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Bleak day for Americans in Melbourne: Venus, Stephens out

first_imgUnited States’ Venus Williams makes a forehand return to Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)MELBOURNE, Australia — Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens were upset early and the bleak opening day for Americans continued at the Australian Open with the women losing their first eight matches and two of the highest-ranked U.S. men joining them as first-round casualties.In her first match at Rod Laver Arena since losing last year’s final to her sister, Serena, Venus Williams lost her opener to Belinda Bencic 6-3, 7-5 and ensured the title won’t stay in the family.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05Miserable Christmas Day: ‘Ursula’ pummels Visayas; 10 dead00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Bencic credited playing with Roger Federer at the Hopman Cup — where they teamed up to win for Switzerland — with helping her recent improvement. She also had a new attitude against Williams, and she had Federer’s parents in the crowd for support.“I was thinking a lot about the last matches. For the first matches, I think I had a little bit too much respect, played a little bit careful and safe,” Bencic said. “This time I really tried to come out and hit it big.”The 20-year-old Bencic saved five break points in the eighth game before a rain delay caused an almost half-hour suspension of play as the roof was closed on Rod Laver Arena. She returned on a roll, winning the next six points to hold serve and then clinch the set.No. 13-seeded Stephens had a chance to serve for the match in the 10th game of the second set but dropped her serve, lost momentum and continued her run of eight straight defeats since her major breakthrough at the U.S. Open.“Tennis is definitely a roller coaster,” Stephens said. “But I have learned to just not panic. It will be OK.”Ryan Harrison beat Dudi Sela in five sets and qualifier Mackenzie McDonald bucked the trend for the Americans.Nadal, returning from time out with a sore right knee, had no problems in a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win over Victor Estrella Burgos in the first night match on Rod Laver Arena. At the same time, Australian hope Nick Kyrgios beat Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.Also advancing were No. 6 Marin Cilic, No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta, No. 23 Gilles Muller, No. 24 Diego Schwartzman, No. 28 Damir Dzumhur, No. 30 Andrei Rublev and No. 31 Pablo.U.S. Open finalist and No. 11-seeded Kevin Anderson lost in five sets to Kyle Edmund.French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko made a positive start with a 6-1, 6-4 win over 37-year-old Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open winner, and No. 15 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova beat Kateryna Kozlova. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Serena Williams hasn’t played a Grand Slam tournament since last year’s final because of her pregnancy and the birth of her first child.“I don’t think I played a bad match. She just played above and beyond,” said Venus Williams, who was playing her 18th Australian Open. “I just have to give her credit for that.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 folk“I didn’t play so bad, I wasn’t missing every shot. Just didn’t work out.”U.S. Open champion Stephens was the first American to fall, losing 2-6, 7-6 (2), 6-2 to No. 34-ranked Zhang Shuai. She was followed by Williams and No. 10-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe, a semifinalist here and at the U.S. Open last year, who was feeling sick and frustrated in 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss to Timea Babos. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig saved a match point before recovering for a 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4 win over former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur.Vandeweghe was leading in her first set before the rain delay on Hisense Arena, but sickness and irritation caught up with her.She yelled an obscenity near the end of the second set and that, combined with a time violation in a changeover while she waited for a banana, led to a point penalty.“I felt like (Babos) was being quite in-your-face about her ‘Come ons.’ So it was more just explaining it to the umpire,” Vandeweghe said. As for the banana, she added: “I was just trying to wait for what I asked for to come and the chair umpire deemed that it wasn’t a good enough reason to wait for anything.”Other seeded players falling included No. 24 Dominika Cibulkova, the 2014 Australian Open finalist who lost to Kaia Kanepi, No. 25 Peng Shuai and No. 31 Ekaterina Makarova.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dennis Rodman arrested on suspicion of DUI in California CiCi Bellis, Sofia Kenin — who lost to No. 12 Julia Goerges, now on a 15-match winning streak — Alison Riske, Taylor Townsend and Jennifer Brady all lost before Nicole Gibbs beat Viktoriya Tomova 6-1, 6-1 to end the streak of eight losses for the U.S. women.No. 8-seeded Jack Sock, the highest ranked of the American men, lost 6-1, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-3 to Yuichi Sugita and his compatriot John Isner, seeded 16th, lost in four sets to Australian Matt Ebden.Top-ranked Rafael Nadal and No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov opened with routine wins, as did second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki and No. 4 Elina Svitolina on the women’s side.For fifth-seeded Venus, it was a first loss in five career meetings with Bencic, who lost to Serena in the first round last year.Bencic, who was born a couple of months after the last time there was no Williams in the second round at the Australian Open (1997), hit 32 winners, had 12 unforced errors and converted five of 11 break-point chances. Williams had 26 unforced errors and 22 winners.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more


