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  • Magnolia fights back from 20 down, frustrates GlobalPort to gain semis seat

    first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 6, 2018Lee added 14 markers and hauled down 13 boards, while Pingris got 13 points and nine rebounds in the victory.“It was a very tough game for us. We expected GlobalPort’s aggressiveness and energy, but that kind of start in the first quarter is what we’re not prepared for. They outplayed us in the first half,” said coach Chito Victolero.“Good thing we had the second half to recover. Credit to my team. It’s a total team effort, and credit to our defense in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Hotshots clawed their way back from an early 20-point deficit, 6-26, and ultimately seized control in the second half with Mark Barroca giving his side the 54-53 lead with 3:20 in the third period.The trio of Barroca, Paul Lee, and Marc Pingris did most of the damage from then on as the Batang Pier unraveled with Terrence Romeo and their coach Pido Jarencio even engaging in a shouting match late in the third frame.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 folkBarroca finished with 17 points, three assists, two rebounds, and two steals off the bench for Magnolia, which now awaits its foe in the best-of-seven semifinals against the winner of the NLEX-Alaska quarterfinals series..@M_Hotshots’ Mark Barroca shares how his team fought from 20 points down and pulled off the tough qf victory vs GlobalPort. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/PAmLfPCdMl Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Magnolia cashed in on the apparent implosion of GlobalPort as the second unit provided the much-needed lift with its 50 bench points.But it was the Hotshots’ defense that got things done as they preserved their 82-78 lead against the rampaging Batang Pier in the final minute, with Barroca securing the steal off a Romeo turnover in the final minute before he drilled the insurance freebies in the end game.Stanley Pringle saw his 31-point, 10-rebound and 4-assist explosion go up in smokes as it came in GlobalPort’s ouster in the all-Filipino conference.Romeo added 14 markers on a 6-of-18 shooting from the field, to go with six dimes and five boards in the defeat.The Scores:MAGNOLIA 86 — Barroca 17, Lee 14, Pingris 13, Sangalang 11, Melton 7, Simon 7, Ramos 6, Jalalon 5, Brondial 4, Reavis 2, Dela Rosa 0.GLOBALPORT 79 — Pringle 31, Romeo 14, Grey 9, Sargent 7, Nabong 5, Elorde 4, Taha 3, Teng 3, Gabayni 2, Araña 1, Anthony 0, Guinto 0.Quarters: 12-26, 34-45, 61-59, 86-79.RELATED VIDEO Mark Barroca leads Magnolia. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s not how you start, but how you finish.Magnolia bucked a poor start and delivered a masterful performance in the second half to knock out GlobalPort, 86-79, and advance to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT No love lost between TNT, San Miguel as Cruz, Santos get into spatlast_img read more

  • Coach Alvin Gentry, Pelicans agree on 2-year extension

    first_imgMOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Ownership and management “have provided us with the necessary resources to compete at the highest level,” Gentry said Thursday, specifically mentioning Gayle Benson, who is now the sole owner of the Pelicans and NFL’s Saints following the death of her husband, Tom, in March. “I couldn’t be happier to work for such an exceptional owner. I am excited for the great opportunities that are ahead for our organization.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Pelicans’ late-season success stemmed in part from Gentry’s integration of Nikola Mirotic into the starting rotation after a Feb. 1 trade that brought the fourth-year forward to New Orleans from Chicago.The vote of confidence in Gentry comes as the Pelicans ponder their approach to retaining two key free agents: Cousins and veteran point guard Rajon Rondo.Both players thrived last season under Gentry, and Rondo during the playoffs spoke highly of the way Gentry respects his players by giving them the latitude to play to their strengths and be who they are.Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds before his injury. Rondo enjoyed his best production with New Orleans during the playoffs, when he averaged 10.3 points, 12.2 assists and 7.6 rebounds.Gentry sounded confident that the Pelicans were prepared to move aggressively to build on what they accomplished this season, even if the price is high.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Neymar to play vs. Austria; Fred injured in Brazil training Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “He did a tremendous job last season,” Pelicans general manager Dell Demps said. “When we faced adversity, Alvin and his staff continually discovered ways to place the team in situations where we could be successful.”Gentry has gone 117-138 in three seasons, including this season’s playoffs, when the Pelicans swept Portland before losing a second-round series 4-1 to defending champion Golden State.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 crownNew Orleans missed the playoffs in Gentry’s first two seasons, during which the team dealt with a rash of injuries to key players.During this past season, Gentry had to help the Pelicans adapt to the loss of Cousins, who played a central role in a system that revolved around him and fellow All-Star big man Anthony Davis. Cousins tore his left Achilles in the 48th game of the season. Without him, New Orleans still managed to go 21-13 and finish sixth in the highly competitive Western Conference. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film FILE – In this Jan. 3, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry shouts in the first half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City. Two people familiar with the decision say Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has agreed to a two-year extension running through the 2020-21 season. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Thursday, June 7, 2018, because the agreement has not been announced.(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)NEW ORLEANS — Alvin Gentry’s ability to coach the Pelicans into the second round of the playoffs despite the mid-season loss of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins persuaded the club that Gentry deserved to be under contract beyond next season.Gentry agreed on Thursday to an extension covering two additional years, running through the 2020-21 season.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View commentslast_img read more

