Relieved Santos eager to finish off Magnolia: ‘We want to celebrate on Friday’

first_imgBut San Miguel banked on its defense as Marcio Lassiter and Santos swarmed Mark Barroca, who lost the ball and paved way for Santos’ game-sealing freebies.“God is good that I was able to get those free throws because I really wanted to win. When I made those shots, it was the hand of God,” said Santos after the Beermen’s 84-80 win that gave them a 3-1 lead in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday.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 2013 PBA MVP admitted that he had a hard time against the Hotshots’ defense which led to his flubbed bucket.“I was trying to shake off (Rome) dela Rosa and when I got a pass from (Chris) Ross, I was surprised that I was open. I kind of went strong on my shot.” Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netArwind Santos was happy to make up for his missed jumper in the closing moments of the game with two clutch freebies in the last 2.2 seconds of San Miguel’s Game 4 victory over Magnolia.Santos came up short on what could’ve been the dagger with niney seconds left that left the Hotshots enough time to either force overtime or snatch the game away.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In the end, though, Santos believes that the game, and ultimately the championship, will boil down on who wants it more.“I believe that when we want the win, whatever defense they will throw at us, we’ll get it,” he said. “We want to celebrate on Friday. We want to stay up late and we want to taste a lot of alcohol again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES .@TheSMBeermen’s @arwindsotnas says that closing out the series on Friday won’t be an easy one, especially with Magnolia fighting for its life. #PBA2018 #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/QCmatjSFCi— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) April 4, 2018The Kapampangan forward thinks that if Game 4 was any indication, they will have their hands full in trying to close out a team like Magnolia, which has show immense heart throughout the series.“We had a hard time on their defense and now that we’ll have a one-day preparation, we’ll find a solution on that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘She was everything to us’: UP dedicates win to late volleyball alumni headlast_img read more

Woods struggles with greens in first round since Masters

first_imgTiger Woods watches his approach shot on the third hole during the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., Thursday, May 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Jason E. Miczek)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tiger Woods’ first round since the Masters left him perplexed and questioning his putting.Woods shot an opening-round even par 71 at the Wells Fargo Championship, leaving him six shots behind leader John Peterson, but in decent position with 54 holes left to play.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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident He won this tournament 11 years ago, but hasn’t played here since missing the cut in 2012. He said the Quail Hollow course is much more difficult than the previous time he teed it up, but he feels as if he is playing well enough to be a factor.“Ball-striking-wise, I’m fine,” said Woods, who received a warm welcome from the fans on the first tee box in his return to Charlotte. “I’m right there. If I make a couple putts, I’d be 2 or 3-under par, which is fine.”Woods said his putting woes may have been the result of starting late in the day. He felt the grass on the greens had grown since earlier. He knows that won’t be the case on Friday when he will be in one of the first groups off the tee.“It should be a little quicker,” he said.Woods finished tied for 32nd in last tournament at Augusta National after a final-round 69. Strangely enough, Woods said Augusta National is probably the easiest course he has played all year in terms of scoring.“Seriously,” Woods said. “Most of the golf courses I’ve played have been really difficult setups. … Augusta was more wide open than pretty much any event I’ve played in so far this year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Serena Williams withdraws from Madrid Open P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Well, that is if the 42-year-old can figure out the speed of the greens at the Quail Hollow Club.“They are on the slower side. They feel springy and they feel fast especially as I am walking on them, but they are not putting that way,” Woods said with a smile as he shook his head in confusion. “What I was feeling and what I was sensing just didn’t match up.”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 crownIt showed all day in his inconsistent play on the greens.On a day when fans joked that Woods and playing partner Patrick Reed were “twinning” — they wore similar pink shirts and carded the same score — his round easily could have been three to four strokes better had he holed a few makeable putts. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The most painful, perhaps, came on a par-4 14th hole when Woods lipped out a 6-footer for birdie. He took three putts on Nos. 4 and 16 and was exasperated after missing out on a chance to birdie the difficult closing 18th hole, rolling a putt just past the cup.Woods came up with a couple of big putts though, rolling in a 27-footer for birdie on No. 8 and a bender from 17 feet on the over-the-water par-3 17th hole to save par.Woods’ best finish this season is a tie for second at the Valspar Championship, but said he’s still trying to get a gauge for where his overall game is following years of persistent back problems.“I felt like I’ve played my way into playing shape now — whether it’s the simple act of walking and play, recovery from day to day and playing week to week,” Woods said. “I feel like I’ve played my way into the rhythm of it. Now I’m just trying to get a little better.”Woods has not won on the PGA Tour since 2013, but is optimistic about his prospects this week.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Called shot: LeBron’s fadeaway has Raptors endangered

