Rookie jitters

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina And he was even more helpless in the fourth, when the Fuel Masters opened up a 17-point lead and practically decided the outcome with a lot of time left.Shooting close to 19 points and handing out 8.5 assists in the first two NLEX victories, Ravena was clearly at his worst against Phoenix and it instantly brought him back to Earth with a loud thud.“I will have to prepare even better for different situations,” he said after shooting 4-for-13 from the field in NLEX’s 95-102 loss. “I have no excuses. I shot poorly and that didn’t help the team at all.”Ravena was processing everything while he talked and, instead of dwelling on how he was made to look just like any other rookie, immediately pointed out that there was a lot of work to be done.“We have a string of tough games ahead, against very strong teams,” the two-time UAAP Most Valuable Player with Ateneo said. “Better get ready for those teams. It will be even harder.”Fans have seen the best and worst of Ravena in just three pro games, and it would be interesting to see how he bounces back.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano seeks NSAs’ commitment MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena is trying to process the most out of his first loss in the Philippine Basketball Association.“You take the good with the bad,” Ravena said on Sunday night after Phoenix Petroleum clamped down hard on NLEX’s super rookie and held him to just eight points—his lowest in his three-game pro career—that helped doom the Road Warriors to their first loss in the Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There were a lot of things to be learned tonight,” the 6-foot guard went on as he was met by girlfriend, volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez, just outside the NLEX locker room at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“And the biggest thing there was that I know that you can’t be passive in this league. You just can’t go out there and turn it on when you want it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRavena said that he tried pacing himself in the first half, knowing that the defense was on him right from the start.But when the going got rough in the third period, Phoenix already had his number and he couldn’t do much about it. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

Cavs cruise to blowout over sinking Suns

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ PH gymnast Yulo wins anew, bags silver in Qatar tilt Phoenix was without its top two scorers, Devin Booker (right hand sprain) and T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation). But even they might not have been able to stop the Suns from losing for the 25th time in 27 games.Troy Daniels scored 20 points, and Marquese Chriss had 19 to pace Phoenix.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSeemingly disinterested early on, the Cavs found themselves trailing 30-23 after one quarter. But after missing their first seven 3-pointers, the Cavs found their range and knocked down four long shots in a row — including a 28-footer by Love — and went on a 32-7 run.The Cavs outscored the Suns 39-18 in the second quarter, pushed their lead to 30 in the third and coasted to their seventh straight win over Phoenix. The Fighting Irish advanced with a win over Lexington. James joked that when he’s getting ready to sleep, nothing stops him.“It’s really only my kids who can cut into my nap time, my wife as well, my mom if something is really needed,” he said. “They know once I go into that bedroom, it’s really zero dark thirty. Leave me alone.”TIP-INSSuns: Booker, who has missed three straight games, tested his hand during pregame warmups before deciding not to play. The issue is more with him catching the ball than shooting. … Warren has missed two games in a row and is unlikely to play Saturday. He’s averaging 19.6 points. …. Veteran C Tyson Chandler has been limited to 46 games because of injuries and will be used sparingly over the final two weeks. “We talked about his overall health more than anything,” interim head coach Jay Triano said. “He still practices, but he’s obviously he’s not 100 percent so it doesn’t make sense to play him.”Cavaliers: James has scored at least 10 points in 863 straight games, three shy of tying Michael Jordan’s NBA record. James is in line to tie the mark on Wednesday in Charlotte, potentially with Jordan in attendance. … F Jeff Green left with an illness after playing seven minutes in the first quarter and didn’t return. … Drew doesn’t know if Lue will join the team on its upcoming trip to Brooklyn, Miami and Charlotte. Drew visited Lue at his home on Thursday and the two discussed how to integrate the players returning from injuries. … F Kyle Korver won’t return until next week. He’s been away with his family following the death of his younger brother, Kirk.UP NEXTSuns: At Orlando on Saturday.Cavaliers: At Brooklyn on Sunday. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Although Nance Jr. was back, Cavs acting coach Larry Drew, sitting in while Tyronn Lue is away dealing with health issues, stuck with his same starting lineup. That could change in the days ahead as Cleveland tinkers with a team that has only been at full strength for one game all season.Nance Jr. finished with 15 points and 10rebounds in 22 minutes. Hood had nine points in 21 minutes and Thompson nine rebounds in 16 minutes.NAP TIMEJames religiously takes naps as part of his pregame routine. His plan for Friday was to wake up while his alma mater, St. Vincent-St. Mary, was playing in a state semifinal game. He got up earlier than expected.“Well guess what, the inner #IrishPride woke me up 2 mins before tipoff anyways! Let’s go Irish,” James tweeted.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Cleveland Cavaliers’ George Hill, left, and Phoenix Suns’ Tyler Ulis eye the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 23, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 27 points in three quarters, Kevin Love added 20 and the Cleveland Cavaliers welcomed back three players from injury during a 120-95 blowout Friday night over the sinking Phoenix Suns, who lost their 10th straight game.James added nine assists and six rebounds before watching and cheering from the bench in the fourth while the Cavs rolled to an easy win with their healthiest roster in weeks. Forwards Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood all returned from injuries, good news as Cleveland gears up for the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Wagner, Michigan end Loyola’s Cinderella run in Final Four

