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first_img“It’s gonna be tough, personally I saw the last game where they dominated San Miguel,” said Racela. “You know their (Gin Kings) strength, it’s their height and the coaches that they have.”They start their best-of-five semifinals series on Monday also at the Big Dome. On Sunday, the other semifinal pairing gets going when Star battles Meralco in Biñan, Laguna.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Final Four matchups bumped up on intrigue as it will pit squads belonging to rival business tycoons.The reigning champion Kings and the Hotshots are owned by San Miguel Corp.’s Ramon S. Ang while Smart/PLDT’s Manny V. Pangilinan owns Meralco and TNT. PBA IMAGESTNT relied on an endgame burst to beat Rain or Shine, 118-114, Friday night and finally nail the last semifinal slot in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But just as soon as the final buzzer sounded, it dawned on TNT coach Nash Racela that they are going to be taking an even more difficult task of facing a rampaging defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT “It was a hard-fought victory,” said Racela. “I knew all along that we were going up against a tough team in Rain or Shine. The breaks went our way down the stretch.”Bullock made both his free throws for a 114-112 Rain or Shine lead in the last 46 seconds, pushing the second-ranked TNT against the ropes.But Castro also made a pair of his own to force 114-all before a Jericho Cruz miss paved the way for that air ball/alley oop shot.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny But even without that curious subplot, TNT import Glen Rice Jr., acknowledged the daunting job ahead.“We just have to go out there and grind it out and see what happens,” said Rice, who topscored with 34 points including a put-back off a rare air ball by Jayson Castro that sealed the victory in the final 10.2 seconds.“It’s a pass, I guess,” differed the son of the famed NBA superstar. “He just happened to find me open.”The shot gave the Texters a 116-114 lead and TNT forced the Painters into a turnover to cement their entry into the semifinals after being forced to a knockout match by a gritty Rain or Shine squad.The Painters, who evened out a twice-to-beat disadvantage after a 106-102 win Wednesday, was in the thick of the fight all throughout until import J’Nathan Bullock threw away a chance to equalize in the last 10 seconds by a bad pass.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Eagles try to stretch unbeaten run; Archers vow rebound LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Jeter hears complaints of Marlins fans at town hall

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson He told them the Marlins traded major league home run champion Giancarlo Stanton, stolen base champ Dee Gordon and All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna for prospects because an affordable payroll and stronger farm system is the only path to sustained success.Jeter calmly answered questions until there were no more, and after the 90-minute session, he said he appreciated the fans’ feedback — positive and negative.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 folk“They’re passionate,” Jeter said. “That’s the thing that is most important, and that’s the thing that stood out. I would much rather have a situation where we’re answering questions from fans who are passionate, as opposed to everyone sitting there saying all positives. It shows me they care about the performance on the field and this team, and obviously they’ve been through a lot.”Some 200 ticket-holders attended the town hall, the first in a series, and the seats arranged in the outfield plaza were nearly full — a refreshing change for the attendance-challenged franchise. Jeter opened his charm offensive by addressing the recent payroll purge. Miami Marlins co-owner Derek Jeter speaks during town hall meeting at Marlins Park in Sunrise, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP)MIAMI — Derek Jeter sat Tuesday night in the left field plaza at Marlins Park, facing the music with the downtown skyline behind him.The former New York Yankees shortstop fielded questions from season-ticket holders, many upset about the direction of the team under a new ownership group led by Jeter.ADVERTISEMENT While Jeter has said he’ll oversee both baseball and business operations, it’s unclear to what degree he’ll be a hands-on owner. With Stanton gone, he becomes the face of the franchise by default, but has seemed reluctant to embrace that role.When one fan told Jeter she emailed her complaints to him, he recoiled in alarm.