San Beda stretches streak to 12, clinches twice-to-beat

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda secured a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs as they fought off a tough stand from Arellano, 83-72, Thursday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre.Robert Bolick flirted with a triple-double as he fired 13 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds, including the last four points for the Red Lions to finally put the Chiefs away.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Javee Mocon registered 14 markers, seven boards, and five assists, while Jeramer Cabanag posted a career-best 14 points, six of which coming in the fourth quarter, to go with two rebounds.Donald Tankoua also added 11 markers and five boards in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCoach Boyet Fernandez is glad to keep San Beda’s 12-game winning streak rolling, but warned his players of complacency, especially as it prepares for its final eliminations assignment against Lyceum and the Final Four.“As what I’ve always said to my players, we only have to take good care of ourselves. We cannot pray for other teams to lose, other teams to win. All we have to do is take care of ourselves and win our games. Whatever will be the result, we’re always ready and prepared,” he said. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson SAN BEDA 83 – Cabanag 14, Mocon 14, Bolick 13, Tankoua 11, Noah 7, Soberano 7, Adamos 4, Abuda 3, Doliguez 3, Potts 3, Bahio 2, Cariño 2, Tongco 0.ARELLANO 72 – Salado 17, Cañete 15, Viloria 15, Flores 6, Dela Cruz 5, Concepcion 3, Meca 3, Nicholls 3, Taywan 3, Enriquez 2, Abanes 0, Alcoriza 0.Quarters: 21-17, 43-40, 61-55, 83-72. How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Red Lions had a hard time shaking off the desperate Chiefs in the game as Arellano cut the deficit to as low as four, 67-63 with 7:34 remaining.But Cabanag and AC Soberano commandeered San Beda’s 9-0 blast to restore order and take a 13-point lead, 76-63, with 5:31 to play.Kent Salado paced Arellano (5-9) with 17 points, three assists, and two rebounds, but his efforts weren’t enough as the Chiefs lost three of their last four games.Michael Cañete and Kraniel Viloria both had 15 markers in the defeat.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up PVL goes to Tuguegarao, Bacolod, Iloilolast_img read more

Beermen regain top spot, halt Hotshots’ 5-game run

first_imgMarcio Lassiter hit three 3-pointers and wound up with 12 points on top of seven rebounds, and five assists, while Lanete got 14 built on four treys.The Beermen won despite shooting measly 31 percent from the field and committing 19 turnovers.San Miguel reclaimed the pole position in the standings at 6-1, while Magnolia fell to joint second place with Alaska at 6-2.Mark Barroca saw his 21 points and five rebounds go down the drain, together with Magnolia’s five-game winning streak.Ian Sangalang added 13 markers and six boards off the bench, while Justin Melton had 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel canned crucial freebies in the endgame while Magnolia failed to cash in on its numerous chances inside the final minute.“We were shocked with the defense they had. Based on our experience in the last six games, it’s not that physical but tonight, it was very intense,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.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“We’re lucky that we’re able to focus on our game plan. Maybe it’s the experience of the players because they’re used to this.”June Mar Fajardo shot 4-of-11 from the field but still came through with 19 points, 21 rebounds, and two blocks, while Ross got 15 markers, eight boards, four assists, and three steals. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 77 — Fajardo 19, Ross 15, Lanete 14, Lassiter 12, Santos 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Semerad 0, Agovida 0, Heruela 0, Mamaril 0, Pessumal 0.MAGNOLIA 76 — Barroca 21, Sangalang 13, Melton 10, Jalalon 8, Ramos 7, Pingris 5, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 4, Simon 2, Pascual 2, Herndon 0.Quarters: 21-20, 34-44, 52-60, 77-76.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Abueva celebrates 30th birthday by helping Aces win Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — San Miguel bucked a poor shooting night to pull off a great escape past Magnolia, 77-76, and regain the top spot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Ynares Center.Battling back from a 16-point hole, 40-56, midway in the third quarter, the Beermen took the lead on a Chris Ross three, 70-69, with 2:59 left before Chico Lanete sank another triple for a 73-71 SMB edge with 1:31 remaining.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Mercedes blames computer bug for Hamilton glitch

