Ferragamo relives an era of dominance

first_imgOslund out West Torrance quarterback Marc Oslund will miss this week’s Bay League opener against Mira Costa after aggravating a knee injury in Friday’s 42-7 win over North Torrance, according to West coach Greg Holt. Ronnie Clark will start in Oslund’s place. Holt said Oslund went to a doctor on Saturday and underwent an MRI on Monday, but did not know how long Oslund might be shelved. “It’s the same injury he had,” Holt said. “He did not get it checked earlier, but maybe it’s something he can take care of now. “The only thing I know for sure is that he’s out this week.” No more McDonald The Torrance boys water polo team had expectations of doing well in the Ocean League and reaching the CIF playoffs this season. But those expectations took a big hit when leading scorer Ryan McDonald went down with a broken hand in an out-of-pool incident more than a week ago. McDonald led Torrance with a school-record 103 goals last season and was on pace to shatter that mark. He had 89 goals before league play even started. “I’m still not sure exactly how it happened, but he’s out for the season,” Torrance coach Scott Peppard said. “I believe we would have been a CIF team with him. Without him, we’re looking at third or fourth place in our league.” Adler, Kalinowski in leading roles Heading into Wednesday’s second Bay League cross country meet at Entradero Park (starting at 3 p.m.), the Mira Costa boys are one of the area’s biggest surprises. The Mustangs won the league title last season, but did it without a frontrunner. But it is clear that Alex Adler (the South Bay Cup champion) and Danny Kalinowski have become bona fide leading men, battling Leuzinger’s Jose Lezama for league supremacy. “They’re showing the entire South Bay that they’re not going to sit back and let anyone win,” Mira Costa coach Matt Harris said. “Step for step, they’re fired up. And physically, we still feel like they have a lot to give. We’re very excited about them.” Harris said that Mitchell Giles, William Hollingsworth, Martin Ensberry and Adam Conover have made a difference by continuing to tighten the pack. “We knew we were going to be good this year, but the second pack has been the difference for us so far this season,” Harris said. Bump on the road, head No. 1 doubles player Natasha Bothwell tumbled head over heels defending a return in her second doubles set in Thursday’s 10-8 Bay League victory for the Mira Costa girls tennis team at Peninsula. She kept playing with partner Casey Reed, helping the duo win its final two sets, but started experiencing dizziness and dilated pupils later in the day. Bothwell was diagnosed as having a mild concussion and was told to suspend all tennis-related activities for 48 hours. “We basically had to make her go,” Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli said. “I think she suspected the doctor was going to tell her to take time off. She would have been really bummed if she had to miss a match.” Marquee matchup on hold Redondo’s Della Taylor and Mira Costa’s Nicole Gibbs are the only two girls tennis players with unblemished Bay League records. It will likely stay that way for another three weeks. Mira Costa coach Joe Ciasulli said he does not expect his freshman standout to play in Thursday’s match at Mira Costa so she can be fresh for her tournament schedule as a nationally ranked junior circuit player. “I certainly wouldn’t count on (her playing in the match),” Ciasulli said. “The showdown with Taylor will have to wait until the last match of the season.” That season finale will be Oct. 29 at Redondo. Shake-ups West Torrance and South Torrance have new assistant principals, new athletic directors and new boys and girls basketball coaches. Karim Girgis, a 10-year boys basketball coach at West, has been promoted to assistant principal in charge of athletics, replacing Ben Egan, who became principal. Bill Atkinson, an assistant under Girgis, takes over as both girls basketball coach and athletic director. Vince Comparsi, another Girgis assistant, takes over the boys program from Girgis, who had a 233-124 record in his 13-year career. South also reorganized its basketball program. The Spartans hired Leo Klemm, a former St. Monica coach who also won a state title in Indiana, to replace Leonard Butler. Mike Caporaso takes over the girls team from Mario Trutanic after serving three years as an assistant. Former South pitcher Dana Kuwahara takes over as softball coach. Kevin Van Waardenburg is South’s new athletic director, and Chad Mabery is the new assistant principal in charge of athletics. Back on top Mira Costa returned to the top national rank in PrepVolleyball.com’s national poll. The Mustangs (6-0) are the fourth different team to be ranked No. 1 by the Web site. The Mustangs began the Bay League with an easy victory over Palos Verdes before heading to the Durango Tournament in Las Vegas last weekend, which featured four teams ranked in the top 25 nationally. Redondo slipped to No. 35 nationally after being ranked as high as No. 13 to begin the season. – Dave Thorpe, Tony Ciniglio, David Saunders, John Klima160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! It seemed like the Banning football team turned back the clock Friday when it stunned previously unbeaten Venice, 21-19, to boost its record to 5-0 heading into Marine League play this week. Ferragamo said the win reminded him of the old days when he guided Banning to eight of its 11 L.A. City titles, including six in a row from 1976-1982. “Great defense, pounding it on the ground, winning by one or two points, that’s old-school football,” Ferragamo said. When Ferragamo retook the reins of the Banning football program last season, the team struggled, particularly in two losses to Venice, a 39-20 defeat in Week 5 and a 55-7 beating in the first round of the L.A. City Section Championships. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas CityThe losses stuck with Ferragamo, and that is why the win was such a big deal. “For me, it’s real sweet,” Ferragamo said. “Last year in the playoffs we lost, 55-7. I wanted to erase that from my forehead.” Banning’s strong offensive line and its strategy of keeping the ball away from Venice star running back and kick returner Curtis McNeal paid dividends. The Pilots defense created three turnovers, another key to the victory. “We teach defense first,” Ferragamo said. “Knock it down, strip it, grab it and pounce on it.” last_img read more

