Cavs, Warriors gear up to begin championship quests again

first_imgNo, James is not through. Neither are the reigning champs if they have their way.They all understand the entire league has upped its game to chase these two heavyweights from their respective conferences.“That’s the beauty of competition at the highest level, other teams make us better and vice versa. Cleveland made us better,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “They beat us two years ago, they made us better last year. We’re doing the same thing for them. They’re retooling a little bit, they’ve got some great talent. Every team is trying to get where we are and that pushes us. We push them. That’s what makes the game better.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Warriors and new-look Cavs will be tested in their openers: Golden State hosts Houston on Tuesday night in Chris Paul’s Rockets debut, while Cleveland plays Boston at home with Kyrie Irving in a Celtics jersey following that blockbuster August trade that transformed the Eastern Conference rivals.After losing to Golden State in a Game 5 clincher in Oakland, the Cavs spent the summer rebuilding a roster that now features new stars like Derrick Rose, Dwyane Wade and Isaiah Thomas. Woods cleared for golf activities with no restrictions Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James, center, drives between Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, top, and guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, June 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — Minutes after LeBron James lost the NBA Finals to the Golden State Warriors four months ago, he vowed to return to the gym right away with plans to get back to the big stage. To win another ring.Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant heard it yet already knew it — and everybody on the defending champs and King James’ Cleveland Cavaliers realizes these teams could be destined for another championship showdown at the end of this season.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Warriors are almost the same team, with Finals MVP Durant far more comfortable his second time around with Golden State — the scrutiny of leaving Oklahoma City long behind him.“I expect us to pick up with a full head of steam on Tuesday,” Curry said.There will be the fanfare of the Warriors receiving their championship rings in a pregame ceremony.Yet Golden State still remembers its flop on opening night a year ago, following a loss in the 2016 Finals to Cleveland after its record-setting 73-win regular season. The Warriors lost at home to San Antonio 129-100 in Durant’s debut.This time, they’re beginning the daunting quest of trying to repeat — something the franchise couldn’t do after the 2015 title against James and Co. as Cleveland won last year.“Your swag level is through the roof, as it should be,” Durant said. “You’re the best team in the league and you go out there and beat a bunch of teams to win a championship, of course your swag is going to be through the roof. You hear about swag, you hear about guys deserving stuff or stories that they might have coming up into this year, all this fairytale stuff, it’s cool stories, it’s cool feel-good stories but you’ve still got to go out there and play the game, you’ve still got to lock in every possession if you want to win.”NOTES: James is nursing a sprained left ankle and his status for Tuesday remained unclear. He was injured Sept. 27 in practice. … Key reserve Andre Iguodala is questionable for the Warriors’ opener because of his troublesome back and Omri Casspi also could be out because of a right ankle injury, Kerr said.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 Despite dealing Irving to its closest competitor in the East, Cleveland is deeper with more versatility and talent than at any time James has been on the roster.And with close friend Wade back by his side, James is not only happy but is teammates with a player who brings out the best in him. Throw in former league MVP Rose, motivated to show he’s still one of the game’s elite guards, along with Thomas, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder, Jeff Green, Kyle Korver and Tristan Thompson, and it’s easy to see why Cleveland seems to be on a collision course with the Warriors again.The key being health and how quickly the Cavs can assemble all the pieces.“Don’t think we’ll be the team we want to be in a week. It’s going to be for the whole season,” James said. “We’re going to have changes, we’re going to make changes, we’re going to become a better team as the games go on so the team opening night will not be the team that we know we can be.”James can become a free agent next summer, but has not backed off his intent to end his career with Cleveland.“I think when you get to a certain level you don’t need another team to motivate you. We want to win a championship, they want to win a championship,” Golden State’s Draymond Green said. “We know what it’s like, we know the feeling, we love the feeling. They know the feeling, they love the feeling.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Hayward from hospital: It’s hurting me that I can’t be there

