Marinerong Pilipino sails to D-League quarters, drubs AMA

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Daniel Salonga paced his side with 14 points, three rebounds, and three assists in the swan song for AMA Online Education (1-9), while Junjun Alas got 13 markers in the defeat.The Scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 125 – Sargent 20, Gumaru 18, Isip 15, Publico 13, Subido 10, Alabanza 8, Javelona 8, Javillonar 7, Marata 7, Iñigo 6, Lopez 5, Moralde 4, Gavieres 2, Salcedo 2.AMA 71 – Salonga 14, Alas 13, Bonleon 12, Paras 9, Carpio 6, Macaranas 5, Celso 4, Tobias 4, Jordan 3, Calma 1, Magpantay 0, Malones 0.Quarters: 33-26, 64-39, 94-51, 125-71.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Mark Isip fired 11 of his 15 points in the second quarter pullaway as Marinerong Pilipino escaped the clutches of the Titans after a close first quarter, 33-26, for a decisive 64-39 halftime lead. The veteran forward also added three rebounds and three assists, all coming in the first half.Julian Sargent also made his imprint, dropping 10 of his 20 markers in the third quarter, alongside his seven boards, five dimes, and four steals, as the Skippers widened the lead to as high as 56, 121-65, late in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Donald Gumaru took advantage of the extended garbage time to rack 18 points and three assists, Rey Publico got 13 markers and five rebounds, and Renzo Subido fired 10 points, two boards, and two assists against his former team.“This is a good win for us going to the playoffs, but I always remind the players that the playoffs is a different animal and it’s a good thing that we have veterans who’ve been there before,” said coach Koy Banal. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Wizards announce contract extension for John Wall LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Mark Isip. PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino completed its dream voyage to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup playoffs with an emphatic 125-71 sinking of AMA Online Education Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Not even the torrential rains could derail the Skippers from cruising to their fifth straight win as they ended their maiden eliminations campaign with a 6-4 record.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Bolt wants to go out ‘unbeatable’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2013, file photo, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt competes to win the men’s 200-meter final at the World Athletics Championships, in Moscow, Russia. The man who reshaped the record book and saved his sport along the way is saying goodbye. His runs through the 100 meters and Jamaica’s 4×100 relay at next week’s world championships are expected to produce golds yet again, along with leaving people to wonder who could possibly take his place. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)Usain Bolt is confident he can produce one more magical Midas touch when he seeks to defend his 100m title at the IAAF World Championships.In eight individual finals at the past four worlds as well as in four 4x100m relay finals, Bolt has only suffered one hiccup: when he false started in the 100m final in Daegu in 2011.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “My coach (Glen Mills) is confident and I’m ready to go. I’m fully confident, 100 percent.”While labelling himself “for some reason, the underdog”, Bolt fired out a warning shot at potential rivals by saying he wanted to bring the curtain down on his individual exploits as a sprinter who was “unbeatable, unstoppable”.Bolt suffered a rare defeat in the 100m by two-time doping cheat Justin Gatlin at the Rome Diamond League meet in 2013, losing out by a hundredth of a second.And the multi-medalled American, now 35, will be in the field in the British capital and a nailed-down contender for a podium place.Bolt Gatlin’s nemesisADVERTISEMENT TNT needs to ‘learn to adjust’ after another foul-laden game, says Racela Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LATEST STORIES Eleven world titles to go along with eight Olympic golds: Bolt has the experience of dealing with multi-round big-event racing.It would be a brave person to bet against the 30-year-old Jamaican, no matter how sluggish, relatively speaking, his season has been so far.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’He has had only three outings, all over 100m, and only once dipped under the 10-second barrier, in Monaco last month (9.95sec).“If I show up at a championships I’m fully confident,” Bolt maintained. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100m gold medallist and 2005 world champion before serving a ban between 2006-10, won silvers behind Bolt in Beijing in 2015 and Moscow two years previously, and last year became the oldest man to win a 100m Olympic medal when he took silver in Rio, also behind his Jamaican nemesis.Bolt’s teammate Yohan Blake, world 100m champion in 2011 after the false start, and Gatlin’s compatriot Christian Coleman, who has the season’s fastest time of 9.82sec, should be in the running.And Canadian Andre de Grasse, South African Akani Simbine and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut all have a realistic chance of bagging a medal should they safely negotiate heats and keep enough in reserve from Friday’s heats for Saturday’s semi-final and final.“I love competition, I thrive on competition and I want people to run fast to push me,” warned Bolt, who set the current world record of 9.58sec when he won world gold in Berlin in 2009, his winning times in the last two championships being 9.79 and 9.77 respectively.“I’m the underdog, for some reason,” Bolt said. “That’s what I keep reading. That’s what my team keeps telling me… I’ve got to prove myself once more.“My last race was 9.95, which shows I’m going in the right direction. The two rounds (of heats and semi-finals) always help me. I’m always going forward.“At a championships it’s about who keeps their nerve. I’ve been here before. It’s time to go. It’s ‘go’ time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Move over Neymar: how rugby players hope to change Brazil

