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Lopez, Markkanen power Bulls to easy win over Hawks

first_imgChicago Bulls center Robin Lopez (42) scores against the Atlanta Hawks during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Lauri Markkanen wasn’t feeling his 3-point shot against Atlanta’s perimeter defense, so the Bulls’ big man decided to attack inside.“That was their game plan, but I can do much more than just shoot from the outside,” he said. “I missed I don’t know how many 3s, but that wasn’t going for me tonight. I had to figure out something else.”ADVERTISEMENT “I know I can’t just shoot 3s,” Markkanen said. “I’ve got to get to the rim. Eventually that’s going to open a lot more space for 3-pointers and stuff like that. I just try to mix it up.”TIP-INSBulls: Hoiberg said G Kris Dunn, in the NBA’s concussion protocol, will not join the team Monday in New Orleans. Dunn is still suffering headaches, dizziness and soreness from losing two front teeth after his face hit the floor. … Chicago is 7-16 on the road but has won four of its last six away from the United Center. … The Bulls have hit at least 10 3s in 10 straight games.Hawks: The team’s best 3-point veteran shooters, F Ersan Ilyasova and G Marco Belinelli, were a combined 0 for 12 beyond the arc. Atlanta finished 11 for 48. … The Hawks have dropped three straight in the Bulls series after winning seven in a row.BULLISH STARTChicago did as it pleased in the first half, dishing out 18 assists on 21 field goals to begin the third quarter with a 55-38 lead. They scored the game’s first 14 points in the paint on five dunks, and Atlanta had no one capable inside to defend Lopez, who had 16 before intermission on 8 for 9 shooting.Portis finished with 14 points and Justin Holiday had 13 for the Bulls.“We knew it was going to be an important game for us after a tough loss against Golden State,” Nikola Mirotic said. “I think that game gave us confidence that we can beat any team in the league.”UP NEXTBulls: Visit New Orleans on Monday. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis02:14Carpio 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Miocic, Cormier set to defend titles at UFC 220 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Hawks: Host Utah on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreakcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Robin Lopez scored 20 points, Markkanen added 19 and Chicago easily beat the Hawks 113-97 on Saturday night.The Bulls, coming off a 7-point home loss to defending NBA champion Golden State three days ago, have won four of five and 15 of 23. They never trailed, taking an 11-point lead midway through the first quarter on Lopez’s dunk and going up 17 on Markkanen’s dunk in the closing seconds of the first half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe closest Atlanta got in the third was 10 points on John Collins’ dunk. The lead swelled to 25 midway through the fourth on Portis’ 3.“I thought that we really played a complete game tonight,” Chicago coach Fred Hoiberg said. “I thought that we played with the right mentality.” Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dennis Schroder scored 18 points and Dewayne Dedmon had 11 for Atlanta, which showed why it’s spent the season at or near the bottom of the NBA standings.The Hawks began the game ranked seventh in 3-point shooting, but they had little chance of competing after missing 34 of their first 38 shots beyond the arc. Atlanta, coming off a dramatic late victory over New Orleans, was attempting to win three straight for the first time this season.“The shot isn’t falling, but you have to find another way to win the game,” Schroder said. “We didn’t do it tonight. We have to keep moving on to the next game.”With the Hawks poorly defending inside, Markkanen took his game to the rim. The 7-foot, 227-pound Finn, a prolific 3-point shooter, had five dunks. He went 0 for 4 beyond the arc, marking the first time in 17 games that he didn’t hit a 3.Markkanen hit 100 3s in his first 41 games, faster than any rookie in NBA history, but he wants to make the adjustment inside when teams focus on taking his perimeter game away.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Given a chance to shine, Heruela shows true worth