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Taulava makes changes to adapt to NLEX’s style of play

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Being the league’s eldest statesman at 44, the Fil-Tongan admits that playing with a quick pace is his way of adapting to NLEX’s style of play especially with him teaming up with speedy guards Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas, players who are hailed as the Road Warriors’ future.“I got to keep up with Kiefer and Kevin. I can’t let them run me out of the ground. Right now, we’re a much more running team with the young bloods coming in, so I got to be able to run,” he said before heaping much praise to Ravena, who has been nothing but impressive so far. “It’s a new time, a new generation, and you see that Kiefer’s time has landed.”Also a major part of Taulava’s change is his trimmed down physique. He is at his lightest weight in over a decade.But the 2003 PBA Most Valuable Player isn’t paying much attention to his conditioning, but rather, is looking at the bigger picture as he seeks to contribute at the best of his capabilities for the Road Warriors.“I don’t want to talk about my weight or anything. My focus is on my team. Hopefully, these young guys could take us all the way and lead us to the playoffs,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I feel good. I’m glad it finally went in,” Taulava said. “Last game, I missed my lone attempt so I’m happy that this time, it went in.”Taulava hit a long bomb from the top of the arc at the 8:57 mark of the second quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderAlso making the shot feel better for Taulava was the Road Warriors’ pulling off the 115-104 victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier to stay unbeaten in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.But the three-point shot is not the only thing that’s new to Taulava’s game. He is also much more active on the floor. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Asi Taulava’s Christmas wish finally came true on Monday.No, it’s not any gaudy gift or pricey present. The 44-year-old was just relieved to have swished his first 3-pointer this season for NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT View comments BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 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 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed As for his New Year’s resolution, all Taulava is hoping for is to be able to follow Guiao’s orders and be spared from the vitriol the fiery coach spews when things go awry.“I don’t want to be that guy to make a crazy play and when I get back to the bench, coach Yeng will curse at me,’ he said laughing. Cruz fills in for Devance in Ginebra win over Magnolia Read Next 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 Citylast_img read more

Heat rally in 4th, top struggling Magic

first_imgCayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Harris scores 30 as Pistons crush Pacers MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Josh Richardson scored 14 of his 20 points in the final quarter, Ellington made four 3-pointers in that game-deciding period and the Miami Heat finished with a flourish to beat struggling Orlando 107-89 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time) — beating the Magic for the first time in the teams’ last five meetings.“We needed that one,” Heat guard Goran Dragic said. “Huge win for us.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderIt was tied going into the fourth, and Miami — which trailed Orlando by 10 in the second half — outscored the Magic 39-21 in the final 12 minutes. All four of Ellington’s late 3s came in a span of 3 1/2 minutes.“He’s a cheat code,” Orlando’s Jonathan Issac said, using the term video-gamers know as something that gives them special powers while playing. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed View comments “We played extremely hard,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said. “I was proud of how hard our guys played.”Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja had 14 apiece for Orlando, which got 12 from Marreese Speights. After that 10-point lead, the Magic got outscored by 28 in the final 20 minutes.“We had a lot of turnovers so that led to easy buckets,” Fournier said. “They got it going and the momentum changed.”The Heat started 3 for 19 from 3-point range, then made eight of their final 14 from deep. Miami shot 56 percent in the final quarter, after shooting 41 percent through the first three, and outrebounded Orlando 19-6 in the fourth.“We were getting good looks all night,” Ellington said. “The first half they didn’t really fall for us, but we stayed patient.” BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Said Ellington: “I don’t really play video games, so I don’t know exactly what that means. But I’m guessing it’s a big compliment, so I appreciate that.”Tyler Johnson added 17, Kelly Olynyk scored 15 and Dragic had 14 for the Heat, who had their biggest margin in a final quarter this season.Hassan Whiteside returned from an 11-game absence with a bone bruise in his left knee, adding seven points and eight rebounds in 18 minutes.“I don’t expect somebody to miss that many games and come right back in and everybody have terrific rhythm, including him,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “There’s going to be a little bit of a process.”Elfrid Payton scored 19 points for Orlando, which now has two separate nine-game losing streaks this season. The Magic started 8-4, and are 3-20 since.ADVERTISEMENT Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) defends against Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Wayne Ellington doesn’t play video games, so he doesn’t know what a cheat code is.He gets the term now.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Australia doubts as Djokovic pulls out of Qatar Open