first_imgMOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) during the second half of Game 2 of an NBA basketball playoffs second-round series Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)CLEVELAND — LeBron James has perfected a signature, soul-crushing shot that also seems to describe what’s happening again to the Toronto Raptors.The fadeaway.ADVERTISEMENT View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ With cold-blooded precision, James worked the 24-second shot clock down to single digits before sinking one fadeaway after the next in Game 2 on Thursday night, each swish pushing the top-seeded team in the Eastern Conference closer to ending a season that was supposed to conclude differently.Instead, it’s a replay: another Raptors extinction is expected.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 crownBack from LeBronto, as some have nicknamed Canada’s multi-cultural metropolis, James and the Cavaliers — featuring a rejuvenated Kevin Love — will host Game 3 on Saturday night. They look to tighten their stranglehold on a semifinal series that has gotten away from the Raptors.In the East’s other semifinal, the Philadelphia Sixers are trusting their process — and that Ben Simmons will shake off a horrible performance in Game 2 — before they fall into their own 3-0 hole against a Boston Celtics team that added a spectacular comeback to a season of overcoming long odds. Boston wiped out Philly’s 22-point lead on Thursday to open a 2-0 lead. James is 21-0 in playoff series in which he has held a 2-0 lead, and the 33-year-old seems intent on dispatching the Raptors for a third straight postseason and maybe get to his eighth straight Finals.“When he retires, that’s what you admire what he’s done,” said Toronto coach Dwane Casey. “Right now he’s the enemy and we’ve got to do a better job of not being part of history. We’ve got to make LeBron work harder for his catches and work harder for some of his possessions. You’ve got to live with something. Some of those shots are indefensible.”A closer look at Saturday’s games:CELTICS AT 76ERSBoston leads 2-0. Game 3, 5 p.m. EDT, ESPNNEED TO KNOWThe Sixers are headed back to the Wells Fargo Center where they won 30 regular-season games and two more in a first-round playoff series over Miami. Philly won a franchise-record 16 straight games to close the season, so a comeback isn’t totally out of reach. But history — and a Celtics team clicking — is working against the Sixers. Boston has won all 36 playoff series when it has a 2-0 lead.KEEP AN EYE ONSimmons. He was a leading contender for rookie of the year and a regular threat to notch a triple-double. But where was he in Game 2 when he failed to score a field goal for the first time? Simmons said he was “overthinking.” Perhaps his mind was racing from Boston’s physical defense, which kept him from driving to the basket and forced him into five turnovers.INJURY UPDATE Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 Both teams are relatively healthy.PRESSURE IS ONDeRozan and Raptors guard Kyle Lowry. They’ve spent the past two years chasing and not catching James. The only way for the Raptors not to be considered pretenders again is for them to dethrone King James and they’re running out of time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jaylen Brown returned to the Celtics after sitting out the opener with a strained right hamstring. He came off the bench and played 25 minutes, scoring 13 points and grabbing four rebounds.PRESSURE IS ONSixers coach Brett Brown. The playoffs are about adjustments and he needs to make one to free Simmons from Boston’s defensive clutches. If Simmons continues to struggle, Brown may have to stick with backup point guard T.J. McConnell, who sparked the Sixers with eight points, five assists and two steals in 17 minutes of Game 2.RAPTORS AT CAVALIERSCleveland leads 2-0. Game 5, 8:30 p.m., ESPNNEED TO KNOWJames continues to ascend and astound. He’s averaging 34.4 points, 10 rebounds, 9 assists and 41.7 minutes in his 13th postseason. He has led Cleveland in points and assists in 10 consecutive playoff games, tying Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson for the longest such streak in postseason history.KEEP AN EYE ONToronto’s defense on James and Love, who scored 31 in Game 2. Casey has to try something new to slow down James because nothing is working. His ability to post up creates a dilemma: guard him with one player and he gets to the rim; double-team him and risk him finding an open teammate for an uncontested shot.The Raptors need to force some mistakes after the Cavs had a franchise playoff record-low three turnovers in Game 2.INJURY UPDATE Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding After Canelo fell out, Gennady Golovkin picks up Martirosyan LATEST STORIES For the Raptors, this is all so familiar, so painful.They insist that the magnificent James, who has won eight straight playoff games against the Raptors and eliminated Toronto from the past two postseasons, is not in their heads. That’s what the Raptors are saying; they might not believe it.After James dropped shots and jaws with 43 points on 28 shots with 14 assists and eight rebounds in Game 2, All-Star forward DeMar DeRozan insisted the Raptors will fight back.“It’s the first one to win four,” he said. “It’s not over.”History begs to differ.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Ceres has eyes on lead