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Transfer helps ’keeper Falkesgaard fulfill Azkals stint

first_imgFilipino-Danish goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard started setting his sights on representing his mother’s country as early as six years ago.But club commitments in Denmark denied the former Denmark Under-20 standout the chance of coming over to Manila as he fought to keep his spot in the squad.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Who’s on top in the Pacquiao-Arum tussle? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And while his family made it a point to take vacations in the Philippines every year, Falkesgaard, now 26, stayed behind for preseason training.“The timing wasn’t always the best with regards to coming to the Philippines,” said the 6-foot-3 Falkesgaard, who learned of his eligibility to represent the Philippines through Dennis Cagara and Jerry Lucena, two Filipino internationals with Danish lineage.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 folkAt that time, the Azkals were also enjoying depth in the goalkeeping position with Neil Etheridge, Roland Muller and Patrick Deyto alternating at the spot. But with Muller retiring last year, Falkesgaard, who traces his roots in Roxas City, emerged as another strong option for the position.The stars finally aligned for Falkesgaard this year as he completed a transfer from Danish club FC Midtjylland to Thai Premier League side Bangkok United in January. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Falkesgaard was signed to fill the Southeast Asian player quota, which the Thai and Malaysian leagues implemented this year.What was a long flight from Europe is now a three and a half hour journey from Bangkok to Manila—something that Falkesgaard welcomed.“I’m just glad I made the move to Thailand because it’s easier for me to come and play for the Azkals,” said Falkesgaard, who could play a big role for the Azkals in the AFF Suzuki Cup late this year in the event that Etheridge won’t be released by his club.Falkesgaard is determined to make an impact on the Azkals, although he would have to battle for that starting position with Etheridge and Deyto. Etheridge is in the form of his life, as he has been instrumental in Cardiff City’s push for promotion to the English Premier League, while Deyto has been reliable when needed.“My expectation is to win every game,” said Falkesgaard, who was expected to start against Fiji in a friendly Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


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UST goes for ‘total revamp’ in buildup for Season 81

first_imgFrom the moment University of Santo Tomas exited the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, its head coach Kung Fu Reyes immediately looked ahead to the Golden Tigresses’ future.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Reyes said UST will start off on a blank slate for Season 81 and no player from the 2018 tournament will have strength of tenure even as the incumbent Golden Tigresses will try out for one of the 14 roster spots.“It will be do-or-die for next year, everyone will have to kill for their spot on the team,” said Reyes in Filipino Saturday at Blue Eagle Gym. “Everybody has the skills so the incumbent players have to defend their territory if they want to stay with the team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“This will be a total revamp for next year so we can also entertain the freshmen who will come in. There will be a tryout for every position.”The Golden Tigresses finished Season 80 with a disappointing 4-10 record good for only seventh place after they lost to the Adamson University, 25-6, 25-23, 25-23, in their final elimination round game. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments Barcelona unbeaten in record 39 straight La Liga games 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames UST went on to miss the Final Four for the fifth time in the last six years.Reyes said the poor finish was the reality the Tigresses were dealt with and they have nothing to do but accept it and move on to the next year.“That’s the reality we have, we have to accept it,” said Reyes who finished his third year of coaching for the Golden Tigresses.Reyes, though, sees a bright future for UST as he expects sisters EJ and Eya Laure to be in the Season 81 pool together with Cherry Rondina, who will play in her fifth and final year.“There are also players from other schools who want to go enroll at UST without asking for anything in return because they just want to study at UST,” said Reyes. “That’s a big deal for us despite all the losses they can still see the potential of the school.”ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more