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “For us, it was bad news because Alex is a major part of our team,” Heruela said after helping tbe Beermen fend off the Batang Pier for their fifth consecutive win in as many games. “On my part, I’m just thankful for the opportunity and the trust that coach Leo (Austria) and the rest of the coaching staff and management gave me. Guys off the bench we just stay ready and step up to the challenge.”Heruela put on a show with 17 points, five assists and six steals off the bench.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 folkHe teamed up with June Mar Fajardo to lead an 18-0 blast in the last five minutes where San Miguel broke loose from a closely contested duel that had 44 lead changes.“I’m proud of him. I keep telling him to always be ready and he stepped up tonight,” Fajardo said of Heruela, who he was teammates with in college at University of Cebu. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Cabagnot, who has a partial tear in his right foot, is expected to miss three to four weeks, according to San Miguel coach Leo Austria.Heruela said Cabagnot’s absence means everyone must be ready to fill in the hole left by the crafty veteran, who is averaging 19 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this conference.“Not just specifically for me but to all of the guys. We have to be always ready and we have to step up to the challenge. It’s a big void that Alex left so hopefully, we can able to cover it up until he gets back.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson D-League: JRU debuts in style with 29-point drubbing of Mila’s Lechon MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOn the eve of San Miguel Beer’s game against GlobalPort, Brian Heruela already knew that his opportunity will come on Wednesday night.With Alex Cabagnot out due to an injury, Heruela was the next man up and he made the most out of his chance.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Captain crunch: LeBron shines brightest when closing games

first_imgHis late-game heroics have become so common that coach Tyronn Lue’s only instructions during late timeouts is to pick which player is going to pass it to James.“You just get the ball to ’Bron at the end of the game, he has been producing for us all season, his whole career,” Lue said Sunday as the Cavaliers got ready for Monday’s Game 4. “If the game is tied or the game is on the line, we got a great person to go to down the stretch.”Before the playoffs began, the Cavaliers, who are finally meshing after months of upheaval, were 38-0 when leading after three quarters. Following practice last month, James was asked if there was a reason for the team’s ability to preserve fourth-quarter leads.“’Cause we got a closer,” he said, with zero hesitation.Big shots. Timely blocks. Perfect passes.James has done it at both ends in the waning moments of games all season for a team that has only four holdovers from its 2016 title squad. Like he does every year, James has elevated his game in the postseason. He’s averaging 34.8 points, his highest in the playoffs since 2009, with 9.5 rebounds and a career-best 8.8 assists.The statistics, though, are only part of it.In his last three home games, James has made two last-second shots and scored 45 points in a win-or-else Game 7.“Right now, he’s just relishing these moments,” forward Kyle Korver said. “He’s been amazing. I think we are expecting him to win the game in the end when it’s close. We feel like he’s going to make the plays. He’s just done it so many times this year. He makes the right read, he makes the right play, he makes the shot. It’s been impressive to watch.”Lue has seen another player like James: He was Kobe Bryant’s teammate in Los Angeles. James and Bryant share plenty of physical traits with other players, but it’s the intangibles that separate the scorers and playmakers from the difference makers. After being criticized earlier in his career — it seems laughable now — for not being clutch or taking the big shot, James has become the NBA’s pre-eminent closer, the player best equipped to handle pressure and produce excellence when everything is on the line.Crunch time? He’s captain crunch. Tom Brady in the two-minute drill. Muhammad Ali in the 15th round. Mariano Rivera in the ninth. The fat lady.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIt’s over when James says so.James added to his growing legacy for breathtaking finishes on Saturday night by banking in a shot high off the backboard at the buzzer to give the Cleveland Cavaliers a 105-103 win in Game 3 of their semifinal series against the Toronto Raptors, who had the closest view of a moment that all but ended their season. LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Comedian apologizes for ‘edgy joke’ about Warriors’ Green “They want the ball,” Lue said. “They’re always able to will their team to a win, a victory, making the right pass or play or making the big shot. It’s their will to win and making everyone better.”And while it’s true that James has carried the Cavaliers for most of his 11 seasons with them, he’s had to shoulder a heavier burden over the past 92 games. When Cleveland relented to All-Star guard Kyrie Irving’s trade demand and shipped him to Boston, it left the team without another proven scorer capable of closing.It’s not that Love or Korver or J.R. Smith can’t make a big shot in a tough spot when called upon, it’s that James relishes the responsibility of being the one to take it — or defer if the situation demands.In Miami, James turned to Dwyane Wade down the stretch for help. He doesn’t have that same luxury in Cleveland, but it’s not stopping him.As he powered up the floor in the final seconds of Game 3, there was no doubt by the Raptors, the Cavaliers or the 20,000 fans at Quicken Loans Arena who was going to take the last shot.The closer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dribbling the length of the floor while outmaneuvering a Toronto defense designed to stop him, James got to a spot where he felt comfortable, rose off his left foot and with his right hand softly dropped a shot he’s practiced hundreds of times for this kind of moment.