“You don’t have my email address,” he said.After the town hall, he said meeting with center fielder Christian Yelich and catcher J.T. Realmuto — who could form the core of the team next season — is not part of his job.As to whether Yelich or Realmuto might be the next player traded, Jeter said: “I can’t say who will be playing for the Marlins in 2018, because we’re still looking to improve the organization.”Jeter also disputed the impression the recent trades favored the other teams. He noted that in the Stanton deal, the Yankees took on $265 million of the $295 million owed to the slugger over the next 10 years.“We gave a gift, right?” Jeter said. “I hope every gift I give returns $265 million.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “You’ve seen the Marlins make moves like this time and time again,” he said. “This is not the same old same old. We have a plan. This is not a project to break the team down and build it up just to break it down again. We have a path to be sustainable over time.”The Marlins haven’t had a winning season since 2009 and went 77-85 this year, but several fans argued the team was only a couple of starting pitchers shy of contending, and Jeter’s group should have added talent instead of dismantling.More spending wasn’t a long-term solution, Jeter responded. He said the franchise lost too many games and too much money under previous owner Jeffrey Loria, who left the farm system decimated.“You can’t throw money at a problem and dig a bigger and bigger hole and not have any depth in the organization,” Jeter said. “You have to build from the bottom up.“I hear your pain. I know you’ve been through a lot. But we’re trying to build something that is sustainable, and this is the only way to do it.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Jeter’s plan had better work, one fan said.“We have been the laughingstock of baseball for years,” she said. “If you have a shot at not killing baseball for good in Miami, this is it.”Another fan fought back tears while discussing the departures of Stanton and Ichiro Suzuki.“I appreciate your passion,” Jeter responded. “You are the true definition of a true die-hard baseball fan.”Several fans said they may not renew their season-ticket package, with one noting the town hall was being held on the plaza where many of Stanton’s tape-measure homers landed.“I don’t expect to see any more of that,” he said.Many fans offered suggestions, from free tickets to Jeter replacing Stanton in right field.“I’ve played my last game,” Jeter said.The rookie owner disputed the impression his group is underfinanced after buying the team for $1.2 billion. One fan said the dismantling leaves that impression, and expressed frustration with Jeter’s talk about improving the spectator experience.“You act like you ran out of money,” the fan said. “You’re not going to win here with dancing girls. You’re going to win with ballplayers who know how to win. The fans are alienated. They’re upset. That’s what you’re dealing with here.” Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lundqvist makes 39 saves as Rangers beat Ducks 4-1 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View commentslast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs win streak now at 5

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Earlier, Ateneo sustained its intensity to score a fourth straight win, beating University of the Philippines, 25-20, 25-22, 28-26, to raise its mark to 4-2.More than anything, the win boosted the Lady Eagles’ morale going into this Saturday’s blockbuster match against archrivals and defending champion La Salle Lady Spikers.“We still have enough time to prepare and scout,” said Ateneo setter Deanna Wong, who tossed 33 sets. “We just take it as challenge and we all need to work as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With everything hanging in the balance, National University, as always, counted on Jaja Santiago to tilt the scale in its favor.The 6-foot-6 Santiago unloaded five of her 19 points late in the fourth set as NU drubbed University of Santo Tomas, 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 28-26, to remain unbeaten in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Still the King MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The 22-year-old Santiago, veteran of many international battles even before she finishes college, provided the ballast for the Lady Bulldogs who improved to 5-0.The Tigresses, through heavy hitter Cherry Rondina’s 25 points, led 12-7 in the fourth only to see the Lady Bulldogs bite their way up to within two match 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 folkThat’s when Santiago and Rondina figured in a shootout that eventually went NU’s way.UST fell to 2-3.last_img read more

Zark’s-Lyceum snares D-League crown with come-from-behind win