first_imgMichigan’s Moritz Wagner (13) reacts during the first half in the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament against Loyola-Chicago , Saturday, March 31, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)SAN ANTONIO — Staring down a 10-point deficit against an underdog that seemed nothing short of blessed during the madness of March, Moe Wagner and Michigan clamped down on Loyola-Chicago and ended one of the most memorable NCAA Tournament runs ever.Wagner, Charles Matthews and the Wolverines erased a 10-point second-half deficit and Michigan beat the Ramblers 69-57 Saturday night in the Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ The third-seeded Wolverines (33-7) will take a 14-game winning streak into their first national championship game appearance since 2013, and second under coach Jon Beilein.Michigan will play either Villanova or Kansas for its first NCAA title since 1989 on Monday night at the Alamodome.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownLovable Loyola (32-6), with superfan Sister Jean courtside and their fans behind the bench standing for pretty much the entire game, could not conjure another upset. The Ramblers were the fourth 11th-seeded team to make it this far and like the previous three, the semifinals were the end of the road.Coach Porter Moser said he was proud of players Ben Richardson, Aundre Jackson and Donte Ingram for holding it together during a postgame news conference, answering questions with red eyes and long faces. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “It was as tough a locker room as I’ve seen,” Moser said. “They believed that they belong. They believed, they wanted to advance.”Loyola had no answers for the 6-foot-11 Wagner and its offense, so smooth and efficient on the way to San Antonio, broke down in the second half and finished with 17 turnovers.Wagner, playing in front of his parents who made the trip from Germany, scored 24 points, had 15 rebounds and was 10 for 16 from the field. Matthews, the Kentucky transfer and Chicago native, added 17 points, including a run-out dunk with 1:33 left that made it 63-53.And that was that.“I just tried to go in the game, take what the opponent is giving me, what the game is giving me, stay emotionally solid and don’t get emotionally drunk, and it worked out today,” said Wagner, who became the third player in the last 40 years with a 20 and 15 game in the Final Four, joining Hakeem Olajuwon of Houston in 1983 (then known as Akeem) and Larry Bird of Indiana State in 1979.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Joshua beats Parker, becomes 3-belt heavyweight champion As the seconds ticked off, Wagner pumped his fist to the many Michigan fans who made the trek to San Antonio and Loyola’s Jackson, who got the Ramblers rolling with a late game-winning 3 in the first round against Miami, looked toward the roof and shook his head.Cameron Krutwig, Loyola’s big man, scored 17 points and Clayton Custer had 13 of his 15 after halftime. But facing one of the best defensive teams in the country, the best defensive team Beilein has ever had in 11 seasons in Ann Arbor, the Ramblers scored just 16 points in the final 14 minutes.Custer scored seven straight points for Loyola at one point to put the Ramblers up 41-31 with 14:08 remaining. Michigan refused to fade, even with point guard Zavier Simpson — whose solid play has been critical to the Wolverines’ late-season surge — playing terribly. Simpson had none points and four turnovers.Jaaron Simmons, Simpson’s backup, made a 3 and Duncan Robinson hit another a few minutes later and the deficit was down to 45-42 with 10 minutes left.“Not dropping our heads, that was the main thing,” Simmons said. “We haven’t been down in a game for a long time. So not dropping our heads was one of the main adjustments we had to make.”Wagner hit a 3 from right in front of the Michigan bench with 6:50 left to tie it, and moments later the Wolverines were back on top, 49-47, when Jordan Poole made two free throws.Loyola turned it over on three straight possessions and Wagner tipped in a miss by Poole, was fouled and converted the three-point play to put Michigan up 54-47 with just under five minutes left.The Ramblers’ 14-game losing streak is over, along with an incredible feel-good story at a time that college basketball, engulfed in a corruption scandal, could truly use one. Sister Jean Dolores-Schmidt and her favorite team, the Missouri Valley Conference champions, making their first NCAA appearance since 1985, will return to Chicago as heroes, regardless.“It’s special to see kind of what stage we were able to get to,” said Richardson, a senior who grew up in Kansas with Custer and then convinced his friend to transfer from Iowa State to Loyola. “Despite going out this way, were going to never forget this. I think a lot of people will remember this run for a long time.”Michigan has more work to do. The Wolverines will resume the underdog role they played much of the season Monday night, trying to win its second NCAA championship. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Filipino marathoner Sangalang conquers North Pole