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Giannis, Bucks turn back Celtics to force Game 7

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo reacts after a dunk during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Boston Celtics Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — Giannis Antetokounmpo asserted himself in the biggest game of his budding career with his team on the brink of playoff elimination.Now it’s on to Game 7 for the Milwaukee Bucks.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Bucks: C John Henson (back) missed his fourth straight game, with Thon Maker getting his first start of the series over Tyler Zeller. Maker finished with four points and one block. … Held a 25-4 edge on transition points. … Jabari Parker had another strong game off the bench with nine points and 11 rebounds, while Tony Snell had six points.YOUNG CELTICSVeteran forward Al Horford chalks up Game 6 as another valuable learning experience for his young teammates.No better education than a seventh game in the playoffs on home court.“It’s going to be new for our group. This whole playoff experience has been new, we have a lot of new pieces,” Horford said. “As a basketball player, fan, one of the places that you want to enjoy and be is the TD Garden for a Game 7.”He finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.QUOTABLE“We got great looks this whole series. It’s a matter of knocking it down and trusting the pass. … We need to have that same mentality going into Game 7.” — Middleton.UP NEXTGame 7 is Saturday night at the TD Garden in Boston. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Just getting to Game 7 is a small but significant step for a young team that lost in six games to the Toronto Raptors a year ago. The up-and-coming Bucks haven’t played a seventh game in the playoffs since losing to Atlanta in the first round in 2010.“This is what you work for. Embrace that moment. Go out as a team, attack it together … find a way to get a win,” coach Joe Prunty said.The Celtics had their shots to win in it six. They led by nine early, then drew as close as 80-78 with 7:13 left on Marcus Morris’ 3-pointer.The Bucks made the last big push to close out the Celtics.Boston had to settle for perimeter looks down the stretch. They couldn’t hit enough 3s, finishing 10 of 36 (28 percent) on the night, and the Bucks limited Boston on the glass.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 14 rebounds and the Bucks pulled away late to beat the Boston Celtics 97-86 on Thursday night to force a winner-take-all game Saturday night in Boston.“At the end, it was (all) about will,” Antetokounmpo said. “I was out there, I was trying to make plays, I was trying to be aggressive.”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 crownHe had plenty of company to help keep the Celtics on their heels down the stretch.Khris Middleton and Malcolm Brogdon each added 16 points, with Brogdon hitting a momentum-swinging 3 from the left corner to give the Bucks a two-possession lead with 5:22 left. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Trump threatens countries who don’t back US World Cup bid Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “We got stagnant and we weren’t very good,” coach Brad Stevens saidAt the other end, Antetokounmpo led the Bucks’ charge right at the heart of the Celtics’ defense.After Eric Bledsoe picked off Jayson Tatum’s inbounds pass, Antetokounmpo converted an offensive rebound with a putback off the glass for an 89-81 lead with 3:08 left. It was part of an 11-3 run late to help the Bucks pull away for 10-point advantage.With his team facing elimination, Antetokounmpo vowed to be more aggressive following a five-point loss in Game 5.The two-time All-Star produced in the crunch time, scoring 20 points in the second half on 8-of-14 shooting.“It’s big. We’ve grown as a team,” Antetokounmpo said. “For us to win Game 6 — we have a big opportunity ahead of us.”Tatum finished with 22 points, and Terry Rozier had 18 for the Celtics. After holding the edge on the glass for most of the series, Boston got outrebounded 48-39.“Clearly their speed and length and athleticism affected us,” Stevens said. “They were quicker to the ball all night than us, best probably exemplified by the rebounding numbers.”TIP INSCeltics: Stevens stuck with the same starting five he used for Game 5, with Semi Ojeleye in for Aron Baynes for a quicker frontcourt on defense. … Former President Bill Clinton attended the game and exchanged handshakes with guard Marcus Smart. … Jaylen Brown added 14 points on 6-of-15 shooting. View commentslast_img read more