  • Ronaldo leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus

    first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alaska gains semifinals; No. 8 GlobalPort forces decider vs top-ranked ROS Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He has scored a record 120 Champions League goals, 105 of them since moving to Madrid — 12 more than Juventus managed in that same period.But he was unhappy with the way the tax authorities treated him in Spain. Ronaldo, along with several other top players in the country, has been accused of tax fraud, with authorities saying the government was defrauded of 14.7 million euros ($17 million) from 2011-14. Unconfirmed media reports last month said Ronaldo had agreed to pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($22 million).In Italy, a new law caps tax on income generated from abroad at 100,000 euros ($117,000) per year for residents who have paid their taxes in other countries for at least nine of the last 10 years.Other players targeted by Spanish tax authorities in recent years include Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano and Luka Modric. Former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho, now at Manchester United, was also investigated.Ronaldo is currently on vacation in Greece following Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup. Juventus president Andrea Agnelli flew out Tuesday to meet the 33-year-old forward.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Real Madrid wants to express its gratitude to a player who has proven to be the best in the world and who has marked one of the greatest eras in the history of our club and of world soccer,” Real Madrid said in a statement.“In addition to the titles he won, Cristiano Ronaldo has been an example of dedication, work, responsibility, talent and determination,” Madrid added. “For Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo will always be one of its greatest symbols and a unique reference for the next generations. Real Madrid will always be his home.”Ronaldo signed a five-year deal with Madrid in 2016, saying he wanted to end his career at the club. But he has also publicly expressed his discontentment about being jeered at times by some Madrid fans at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium.Ronaldo was also moved by the Juventus fans for giving him a standing ovation after he scored a spectacular goal against the Italian club at the Allianz Stadium in the Champions League quarterfinals last season.“I gave a lot of thought to this and I know that the time has come for a new era,” Ronaldo said. “I’m leaving, but this jersey, this shield and the Santiago Bernabeu will always feel as something that is mine wherever I go.”The signing broke the Serie A record, which Juventus set two years ago when it paid Napoli 90 million euros (then $99 million) for Gonzalo Higuain.Ronaldo made his debut for Sporting Lisbon when he was 17. His crossover dribble was already famous when Alex Ferguson brought him to Manchester United ahead of the 2003-04 season and gave him the No. 7 shirt of the recently departed David Beckham.He spent six seasons in England, winning three Premier League titles, one Champions League title and one FA Cup.Ronaldo led Portugal to its first major title at the European Championship two years ago in France. He helped the Portuguese team reach the semifinals in his first World Cup in 2006.Portugal was eliminated by Uruguay in the round of 16 of this year’s tournament in Russia. Ronaldo scored four goals to take his tally to 85 for his country and break Ferenc Puskas’ record as Europe’s all-time leading international scorer. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The move brings an end to a hugely successful nine-year spell in Spain, and takes him further away from a tax fraud case that may end up costing the Portugal forward more than $20 million in fines.“These years with Real Madrid and in this city of Madrid have been possibly the happiest of my life,” Ronaldo wrote in an open letter. “My only feeling is of an enormous gratitude for this club, for these fans and for this city. I can only thank them all for the love and affection I have received.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“But I think the time has come to start a new phase in my life and that is why I have asked the club to accept my transfer. I feel that it is time, and I ask everyone, especially our fans, to please understand me.”Ronaldo joined Real Madrid in 2009 from Manchester United and was the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 matches. He helped the club win four Champions League titles — beating Juventus in the final in 2017 — and also won the league and cup twice each. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names FILE – In this Sept. 23, 2014 file photo Real’s Cristiano Ronaldo holds the ball as he celebrates his four goals during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between Real Madrid and Elche at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki, files)Cristiano Ronaldo is leaving Real Madrid to join Italian club Juventus in a move expected to benefit the Portugal forward’s tax return.Juventus said Tuesday it paid 112 million euros ($131.5 million) for Ronaldo, who signed a four-year deal with the Serie A champions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • South Carolina teen wins $70K at esports tournament