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bong Ramos ready for new challenges with Blackwater P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES 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 Conference MVP CJ Perez showed his heart and uncorked 26 points, six rebounds, and eight steals to anchor the Zark’s Burger-Lyceum’s fightback from a 49-63 hole with 2:46 left third quarter.“I just told them that love wins, that as long as we love each other and trust each other, we’ll win,” said coach Topex Robinson.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 crownZark’s-Lyceum staged a killer 21-4 rally to take the 85-74 lead with 4:06 to play en route to their first championship in the developmental ranks.Cameroonian big man Mike Nzeusseu also imposed his will down low with his 28 points and 18 boards, while MJ Ayaay once again acted as the stabilizing force for the squad with his 14 points. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments MOST READ Zark’s-Lyceum captures the PBA D-League championship.Zark’s-Lyceum fought back from a 14-point deficit in the third quarter and stunned Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian, 92-82, in Game 3 to snare the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup title Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The Jawbreakers completed one of the most improbable runs in PBA D-League history, becoming the lowest-ranked team to ever claim the championship.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Jawbreakers bounced back from an erratic first half, forcing the Revellers to commit 18 turnovers in the ensuing frames as their defense led to 36 points off turnovers.“I just told the players that we know, there are people praying for us. You’re inspiring people and you’re doing that by not just giving up,” said Robinson.Michael Calisaan led Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian with 17 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Alfred Batino and Ryan Costelo both had 12 in the heartbreaking defeat.The Scores:ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 92 — Nzeusseu 28, Perez 26, Ayaay 14, Jc. Marcelino 7, Jv. Marcelino 6, Caduyac 5, Tansingco 3, Ibañez 2, Serrano 1, Baltazar 0, Pretta 0, Yong 0.ADVERTISEMENT CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 82 — Calisaan 17, Batino 12, Costelo 12, Ablaza 11, Bulanadi 8, De Leon 8, David 6, Collado 4, Ilagan 2, Taganas 2, Siruma 0.Quarters: 21-18, 37-42, 64-70, 92-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Kenya’s former world champ Nicholas Bett killed in car crash

first_imgFILE – In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, file photo, Kenya’s Nicholas Bett celebrates after winning the men’s 400m hurdles final at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing. The ex-hurdles world champion Bett, 28, has been killed in a road accident. Nandi county police commander Patrick Wambani says Bett was killed in the car crash early Wednesday morning near Kenya’s high-altitude training region of Eldoret. Bett’s coach Vincent Mumo says the athlete’s SUV hit bumps in a road and rolled. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya’s Nicholas Bett, the 2015 world champion in the 400-meter hurdles, was killed in an early-morning car crash Wednesday in the country’s famed high-altitude training region, police and his coach said.Bett was 28 and had only just returned home from the African championships in Nigeria on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES ‘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 Nandi County police commander Patrick Wambani said Bett was killed in the crash on the road between Eldoret and Kapsabet, two of Kenya’s famed distance-running training towns in the Rift Valley region in the west of the country.Bett’s Toyota Prado SUV hit bumps in the road and rolled, his coach, Vincent Mumo, told The Associated Press. Mumo said the accident happened around 6 a.m.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’Bett won gold in the 400 hurdles at the 2015 world championships in Beijing, a breakthrough victory in that event for Kenya, a powerhouse in middle- and long-distance events.He also won bronze medals at the African championships in 2014 in the 400 hurdles and 4×400-meter relay. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Athletics Kenya said it sent condolences to Bett’s family. Bett’s twin brother, Aron, is also an athlete and was part of the Kenyan 4×400 team that won gold at last week’s African championships. Nicholas Bett didn’t run on that team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardcenter_img MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments James Yap nervous, excited for first Asian Games stint Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

NLEX upends TNT to open PBA Govs’ Cup campaign