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Mexico stuns United States in Fiba World Cup qualifying

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding That was a very different Mexico team.Only four players from the Mexican roster then were in uniform on Thursday night, with the team now able to add those who were playing in their various professional leagues and unable to take part when the qualifying rounds began. Cruz and Mendez-Valdez each had 13 points by halftime, and Gustavo Ayon was a big factor even without big numbers — four points, four rebounds and five assists by the break.If their names are familiar to U.S. basketball aficionados, it’s for good reason.Ayon appeared in 135 NBA games in parts of three seasons with four different franchises, and just helped Spanish powerhouse Real Madrid win the EuroLeague. Mendez-Valdez was part of the Western Kentucky team that went to the Sweet Sixteen in 2008, and he won the Sun Belt’s player of the year award in the following season. Cruz played at Wyoming and has played in pro leagues in Mexico, Latvia, Argentina and Spain.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But the U.S. never got the lead.“In the second half we competed at a high level and that high level got us back in the game, but we just couldn’t get over the hump,” Van Gundy said.The Americans (4-1) — who have already ensured themselves a spot in the second round of qualifying that starts in September — end the first-round series of games Sunday when they go to Havana to face Cuba (0-5). It’ll be the first time a U.S. men’s national team has played in Havana since the 1991 Pan American Games. Mexico (3-2) also wraps up its first round on Sunday, when it plays at Puerto Rico (3-2).David Huertas had 18 points, Angel Rodriguez and JJ Barea each had 15 and Puerto Rico rallied in the fourth quarter in another qualifying game Thursday to top Cuba 84-80.Under FIBA’s new qualifying format, teams are playing home-and-home games against teams in their region to earn places in the World Cup in China, which begins on Aug. 31, 2019. That tournament will qualify seven teams for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.This was the first time the U.S. played a true road game during this tournament. The Americans opened qualifying in November with an 85-78 win in what was a “home” game for Puerto Rico — but the contest was actually played in Orlando, Florida because of continued problems in San Juan following Hurricane Maria.And this was very much a real road atmosphere.Not only was the game played at Mexico City’s 7,500-foot altitude, but in a filled 5,000-seat arena that Mexican officials said sold out in only 45 minutes.The tone was set by the U.S. turning the ball over on each of its first three possessions, and Mexico was off and running.The U.S. routed Mexico back in November, winning by 36 points. 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Xavier Munford added 11 points while David Stockton and Reggie Hearn each had 10 for the Americans.The U.S. lost for the first time in 10 contests under Van Gundy, who is coaching this team that’s tasked with getting the team of NBA stars that will be coached by Gregg Popovich to the World Cup.“We can’t underestimate how hard it is going to be to play on the road, at altitude, and against a team desperate to qualify for the FIBA World Cup,” Van Gundy said leading up to the game. “We have to make sure we match that type of intensity and passion that we know they’ll bring.”By the time the U.S. found its stride, it was already in deep trouble. Mexico led 31-10 after the first quarter, then staved off a big second-half rally try by the U.S.Trey McKinney-Jones’ basket late in the third quarter capped a 15-1 run and put the U.S. within 53-51. Thornton made a pair of 3-pointers about a minute apart in that burst, and Hearn’s 3-pointer early in the fourth cut Mexico’s lead to 56-54.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Francisco Cruz scored 24 points, Mexico opened with an 18-0 run and went on to beat the United States 78-70 on Thursday night in a qualifying game for next year’s FIBA World Cup.According to USA Basketball, it was just the second loss by the U.S. in 30 games against Mexico — with the other defeat coming in the 2011 Pan Am Games.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 crownOrlando Mendez-Valdez added 20 points for Mexico, which held the U.S. scoreless for the first 5:51 and forced the Americans into missing their first 10 shots from the floor.“Mexico dominated us from the start and that’s on me,” Van Gundy said. “We were not ready to compete at the level Mexico did. Give them all the credit, they played a great, great game.” U.S. player Kevin Jones competes for the ball with Mexico’s Gustavo Ayon during the first quarter of a regular season FIBA basketball World Cup qualifier in Mexico City, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Christian Palma)MEXICO CITY — Jeff Van Gundy warned the Americans that they were in for a serious challenge.To his chagrin, he was right, and the U.S. was handed a rare loss.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 awardlast_img read more