first_imgBoston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is introduced to the crowd on the scoreboard from his hospital bed prior to the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Boston. Hayward was injured in the season opener on Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Celtics forward Gordon Hayward sent a video message from his hospital bed before the team’s home opener on Wednesday night, telling Boston fans: “It’s hurting me that I can’t be there.”The crowd at the TD Garden for the Celtics’ game against the Milwaukee Bucks cheered when Marcus Smart directed fans’ attention to the scoreboard, where Hayward appeared wearing a hospital gown and sitting up in bed. The arena hushed to hear the brief message, then erupted in another cheer when it was over.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments The team also traded fan favorite Isaiah Thomas to Cleveland for fellow All-Star Kyrie Irving and shipped out regular starters Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder. In all, just four players on the roster finished last season with the team.Taking Hayward’s minutes, Smart scored 12 points and had nine rebounds on Tuesday night. Smart moved into the starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Bucks.“He put a lot of effort into starting his career well in Boston,” Stevens said of Hayward. “This is a setback, but there’s going to be a full 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set US gymnastics gold medalist reveals abuse by team doctorcenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “What’s up, everybody? Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who’s had me in their thoughts and prayers,” Hayward said in the 30-second message, which was also sent out by the team on Twitter .“I’m going to be all right,” Hayward said. “It’s hurting me that I can’t be there for the home opener. I want nothing more than to be with my teammates and walk out on that floor tonight. But I’ll be supportingyou guys from here, and wishing you the best of luck.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAfter signing with Boston in the offseason as a free agent, Hayward was injured in the sixth minute of his first game for the Celtics, crumpling to the floor Tuesday in Cleveland with a gruesome ankle injury.Players on both teams reacted in horror on at the site of Hayward’s leg bent unnaturally, but coach Brad Stevens said he did not see the injury live and has avoided watching replays.“Having known him as long as I’ve known him, it’s tough to see him go through this,” said Stevens, who was also Hayward’s college coach at Butler. “We’ll make sure he knows that we’ve got our arms around him.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Stevens said doctors confirmed that Hayward has a dislocated left ankle and broken tibia. Surgery will be necessary but it hadn’t been scheduled, Stevens said. Hayward was expected to make a full recovery, but the coach did not know if it would be this season.“It’s definitely been tough,” said rookie forward Jayson Tatum. “We’re just keeping Gordon in our prayers, hoping everything is all right.”Fans who never got to see Hayward in a Celtics uniform lined up before Wednesday night’s game to sign a banner imploring him to get better and “come back stronger than ever” from the injury. Other fans held up hand-made signs wishing him well.Celtics forward Daniel Theis wrote “GH20” on his shoe, and a fair number of Hayward’s No. 20 jerseys were visible in the crowd, which began chanting his name late in the first half.After playing his first seven years with the Utah Jazz, Hayward signed a four-year, $128 million contract this offseason to rejoin Stevens in Boston — part of a near-complete roster overhaul for the team that finished first in the Eastern Conference last season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

Pringle wants more from Globalport after first win

first_imgView comments Globalport just notched its first win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup, but skipper Stanley Pringle wants to see more effort from his team in the future games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone The Batang Pier took the glow out of Rain or Shine with a 78-70 win Friday at Mall of Asia Arena in a game where defense became the all-encompassing theme.In its first two games, Globalport allowed its opponents to score upwards of 100 points and the 70 points the Elasto Painters scored were a testament to the Batang Pier’s improved defense.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 folkPringle, though, wants his team to rebound the ball more despite having a slight 59-56 edge over Rain or Shine in that statistical department.“It was a good win, but we need to rebound and box out better,” said Pringle, who had 29 points and nine rebounds. “We played okay defense today, we kept them under a hundred points, but the rebounding was terrible. We’ll try to bounce back with our rebounding.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globalport allowed Rain or Shine to gobble 24 offensive rebounds that in turn became 20 second chance points for the Elasto Painters.What the Batang Pier had going for them was Rain or Shine’s paltry 25-of-86 shooting and an even worse 10-of-48 clip from deep.Pringle is hoping the team could build on the victory en route to a winning streak.“We can’t be too happy and celebrate too much,” said Pringle, whose team improved to 1-2. “We got another game coming up and we still need to improve. We’re just going to take it game by game, chop up the film, and see what we can improve on.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Garcia laments miserable offensive night in loss to Globalportlast_img read more

