Revilla puts past behind with Phoenix win over former team Kia

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Alas sets sight on NLEX, son Kevin with 1st Phoenix win out of way LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — LA Revilla put his past behind with his former team Kia.Revilla was traded to Phoenix in the offseason after the point guard blasted the Picanto on Twitter for the franchise’s head-scratching offseason moves.ADVERTISEMENT “I just want to win. We’re coming off a loss to San Miguel and we had a long break to prepare for this. It’s just a good thing that we were able to execute our gameplan,” he said.Revilla admits that he feels right at home with Phoenix.“I’m happy and I feel like I’ve been with this squad for so long even though I’m only here for two to three months. Everyday, I’m looking forward to practice and getting to know my teammates, coaches, and all the personnel,” he said.The former La Salle standout cleared he has no ill feelings towards Kia.“They’re in a revamp, and I’ve experienced that before with them. So I hope they keep the guys long term so that there won’t be much revolving door. That’s hard for the players,” he said. “I hope they get the right guys.”ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next “At least, it’s over,” a relieved Revilla said after the Fuel Masters ripped the Picanto, 125-102, Wednesday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.“I’m happy that it’s already off of my chest. It was a good experience, but there will still be a chance that we’ll meet because there are still two more conferences this season,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderFacing Kia for the first time after the split, Revilla had an all-around game with six points, two rebounds, five assists and five steals in 22 minutes.Revilla also said has no axe to grind against his former team, but rather, he is just motivated to bounce back after a 96-104 loss to San Miguel in their season opener. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View commentslast_img read more

Still no name for top PBA post; Phoenix plans Kia overhaul

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChito Narvasa’s term as the PBA commissioner ends in two days, but the league’s board, which was split in two recently in what was the biggest controversy to rock Asia’s pioneering pro league, is far from naming a new one.The board actually hasn’t even come close to finalizing a list of candidates.ADVERTISEMENT “We have none,” a member of the board, who spoke on condition that he is not identified, told the Inquirer over the phone on Thursday when asked if they had names that they would want to push as a candidate.The same source also expressed fear that, with the uncertainty of tenure that every commissioner would have to go through, the board would have a hard time finding a man of unquestionable character who would risk a career in the corporate world to work as commissioner.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Would you leave your old company where you have a good career and you’re earning a lot to serve as commissioner?” the board member asked as he stressed that he would make a pitch for a longer term once the board convenes for the first time in the post-Narvasa era next month.He also said that unlike in the past when Narvasa was appointed to the post, the board should not tap the services of a headhunter, and that as a collegial body, the members should come up with the names themselves. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next “We could save the league a lot of money if we do it ourselves,” he said.A separate source two weeks ago, however, said that the names of Rebo Saguisag and Charlie Cuna, lawyers both, had cropped up as the first two in the short list of candidates.In a related development, Phoenix Petroleum, which is in the process of completing acquisition of Kia as a company, will overhaul the Picanto team in the PBA once the sale is completed and after Phoenix gets the approval from the board for the purchase of the PBA franchise.“The first order of business for the PBA team is to make it competitive,” said the source, who bared the story on Wednesday after the Fuel Masters walloped the Picanto, 125-102, for their first win under new coach Louie Alas.“There’s the need to protect the brand name and the only way to do that is to win games,” he said. “Definitely, there will be a major overhaul (in the Kia team) if the sale pushes through.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Saso boosts Nat’ls with Constantino 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The source said that due diligence was being done already and that it would only be a matter of time before the sale was completed.However, even if Kia wants to sell its PBA franchise to Phoenix, the buyer cannot just assume ownership until after it gets the nod of the board.Meanwhile, Rain or Shine shoots for a second straight win in the eliminations of the Philippine Cup on Friday when the Elasto Painters lock horns with Blackwater at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.Tipoff is at 4:15 p.m. with the Painters hoping to take the momentum of an 82-79 win against the Elite, who played inconsistently in losing to Meralco last week where former player KG Canaleta led the charge with 25 points.The Texters, on the other hand, try to bounce back from that stinging defeat when they take the floor at 7 p.m. opposite Alaska, another powerhouse whose struggles date back to most of last season. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Napier’s season-high 23 rally Blazers past 76ers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Nurkic knocked heads with Redick, who appeared to have a cut lip.Nurkic said he was angry.“The more I get mad I play better,” he said. “I’m not saying every game ‘Hit me in the nose’ but I just need to play with the same energy every game like this.”The Sixers stretched the lead to 75-59 with five minutes left in the quarter, outscoring Portland 24-7. But Ed Davis capped a 10-1 Portland run with a dunk to pull the Blazers to 79-70.Napier had a personal 7-0 run to close the gap to 88-81. Jerryd Bayless made a 3-pointer on the other end — but it was later ruled no good because of a shot clock violation.Napier made two of three free throws and Nurkic added two more, before Napier’s layup got the Blazers within 88-87.TIP INS76ers: The Sixers beat the Blazers 101-81 in Philadelphia on Nov. 22. Embiid had 28 points and 12 rebounds in that one. … Embiid had six 3-pointers.Trail Blazers: Portland is just 7-10 at home this season, but 10-6 on the road. Asked before the game if he’d ever been on a team with that kind of record disparity at home, coach Terry Stotts said simply “No.”QUOTABLE: “We just need to be accountable. We need to hold each other accountable for everything. I think that’s what it comes down to. Making sure we stay on top of each other and make sure we’re getting better. Just talking to each other.” — Sixers guard Ben Simmons.UP NEXT76ers: Visit Denver on Saturday.Trail Blazers: Visit Atlanta on Saturday to kick off a three-game road trip. View comments Napier, who started for injured guard Damian Lillard, scored 15 of his season-high 23 points in the fourth quarter and the Trail Blazers rallied for 114-110 victory Thursday night.“The good thing about basketball is they say you’ve got the next game, but you always have two halves,” Napier said. “I felt like I was kind of lethargic out there in the first half and I felt like basically it can’t get any worse, so I just went out there and tried to be positive.”CJ McCollum led all scorers with 34 for the Blazers, who snapped a six-game losing streak at home. Portland had a season-high 42 points in the fourth quarter.The Sixers, who led by as many as 18 points in the third quarter, have lost 10 of their last 12 games.Joel Embiid finished with 29 points and nine rebounds, while Dario Saric had 25 points and nine rebounds. The 76ers were hurt when Robert Covington went out in the third quarter with an injured finger on his left hand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“It’s a disappointing loss. We had an opportunity without Damian being here. I give them credit. They did not roll over,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “We gave up 18 points when Covington went out. We really missed him, but we give them credit.”JJ Redick and Embiid made consecutive 3-pointers to narrow the gap to 103-99 with 2:06 left. Jusuf Nurkic had a pair of free throws before McCollum’s pull-up jumper and it appeared the game was out of reach, but Embiid made another 3 that got the Sixers within 109-105 with 16 seconds left.McCollum made free throws with 3.4 seconds to go before Embiid added another 3-pointer to make it 111-108, but the Sixers weren’t able to catch up. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities ‘Room for more’ as Ronaldo wins another Globe award Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:58Trump blames media, Democrats for impeachment during Kentucky rally01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Portland Trail Blazers guard Shabazz Napier, left, and forward Maurice Harkless high-five during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — Shabazz Napier was struggling so much against the Philadelphia 76ers that Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts sat him early in the third quarter.Good thing for Portland that Napier returned in time for the fourth.ADVERTISEMENT Nurkic finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Portland won its fourth straight against the Sixers at the Moda Center. Napier scored 22 points after halftime.Lillard missed his third game with a strained right hamstring. Portland’s top scorer, averaging 25.2 points per game, was injured in a 102-85 loss to San Antonio on Dec. 20.Lillard warmed up a couple of hours before the game and didn’t appear hampered by the injury.On the other side, Embiid was questionable for the game with back tightness, but played. The 76ers were coming off a 105-98 victory over the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Christmas that snapped a five-game losing streak.Nurkic made a layup with nine seconds left to give Portland a 52-51 lead at halftime. But he was furious in the third quarter when officials did not stop the game when he had a bloody nose. He collected his fourth foul before heading for the locker room.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Howard leads Hornets past Warriors