“That’s just who he is,” said Cavs center Kevin Love.On the official play-by-play sheet, James’ shot was listed as: “L.James 10′ Driving Bank Shot.”It was so much more. It was the 33-year-old’s second game-winner of these playoffs, coming 10 days after he hit a fadeaway 3-pointer in Game 5 in a first-round series to down an Indiana Pacers team that had him on the ropes but couldn’t knock him out.According to ESPN Stats & Info, James has made five go-ahead shots in the final five seconds of regulation or overtime in the playoffs — two more than Michael Jordan — and he might not be done.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ CLEVELAND, OH – MAY 05: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers celebrates after hitting the game winning shot to beat the Toronto Raptors 105-103 in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on May 5, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFPCLEVELAND — LeBron James breaks hearts, shatters dreams and delivers joy all in one breath. He carries one city, crushes the other.With mind-blowing ease, James can take over a quarter, a game, a series, a season and make it his own. His terms.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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WORLD CUP: Russia on abject form for home World Cup

first_imgThere will be plenty of attention on Russia off the pitch. At the 2016 European Championship, Russia was better known for its marauding hooligans than its defense-first approach in games, while the team has been embroiled in Russia’s doping scandals.Defender Ruslan Kambolov was investigated by FIFA earlier this year over allegations he may have benefited from Russian doping cover-ups. Kambolov’s lawyers say the investigation was closed for lack of evidence, but FIFA didn’t confirm that.Kambolov was originally included in Russia’s preliminary squad but then dropped citing injury.The Russian doping whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov has said he suspects one unnamed player from the Russia squad of breaking anti-doping rules, but didn’t specify if that player was in the final squad of 23 or earlier, larger squad lists.Here’s a closer look at the Russia team:ADVERTISEMENT San Beda routs Mapua; Lyceum beats UST in battle of also-rans China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Despite having the largest population in Europe and a rich football history, Russia remains a sleeping giant. Coach Stanislav Cherchesov is taking the blame for poor results.“I’m no psychologist, to go around calming people down,” he said after another disappointing 1-1 friendly draw with Turkey. Instead the fans’ job “is to believe in us.”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 crownRussia’s best chance of a first World Cup win since 2002 is in the opening game June 14 against Saudi Arabia_the second-lowest ranked team at the tournament. Mohamed Salah’s shoulder injury could help Russia’s chances in the second Group A game with Egypt, before Uruguay presents a tough test.Even if Russia gets out of the group, Spain or Portugal are likely second-round opponents. Russia’s team players pose prior the friendly soccer match between Russia and Turkey at the VEB Arena stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)MOSCOW  — Russia goes into its home World Cup with expectations at rock bottom. It’s the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, according to FIFA, but has a comparatively easy group.When Russia won the right to host the World Cup eight years ago, the team glowed with potential after reaching the semifinals at the 2008 European Championship. It goes to the World Cup on a seven-game winless run.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MIDFIELDERSZobnin and Golovin are Russia’s main emerging talents. Golovin, a creative spark for CSKA Moscow, seemed overawed at Euro 2016 but now has more experience and was energetic in a 1-1 friendly draw with Turkey on June 5.Cherchesov hasn’t picked a dedicated defensive midfielder, which has often forced Zobnin to play deeper than he’d like. Playmaker Alan Dzagoev, once considered one of Europe’s brightest young talents but now 27, could finally make a meaningful impact at international level.FORWARDSRussia’s attacking options were badly dented when Alexander Kokorin was ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury. Fyodor Smolov, the Russian league’s top scorer for the last three seasons, is the clear leading choice, while Artyom Dzyuba is the main backup. Twins Alexei and Anton Miranchuk can work well as second strikers or on the wing.GROUP GAMESThe hosts open the tournament against Saudi Arabia on June 14 in Moscow, near their training base. Russia, which reached the quarterfinals in 1958, 1962 and 1970 as the Soviet Union, then faces Egypt on June 19 and Uruguay on June 25.