High expectations for 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup staging in PH

first_imgLATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Violinists and cheering squads: North Korea’s Olympic lineup Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Though the Philippines has yet to come up with the 3×3 squad which will compete in both divisions, the SBP officials are highly optimistic that the event will give Fiba a glimpse of what awaits the international basketball community for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.“We need everyone’s help to drum up support for this event in June so that we can exceed expectations. We all know how much we love the sport of basketball,” said SBP chairman Sen. Sonny Angara.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Officials from the SBP and Fiba launch the logo for the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonAs a precursor to the 2023 Fiba World Cup, the Philippines is set to host the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup from June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.“Coming from the heels of the country together with Japan and Indonesia winning the 2023 World Cup, we’re very excited about us staging another World Cup,” said Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio at the launch on Thursday at Bonifacio High Street in Taguig.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “It’s exciting times for basketball in general for the Philippines. We don’t have to wait for 2023 because we’ve brought the 3×3 World Cup here.”A total of 40 teams, 20 for men’s and 20 for women’s, will converge at the world’s largest indoor stadium to dispute who are the best half-court ballers all over the world.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 folkSBP executive director Sonny Barrios also sees the occasion as a fitting culmination for this year’s Independence Day celebration.“We’re all working together to make it aside from a basketball event but also a part of the independence week celebration,” he shared.last_img read more

San Miguel-Alab dethrones HK, gains finals berth

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Family support spurs Belonguils to triathlon success Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With Alapag pushing all the right buttons and Brownlee continuing his superb play together with fellow import Renaldo Balkman, Alab clinched the first finals berth with a 79-72 victory over Hong Kong Eastern on Sunday night at City of Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex.“It’s funny because he hit the shot to beat our team in my final game,” said Alapag, referring to Brownlee, who nailed a triple that clinched the title for Ginebra at the expense of Meralco in the 2016 PBA Governor’s Cup.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“Now, we have a great chance to win this together. Justin is not just a great player but a genuinely good guy.”It marked the fifth season that a Filipino club made the finals. The Philippine Patriots appeared in two finals, winning in 2009, while San Miguel also made the championship round in 2012 and 2013, prevailing in the latter. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Justin Brownlee: 22 points, 11 rebounds vs HK —ABLCITY OF SANTA ROSA, Laguna—San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag lost his final game as a pro almost two years ago in the most heartbreaking way to a team led by Justin Brownlee.Now working together at Alab, they have an opportunity to win a championship in the Asean Basketball League (ABL).ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Brownlee, who had 22 points and 11 rebounds, opened the ball game with a thunderous dunk, setting the tone for the Filipino club as it dethroned the defending champions with a sweep of the best-of-three semifinals.Balkman also delivered a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds, while Ray Parks had 13 points and 13 rebounds.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Lee bloodies, beats Barboza by TKO in UFC lightweight bout