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Six Hornets players scored in double figures, led by Howard, who also had 12 rebounds and seven assists.The veteran big man had his way inside, especially when the Warriors tried to defend him with rookie Jordan Bell, who was giving up two inches and 40 pounds. “Obviously, we didn’t defend well in general,” Kerr said. “Jordan was overpowered.”On the night before the Warriors expect Stephen Curry to return from his sprained right ankle, they lost for just the second time in their past 15 games. They are 9-2 without Curry.“We’ve definitely been missing him,” said Kevin Durant, who scored 27 points to lead the Warriors. “We’re going to definitely be a different team when he comes back.”Klay Thompson scored 24, 13 of them in the first quarter. Draymond Green had eight points, 11 rebounds and tied his career high with 16 assists.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Charlotte Hornets’ Dwight Howard scores against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Dwight Howard was so good Friday night against the defending NBA champs that acting Charlotte Hornets coach Stephen Silas rode him to the finish line of a 111-100 victory over the Golden State Warriors.“He was great,” Silas said after Howard scored a season-high 29 points. “I couldn’t take him out in the second half.”ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Hornets won just their third road game of the season.“They’ve had a tough go this year,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They came in and earned it. They took it to us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderCharlotte, beginning a four-game road trip, arrived with a 2-12 record away from home.“To get this win here against this team the first game of the road trip means a lot,” Silas said. “Hopefully, we can carry that forward.” LATEST STORIES Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Nextcenter_img Booker overcomes tough night to rally Suns past Kings Kerr said the difference was an old story.“Turnovers . they got 32 points off our turnovers, 18 of them,” he said. “What’s discouraging is just so many of them feel careless and silly and pointless. Too many times we’re going for the home run assist. We’ve got to just make simple passes and plays.”The league’s best third-quarter team, Golden State trailed 79-75 after the Hornets outscored them 26-22 in the third. Two nights earlier, the Warriors scored 42 third-quarter points to bury the Utah Jazz.“We’re not going to do that every third quarter,” Kerr said. “We didn’t bring the juice.”It didn’t get any better for the league’s defending champs.Golden State got no closer than three points in the fourth quarter, and Charlotte’s lead reached 95-81 when Jeremy Lamb scored a layup off a feed from Howard to cap an 11-0 run with 6:30 left.CURRY’S RETURN: Kerr stopped short of a definitive promise that two-time MVP Curry will return Saturday night against Memphis after missing 11 games with a right ankle sprain. “I would say most likely he’ll play,” Kerr said. “We had a talk with him and he was feeling good. So we’ll see how he’s feeling (Saturday) morning.”Kerr said Curry likely will have a minutes limit, adding just his presence is a boost to the team.“When he’s around, everybody feels better,” Kerr said. “It’s good to have him in the building, but it’s more fun to have him on the floor.”TIP-INS MOST READ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Hornets: Guard Kemba Walker, who leads the team with a 21.6 scoring average, entered Friday’s game mired in a bit of a shoot slump. He made just 37.7 percent from the field the previous eight games, including 29.5 percent on 3-pointers. He made just two of his first 12 against the Warriors, but warmed up to score 16 points.Warriors: Kerr seconded Green’s endorsement of Kevin Durant as a possible Defensive Player of the Year. “To be mentioned in that conversation is a huge testament to the work he’s put in and what he means to our team,” Kerr said. Durant, a four-time NBA scoring champ, has blocked at least two shots in 10 consecutive games . F Omri Casspi sat out two days after spraining his right ankle against Utah. “It’s not too bad. There’s not much swelling,” said Kerr, adding that Casspi could play Saturday against Memphis, but no later than Wednesday at Dallas.UP NEXTHornets: Visit Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday.Warriors: Host Memphis on Saturday. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View commentslast_img read more

