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Manuel ‘physically, mentally’ ready as he joins Ginebra

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’m never gonna take away the spot of Jayjay especially for this community,” he said. “I see it more as an opportunity for me to prove that I deserve to be in this league. That I deserve to play whatever they offer me, or whatever position they want me to be in.”The priority of Manuel is meshing with this new squad, especially with the Gin Kings having one of the deepest guard rotations in the league with LA Tenorio, Sol Mercado, Scottie Thompson, and Mark Caguioa still in the fray.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“Coming in, it’s obvious that anyone will feel a bit of a pressure knowing that you have to produce and help the team. Anyone who is going to Ginebra will feel a little bit of pressure because of the amount of support that they have,” said the 12th pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.“But my focus is doing everything I can to go out and try to do more, to contribute and do what the coaching staff is asking from me.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jett Manuel. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonIt’s easy to regard Jett Manuel as someone who can come in and fill up the hole left by the retirement of Jayjay Helterbrand.But the former UP stud would be the first to say that no one, not even him, could replace someone like the Ginebra legend.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene FIFA lifts Kuwait’s 2-year ban from international soccer Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’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 MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Manuel is just excited to suit up in a Gin Kings jersey and represent the legions of their fans this upcoming 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“I feel like I’m ready physically. Mentally, it’s just a little more of adjustments. But I’ve prepared for this and I feel like I’ve really prepared well. I really feel like I’m ready,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Ronaldo misses penalty, Portugal draws 1-1 with Iran

first_imgPortugal’s Ricardo Quaresma, left, celebrates scoring his team’s opening goal along with teammate Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo during the group B match between Iran and Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)SARANSK, Russia — Cristiano Ronaldo’s missed penalty cost Portugal first place in its World Cup group.It could have been worse if not for Ricardo Quaresma, who started for the first time in the tournament and scored his maiden World Cup goal with a shot that had about as much flare as any in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We were on top of the game until the penalty, and we didn’t make it. It wasn’t perfect, but that’s football,” Santos said. “We did what was expected and now we have to settle down and think about Uruguay.”Karim Ansarifard scored a late penalty for Iran, which need to win to advance, but couldn’t break through a second time despite a furious charge in the waning minutes. The Mordovia arena momentarily vibrated from the sound of Iran fans’ roars when Mehdi Taremi hit the side of the net from 6 yards out.The penalty against Portugal was awarded after a video review showed a handball in the area. But although Iran coach Carolos Queiroz benefited from that review, he railed against the system for the second day in a row. In particular, he cited a decision to give Ronaldo a yellow card after his elbow struck Iran defender Morteza Pouraliganji in the face in the second half.“Elbow is a red card in the rules,” Queiroz asserted in English, adding that there are no written exceptions for players named Ronaldo or Lionel Messi. “The decisions, they must be clear for everybody, for the people. Everybody agrees that VAR is not going well. That’s the reality. There are a lot of complaints.”Spain won Group B after its 2-2 draw with Morocco. Both Spain and Portugal had a goal difference of plus-1, but Spain scored six goals in its three group matches while Portugal had five.ADVERTISEMENT Crucial stretch Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Ronaldo’s penalty was awarded after the use of video review following an apparent takedown of the Portugal forward by Saeid Ezatolahi in the area. The Iranian team, already aggrieved by the replay system overturning a goal against Spain, reacted angrily. Players swarmed Paraguayan referee Enrique Caceres, who initially had waved play on after Ronaldo went down.DENIED AGAINIran has been to five World Cups — all since 1978 — but has yet to advance out of group play.Its players collapsed on the field at the final whistle, while Portugal’s somewhat muted celebration had the look of relief.After the match, Queiroz was asked if he was aware how proud Iran was of its team’s performance, which included a 1-0 victory over Morocco and a 1-0 loss to Spain.“I’m very proud,” Queiroz said. “We earned respect from people who had no idea that Iran could fight so well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Portugal finished second in Group B after a 1-1 draw with Iran on Monday. The 2016 European champions will next face Uruguay on Saturday in the round of 16.“The conclusion and the most important thing is we’re going to continue playing,” Portugal coach Fernando Santos said. “We had a strong opponent.”