first_imgSangalang traversed the snowy terrain and endured freezing temperatures.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The 40-year-old Sangalang was the lone Filipino in the race and he didn’t disappoint by showcasing the Filipino spirit.Sangalang vowed to complete the race and he delivered, crossing the finish line in 11 hours and four minutes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’READ: Marathoner vows to conquer North Pole“I consider this not just my most challenging race but the most challenging event to date in my life,” Sangalang said two months ago. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte to side with US if Filipinos are harmed in Middle East ruckus PLAY LIST 01:42Duterte to side with US if Filipinos are harmed in Middle East ruckus00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Louie Sangalang during the North Pole Marathon held on April 16, 2018. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOHaving survived cancer in his 20s, Louie Sangalang is no stranger to overcoming adversities.Just recently, Sangalang conquered his greatest challenge yet after hurdling the arduous FWD North Pole Marathon.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES LeBron James’ 46 helps Cavaliers hold off Pacers for tied series ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

PBA: Meralco destroys Blackwater for third straight win

first_imgMeralco left a trail of destruction and on its path was Blackwater after a 102-75 dismantling in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew RELATED VIDEO DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “The bench did a very good job in not only maintaining the advantage that the first team gave us in the firs three quarters but they were able to increase the advantage and I think a lot of credit goes to our second team particularly to Anjo Caram.”Meralco’s bench pushed the envelope further at the start of the fourth quarter mounting a 14-5 run in the first five minutes with Mac Baracael’s jumper capping off the spurt for the Bolts’ 93-52 lead.Arize Onuaku put up a 17-point, 17-rebound double-double to lead the Bolts while Caram finished with 13 points on 6-of-10 shooting.Cliff Hodge added 12 points and five rebounds for Meralco while Jared Dillinger and Niño Canaleta had 11 and 10 points, respectively.Henry Walker had 14 points and 13 rebounds for the Elite.ADVERTISEMENT Mercito Gesta wins regional lightweight title The Bolts muscled their way to their third straight win and to a 6-2 record, and a spot in the quarterfinals, while the bottom-dwelling Elite are at a miserable 1-9 card with one more game left in their schedule.Anjo Caram, who scored eight points in the second quarter, sparked Meralco’s blistering 29-7 run in the period while Baser Amer capped it off with a three-pointer with less than a second remaining to punctuate the half and put the Bolts up 59-30.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBolts head coach Norman Black knew they had to win against the Elite, and he was glad that his players responded right away.“I thought my guys played with a sense of urgency as far as this game being a must-win situation for us,” said Black. “I thought my guys did a great job at limiting Blackwater in the first three quarters.” Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Kemba Walker focal point of Hornets franchise going forward

