Devin Booker’s 33 points power Suns past Lakers

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma scored 28 of his career-high 30 points in the second half for the Lakers, who have lost five of six. Los Angeles beat Phoenix 100-93 on Monday, but couldn’t match that defensive effort in the rematch.Ulis, Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Suns rookie Josh Jackson all got technical fouls for an aggressive shoving match near the Phoenix bench with 3:17 to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBooker scored 36 points in the Suns’ home loss to the Lakers on Monday, and he kept up his history of torrid performances against LA. Perhaps motivated by a verbal altercation near the Lakers’ bench in Phoenix four days earlier, Booker hit all six of his 3-pointers in the first half at Staples Center.Kuzma set a new career high for the second straight game with a dynamite second half, but the Lakers made no progress on their deficit. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Nov. 17, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Devin Booker hit six 3-pointers while scoring 33 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in three tries this season, 122-113 on Friday night.Alex Len had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Suns, who won for just the second time in eight games. Tyler Ulis added 16 points as Phoenix bounced back impressively after giving up 142 points in a home loss to Houston one night earlier.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Lakers: Larry Nance Jr. has been cleared to return to practice earlier than expected. The forward broke hisleft hand Nov. 2 and was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. … Kuzma’s sixth 20-point game is the most among NBA rookies.UP NEXTSuns: Host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Spurs overcome 23-point deficit to beat Thunder Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball had a quiet six points, six assists and six rebounds in 38 minutes.Greg Monroe had six points and one rebound in his second appearance with the Suns.One night after giving up 90 points in the first half to Houston, the Suns yielded a measly 53 first-half points to the Lakers while jumping out to a 12-point lead. Booker nailed two 3-pointers in the final 14 seconds, with Ball’s first field goal on a layup sandwiched between them.TIP-INSSuns: Big man Dragan Bender celebrated his 20th birthday with 10 points and five rebounds. … Big man Tyson Chandler missed his second straight game with a respiratory illness. … Jared Dudley missed his fourth consecutive game with a knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

 

NLEX ends Alaska run

first_imgLATEST STORIES Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Alaska’s Vic Manuel (left) and Calvin Abueva try to keep possession for the Aces as NLEX’s JR Quiñahan joins the fray during their match Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFatigued but holding on long enough, NLEX wrapped up a challenging eight-day stretch by winning all its three games and shoring up its playoff position in the PBA Philippine Cup.And the Road Warriors got their composure tested—and passed with flying colors—along the way.ADVERTISEMENT It was the third straight win for the Road Warriors, who will close out their elimination round schedule with matches against formidable squads Blackwater and TNT KaTropa.“We will just try to get into a spot to make the next round and not play a team with a twice-to-beat advantage,” Guiao said. “That’s the remaining goal for us—try to get to at least sixth place.”Tournament format calls for the top two teams after the eliminations to clash with the seventh- and eighth-seeded squads in the quarterfinals and needing just one win to make the Final Four.FIRST GAMENLEX 96—Alas 15, Fonacier 15, Soyud 15, Quiñahan 12, Ravena 12, Miranda 8, Tiongson 8, Mallari 4, Baguio 3, Al-Hussaini 2, Gotladera 2, Taulava 0.ALASKA 89—Casio 12, Manuel 12, Teng 12, Abueva 10, Cruz 10, Enciso 10, Exciminiano 7, Banchero 4, Racal 4, Thoss 4, Potts 3, J. Pascual 1, Baclao 0.Quarters: 29-18, 52-32, 79-54, 96-89SECOND GAMEADVERTISEMENT Blatche resumes Gilas training Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases GINEBRA 93—Tenorio 27, J. Aguilar 25, Slaughter 20, Thompson 9, Ferrer 6, Cruz 6, Taha 0, Mercado 0, Caperal 0, Caguioa 0, R. Aguilar 0.TNT KATROPA 78—Castro 17, Williams 17, Pogoy 16, Tautuaa 10, Garcia 8, Reyes 2, Torres 2, Semerad 2, Tamsi 2, Paredes 2, Golla 0, Carey 0.22-18, 44-42, 63-62, 93-78Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “This win is good for us in terms of learning a lot of lessons,” coach Yeng Guiao said with a sigh of relief after his Road Warriors nearly blew a 30-point fourth quarter lead before carving out a 96-89 victory over Alaska that snapped the Aces’ six-game winning streak at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“Even the two games before this was really hard and they (games) helped us in terms of keeping our composure in the endgame,” added Guiao after NLEX rose to 5-4 and put itself firmly in the middle of the pack.“We were actually very tired with this being our third game in eight days.”Barangay Ginebra got 27 points and 11 assists from LA Tenorio and a combined 45 from its twin towers as the Gin Kings handled TNT KaTropa with ease in the nightcap, 93-78, to also rise to 5-4.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 folkJapeth Aguilar had 25 points and the 7-foot Greg Slaughter 20 and 14 rebounds for the Kings, who dealt the Texters a fifth setback also in nine games.Kevin Alas made key free throws in the waning seconds to save the Road Warriors, who yielded a 32-4 run that had the Aces coming to within two after trailing 87-57 early in the payoff frame. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