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 crownQuaresma became the only player other than Ronaldo to score for the Portuguese in three games in Russia. The 34-year-old midfielder also became Portugal’s oldest scorer in World Cup play by hitting a curling shot from the edge of the penalty area that went beyond the reach of diving Iran goalkeeper Ali Beiranvand.Ronaldo — who had scored all four Portugal goals in its first two games of Group B play — was denied on his penalty by Beiranvand’s dive toward the right post in the second half. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img LATEST STORIES Spain will next face host Russia on Sunday in Moscow.LUCKY STRIKE?Quaresma had nine international goals in 78 previous appearances for Portugal. But his goal against Iran had all appeal of a Ronaldo strike. He sent the shot with the outside of his right foot spinning into the far corner near the end of the first half.Not bad for someone who had played little more than 20 minutes as a substitute in Portugal’s first two games. Ronaldo certainly looked impressed, wrapping his right arm around Quaresma’s shoulders as he roared and raised his left fist into the air.Quaresma declined an opportunity to boast when asked if he thought his goal was among the tournament’s best, saying what matters most is the squad’s success.“I was a bit lucky with the goal,” Quaresma said. “Most importantly, we fulfilled our objective and we’re looking forward to the next round.”Santos’s confidence that Quaresma was ready to influence the game not only was evident in his decision to start the veteran, but in the coach’s comment afterward.“I always take the decisions that are right for my team,” he said.QUIET CRISTIANORonaldo smiled confidently as he walked past reporters after the game, but avoided answering questions. He has now missed six of his last 14 penalty kicks, but he hasn’t been the only big star to miss one in this tournament. Messi also was denied in Argentina’s opening draw against Iceland. 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Thai cave boys, coach invited to Spain to see football ‘heroes’

first_imgMotorists pass a billboard with a photograph showing members of the Thai children’s football team “Wild Boar” and their coach with a message “welcome home brothers” displayed in Chiang Rai as the boys and their coach were all rescued in the Tham Luang cave in Khun Nam Nang Non Forest Park in the Mae Sai district on July 10, 2018.All 12 boys and their coach who became trapped in a flooded Thai cave more than a fortnight ago have been rescued, the Navy SEALs announced on July 10, completing an astonishing against-the-odds rescue mission that has captivated the world. / AFP PHOTO / TANG CHHIN SothySpain’s La Liga football league has invited the schoolboy team rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand to come watch a game once they have recovered from their ordeal to meet their “heroes.”“When the time is right, and everyone involved is ready I’d personally like to invite the children and the coach to attend a La Liga match” in Spain, president Javier Tebas said in a statement Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ La Liga said it had messaged all its clubs to invite them to participate.Football’s world governing body FIFA had invited the Wild Boars to Sunday’s World Cup final in Moscow, but they remain too weak to come and must stay in hospital to make sure they have no infections.Two of them are being treated for symptoms of pneumonia.The last of the group was finally extracted on Tuesday after a painstaking and dangerous international rescue mission led by Thai Navy SEALs.ADVERTISEMENT “We’d like to host them and share with them the joy football can give, and I hope this gesture can help after the events of the last few weeks.”La Liga said it wanted the 12 boys and their football coach, who form the Wild Boars soccer squad, to “watch many of their football heroes in action in person.”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’The boys were trapped for more than two weeks after setting off to explore a cave complex in northern Thailand and getting caught by rising floodwaters.One of the boys was wearing a Real Madrid t-shirt. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Croatia official allowed to watch semis despite conviction 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Newsome chooses to learn from mistakes after Bolts’ quarterfinals exit

first_imgReport: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names “There’s only two ways you can go about it, either beat yourself up or look at what you did wrong and do whatever you can to improve it,” said Newsome after the 104-90 loss to Ginebra that knocked Meralco out.READ: Ginebra sweeps Meralco, advances to PBA semisFEATURED 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’“I choose to look a it and try to improve, I feel like I’ve improved a lot since the last two finals appearances.”Meralco has not fared well in the first two conferences of the season but, has so far, proven to be a powerhouse once the Governors’ Cup rolls on. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Bottom seeds and early playoff exits mar the Bolts’ start in the season but for the past couple of years they have appeared in the championship round with import Allan Durham.“I feel like I understand the game, I feel the game is slowing down a lot for me personally,” said Newsome who, had 17 points, four rebounds, and four assists. “I’m excited to have AD back but we have to confirm that yet.”