In this Aug. 10, 2016 file photo, cyclist Olga Zabelinskaya of Russian rides at the start of the women’s individual time trial event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Pontal beach, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. One thing seems certain amid the conjecture over Olympic medalist Olga Zabelinskaya’s bid to switch nationality from Russia to Uzbekistan, she won’t be competing at the Asian Games. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky,file)JAKARTA, Indonesia — One thing seems certain amid the conjecture over Olympic medalist Olga Zabelinskaya’s bid to switch nationality from Russia to Uzbekistan — she won’t be competing at the Asian Games.Zabelinskaya has reportedly sought to change allegiances because she’s concerned over her eligibility to compete at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT Swimmer resumes Pacific crossing record attempt Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Zabelinskaya won a decision in the Court of Arbitration days before the 2016 Olympics that cleared her to compete in Rio despite a previous doping violation for a case dating back to 2014.Russia has been mired in a doping scandal since allegations of state-sanctioned doping emerged following the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. Russian athletes had to compete as neutrals at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, earlier this year.In her athlete profile on the Asian Games information system, Zabelinskaya was quoted as saying, “You see what has been happening in Russian sport over the last two Olympic cycles. It all started in Rio, then the situation only deteriorated in Pyeongchang. I have a feeling that in Tokyo everything will be even worse.“I’m 99 percent confident that my participation in the 2020 Olympics will be impossible under the Russian flag.”The next summer games Russia could host would be in 2032, because Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles are already confirmed as hosting the 2020, 2024 and 2028 editionsADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Happy 14th birthday! Chinese teens land diving gold

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal China’s Zhang Minjie and Zhang Jiaqi perform in the women’s synchronized 10m platform event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 28, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / PETER PARKSTwo 14-year-old divers from China became the youngest gold medalists at the 2018 Asian Games when they romped to victory in the women’s synchronized 10 meter platform on Tuesday.Zhang Jiaqi and Zhang Minjie — fresh from victory at the Wuhan world cup in June — tumbled into a commanding lead from their exquisite opening dive and never looked threatened, securing the top spot with 361.38.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs PH’s Rogen Ladon assured of bronze in Asian Games boxing Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Exiting the pool and even wiping their faces in perfect synchronization, there was no smile — just a conspiratorial whisper from Zhang Jiaqi, nicknamed “Little Fu Mingzia” after the Chinese diving great, into the ear of her team-mate.The win continued China’s perfect streak in the synchronized 10 meter platform, winning the fifth gold medal on the fifth occasion the event has been held.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Victory was the icing on the cake for Zhang Minjie, who was celebrating her 14th birthday on Tuesday.Behind the terrific teens came North Korean duo Kim Kuk Hyang and Kim Mi Rae — who placed fourth in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio — on 337.86.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Malaysian pair Leong Mun Yee and Nur Dhabitah Sabri bagged the bronze with 310.80.Zhang Jiaqi, ranked five in the world, and world number nine Zhang Minjie showed no hint of nerves as they rolled out a spectacular back two-and-a-half somersaults and one-and-a-half twists in the fifth and final round to clinch the gold.last_img read more

US possible site of Pac-May II

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr. (left) and Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTOManny Pacquiao is taking on the challenge thrown at him by arch rival Floyd Mayweather Jr.Anytime, anywhere, the Filipino global boxing great said as he would like to see his flashy American counterpart “occupy all corners of the ring.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Asia league: iECO bows to Ryukyu in Terrific 12 Mayweather is flying into the country anytime this week for a business trip that may include his projected fight with Pacquiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pacquiao said Monday evening that he could fight Dec. 8  or early January in the United States but is not planning on extended training there.“Why do I have to tune up?” the eight-division world champion said.  “I just came from a fight in July.  It’s just going to be a small adjustment if ever.”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 ChrissThat’s regardless of who he’s facing next.“I’m in tiptop shape, I just came from a big fight, I can fight anytime. If it’s against Floyd, we’ll do it in the United States, if not, I’ll still do it in the United States. It’s been a long time,” the senator added. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Lillard has 28, Blazers beat Wolves