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Gabulov (Brugge), Andrei Lunyov (Zenit St. Petersburg).Defenders: Mario Fernandes (CSKA Moscow), Vladimir Granat (Rubin Kazan), Sergei Ignashevich (CSKA Moscow), Fyodor Kudryashov (Rubin Kazan), Ilya Kutepov (Spartak Moscow), Andrei Semyonov (Akhmat Grozny), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit St. Petersburg). In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Midfielders: Denis Cheryshev (Villarreal), Alan Dzagoev (CSKA Moscow), Yuri Gazinsky (FC Krasnodar), Alexander Golovin (CSKA Moscow), Daler Kuzyaev (Zenit St. Petersburg), Anton Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Alexander Samedov (Spartak Moscow), Alexander Yerokhin (Zenit St. Petersburg), Yuri Zhirkov (Zenit St. Petersburg), Roman Zobnin (Spartak Moscow).Forwards: Artyom Dzyuba (Arsenal Tula), Alexei Miranchuk (Lokomotiv Moscow), Fyodor Smolov (FC Krasnodar).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours COACHCherchesov has tried to refresh a team that was one of the oldest at Euro 2016. The former international goalkeeper made younger midfielders such as Roman Zobnin and Aleksandr Golovin into key members of the team, but he’s yet to be rewarded with wins.Injuries have put his preference for three central defenders under strain, so he switched to a four-man back line for the 1-0 friendly defeat to Austria on May 30.GOALKEEPERSRussia captain Igor Akinfeev shot to fame as the 22-year-old goalkeeper who pulled off stunning saves on the team’s way to the semifinals at Euro 2008.Predictions of a big-money transfer never materialized and he spent his entire career at CSKA Moscow. He has a tendency to make errors in high-profile games, including an embarrassing fumble which let South Korea score at the 2014 World Cup.DEFENDERSInjuries have hit Russia’s back line hard, with central defenders Viktor Vasin and Georgy Dzhikiya both sustaining severe knee injuries.Replacements like Ilya Kutepov and Vladimir Granat have struggled to settle and each made notable errors in recent friendlies.Former Chelsea wingback Yuri Zhirkov could start on the left, with Brazil-born Mario Fernandes a contender for a spot on the right. 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As PBA resumes, Beermen make last push out of playoff disadvantage

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments England beats Colombia on penalties to reach World Cup quarter-finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Out of the running for a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals, the Beermen (5-4) now set their sights on a No. 4 to No. 6 finish to avoid facing the squads that will flaunt the playoff bonus. Finishing in the middle of the pack guarantees the Beermen a best-of-three series.“If we win, we could end up 5 or 6. But if we lose our last two games, we could fall into a tie for the lower two,” said Austria. “It will be difficult once that scenario happens.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Beermen will end their elimination round against the Magnolia Hotshots, who tapped the services of Wayne Chism opposite the NLEX Road Warriors in the other match that will start at around 7 p.m.“He (Chism) is a more complete player. He knows how to play here, and I think he can help us a lot in terms of his experience,” said Magnolia coach Chito Victolero, who is hoping to keep his team’s playoff bid alive. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel Beer knows the danger of falling in an upset to Blackwater: The Beermen face the possibility of going up against tall playoff odds in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“That’s why this game against Blackwater is very important,” said San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria of the game against the Elite at 4:30 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Usain Bolt poised for surprise trial with Aussie football club