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Deputy Jojo Lastimosa mentored the Road Warriors with Guiao leading the Philippine basketball team in the ongoing Asian GamesOluseyi Ashaolu, who was nursing a sore right knee due to a partially torn patellar tendon, still had a monster debut, unleashing 33 points, 23 rebounds and three assists for NLEX.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’NLEX, although in control for most of the game, waited until the fourth quarter to create a big enough lead between itself and the KaTropa.The Road Warriors entered the final frame with a small 78-74 lead but started on a 13-2 run to take the 93-78 lead off of Larry Fonacier’s layup. Korea still united despite first Asian Games loss 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 RELATED VIDEOhttps://web.facebook.com/138249499535633/videos/233476304033465/ ANTIPOLO—NLEX played through without its fiery head coach Yeng Guiao and repulsed TNT, 103-90, to take an opening day victory in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Ynares Center here.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Of course it’s always nice to win but upon leaving coach Yeng only wished that when he comes back from the Asian Games that we’re not in a 0-2, or 0-3, or 0-4, hole,” said Lastimosa.“He wanted to return to a team who’s in contention for the playoffs and that’s a challenge for us staff and I think the players did a good job in terms of what we wanted against TNT.”Although Jayson Castro finished with 15 points, he only managed to convert just two of his 11 field goal attempts with the other of his 11 points coming from the line.Mac Tallo helped NLEX with 16 points while Fonacier and PBA returnee Philip Paniamogan had 14 and 11 points, respectively.Terrence Romeo had a team-high 27 points for the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Biles sweeps all 4 events on way to 5th US Championship

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Simone Biles competes on the vault at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — Olympic champion Simone Biles easily won her fifth US women’s gymnastics title Sunday night, winning all four events as well as the all-around in a dominant performance that showcased the ever-widening chasm between Biles and the rest of her sport.The 21-year-old posted a two-day total of 119.850, more than six points ahead of reigning world champion Morgan Hurd and a full seven points clear of Riley McCusker. Biles’ margin of victory was greater than the gap between Hurd and 11th-place finisher Jordan Chiles.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Finally! Djokovic beats Federer for 1st Cincinnati title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Biles is the second woman to win nationals five times, joining Clara Schroth Lomady, who won six between 1945 and 1952. Biles also became the first woman since three-time Olympian Dominique Dawes in 1994 to wind up first on floor exercise, balance beam, vault and uneven bars.The only real challenge Biles faced on any event came from McCusker. A year removed from a hamstring injury that forced her to take herself out of consideration for the world championship team, McCusker put on a brilliant performance on uneven bars. She hugged coach Maggie Haney after sticking her dismount, but McCusker’s total of 29.300 was a tenth less than the 29.400 Biles posted on an event that used to be a weakness, or at least as close to a weakness as Biles gets.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’Otherwise it was Biles in a runaway.A year ago Biles was wrapping up a post-Olympic whirlwind in which she basked in the aftermath of her glorious run at the 2016 Olympics in which she brought home four gold medals, five overall and entered the “first-name” pantheon in gymnastics, a club that includes Nadia Comaneci and Mary Lou Retton. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Biles, however, is making a compelling case that she may be entering a class all her own. She didn’t get serious about a return until last fall, when she went back into training with new coaches in Laurent and Cecile Landi and not just returning to the form that made her one of the stars in Rio de Janeiro but pushing the boundaries of gymnastics.Two meets into her comeback, Biles appears well on her way. Her all-around score of 60.1 during the opening round on Friday was the highest since she and Aly Raisman both topped the 60-point barrier during the all-around finals in Brazil. And Biles did it despite stepping out of bounds twice during her powerful tumbling runs.Biles worried a bit about her endurance after cramming two meets in a span of three weeks. She wasn’t quite as sharp on Sunday as she was on Friday — scoring a bit lower on bars and beam — but it hardly mattered. She was so far ahead coming into the finals she needed do little more than stay upright to finish the night atop the podium.Biles will get a chance to add to her 14 world championship medals when she leads Team USA to Qatar in October. Hurd, McCusker and vault specialist Jordan Chiles figure to be on the plane too. Whoever earns the fifth spot will join a team that be heavily favored to continue its international supremacy.The Americans have won every major international team competition since the 2011 world championships, a run that started two years before Biles rose to prominence and one that figures to continue indefinitely with Biles doing things no gymnast has ever done.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Sleepless nights spent scouting Ateneo all worth it for Adamson coach Pumaren