first_imgBrazilian teenagers take a rugby class in a soccer field in the Morro do Castro shantytown in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on September 1, 2017. Brazilian-British Oxford University graduate Robert Malengreau, founder of the NGO UmRio, teaches rugby to young people from the Morro do Castro favela or shantytown in Niteroi, Rio de Janeiro, supporting young people in communities affected by crime and violence to provide them with an enabling environment where they can access new opportunities. AFPThe boys and girls running on the dusty football pitch in a Rio favela could be kids anywhere in Brazil if not for one detail: the oddly shaped ball they’re chasing.Soccer may be king across the land of Pele, but in Morro do Castro, a favela in the hills above Rio suburb Niteroi, rugby and the oval ball rule.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Tackling lifeThe man who brought rugby to this poor, sleepy and occasionally perilous tropical corner is Robert Malengreau.Half-British, half-Brazilian, Malengreau, 28, played at high amateur levels in England, and is an Oxford University graduate.He always loved the game, but the tragedy of Brazil’s favelas, which are often under control of drug traffickers and shunned by the rest of society, made him want to try something more ambitious than just coaching.So four years ago he launched an NGO called UmRio, or One Rio, with the idea that introducing something as foreign as rugby might also shake things up beyond the field. Rugby, he says, “is an entry point.”To test his theory, Malengreau partnered with the school in Morro do Castro, a community he describes as “abandoned” by the government, and began teaching sport — and a new way of living.Players from around the world, including from Oxford and Cambridge universities, help with the actual rugby coaching.But just as importantly, local dentists and doctors volunteer for clinics, boosting healthcare in a community of about 6,000 with only one permanent dentist.English language courses and mentoring by Brazilian and foreign teachers mean that students get as much help with schoolwork as on tackling technique.A key symbolic point is backing from Oxford and Cambridge rugby clubs, which have donated their famous dark and light blue shirts, and the less tangible gift of encouraging favela kids to aspire. LATEST STORIES Sure, it’s not Twickenham or Eden Park. The pitch in Morro do Castro isn’t even close to the facilities you’d find at schools in Australia, Britain or other traditional rugby playing countries.Players wear a mishmash of shirts, some are barefoot. There are no rugby posts, the grass is patchy and when the ball’s kicked too far, it falls into an open sewer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogShould drug traffickers or police start shooting in the favela — a real hazard — kids are trained to take cover under a concrete wall behind the goalposts.But the rugby is serious. 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How to help the Taal evacuees “It’s Oxford and Cambridge saying ‘the doors are open for you,’” Malengreau said.About 400 children have participated so far and the message is getting through.As a black boy from a favela, Franklin Cruz, a small, nippy 14 year old, has grown used to people expecting him to wind up a drug trafficker or, at best, a low paid construction worker.The rugby adventure, he says, has emboldened him.“Why not become an architect or a doctor or lawyer?” he asks.Beach rugby champsMalengreau says there was a “bit of a shock” when he first showed up in the favela with five enormous Oxford University players and a bag of rugby balls.“I’d never heard of rugby in my life,” Chagas says, remembering how his football-obsessed friends were astonished to be told, “‘No, you’re not meant to kick!’”The learning curve was only starting.Rugby is more of a team sport than football, less prone to relying on individual stars, Malengreau says. There’s also none of football’s culture of yelling back at referees. Two dozen young players sprint over the threadbare turf, spinning the ball between hands in swift, well coordinated drills. And when they perform the haka, New Zealand’s famous Maori war dance, their passion is unmistakable, even if there’s a bit of a samba vibe, with plenty of dabbing for good measure.By the end of training, Lucas Aquino Chagas, a dreadlocked 17-year-old who captains one of the touch rugby teams, sports a big smile.Brazil, with a population of 208 million, only has about 16,000 registered rugby players, compared to the millions in football. It’s fair to say that most teenage boys probably dream of pulling on the national team’s yellow shirt or emulating Neymar’s riches.But Chagas’ dream?“To play for the All Blacks,” he says without hesitation.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Going against the grain of macho Brazilian society, girls play touch rugby on equal terms with boys.And Malengreau pushes them all out of their comfort zone by encouraging use of English phrases during training, like: “Ready, ready up!” before defending a line.At a recent touch rugby tournament, the favela kids descended in two teams to Niteroi’s wealthy beach area to play other schools on the sand.One of Morro do Castro’s teams, resplendent in striped Cambridge University shirts, was crowned champion, prompting whooping and more dabbing.Janaina Trancoso, mother of a girl in the program, said a bigger victory looms for these children who otherwise might never have imagined escaping the favela’s isolation.“I think a door has opened for them,” Trancoso, 40, said.“With time they will manage to see that the world is big and that there are other possibilities.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Black vows to sort out Alapag-Nabong issue View commentslast_img read more