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters The confusing incident occurred after a virtual safety car was deployed as marshals removed Romain Grosjean’s stricken Haas car from the track.When the VSC is used, cars stay on track but slow down to a required non-race pace. There then is a short distance between the designated line of the safety car and the entrance to the pit lane when cars can briefly speed up as they prepare to pit, which is what Vettel did.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 crownTiming proved crucial as Mercedes misjudged the gap to Vettel, enabling the Ferrari driver to pull ahead and win the race. Hamilton finished second.Trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin explained on the Mercedes website how the team misjudged the time gap — known as a delta lap — between Hamilton staying on track at a slower VRC speed and Vettel pitting. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Alvarez-Triple G fight in jeopardy on drug complaint View comments MOST READ “The issue isn’t actually with the race strategy software that we use. It was an offline tool that we create these delta lap times with, and we found a bug in that tool that meant that it gave us the wrong number,” Shovlin said. “Now the number that we were calculating was around 15 seconds, and in reality the number was slightly short of 13 seconds, so that was what created our delta. That is why we thought we were safe. We thought we had a bit of margin.”Vettel came out just ahead of a confused Hamilton, who got on the radio to ask his team what just happened.“Why did you not tell me Vettel was in the pits?” Hamilton asked.“We thought we were safe, but there’s obviously something wrong,” his team responded.The nature of the Albert Park track, which is notoriously hard to overtake on, reduced Hamilton’s chances of catching Vettel. It was an astute move from Ferrari, but a rare lapse from a supremely efficient Mercedes team which has won the past four drivers’ and constructors’ championships.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this Saturday, March 24, 2018 file photo, Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, right, of Britain, and Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany laugh during a press conference following qualifying at the Australian Formula One Grand Prix in Melbourne. Mercedes blames a bug from an offline tool for the timing error which hindered Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton’s bid to win the Australian Grand Prix. (AP Photo/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake, File)Mercedes blamed a computer bug from an offline software tool for the timing error which cost Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton a chance to win the Australian Grand Prix.Hamilton looked to be in total control after starting strongly from pole position at Sunday’s season-opening race, but he suddenly found himself behind Sebastian Vettel after coming out of the pit lane.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We thought that Sebastian was going to come out behind us, we weren’t telling Lewis to push any harder,” Shovlin said. “We were lulled into this false sense of security and we didn’t have Lewis driving as fast as we could.”Mercedes said a similar mistake won’t be made in the future, starting with the Bahrain GP on April 8.“We look at everything that went wrong,” Shovlin said, “work out how to solve it and then put the processes in place to make sure we don’t have a repeat.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Wizards’ Meeks suspended 25 games for positive drug test

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast LATEST STORIES Meeks’ suspension makes Washington’s signing of guard Ty Lawson just before the playoffs make more sense. Lawson replaces Meeks on the Wizards’ bench behind starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal.In his first season with the Wizards and ninth in the NBA, the 30-year-old Meeks averaged 6.3 points off the bench and was shooting just under 40 percent.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 crown Washington Wizards’ Jodie Meeks (20) drives around Orlando Magic’s Arron Afflalo (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)NEW YORK — The NBA has suspended Washington Wizards guard Jodie Meeks 25 games without pay for using a banned substance.The league announced the suspension Friday, a day before Game 1 of the Wizards’ first-round playoff series against the East’s top-seeded Toronto Raptors. The NBA says Meeks tested positive for Ipamorelin, a growth hormone that’s prohibited under the league’s drug program.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img 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 Brutal 2019 Asian Cup bracket for PH Azkals MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Phoenix blows lead, outlasts Ginebra in double OT