“But I’m excited to be back and see what I can continue to improve on and just continue to get better every single day.”Although they hold two consecutive finals appearances, the Bolts have yet to overcome the hurdle that are the Gin Kings, who are the reigning Governors’ Cup champions for two years running.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil De La Hoya: Matthysse wins by KO, Pacquiao by decision ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Chris Newsome. PBA IMAGESMeralco forward Chris Newsome won’t wallow too long after the Bolts got swept by Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.With one more conference remaining in the 2017-2018 season, Newsome would rather set his sights on the Governors’ Cup where the Bolts have had a fair success in the past two years.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Koepka holds off Woods to win PGA Championship

first_imgBrooks Koepka holds the Wanamaker Trophy after he won the PGA Championship golf tournament at Bellerive Country Club, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)ST. LOUIS — The roars were unlike anything Brooks Koepka had ever heard, and he knew exactly what they meant.They got louder for each birdie by Tiger Woods that moved him closer to the lead Sunday in the PGA Championship, and Koepka could hear a ripple effect of noise. First, real time. Seconds later, another burst from patrons watching on TV in chalets. Then, distant cheers from every corner of Bellerive when the score was posted.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “We knew what was going on,” he said. “It’s pretty obvious when Tiger makes a birdie. Everybody on the golf course cheers for him.”Koepka knew exactly what to do.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’Amid relentless pandemonium, Koepka ran off three straight birdies to end the front nine and seize control. When he was tied with Adam Scott through 14 holes, with Woods one shot behind, he delivered back-to-back birdies.The last one was a laser of a 4-iron from 248 yards that settled 6 feet away, sending him to a dream finish of a year that began with the 28-year-old Floridian wondering if a wrist injury that kept him out four months would ever allow him to compete again. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And now this.The only downer is having to wait eight months for the Masters.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA: No go Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Even with two bogeys, Woods shot 64 for his lowest final round in a major. He finished at 266, beating by three shots his best 72-hole score in a major.At this major, it wasn’t enough.“I played hard,” Woods said. “I made a bit of a run. It looks like I’m going to come up a little short.”Koepka was responsible for that.After wasting one chance to put it away by missing consecutive birdie chances from 7 feet, Koepka kept attacking flags and ran in birdie putts of 10 feet on No. 15 and 7 feet on No. 16 to end the drama. He tapped in for par on the final hole to set the PGA Championship scoring record at 264. It also tied the major championship record that Henrik Stenson set at Royal Troon two years ago in the British Open.He also joined Jordan Spieth, Woods, Nicklaus and Tom Watson as the only players with three majors before turning 30 since World War II.“Three majors at 28 — it’s a cool feeling,” said Koepka, who five years ago was toiling in Europe’s minor leagues.Scott hung around by making big putts, just like he hoped, and was tied for the lead until Koepka’s birdies. Scott missed a 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 17th that would have pulled him to within one shot — right after Koepka missed from the same range — and then made bogey on the 18th for a 67 to finish alone in third.The only knock on Koepka is that he doesn’t win enough elsewhere — the Phoenix Open on the PGA Tour, the Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour, and two victories at the Dunlop Phoenix on the Japan Golf Tour.“He’s won three majors now, so he’s definitely winning the right ones,” Scott said. “If I was him, I wouldn’t change much at the moment. I’d just keep doing what he’s doing because he’s showing up at the right moments in the biggest events. There’s something inside his brain that makes him believe that that’s what he’s destined to do.” The St. Louis fans waited 17 years to see Woods — he last was at Bellerive when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks canceled a World Golf Championship — and he delivered a performance that took golf back in time.Thomas Bjorn might have seen it coming. Earlier in the week, as he was cleaning out his locker after withdrawing with an injury, he thought back to Woods getting into contention at Carnoustie last month at the British Open. “He recognized who that guy was that day,” Bjorn said.Woods was relentless, pumping fists, raising the putter in his left hand, making birdies and charging toward a finish that caused pure pandemonium among one of the largest and noisiest crowds at a major.Without hitting a fairway on the front nine, Woods cut the four-shot deficit to two.Dialed in on the back nine, he dropped an approach into 4 feet on No. 12, got within one shot with a 10-foot birdie on the par-3 13th and, after a bad drive led to bogey, he answered with another approach that hit a foot from the hole.That was as good as it got.Facing the most important drive of the day on the par-5 17th, Woods sent it sailing to the right and it embedded in a hazard along the banks of a creek. He did well to advance it, but had to save par from a bunker. Behind him, Koepka holed his two birdie putts.Woods and Koepka played nine holes of a practice round Wednesday, and the 14-time major champion knew what he was up against.