 

Abueva grateful for second chance at Gilas

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Calvin Abueva. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSecond chances don’t come too often.And that’s the reason why Calvin Abueva is just in cloud nine after being named as a part of the 14-man Gilas Pilipinas pool against Australia on February 22.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments Team LeBron tops Team Stephen in thrilling All-Star Game Abueva’s hard work was greatly appreciated by Reyes making it no surprise that he got himself back into consideration and a chance to make it to the final lineup for the duel against the Boomers at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne.“I’m just glad that I’m given this opportunity again. I accepted coach Chot’s decision before, but with this, I’m really happy,” he said. “I promise that whatever I’m showing in my game, they can expect the same, or even more.”With him back in the pool, Abueva’s only concern is whether he’d get the go-signal to switch his jersey number from 8 to his 88.“I hope they allow me to change it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “It’s like my world was turned upside down,” Abueva said in Filipino.Abueva was initially dropped from consideration by national team coach Chot Reyes after missing the first three team practices to start the year.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 folkDealing with personal matters that also affected his performance in Alaska, Abueva vowed to make up for his shortcomings and has since appeared in every practice in preparation for Gilas Pilipinas’ campaign in the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.READ: Gilas facing same old problems ahead of Australia clash SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

 

UAAP softball: Adamson beats UST to force winner-take-all Game 3

first_imgThe defending champions Lady Falcons forced a deciding third game as they attempt to win their eighth straight title or their 18th in 21 years on Sunday.Adamson used a blistering sixth inning to blow the gates open, scoring five runs that effectively took out UST’s chance of a sweep.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 folkEntering the top of the sixth tied at 3-3, the Lady Falcons immediately went to work.Leslie Benabaye sent Krisha Cantor to the home plate with an RBI single for Adamson’s 4-3 lead. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Adamson University displayed its championship pedigree and out-slugged University of Santo Tomas, 8-5, in the second game of the finals series of the UAAP Season 80 softball tournament Friday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends02:14Carpio 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 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Fajardo sparks Beermen’s crucial strong start MOST READ Benabaye and Riezel Calumbres then reached home plate after Delyrose Covarrubias’ RBI double as the Lady Falcons marched to a 6-3 lead.Flor Pabiana’s RBI double then saw Covarrubias and Ednsa Severino run to home plate for the defending champions’ 8-5 margin.Adamson head coach Ana Santiago said the sixth would be their most important inning of the whole game and she encouraged her whole team to take it by any means necessary.“I felt that the girls wouldn’t let this game slip away from them,” said Santiago in Filipino. “They felt that even though UST scored three runs they could still win the game. And that’s the power of the mind.”“I told them that the sixth inning would be really important for them and if they score in the inning the game would be ours.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

 

Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 7

first_imgGalanza was divine for the Lady Falcons as she scored 22 points in five sets against the Lady Warriors, 19-25, 25-11, 16-25, 25-16, 15-12.And Galanza was also clutch for Adamson when she powered one through in the fifth set that gave the Lady Falcons the 14-11 match point.4. Mary Joy Baron (De La Salle University, middle blocker)Mary Joy Baron. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 2Mary Joy Baron was the first player to top this list and it took her six weeks to make another appearance.Although she now ranks as just the No. 4 player, her credentials are nothing short of incredible.After scoring a modest six points in the Lady Spikers’ win over UP, Baron upped the ante and tripled that production against FEU.Baron put up 18 points against the Lady Tamaraws, and just like Dy, was queenly in her performance in the fifth set.Baron scored three of the Lady Spikers’ 10 points in the fifth set as La Salle quelled FEU’s march and establish an 8-2 record in the standings.  PH kiteboarding ace Tio clinches lone Youth Olympic Games berth In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Milena Alessandrini. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 1She’s the first debutante this week and Milena Alessandrini had hell of a game to deserve her spot.Alessandrini showed promise in her first few games in the first round before she suffered a right shoulder injury that sidelined her for a month.She came back at the start of the second round as a libero when UE dealt UST a four-set beating, 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24, but her true form showed when the Golden Tigresses tangled with the Lady Maroons.Alessandrini lit up for a season-high 20 points as she provided a much-needed help to Rondina.7. Mylene Paat (Adamson University, opposite hitter/middle blocker)Mylene Paat. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 1Mylene Paat has been invaluable for Adamson University this season as she’s become one of Galanza’s reliable lieutenants. And it wasn’t just Reyes, who was fed up with all the misery, so was Rondina.A ticking time bomb, Rondina exploded for 25 points in the Golden Tigresses’ four-set win over the Lady Maroons, 19-25, 30-28, 25-20, 25-16. Rondina’s offensive production solidified her place atop the scoring leaders with a total of 212 points across 10 games making her the only player this point of the season to average more than 20 a game.And her monstrous scoring also led her to have the most appearances on this list with six, edging out Jaja Santiago (5).3. Jema Galanza (Adamson University, outside hitter)Jema Galanza. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 2Adamson University has been having an up-and-down season. The Lady Falcons went from serious contenders who defeated the mighty Lady Spikers to bleacher-sitting spectators who have lost to subpar teams after their stunner against La Salle. With Adamson’s season crashing, the angelic Jema Galanza lifted the Lady Falcons up as if she was Athena inspiring the Greeks on whatever battle they’re in. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES 1. Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Kianna Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 2Weeks on list: 4Kianna Dy may not unload a plethora of points against her opponents, averaging just 13.4 points a game, but when she scores it matters.And she was instrumental in La Salle’s perfect run this week where the Lady Spikers hacked out contrasting victories.ADVERTISEMENT View comments There’s something magical brewing in the latter stages of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. Mathematically speaking, all eight teams are still in Final Four contention with only defending champion De La Salle in solid footing.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 folkAfter a perfect 2-0 slate this week, the Lady Spikers have assured themselves at least a playoff for the semifinals with an 8-2 record.And just as the recurring theme of this list for the past few weeks, there are two new faces for this edition of the rankings. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebackcenter_img Throughout the course of the tournament, Paat displayed a scoring versatility that few can match up to.Paat is the No. 11 scorer in the league in terms of total points, 124, and also the fifth best blocker with an average of 0.62 per set.On Sunday, however, Paat concentrated mainly on her spikes when she put up 18 points with 17 coming off hits, helping the Lady Falcons slip past the Lady Warriors in five sets.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.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 5. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Maddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 2Ateneo has so far been one of the more consistent teams in the season.After losing two straight games at the start of the tournament, the Lady Eagles have soared and dropped just one game after seven matches.And against NU, the once owner of the first seed of the tournament, the Lady Eagles showed that they are still a force to be reckoned with.In the middle of all that was captain Maddie Madayag, who put up 13 points in their three-set sweep of the Lady Bulldogs, 25-22, 25-16, 25-17.Madayag came in all fronts for Ateneo, scoring six spikes and six aces and her lone block of the match was an emphatic one.Maddie, the team captain, went toe-to-toe with the towering Santiago in the second set and blocked the NU skipper to give Ateneo a 22-16 lead in the second set. 6. Milena Alessandrini (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter) Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Dy was solid in the Lady Spikers’ three-set sweep of the Lady Maroons, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19, with14 points on six spikes, four blocks, and five service aces.But it was in their five-setter against FEU that the star opposite spiker displayed her briliance. Dy scored 18 points, but four of those came when it mattered most for La Salle.After the Lady Spikers went tit-for-tat against the Lady Tamaraws in the fourth set, Dy unleashed her wrath that ultimately dismantled FEU, 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5.Of the 10 points the Lady Spikers scored in the fifth, Dy had four of them and she got ample help from another member of this list.2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 7Weeks on list: 6Cherry Rondina has been the most prolific scorer of the season so far and her scoring exploits have finally stopped UST’s mid-schedule disaster.The Golden Tigresses were in a tailspin before facing UP, having lost five straight games, something head coach Kung Fu Reyes described as “uncharacteristic.” MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

 