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‘Miracles can happen’ with Guiao as Asian Games coach

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West NLEX center Asi Taulava could also be in the lineup to bolster the team’s frontline.PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial lent his support for the Elasto Painters with a change in schedule for the team’s games in the Governors’ Cup.Marcial said the Elasto Painters could possibly play in successive games once they come back to the Philippines.“They will be gone for 15 days so when they return they could play for successive game days,” said Marcial in Filipino. “The owners, thankfully, gave their approval and what they did is not just for the country but also for the PBA.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Coach Yeng has accepted after a lot of discussion with the owners and coach Caloy will be part of his staff,” added Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President Al Panlilio.Guiao already became the country’s coach in 2008 leading a team that had Arwind Santos, Cyrus Baguio, James Yap, Kerby Raymundo, and Gabe Norwood.Panlilio said it was Rain or Shine owner Raymond Yu who “insisted” that Guiao be the coach of the team.“It was Mr. Raymond Yu who insisted that we bring in coach Yeng,” said Panlilio. “Coach Yeng was sensitive to coach Caloy, they had a conversation about it and it turned out well.”Guiao’s first assignment is to rush the final lineup that will include seven or eight Elasto Painters, Gilas Cadets Abu Tratter, Ricci Rivero, and Kobe Paras.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ CAS confirm 2 Russians to be stripped of 2008 Olympic medals LATEST STORIES It has been two years since Yeng Guiao and Rain or Shine parted ways after a five-year relationship that produced a Governors’ Cup and one Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Guiao has since moved on to NLEX where he’s currently trying to steer the Road Warriors to elite status in the PBA while the Elasto Painters are still on a steady course with Caloy Garcia.And although Guiao and the Elasto Painters are on different paths in the PBA, the two will have a reunion and will represent the Philippines in the 2018 Asian Games.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’Guiao was initially indifferent to his appointment as the Elasto Painters’ head coach in Indonesia, but changed his stance when team governor Mamerto Mondragon and Garcia talked to him about his temporary responsibility.“With coach Yeng miracles can happen,” said Mondragon after the PBA’s board meeting Thursday at the league’s office. “The players are very happy they will be coached by coach Yeng, because let’s admit it, coach Caloy has not international experience.” 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more


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Mangahas, Jaime fuel Muntinlupa victory

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cagers, who lead the South Division with a 5-0 record, also got solid contributions from Felix Apreku, Dave Moralde and Don Reverente, whose triple gave Muntinlupa a 73-68 lead with 58 seconds remaining.“We just didn’t want to lose in our home court,” said Mangahas in Filipino. “We owe the fans a good performance for showing up tonight.”The Knights pulled within three, 71-74, after three foul shots by John Wilson, but Jaime buried a triple with eight seconds remaining to seal Muntinlupa’s fifth win.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’Earlier, Imus drew strength from Genmar Bragais as it notched back-to-back wins at the expense of Valenzuela-Idol Cheesedogs, 81-71.Bragais scored on a wide array of drives and fast break layups to finish with 20 points, while Ian Melencio had an all-around game of eight points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Bandera, who climbed to 3-3 in the North division. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in 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 Veterans Allan Mangahas and Chito Jaime shone the brightest as Muntinlupa toppled San Juan, 77-71, in a battle of powerhouse teams in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League at a jampacked Muntinlupa Sports Complex.Proving his worth as one of the league’s top guards, Mangahas fired 21 points, while Jaime hit 17 on four triples—all coming in the second half—as the Cagers, feeding off the energy from the home crowd, rallied from 20-point deficit in the second half to emerge as the only undefeated side in the 26-team league.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Coming off a 30-day layoff, Valenzuela groped for form as Paolo Hubalde and top gunner Chris De Chavez were neutralized by the Bandera defense.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ramirez apologizes for delay of facilities’ renovationscenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ View commentslast_img read more