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix held on to outlast Barangay Ginebra, 103-98, in double overtime in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fuel Masters improved to 3-2 to get to the fourth spot while sending the Gin Kings to their third loss in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations With Phoenix protecting a precarious one-point lead, Justin Chua hit a high-arching one-hander over Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar for a 101-98 cushion with 41 seconds left.Scottie Thompson and LA Tenorio, two of league’s premier guards, made back-to-back turnovers off errant passes intended for Joe Devance midway through the second overtime.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 crown“We needed that game and that was a big game for us,” said Phoenix head coach Louie Alas. “I told them that if we don’t do a better job at toughness, especially on our mental toughness, we won’t get anything from this game.”Japeth Aguilar sent he game to overtime after hitting a 3-pointer with 9.1 seconds left in regulation but he made crucial blunders in the two extra periods. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Ginebra’s lanky power forward missed an open layup with five seconds left that would’ve won the game in the first overtime. He also failed to secure a rebound that led to Chua’s big basket before air-balling a shot in the ensuing play that would’ve trimmed the deficit to one.The Fuel Masters blew a 46-30 lead after they allowed the Gin Kings to go on a 32-18 scoring outburst in the third quarter.Eugene Phelps, who momentarily replaced the injured James White, led Phoenix with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists despite dealing with cramps while Jeff Chan put up 22 points on 5-of-11 shooting from deep.Matthew Wright struggled in the first three quarters but picked his game up late to finish with 19 points, 11 coming in the fourth and overtime periods, and 10 boards.Aguilar finished with 25 points to lead Ginebra’s scorers while Charles Garcia had a 19-point, 18-rebound double-double before fouling out in regulation.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Nambatac pays homage to Dragon Ball Z with custom kickslast_img read more

Kelly knows he can play better after ‘okay’ debut for Magnolia

first_imgMOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Curtis Kelly debuts for Magnolia. PBA IMAGESOn the surface, Curtis Kelly had a decent debut in the PBA, scoring 19 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in Magnolia’s 99-96 loss to Rain or Shine in the Commissioner’s Cup.But underneath that was a disastrous pileup of misses and mistakes as Kelly shot 8-of-20 from the field and went 3-of-12 from the charity stripe.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Kelly, though, vowed to have a better showing in the Hotshots’ future games as they try to improve on their 3-2 record.“I thought I just did okay, I can improve, I can be better,” said Kelly Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “My free throws were terrible, I have no excuses I just missed them.”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 crown“Those misses are inexcusable, I have to get better at that. If I made my free throws I probably finished with 30. I have to continue to be impressive and focus a little bit more.”Kelly’s biggest mistake in the game might have been the aftermath of his biggest defensive stop. Historic Ironman race in PH is underway; 4 Filipinos in top 10 early Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding With less than a minute remaining in overtime, and Magnolia trailing 95-94, Kelly intercepted Chris Tiu’s pass to Reggie Johnson and immediately started a break for the basket.Kelly, on his way for a layup, got the ball stripped away from him after Maverick Ahanmisi swiped on the leather at the 18.1-second mark of overtime.The ensuing possession saw Tiu vindicate himself from the earlier turnover and drain two free throws with 16.8 seconds left in the game and give Rain or Shine a 97-94 bubble.“We played against the no. 1 team tonight and they played like the no. 1 team,” said Kelly who arrived in the Philippines on Monday and got measured in the PBA office on Thursday.“I think I’ll get better, I have no choice but to get better. I don’t want to get eliminated. I want to be in the playoffs, that’s my goal and if I want to achieve that goal I have to better and my teammates will follow.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Messi, Argentina come alive, beat Nigeria 2-1 at World Cup