    first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nowadays his gaming happens indoors, on a plastic folding table that he refuses to give up despite his mom’s pleas to let her buy a better table.“Me as mama, I would always tell him you need to focus in school, get off the game and study,” Jennifer Wright said. “But he’s an A and B student. He’s a good kid, so that’s where I’m OK. I know at nights he’s in here playing his game, he’s not out getting in trouble.”She admitted that when Dylan would spend all night playing the game during the summer, often still playing when his parents woke up, that she fussed at him. On Sunday, she was crying — what she had seen as aimless playing had been practicing all along.“I’ve seen how hard he’s worked over the past year and a half to accomplish this,” she said. “I’m so proud of him.”Alan said he’s always told his son to follow his dreams, even if they seem like a long shot. Of course, beside Dylan’s three monitors on his table was his statistics textbook, and his parents said they’re still pushing him to pursue higher education and always have a backup plan.For now though, mom is acting as a surrogate coach, carefully watching the offers that come in to sign Dylan to professional gaming teams and fully embrace him into the world of esports.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Ibaka scores career high, Leonard-less Raptors roll past Lakers Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The tournament spanned a recent weekend in San Jose, California, at a convention for the online streaming service Twitch, called TwitchCon 2018. Wright qualified for the tournament after spending many hours a day — some days spending nearly all day — playing Fortnite, a game that pits up to 100 players in a battle royale to be the last person standing.When he walked into the convention center that Saturday, he said his nerves were getting the better of him. He was suddenly in the same room, getting ready to compete with world-class players he’s been a fan of online.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 was crazy. I mean, everyone wishes they could play in a tournament,” he said. “I was shaking, but the first game hit and that adrenaline hit me. After that, everything was fine.”About 400 players showed up to test their gaming skills at the tournament, but once the matches began, Wright had only one thing on his mind: Victory. In this Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 photo, Dylan Wright plays a video game on his computer at his home in Greenwood, S.C. Wright and a partner won $70,000 in a video game tournament this past weekend in Calif. (Damian Dominguez/The Index-Journal via AP)GREENWOOD, S.C. — Dylan Wright always knew he would end up making money playing video games though his parents might have had their doubts.Over the course of a recent weekend, the 16-year-old, Greenwood High School student and a teammate won a total of $70,000 at a California gaming tournament. His nearly 8,500 matches played in the game Fortnite paid off at the game’s official Fall Skirmish tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wright, who goes by “Hero JDW” in the game, was playing duos with a competitive partner he met through the game. Together, the two landed a third-place finish in the first heat of matches, securing themselves a place in Sunday’s grand finals, where they placed 11th overall out of 50 teams.“By grand finals I was a little nervous, but when the game started I totally forgot about it,” he said.For their performance in the matches, Wright and his partner earned a total of $70,000, which he said he imagines they’ll split evenly once they receive it With the money, he plans to improve his at-home gaming set up and start vying for future tournaments and possible sponsorship.“Three months ago, he was out playing in a shed with nothing, and now he’s here,” said Wright’s dad, Alan.At their old house, Dylan’s gaming setup was in an outbuilding — a shed in the backyard that he ran cables to from the house. He would spend long nights out there playing to his heart’s content, keeping himself warm with a space heater in the winter.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:44SEA Games: Philippines thumps Malaysia in ice hockey opener00:50Trending 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Japanese runner finishes race by crawling with broken leg