first_imgKemba Walker of the Charlotte Hornets prepares for their game against the Chicago Bulls at Spectrum Center on February 27, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPCHARLOTTE, N.C. — General manager Mitch Kupchak wants point guard Kemba Walker to end his NBA career right where it started — with the Charlotte Hornets.Kupchak said Friday that Walker is “revered” in the Charlotte community, and that he and owner Michael Jordan look at the two-time All-Star as “the focal point of this franchise going forward.”ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t think it is anybody’s goal to lose him in free agency,” Kupchak said. “But going forward, in the community, in the franchise, this is a player that we hope is with us — not only for the next couple of years, but ends his career here.”The Hornets don’t have much experience behind Walker at point guard.They have last year’s first-round draft pick Malik Monk and drafted Devonte Graham from Kansas in the second round on Thursday night.Graham said he is excited to pick Walker’s brain when it comes to basketball.“I have never met him, but I remember watching him play when he was at UConn though,” Graham said. “I’m just excited man to learn from someone like that and just be around someone like that who is winner, and knows how to win and compete. I am looking forward to being able to learn from him.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PVL men’s: Air Force soars to No. 3 in semis Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 28-year-old Walker has been the subject of possible NBA trade talks as he prepares to enter the final year of his contract with the Hornets. That speculation has amped up recently because it is a practical impossibility for Charlotte to sign Walker to an extension before he becomes a free agent in July of 2019 since the Hornets are so tight under the salary cap.“I think everybody is aware of the situation, if you follow basketball a little bit, it is unique that he is on an extension that may make it a challenge going forward to figure out before he becomes a free agent,” Kupchak said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownAt $12 million per year, Walker well underpaid when compared to the other top point guards in the league.But that doesn’t mean Kupchak is giving up hope the team can keep Walker in Charlotte. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalalei suspended for EPO

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kalalei has been provisionally suspended from all competition. The 23-year-old Kalalei won the Athens Marathon in November.He is the second Kenyan doping case to be confirmed by the AIU in the last week after former Commonwealth Games 10,000-meter champion Lucy Wangui was suspended for a positive test for morphine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Another athlete, sprinter Boniface Mweresa, was dropped from the Kenyan team for the recent African championships in Nigeria for allegedly failing a doping test, although Kenyan authorities haven’t released details of that case.Kalalei’s suspension is yet another blow to the reputation of Kenya. The world’s leading distance-running country has seen doping cases involving its athletes mount since the 2012 London Olympics. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ One of Kenya’s top athletes, three-time 1,500-meter world champion Asbel Kiprop, was suspended for a positive test for EPO in February. Kiprop’s case has been referred to a disciplinary tribunal and he faces a four-year ban.Ruth Jebet, the Kenya-born runner who now competes for Bahrain and is the reigning Olympic champion in the 3,000 steeplechase, was also suspended for EPO in February. Jebet is just 21.Other recent high-profile Kenyan doping cases include Olympic women’s marathon champion Jemima Sumgong, who has been banned until 2021 for using EPO. Sumgong faces a second case at the AIU for allegedly tampering with a doping sample.Another top marathon runner, Rita Jeptoo, was also banned for four years for EPO. Jeptoo was the leader of the marathon world series when she failed an out-of-competition test in Kenya in late 2014.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:53Pentagon suspends Saudi students’ flight training02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award FILE – In this Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017 file photo, Kenya’s Samuel Kalalei finishes in the first place at the 35th Athens Marathon at Panathenaikon stadium in Athens. Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalaei has tested positive for EPO, another athlete from the East African nation to be suspended for doping. Kalalei’s positive test was announced Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 by the Athletics Integrity Unit and he has been provisionally suspended from all competition. (AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Kenyan marathon runner Samuel Kalalei has tested positive for EPO, another athlete from the East African nation to be suspended for doping.Kalalei’s positive test was announced Tuesday by the Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees doping cases for the IAAF.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Tiger Woods takes ice bath, prepares for final major of year Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more

Guiao on being permanent PH coach: ‘If they give it to me formally, I will accept it’

