Record-breaking night awaits in Madrid

first_imgMADRID, Spain (AP):It could be a night of records at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium today.In addition to trying to win their Champions League group, Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund will also be looking to make history when they meet in their final Group F match.One draw and Madrid will equal the club’s longest unbeaten run of 34 games in all competitions. One goal and Dortmund will match the most goals ever scored in the tournament’s group stage – 20.On a personal level, Cristiano Ronaldo can become the first player to score 100 times in European competitions if he is able to score twice.Madrid are in position to equal the unbeaten record set under coach Leo Beenhakker in the late 1980s. They would then be five short of Barcelona’s Spanish record of 39 consecutive games without a loss, set last year.Madrid have not been defeated since April at Wolfsburg in the quarterfinals of last season’s Champions League.Dortmund have a chance to become the fourth club to score 20 goals in the group stage. And if they score two or more goals, they will surpass the mark set by Madrid in 2013-14, Barcelona in 2011-12 and Manchester United in 1998-99.Dortmund have scored at least once in every group game so far, and have a shot at the record, thanks mostly to routs against Legia Warsaw 6-0 in Poland and 8-4 in Germany.Ronaldo’s 100th goal has eluded him for some time he hasn’t scored in Champions League play since a 2-2 draw at Dortmund in September. Madrid scored 10 goals in the three matches since then, but none came from Ronaldo.last_img read more

Tough first round for Aussie champ Djokovic

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic drew a difficult first-round opponent in Fernando Verdasco, and Roger Federer’s fall in the rankings complicated his chances at Melbourne Park after he ended up in same quarter as top-ranked Andy Murray, No. 5 Kei Nishikori and No. 10 Tomas Berdych. The official draw for the season’s first major was held yesterday and delivered an awkward opponent for second-seeded Djokovic. Verdasco had an upset win over fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the first round here last year, and had five match points before losing to Djokovic in the semi-finals at Doha last week. Six-time women’s champion Serena Williams, aiming for an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title, drew a challenging first-round opponent in Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic who was seeded 12th last year and also had No. 9 Johanna Konta, No. 17 Caroline Wozniacki and No. 6 Dominika Cibulkova in her quarter. Top-ranked Angelique Kerber, who beat Williams in the final here last year to win her first Grand Slam title and also won the U.S. Open to finish the year at No. 1, is set to play Lesia Tsurenko in the first round. Tsurenko withdrew from her semi-final later Friday in Hobart, citing a viral problem which forced her to pull out of the Brisbane tournament the previous week. She said she hoped to be OK for the Australian Open. Federer had surgery on his left knee last February after reaching the Australian Open semi-finals and, after ending his record run of 65 consecutive majors by skipping the French Open, spent the second half of 2016 on the sidelines recovering after a semi-final exit at Wimbledon. The 17-time Grand Slam winner slipped to No. 16 in the year-end rankings, and dropped a further spot this week to be seeded 17th after Grigor Dimitrov beat Nishikori in the Brisbane International final last Sunday and moved up to No. 15.last_img read more

Bernard given the vote of confidence

first_img Harbour View ended their four game losing streak with a 1-0 win over Waterhouse at the Drewsland Stadium on Sunday because of Kemar Bennett’s 89th minute goal. The three points moves the team up one spot to eighth, with 30 points, 11 behind sixth placed Arnett Gardens, who currently hold the last playoff spot. Johnson is hoping the result can now spur on the club’s fan base. “I do believe if we get more support, especially at our home games, from Harbour View and surrounding communities the team will perform better,” he said. He adds that the Harbour View fans have been loyal over the years but he believes that the team could benefit from a larger regular turnout at the Harbour View Mini Stadium in order to help the team at home. Harbour View FC’s Red Stripe Premier League Manager Oneal Johnson has backed head coach Ludlow Bernard, saying he believes he is still the right man for the job, despite results not going according to plan this season. The Stars of the East had aimed at making the playoffs this season, especially as a rule change by the Premier League Clubs Association now sees six teams entering the knock out stages of the competition. However, strings of bad results all season, especially at home at the Harbour View Mini Stadium, saw the team battling relegation and trying to finish within the top six spots at the end of the third round next month. Bernard has been criticised by fans and pundits alike for the poor form but Johnson said that the club still has full confidence in him. “Coach Bernard puts in lots of work with the team. In fact, all the coaches put in long hours and tremendous dedication,” Johnson said. “It’s admirable how they push day after day and those boys (the players) work hard. They just need support – lots of it, from fans and sponsors.” Johnson told The Gleaner that achieving the team’s original objective of a playoff spot at the start of the season, will take a collective effort inclusive of players, coaching staff and fans alike. He said that as long as games are still left to be played, the team will not give up on a place in the next round. “Mathematically it’s still possible,” he said. “However, our destiny is out of our hands and we now have to hope teams drop lots of points. But it’s still possible if fans and players do their part to help to give the club a lift.” LOSING STREAKlast_img read more