Blood, goals for Ronaldo as Madrid scores 7 to end poor run

first_img“We played a perfect match,” Madrid midfielder Casemiro said.Deportivo, in the relegation zone and winless in five games, gave Madrid an early scare when Adrian Lopez opened the scoring midway through the first half.Nacho and Bale helped Madrid rally before halftime, and each scored again in the second half along with Modric. Bale’s first goal came from a neat left-footed shot that was curled into the top corner by the far post.Ronaldo, who hadn’t found the net in three games and had been among those criticized by fans, scored with a shot from close range just a few minutes before getting injured. He did not celebrate.___BIGGER LEADBarcelona scored five second-half goals against midtable Real Betis after an even first half at Benito Villamarin Stadium in Seville.Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring, then Messi and Suarez took over and added to their scoring runs.Messi is the league’s scoring leader with 19 goals, and Suarez has 15.Messi’s second goal late in the game was one to admire, with the Argentine entering the area and going past two defenders before calmly finding the net. “The players needed a game like this, a victory with a lot of goals,” Zidane said. “It’s always good to score seven times at home. It’s not something that happens very often so we are happy about it. We have to keep this momentum going.”Gareth Bale and Nacho Fernandez also scored twice, and Luka Modric added another goal for Madrid as it regained fourth place in the standings. Madrid remains 19 points behind leader Barcelona, which later routed Real Betis 5-0 in Seville with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez each scoring a pair of goals.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 folkAt the start of the league’s second half, Barcelona is 11 points in front of second-placed Atletico Madrid and 14 points ahead of Valencia. Atletico lost ground after a 1-1 home draw against Girona on Saturday, while Valencia lost 2-1 at Las Palmas.Madrid is five points behind Valencia but has a game in hand. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Ronaldo had to leave with about five minutes remaining after being hit by defender Fabian Schar’s boot while scoring the team’s sixth goal with a header. He was attended on the field for a while and could not continue as blood spilled over his face.While walking off the field, with his face still stained by the blood, Ronaldo asked for the doctor’s cell phone to take a look at the injury.Zidane said the Portugal forward needed “two or three stitches but was fine.”Madrid had already made three substitutions, but the much-needed victory was already secured by then.The fans who had loudly jeered the team in recent matches were cheering on their feet after the final whistle at the Bernabeu. The easy win followed a series of poor results that all but ended Madrid’s title chances.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases ___CELTA WINSMaxi Gomez scored a second-half winner as Celta Vigo rallied to defeat struggling Real Sociedad 2-1 and move closer to the Champions League spots.Striker Willian Jose put the hosts ahead early in the first half — but later missed a penalty kick — as forward Iago Aspas equalized for Celta.It was the second consecutive win for Celta, which is now seventh in the standings.Real Sociedad, in 15th place, has lost three in a row.___LATE EQUALIZERJoseba Zaldua scored in the 90th as Leganes salvaged a 2-2 draw at Alaves after trailing by two goals for much of the second half.Munir El Haddadi and Alfonso Pedraza put the hosts ahead with quick goals after halftime, and Gabriel Pires pulled Leganes closer in the 75th. NBA: Magic stun East-leading Celtics in Boston Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo bleeds from his forehead during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Deportivo Coruna at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Despite watching Cristiano Ronaldo go off covered in blood, Real Madrid fans got to celebrate at home again with the team’s biggest win of the season in the Spanish league.Ronaldo, who left the game late with a cut to his face, scored twice as Madrid routed Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 Sunday, ending a three-match winless streak at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and easing the pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane and his players.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Leganes stayed 13th in the 20-team standings, while Alaves was 16th.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