first_imgAdamson Coach Franz Pumaren. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonAteneo had the most fruitful of summers among the eight teams of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament having finished fourth in the Jones Cup as the Philippine representative and taking the title in the Filoil Preseason Cup.All that exposure and success made the Blue Eagles the undisputed target of the seven other teams in the UAAP and that was what Adamson University just did.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Soaring Falcons pulled off the season’s first upset in stunning the defending champions Blue Eagles, 74-70, and that was thanks in large part to Adamson’s scouting.Guard Jerrick Ahanmisi said the Falcons spent an inordinate amount of time studying Ateneo’s plays, quirks, and tendencies just to prepare for their matchup in the season’s opening weekend.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’“Coach (Franz Pumaren) prepared us a lot and very well, we started scouting them months ago before this game and the coaches did a very good job and whoever was on the floor played a hundred percent,” said Ahanmisi, who finished with 23 points on 8-of-17 shooting.All that work scouting Ateneo showed with how Adamson was able to defend the Blue Eagles inside as well as their pick-and-rolls. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Ravena says loss to Adamson gave Ateneo ‘another challenge’ in UAAP Season 81 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Falcons’ stingy defense in the paint forced the Eagles to go 8-of-22 on layups, tip-ins, and dunks and make them lean more on their outside shooting.“I think it worked to our advantage [that Ateneo had so much exposure] because we were able to scout them and dissect them and these gave me sleepless nights,” said Pumaren. “You could imagine the stacks of videos I have.”With the paint becoming an off-limits zone, Ateneo had no choice but to rely on its jump shots, which didn’t fall as often as it it would’ve wanted as the Blue Eagles converted on a meager 12-of-49 clip overall and 8-of-35 from deep.Adamson went 14-of-25 on point-blank shots and 12-of-42 on its jumpers, not a lot of disparity with Ateneo, but the Soaring Falcons displayed the grittier approach in crunch time.Right after Thirdy Ravena scored on a put-back dunk off of Isaac Go’s forced three to tie the game at 70 with 1:01 left to play, the Soaring Falcons responded with the game’s most hard-fought field goal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sean Manganti bricked a transition 3-pointer but Papi Sarr was there for the follow-up layup with just 39.4 seconds to play for the 72-70 Soaring Falcon lead.Pumaren, however, said that the same could happen to them with the teams now eyeing the Soaring Falcons as a potential threat to the championship after their shock win.“We still have to prove ourselves, you know winning one game in the opening weekend and winning one game against Ateneo doesn’t make you a championship team,” said Pumaren. View commentslast_img read more

Out at home: Yankees eliminated by rival Red Sox in ALDS

first_imgLast year, it was the Yankees who reached the AL Championship Series before their surprising run ended with a Game 7 loss to the Astros.This time, a 2018 season that began with sky-high expectations — now over in bitter disappointment.While the Red Sox got strong starts from Chris Sale, Nathan Eovaldi and Rick Porcello during the series, Yankees starters were charged with 15 runs over 13 innings in four games. Masahiro Tanaka was the only one to get an out in the fourth.“They just had a lot of stuff going right. We’re very equal teams,” Sabathia insisted. “The ball just bounced their way.”Adding to the humiliation, the Red Sox got to revel in a second champagne celebration at Yankee Stadium in less than three weeks.Boston also clinched its third consecutive division crown on enemy ground Sept. 20.