first_imgFifa 98’s Usain Bolt is tackled by France 98’s defender Bixente Lizarazu during an exhibition football match between France’s 1998 World Cup’s French football national team and FIFA 98 composed with former international players, to mark the 20th anniversary of France’s 1998 World Cup victory, on June 12, 2018 at the U Arena in Nanterre, near Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Thomas SAMSONUsain Bolt is on the verge of sealing a deal to trial with the A-League’s Central Coast Mariners, the Australian club said Tuesday, as the sprint legend pursues his dream of playing professional football.Eight-time Olympic champion Bolt, 31, who retired from athletics after August’s World Championships in London, is an avid Manchester United fan who has long dreamt of playing top-flight football.ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Mielekamp said reports of Bolt’s performance at the European clubs he has trialled with have been “pretty good”, and that “every time he trains, he improves significantly”.“He has a very good left foot, and time will tell at what level he is at and if it fits the A-League… it would only be big if he could play and go really well,” he said.“If he comes in and he is not up to the level, it could have a detrimental effect.”Bolt has dominated sprinting since taking double individual gold at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.The charismatic sportsman went on to win a further six Olympic golds and pick up 11 world titles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA postpones Tuesday games due to heavy rain 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 “Mainly, a trial, and of course marquee funds support from (governing body Football Federation Australia),” he said, adding that the arrangement was not a gimmick.“Once the FFA comes back and says that they’ll be part of the process, we’re going to the trial… This bloke’s an ambitious athlete. The A-League needed a hero, and we got superman.”Mielekamp said his club had been working on the agreement for four to five months, and there was still “some work to do”. “But fingers crossed things might play out, but the most important thing is we wait to find out and see how good a footballer he is first.“If all goes well, who knows? He may be playing in the A-League this season.”ADVERTISEMENT The 100m and 200m world record-holder trained with Norwegian club Stromsgodset last month and Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund in March.The planned arrangement will see him take part in a six-week trial starting next month at the Mariners’ base in Gosford, some 75 kilometres (47 miles) north of Sydney, chief executive Shaun Mielekamp said.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’A season-long deal could follow if it goes well, he told commercial broadcaster Channel Seven.Football agent Tony Rallis, who has been working on the deal, told Sky Sports Radio’s Big Sports Breakfast Tuesday it has been agreed “in principle… subject to a couple of benchmarks”.last_img read more

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Bataan, Valenzuela score as records set for win streak, game duration

first_imgAt 2 hours and 39 minutes, the game was the longest in the history of the fledgling league and also its first double overtime game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Alfred Batino also notched a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Risers, who grabbed the solo lead with a 9-1 record.Later, Chris de Chavez knocked in two triples in the second overtime as Valenzuela held off Marikina, 102-99, to snap a five-game slide.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 ChrissStruggling in the last five games, De Chavez picked the right time to find his groove, finishing with 16 points as the Idol Cheesedogs survived a battle of attrition in front of their rabid supporters.Paolo Hubalde had a solid all around effort of 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists to go with five steals for Valenzuela. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Inspired Knights Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Homegrown star Gio Espuelas proved equal to the challenge as Bataan set a league record with nine straight victories after an 87-74 drubbing of Pampanga late Thursday night in the MPBL Datu Cup at Valenzuela Astrodome.Even without Jeepy Faundo and Vince Tolentino, the Risers of coach Jojo Lastimosa showed they had more than enough firepower as Balanga-born Espuelas sparkled with a career-best 13 points.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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

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Kawhi Leonard continues hot streak as Raptors thump 76ers

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 13 assists, extending his streak of double-digit assist games to a career-best six.“Nice bounce back,” Lowry said. “Good win.”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 ChrissJonas Valanciunas scored a season-high 23 points and Serge Ibaka had 16 as the Raptors set a season high in points and broke a franchise record with their sixth straight home win to begin the year.Leonard led Toronto with four steals and the Raptors had 13 in all, hounding Philadelphia into a season-worst 23 turnovers. “It’s just his natural instinct for getting his hands on stuff,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said of Leonard. “The ball is popping around and boom, he comes out of there with it.”Ben Simmons narrowly missed a triple-double, finishing with 11 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds, but also committed 11 turnovers. Asked afterward about Leonard’s defensive abilities, Simmons called the Toronto star “a freak.”