Short-handed Pistons shut down Spurs

first_imgRead Next San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) pulls down a rebound between Detroit Pistons forward Tobias Harris, left, and guard Langston Galloway (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Before the game, Stan Van Gundy sounded like a coach with limited options as his undermanned Detroit Pistons prepared to face San Antonio.“Some guys who haven’t had to play primary scorers are going to have to step up tonight and guard better people,” Van Gundy said. “There’s just no way around it. Guys are going to have to step up and take more defensive responsibility.”ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Van Gundy could hardly have imagined that a few hours later, he would be marveling at his team’s defensive performance after the Pistons held the Spurs to their lowest point total of the season in a 93-79 victory on Saturday night.“It was really a team effort tonight,” Van Gundy said. “Everybody we put in made a contribution.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderPlaying without starting guards Reggie Jackson (right ankle sprain) and Avery Bradley (sore right groin), the Pistons never trailed. Reggie Bullock scored 22 points for Detroit and rookie Luke Kennard added 20 — both were career highs.Andre Drummond had 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Pistons. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Detroit led 63-57 after three quarters, and it looked like it would be a tense game down the stretch, but the Pistons broke it open early in the fourth. A layup by Bullock after a San Antonio turnover made it 78-63.ON THE BOARDSAll those missed shots by San Antonio left Drummond with plenty of rebounds — 17 of his 21 were at the defensive end. Drummond had 10 rebounds in the first quarter and finished with at least 20 for the 39th time in his career.He also had six assists.“It’s commonplace with him to have a lot of rebounds, and so a lot of times, you don’t give him enough credit,” Van Gundy said. “I thought that he was another guy, though, that his defensive disposition early in the game was the best it’s been all year.”HIGHLIGHTDetroit’s Ish Smith made a nifty play in the first half when he flipped the ball to himself, caught it while sailing through the air, and tossed an alley-oop to Drummond.QUIET NIGHTLaMarcus Aldridge scored only 15 points for the Spurs. It was just the eighth time this season he did not lead his team in scoring.TIP-INS Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for San Antonio, which shot 37 percent from the field and 5 of 26 from 3-point range.“Stan had them prepared mentally,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We tried to battle back, got back in it here and there, but kept making the same mistakes. So, the Pistons got a good victory. They deserved it.”Detroit led 24-13 after the first, which equaled San Antonio’s lowest-scoring quarter of the season. It was 35-20 before the Pistons hit a dry spell of their own toward the end of the half. A 16-4 run by the Spurs left Detroit with only a three-point lead at halftime.The Pistons managed to maintain their advantage, though. Kennard’s outside shooting gave Detroit a lift on a night when neither team was impressive offensively, and Bullock was sharp throughout in just his 12th start of the season.“No matter who goes down, we’ve got other players that’s able to step up,” Bullock said. “We’re just doing it together as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citycenter_img MOST READ ‘Cyborg’ Justino defends belt by decision vs Holm at UFC 219 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Spurs: San Antonio was missing F Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis). … The Spurs’ lowest-scoring game previously was when they scored 86 points at Minnesota on Nov. 15.Pistons: In addition to Jackson and Bradley, Detroit was also without F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor). … Kennard’s previous high was 14 points and Bullock’s was 20.UP NEXTSpurs: Visit the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.Pistons: Visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night. 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Timberwolves send Lakers reeling to 7th straight loss