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Moving forward

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ancajas admitted that he couldn’t implement his game plan against the rugged, staccato style of Santiago.“My timing was a little off, he was a little awkward,” said Ancajas in Filipino. “It was a good, entertaining fight. I felt like I pressed and did enough to win.”Ancajas is tapering off after a busy year, when he knocked out Israel Gonzalez in February before carving out a decision over compatriot Jonas Sultan in May.In the comainer, IBF super middleweight champ Jose Uzcategui of Tijuana scored a unanimous decision win over Argentina’s Ezequiel Maderna in non-title light heavyweight bout.Super bantamweight Genesis Servania of the Philippines knocked out Tijuana’s Carlos Carlson 44 seconds into fourth round, improving his record to 32-1, 15KOs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Instead, he’s looking at a high-stakes, high-yield unification encounter with Thai Sor Rungvisai for his next fight.Ancajas camp said they are inclined to pursue the fight against the Thai WBC belt holder, who will go up against Iran Diaz of Mexico next month also in the United States.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 ChrissAlready, Manny Pacquiao’s former promoter Top Rank vowed to help the 26-year-old Filipino secure the fight, which is expected to be the biggest outing for the Panabo, Davao, native.The prospects of that match could have been even more lucrative had Ancajas come up with a little more flair and fight  against Santiago Friday night at Oracle Arena. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Clearly, Ancajas failed to make good use of his advantage in height and boxing techniques as he found Santiago hard to read and settled for a disappointing split draw.The Filipino retained his IBF junior bantamweight championship but failed to convince everyone he’s up for boxing’s biggest stage.“Everyone saw the fight, and everyone saw that I won the fight clearly,” said the visibly-upset Santiago after the decision was read.He was all out in the last three rounds, taking the fight to the Filipino champ’s doorstep by hammering crisp counter punches and relying on large-scale punch production.Judge Marshall Walker ruled it for Santiago 118-111, Michael Tate for Ancajas 116-112, and Chris Watson saw it a draw 114-114.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:26Trump lashes out as impeachment trial is in limbo01:29Saudis cut loose at rave-like event02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Heroes everywhere LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jerwin Ancajas is not seeking a rematch to settle the score against feisty Mexican Alejandro Barrios-Santiago.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


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Highly-touted Robert Bolick says ‘hateful messages’ from bashers fuel his fire

first_imgRobert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Robert Bolick doesn’t concern himself with the negative opinions of others, but what he does though is use those hateful comments and channel it into his workouts.The former San Beda star and three-time NCAA champion, is busy readying himself for the upcoming PBA Draft and he’s using the ill-will on social media to fuel his workouts.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “I’m reading a lot of articles and there are a lot of people who are angry at me and they don’t know that I’m actually really happy to read those comments,” said Bolick in Filipino during the PBA Draft Combine Wednesday at Gatorade Hoops Center.“The best is when people are sending hateful messages because I feel that there are still things that I have to work on. Another thing I do is read those comments before I train and I just can feel the satisfaction when I’m fatigued because I felt that I let out a lot of steam.”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 ChrissBolick, who stands at 6-foot-1, is poised to become a top three pick like NCAA rival CJ Perez, who played for Lyceum, and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. who has a wealth of experience after playing in the ABL and the NBA Summer League.Nevertheless, the former Red Lion is relishing the position he’s in knowing that the pressure of becoming a potential top three pick makes him one of the most coveted talents in the Draft. MOST READ LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Potential top pick CJ Perez draws inspiration from first born ahead of PBA Draft Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img 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 gold00:50Trending Articles00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan02:14Carpio 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 anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Of course, I’m happy and at the same time it’s challenging because everyone of these draftees are talented and every one of them wants to show their skills,” said Bolick. “This is the best thing about basketball because you’re all competing and everything’s a challenge.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