Bullock ends Rain or Shine skid in nipping of Kia

first_imgView comments MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend New acquisitions Ed Daquioag and Mark Borboran also had decent showings in their first game for Rain or Shine, nabbing a combined 13 markers and seven boards.Cummings almost carried Kia to its first win of the conference, but Glenn Khobuntin was whistled for a foul within the last two minutes, allowing Tiu to can two freebies to quash the Picanto run, before Bullock ultimately doused that uproar with his dagger baseline jumper in the final 1:16.Cummings paced the still winless Kia (0-6) with 30 points, seven rebounds, two assists, and two steals, while Reden Celda got 15 markers, six boards, and three steals.The Scores:RAIN OR SHINE 94 – Bullock 20, Tiu 13, Belga 12, Daquioag 8, Ponferrada 7, Trollano 6, Maiquez 6, Yap 5, Borboran 5, King 5, Cruz 4, Ahanmisi 3.KIA 86 – Cummings 30, Celda 15, Revilla 11, Corpuz 10, Deutchman 10, Nimes 3, Khobuntin 3, Yee 2, Ballesteros 2, Paniamogan 0, Galanza 0, Caperal 0, Jaime 0.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano J’Nathan Bullock. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJ’Nathan Bullock made an immediate impact in his first game in a Rain or Shine jersey, towing his side to a 94-86 win over Kia Sunday in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup at Mall of Asia Arena.The 30-year-old forward didn’t shy away from the spotlight, tallying 20 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, and two blocks to help halt the Elasto Painters’ two-game losing skid for an even 2-2 slate.ADVERTISEMENT Coach Caloy Garcia, though, noted that there’s still a lot to be desired in the Elastopainters’ performance after they let a 7-point advantage, 76-59, dwindle down to five, 87-82, courtesy of a Markeith Cummings jumper with 1:57 to play.“We played sloppy in the second half, turned the ball over a lot, and it’s just that our import took too much outside shots,” said Garcia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“[Bullock] only started attacking the basket in the last six minutes of the game and that was the only time we started getting to the line. I know our import can shoot from the outside, but in our game today, maybe he became tight. But once he gets used to it, he’ll be ok,” said Garcia.Chris Tiu got going with 3-of-5 from beyond the arc to wound up with 13 markers, eight assists, and five boards, while Beau Belga had 12 points and three rebounds before getting ejected at the 6:50 mark of the third for incurring a technical foul and a flagrant foul penalty one. AVC: Thailand escapes China in thrilling five-setcenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Teen gunned down in Masbate Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Quarters: 21-17, 44-36, 71-59, 94-86. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Letran coach Napa looks ahead to next season, targets title

first_imgNapa set modest goals to start the season and knew Letran could go as far as the Final Four.He said adversities and at the start of the season also added weight on the Knights’ shoulders.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We knew from the start where we could go. We just had to deal with a lot of issues early in the season, telenovelas which happened and that’s what made us suffer and complicated our situation,” he said.“But we’re not looking at it as an excuse and we think of it as a rallying point for us to solidify our bond and got us to where we’re at. It just so happened that our season ended here.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “One thing’s for sure, my target next year is to become a champion. That’s my mindset,” he boldly declared. “My mindset right now is to go to the Final Four, but next year, our mindset is to become number one.” Despite all they had to deal with, the Knights showed some fight and finished the eliminations at 9-9, tied for fourth as they survived two do-or-die games.Letran nearly made it three knockout games in a row, but San Sebastian, which drew a career performance from Michael Calisaan, was just too much down the stretch.“It’s hard to win if we have 15 missed free throws,” said Napa, who cited the Knights’ horrible shooting from the free throw line, going 18-of-33, after a 74-69 loss to the Stags on Tuesday.“We also had crucial stops that we didn’t execute. We made runs, but when we changed players, it changed the complexion of the game. There were unnecessary things that happened that gave our opponents the momentum.”Napa, though, isn’t blaming anybody for the Knights’ early exit as he looks ahead to the next season where he feels his team can contend for a title.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Stags’ Calisaan has come a long way since his motorcycle accident last year Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netShortly after Letran’s season ended, coach Jeff Napa quickly shifted his focus on the Knights’ future where he sees a different story unfolding.“Next year is a different story. There’s really competition with the talent we have, so there’s no assurance on who will make the lineup next year,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