NCAA volleyball: Shock loss to Arellano fire up San Beda

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netComing off a deflating loss in a showdown with Arellano University four days ago, San Beda redeemed itself with a big win over Final Four contender San Sebastian on Tuesday.Last Friday’s duel between San Beda and Arellano was one of the few matches in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament that had some kind of anticipation to it with both teams staking an undefeated record in a potential finals matchup.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Out of February window for Gilas, Abueva vows to make up for lost time Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Also back to her old self was San Beda’s star spiker Cesca Raqraquin, who pumped in a game-high 20 points, including three of her team’s points during a 7-0 run that ended the match.Raqraquin’s performance atoned for her subpar play against the Lady Chiefs, who held her to measly six points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But it didn’t even come close to living up to the hype with the Lady Red Spikers failing to put up a fight as the Lady Chiefs cruised to a 25-17, 25-10, 25-17, win.READ: NCAA volleyball: Arellano shuts down San Beda to earn semis berthFEATURED 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 folkBut the loss, though, painful, was put to good use in another crucial tiff.“[The loss] served as our motivation because we needed to bounce back from that,” said San Beda coach Nemesio Gavino after his team’s 25-14, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18 victory over the Lady Stags. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “[The win] boosted our morale,” he said.In stark contrast to the Arellano game, where San Beda was a step slow to the defending champion, the Lady Red Spikers, this time, played sharp.And it was one of the things Gavino noticed.READ: NCAA volleyball: Arellano thinks fatigue big factor in San Beda’s downfall“The girls moved really quick unlike against Arellano when they were sluggish and soft. I also saw their willingness to win today.”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 View commentslast_img read more

Curry would love to captain Team Curry again in 2019

first_imgCarpio 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Team Stephen’s Stephen Curry, left, of the Golden State Warriors, and Team LeBron’s LeBron James, of the Cleveland Cavaliers, stand together during the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES — Stephen Curry would love to be an NBA All-Star Game captain again next year, especially since the game will be in his hometown of Charlotte.LeBron James would be OK with someone else taking his place, depending on who the top two vote-getters are, although his draft prowess led to Team LeBron beating Team Stephen 148-145 Sunday night .ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Ain’t none of your business. You’re going too far, man,” James said with a laugh.Curry didn’t divulge his draft order.“As the draft kind of unfolded, you start to game plan around positions,” he said. “For me, I tried to get the best shooters. It was kind of cool to see both teams come together as me and LeBron were picking. So that part, that vibe of the format and having two guys select from your peers will be a fun show as it unfolds year after year.”The All-Star draft led to interesting dynamics on court.Curry chose his Golden State teammates Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, but the trio had to play against Durant. James also chose Oklahoma City duo Westbrook and Paul George to play along with Kyrie Irving, who forced a trade away from James in Cleveland just last summer.Irving and James had no obvious friction, even laughing and joking on the bench. Neither did Durant and Westbrook, who broke up in 2016 when Durant left Oklahoma City for Golden State.Durant helped James smother Curry in the final seconds to prevent him from getting off a potential tying shot.And then there was Toronto’s Dwane Casey coaching Team LeBron against Raptors star DeRozan.“I think that having the captains and selecting the guys and being able to mix them up gave it a more authentic feel of kind of what us players want to be part of in an All-Star Game,” Irving said.“It’s great to play with guys in your conference, East-West. But when you get a chance to have Russell Westbrook, Paul George, and you know they’re teammates already, and then you mix them with myself and Kemba (Walker), and LeBron, and you could see the mix and it just worked.” Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES “I know who I like watching and I had a draft board. I had a process,” James said. “Some of it went according to plan. A couple of them fell through, but I was satisfied and happy with the guys that I got.”James’ original roster was dramatically altered by injuries to Cousins, John Wall, Kristaps Porzingis and Kevin Love, who all missed the game.“Even with the four guys that got injured we were able to get four new guys that came in and played well for us.”James was named the game’s MVP after making the go-ahead, finger-roll layup with 34.5 seconds left and scoring a game-high 29 points.Where did he hide his draft board?ADVERTISEMENT And there’s a definite appetite for the NBA to televise the captains’ draft rather than conduct it clandestinely like it was this year.“Televise it,” said DeMar DeRozan of Team Stephen. “Give the people what they want to see. I think everybody wants to see it. At the end of the day, every single person that gets picked, you are an All-Star, so it doesn’t matter where you really go, so I think televise it.”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 folkPlayers raved about the new format of having captains draft the teams rather than the traditional format of East vs. West.And James finally revealed his draft order: Kevin Durant, Anthony Davis, his former Cleveland teammate Kyrie Irving and DeMarcus Cousins, who missed the game due to a season-ending injury. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Streaking Jazz make sweet music coming out of All-Star break Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