first_imgRead Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler, right, tries to reach the ball as Los Angeles Lakers’ Brandon Ingram drives in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Jimmy Butler scored 28 points and the streaking Minnesota Timberwolves started fast and held off the struggling Los Angeles Lakers 114-96 on Monday night.Karl-Anthony Towns recorded his 30th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Minnesota win for the seventh time in eight games and 10th in 13.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Allen, Crabbe help Nets beat Magic Los Angeles, which had eight turnovers in the opening 12 minutes, got within 30-18 by quarter’s end. All Lakers’ points came from the bench after the starters were pulled 3:36 into the game.TIP-INSLakers: Los Angeles wore its light blue throwback uniforms with MPLS on front. . Ball (left shoulder sprain) missed his fifth straight game. … Caldwell-Pope likely missed his last road game due to a legal travel restriction stemming from a March 2017 incident. The Lakers are not away from Staples Center until Jan. 13.Timberwolves: Towns had four fouls — three were offensive. . Minnesota is 11-1 at Target Center against Western Conference foes; 2-5 vs. Eastern Conference teams.UP NEXTLakers: Open a five-game homestand Wednesday against Oklahoma City.Timberwolves: At Brooklyn Wednesday. Andrew Wiggins scored 21 points and grabbed a season-high nine rebounds. Gorgui Dieng had 17 points off the bench.Jordan Clarkson scored 20 points off the bench for the Lakers, who’ve lost seven in a row and 10 of 11. Los Angeles was once again missing three starters: center Brook Lopez (ankle), and guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (legal) and Lonzo Ball (shoulder).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderJulius Randle scored 15 points and Brandon Ingram had 14 for Los Angeles. Kyle Kuzma, the team’s leading scorer at 17.9 points per game, played just 18 minutes and scored all six of his points in the third quarter.With its early commanding lead whittled to as little as five points early in the third quarter, the Timberwolves went on a 13-0 run late in the quarter to seemingly put away the Lakers. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Towns started it with a dunk and jumper, and Wiggins added a pair of jumpers. A 3-pointer by Tyus Jones gave Minnesota a 91-72 lead with 1:11 to play.Los Angeles got within nine early in the fourth before Butler scored the next six Minnesota points to help push the lead to 103-88.Butler has at least 20 points in eight straight games.After scoring a franchise-best first 17 points Sunday against the Pacers, Minnesota nearly broke the record.Wiggins scored nine points as the Timberwolves’ jumped out to a 16-0 lead. He also added an alley-oop feed for a dunk by Butler and grabbed a couple rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View comments Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball land in Lithuania to play for Prienai

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BC Prienai, which was the only team in the league without foreign players, finished sixth in the Lithuanian league last year.In basketball-crazy Lithuania, the game is often dubbed the “second religion” and attracts huge crowds to arenas even at small towns. There have been several Lithuania players in NBA teams, including Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Zydrunas “Big Z” Ilgauskas at Cleveland Cavaliers.The national team has claimed numerous titles including winning the FIBA EuroBasket three times and has three Olympic bronze medals.LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball land in Lithuania to play for PrienaiADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa American basketball players LiAngelo Ball, right, and his brother, LaMelo, poses for a photo upon their arrival at the international airport in Vilnius, Lithuania, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball in December signed one-year contracts to play for Lithuanian professional basketball club Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas from a small of roughly 9000 people in southern Lithuania town Prienai, some 110 km (68 miles) of the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)VILNIUS, Lithuania — The brothers of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball landed in rainy Lithuania on Wednesday night to start their career at a local basketball club.The 19-year-old LiAngelo and his younger brother LaMelo, who is 16, signed professional one-year contracts with BC Prienai last month.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Rozier steals spotlight, leads Celtics past Cavaliers Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ “It’s surely no California and it’s cold, but I think we will like it here,” LeMelo told reporters as they walked through the crowd towards the “Party Bus,” which was to take them to Prienai — around 110 kilometers (68 miles) south of Vilnius, the capital.The brothers arrived with their father LaVar Ball, an American media personality and businessman, and the creator of Big Baller Brand.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderLiAngelo and LaMelo are expected to make their debut on Jan. 9, when BC Prienai hosts Tsmoki-Minsk in a Baltic league game.Most tickets for that night at the 1,200-seat arena have already been sold, according to the box office. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