Nothing personal as Marcelino twins get one over former team

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum coach Topex Robinson knew that something was up with twins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino in the game against Akari-Adamson on Tuesday.With the twins facing their old school, the youthful mentor wasn’t surprised with how motivated the Jaycee and Javee were in their clash in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix as Abueva returns Marcelino said that his lone goal for the game was to play at his best as always to help Zark’s-Lyceum rack its third straight win, rising up to 3-1 in the standings.The stellar game coming at the expense of the Falcons, he said, was just a by-product.“I didn’t expect that I’ll play this well and it happened against Adamson. We’re just lucky,” he said. “Maybe after we lost our first game, we all wanted to work hard in our practice, do extra work so that our games will no longer end up in losses.”ADVERTISEMENT Boeing pitch to PH military: Get Apache, stop being ‘pushed around’ in WPS PLAY LIST 02:48Boeing pitch to PH military: Get Apache, stop being ‘pushed around’ in WPS05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder11:41Typhoon Ursula makes landfall over Eastern Samar02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “They really are driven. Remember that they came from Adamson. Before they found their way to Lyceum, they used to play for Adamson. So they really are motivated to play, and they really are enjoying themselves,” said Robinson.Jaycee poured six of his 19 points in the last five minutes, while also grabbing two boards and two steals in the Jawbreakers’ 83-76 victory over the Falcons, while Jayvee did a stupendous defensive job late and wound up with five markers, four steals, three dimes, and a board.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 folkBut 20-year-old Jaycee clarified he wasn’t motivated to get one over Adamson, saying he still enjoys a healthy friendship with his former teammates like Papi Sarr, Sean Manganti, and Jonathan Espeleta.“Jayvee and I didn’t want to prove anything. We were the ones who decided to leave. There’s no bad blood with us. We’re close with all of our former teammates there,” the humble guard said in Filipino. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Korver drops 30, James posts triple-double as Cavs top Hawks

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) works against Atlanta Hawks guard Isaiah Taylor (22) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — LeBron James had a triple-double and Kyle Korver scored a season-high 30 points, including four straight 3-pointers to close the third period, as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 123-107 on Friday night for a successful start to their reboot.One day after unloading six players, including guards Isaiah Thomas and Dwyane Wade, in three trades, the Cavaliers were in a state of transition. They had only nine available players against the Hawks, but Korver more than made up for a short bench.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Korver, the former Hawks fan favorite, made 7 of 13 from 3-point range and finished two points from matching his career high of 32.James had 22 points, 17 assists and 12 rebounds. Jeff Green, also coming off the bench, had 24 points.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 folkNewcomers George Hill, Jordan Clarkson, Larry Nance Jr. and Rodney Hood joined the Cavs, but remained in the locker room during the game. They are expected to make their debuts with Cleveland on Sunday in Boston.The team sent medical staff to Atlanta to complete physicals with the four players as quickly as possible. Cavaliers: Cedi Osman, making his first start, had 16 points but struggled at the free-throw line. He made only two of seven free throws, twice missing each of two attempts. … London Perrantes and John Holland played limited roles to add depth to the temporarily short-handed roster.Hawks: Coach Mike Budenholzer says the team bought out Marco Belinelli’s contract both for the veteran 3-point specialist and to give younger players, including rookie Tyler Dorsey, more playing time. Dorsey had 14 points and made three 3-pointers. The move with Belinelli, 31, was announced before the game. … G DeAndre Bembry posted bond and was with the team following his arrest early Friday for speeding on an Atlanta interstate. He was clocked driving a purple Dodge Charger at 128 mph on Interstate 85 about 12:20 a.m. Bembry, who has a left abductor strain, has not played since Dec. 22. … Former Braves standout Chipper Jones, to be inducted into the Hall of Fame this summer, sat courtside near the Hawks bench.UP NEXTCavaliers: Visit Boston on Sunday.Hawks: Host Pistons on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold PLAY LIST 07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year The team planned a practice on Saturday to begin what coach Tyronn Lue said would be a re-introduction of the offense and defense.“It can be good for us offensively and defensively, starting all over and breaking everything down from scratch will be good for this team,” Lue said. “Even guys who have been here, I think it will be good. It will take some time to do that but we’ve got the All-Star break coming up. … We’ll try to get those guys up to speed as quickly as possible.”Dennis Schroder led Atlanta with 25 points. Taurean Prince had 15 points.Cleveland led 83-80 late in the third period when James scored and was fouled by John Collins. James’ momentum carried him into a section of fans under the basket, and he was limping when he emerged. He made the free throw, remained in the game and then had assists on back-to-back 3s by Korver for a 91-80 lead.Korver made a third straight 3-pointer following a timeout to stretch the lead to 14 points. Following a basket by Atlanta’s Malcolm Delaney, Korver added his fourth 3 of the period, a buzzer-beater.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Luis Suarez has Barcelona on course to win 2 titles in Spain Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