Real Madrid teen bitten on head in youth game

first_imgFILE – In this file photo dated Wednesday, May 23, 2018, Brazil’s Vinicius Junior gestures during a Copa Libertadores soccer match against Argentina’s River Plate in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Real Madrid’s teenage sensation Vinicius Junior got bitten on the head Sunday Sept. 2, 2018, during a scuffle against Atletico Madrid’s youth squad captain, Tachi, who apologized on Monday, saying it was a spur-of-the-moment reaction. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko, FILE)MADRID — Real Madrid wanted Brazilian teenager Vinicius Junior to gain experience in its B team. He got more than he expected when he was bitten on the head.The 18-year-old Vinicius, for whom Real Madrid paid 45 million euros ($52 million) last year, was bitten after a scuffle in a youth team derby against Atletico Madrid on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES With attacks clicking, Madrid and Barcelona dominate early Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “This action does not represent the values that the club promotes in the academy and I know that it is not an example for the younger boys. At the end of the game I talked to Vinicius, we hugged each other and everything ended there. I have to learn from a situation like this and move forward.”He said it “was a shame” the incident got so much attention after a good match which ended 2-2.Vinicius scored both goals for Real on Sunday, including a stunning right-footed shot that curled into the top corner.The speedy forward, bought from Flamengo, is known for his nifty dribbles. He’s been compared most often to former Brazil and Real player Robinho.ADVERTISEMENT Vinicius and Atletico captain Tachi got tangled up on the ground after a ball dispute, with the Brazilian underneath. After he tried to get up, Tachi became upset and bit Vinicius on the back of his head.A shoving match ensued with other players, and Vinicius and Tachi were issued yellow cards.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’Tachi apologized on Monday.“I’m not proud of what happened, and it does not reflect who I am as a player,” the defender said on Atletico’s website. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