“His hands are huge, he’s got long arms,” Simmons said. “He’s a great defender.”Leonard returned to Toronto’s lineup after sitting out Monday’s loss at Milwaukee, the second time this season he has been rested in one half of a back-to-back. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year was limited to nine games with San Antonio last season because of a quadriceps injury.Leonard did not speak to reporters after the game because he was lifting weights.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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES MOST READ Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) is fouled by Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018 in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Kawhi Leonard turned in another strong effort at both ends of the floor, and the Raptors responded well after their first loss of the season.Leonard scored 31 points, Pascal Siakam had 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, and the Raptors rolled past Philadelphia 129-112 on Tuesday night, handing the 76ers their 12th consecutive defeat north of the border.ADVERTISEMENT Philadelphia coach Brett Brown, who spent more than a decade on San Antonio’s staff, said he’s not shocked by Leonard’s return from the injury.“To see Kawhi playing basketball at the level that he’s playing, it does not surprise me,” Brown said.Leonard has scored at least 20 in all six games he’s played this season. He shot 10-for-19 against Philadelphia and went 9-for-10 at the free throw line.Joel Embiid scored 31 points, Robert Covington had 15 and JJ Redick scored 13 as the 76ers lost for the first time in three games. Philadelphia is 0-4 on the road.“We just need to get one,” Simmons said.Philadelphia trailed by as many as 26 in the third quarter before fighting back. Embiid cut the deficit to six, 117-111, on a 3-pointer with 3:29 remaining. After a timeout, Toronto responded with a 7-0 run that was capped by a 3 from Leonard with 1:56 left.Toronto’s home winning streak against the Sixers is the second-longest against a single opponent in franchise history, eclipsed only by an active 15-game streak against Minnesota.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid had 11 rebounds. … Philadelphia had eight turnovers in the first quarter and 14 in the opening half, including seven by Simmons. “It’s borderline impossible to win when you have that many,” Brown said. … The Sixers have not won in Toronto since a 93-83 victory on Nov. 10, 2012.Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (sprained left big toe) missed his fourth straight game. … F OG Anunoby (personal reason) was inactive for the third straight game. … Toronto outscored Philadelphia 27-12 on the fast break. … Siakam scored a career-best 22 points at Milwaukee on Monday. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Irving breaks through with 31, Celtics beat Pistons again TOUCH OF GRAYEarlier Tuesday, the 76ers unveiled their new City Edition uniforms for the season. In a release, the team said the gray sweatsuit-textured jersey and shorts were inspired by the training scenes from the Philadelphia-set “Rocky” and “Creed” movies.CLOSING INDamon Stoudamire owns the Raptors franchise record with seven consecutive games of 10 or more assists, a mark that Lowry could match in Toronto’s next game.PACK YOUR BAGSAfter playing six of their first eight games at home, Toronto is on the road for its next four and eight of its next 11.UP NEXT76ers: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.Raptors: At Phoenix on Friday night. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Nonito Donaire confident he has ‘scary punch’ at 118 lbs

first_imgNonito Donaire Jr. has had a peculiar career for the past seven years bouncing around three weight classes while winning World titles along the way.The 2012 Fighter of the Year won World titles in the bantamweight, super bantamweight, and featherweight divisions and for his next fight he will go back to the 118-lb weight class.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Donaire (38-5) fought five times as a super bantamweight after his match against Narvaez where he put on a four-fight winning streak winning the WBC Diamond and WBO World super bantamweight straps before losing to Guillermo Rigondeaux in April of 2013.The Filipino Flash then moved up to featherweight where he won, and lost, the WBA Super World featherweight belt in a span of less than five months.From March 2015 until his last fight against Carl Frampton in April 2018, which resulted in a unanimous decision loss for the interim WBO featherweight belt, Donaire fought between the 122-lb and 122-lb weight classes.This dizzying foray into different weight classes earned Donaire a resume worth of envy winning six titles across the three divisions.Those accolades, however, doesn’t give Donaire that much of a mental edge over Burnett as he himself said he’s wary of the power of the British fighter.