WORLD CUP: Peru returns to finals after 36-year absence

first_imgPeru will be relying on two players who rarely feature for their clubs: Central defender Alberto Rodriguez and left back Miguel Trauco.At age 34, Rodriguez returned to training at Colombia’s Junior Barranquilla only in the middle of April after an injury to his right leg. Trauco played only three matches this year for Flamengo in Brazil.MIDFIELDERSRenato Tapia of Feyenoord was integral during qualifying along with Yoshimar Yotun of Orlando City. Attacking midfielder Christian Cueva of Sao Paulo is known for his dribbling skills, precise passes and creativity.FORWARDSGuerrero scored twice in a 3-0 win over Saudi Arabia in a World Cup warmup Sunday. It marked his triumphant comeback three days after he was cleared to play in Russia. He tested positive for metabolites of cocaine at a World Cup qualifying game last October and might still have to complete a 14-month ban imposed by the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport. But the court has said that the ban should not apply until Guerrero’s appeal is heard in full after the World Cup. His urgent request to the court was backed by Peru’s government and a wave of emotional support from home fans who believe that the 34-year-old is key to Peru’s success in the tournament.Lokomotiv’s Jefferson Farfan and Raul Ruidiaz, from Mexico’s Monarcas, are the other goalscorers.GROUP GAMESBased in Moscow, Peru opens on June 16 against Denmark, plays France on June 21, and Australia on June 26.FULL SQUAD 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017 filer Peru team poses for a photo prior to a World Cup play-off qualifying match against New Zealand in Lima, Peru. (AP Photo/Karel Navarro, File)LIMA, Peru — The Peruvian players heading to Russia weren’t alive when the team last appeared at the World Cup.The 36-year wait is over.ADVERTISEMENT Argentine coach Ricardo Gareca has restored the elegant ball possession and short passing style that carried Peru to the quarterfinals of the 1970 edition.While lacking stars, Peru will be hoping its ability to adapt to different conditions serves it well across Russia. The players have already shown through qualifying that they can handle everything from the altitude of the Andean mountains to the heat of the Amazon. They also got a major boost after top-scorer and team captain, Paolo Guerrero, was recently cleared to play in Russia when a Swiss court agreed to temporarily lift his doping suspension.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 crownHere’s a closer look at the Peru team, which secured its place at the World Cup through the playoffs against New Zealand:COACH Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gareca was responsible for denying Peru a place at the 1986 World Cup, scoring the goal that ended its qualification hopes while playing for Argentina.He went on to gain two decades of coaching experience in the South American club game, including spells at Brazil’s Palmeiras, Argentina’s Velez Sarsfield, and Colombia’s America de Cali, and has led Peru since 2015.GOALKEEPERSPedro Gallese, of Mexico’s Veracruz, will wear Peru’s No. 1 jersey after recovering from a right knee injury he sustained in February.DEFENDERSADVERTISEMENT Asian Games tickets up for grabs starting end of June In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Goalkeepers: Pedro Gallese (Veracruz), Carlos Caceda (Municipal), Jose Carvallo (UTC)Defenders: Luis Advincula (Lobos), Aldo Corzo (Universitario), Miguel Trauco (Flamengo), Christian Ramos (Veracruz), Alberto Rodriguez (Junior), Miguel Araujo (Alianza Lima), Nilson Loyola (Melgar FBC), Anderson Santamaria (Puebla)Midfielders: Edison Flores (Aalborg), Paolo Hurtado (Vitoria Guimaraes), Renato Tapia (Feyenoord), Yoshimar Yotun (Orlando City), Pedro Aquino (Lobos), Christian Cueva (Sao Paulo), Wilder Cartagena (Veracruz)Forwards: Paolo Guerrero (Flamengo), Andre Carrillo (Watford), Raul Ruidiaz (Morelia), Jefferson Farfan (Lokomotiv Moscu), Andy Polo (Portland)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Yap’s clutch heroics lift Rain or Shine past Ginebra for tied series