first_imgNew year brings new hope for Alaska after disastrous 2017 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award00:59Sports 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 MOST READ Read Next Last year in Doha, he ended then world number one Murray’s 28-match winning streak to claim his second Qatar title in a riveting final.Djokovic was targeting Doha as his first match since his quarter-finals loss at Wimbledon in July this year.Austria’s Dominic Thiem, world ranked number five, has now been made the Qatar Open number one seed.The draw for the tournament takes place later on Saturday.Qatar Open tournament director admitted Djokovic ‘will surely be missed’. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic delivers a press conference in Belgrade on July 26, 2017.Twelve-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic will miss the rest of the season with an elbow injury, he announced on July 26. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / ANDREJ ISAKOVICFormer world number one Novak Djokovic on Saturday withdrew from next week’s Qatar Open, casting doubt on his participation at the Australian Open later in January.Qatar is the second tournament Djokovic has pulled out in as many days due to a niggling elbow injury.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed The 12-time Grand Slam champion was top seed in Doha, but in a statement he said he would not be able to defend the title he won by beating Andy Murray last year.His withdrawal comes just 24 hours after the injury forced him to drop out of an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder“Unfortunately, the situation with the elbow has not changed for the better since yesterday,” said Djokovic.“I still feel the pain. Therefore, I will have to withdraw from (the) ATP tournament in Doha.” BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The Serb added: “Only when I’m 100 per cent ready to play, I will be able to come back.“I hope it will be soon. I want to thank everyone for patience and understanding.”The latest announcement raises fresh doubts over the long-term future of the 30-year-old and more immediately his availability for the first Grand Slam of the season, the Australian Open, which begins on January 15.In recent years, Djokovic has used the Qatar tournament as valuable warm-up for the Australian Open.In 2016, after beating Rafa Nadal in the Qatar final he went on to claim his sixth Australian title.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

More family time, good health, better career among PBA players’ wishes for 2018

first_imgFrom L-R: Rain or Shine’s Chris Tiu, TNT’s Moala Tautaa, Alaska’s Jeron Teng and Rain or Shine’s James Yap.In the spirit of going into the New Year with a brand new perspective in life, some PBA players also have a list of they want to change in 2018.And although New Year’ resolutions and wishes are as cliché as TV stations blaring Auld Lang Syne at the stroke of midnight, that won’t stop certain players from asking for a little positivity for the coming year.ADVERTISEMENT For Rain or Shine wingman James Yap, he hopes that his 2018 will be filled with the more moments with his family.“I hope my 2018 will be the year for my family, and of course good health for myself,” said the 35-year-old Yap who had his third child, Michael James, in August of 2016.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderChris Tiu has a similar approach for the upcoming year as he wants to spend more time with his growing family.“I want to spend more time with my family because it’s been a very pretty busy year of basketball, businesses, and TV work, but my daughter is growing up really fast,” said the 32-year-old Tiu, who welcomed his daughter Amanda Claire in June 2016. Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ As for Alaska rookie Jeron Teng, there’s one thing that he has set his eyes on for 2018.“I hope I can get a championship in the pros, I was a champion in college, and hopefully through effort and hard work we can get a championship,” said the 23-year-old Teng. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Lastimosa returns to Sta. Lucia after initial reports of joining Cocolife 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 MOST READ “There’s another one on the wa and at the end of the day life is too short, life is so unpredictable, I just want to be able to spend more time with the people close to me and show them some love.”For the younger crew, though, their outlook for 2018 is mostly rooted on the basketball court.TNT forward Moala Taututaa said he plans to continue his strong start in the Philippine Cup where he has been averaging 10 points and 8.50 rebounds in his first two games.“My goal for myself is to keep getting better, don’t be discouraged because it’s hard out here you know,” said the 28-year-old man-child of TNT. “Everyone here is the best player out of where they came from so of course basketball’s going to be tougher and harder.”“You can’t just walk in and just expect results. I got to continue to keep a positive mind, keep working, and just try to continue to always be better, don’t get complacent.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Aldin Ayo signs six-year deal with UST