first_imgView comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In the other match in Laguna, Global Cebu returns to action against leader Kaya Iloilo at 4 p.m.The Iloilo side is gunning for a fifth straight victory against Global, last season’s runner-up that has struggled to get going this year after key players like Rufo Sanchez, Wesley Dos Santos, Paolo Bugas and Marco Casambre left the club. —CEDELF P. TUPASSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img The match features the biggest names in Philippine football with the Busmen parading national team stars Manny Ott, Kevin Ingreso and Patrick Reichelt while the Aguilas counter with Phil and James Younghusband and Simone Rota.Ceres is a point behind Kaya with 15 points from six matches, while Davao has 14 points from seven matches.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 crownIt will be the second meeting this season between the two sides with Ceres overcoming the Aguilas, 2-0, at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The Busmen last played a league match last May 12 when they lost to Kaya, 0-1, also at Panaad Stadium. Defending champion Ceres-Negros and Davao Aguilas seek to bounce back when they clash on Wednesday night in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.A week removed from their last match in the AFC Cup in Myanmar, the Busmen can regain top spot with a win in their 7 p.m. duel with the Aguilas, who dropped a 2-4 result to Kaya Iloilo on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Unified corner best foil versus Matthysse MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Janine Pontejos gets gold in Fiba 3×3 shootout

first_imgMOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Janine Pontejos, the Perlas Pilipinas spitfire, bagged a gold medal after winning the Fiba 3×3 World Cup shoot-out Tuesday night at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.Pontejos proved she’s the deadliest shooter in the tournament after torching the net with 14 points in only 41.86 seconds.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 victory by Pontejos gave the Philippines, which saw its men’s and women’s teams bow out early in the competition, something to cheer about.Buoyed by the home crowd, Pontejos bested three other finalists in Alexandra Stolyar of Russia, Marin Hrvoje of Croatia and Maksim Dybovskii of Russia. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img The Philippines won’t go empty-handed after all.ADVERTISEMENT Both Hrvoje and Dybovskii earned the top two spots in the men’s division.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ateneo flies to Greece to take training to next level ahead of UAAP Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

Sweden, South Korea need to seize chance with Germany waiting

first_imgMOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls The opening game is crucial for both teams with defending champion Germany and Mexico, who meet in Moscow on Sunday, waiting in Group F. It’ll only get tougher for the Swedes and the South Koreans.Sweden’s top frontman post-Ibrahimovich is striker Marcus Berg. Under coach Janne Andersson, there’s a feeling that this team, with defender and captain Andreas Granqvist and attacking midfielder Emil Forsberg, is more balanced. Not so reliant on one player, albeit an exceptional player.In contrast, South Korea is hugely reliant on Tottenham forward Son Heung-min to restore some faith. Excitement for soccer in South Korea appears to be near an all-time low, with U.S. President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and the after-effects of that far more fascinating for Koreans right now than an under-performing national team.IBRAHIMOVICH’S TAKENow with LA Galaxy, Ibrahimovich is at the World Cup in Russia doing sponsor commitments and still attracting attention. He said Sweden without him won’t be under as much pressure and that might allow the team to operate with more freedom. But he’s recently reacted sarcastically — and in a typically Ibrahimovich way — to suggestions that he wasn’t a team player and Sweden is better off: “I played in Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Barcelona, PSG, Manchester United, (Los Angeles) Galaxy,” he said. “So if you don’t know how to do it … why did you play in the biggest teams in the world and won?”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments FILE – The March 27, 2017 file photo shows Sweden’s national soccer team before an international friendly soccer match between Romania and Sweden on the Ion Oblemenco stadium in Craiova, Romania. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda, file)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Sweden is without Zlatan Ibrahimovich and, for the first time since 2006, it’s at the World Cup.That’s the strange thing about Sweden. It may be better off without one of its best ever players.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Sweden was expected to struggle after the international retirement of Ibrahimovich at the end of the European Championship in 2016. But it hasn’t worked out that way.Sweden put a positive spin on the striker’s absence by finishing ahead of Netherlands and then beating Italy in a playoff to qualify for Russia. It also beat France along the way. Maybe life won’t be so bad without Ibrahimovich, whose dominance of the team might have been as much of a hindrance as a help. That notion has been suggested by the Swedish media.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 crownSweden starts its first World Cup in 12 years on Monday against South Korea, a team that has failed to maintain its status in world soccer.South Korea reached the semifinals at home in 2002 and the last 16 in 2010, but the 2014 World Cup in Brazil brought no wins and a humiliating return home, when angry supporters pelted the team with candy at Incheon International Airport. Ibrahimovich’s running commentary could inspire the team to prove itself without him, but it could also become a distraction when it faces bigger tests later in the group stage.THE BIG ‘CHINOOK’While Son’s attacking versatility is the key to South Korea’s chances of restoring some of its reputation at this World Cup, the team also has high hopes that 6-foot-6 striker Kim Shin-wook will be a factor with his power in the air. Kim is nicknamed “Chinook” after the big Boeing tandem-rotor helicopter.SETTINGSweden vs. South Korea sees the World Cup come for the first time to Nizhny Novgorod, the city just east of Moscow where the famed Volga River converges with the Oka and where writer Maxim Gorky was born. It’s also the city that was closed off to foreigners for years to safeguard the Soviet Union’s military research and production facilities.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The next Antetokounmpo: Kostas awaits his draft-night call Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