    first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum When Iida tripped, she injured her right leg during the relay. Unable to use her leg, she went down on her hands and knees to reach the end of the remaining 200 meters where her teammate waited for the sash. Her teammate appeared to be in tears at the sight of Iida slowly making her way towards her. As Iida’s knees were scraped and bloody from crawling on the roadside, officials were heard cheering her on, reported Apple Daily via The Straits Times on Oct. 23. 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 ChrissA video of the race shared by Kevin Williams (@kwilli1046) on Nov. 11 has gone viral on Twitter, garnering 4.5 million views as of writing.A Japanese runner who broke her leg during a relay race. She crawled to her partner so the team would be able to continue the race. Lets share her story with the world. pic.twitter.com/NNiSL9Q64F— Kevin W (@kwilli1046) November 11, 2018Many of the comments found it inspiring that Iida chose to continue the race.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Image: Screengrab via Weibo/wuyepartyOne Japanese runner who finished a section of a race on all fours has gained praise for her feat.Last Oct. 21, 19-year-old Rei Iida joined a long-distance relay race called “Ekiden” held in Fukuoka prefecture, as per an NHK World report on Oct. 23.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew WATCH: Runner finishes race while accidentally flashing genitalsRunner wins marathon after competitors ahead take wrong turnJapan bows out of World Cup with clean locker room and thank you noteSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “My heart goes out for her. She is [the] true definition of a champion,” said Kirston J Pittman (@KingKofROM).“The lesson here: It’s not always about winning, it’s about finishing the race with honor,” said NancyB (@villyforever55).After the race, Iida was found to have fractured her right leg and will take up to four months to recover. Her team Iwatani Sangyo was not pleased with the outcome. Her team coach had informed officials that they would withdraw from the race, though Iida was only told when she was 20 meters from the end of her section. The team lamented the organizers’ lack of action. Organizers said Iida could not be stopped because of her will to continue the race. They also promised to examine how to improve communications in such situations. Niña V. Guno/JBRELATED STORIES: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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tony Parker has 24 points, Hornets beat Pistons View commentslast_img read more

  • Eagles and Tamaraws’ half of final four up

    first_imgFar Eastern University coach Olsen Racela talked on Wednesday about how the Tamaraws have battled through adversity the whole season.On Sunday, their uphill climb continues as they take on defending champion Ateneo in the other half of the UAAP Final Four, needing no less than a win to stay alive at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Azkals shoot for semifinal slot in Jakarta “The 2018 team has to stand on its own. We’re not going to win or lose because of what happened in 2017.”  —DENISON REY A. DALUPANGSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ But that familiarity, Racela believes, affords his squad no advantage.“Last year, they didn’t have (Angelo) Kouame,” he said. “That’s the source of our headache.”The Blue Eagles, who finished the elimination round with a 12-2 record, have found a new weapon in Kouame.The Ivorian center, who finished second to UP’s Bright Akhuetie in the Most Valuable Player race, is the biggest reason why the Eagles have been such a force all season.Ateneo coach Tab Baldwin, for his part, stressed that this year’s cast of Eagles should stand on its own merits, saying that the “defending champion” tag is just that: a tag.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tip-off is at 3:30 p.m. with an Ateneo win sending the Eagles back to the best-of-three Finals against the winner of the Adamson-UP series.The Maroons, incidentally, forged a decider in their side of the semifinals after a 73-71 win on Saturday.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“Ateneo is a very tough team,” Racela said of his Alma Mater. “It always brings back [memories of] last year’s Final Four.”This match-up will mark the fourth straight year that the Tams and Eagles are meeting in the semifinals.last_img read more

  • Olympiakos deals Rick Pitino, Panathinaikos first loss in Euroleague

    first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia In all, Olympiakos made 19 of 26 from the foul line, compared to only 3-for-6 for Panathinaikos.Pitino was immediately thrust into a high-pressure situation, with Panathinaikos being out of the Euroleague’s top 8 after recent setbacks. Pitino did win his opener, a Dec. 28 victory over Russian powerhouse CSKA , currently third in the standings and, two days later, had an easy victory in Greece’s domestic league. But it was his fate to next face Panathinaikos’ main domestic rival, a game taken very seriously indeed by the fans of both sides, arguably a more intense rivalry than anything he experienced with Kentucky and Louisville.The day before the game, more than 50 hardcore fans visited Panathinaikos during a training session, to urge the team to beat the hated Reds of Piraeus. The club president, Dimitris Giannakopoulos, a man known for his volatile temper, was also there to give a pep talk.A win would have immediately elevated Pitino to near demi-god status with Panathinaikos’ fans. As it is, he still has the excuse of the newcomer at a difficult stretch, but the hardest of the hardcore fans are already murmuring. Pitino’s contract only extends to the end of the season and he will probably not have to find that, in Europe, coaches are far more expendable than what he’s been used to. Larry Brown, unceremoniously fired after six months with Auxilium Torino on Dec. 27, already knows.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 LeBron James out at least 1 more week with groin injury Olympiakos broke open the game late in the first half with a 10-0 run that extended its lead to 36-21. Olympiakos led by as many as 21 points and Panathinaikos could not get closer than 12.There was excitement until the end, though, as Olympiakos was seeking to erase Panathinaikos’ 13-point win (93-80) earlier in the season to have the advantage in case of an equal win-loss record. Olympiakos (10-6) is in fifth place and Panathinaikos (7-9) is 11th. The top eight teams after a 30 home-and-away regular season will advance to best-of-five playoffs, with the winners going to the Final Four, on May 17-19.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 ChrissSerb center Nikola Milutinov, whom Pitino compared to former NBA greats Charles Oakley and Buck Williams after the game, had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Olympiakos, while guard Nick Calathes led Panathinaikos with 13, all in the second half.“It is only one game. There are many more,” he told the Associated Press when asked how the team would bounce back. But he also agreed “100 percent” with the assessment of veteran American forward James Gist that Panathinaikos “played hard but not smart”. “And it wasn’t just the fouls,” he said, still smarting from the ease with which Olympiakos’ players seemed to get a basket and a bonus free throw for 3-point — and, in one, case, 4-point plays, as well as a couple of “unsportsmanlike” fouls that let Olympiakos keep possession after the free throws. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino reacts during a Euroleague basketball match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens, on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)PIRAEUS, Greece — Rick Pitino’s winning streak with Greek club Panathinaikos is over.After two straight victories in his first European coaching job, Pitino’s team was dealt a 79-65 loss on the road Friday to archrival Olympiakos in a game for the Euroleague, Europe’s premier club competition.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