GAB: volleyball players must secure licenses as pros

first_imgGo, Velez square off for Visayas match play title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending 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 “Everybody knows that these players get paid and they are earning a living through volleyball,” said Mitra, the former Palawan governor.“At first, I thought I managed to convince them (both leagues) to professionalize because it would raise the profile not only of the players but of the leagues they are playing in,” Mitra told Inquirer.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 crownObviously, those talks bogged down.Mitra said the PSL and the PVL were comparable to the PBA, whose players are all licensed by the GAB as professionals. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volleyball’s popularity in the country has grown by leaps and bounds because of these commercial leagues, with players being paid to play for teams that get a lot of media mileage through the form of television, radio, print and online media exposure.However, PSL and PVL officials reportedly balked at the thought of having their players pay for licensing fees and being subjected to GAB regulations.Starting last season, PSL had all of its players sign two-year contracts by their respective clubs, while the PVL employs players who are either still in college or already graduated.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Games and Amusements Board (GAB) chair Abraham Mitra is not backing down on requiring volleyball players in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) and Premier Volleyball League (PVL) to secure licenses from the government agency regulating professional sports.This, despite both leagues resorting to the courts and obtaining a temporary restraining order to derail the GAB.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

 

Tactical changes get Nigeria’s World Cup back on track

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial However, the impact of German coach Gernot Rohr should not be under-estimated.Following Nigeria’s limp 2-0 opening loss to Croatia, the team faced the prospect of being eliminated from the tournament.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 crownRather than stick with what had got Nigeria to the World Cup at a canter, Rohr opted for change.As well as bringing in the speedy Musa as one of three changes to the starting lineup, Rohr altered the positions of his two standout players. Captain John Obi Mikel was moved back from a more offensive midfield position to act as a shield in front of the defense, a role he’s accustomed to at his club, Tianjin Teda in China, and formerly at Chelsea. And Victor Moses, who has been part of Nigeria’s attacking unit for years, was brought back to play as a box-to-box wing-back — as he does for Chelsea. “We have much to learn and remain modest, but with this spirit you can perhaps hope against Argentina for a surprise,” he said.Following what’s gone at this World Cup, it’s unlikely many will consider a Nigeria victory over Argentina a massive surprise.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Peru striker hospitalized after head collision at World Cup Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr, right, talks with his players as they celebrate their first goal during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Friday, June 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Coaches often get the criticism when things go awry on the pitch, and arguably don’t get enough of the credit when things turn out just right.Ahmed Musa has clearly been the focus of attention for getting Nigeria’s World Cup campaign back on track after his two well-taken goals in a 2-0 victory over Iceland on Friday in Volgograd.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueescenter_img “It was a direct response to the Croatia result. We had to change something and we wanted to push more forward,” Rohr said. “They are playing in their clubs in these positions so they had to accept to play also for the country in these positions.”Admittedly the changes didn’t seem to give Nigeria an immediate attacking dividend, though the team did look more cohesive as a defensive unit.So Rohr was ready for another change.After a fairly insipid first half when Nigeria didn’t register a shot on target, the team came out for the second with renewed purpose after Rohr’s team-talk. Rohr also used the break to substitute defender Bryan Idowu for the more attack-minded Tyronne Ebuehi, a change that almost immediately gave the team more thrust up front.Within seconds of the restart, Nigeria had its first shot on target and in the 49th minute, the Super Eagles took the lead with one of the goals of the tournament. After a swift counterattack, Musa deftly controlled a Moses cross before slamming the ball past Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson on the half-volley. Musa got a second in the 75th after mazing his way into the Iceland penalty area and past Halldorsson, before calmly picking his spot in the Iceland net.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Musa said the coach’s attacking intent with the substitution was clear, and gave the players confidence that “we don’t have to go for last-minute to win the game.”Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson was certainly impressed.“All the credit to him,” Hallgrimsson said. “It’s a really exciting future if they keep with the same squad. Nigeria is in good hands with this coach.”On the eve of the match, the 64-year-old Rohr, who has previously coached Gabon, Niger and Burkino Faso, knew that questions about his future would be asked if Nigeria lost against Iceland. It’s doubtful that his tenure at Nigeria would have lasted much beyond the World Cup, given Nigeria’s high propensity to change managers.The team, Rohr said, remained defiant in the face of the criticism following the Croatia defeat.“You have to show that you are a unit when you lose,” he said.Next up, Argentina.Coach Jorge Sampaoli is bearing the brunt of Argentina’s poor start to the tournament — a 3-0 loss to Croatia following a 1-1 draw with Iceland.Nigeria will face Argentina in its last Group D match on Tuesday in St. Petersburg. A win for Nigeria would be enough to advance, and a draw could also be enough depending on the result of the Croatia-Iceland game.Rohr is hopeful his young charges — Nigeria is the youngest squad at the World Cup — will push on against Lionel Messi’s Argentina. View commentslast_img read more