For Isaiah Thomas, no hard feelings in his return to Boston

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues He looked at the camera, pounded his heart three times and waved.Late in Boston’s 102-88 win, Celtics fans began chanting, “We want I.T.!” Afterward, he shared hugs with several players, including Irving.There will be another opportunity for the Celtics honor him, when Boston hosts the Cavs on Feb. 11. But that’s also the night Paul Pierce will have his jersey retired. Thomas said it’s up to the Celtics whether they want to do something that night for him.“That’s Pierce’s night. The video tribute ain’t the whole night. I just wanted my family to be here to see it,” Thomas said. “That’s what it came down to. I wanted to be able to play. I wanted my family to experience the love and appreciation of this city and this organization are gonna give me on that night.“I’m not taking nothing from Paul Pierce. He played 15 years here. There’s nothing I can take from here. If they choose to do it that night, that would be great. I would be honored.”He said he’s even buried the hatchet with Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge. Earlier this year, Sports Illustrated quoted Thomas wondering whether he’d ever speak to Ainge again after the trade.But Thomas said Ainge reached out to him on Tuesday night.“There’s no hard feelings. Only hard feeling is Danny didn’t send me no Christmas card this year,” Thomas said. “He sent me one the last two years. He could have found my address somehow. Have I forgiven Danny? He texted me last night. So, yeah, we’re good.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities It was the lowest point of a whirlwind summer for Thomas, which was compounded by his ongoing recovery from the hip injury that cut short his postseason run with Boston last season.The injury sidelined him for Cleveland’s season opener against his former team back in October. He missed the Cavs’ first 36 games before returning to action against Portland on Tuesday night, scoring 17 points in 19 minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderFor now, his minutes are restricted, and he isn’t playing on back-to-back nights. So he returned to action Tuesday knowing that he’d sit against the Celtics.“I was out seven months. There’s no way I was gonna come back against Boston and play 17 minutes,” Thomas said. “It’s too big of an opportunity to just a play against my former teammates, my former coaches, the city that gave me my biggest opportunity.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles02:24Albayalde: PNP has no hard feelings for PDEA for exposing ‘ninja cops’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 6-time champion Djokovic unsure of playing Australian Open Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Cleveland Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas smiles as he is surrounded by reporters at Boston Garden prior to the team’s NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018. Thomas was traded at the end of last season by the Celtics in exchange for Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Isaiah Thomas wanted to make thing one perfectly clear during his return to Boston: He isn’t holding onto any hard feelings about the way he left.Thomas returned to TD Garden on Wednesday night for the first time since he was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers in August as part of the blockbuster trade that brought Kyrie Irving to the Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT Thomas said he felt like he was home when he walked into the arena where he became a two-time All-Star, so much so that he almost went to the Celtics’ locker room.“I love this city. I love this organization. They gave me an opportunity to be who I always wanted to be,” Thomas said. “I can’t thank them enough. So there’s no hard feelings for anybody in this city or anybody in this organization. I’m glad I’m back. Like I always said, it’s genuine love. And that’s for the rest of my life.”That respect is mutual, Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.“First and foremost, I will always value him as a friend and as a person,” Stevens said. “Lost amongst all the talk of where people play and everything else is the fact that you did get to compete together. I always appreciated that about him.”Though Thomas asked that there not be any kind of tribute video for him on this trip to the Garden, he did receive an extended standing ovation from the Boston fans when he was shown on the scoreboard monitors between the first and second quarters.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more

Hall of Famer Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving falls ill at 76ers game

first_imgCeltics keep rolling, top Wolves “Philadelphia 76ers legend Julius Erving fell ill at tonight’s game and was taken to a local hospital, where he is currently being evaluated. He is expected to be released after the evaluation,” said a statement on behalf of Erving’s management team and the Sixers.Erving, 67, attended the game and rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell before tipoff. The dunker more commonly known as “Dr. J” was honored by the team to mark 35 years since he threw down his famous cradle dunk against the Los Angeles Lakers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderErving led the Sixers to their last NBA championship in 1983 and was 1981 NBA MVP. View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NBA Hall of Famer Julius Erving (Mitchell Leff/Getty Images for PGD Global/AFP)PHILADELPHIA — Hall of Famer Julius Erving fell ill at the Philadelphia 76ers’ game Friday night and was taken to a hospital.There was no immediate update on his condition.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqlast_img read more

Gohing bids farewell to Pocari

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Gohing became part of Creamline Saturday with former La Salle teammate Michele Gumabao also joining the move.The defensive ace won two titles in the Premier Volleyball League with the Lady Warriors, one in the Open Conference and the other in the Reinforced Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Thank you so much to Pocari Sweat and FDI management, coaches, PT’s [physical therapists], and teammates/sisters,” said Gohing. “From the bottom of my heart, I love you all.”Gohing joins a loaded Creamline roster that includes four-time PVL MVP Alyssa Valdez, Risa Sato, Jia Morado, and Cesca Raqraquin. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gumabao, Gohing form superteam with Valdez at Creamline Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMelissa Gohing is officially with the Creamline franchise in the Premier Volleyball League, but she showed class in bidding goodbye to her former club Pocari Sweat.“Amazing years full of lessons, laughter, love, friendship, and memories,” posted Gohing on her social media accounts. “This will always hold a special place in my heart.”ADVERTISEMENT Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View commentslast_img read more