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japan doctors warn heat could make 2020 Olympic marathon ‘deadly’ “One thing I know is I’m not going to underestimate him, he’s a tough guy, he’s going to go in there with everything he’s got. He’s very crafty,” said Donaire who also has a chance to win the WBC Diamond belt in his fight against Burnett.“I think I’m back to being the devastating guy, I’ve always been devastating, even at 126, they fear my power.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES WBA Super World bantamweight Ryan Burnett (19-0) will welcome Donaire back in the 118-lb division as the two lock horns in the quarterfinals of the World Boxing Super Series bantamweight tournament.Donaire, however, last fought as a bantamweight way back in October of 2011 when he successfully defended his WBC and WBO World bantamweight championships against Omar Andres Narvaez.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“He’s a tough kid, a bit awkward,” said the 35-year-old Donaire, who is nine years older than Burnett, in an interview with Boxingscene. “I’ve talked to him even before the fight came in. He’s very respectful, a very good kid. But we’re here to get in there and square off.”“This is two divisions down and I know that I have just the punch in this division, I just have that scary punch and you just got to watch and see how it really plays out.” MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Strong start needed as Azkals open semis vs Vietnamese

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew BACOLOD CITY—The Philippines slips back to its familiar role as a heavy underdog as it battles Vietnam on Sunday in the first leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals at Panaad Stadium here.With only 18 players at their disposal, the Azkals face numerous concerns heading into the 7:30 clash, foremost of which will be how to fill the void left by two players who have started all matches in the group stage—leftback Daisuke Sato and midfielder Patrick Strauss.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments UP ‘already a winner’ by making UAAP Finals, says former Maroon Guiao Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ But that could be a tricky ploy since Aguinaldo has yet to see action in the tournament.The Azkals acknowledge the tough task at hand against the talented Vietnamese, whose team is made up of the stars of the Under-23 side that reached the final in the AFC Under-23 championship.“They are a good team, but we are also confident [of our chances],” said captain Phil Younghusband. “We stick to our identity and the way we play which has gotten us this far in the tournament and I think we’ll have a good chance.”After sputtering performances in the previous edition of the tournament, the Azkals seemed to have found the right balance. Younghusband also knows the team has the ability to raise their level when the situation calls for it.“We’re a team that whichever team is in front of us, we’ll play to that level,” he said. “If a stronger team is up against us, we’ll raise our performance.”ADVERTISEMENT It will be the fourth time in five tournaments that the Azkals are in the semifinal round. In each of the three previous trips to the knockout round, the Azkals were not able to score in their home leg. That’s why Younghusband stressed the importance of getting off to a strong start at Panaad on Sunday night, before the tie heads to Hanoi for the second leg on Thursday.“I think we need a good start in our home game,” said Younghusband. “When you’re away in their stadium with over 40,000 to 50,000 [people in the audience], it’s important to get a good start at home and get a win so we will have something to fight for in the second leg. Whether its a 1-nil, 2-nil or a 2-1, it’s important that we go into the second leg with the lead or the advantage. That would be key.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Ever since they’ve touched down in this football-mad city, coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and his staff have tested several options to fill up the role of Sato and Strauss, who were recalled by their clubs in Romania and Germany, respectively, after the draw against Indonesia.But assistant coach Chris Greatwich remained tightlipped on how the Azkals will be set up against a Vietnam team that has scored eight goals in four matches so far and conceded none.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 ChrissKevin Ingreso seems a lock to start at Strauss’ position, but it’s in the defense, where the Azkals will have to do some serious shuffling.One option is to slip Amani Aguinaldo at the back beside Alvaro Silva with Carlie de Murga moving to rightback. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more