first_imgBut even informally, Guiao doesn’t want to talk about the head coaching post beyond the World Cup.“If we don’t qualify, (I’ll quit),” he said. “Only shows that I ‘m not up to the task.”“It’s about milestones,” he added. “It’s about delivering the objective, why you’re there. If our goal is the World Cup and we don’t make it, as coach, you should resign.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “These guys play through cut foreheads and bleeding noses and show up even with their wives pregnant (at home),” said Guiao. “What kind of a hardship would it be for me to leave them? What kind of a person would I be if I do that?”There even won’t be any need for long-drawn negotiations.“We are not talking about money anyway,” he said. “(SBP officials) just told us to play, to coach, and they did not promise us anything. We just want to be of service (to the country).”Ryan Gregorio, who is a scout for the national team, said Guiao’s effect on the national program is evident. The talent depth of the national pool has expanded exponentially since he took over the reins on an interim basis.“The only problem with coach Yeng is a great problem,” Gregorio said. “Everybody wants to play for him. Marcio (Lassiter) had his forehead cut open in the game against Iran. When we flew back here, he had it stitched immediately so he can play against Qatar.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cold-shooting Philippines turns to defense in win over Qatar Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college There is no other coach in the horizon that would be a suitable successor to Reyes’ post. But Guiao refused to address the issue until he was done with the Fiba qualifying window he was tasked with.And as that window came to a close via a closed-door 92-81 victory over a fast-starting Qatar Monday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Guiao finally addressed the vacancy but hedged on making any commitment pending a formal announcement from the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on his appointment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“If they give it to me formally, I will accept it,” said Guiao.It would be laughable, said the fiery mentor, to do otherwise. Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao. Photo from Fiba.comThe moment Chot Reyes resigned as national coach, Yeng Guiao was put in the spotlight.He whipped a two-week old squad into fighting form for the Asian Games despite its top player, Jordan Clarkson, joining the team just five days before the tournament started. He kept a suspension-crippled Gilas Pilipinas in the thick of things against Iran until he ran out of tricks to offset the team’s hypothermia-hit shooting in Tehran.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Blazers look to shake off last season’s disappointing end

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard poses for a photo during media day in Portland, Ore., Monday, Sept. 24, 2017. The Trail Blazers head into fall camp still stinging from last season’s first-round playoff sweep by New Orleans. Portland returns the nucleus of the team _ Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic _ that went 49-33 last season. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — The Trail Blazers head into fall camp still stinging from last season’s first-round playoff sweep by New Orleans.The trick now is not to overcorrect.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ CONTINUITY: The Blazers have been an incredibly steady team over the past three years. Two seasons ago, they returned 10 players, last year it was 12 and this season it’s 11, including the starting lineup.“The disappointing thing for me is that the last two years we haven’t gotten off to good starts. In January, we’re below .500. So it hasn’t manifested itself into early-season success, which you would think that having that carryover, it would,” Stotts said. “We don’t have that luxury this year.”PORTLAND’S CURRY: One of the additions this summer was guard Seth Curry, who was signed to a two-year deal. The 6-foot-2 younger brother of Steph Curry didn’t play last season because of a leg injury, but the season before he averaged 12.8 points and 2.7 assists in 70 games with the Dallas Mavericks.ED’S EXIT: The biggest absence this year is undoubtedly Ed Davis, who was effective off the bench and popular in the locker room. Davis averaged 5.3 points and 7.4 rebounds for Portland last season. A free agent, Davis went to the Brooklyn Nets. Portland also lost reserves Shabazz Napier and Pat Connaughton.PROTEST: Outside the Moda Center on Monday a group of demonstrators displayed companion banners that read “Blazers Yes” and “Warcrimes No.” The signs were part of an ongoing protest of the team’s relationship with Leupold & Stevens, an Oregon-based company that manufactures rifle scopes and binoculars. The protest targets the company’s deal in 2017 to supply scopes for the ground arm of the Israel Defense Forces. The company sponsors a “Hometown Hero” award at each home game.OPENING NIGHT: Portland’s opening night game is set for Oct. 18 against LeBron James and his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers.“I think it’s similar to when he came back to Cleveland, it takes time,” Lillard said. “Anytime you bring guys in and they join a young team, a new team, I think it just takes time to gel, being on the floor together, learning each other, learning how to win together. So I think it’s good that we get them early.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No LeBron, no spotlight: Cavaliers start anew without star Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lillard tried in the offseason to balance the positives and the negatives.“I think I do a good job of placing my energy in the right place,” Lillard said. “I always look back and say, ‘I made another All-Star game, I was first-team All-NBA,’ that means I was one of the five best players last season. A lot went into that. .. It didn’t make up for it (the sweep) but it’s important that you acknowledge those other things.”No sixth seed had ever swept a No. 3 in a best-of-seven series.McCollum is focused on the future.“You have to move on from it but it sticks in the back of your mind. It’s healthy to be upset. It’s healthy to go through that process of figuring out what you could have done better and watching film,” McCollum said. “And then you have to remove yourself from it because it’s the past.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “You run the risk of overreacting to defeats, and maybe being blinded by victories,” coach Terry Stotts said. “I think it’s important that we learn from it, I don’t want our team to forget about it. I don’t want our team to forget about the feeling we had, not just after the series was over, but what we had to live through over the summer, and keep that edge. Hopefully, we use it as a learning experience.”Portland returns the nucleus — Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum and Jusuf Nurkic — of a team that went 49-33 last season. Apart from the early postseason exit, it was mostly considered a success.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBoosted by a 13-game winning streak that started with a victory over the Golden State Warriors just before the All-Star break, the Blazers secured the third seed in the Western Conference. They clinched the Northwest Division title for the seventh time in franchise history and went to the playoffs for the fifth straight year.Lillard again drove the team’s success. In March he averaged 27.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.5 assists. He also set a franchise record by making 64 straight free throws. But New Orleans contained him in the playoffs. He averaged 18.5 points during the series, after scoring 26.9 per game during the regular season. View commentslast_img read more