 

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver gets 5-year extension

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Silver has been with the NBA since 1992, and became deputy commissioner under David Stern in 2005. When Stern retired on Feb. 1, 2014 after holding the office for 30 years, Silver took over as the fifth commissioner in NBA history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Mexican fans celebrate South Korea’s victory over Germany View comments FILE – In this May 31, 2018, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver speaks at a news conference before Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, in Oakland, Calif. A diversity report released shows the NBA continues to lead the way in men’s professional sports in racial and gender hiring practices. The league earned an A+ for racial hiring practices and a B for gender hiring practices for an overall grade of an A. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has received a five-year contract extension, a reward for accomplishments that include rapid growth in the value of franchises and attendance records around the league being set annually.Board of Governors Chairman Larry Tanenbaum of the Toronto Raptors announced the deal, one that keeps Silver under contract through the 2024 NBA Finals. Financial terms were not disclosed.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Silver, 56, led a very smooth series of negotiations with the NBA players union on the way to a new collective bargaining agreement in 2016 — one where salaries around the league soared thanks to a $24.1 billion, nine-year television and media rights deal that he helped strike with Disney and Turner Sports two years earlier.Franchise values of the 30 NBA clubs have risen fivefold, from an estimated $12 billion when Silver took over to $60 billion now. This was also the fourth consecutive season where the league set an all-time attendance record, with 22.1 million fans attending games in 2017-18.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 crownThis season also marked the launch of the first eSports league — the NBA 2K League, which Silver has raved about.“From the NBA’s standpoint, this is our fourth league,” he said earlier this year. “Of course we have the NBA, the WNBA and the G League, and now this is the fourth league in our family, and that’s exactly as we’re treating it: one more professional league.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

 

Standhardinger showing his worth in PBA Finals

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Heated endgame gets San Miguel stars Santos, Ross ejected DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was in the finals that he finally showed how he can operate as San Miguel’s stretch four while he shared the frontcourt with Fajardo.In the finals, Standhardinger is averaging 23 points and 7.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists while shooting 62 percent from the field after two games. He had 26 points, eight rebounds and three assists in a losing effort in Game 1 on Friday.“I had five assists today and that’s what I’m trying to bring to the court because we have so many great scorers like Alex [Cabagnot], June Mar, [Renaldo] Balkman,” said Standhardinger. “If I can contribute by sharing the ball, I think we’ll be fine.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger had everything that a PBA rookie needed to build up a hype package.He had the size, the accomplishments, and the narrative even before he played his first game with San Miguel.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ And Standhardinger was all smiles after putting up 20 points, seven rebounds, and five assists to help the Beermen clobber Barangay Ginebra 134-109 in Game 2 of the finals and even the series at 1-1.“If you guys watch me there, if I play five minutes, 12 minutes, or 30 minutes, I don’t care as long as we win it’s going to be great and obviously, I’m just trying to help the team as much as I can.”Standhardinger, however, wasn’t much of an impact player during the eliminations.He averaged 12.2 points and 7.2 rebounds in five games during his injury-riddled conference.Standhardinger, although producing solid numbers for a backup center behind four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, was still finding his niche within the San Miguel dynamic and oftentimes struggled to find his place in the court.ADVERTISEMENT The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger was already an accomplished player after winning the MVP in ProA, Germany’s second-tier professional basketball league behind Basketball Bundesliga, and becoming a gold medalist as a member of the Philippine team in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games before San Miguel got him in the PBA Draft.Standhardinger played his first game with the Beermen in the Commissioner’s Cup after finishing his contract with Hong Kong Eastern first in the Asean Basketball League.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’And with San Miguel in the running for yet another title in the PBA’s middle conference, the 29-year-old big man said he’s just happy he can contribute for San Miguel to win.“I’m just happy that I’m on the court, I’m just happy that I can contribute but mostly I’m happy when we win,” said Standhardinger Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. 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 teamlast_img read more

 