first_imgEXCLUSIVE: Former La Salle coach Aldin Ayo confirms he will coach the Growling Tigers for the next six years. Ayo said IPEA officials will make official announcement on Jan. 11. pic.twitter.com/cKLVqhMk3q— The Varsitarian (@varsitarianust) January 4, 2018 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Defending champ Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open The official announcement is expected to be made next week, the report also said.The 40-year-old mentor will now be in charge of his third school in four years as he seeks to recapture UST’s lost glory while also eyeing to sustain his triumphant streak which saw him win titles in Letran in the NCAA and La Salle in UAAP.Ayo garnered a 30-5 record in his two-year stay with the Green Archers, including the UAAP Season 79 championship back in 2016.READ: Boy Sablan out as UST coach ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues The biggest challenge, however, is turning the fortunes around of UST, which finished on a humiliating 1-13 run under Boy Sablan last UAAP Season 80.Ayo will have Marvin Lee, Jordan Sta. Ana, and Cameroonian big man Steve Akomo, as well as returnees Renzo Subido and Mario Bonleon in the new chapter of his career. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities 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 READ: Ayo bids La Salle goodbye, hints at differences in handling teamAyo is reportedly signing a six-year contract with UST, giving him ample time to turn around a basketball program which is in dire need of a reboot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAldin Ayo has formalized his transfer to University of Santo Tomas and reportedly signed a long term deal.The Varsitarian, the school’s official publication, broke the news early Friday, finally ending speculations on the mentor’s next destination after he left La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Gumabao, Gohing form superteam with Valdez at Creamline

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 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 Articles02:46Binibining Pilipinas winners dream of becoming president01:29Police 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 Gumabao was the UAAP’s Best Blocker in Seasons 73 and 74 before winning the MVP plum in Season 75, all championship-winning years for the picturesque hitter, while Gohing was Season 71’s top rookie and was a four-time champion.The two joins a Creamline squad that boasts multi-time MVP Alyssa Valdez, who won three in the UAAP and four in the Premier Volleyball League, Risa Sato, Jia Morado, and Cesca Raqraquin.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderThis signing marks Gumabao’s return to the PVL after leaving Pocari Sweat in 2016 to play for Cocolife in the Philippine Super Liga while Gohing leaves the Lady Warriors, the club she played for in three years.The two were teammates back in 2015 when they played for Philips Gold in the PSL where they gave the Lady Slammers two bronze medals in the All-Filipino Conference and Grand Prix. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gumabao and Gohing also won hardware in the PVL when they led Pocari Sweat to the Open and Reinforced Conference titles. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Tennell completes near-perfect skate to win national title Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline pushed its stockpile of star players to higher levels after it acquired Michele Gumabao and Melissa Gohing in a single day of signing.The Cool Smashers posted a teaser on its Facebook page with all the clues pointing to the two former De La Salle aces.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Fun-loving Federer having a ball at 36