China gets back at misfiring Batang Gilas in battle for bronze

first_img‘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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The Philippines scored the game’s first four points but it was all China from there as the Chinese outscored the Filipinos, 27-10, to end the first quarter.Batang Gilas never recovered with China extending its lead to 20 points in the second quarter. The closest Batang Gilas got was within 13, 53-40, late in the third period.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Even without Clarkson in lineup, Philippines ready to fight in Asian Gamescenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Photo from Fiba.comChina returned the favor and crushed the Philippines, 76-57, to bag the bronze medal in the Fiba Under-18 Asian Championship Saturday night at Stadium 29 in Thailand.The Chinese drew a big game from Quanze Wang and Jie Xu to avenge their stunning 73-63 loss on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Wang starred with game-highs of 27 points and 14 rebounds on top of four assists, two steals and a block while Xu added 18 points, five rebounds and seven assists.For the second game in a row, Batang Gilas failed to make shots after shooting just 24 percent in a 34-point beatdown at the hands of Australia 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 still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Among the starters, only Kai Sotto made at least 50 percent of his attempts, going 5-of-8 to finish with a team-high 16 points that went with eight rebounds.Fil-Nigerian big man AJ Edu had 14 points on 15 shots, making only five, while Dave Ildefonso, who fired 18 points in the first encounter against China, scored nine points but went 4-of-13 from the field. Batang Gilas hit just 35 percent of its attempts. View commentslast_img read more