Colin Kaepernick’s Nike deal prompts flurry of debate

first_imgOn Twitter, country music star John Rich posted a picture of one of his crew members holding the tops of a cut pair of Nike socks, with the caption: “Get ready @Nike multiply that by the millions.” The tweet garnered about 10,000 retweets and 30,000 likes, plus thousands of critical comments.Rich, part of the duo Big & Rich and a former contestant of President Donald Trump’s reality show “The Celebrity Apprentice,” said he supported the right to protest but Nike lost his support when it endorsed Kaepernick.Mixed martial arts fighter Elias Theodorou, a UFC middleweight, tweeted a widely shared picture of the Nike logo with a meme that read: “Instead of throwing away your Nike gear give to one of the millions of homeless veterans you pretend to care about.”Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said: “I hope other corporations follow (Nike’s) example.”San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, tweeted: “Proud to be an @usnikefootball athlete. Stand for something or fall for anything. Few moments in history has that been more true!”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 Williams puts aside shaky start to beat Pliskova at US Open A similar grievance is still pending by former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, a Pro Bowl safety who joined in the protests.Meanwhile, the league and players union still haven’t resolved whether players will be punished this season if they choose to kneel or demonstrate during the national anthem. Owners approved a policy requiring players to stand if they are on the sideline during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” allowing them to stay off the field if they wish.But the league and union put that on hold after the Miami Dolphins faced backlash for classifying the protests as conduct potentially detrimental to the team — putting players at risk of fines or suspensions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Trump, a frequent critic of protesting NFL players, said Tuesday in an interview with the Daily Caller that he thinks it’s a “terrible message” for Nike to use Kaepernick in ads, but that it’s their decision whether to use the quarterback.“I think it’s a terrible message that they’re sending and the purpose of them doing it, maybe there’s a reason for them doing it,” Trump said, adding it’s “a message that shouldn’t be sent.”Trump said it’s ultimately a business decision for Nike.“In another way, it is what this country is all about, that you have certain freedoms to do things that other people think you shouldn’t do, but I personally am on a different side of it,” he said.Trump has loudly urged the league to suspend or fire players who demonstrate during the anthem, repeatedly diving into what has developed into one of the most contentious debates in sports.Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multiyear deal to make him one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Nike hasn’t officially announced the contract.The person said Nike will feature Kaepernick on several platforms, including billboards, television commercials and online ads. Nike also will create an apparel line for Kaepernick, including a signature shoe, and contribute to his Know Your Rights charity, the person said. The deal puts Kaepernick in the top bracket of NFL players with Nike.“I stand for anybody that believes in change. I stand for anybody that believes in a positive attitude,” LeBron James said Tuesday night at a Nike fashion show and awards ceremony in New York. “I stand with Nike, every day, all day.”Nike also provides all NFL teams with game day uniforms and sideline apparel, a partnership that was extended in March to run through 2028.Last week, Kaepernick scored a legal victory in his grievance against the NFL and its 32 teams when an arbitrator allowed his case to continue to trial. The quarterback claims that owners conspired to keep him out of the league because of his protests. His case hinges on whether owners worked together rather than decided individually to not sign Kaepernick. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title This image taken from the Twitter account of the former National Football League player Colin Kaepernick shows a Nike advertisement featuring him that was posted Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. Kaepernick already had a deal with Nike that was set to expire, but it was renegotiated into a multi-year deal to make him one of the faces of Nike’s 30th anniversary “Just Do It” campaign, according to a person familiar with the contract. (Twitter via AP)An endorsement deal between Nike and Colin Kaepernick prompted a flood of debate Tuesday as sports fans reacted to the apparel giant backing an athlete known mainly for starting a wave of protests among NFL players of police brutality, racial inequality and other social issues.The deal unveiled by Nike and the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was a trending topic on Twitter and other social networks, with some fans urging a boycott of the company’s clothes and sneakers — even burning and cutting out the signature swoosh logos on their gear.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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Others pushed back, saying the backlash against Nike showed the polarizing debate has morphed well beyond whether NFL players should be allowed to demonstrate for social causes while the national anthem plays in stadiums before games.The league itself weighed in Tuesday afternoon with an executive saying the social issues Kaepernick has raised are valid.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’“We embrace the role and responsibility of everyone involved with this game to promote meaningful, positive change in our communities,” said Jocelyn Moore, the NFL’s executive vice president of communications and public affairs. “The social justice issues that Colin and other professional athletes have raised deserve our attention and action.”Moore’s statement was paired with a detailed breakdown of things players and league executives have done together to learn about and address social issues, including community meetings, lobbying and financially supporting local programs.last_img read more