‘23 for 23:’ No rush for young Kai Sotto

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I still don’t feel any pressure. It’s still five years away and I still have time to work for it,” he said.Sotto is no stranger to donning the national team colors, suiting up for the Batang Gilas crew which saw action in the 2017 SEABA Under-16 Championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“I’m thankful to be a part of the pool. It’s one of my goals and it surprised me a bit that I was a part of that,” he said.Being listed is one thing, making the team, however, is another, and Sotto knows that he has his work cut out for him to be a part of that Philippine which will compete in the  2023 Fiba World Cup at home. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img Phoenix coach Alas finally wins over son Kevin Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netAlready seen as one of the cornerstones for the national team in the future, Kai Sotto moved one more step in making those dreams a reality as he was shortlisted in Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” list.But for the 15-year-old, he has yet to feel the pressure of being part of such an elusive club.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments LATEST STORIES “I will really work hard for that spot,” he said.For now though, he still have some important things to take care of before joining the Gilas Pilipinas training sessions.“We still have classes,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields defeats Tori Nelson

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Shields pummeled Nikki Adler last August to win the two super middleweight titles. That lopsided fight, Adler’s first loss in 17 bouts, was stopped in the fifth round. Shields’ combinations left Adler defenseless in a matchup of previously unbeaten boxers.Shields displayed her dominance in the punching totals on Friday night, connecting on 225 of 632 overall and 186 of 425 power punches to Nelson’s 81 of 400 and 70 of 348.After the fight, Shields donated her gloves to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in nearby Canastota, New York.Shields became the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable in March and again last August on Showtime. She’s the first American, male or female, to win a boxing gold medal since Andre Ward at the 2004 Athens Olympics.The only other U.S. boxer to win two Olympic gold medals is Oliver Kirk, who took the bantamweight and featherweight titles at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:19Boxing’s 40-year-old Pacquiao counts on experience in Thurman fight01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Nelson, of Ashburn, Virginia, took the fight to Shields at the outset, but as the bout wore on the young champion proved to be the more skilled boxer, able to avoid Nelson’s big hooks and using her jab to keep her foe at bay.Nelson landed a sharp body shot in the seventh round, putting Shields on the ropes and landing several more punches. But the 22-year-old Shields, who likes to boast she’s the greatest of all-time, dodged most of them and landed a right hand of her own that stunned Nelson and sent her backward.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer (21-0, 9 KOs) watched the fight from ringside. Shields said after her victory Friday night, which was televised live on Showtime, that she could easily go down in weight to face Hammer, who is from Kazakhstan.“I think she’s pretty scared, to be honest. She’s more worried about me than I am her,” Shields said after her win. “I can’t wait to fight her and show her that she isn’t (better than me).” Wall pushes Wizards over the line in OT win vs Netscenter_img In a photo provided by Showtime, Claressa Shields is interviewed after he win over Tori Nelson during a boxing bout Friday night, Jan. 12, 2018, in Verona, N.Y. Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles. (Stephanie Trapp/Showtime via AP)VERONA, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Tori Nelson on Friday night at Turning Stone Casino to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles.Each of the three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Shields (5-0, 2 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, who was nearly 20 years younger than her opponent. The 41-year-old Nelson (17-1-3, 1 KO), who won a middleweight world title in 2011 but had only fought twice since June 2015, lost for the first time in her career.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READlast_img read more

Gilas buildup for 2nd leg of qualifiers gets going

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Also present were Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Troy Rosario, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz.CJ Perez of Lyceum and Abu Tratter of La Salle were the lone invitees from the “23-for-23” cadet pool who were present for the session.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRoger Pogoy also attended the training but was in street clothes.Deputies Jong Uichico and Josh Reyes directed practice in lieu of coach Chot Reyes, who is currently in Japan for vacation. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities MOST READ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8 marathons to run before summercenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial and deputy director for basketball operations Eric Castro also paid the national team a visit.Gilas Pilipinas is gearing up for its game against Australia at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 22, before facing Japan again, this time at home at Mall of Asia Arena on February 25. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the current national team pool in attendance, Gilas Pilipinas formally started its buildup for the second leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers on Monday at Meralco Gym.Four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo showed up as he bannered the 11 men who took part in the session.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ruthless Nadal powers to 1st round win at Australian Open

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Nadal only conceded three games in the match and had few problems with Estrella Burgos, who has a modest 6-15 record at Grand Slams. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Nadal, 31, wore no strapping on his knee, appeared to move freely and combined his trademark power game from the back of the court.It took his Australian Open record to 52-11 as he chases his second Melbourne Park title after beating Federer in the 2009 final.Nadal, who is gunning for a 17th major title, was hampered by a knee injury at the tail-end of the 2017 season.It forced him to skip the lead-up Brisbane International this month, and he only had a one-match workout at the exhibition Kooyong Classic in Melbourne ahead of the Open.Nadal needs to reach the quarter-finals to be certain of retaining his world number one ranking, with Federer breathing down his neck.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spain’s Rafael Nadal challenges a line call as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Top seed Rafael Nadal ruthlessly brushed aside Victor Estrella Burgos to power into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.The world No.1, a beaten finalist to Roger Federer in Melbourne last year, clinically took apart the 81st-ranked Dominican to forge a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win in 94 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT He next plays Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.“I’m very happy to be back, it’s a very important beginning for me. It’s good news for me,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I want to enjoy every moment I’m here on this court.”The Spaniard left nothing to chance with eight service breaks and 28 winners in a complete first-up performance, dispelling fears over any knee trouble. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Lady Altas escape Lady Stags in NCAA volleyball BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View commentslast_img read more