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves to the crowd as he leaves the court after losing to Belgium’s David Goffin during their men’s singles semi-final match on day seven of the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 Arena in London on November 18, 2017.David Goffin won 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKAfter two decades of high-intensity tennis, non-stop travel, and the commitments that come with being a sporting superstar, Roger Federer is still loving what he does.The 36-year-old Swiss, who is gunning for a 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, admitted Sunday he was enjoying it as much as ever, if not more.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields defeats Tori Nelson Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues View comments Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds00:50Trending 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 BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I mean, that was extremely cool. It was like a little boy in the candy store back in the day. “When I was number one in the world, winning all these tournaments, that was a lot of fun, too. That was OK.”He seems to be getting more out of it now than ever before, travelling with four children — two sets of twins — in tow and conscious perhaps that it will not go on forever.“Now it’s different,” he admitted on the eve of his 72nd Grand Slam. “Now I have a big family. I have a lot of friends that travel the world with me. “I get to see familiar faces again at all these events because I’ve made so many friends over the course of my career. I’m so happy to come back to Melbourne, see all my friends that live here in Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT This is despite saying the lead-up to the opening major of the year had been “intense” with feverish interest from sponsors and media in one of the world’s most marketable athletes.On top of this, he said the off-season for him was now tougher than playing tournaments so he can get his body in good enough shape to stay at the level needed to be one of the top players in the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut he wouldn’t have it any other way as he enters the final years of a glittering career.“I’ve always enjoyed it, you know. Do I enjoy it more now? It’s unfair if I say yes, because I felt like I loved the time when I was coming up and playing my heroes from TV,” he said.  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It just seems that it’s nice that it’s never actually gone away, the fun aspect of actually enjoying the travel, coming back to Australia. “Yeah, it’s great times in my life and in my career that we can make it all work, that I can still play tennis. My wife (Mirka) is incredibly supportive.”He added: “It’s definitely great times. Is it the best ever? I’m not sure, but it’s definitely a lot of fun right now.”last_img read more

Collison, Oladipo lead balanced Pacers to rout of Phoenix

first_imgIndiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (4) steals the ball on Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in the first half during an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)PHOENIX — There are some NBA games that are over shortly after they began.The Indiana Pacers’ 120-97 rout of the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night was one of them.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Bleak day for Americans in Melbourne: Venus, Stephens out “I thought we did a good job on some of their best players,” Collison said. “Booker is a talented player and we knew if he got it going we were in for a long night. I think we did a good job containing him the best that we can and we just played great team defense. When we play great team defense, we can do what we want at the offensive end.”In an otherwise bad night for Phoenix, 17-year NBA veteran Tyson Chandler grabbed 14 rebounds to become the 40th player in league history to top 10,000 for his career (10,003).“It means a lot,” he said, “because when you come into this league as a young player you’re just trying to survive. Now at the latter part of my career, to start to get some of these milestones, it just reminds you of all the hard work, the sacrifices, the journey you’ve got to make.”Interim coach Jay Triano called the Chandler milestone “’unbelievable.”“Anytime you do something that only 40 people have done in the history of the game,” Triano said, “I think that’s an incredible honor.”ADVERTISEMENT Darren Collison had 19 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Pacers jumped on the Suns early and never let up.Victor Oladipo scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half for the Pacers, who were coming off a home victory over Cleveland and have won four of five after a five-game losing streak. Cory Joseph added 16 points, and Bojan Bogdanovic had 14 for Indiana.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I thought it was really good. We wanted to start this road trip off right,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought defensively we were focused, making them earn everything they got. Offensively, we had good ball movement. We were pretty consistent with that for 48 minutes.”Rookie Josh Jackson scored a career-best 21 points for Phoenix, which has lost four of five. Devin Booker added 15, but on 5-of-16 shooting, 1 of 6 from 3-point range. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq The Suns, playing without second-leading scorer T.J. Warren, led only briefly early. Indiana went on a 15-4 run to go up 23-11 and led 30-16 after one quarter.Phoenix never got it to single digits again, trailing by as many as 25 in the second quarter. In the third quarter, the lead reached 92-59 (33 points) on T.J. Leaf’s 3-pointer.Indiana opened the second half with a 16-8 run to lead 46-24 on Al Jefferson’s layup with 7:09 left in the half. Indiana led 64-44 at the break.“I just thought tonight we lacked juice, I don’t know why, at both ends,” Triano said. “Our cuts weren’t’ precise offensively and defensively we were a half-step behind them every time they made a move.”TIP INSPacers: Indiana committed a season-low six turnovers. … Opened a five-game trip through the West. … Indiana shot 54.5 percent to the Suns’ 41.2 percent. …. Indiana still is just 8-16 against Suns since 2005-06.Suns: Warren, averaging 19.7 points per game, was a late scratch with low back soreness. … Marquese Chriss missed his second straight game with a right hip strain. … Suns’ most one-sided loss of season was 142-116 at home against Houston on Nov. 16. … Jackson made 4 of 5 shots in the first quarter, the rest of the Suns 2 of 20. … Phoenix was 2 of 15 on 3s in the first quarter. …. Dragan Bender started and was 0-for-7 shooting, six of them errant 3s, and did not score in 30 minutes. … Phoenix plays the next four and six of the next seven on the road.UP NEXTPacers: at Utah on Monday night.Suns: at Portland on Tuesday night. 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