Antetokounmpo’s triple-double leads Bucks past 76ers

first_imgStephen Curry scores 51 points with 11 3s as Warriors win Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo dunks during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, in Milwaukee. The Bucks won 123-108. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin—After a cold start, Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks offense again roared to life, including a near-record output in the second quarter.Before celebrating the scoring outburst, coach Mike Budenholzer wanted to talk about his team’s second-half defense after a 123-108 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Milwaukee has pushed the pace on offense under first-year coach Budenholzer, which left Antetokounmpo with his hands on his knees on a few occasions.“We play fast. I was a little bit out of breath,” he said. “I’ve got to get in shape.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After surrendering 64 first-half points, Milwaukee’s defense buckled down in the second half, holding the 76ers to 44 points, including 17 in the third quarter.“We’ve got to have our defense there no matter what we are doing on the other end,” Budenholzer said. “When you do that, you can keep a lead and maybe build a lead.”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 ChrissEric Bledsoe said the turnaround stemmed from paying greater attention to the defensive game plan.“I thought we did a poor job in the first half,” Bledsoe said. “We locked in during the second half.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “We all came out and struggled a little bit shooting it, but we have to stick with it,” Lopez said.Antetokounmpo had a message for Lopez after the early misses.“Keep shooting. That’s what I told him, personally,” Antetokounmpo said. “I heard everybody tell him to keep shooting. We don’t want Embiid staying in the paint all night. He’s not going to give us driving lanes. He made some shots and the paint opened up.”Lopez’s shooting helped propel the Bucks to 49 second-quarter points, four shy of the team record for a quarter.“You have to pick your poison and figure out what you can live with,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “You can’t have it all. Give him credit, he made those shots. It was hard to overcome that many points in the second period.”The Bucks led by eight during the second quarter and held a 71-64 advantage at the break. Middleton had 20 first-half points, and Redick had 16.Milwaukee stretched the lead to 15 during the third quarter and held a 92-81 advantage heading to the fourth.The Bucks poured it on in the final period, building a 16-point lead midway through. The 76ers pulled within eight late, but a pair of free throws by Antetokounmpo and a driving, one-handed scoop layup by Eric Bledsoe quickly pushed the lead to 12.The 76ers held a 34-22 lead after one quarter by making 6 of 8 from 3-point range, with five players sinking shots from deep. The Bucks made just 1 of 11 3s and shot 23 percent overall, trailing by 14 at one point.The Bucks finished 13 for 43 from long range for the game. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Antetokounmpo had 32 points, 18 rebounds and 10 assists to lead the Bucks, who improved to 4-0 for the first time since the 2001-02 season.Antetokounmpo downplayed his performance.“I feel like I can be way better and help my teammates find open shots even more and I’m going to keep trying to get better,” he said.Khris Middleton had 25 points, and Brook Lopez chipped in 21.Joel Embiid scored 30 points for Philadelphia, which was coming off a wild 133-132 overtime loss Tuesday at Detroit. JJ Redick added 19 points for the 76ers, who fell to 2-3.The Bucks overcame early ice-cold shooting before gradually taking control.Lopez misfired on his first four 3-point attempts but then sank five straight to spark a second-quarter rally.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Will big numbers in NBA continue? Curry says wait and see

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry brings the ball up court against the Chicago Bulls during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)Blake Griffin had this season’s highest-scoring game for all of about 24 hours before Stephen Curry bettered it — in just three quarters.Then, in Golden State’s next game, after Curry poured in 51 points in a rout of Washington, Kevin Durant scored 25 in the fourth quarter, the best total of his career, and finished with 41 in a victory at New York.ADVERTISEMENT 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? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Just behind him on the scoring list is Antetokounmpo, but only because he was held to 21 points while playing a season-low 19 minutes after being evaluated for a concussion Saturday in a victory over Orlando. Before that, he’d started the season with 25 points and 15 rebounds in each of the first four games.He had a lingering headache and new symptoms Sunday, so he was re-evaluated, and the Bucks announced Monday he had been placed in the concussion protocol.In their first season under Mike Budenholzer, the Bucks were leading the league in rebounds per game, opponents’ field-goal percentage and scoring margin during their perfect start.OTHER GAMES TO WATCHNew Orleans at Portland, Thursday: The Pelicans’ first-round sweep was a painful end to Portland’s 49-win season.Houston at Brooklyn, Friday. The Rockets will hope to start their road trip by getting Harden back from a hamstring injury.Detroit at Philadelphia, Saturday. His matchup with rival Andre Drummond is an afternoon tip, giving Joel Embiid plenty of time for social media taunting after.Toronto at the Lakers, Sunday. If Leonard does want to be in Los Angeles, here’s a chance for LA fans to show the feeling is mutual.NO SURPRISESteve Kerr has coached against him in the last three NBA Finals, so he knows how good of a coach Tyronn Lue is. Yet he wasn’t surprised when Cleveland decided to fire Lue on Sunday.“Nothing really surprises me in the NBA,” Kerr said.“Circumstances dictate everything in this league and as coaches we all know we are completely reliant on our talent, and if you’ve got talented players than you have a chance. And when LeBron left and the team sort of split up, it left Ty in a very precarious situation.”Larry Drew will be the interim coach for the Cavaliers, who try to end their 0-6 start when they host Atlanta on Tuesday.As for Lue, Kerr expects to see him again.“Guy’s done a hell of a job,” Kerr said. “I know from coaching against him in the finals several years in a row he’s good. He knows what he’s doing, he’s well prepared every night and if he wants another shot, he’ll get one.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments Damian Lillard has already had a pair of 40-point nights and Kemba Walker is one point shy of doing the same. That comes after there were 13 50-point performances last season, with MVP and league scoring champion James Harden doing it four times, including a 60-point night.The increased emphasis on the 3-point shot and the league’s focus on allowing freedom of movement on the perimeter have opened up the offenses. Players who aren’t known as scorers can have big nights, and guys who were think they would have been unstoppable.“I’d average easily 35-40 points a game. Easily ,” two-time scoring champion Tracy McGrady said in a quote tweeted by the Orlando Magic. “I mean, I averaged 32 without even shooting that many 3s.”Curry has made at least five 3-pointers in every game, but even guys who don’t stray outside the arc are benefiting from it.“I know the uptick isn’t that great but what goes with the teams shooting so many 3s is it spreads your defense out,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “So now you’re chasing those guys out to 4-point land and now that opens up driving.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bucks’ Giannis, Raptors’ Leonard, to miss marquee matchup That’s usually how a guy like Griffin has traditionally gotten his points, but as he showed Philadelphia in his big night, his game also extends now into 3-point territory. Of course, so do Curry’s and Durant’s, and both are averaging more than 30 points.Can they both keep that up for an entire season?“Why not?” Curry said. “We’ll see.”MARQUEE MATCHUPA historic NBA matchup will take place Monday without its two biggest stars.Neither Kawhi Leonard nor Giannis Antetokounmpo will play when Toronto and Milwaukee, the NBA’s lone remaining unbeaten teams, meet Monday night in the first big game at the Bucks’ new arena.Milwaukee is 6-0 and can equal the best start in franchise history, set by the 1971-72 team. Toronto, also 6-0, is already off to its best start.It’s the first game in NBA history between teams that both enter with a record of 6-0 or better, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.But it lost much of its luster Monday morning when both teams announced their top players would be sidelined.The Raptors are resting Leonard, who was limited to just nine games last season in San Antonio while recovering from a thigh injury but has looked fully recovered so far while averaging 26.6 points for Toronto. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 With the Warriors teammates’ big nights and Griffin’s 50-point outburst for Detroit coming in just a four-night span, it continued a torrid start for scorers that Curry said made it seem like “everybody’s clicking at the same time.”But count Curry among those who aren’t sure the offensive onslaughts being seen now will still be seen in a few months.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“Those are just great players just making plays, having great nights. That’s not any different than any other year,” he said after Durant’s big night.“We’re six games in. We’ll see how it goes.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Kai Sotto working double time chasing NBA dream