‘Not about football anymore’: Indonesia hit by hooligan violence

first_imgSEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis PLAY LIST 03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis02:00SEA Games 2019 police assessment as of Dec. 502:35SEA Games: Centeno tops Amit for gold anew as Filipinas end up 1-2 in 10-ball02:14Carpio 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 His murder once again highlighted the Southeast Asian country’s decades-long struggle with hooliganism and led to the suspension of its top-flight Liga 1.Sirla was the 70th Indonesian football fan to die in match-related violence since 1994, or about three deaths annually, according to figures from football watchdog Save Our Soccer.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 ChrissHis brutal murder, captured in shaky mobile phone footage and posted to Youtube, saw rival supporters using rocks, sticks and planks to beat the young man outside Bandung’s main stadium before a match.Police said they have detained 16 people in connection with the killing. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Beefing up law enforcement, stadium security and cleaning up league management have all been touted as possible solutions.Some have floated more radical ideas, including deducting points from clubs or playing matches in empty stadiums.Football analyst Akmal Marhali said clubs with violent supporters must be sanctioned, and he questioned whether Indonesia was ready to restart play.“PSSI has to punish the clubs properly,” he said.“If we have to, maybe we should have a moratorium on football until there’s no more violence.”Crisis-hit leagueWhile it has a low international profile, Indonesia has attracted some Premier League players, including former Chelsea star Michael Essien and Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Didier Zokora.But Indonesian football has been beset by other problems over the years, including poor management, corruption allegations and foreign players dying after going unpaid and being unable to afford medical care.An explosive row between the domestic association and government prompted FIFA to ban Indonesia from international competition in 2015. The ban lifted last year.In July, Indonesian fans hurled stones and bottles at the visiting Malaysian team after the home side lost their semi-final match in the AFF Cup Under-19 football match. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum This picture taken in Bandung, West Java on September 23, 2018, shows Indonesian supporters of Bandung’s football club “Persib” watching during a match against Jakarta football club “Persija” in Bandung.More than a dozen people have been arrested after an Indonesian football fan was clubbed to death with iron bars and wood planks by supporters of a rival team, police said on September 24. The deadly incident happened on September 23 before a match between host club Bandung and Persija Jakarta, bitter rivals in Indonesia’s top flight professional league. / AFP PHOTO / TIMUR MATAHARIFrom deadly fan beatings to teams being transported to matches in armored personnel carriers, Indonesia is fast gaining a reputation as Asia’s most violent football nation.Last weekend 23-year-old Persija Jakarta fan Haringga Sirla was clubbed to death by supporters of arch-rival Persib Bandung.ADVERTISEMENT The most recent violence, however, has touched a national nerve, with both Indonesia’s sports ministry and President Joko Widodo demanding that the association tackle the problem.Football authorities have pledged to review security procedures among its 18 top-flight clubs, fans and the league operator.It also promised to consult with FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation.Yet, many are still sceptical of positive change.“Uproar about deaths in football is like a mushroom in the rainy season — it only lasts a month or two before it dies down,” Marhali said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tokyo Olympic organizers conduct security tests with police Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college While fan violence may not be as deadly as in some Latin American countries including Brazil, where football is akin to a religion, hooliganism has long been a feature of the Indonesian game, observers said.Die-hard supporters of top teams have become notorious for unsavory behavior, with violent chants the norm at matches and hardcore fans blindly clinging to long-standing inter-club feuds.The security situation has become so dire that players from big-name rivals like Persib and Persija are sometimes transported to matches in armored personnel carriers.Many hooligans have little interest in what’s happening on the pitch and care more about squaring up against rivals, Glenniza said.“This is not about football anymore — they’re just criminals,” he told AFP.Yana Umar, the director general of Viking Club Persib (VCP), a fan club with 100,000 members, described Persib as “a culture” with close ties to the Sundanese ethnic group native to the area.He struggled to pinpoint the origins of his club’s feud with Persija — who he described as “enemies” — but the unemployed father of four deplored Sirla’s killing.“It’s barbaric,” he said in an interview.“No matter how crazy you are about football, a person’s soul, their life is worth far more.”Putting an end to the violence, however, seems to be out of the grasp of Indonesian authorities. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title It was the latest in a string of violent incidents between fans of the two clubs whose rivalry is so fierce that Persija supporters have previously been urged not to attend matches in Bandung, some 150 kilometers (93 miles) southeast of the capital.The Football Association of Indonesia (PSSI) suspended play indefinitely following Sunday’s incident, vowing a crackdown.But critics are quick to point out Indonesia has been here before — and little has changed.“The penalties aren’t enough,” Dex Glenniza, managing editor of website Pandit Football, told AFP. “Teams have not learned from the past.”‘They’re just criminals’ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Giannis, Middleton hit late 3s as Bucks hold off Knicks