Wozniacki cruises into Australian Open 2nd round

first_imgFILE – Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark hits a return against Sachia Vickery of the US during their women’s singles semi-final match at the WTA Auckland Classic tennis tournament in Auckland on January 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MICHAEL BRADLEYCaroline Wozniacki kept her quest for a first Grand Slam title on course at the Australian Open on Monday, cruising into the second round in straight sets.On a day when a host of big names went tumbling, the second seeded Dane overcame tricky Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 6-3 on Margaret Court Arena in an hour and 11 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT She will next play either Japan’s Misa Eguchi or Croatia’s Jana Fett.It had looked plain sailing for the woman who won the prestigious season-ending WTA Tour championships in Singapore when she raced through the first set in just 29 minutes and then took a 2-0 lead in the second.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut the 44th-ranked left-hander Buzarnescu, sporting a heavily taped shoulder, would not lie down and broke Wozniacki twice to lead 3-2.Undaunted, the experienced Wozniacki, who first rose to world number one in 2010, reasserted her dominance, taking four games in a row to close out with a cry of “come on”. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Criticism of Margaret Court is muted at Australian Open Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Nextcenter_img Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “I knew it as going to be tough and I had to try to fight for every point,” said Wozniacki, who played an almost flawless match with just five unforced errors to her opponent’s 33.“We know each other very well as we played each other like a million times in the juniors,” she said of Buzarnescu, who made her first WTA final appearance last week in Hobart.“I knew she would be a dangerous floater.”Earlier in the day fifth seed Venus Williams, 10th seed CoCo Vandeweghe and 13th seed and reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens all made early exits, throwing Wozniacki’s side of the draw wide open.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddinglast_img read more

NCAA football: St. Benilde forces decider for title

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I told the players at halftime that if we score the equalizer in the second half, we’ll win this. And we did,” said Blazers coach Marlon Maro.Game 3 is on Wednesday, still at the historic Rizal Memorial pitch.In the juniors division, Mariano Suba uncorked a hattrick before goalkeeper Jessie Reil Semblano showcased his defensive whiz in the shootout to deliver San Beda to a 3-1 (3-3) victory over CSB-La Salle Greenhills and take home the Red Booters’ 17th juniors crown.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Zark’s, Marinero emerge as favorites in wide-open D-League Aspirants’ Cup Arellano seemed to have gotten in the head of St. Benilde early after Cyrus Sanquilos put his side up 1-0 at the seventh minute.The Blazers, however, couldn’t stomach the idea of a repeat of last season’s runner-up finish and came out as the aggressors in the second half with Major Dean Ebarle knotting the score at a goal apiece which remained until the end of extra time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAs the match went on to a penalty shootout, Arellano’s Sanquilos, Charles Gamutan, and Roberto Corsame and St. Benilde’s Earl Real Laguerta, Vincent Erik Lovitos, and Renz Joseph Tulayba all traded goals to tie the score at 3-3.Bernate, however, went too strong on his attempt for the Chiefs that allowed Alforque to deliver the clincher. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City St. Benilde refused to go down without a fight and edged Arellano in penalty shootout, 4-3 (1-1), to force a winner-take-all Game 3 in the NCAA Season 93 senior football Finals Monday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Blazer Moiselle Angelo Alforque sent the ball to the back of the net as he broke the 3-all deadlock in the shootout after Chief Patrick John Bernarte sailed over the crossbar to surrender the win in the tense Game 2 duel.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