“It’s tough to beat when the guy hits it 340 down the middle,” Woods said. “What he did at Shinnecock, just bombing it, and then he’s doing the same thing here. … And when a guy’s doing that and hitting it straight, and as good a putter as he is, it’s tough to beat.”Koepka never imagined a year like this. He missed four months at the start of the year when a partially torn tendon in his left wrist, causing him to sit out the Masters. He outlasted good friend Dustin Johnson at Shinnecock Hills to become the first back-to-back U.S. Open champion in 29 years. “That will probably go down as probably one of the best shots I’ve ever hit under pressure,” he said.He closed with a 4-under 66 for a two-shot victory over Woods and took his place among the elite in golf. Koepka became the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same year, joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Ben Hogan and Gene Sarazen.It will be impossible to overlook him now, not with the Wanamaker Trophy to go with his back-to-back U.S. Open titles. Koepka won two of the three majors he played this year, and three of his last six. Not since Woods won four in a row through the 2001 Masters has anyone won majors at such an alarming rate.And yet it still felt — and certainly sounded — as though he played second billing to Woods.The crowd was enormous, louder than anything in golf this side of Augusta National or a Ryder Cup, and Woods looked closer than ever to capping his comeback from four back surgeries with another major.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Ejected Tolentino says FEU will appeal his looming suspension

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Shock loss to FEU will make Adamson better, says Pumaren Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Far Eastern University is set to appeal Arvin Tolentino’s imminent suspension for its next matchup against defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tolentino was slapped with a disqualifying foul after he clotheslined Adamson University forward Sean Manganti with 3:43 left in regulation with FEU leading, 75-68.“Sir Mark told me that they will appeal the suspension,” said Tolentino, referring to FEU’s athletic director Mark Molina, after his team’s 88-85 win over the Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I hope they review it and if they downgrade it then I’d be happy with it but if not we can’t do anything about it.”Tolentino is one of FEU’s reliable options this season. putting up average numbers of 11.8 points and 4.3 rebounds in six games. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil His 19 points against Adamson was his season-high and he also grabbed four rebounds.“It would be unfortunate for me if the suspension pushes through, I’m just praying that they downgrade it.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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No surprise, the West title still runs through the Warriors

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry celebrates after scoring against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)Golden State coach Steve Kerr is a happy man these days.He’s got a new contract. He’s got his son Nick, who was helping out in San Antonio, working in the Warriors’ video room now. He’s leading a team that has won three of the last four NBA championships and is the overwhelming favorite to win it again this season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments FACING LONG ODDS12. MINNESOTA — The Jimmy Butler debacle shows that some big changes in direction are probably going to happen in Minnesota, and sooner than later.13. PHOENIX — Devin Booker got his max deal and the Suns got No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton, but firing GM Ryan McDonough so close to the season was odd.14. MEMPHIS — Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are savvy vets, but they are going to need a lot of help if Memphis is going to seriously improve this season.15. SACRAMENTO — Kings had a league-high 44 games last season where they didn’t score 100 points, and a very young team might not change that much.WHAT TO KNOWL.A. BRON: If he has even an average-for-him season, new Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will rise to No. 4 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list this season. He’s currently No. 7, with No. 6 Dirk Nowitzki, No. 5 Wilt Chamberlain and No. 4 Michael Jordan well within reach. Add 2,000 or so points to James’ total of 31,038, and only No. 3 Kobe Bryant, No. 2 Karl Malone and No. 1 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — all former Lakers — would still be ahead of him.STEPH RISING: Speaking of rising up career charts, Golden State’s Stephen Curry could easily be No. 3 on the all-time list for 3-pointers made by the end of this season. Curry has 2,129 3s in 625 career games, a rate of 3.4 made per game. The six players ahead of him — Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Jason Terry, Kyle Korver, Jamal Crawford and Paul Pierce — averaged 1.8 made 3s per game.BIG NUMBERS: The only players in the last 30 seasons to average 30 points and eight assists were Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook in 2016-17 and Houston’s James Harden last season. Probably not coincidentally, Westbrook and Harden won MVP awards for those seasons. There are seven active players with at least one MVP award in the NBA right now, and all seven play in the West.GREAT COACHES: San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich enters the season with 1,197 wins, fifth-most in NBA history — 13 behind Pat Riley and 24 behind Jerry Sloan. Meanwhile, Golden State’s Steve Kerr comes into the year with the highest winning percentages during both the regular season (265-63, .808) and the postseason (63-20, .759) in NBA history. Here’s how far ahead Kerr is on the NBA’s all-time regular season winning percentage list: If the Warriors go 24-58 this season, which seems less than likely, he would still be above Phil Jackson for the No. 1 spot. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college VERSUS EAST: The West beat the East for the ninth consecutive season in head-to-head matchups, winning nearly 53 percent of the cross-conference matchups in the regular season (and 100 percent of them in the NBA Finals). Over the last nine seasons, West teams have beaten East teams nearly 57 percent of the time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Staying happy will be the challenge for Kerr and the Warriors this season, when Western Conference rivals resume their attempts to take down the champs.“Our place in the history of the league is pretty secure,” Kerr said. “I don’t think our guys should feel a ton of pressure. I think they should feel the importance of trying to do it again, because this may be the last time we have this current iteration of the Warriors, just given all the free agents and the money crunch and everything else.”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 ChrissLeBron James took his talents to Los Angeles, signing with the Lakers and moving out of the East for the first time in his career. Houston had the NBA’s best regular-season record a year ago and has reigning MVP James Harden. Utah has a budding superstar in Donovan Mitchell, and certainly got the league’s attention with its playoff run last season.But in the West, until further notice, it’s still the Warriors and then everybody else. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES NU gets UAAP badminton five-peat after another perfect season Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 3. HOUSTON — The Rockets have the MVP in James Harden, a leader in Chris Paul and added Carmelo Anthony, but expecting another 67-15 season is a lot.4. L.A. LAKERS — LeBron James is still the best player in the game and shows no signs of slowing down, so doubting his chances seems less than brilliant.5. OKLAHOMA CITY — This is a sign of how loaded the West remains: The Thunder are really good, and that won’t assure them home-court for Round 1.6. DENVER — Losing Game 82 last season to Minnesota and missing the playoffs because of that outcome should serve as a massive motivator for Denver.7. NEW ORLEANS — DeMarcus Cousins is gone, Rajon Rondo is gone, but Anthony Davis is still there and that should be enough for a Pelicans playoff run.8. SAN ANTONIO — Dejounte Murray’s ACL tear is a disaster, but any team with LaMarcus Aldridge, DeMar DeRozan and Gregg Popovich still has a lot.IN THE MIX9. PORTLAND — The West’s No. 3 seed last season, the Blazers were only three games ahead of No. 9 and will face a serious battle in a very loaded West.10. DALLAS — Luka Doncic is NBA-ready, DeAndre Jordan will make the Mavs better and Dirk Nowitzki deserves to see his franchise trending up again.11. L.A. CLIPPERS — A possible transitional year for the Clippers, who should be major players in free agency next summer and could add a lottery pick. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 MOST READ “It’s a marathon,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “There’s a lot of time between now and April and May and June, but if we go about it the right way to start the season, it can feed on itself in terms of the expectation we have night in, night out.”A look at the West, in predicted order of finish:PLAYOFF BOUND1. GOLDEN STATE — Warriors aiming for their third consecutive NBA championship, something only the Lakers, Celtics and Bulls franchises have done.2. UTAH — Donovan Mitchell is a legitimate star, coach Quin Snyder has been underrated for far too long, and the Jazz went 29-6 to finish last season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Civil Engineering graduate Dave Yu hopes to pave way for NU student-athletes