first_imgUP NEXTKnicks: At Miami on Wednesday night.Bucks: Host Philadelphia on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said he believes Middleton can be an elite 3-point shooter. The 6-foot-8 veteran is 15-for-23 (65 percent) from beyond the arc this season.“We feel like he puts a lot of work and time into his craft,” Budenholzer said. “We’re going to create great opportunities for everybody, including Khris. And he’s done it before.”Antetokounmpo only had one 3, but it came in a big spot, giving Milwaukee the lead for good midway through the fourth period. He scored 16 points in the final quarter while playing through contact in the paint.“I just want to win,” Antetokounmpo said. “I tried to play harder, tried to get on my spots. It’s the third game of the season. New coach, new game plan.“I’m just trying to figure it out. And I will. And when I do, it’s going to be so easy and I’m going to be a beast out there.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant lead Warriors past Suns Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Giannis Antetokounmpo had 31 points and 15 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 16 points and 13 assists for the Bucks, who are 3-0 for the first time since 2005-06.“There are so many interchangeable parts with the offense,” Middleton said. “Sharing the ball, moving the ball. The pace is crazy. But it’s been fun.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“There are so many opportunities and different looks we get out of the offense.”Middleton’s 3-pointer with 2:22 left gave the Bucks a 116-110 lead, and he sank another off a pick-and-roll with Brook Lopez to make it 122-113. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, center, gets between New York Knicks’ Tim Hardaway Jr., left, and Mario Hezonja, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)MILWAUKEE — Khris Middleton is finding plenty of freedom and fun in the Milwaukee Bucks’ wide-open offense.Middleton sank 7 of 8 3-pointers and finished with 30 points — including two critical 3s down the stretch — as the Bucks held off the New York Knicks 124-113 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Knicks with 24 points. Trey Burke added 19 and Mario Hezonja had 18.New York outscored the Bucks 35-17 in the third quarter to pull within one point, led by Burke’s 13-point outburst in the period. But the Knicks were outscored 36-26 in the fourth.“This is the suffering you must go through to become a good basketball team,” Knicks coach David Fizdale said. “The best part about it is our guys found a way to make it a basketball game.”Middleton sank three consecutive 3-pointers to give the Bucks a 58-43 lead midway through the second quarter. He finished with 19 points in the half as Milwaukee rolled to a 71-52 lead.The Bucks made 10 of 20 3-pointers in the half, with Middleton making all four of his attempts. Milwaukee finished 17 of 40 from distance, giving them 48 3s on the season, the most in franchise history over a three-game stretch.“You’ve got to pick your poison with that group,” said Hardaway, who played under Budenholzer in Atlanta. “Not only can they shoot the ball, they’ve got guys that can get into the paint whenever they want against any team.“Coach (Budenholzer) gives them that freedom. They’re going to be a force to be reckoned with.”TIP-INSKnicks: New York played without rookie forward Kevin Knox, who sprained his left ankle in a 103-101 loss at Boston on Saturday. … Fizdale said he isn’t ready to make a change in the starting lineup. Burke and Hardaway started in the backcourt, with Frank Ntilikina and Lance Thomas at forward and Enes Kanter at center. “We’re still going to make people work for it and earn it,” Fizdale said. “At the same time, I’m still looking at the next couple games. Then at some point, if I see a fit, I’m going to make a change.”Bucks: Third-year center Thon Maker was active for the first time this season and D.J. Wilson and Christian Wood were inactive. Maker did not play. … Budenholzer said he likes his bench options, including rookie Donte DiVincenzo and veteran Ersan Ilyasova. “His defense always stands out to me,” the coach said of Ilyasova, who played under Budenholzer in Atlanta. “He can guard big 5s. Offensively he has a knack for playing and it marries up with how we want to play.” Ilyasova had 10 points and eight rebounds in 22 minutes on Monday. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Under the shadow of Asian Cup stint, Azkals taking Suzuki Cup seriously

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES The AFC Asian Cup is the bigger, more prestigious tournament, but that doesn’t mean the Philippines won’t be taking the AFF Suzuki Cup just as seriously.Azkals manager Dan Palami said the Suzuki Cup carries plenty of significance for the team since it is the tournament that sparked the country’s rise in the sport.ADVERTISEMENT F2 Logistics dominates Cignal to open PSL All-Filipino campaign Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 The Azkals rose to prominence eight years ago when they beat Vietnam, 2-0, in Hanoi and advanced to the semifinals for the first time. That win remains one of the biggest upsets of the tournament.The Philippines failed to get past the group stage in 2016 tournament.Eriksson, who coached England in the 2006 World Cup and has also handled the national teams of Mexico and Ivory Coast, is arriving on Friday as he and Scott Cooper supervise the Azkals’ 10-day preparation for the Suzuki Cup opener against Singapore on Nov. 13 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Aside from the Philippine Football Federation, Palami said the team’s partnership with new marketing arm, M Sports, led by advertising executive Melchor Miras, proved key in Eriksson’s acquisition.“We needed the courage and the guts to sell the idea to Sven of leaving a legacy in the Philippines and of course, the partnership with M Sports somehow assured me of the proper resources of going after a high caliber coach like Sven,” Palami said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college And that’s why the Azkals are pulling out all the stops to ensure that they will be in fine form heading into the biennial tournament, where Thailand is the defending champion.“For me this is where it all started for the Azkals, that’s why the importance of winning the Suzuki Cup is paramount,” said Palami during the PSA Forum at Tapa King Cubao on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s about time we show ourselves as champions of Southeast Asia. I think it is complementary that a good performance in the Suzuki Cup gives us momentum heading into the Asian Cup.”Palami is confident that with the entry of a high caliber coach in Swede Sven-Göran Eriksson, a stronger lineup and a better system of play will lead the Azkals to glory. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more