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Kai Sotto has NBA dreams and he is not wasting any second trying to achieve it. ADVERTISEMENT “He got a little foul. I gave it to him,” said Majok, who showed a gesture of appreciation for Sotto’s bold attempt. “You know, he’s got a bright future. I knew he’s young but I didn’t know he’s in high school. He’s gonna be something special.”The 6-foot-10 Majok was a 58th overall pick by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft. “You know, NBA’s not a given,” added the 31-year-old big man. “If he works hard, I’m pretty sure he’s gonna be there. Now it’s about run, jump, shoot. So he looks like a guy who has characteristics for it, too. He should be okay.”Sotto shared the little exchange he had with Majok before he took—and made—his free throws. “He said ‘that was a good one!’ And me, I felt a bit bad because I was a bit short of dunking on him.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sotto knows, though, that fulfilling his NBA dream will take more than just dunking on fringe NBA selections. So he continues to find ways to polish a game that has grown too big for his high school setting. Aside from working on his skills with his Ateneo coaches, he constantly gets pointers from his dad, former pro Ervin. “We’re always open with each other,” Sotto said, adding that Ervin takes time out to answer every question his son asks and trusts Kai to make inputs into the decision-making process about his future. “It’s a big thing to have your dad supporting you.”Most of all, Sotto takes advantage of every opportunity to test himself against bigger, older and more talented players like those in the Gilas program.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH Azkals make AFF Suzuki Cup semis after goalless draw vs Indonesia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ View comments “When should I start? When I’m 18, 19? That would be too late,” the 16-year-old Sotto said after the Gilas Pilipinas-Lebanon match late Sunday, which the visitors won, 71-60. “Time is of the essence,” added Sotto, the 7-foot-1 star of Ateneo in the juniors division. “So while I have the time now, I’ll start trying to improve so when the time comes (to take my NBA shot) I’ll be ready.”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 ChrissSotto certainly made an impression on one person who had been drafted in the NBA. In a near highlight reel play, Sotto soared for an audacious dunk against Lebanon naturalized player Ater Majok, who rose to block the shot. Majok’s challenge forced the miss, but the midair contact drew a whistle from the referees.  Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more