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan00:58Iran civil aviation boss ‘certain’ Ukraine plane not hit by missile02:14Carpio 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 Yu was selected as the team’s skipper not for his supreme athletic ability but for the respect he commands and the way he carries himself on and off the court.The civil engineering graduate said he wants to change the people’s perception of NU that it’s not just a burgeoning sporting school but also an institution that can compete academically.“I’m just showing to all that NU is not just for sports, but also for education,” said Yu, who’ll take the board exams in May. “I think I’m the first student-athlete who’s a civil engineering graduate and I’m showing to my teammates that if I can do this they can to. There are a lot of student-athletes right now who are in engineering and I think I created that path for them.”Yu added that he’s pondering if he still wants to continue his basketball career since his first priority is getting that professional license.“I’ll think about if I will still play, if I still have that fire in me, but the first goal is to pass the boards,” said Yu.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic sets sights on 2019 after ‘phenomenal season’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe end of an era has started at National University.Bulldogs captain Dave Yu is one of the remnants of the team, along with Rev Diputado, that won the Season 78 title, but the skipper knows he’ll be leaving his school in a good a place just like when he was still in it.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Of course it’s sad that I’ll be leaving but I’m happy because I’ve learned so much here in the UAAP and from the NU community and I would like to thank the UAAP for giving me this opportunity to play in such a prestigious league,” said Yu Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena after their 79-71 win over University of the East.“I promise that the group that we will leave behind in NU will surprise you because we were hurt so much in this season and for sure they’ll get back for us.”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 ChrissYu was a mere substitute with NU when it won the title in 2015 playing just a shade above 54 total minutes and scoring just 12 points across six games.And although Yu’s statistics didn’t become worthy of a Mythical Team nod, it was the intangibles that he brought to the Bulldogs that made him a star in his own right. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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Marcio Lassiter: Kazakhstan loss ‘test of character’ for Gilas Pilipinas

first_imgLATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Phiippines is hanging on a thread in in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers after its 92-88 loss to Kazakhstan Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Instead of tying Iran at the second place of Group F in the second round with a 6-3 record, Gilas Pilipinas fell to a 5-4 record fir a perilous third-place tie with Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kazakhstan, however, was able to score on the next possession on Anton Bykov’s layup with 12.7 seconds remaining.The loss put the Philippines in a bad spot since only the top three teams and the better of the two fourth placers in Groups E and F will advance to China for the World Cup.Gilas Pilipinas has to at least take sole possession of the third spot in Group F to prevent any complications through the course of the tournament.Lassiter said that this situation is a tough test for them and that they have to quickly move on and not dwell on the disappointment.“We have to learn from our mistakes. This will test our character especially now that we have our backs against the wall,” said Lassiter. “This is definitely a test to ourselves and we’ll work out on what we have to do. We made mistakes and we have to figure out what we did wrong.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And in just two days the Philippines will have to face the Iranians in an attempt to make up for lost ground, a game the Filipinos badly need in order for them to contend for a spot in the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China.Shooting guard Marcio Lassiter said they have no choice but to move on from the defeat no matter how painful it was.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s disappointing but at the same time we still have a chance and that’s all we can ask for that we still have a chance at this,” said Lassiter Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Lassiter finished with 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting including a clutch three-pointer that cut the deficit to two, 90-88, with 26.1 seconds left in the game. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View comments MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gilas can’t carry baggage from Kazakhstan loss into crucial Iran clash, says Guiaolast_img read more

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He promised: LeBron James is the AP’s male athlete of 2018

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title And even without a title, it may have been his most significant year.For the third time, James has been selected as The Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year — after 2018 saw him continue to excel on the court, open the “I Promise” school for at-risk children in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, and further use his voice as an activist who bristled at being told to “shut up and dribble.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I would describe it as a success because I was able to inspire so many people throughout the year,” James said. “I got to go back to China, to Paris, to Berlin, I opened up a school. And all these kids I was able to see, all over the world and in my hometown, I was able to inspire, to make them think they can be so much more than what they think they’re capable of being. That was my outlook for 2018.”James received 78 points in balloting by U.S. editors and news directors announced Thursday, while Boston Red Sox star Mookie Betts was second with 46. Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals was third, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was fourth and Triple Crown winner Justify was fifth. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ View comments NEW YORK, NEW YORK – DECEMBER 18: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a basket during warmups prior to the game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on December 18, 2018 in New York City. Sarah Stier/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James went to the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive year. He changed addresses again, leaving his Cleveland home for the second time to join the Los Angeles Lakers in the biggest move of free agency over the summer. He remained arguably the dominant player in the basketball, adding even more glitz on a legacy that reached epic status long ago.It was, by any measure, a fantastic year for James.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Belingon eager to prove beating Bibiano Fernandes no fluke in potential 3rd fight LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “The next star is out there,” James said. “And I’m not just talking sports. Doctor, nurse, pilots, they’re out there. The one thing they need is knowing that people care about them and care about their lives. I believe it’s part of my job, and I take it very seriously, to try to tap into that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends01:08SEA Games 2019: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run01:09SEA Games: PH’s Kristina Knott zooms to 200m dash gold in record-setting run02:14Carpio 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 Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia James’ year included no championship, no scoring title, no MVP award. But some of the people closest to James still considered 2018 to be his finest year yet.“I like to talk about generations,” said Miami guard Dwyane Wade, one of James’ best friends. “There will never be another Michael Jordan because he was the first to be a global superstar, the first to take the NBA to another level. There will never be another LeBron James, and a lot of it is from what he’s done away from the game. Him understanding his voice has been so refreshing and so important to the culture and his friends.”The “I Promise” school is perhaps James’ most prized accomplishment yet. It opened in July for 240 third- and fourth-graders, a public school in Akron that is perhaps like none other. Families — not just the kids — get support there, whether it’s by helping put food on the table or providing adult education or even legal assistance.And this is just the start. James and his LeBron James Family Foundation have enormous plans for the school in the years ahead.“It is already such a success,” James said. “And it’s something that I never thought was possible until we made it happen. So yes, it’s been a pretty good year.”A busy year, too.He had a documentary series called “Shut Up and Dribble,” which discusses the role athletes have in the current political and cultural climate. His show “The Shop,” featuring James and friends talking about life in the backdrop of a barbershop, has been enormously popular. James has faced criticism in recent days for posting rap lyrics that included the phrase “Jewish money,” for which he apologized, and even rival coaches have spoken out about how he’s used his fame for good.“To this day, he hasn’t missed a step,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said earlier this year. “He hasn’t fallen off the ledge and he’s been a brilliant example for millions of kids, especially kids with lesser opportunity and haven’t had the same advantages as others.”On the court, he was already an icon.Off the court, he’s looking to be one as well in the years ahead. On the court, James remained dominant. He averaged 28.7 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.4 assists in 2018 between his time with the Cavaliers and Lakers, playing in 102 games through Thursday.“In addition to being on everyone’s short list as one of the league’s all-time greatest players, LeBron is among the hardest working players and is a thoughtful and impactful leader,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “He serves on the executive committee of the Players Association even as he builds an impressive media company of his own. And what’s most inspiring, and no surprise given his talent and focus, is how he’s done all of this while embracing his unique opportunity to positively impact communities in need.”James becomes the third man to win the award at least three times, joining Lance Armstrong (a four-time winner from 2002 through 2005), Tiger Woods (1997, 1999, 2000 and 2006) and Michael Jordan (1991, 1992 and 1993).Armstrong won the Tour de France in each of his years as the AP recipient, — though he was later stripped of the titles in a doping scandal. Woods won at least one major and was the PGA’s Player of the Year in all four of his AP-winning years. Jordan’s three awards coincided with his first three NBA championships in Chicago. And James’ first two times getting the award were in 2013 and 2016, years where his fingerprints mussed up the Larry O’Brien Trophy in a title celebration.And James’ closest rivals in the AP balloting this year — Betts and Ovechkin — also won titles in 2018.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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