“They got momentum on their side and never really slowed down,” Robertson said.So while the Red Sox roll on seeking their fourth World Series title in 15 years, the Yankees own but one pennant and championship during that span (2009).On deck, a long winter of wondering how they’ve fallen behind in a rivalry they dominated for nearly a century.All that changed in 2004, when Mariano Rivera was finally unable to close out the pesky Red Sox and they rallied for an unprecedented comeback from a 3-0 deficit to win the ALCS. Boston took Games 6 and 7 at Yankee Stadium on the way to its first World Series championship in 86 years. View comments New York Yankees’ Aaron Hicks reacts after popping out to end the fifth inning of Game 4 of baseball’s American League Division Series against the Boston Red Sox, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)NEW YORK — Aaron Judge and the New York Yankees couldn’t wait to get back home.Now, that’s exactly where they’re staying.ADVERTISEMENT This was the first playoff meeting between the clubs since then, and the Red Sox once again made themselves right at home in the Bronx. After splitting two games at Fenway Park, they quieted the Yankees’ boisterous crowd — and their dangerous bats. New York hadn’t gone consecutive games at Yankee Stadium without a home run since April.“Definitely frustrating,” Boone said. “I think one of their goals in this series was to keep us in the ballpark, and then coming here where we’re so good at that, they were able to do it. Credit to them for being able to hold us down and shut us down, but in the end, you don’t move on usually when you can’t get enough big hits in a series, and they just outplayed us a little bit.”Before the last two games, New York was 7-0 at home over the past two postseasons.Confident players were excited about returning to the Big Apple, and Judge even walked past Boston’s clubhouse inside Fenway Park early Sunday morning with Frank Sinatra’s rendition of “New York, New York” blaring from a boom box.“It’s a good song. And Aaron, he’s one of our resident deejays, so he’s got a pretty extensive playlist,” Boone said later that day at Yankee Stadium, a smirk filling his face. “We like to hear that song sometimes when we win a big game.”That was the last time they did.Boston’s 16-1 blowout Monday marked the most lopsided defeat for a home team in postseason history, and shortstop Didi Gregorius called it “an embarrassing day.”Boone acknowledged some regret in allowing ace Luis Severino to start the fourth inning down 3-0. Severino was removed with the bases loaded and nobody out, but relievers Lance Lynn and Chad Green quickly let the game get out of hand.The next night, after 1978 Boston nemesis Bucky Dent threw out the first pitch , Boone stayed with Sabathia even when the 38-year-old lefty, pitching on 11 days’ rest, ran into trouble in the third . By the time the inning was over, the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead they never relinquished.“I was fine with the way CC was throwing the ball,” Boone said. “I think it was a sound decision.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Zach Britton gave up an opposite-field homer to No. 9 batter Christian Vazquez in the fourth, and New York never fully recovered.“They’ve got a great team over there. They won 108 games,” Judge said. “They’re one of the most potent offenses in the game and it was a battle back and forth.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew CC Sabathia became the latest pitcher to put New York in an early hole as rookie manager Aaron Boone again stuck with his starter too long, and the Yankees fell just short of extending their season Tuesday night with a 4-3 loss to the rival Boston Red Sox in Game 4 of their AL Division Series.“That’s the one team that you don’t want to lose to,” outfielder Brett Gardner said. “We hate losing to them and we love beating them. Obviously, they just had our number this year.”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 ChrissNew York mounted a last-ditch rally against wild closer Craig Kimbrel, scoring twice in the ninth inning . But the Yankees’ comeback stalled when Gary Sanchez’s bases-loaded sacrifice fly was caught on the left-field warning track , and rookie Gleyber Torres grounded out with two on to end it — sort of.The play at first base was close, so both teams and a sellout crowd held their breath during a dramatic replay review before the out call was upheld following a 63-second delay. Kimbrel and the Red Sox — suspended in mid-celebration for a minute — resumed bouncing around in excitement. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dennis Rodman benched by Yao Ming at Pyongyang friendly? Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “We played a really hard season, we managed to win 100 games and then we get to this point and we just can’t finish off a series against the Red Sox. It’s tough,” reliever David Robertson said.Asked about his long fly, Sanchez said through a translator: “I wasn’t sure about it. I hit it well, but I got under it.”After beating Oakland in the AL wild-card game, it was a humbling playoff exit for a power-packed Yankees team that added reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton last offseason and hit a major league-record 267 home runs.With the stakes at their highest, however, the Yankees never left the yard in two home games versus Boston. They were outscored 20-4 as the AL East champs took the best-of-five series 3-1 and advanced to the ALCS against defending World Series champion Houston.“I didn’t expect to come here and lose two in a row. I expected to come back here and win two in a row,” Gardner said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Sans Freak, Bucks top Raptors to be last NBA undefeated team