  • Timberwolves escape Thunder in Ryan Saunders’ coaching debut

    first_imgSTAT LINESWiggins made 16 of 18 free throws, one short of his career high for made free throws. Oklahoma City made 19 free throws overall.HE SAID ITWiggins, on run-in with Schroder in the third quarter: “I don’t know what’s wrong with him … I looked right through it. He’s not someone I see as a problem.”UP NEXTTimberwolves: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.Thunder: At the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next His team came through. Andrew Wiggins had a season-high 40 points and 10 rebounds, and the Timberwolves beat the Thunder 119-117 on Tuesday night.Saunders deflected credit after the game.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 unbelievable how they stayed connected throughout the whole game,” he said. “Down the stretch, there were so many times where we could have disbanded and then the crowd could have got into us. I can’t say enough about that team.”Saunders, just 32 years old, is the son of former Timberwolves head coach Flip Saunders. The team fired Tom Thibodeau on Sunday. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The players went all out for their new leader.Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders gestures in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)“He fed off our energy, and we fed off his energy,” Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson said. “We were just trying to get a win for him.”Karl-Anthony Towns scored 20 points and Dario Saric added 15 for the Timberwolves.Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook missed two 3-pointers in the closing seconds that would have given the Thunder the lead. He finished with 25 points and 16 assists.“We just tried to stay solid, really,” Wiggins said. “We knew they were going to try to be aggressive with either (Paul) George or Westbrook. If we’re going to foul, make a hard foul. And don’t let them hit the 3. That was the main thing.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? World no. 1 Simon Halep stunned in Sydney ahead of Australian Open Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ 45th MMFF Parade of Stars: A Sunday spectacle in Taguig PLAY LIST 01:5245th MMFF Parade of Stars: A Sunday spectacle in Taguig05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Carpio 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 STORIEScenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins (22) drives between Oklahoma City Thunder forward Jerami Grant (9) and center Steven Adams (12) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Ryan Saunders went right into the fire in his first game as the Minnesota Timberwolves’ interim coach.His debut was a down-to-the wire finish with the Oklahoma City Thunder, one of the best teams in the Western Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ George scored 27 points and Steven Adams added 20 points and 12 rebounds for Oklahoma City.Thunder reserve center Nerlens Noel was taken off the court on a stretcher in the third quarter after Wiggins made contact with him on a dunk attempt.Noel took an elbow in the face as Wiggins went up, and Noel hit the ground hard. A defensive foul was called on Noel. The play was reviewed, and no additional fouls were called. Noel was down for several minutes before being taken from the court. Thunder coach Billy Donovan said Noel was taken to the University of Oklahoma’s OU Medical Center.“I just tried to make an aggressive move and dunk,” Wiggins said. “He tried to contest it. I think he fell wrong. I didn’t really see it until I saw him on the ground. Hopefully, he’s good. I hope nothing but the best for him. I hope he gets healthy soon and comes back stronger.”In the fourth quarter, Oklahoma City guard Dennis Schroder somehow won a jump ball with Towns, and Westbrook hit a 3-pointer to give the Thunder a 111-110 lead.Josh Okogie’s corner 3-pointer with 26.8 seconds left put the Timberwolves up 119-115.Westbrook made two free throws, then Minnesota’s Tyus Jones traveled with 15.5 seconds left to give the Thunder a chance.TIP-INSThunder: G Alex Abrines missed his fifth consecutive game for personal reasons. … Schroder was listed as questionable with a left quad contusion, but he entered the game in the first quarter. … Westbrook fell one assist short of his season high.Timberwolves: G Derrick Rose missed his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle. … F Robert Covington missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right knee. … Timberwolves guard Jeff Teague was ejected in the third quarter after a skirmish with Schroder. He finished with eight points in 26 minutes. … Wiggins and Towns both finished with five fouls. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