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “Going down the stretch you’ve got to play tough and we didn’t do that,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We didn’t do what we’re supposed to do.”McCollum returned for the Blazers after missing the last game with a left ankle sprain. The Blazers won at home Thursday night against the struggling Phoenix Suns, who were without their two best players. The win snapped a three-game losing streak.The Timberwolves were coming off a 112-104 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night. Townes had 35 points and 12 rebounds.The two teams kept it close in the first half. Jake Layman’s dunk gave Portland a 34-27 lead early in the second quarter, but the Timberwolves kept the margin within single digits. Portland led by a slim 53-51 at the half, led by Nurkic with 14 points and eight rebounds.The Blazers outrebounded Minnesota 33-19 in the opening half, but they were hurt by 13 turnovers. Portland finished with 19 turnovers.Lillard’s 3-pointer and McCollum’s basket gave Portland a 66-57 lead early in the third quarter. The Blazers pushed the lead to as many as 10 points but the Timberwolves closed the gap again to 79-78 on Dario Saric’s 3-pointer and went ahead on Towns’ basket before the end of the period.Towns finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds.“It was good to hit a couple of timely 3s after struggling most of the night with shooting, so that was a definite positive,” Blazers coach Terry Stotts said. “I thought we played pretty solid defense for the entire night which kind of kept us in it. ”It was the third of four meetings between the two teams after splitting the first two.TIP INS MOST READ Lillard had been looking for enough space to put a clear shot up and he finally found it with 58.5 seconds left.“It was one of the first (looks) where the big wasn’t there, so I thought, ‘I’m taking this,’ and it went in,” Lillard said.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 ChrissLillard finished with 28 points and eight assists, while McCollum added 19 points. Jusuf Nurkic matched his season-high with 22 points and 11 rebounds.It was a close game for most of the night. Jeff Teague’s 3-pointer and a pair of Minnesota free throws put the Timberwolves up 102-96 with just under four minutes to go. 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? Braekhus, Shields win decisions on HBO’s last boxing show View comments Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard was waiting all night for just the right moment.Lillard and CJ McCollum each hit 3-pointers in the final minute to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 113-105 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Timberwolves: Started the season 0-8 on the road, but they won their last two going into Saturday’s game. They went into the game 0-7 against the Western Conference. … It was the start of a four-game trip. … Andrew Wiggins passed Wally Sczcerbiak (6,775 points) for fourth place on the Timberwolves’ all-time scoring list.Trail Blazers: Portland has won six straight home games against the Timberwolves. … A highlight was Nik Stauskas’ behind-the-back no-look pass to Jake Layman that made it 89-86 for Portland in the fourth.NURK’S LINE: In addition to his 22 points and 11 rebounds, Nurkic added four assists, three steals and four blocks. The Blazers said he was the first player in the league this season to hit all of those marks in a single game.QUOTABLE:“We let the game slip. I mean it’s that simple. All the guys that got good shots took them and when they don’t make them that’s something you can deal with but on defensive side we’ve just got to make it a little bit harder on their players,” said Derrick Rose, who finished with 18 points and nine assists.UP NEXTThe Timberwolves visit the Golden State Warriors on Monday.The Trail Blazers are at the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum McCollum’s 3-pointer pulled Portland within 102-101 and the Blazers took the lead on Lillard’s long jumper, but Karl-Anthony Towns hit a 3-pointer that put Minnesota back in front.Lillard buried another 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to give Portland a 108-105 lead. McCollum added his 3 with 24.9 seconds to go and Minnesota couldn’t catch up.Lillard passed to McCollum for the clutch 3.“I just saw CJ go out the other side by himself and nobody was near him, and I was like, ‘That’s as good a shot as you’re gonna get,’ and he knocked it down,” Lillard said.Andrew Wiggins had 22 points for Minnesota, which had won two straight and six of its last seven games. All five of the Timberwolves’ starters were in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Joshua Pacio-Hayato Suzuki rematch ‘a 50-50 bout,’ says Filipino veteran Rene Catalan