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Lou Williams becomes NBA bench points leader in Clippers’ rout of Celtics

first_imgThe 13-year guard scored 34 points to pass Dell Curry as the Los Angeles Clippers routed the Boston Celtics 140-115 on Monday night for their fifth straight win.Williams came into the game needing 28 points to pass Curry, who had 11,147 bench points. He surpassed Curry with 9:53 remaining in the fourth quarter with a driving layup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAccording to the Elias Sports Bureau, starters and reserves were tracked in box scores beginning with the 1970-71 season.“Being a sixth man and a career bench player, to have an opportunity to have something like that is special,” Williams said. “I’ve just continued to play aggressively. The shots have really been falling the last couple games.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Terry Rozier led the Celtics with 26 points while Jaylen Brown added 22 and Kyrie Irving 18. Boston had a three-game winning streak snapped as it was trying to become the second Eastern Conference team this season to win all four games in California.It is the most points the Celtics have allowed in Brad Stevens’ six seasons as coach and only the fourth time since 1990 they have allowed 140 or more in a regular-season game.“It was a combination of our defense abandoning us and them playing terrific,” Stevens said. “We couldn’t get stops. We talked about trying to guard different ways when we should have just do better what we do. We’ll move on.”Gallinari scored 13 points in the first quarter to propel the Clippers to a 25-19 lead. Rozier hit a 3-pointer at the start of the second to pull the Celtics within three before the Clippers scored nine straight points to lead 34-22 with 9:55 remaining. Later in the quarter, Irving scored five points during an 8-3 run to get Boston within 46-42, but the Clippers countered with another 9-0 run to push the lead back into double digits.Los Angeles led 62-49 at halftime. A 3-pointer by Gordon Hayward with 5:04 remaining pulled Boston to 81-72 but that would be as close as the Celtics got.The Clippers led 101-85 going into the fourth quarter and steadily pulled away.TIP-INSCeltics: Jayson Tatum did not play due to right shoulder soreness. It is only the third time in the forward’s two-year career he has missed a game, but the first due to injury. Brown started in his place.Clippers: Wilson Chandler made his Los Angeles debut at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Chandler was acquired from Philadelphia on Feb. 6 but missed nine games due to a right quad strain.UP NEXT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES It is also Williams’ eighth game this season and 29th in his career with 30 or more points off the bench.“It’s amazing just watching him play. Even tonight, just his pace and his speed,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “The way Lou does it with his size and how often he gets in the paint and finishes over big men is amazing.”Williams, who was 14 of 20 from the field, wasn’t the only Clipper who was hot from the field. Los Angeles shot 61.6 percent (53 of 86), which was its third-best game by field goal percentage since 2000, according to SportRadar. It also tied for the Clippers’ second-most points scored since 2000, with only a 142-94 win over the Lakers on March 6, 2014, surpassing it.Danilo Gallinari added 25 points and Montrezl Harrell 20 for the Clippers, who led most of the game and were up by as many as 30 in the fourth quarter.“We played terrific. We shot the ball well, moved the ball and played at an amazing pace,” Rivers said. “I thought the defense early on was terrific and that got us out running. We really believed that we had to turn this into a pace game to win and I thought we did that.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyingcenter_img Los Angeles Clippers’ Lou Williams, left, and Montrezl Harrell celebrate a basket made by Williams during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 140-115. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)LOS ANGELES — Lou Williams said it best after becoming the NBA’s career leader in points off the bench.“Any time you can say of all time next to your name, it’s special,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Tick tock, tick tock: Tokyo Olympics clock hits 500-day mark Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Celtics: Return home to face Sacramento Thursday.Clippers: Host Portland Tuesday. The Trail Blazers lead the season series 2-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more