  • Back on track, Lady Maroons breathe sigh of relief ahead of 2nd round

    first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history UP Lady Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines was touted as one of the best teams even before the start of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament began.The Lady Maroons won the collegiate conferences of the Philippine Superliga and Premier Volleyball League during the offseason and were poised to put on a strong showing in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons, however, have been inconsistent this season going 4-3 in the first round and settling for a share of the fourth place with last year’s runner-up Far Eastern University.Carlos, who had 14 points against the Lady Falcons, said their win at the end of the first round was confidence-booster for them as they head into the second round.“It’s incredibly relieving especially for Ayel and I who are co-captains with Isa,” said Carlos in Filipino. “We felt that we couldn’t lead our team that well so the win really boosted our confidence.”Estrañero, who had 28 excellent sets against Adamson, added that they knew breaking their slump wouldn’t wasn’t just playing well on the floor but also enjoying the game that they love.“Today, it was evident that we played together and we really enjoyed the game,” said Estrañero. “Those are really big factors for us to win more games in the second round.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title But the hype dwindled after the Lady Maroons dropped two straight games to Ateneo and National University.So when UP put a stop to that slide with a four-set win over Adamson University, 25-27, 25-14, 25-12, 25-21, it’s as if a huge weight was lifted off its shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It’s really a big thing especially since many of us are seniors,” said fifth-year setter Ayel Estrañero Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “So much is expected from us and we can’t just say that there’s much pressure, we really have to push each other to play well.”In terms of talent and seniority, UP is one of the top teams in the league with Estrañero, who’s long considered as one of the finest playmakers in the league, orchestrating an offense that includes Diana Carlos, Season 78 Rookie of the Year Isa Molde, Justine Dorog, and Maristela Layug all of whom are in their fourth year. Ginebra outlasts Magnolia in OT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief View commentslast_img read more

  • Liberian Gospel Artist Wins 2 International Awards

    first_imgLiberian Gospel artist Evangelist Eveine Natt Kamara has once again raised her country’s flag high as she recently won two accolades in Australia. Mrs. Kamara has been awarded the International Gospel Heroes and Humanitarians Appreciation awards in that country. It was presented by an Australian organization known as Future of the Children, for what they described as her unending advocacy on behalf of the less fortunate.She was given the awards at a red carpet event organized by the charity organization in the Australian Capital, Sydney, at the Redgum Center.Narrating her journey to the honor Ms. Kamara said, “In June 2013, I was contacted by a group from Australia called “Future of the Children”, a member of the Australian Charity Association. They asked me to go to Australia and help raise funds for less fortunate children in Africa. I was happy to do so since I was also involved in a similar program here in Liberia. I accepted their invitation happily and free of charge.On October 9, 2013 I received a call from the Australian Immigration that my visa was ready. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Future of the Children Australia I left on November 3 2013.”While in Australia, she performed in many shows in the country’s major cities.She was taken by surprise on February 9th by Women of Faith’s Evangelist Eveine and received an invitation in 2014 to a Red Carpet event organized by Future of the Children Australia and Women of Faith-Sidney at the Redgum Center where she received two Awards.After winning her awards in Australia, Ms. Kamara was named African Directress and Liberia was selected for a first project to build a modern school facility. The project will commence in Margibi County in June 2014.The Liberian Gospel Artist made the disclosure yesterday in Monrovia when she presented the two awards to Information Minister Lewis Brown and the people of Liberia. Ms. Kamara said the Modern School Facility that would be built by her partners and her organization is part of an effort to help less fortunate Liberian Children “My dream is to help children that are less fortunate and send them to school.”She called on all gospel artists to work tirelessly in making God’s word a reality through their music.“I will take other gospel artists with when am going for my next trip to Australia.”Upon receiving the awards on behalf of the people of Liberia, Minister Lewis Brown thanked Evangelist Kamara for what he described as “bringing  great honor and raising the flag of Liberia high to the world.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more