Steady pulse

first_imgLATEST STORIES No other team in the field will be able to match that, and with the Beermen dropping to 6-4 after seeing a four-game winning streak come to a halt, San Miguel bowed out of the race for that quarterfinal bonus.Idle Rain or Shine, which outsteadied Meralco, 88-85 on Friday night, is at 8-3 and would await the results of the other games to know if it would play in a KO game for the second quarterfinal bonus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWright made 3-of-7 triple tries and finished with 25 points, while Perkins completed a double-double with 10 points and the same number of rebounds as the duo put Phoenix in great position toward playing in the Final Four for the first time.The Fuel Masters will play the No. 8 seed in the quarters, needing just one win to advance to the semifinals. June Mar Fajardo had 29 points and 12 rebounds in leading the Beermen, who are trying to extend a league record by winning this conference for the fifth straight year.Three more players finished in twin digits for the Beermen, with Terrence Romeo shooting 15, though he missed the potential game-tying triple at the buzzer.Meanwhile, Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra clash in what is seen by many as the most awaited game in the elimination round, but both teams definitely see it in another way.With both still out of the playoff picture, the Hotshots and the Gin Kings square off at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, looking for victories that would enhance their respective positions while at the same time claiming bragging rights.The two most popular squads in the league are running in the middle of the pack with only Ginebra still having a chance in the race for a top two berth and a twice-to-beat privileges.ADVERTISEMENT But winning tonight would keep them well within range of playing on a level playing field in the quarterfinals, with the loser’s back to be pushed hard against the wall heading into the final elimination round games.Magnolia will be coming into the contest taking its first winning streak, and coach Chito Victolero feels that his Hotshots are progressing at just the right time heading in the homestretch.“We’re getting there,” Victolero had said after a 109-83 dismantling of Columbian Dyip last week. “We need to continue to have that playoff mentality.”As things stand, Rain or Shine already ended its elimination round schedule with an 8-3 card for at least a tie for the second twice-to-beat berth, and Ginebra needs to win this game to stay within range, with a number of teams also still within range of tying the Elasto Painters.NLEX and Blackwater square off in the 4:30 p.m. contest, with the Road Warriors seeking a second straight win and the Elite trying to fan their fading hopes of advancing.The Road Warriors are at 3-5 and need nothing less than a sweep of their last three games to assure conflict-free passage into the next round. MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award And now for the hard part Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phoenix Pulse forward Jason Perkins rises for a short stab against the teeth of the San Miguel Beer defense. —PBA IMAGESPANABO—Jason Perkins and Matthew Wright hit the shots that mattered in the stretch and led Phoenix Pulse to a pulsating 96-93 victory over San Miguel Beer for top seeding—and the first twice-to-beat advantage—in the first round of the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs.The gunslinger Wright hit a triple with 1:16 remaining to snap the game’s last tie at 90 before Perkins, the reigning Rookie of the Year, dropped the last three points in the Petron Saturday Special Game that had the Fuel Masters closing out with a 9-2 card.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more