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 The Elasto Painters sent this clear message to their critics last night, gutting out a come-from-behind 109-100 win to level the semifinal clash with fan-favorite Barangay Ginebra in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Reggie Johnson and James Yap delivered the crucial jumpers at the crunch in a whirlwind finish that saw the Ginebra offensive machine conking out in the end.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’Yap again summoned his MVP form, pumping in 18 points and capped by a long triple with less than a minute left that practically shut the door on the Gin Kings to gain a commanding 2-0 lead in their best-of-five series.“Everybody has written us off. Now it’s 1-1 and we have time to regroup,’’ said Johnson, highly efficient throughout with his team-high 25 points, 20 rebounds and eight assists. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “We’re a confident bunch. We’re down 0-1 at the start, but we didn’t panic,’’ added the burly Rain or Shine enforcer.Electing to take it from afar instead of piercing the Rain or Shine defense in the middle, successive misses by Joe De Vance, Jeff Chan and Justin Brownlee from the arc accelerated their defeat to the disappointment of the pro-Ginebra crowd at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.“All I can say is we played great defense in the last three minutes of the game,’’ said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia.While the spotlight trained on Johnson and Yap for that awesome finishing kick, Garcia credited Rey Nambatac for doing a masterful job off the bench.The rookie from Letran buried back-to-back three-pointers midway in the fourth that ignited the Elasto Painters’ end-game onslaught.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t count out Rain or Shine yet.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? PBA affirms support for Gilas Pilipinas following Fiba ban Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “He (Nambatac) provided the spark and changed the complexion of the game while James and Reggie hit those big shots,’’ said Garcia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Black hopes struggling Bolts ‘get better’ during long break

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Black, though, is confident his team can figure out its early struggles with two-time Best Import Allen Durham leading the way.Durham wasn’t an exactly an instant remedy for Meralco in his first few games with the team with the Bolts going 2-3 to begin the 2016 Governors’ Cup but the Bolts eventually gained momentum to earn the fourth seed and go into the finals.It was also in 2016 that Durham hurt his nose but nonetheless won the individual honor en route to the championship round.“We struggled a little bit before with AD, especially when he broke his nose,” said Black. “If I remember it correctly, he broke his nose at the beginning of the conference and as he got better, he started to heal, we started to get better as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco, long considered as a championship caliber team in the PBA Governors’ Cup, has hit a little bump at the start of the conference.The Bolts fell to 1-2 after their disappointing 80-72 loss to Alaska Friday at Mall of Asia Arena, and head coach Norman Black expressed his concern.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Uzbekistan’s Istomin pockets Asian Games gold, flies to US Open Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It’s always a concern when you’re losing but its part of the job,” said Black, who led Meralco to two straight finals appearances in 2016 and 2017 only to lose to Ginebra in both occasions.Black, though, is looking forward to nearly a month-long break between his team’s loss to the Aces and their next match against Phoenix.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’Meralco has one of the weirdest schedules in the PBA due to the league taking a break to occupy Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers but Black hopes to use the long layoff to improve the Bolts.“We have, whew, three weeks off, three and a half weeks off, but before that we had three games in one week,” said Black. “Scheduling was not perfect but at the same time we just have to get better during the break.”last_img read more