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Without that late goal from Rojo, the 31-year-old Messi might have retired from international soccer for a second time — and for good this time.Instead, it was Messi who was at the center of the celebrations. His teammates formed a circle around him while striker Gonzalo Higuain cried nearby. Messi then clenched his fist as he turned toward the Argentina fans.“He’s above everybody else,” Argentina coach Jorge Sampaoli said. “The most important thing for Leo is his human side. He cries. He suffers. He’s happy when Argentina wins. I know him.“Many people say Leo does not enjoy playing for Argentina, but I do not agree. He enjoys and suffers like all the other players and that makes him even bigger.”Before Rojo’s goal, Nigeria had been only a few minutes from qualifying for the last 16 for the fourth time.Javier Mascherano gave away a penalty with a pull on Leon Balogun at a 49th-minute corner. Victor Moses converted — and marked the goal with a somersault — to put Nigeria back in control of the race for second place in the group.Argentina was facing finishing a World Cup without a win for the first time since 1934, but instead the team is headed to the knockout stage.“This is Messi,” Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr said with a shrug.GROUP DYNAMICSMinutes away from advancing to the knockout stage, Nigeria ended up third in the group — ahead of Iceland but a point behind Argentina. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town From a long pass over the defense by Ever Banega, Messi caressed the ball with his left thigh, took another touch with his left foot, and then delivered a smooth right-footed finish into the corner.Messi fell to his knees and pointed his fingers upward in celebration. At the same time, Maradona crossed his arms with his hands on his shoulders and looked to the sky.“I knew that God is with us,” Messi said, “and he wouldn’t let us get eliminated.”Messi, who later hit the post off a free kick, and Banega controlled the game in the first half. Rojo finished it off in the second by cushioning a volley with his right foot into the bottom corner and ensuring Messi’s quest for a first World Cup title continued.Argentina will play France in the last 16 in Kazan on Saturday. If Argentines win and Portugal beats Uruguay on Saturday, Messi would face Cristiano Ronaldo in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Argentina has four days to prepare for its last 16 match against France. It is the first game of the knockout stage.KEY TO SUCCESSMessi delivered his best performance of the tournament, with his goal allowing Argentina to take early control of the game.Yet the standout player might have been Banega, who was recalled to midfield after being on the bench for the first two games and impressed with his work rate and range of passing.SERIOUS STATSMessi joined Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta as the only Argentina players to have scored in three different World Cups. He has also now scored as a teenager, in his 20s and in his 30s at a World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Denmark advances at World Cup in drab 0-0 draw with France Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Argentina staved off elimination with a 2-1 victory over Nigeria on Tuesday, getting a late goal from Marcos Rojo. Maradona showed both middle fingers to the crowd after the 86th-minute winner.A short time later, videos posted on social media showed Maradona needing help out of the stands and into an adjoining luxury box at the stadium. He appeared to have his eyes closed and a later photo showed a pair of paramedics attending to him.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 crownThere was no immediate information on his health, but about two hours later he was photographed smiling at an airport. Another photo posted on Twitter appeared to show him sitting on a plane.Messi’s goal — his 65th for Argentina — was surely enough to impress even Maradona. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Argentina’s Lionel Messi, center, kicks the ball during the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — From his thigh to his foot to the back of the net, Lionel Messi finally scored a goal at this year’s World Cup.The exquisite strike from the Argentina great sparked the first of several celebrations from an animated Diego Maradona, who screamed, shouted and made obscene gestures — and raised concerns for his health.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

35 service points, 26 sets in a row at Wimbledon for Federer

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Federer moved into the third round at the All England Club as he chases his record-extending ninth championship there, using close-to-impeccable serving to beat 73rd-ranked Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-4, 6-4, 6-1.The 36-year-old Federer compiled 48 winners and just 11 unforced errors. He won 40 of 43 first-serve points, never faced a break chance, and delivered 16 aces.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 crown“Sometimes your serve matches up better against certain players,”he said. “There’s no doubt about that.”Talk about an understatement. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Switzerland’s Roger Federer celebrates his match point against Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko in their men’s singles match, on the third day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Wednesday July 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — As Roger Federer was winning 35 consecutive service points at Wimbledon on Wednesday — yes, 35 in a row — a Centre Court spectator cheered him on while wearing a red shirt with white lettering that said, “PeRFect.”He comes pretty close to living up to that at times.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Wednesday’s result increased Federer’s streak to 26 straight sets at Wimbledon, equaling his second-best run, which came in 2003-04. His best was a 34-streak sequence from 2005-06.A year ago, Federer became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1976 to win the title at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament without ceding a single set.So what, Federer was asked, makes him so successful on grass?“I don’t know. I don’t know,” he began, before offering quite a list for someone who doesn’t know.“Maybe it’s that it helps my slice. That maybe the footwork on grass comes easier to me than for other guys. I’m not sure. Then because I have a decent speed on the serve, and I can serve kick and slice. Maybe also the grass helps me just a little bit to get a few more free points than what it would on some other surfaces.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next At 4-3, 40-30, Federer hit a 118 mph ace to hold and start his roll that included the last five points he served in the first set, all 20 in the second, and then the first 10 of the third. By then, it was so dominant that one television announcer was moved to jokingly exclaim, “Come on, double-fault!”Federer did not oblige, but moments later, he did lose a point he served at 4-1, 30-love, when Lacko smacked a down-the-line backhand passing winner.“I think (what’s) important when you want to serve well is your point-for-point mentality, saying, maybe, ‘The first point is as important as a break point,’ so the concentration is the same,” Federer explained. “Trying to remember all the things you’ve done throughout the entire match — what has worked, what hasn’t worked.”Very little did not work on this day, and he’s allowed his two opponents to collect a total of 17 games through six sets.Very little hasn’t worked for him over the years at Wimbledon, even now that he’s in his mid-30s.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Laser focuslast_img read more

