Racela apologizes to seniors Dennison, Trinidad for FEU’s Final 4 exit

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Healso apologized to Trinidad, who began the tournament as a starter but fell out of the rotation through the course of the season.“Ron’s growth is actually a reflection of the team’s growth, wherever Ron went the team went with him,” said Racela. “There’s a bright future for him, he’s a good role player and many will be interested in him.”“I also apologized to Jojo for what he went through this season. He started for us, fell from the rotation, and started for us again but you didn’t hear anything from him. It’s all team for him and I appreciate it.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I would like to apologize to these two because I couldn’t bring them to the Finals in their last year,” said Racela in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena. “These two are very good players, not just good players, but very good people.”FEU, which finished fourth in Season 80 after a 7-7 record in the elimination round, was able to force Ateneo, the top-seeded team with a 13-1 slate, to use its twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals with an 80-67 beating in the first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAteneo, though, battled back in the second game to secure a win in overtime and set up a Finals date with defending champion De La Salle.Racela, who just finished his first head coaching year at FEU, said Dennison was the reflection of the Tamaraws’ growth. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU alum Santos says Tams should learn from Final 4 loss Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img 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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES FEU head coach Olsen Racela. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRon Dennison and Jojo Trinidad bid goodbye to Far Eastern University, and if there’s one person who is saddened to see the two leave is head coach Olsen Racela. Racela and the Tamaraws failed to enter the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals after losing to Ateneo, 88-84, in their rubber match and this will forever be in the former PBA star’s mind as he regrets not seeing his seniors play for a title.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao ‘extends’ McGregor challenge

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma,” read the message, which was written below a picture of McGregor looking relaxed sitting on a sofa.Pacquiao hasn’t fought since losing the World Boxing Organization to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July, opting to bypass a rematch clause to concentrate on his legislative duties in the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneMcGregor also hasn’t fought since bowing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a megabuck boxing bout last August.With a fight against the mixed martial arts superstar sure to bring in oodles of money, even boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has hinted he’s going to come out of a seven-year retirement to tangle with the Irishman. Though he’s a certified billionaire, Pacquiao is still hoping to land one or two lucrative fights before hanging up his gloves. And McGregor is at the top of the pay scale. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Foton tries to snap F2 Logistics win streak LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTOManny Pacquiao just let out a subtle invitation for Conor McGregor to fight him next year.On Thursday afternoon, the Fighting Senator posted on his Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