No. 2 Wozniacki saves 2 match points, advances to 3rd round

first_img“That was crazy,” said Wozniacki, who has reached two Grand Slam finals and was a semifinalist here in 2011. “I don’t know how I got back into the match.“She’s a tricky opponent and she had nothing to lose. And then I think she realized she was up 5-1 and she let off the speed just a little bit, and I was like, this is my last chance. I have to go in and attack.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWozniacki won the next nine points, and 24 of the 31 points played from when she first faced match point. She clinched a 75-minute third set on her first match point when Fett netted a backhand.A loss for Wozniacki would have seriously opened up the bottom half of the draw following the first-round defeats of 2017 finalist Venus Williams, U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens and No. 10-seeded CoCo Vandeweghe. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa No. 4-seeded Elina Svitolina is the next highest-ranked player on that side, and she next plays 15-year-old qualifier Marta Kostyuk — the youngest player to win main draw matches at Melbourne Park since Martina Hingis in 1996.Belinda Bencic had a letdown two days after upsetting Williams, losing 6-1, 6-3 to Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.Bencic, who combined with Roger Federer to win the Hopman Cup for Switzerland earlier this month, saved three match points on her serve before netting a backhand to give No. 124th-ranked Kumkhum a spot in the third round for the first time.“I tried to reset and focus on the next match,” Bencic said. “I think it was also a very tough second round, for me the toughest I could get.”Kostyuk, who entered the season-opening major ranked No. 521, followed up her first-round win over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over wild-card entry Olivia Rogowska.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues MOST READcenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki reacts after defeating Croatia’s Jana Fett during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Second-ranked Caroline Wozniacki fended off two match points and rallied from 5-1 down to win the last six games in the third set and avoid a second-round upset at the Australian Open.Former No. 1-ranked Wozniacki used her experience to save match points in the seventh game of the deciding set against No. 119-ranked Jana Fett, who was making her main draw debut at a major, and eventually pull off a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 win.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC No. 23 Gilles Muller outlasted Malek Jaziri in five sets, Kyle Edmund had a straight sets win over Denis Istomin — who beat then defending-champion Novak Djokovic in the second round here last year — and Andreas Seppi beat Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1, 6-3, 6-4. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed After years of big spending, Chinese football goes quiet As Australian Open junior champion, Kostyuk got a wildcard into the qualifying draw. She won three three-set matches to reach the main draw and is already guaranteed around $143,000.She could lose some of that after being given a code violation after the chair umpire ruled she had communicated with her mother in the crowd.Kostyuk is managed by Ivan Ljubicic, who works with Federer, and so gets the benefit of some first-rate analysis.“Ivan is always helping me … after every match, he’s telling me what’s wrong,” she said, smiling, after she framed a wayward serve on her first match point but got it right the second time.Kostyuk’s progress is set to become more difficult, with a meeting against fellow Ukrainian Svitolina in the next round.Svitolina, who won a tour-leading five titles in 2017, had a 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 win over Katerina Siniakova.Their fellow Ukrainian, Kateryna Bondarenko, beat No. 15-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2, 6-3 in the day’s opening match on Melbourne Park’s third show court to reach the third round here for the third time.No. 19 Magdalena Rybarikova beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 0-6, 6-2.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied from 5-2 in the fifth to overcome Denis Shapovalov 3-6, 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 7-5 in a 3-hour, 37-minute match.No. 6 Marin Cilic beat Joao Sousa 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 and advanced along with No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta, who was leading 6-2, 3-0 when Gilles Simon retired from their second-round match with a thigh injury. 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Raptors’ DeRozan fined for ‘5-on-8’ comment criticizing refs

first_imgToronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan reacts during a timeout in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, in Toronto. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press via AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league’s officiating.The punishment was announced Tuesday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league’s executive vice president for basketball operations.ADVERTISEMENT Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq PBA cancels Legazpi game due to Mayon threat Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding DeRozan made his remarks after the Raptors’ 127-125 loss to Golden State on Saturday in Toronto.He was fuming in part about a scramble for a loose ball that went out of bounds next to the Warriors’ bench. After a video review, Golden State was awarded possession with three seconds left. Stephen Curry was fouled and made a pair of free throws before Fred VanVleet hit a buzzer-beating 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDeRozan said after the loss that “It’s frustrating being out there feeling like you’re playing 5-on-8. Some of those calls were terrible, period.”last_img read more

Frankie Lim takes over head coaching job for Perpetual

first_imgFrankie Lim. PBA IMAGESThe NCAA’s most prolific coach of the 2000s is set to return to the bench, this time to a different shade of the red spectrum.Frankie Lim, the architect of four San Beda titles in the first decade of the new millennium, is set to take over the head coaching duties for University of Perpetual Help.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Antonio Tamayo, the owner of University of Perpetual Help, appointed Lim as the head coach and replaced Nosa Omorogbe, who had to fly back to Nigeria to tend to family matters.Lim was initially tapped as the person to oversee Perpetual’s basketball program but was then given the consultant role late in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAnd with Lim’s championship experience, getting no less than the school’s first title would be the goal during his tenure.“It’s a process but that’s the goal,” said Lim.center_img North Korea to send 230-member cheering squad to Olympics BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Video: Randy Johnson Sends Heartfelt Message To Ohio State Pitcher Battling Leukemia During HOF Induction Speech

first_imgRandy Johnson at the podium during his HOF speech.Zach Farmer Randy JohnsonRandy Johnson, a five-time Cy Young winner and a 10-time All-Star, was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame today. During his speech, the man known as “The Big Unit” sent a special message to Zach Farmer, an Ohio State pitcher who is currently in his second battle with leukemia. Farmer, a left-hander like Johnson, is tragically not expected to live for much longer. Johnson spoke on the phone with Farmer recently and gave him a heartfelt shout-out during his speech. The best moment from Randy Johnson’s speech was his shout-out to @zfarm34 who’s battling leukemia. #RJ51HOF #12Sports pic.twitter.com/tZk0iEtXt6— Cameron Cox (@CamCox12) July 26, 2015Stay strong, Zach.last_img