VAR in spotlight again, this time for not working in France

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Toulouse played with 10 men for the entire second half after forward Aaron Leya Iseka was sent off in the 43rd for a second yellow card.The draw leaves Rennes struggling in 16th place — two spots above the relegation zone — while Toulouse is seventh.SLICK LILLELille showed it means business as a contender for Champions League qualification, beating Marseille 3-0 to move into second place behind Paris Saint-Germain.Striker Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring from the penalty spot midway through the second half and then earned another penalty. He let strike partner Jonathan Bamba take it, making it 2-0 in the 86th.ADVERTISEMENT Moments later, Bamba added his second of the night from close range.Lille struggled so much last season it was almost relegated.What a turnaround it has been since coach Christophe Galtier took charge. Not only did he save Lille from humiliating relegation following a significant transfer outlay, he has transformed the side this season.Meanwhile, Marseille’s defense continues to leak goals and coach Rudi Garcia’s team is down in sixth spot.IMPRESSIVE MONTPELLIERThird-place Montpellier continued its fine start by beating local rival Nimes 3-0.Defender Ambroise Oyongo put Montpellier ahead and striker Andy Delort made it 2-0 after nine minutes of first-half injury time. A metal gate gave way after Montpellier fans celebrated Oyongo’s goal, sending a few of them spilling onto the pitch and causing the match to be delayed.Reports said two fans sustained light injuries.The outstanding Florent Mollet set up striker Gaetan Laborde for a diving header in the 79th, after which a crowd disturbance caused the match to be stopped for about 30 minutes.Some 70-80 riot police came onto the pitch to block a section of agitated Montpellier fans from confronting their Nimes counterparts. “The fourth official came to see me 10 minutes from the end of halftime to tell me it wasn’t working,” Toulouse coach Alain Casanova said. “There was a problem, quite simply.”Casanova said he and his Rennes counterpart, Sabri Lamouchi, as well as the two team captains, were all informed before the second half started.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 ChrissToulouse may have cause for regret because VAR was not used to review images when a penalty was given to Rennes midway through the second half. It was awarded after striker M’Baye Niang fell under a challenge from Jean-Clair Todibo, who was shown a yellow card for protesting the decision.Niang converted in the 70th minute, but Todibo headed in the equalizer two minutes from time for Toulouse. FILE – In this Friday, June 22, 2018 file photo, referee Matt Conger from New Zealand watches the Video Assistant Referee system, known as VAR during the group D match between Nigeria and Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia. The video assistant referee system has been much talked about since being used at the World Cup earlier this year, and on Sunday Sept. 30, 2018, VAR stopped working during the 1-1 draw between Rennes and Toulouse. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe, File)PARIS — The video assistant referee system has been much talked about since being used at the World Cup earlier this year — praised by some for spotting fouls, criticized by others for slowing down matches.On Sunday, VAR attracted attention for another reason altogether: it stopped working during the 1-1 draw between Rennes and Toulouse.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img MOST READ Man City player scores spectacular own-goal from 50 yards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