first_imgMilwaukee Bucks’ Eric Bledsoe tries to drive past Toronto Raptors’ Norman Powell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 29, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)MILWAUKEE — No Giannis Antetokounmpo, no problem for the Milwaukee Bucks.With the way they’re shooting from the 3-point line, the Bucks look like they can beat just about anybody in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Butler shoots Timberwolves past James, Lakers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum It was the first game in NBA history between teams with a record of 6-0 or better, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.FIRE AWAYBudenholzer wants his team to hoist 3-pointers, and an 11-3 run in the fourth quarter sparked by two 3s from Khris Middleton helped turn a 15-point advantage into a 113-90 lead with 7:39 left.The philosophy calls for 3s and proper spacing among the five players on the floor to help create 1-on-1 opportunities for Antetokounmpo.It’s working without him, too. Seven players scored in double figures.“When they see advantages, they are seeing opportunities within the confines of what we do and still trying to play unselfishly,” Budenholzer said.NO HELPRaptors coach Nick Nurse said his team needed better help defense to stop the Bucks’ cuts and straight-line drives. When the Bucks weren’t taking it straight to the hoop, they were kicking the ball out for perimeter shots.“It’s a little difficult with the five-out spacing to get adjusted,” Nurse said. “It’s not easy to guard the ball 1-on-1 in this league. It gets harder all the time.”GOING COLD MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Serge Ibaka scored 30 points for Toronto, which had its franchise-best 6-0 start snapped. Pascal Siakam added 22.They still couldn’t keep up with the Bucks, who eclipsed the 110-point mark for the seventh straight game even without the high-flying Antetokounmpo, who averages 25.0 points and 14.2 rebounds.Ilyasova, starting for Antetokounmpo, helped pick up the slack, setting the tone with an active night all over the floor and adding a team-high 10 rebounds.The Bucks didn’t stop moving when they had the ball either, especially at the 3-point line. Milwaukee’s 19 3-pointers tied a franchise record which was previously reached just three days ago against Minnesota.“They dictated the tempo of the game tonight,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ersan Ilyasova scored a season-high 19 points and the Bucks cruised without the injured Antetokounmpo to beat the Toronto Raptors 124-109 on Monday night in a showdown of the NBA’s last undefeated teams.Milwaukee improved to 7-0 in a marquee matchup that lost some luster with Antetokounmpo in concussion protocol and Raptors star Kawhi Leonard sitting out to rest.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 ChrissThe Bucks’ start to the season matches the 1971-72 club for best in franchise history. Milwaukee made up for Antetokounmpo’s absence with another strong showing from the perimeter, with Malcolm Brogdon and Eric Bledsoe chipping in 17 points each.“Of course we have more confidence when (Antetokounmpo) is on the floor,” Brogdon said. “But we have a lot of confidence even when he’s not on the floor due to the system and due to the confidence that (coach Mike Budenholzer) gives us.” The Bucks’ defense tightened after allowing the Raptors to start 12 of 17 (70 percent) from the floor with 2:37 left in the first quarter.Toronto went on to shoot 31 percent from that point to the fourth quarter, when the Bucks’ lead swelled to 15.“When you’re trying to get back in it and they don’t go in you automatically say, ‘Aw man, they’re shooting too much,’” Nurse said. “But I really thought we fought and tried to stay in it.”TIP INSRaptors: Leonard was expected to sit out just Monday’s game. … Toronto went about a four-minute stretch between the first and second quarters shooting 1 of 10 from the floor to fall behind by nine with 10:06 left in the second.Bucks: Antetokounmpo was injured Saturday against Orlando. … Ilyasova (14 points) and Thon Maker (11) were active up front in the first half to help make up for the absence of Antetokounmpo, who cheered on his teammates one row behind the bench. … Asked what he was most surprised by in the Bucks’ fast start, Budenholzer said “I’m not a big surprise guy. I’m just happy with the way they’ve worked every day. It’s been a good steady work ethic.”UP NEXTRaptors: Return home to host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.Bucks: Visit the Celtics on Thursday in rematch of first-round playoff series last year won by Boston in seven games. View commentslast_img read more