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Edward Kelly promoted to Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Photo from ONE ChampionshipVeteran Filipino fighter Rene Catalan thinks the ONE strawweight world title is up for grabs when his compatriot Joshua Pacio defends his crown for the first time in a rematch with Japanese challenger Hayato Suzuki next month.Pacio and Suzuki will headline the ONE: Eternal Glory event at Istora Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia on January 19.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk “This is a 50-50 bout. As long as Pacio can keep the match off the ground, he has a big chance to win. We all know Suzuki is experienced on the mat, and he already beat Pacio by doing just that in their first bout,” Catalan said.Suzuki got the better of Pacio in their first bout, submitting the Team Lakay standout with a rear-naked choke in the first round back in August 2017.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 ChrissCatalan though, said Pacio is a different fighter since that loss.“But Pacio has improved a lot, and he has more experience in grappling now. I think he can already cope up with Suzuki if it goes to the ground. Suzuki has to persevere on taking the fight to the canvas if he wants to win,” Catalan said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Hayato Suzuki has the experience, and he knows the art of war. But Pacio is consistently growing. He has the talent and the skill set to prove that he is the more versatile fighter between them,” he added. “The challenger has already beaten Pacio in the past, but he has to work twice as hard because Pacio has evolved so much since his loss to Suzuki.”The 22-year-old Pacio, who beat Yoshitaka Naito in their second encounter three months ago to win the belt, is also putting his four-fight winning streak on the line.“Suzuki could be the most difficult opponent for Pacio in the strawweight division, but Pacio is a different fighter every single time he steps into the cage,” Catalan said.“If Suzuki wants to win, he shouldn’t blink an eye because Pacio will make him pay for every mistake he commits in the fight.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight PLAY LIST 00:52ONE CEO believes Joshua Pacio won the fight04:36Joshua Pacio is the new ONE Strawweight world champion00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Harris vows to come back and help fallen teammates

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe next time his Alaska brothers need him, Mike Harris vows to be readily available to help them bounce back from yet another Finals defeat.The winner of the PBA Governors’ Cup Best Import award said on Wednesday night that he will definitely be back for another tour of duty if the Aces would want him again. This after he claimed that someone from Magnolia disrespected him after the Hotshots won the crown at Ynares Center in Antipolo.ADVERTISEMENT Harris used the disrespect as fuel to help his team win two straight titles. He was also named Finals MVP both times—keeping him too busy to sign up with the Aces in 2010.“But it’s OK, don’t worry about it,” Harris said of the latest incident. “It’s part of the game [and] they’re excited. But it’s something I’ll never forget and it’s great fuel for next year if they (Aces) will have me [again].”Right now, he feels for his Alaska teammates.“It’s heartbreaking, especially with them,” he said. “But the team and the franchise are definitely making a step in the right direction.”And Harris wants to be there when the Aces finally step on Promised Land again.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “They chased me for eight years [to get me here], so it’s my turn to chase them [Alaska management] for a few months now [to take me back],” Harris said after telling reporters what happened after the game.“They mocked us, it was just lack of respect,” said Harris, who didn’t go into mentioning the specific person behind the taunt. “[It was] total disrespect of character for a person to be like that, especially for someone of their age and respect in the league.”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 series ended 4-2 after a 102-86 Magnolia win on Wednesday, though the final tally doesn’t really give an idea how close the series was.And coming so close, Harris said, that gave him the “fuel” to come back and do something he did in Puerto Rico—where something very similar happened while he suited up for Leones de Ponce. Petron holds off F2 Logistics for All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PFL king Ceres faces tough AFC ‘Champs’ draw

first_imgA daunting challenge awaits Ceres-Negros in its bid to qualify for the group stage of the AFC Champions League for the first time.The Busmen, who punched their ticket to the preliminary round of Asia’s premier club competition after ruling the Philippines Football League last June, have been drawn with Myanmar’s Yangon United in the first round on Feb. 5 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.ADVERTISEMENT The Burmese side is a familiar foe for the Bacolod-based club, which beat Yangon on aggregate in the Asean zone semifinals last year.Although the club has been a regular fixture in the AFC Cup the last three years, Ceres holds the AFC Champions League in high regard as it gives the Busmen an opportunity to play some of the toughest teams in the continent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s really a great chance for us to test the development of the club,” said Ceres administrator Nicolas Golez. “Last year, we were in the competition for the first time and I think we were able to surprise some teams.”The Busmen beat Shan United of Myanmar, before stunning Brisbane Roar of Australia. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Pacquiao perfecting a surprise package? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more