As Azkals find success, club football hits a major hump

first_imgView comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk In front of an electrifying crowd at Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Azkals fought back from a goal down to beat Tajikistan, 2-1, to clinch qualification to the continental showcase in the United Arab Emirates.“We showed our character,” said a teary-eyed Azkals goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, after Phil Younghusband’s 50th goal for the country sealed the victory. “That was the Azkals I knew. Never giving up no matter what.”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 feat also meant so much to the team’s biggest backer, Dan Palami, who has been bankrolling the team since 2010. “We’ve been through a lot, especially for me,” the Azkals team manager said. “We have not always been successful, but to make it to the bigger stage after all those heartaches, it’s fulfilling.”The 24-nation Asian Cup, which begins on Jan. 5, will be the biggest tournament yet for the Azkals, who will square off with heavyweights South Korea, China and Kyrgyzstan in the group stage. That set Ceres up for another strong run to the AFC Asean zonal final, where it lost to Home United of Singapore. Still, the Busmen clinched a second straight PFL trophy and booked a return ticket to the Champions League next year.Kaya took the other domestic trophy—the Copa Paulino Alcantara—and also bagged the second AFC Cup spot allotted for the Philippines.There was also heartbreak for the women’s national team, which nearly made it to the Women’s World Cup in France next year.A campaign that started with plenty of promise ended with a whimper as the Malditas failed to follow up their 2-1 win over host Jordan.The Malditas atoned for their failed AFC Asian Cup bid by storming to the next round of the 2020 Women’s Olympics Football Tournament.On the heels of another year of mixed results, the year 2019 could be the most critical yet for Philippine football.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “This is on another level,” said Younghusband. “This is where we want to be as a football country and hopefully this is just the start.”Etheridge also reached new heights in his career as he played a huge role in Welsh club Cardiff City’s promotion to the English Premier League.With 19 clean sheets in the Championship, the Filipino international helped Cardiff to a second place finish. In August, Etheridge became the first Southeast Asian to play in the most lucrative football league in the world.“Emotions were running high when we made it to the Asian Cup, but making the Premier League was also a priority for me,” said Etheridge.The unbeaten run in Asian Cup qualifying, however, was not enough for coach Thomas Dooley to keep his job.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Former England captain Terry Butcher was hired, but he withdrew from the job without even meeting the team and it was coach Scott Cooper, a former champion in the Thai League, who took charge of the team as it began its buildup for the Asian Cup.In a bold and ambitious move before the year ended, the Azkals hired former England coach Sven Goran Eriksson to handle the team in the AFF Suzuki Cup and the Asian Cup with Cooper as assistant.The Swede guided the Azkals to another semifinal appearance in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup. The Azkals lost two legs to eventual champion Vietnam in the last four.But even with the success of the national team, club football in the country remained unstable and with another club, Davao Aguilas, leaving the league before the year ended.The Philippine Premier League will take the place of the Philippines Football League, with kickoff set for March.But with Ceres Negros, Kaya Iloilo and Stallion Laguna the only clubs that are certain to participate, organizers of the PPL have a tough task establishing the league, which has struggled to draw support and sponsors.The home-and-away format of the PFL proved demanding for the clubs logistically and financially, with almost zero return from investment.“There was no revenue, no national sponsorship, no television media and limited attendance at stadiums with numerous restrictions being forced,” PPL commissioner Bernie Sumayao admitted. “The PPL is a new neutral independent league whose main objective is to contribute to the development of football in the country. We have to stay positive and never lose hope.”The difficult situation in the PFL has made the achievement of its reigning champion Ceres all the more remarkable.The Busmen got off to a flying start this year, reaching the third round of the AFC Champions League highlighted by a stunning 3-2 win over Australian club Brisbane Roar. Ceres made a good account of itself in a 0-2 defeat to Chinese powerhouse Tianjin Quanjian. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img In a year with ups and downs, the Azkals carved amemorablemoment when they qualified for the Asian Cup for the first time inPhilippine football history. —SHERWIN VARDELEONPhilippine football achieved huge milestones in 2018, but it ended the year on a subdued note with setbacks overseas and at home, leaving the sport still searching for more support and stability heading into the new year.The Azkals provided the year’s high note, nailing an Asian Cup berth for the country for the first time in history in March.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No holiday break Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map02:14Carpio 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READlast_img read more