White wins USA’s 100th winter gold, gets grilled by media

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Put it down he did, soaring and spinning Wednesday through a half-dozen near flawless tricks — including back-to-back 1440s for the first time in his life — en route to his record third halfpipe gold medal.White won with a score of 97.75 and wept at the bottom of the halfpipe. It marked White’s return to the top of the sport after a disappointing fourth-place finish at the 2014 Sochi Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe snowboarding great received heaps of praise for his gutsy run, but also criticism on social media and questions in a news conference about a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against him in 2016. White dismissed the allegations as “gossip” and declined to address the matter further.White’s gold was also the 100th overall for the United States in the Winter Olympics — all four American golds this year have been won by snowboarders. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The U.S. might have gotten gold No. 101, but Mikaela Shiffrin’s bid for multiple medals at the Pyeongchang Olympics was delayed once again when the women’s slalom was postponed because of strong winds. It’s the third time in four days an Alpine skiing race was put on hold because gusts made it too dangerous for competition.The women’s individual biathlon was also postponed because of wind, and the weather also led officials to evacuate the Olympic Park in the coastal city of Gangneung.In figure skating, the Chinese duo of Sui Wenjing and Han Cong are in first place after the pairs short program. Russian skaters Evgenia Tarasova and Vladimir Morozov were a close second to the Chinese — .71 points behind. Canada’s Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford were third. Alexa Scimeca-Knierim and Chris Knierim of the United States struggled and were in 14th place.WHITE DISMISSES “GOSSIP”White’s post-gold news conference got contentious when reporters questioned him about the lawsuit. Lena Zawaideh, a former drummer in his band, claimed in the lawsuit White sexually harassed her, forced her to watch pornography and refused to pay her after she was fired. The suit was settled last spring.White was asked if the allegations might tarnish his reputation.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Shaun White, of the United States, celebrates winning gold after the men’s halfpipe finals at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Shaun White stared down the halfpipe before his final Olympic run and had no doubt what would happen next.“I honestly knew I had it,” White said. “I knew I had to put it down.”ADVERTISEMENT UAAP volleyball: La Salle survives FEU for 3rd straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Griffin’s goal led to an eruption from the fans filling Kwandong Hockey Center. Better yet, the goal pulled the combined Korean team within 2-1 of Japan — South Korea’s biggest Asian rival.HELLO AND GOODBYEHarley Windsor became the first indigenous Australian to compete at the Winter Olympics when the pairs skater joined teammate Ekaterina Alexandrovskaya on the ice for their short program.Windsor and his Russian-born partner were among the first pairs on the ice, and their total of 61.55 points was just off their season’s best. The duo was just shy of making the cut for Thursday’s free skate, though.Windsor said he started to “feel a bit nervous” the night before competing, but he was happy with the performance. Both of the 21-year-old Windsor’s parents have Australian Aboriginal roots, and his mother Josie was cheering him on from the stands.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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” he said. “I don’t think so.”Reporters attempted to follow up about the lawsuit, but U.S. Snowboarding and Freeskiing event director Nick Alexakos shut them down.White immediately left the stage following the conference while reporters continued to question him.“I have to get to the medal ceremony,” he said while being ushered away by Alexakos.WINDIER OLYMPICSThis latest postponement for Shiffrin could complicate her effort to enter up to five individual events, as she’ll now have less time to rest and prepare between them. She’ll no longer get full days off between each race if she tries to do them all and would have to compete Thursday, Friday and Saturday this week to make that happen.In Gangneung, an announcement in Korean and English advised fans to go inside for safety in the afternoon. Volunteers also used bullhorns to tell fans to seek shelter. Many were queued up to go inside the Samsung building near the hockey arena.Winds were blowing steadily and rattled the giant tent anchored with metal beams in Gangneung.ON THE BOARDThe joint Korean women’s hockey team finally scored its first goal of the Olympics, courtesy of a pair of Americans.Randi Heesoo Griffin scored at 9:31 of the second period on the Koreans’ 33rd shot of the Olympics in their third game. She grew up in Cary, North Carolina, and her mother is from South Korea.Griffin was set up for the goal by Marissa Brandt, who now lives in a suburb of the Twin Cities in Minnesota and who is playing for the country where she was born. Her birth name is Park Yoonjung, the name she uses on the back of her Korean team jersey. View commentslast_img read more

Yet again, Messi and Ronaldo thriving when it matters most

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments No slaughter? Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball to score his side’s first goal passing PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola during the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between Paris St. Germain and Real Madrid at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Tuesday, March 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)MADRID — One is keeping Barcelona in contention for a treble, and the other is putting Real Madrid in position to clinch a third straight Champions League title.Of course, it’s Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo — and it’s not the least bit surprising that they are stepping up at just the right time for their teams.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Messi has scored 32 goals in 41 matches for Spanish-league leader Barcelona this season, while Ronaldo has 31 from 33 for two-time defending Champions League champion Madrid.Ronaldo has been the more lethal one in recent weeks, scoring 11 goals in his last six matches as the league title slips away but the Champions League becomes all the more important. Three of his latest goals came in the 5-2 aggregate win over Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkScoring goals in Europe’s most prestigious club competition is nothing new, however. Ronaldo is the all-time leading scorer in the tournament with 117.FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi kicks the ball to score during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Messi has been pretty impressive, too. The Argentina forward has scored five goals in his last five matches, including the lone strike in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea in the first leg of the last 16 in the Champions League. The second leg is Wednesday at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “There is no player like Messi in the world,” said Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, perhaps even understating the value of a guy who has helped the club win eight league titles and four Champions League titles in his 14 years with the team.Barcelona leads the Spanish league and is still alive in the Copa del Rey. Madrid, however, trails the leaders by 15 points in the league and has already been eliminated from the cup competition.That leaves the Champions League as the main head-to-head competition for the two players who have split the last 10 FIFA player of the year awards.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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