first_imgKevin Lee celebrates his win over Edson Barboza after their fight was stopped in the fourth round of their mixed martial arts featherweight bout, early Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Kevin Lee missed weight but was on the mark with injecting himself back into the UFC lightweight title picture.Lee pounded Edson Barboza until blood streamed down his face and won a 155-pound bout when the fight was stopped via TKO in the fifth round on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Lee kept the fight on the ground at Boardwalk Hall and — except for absorbing one stiff kick to the face — dominated until the doctors stopped the bout with Barboza wearing the crimson mask as he sat against the cage.“I wanted to go all five rounds and show my complete game,” Lee said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEdson Barboza, bottom, tries to protect himself as Kevin Lee hits him during the second round of their mixed martial arts lightweight bout, early Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Atlantic City, N.J. Lee won the bout. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)Lee got the signature win he needed to remain in the lightweight championship picture and immediately took aim on the division’s champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov.You folks know what time it is. It’s Khabib time , baby,” he said. It was Lee’s time to shine in AC.Lee took the fight to the mat and spent the first round landing punishing strikes and did more of the same in the second. Lee connected with a series of shots to the right of Barboza’s face with more brute force than in any bench-clearing baseball brawl .Barboza rocked and wobbled Lee when he caught him with a spinning head kick in the third but couldn’t finish him. Lee again dragged Barboza to the ground and fans booed and cursed as they wrestled on the mat.Barboza was coming off a unanimous decision loss to Nurmagomedov, who won the 155-pound title stripped from an inactive Conor McGregor earlier this month. Lee was choked out by Tony Ferguson in October. Had Barboza and Lee won those bouts, they might have had a title fight lined up already instead of trying to use a Fight Night card to climb back into contention.“I can do it all. I feel I’m the most complete fighter in the division,” Lee said. “I wanted to go out there and show it.”ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Lee failed to make weight by 2 pounds for the fight, forcing him to forfeit 20 percent of his purse.Seven weeks after he was knocked out for the first time in his MMA career, New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar returned to bloody and beat Cub Swanson by unanimous decision in a 145-pound bout.Edgar, of Toms River, New Jersey, was a clear fan favorite and had fans roaring and chanting his name throughout the fight. Edgar defeated Swanson by submission when they headlined a Fight Night card in November 2014 and got him again in Atlantic City.Edgar, who won 30-27 on all three scorecards, busted Swanson open under his right eye and controlled the three-round bout.“Jersey, I love you baby! I love you,” Edgar said. “My kids are here, first fight they’ve seen. This was a dream come true to come here and perform in front of my home state.”Edgar was fast on his feet, landed some hard jabs and connected on low kicks in the second round, and looked sharp in his return to the cage just seven weeks since he was knocked out by Brian Ortega in the first round at UFC 222. Swanson lost his last bout, also to Ortega — part of a winning streak that set him up for a title fight against Max Holloway in July.Edgar called out the winner of the Ortega-Holloway fight for his next bout.“I’m not going anywhere,” Edgar said.Also on the main card, Jim Miller matched Michael Bisping for most fights in UFC history with 29. Dan Hooker caught Miller with a right knee to the head that ended the fight just 3 minutes into the first round.“All respect to Jim Miller. He’s a legend in this sport,” Hooker said to applause from the home crowd. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Filoil: Mapua sends UP to 0-2 start after shock win Hooker called out Paul Felder for a fight to his face — Felder is a Philly fighter who moonlighted Saturday as an announcer.Miller, a 34-year-old New Jersey native has had a solid but not spectacular career that has yet to see him fight for a UFC championship. He won seven straight fights from 2009 to 2011 but has lost four straight fights and six of nine overall.UFC ran a card in Atlantic City for the first time since July 2014 at the former Revel Casino.New Jersey was one of the first states that embraced UFC, and Dana White has credited cards at the Trump Taj Mahal for helping the company grow into a respected promotion in sports. Tito Ortiz and Randy Couture headlined cards in Atlantic City in UFC’s infancy and New Jersey was a regular stop on the circuit until MMA legalization in New York shifted major pay-per-views across the river.UFC also announced Matt Serra, who beat Georges St-Pierre for the welterweight belt in 2007, was announced as a 2018 Hall of Fame inductee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Ian Clariño sets aside emotions to score one over brother in UAAP Final

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I’m just thankful because I faced him in my final season in the UAAP and it really feels good,” the team captain said.Clariño, though, set aside his emotions to power the Maroon Booters to their 18th title in men’s football with an impressive volley that gave them their lone goal in the 21st minute on Wednesday.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“I tried to think like it’s just any other game. I tried to focus and not let my emotions get the better of me,” he said as he faced his high school team. “Knowing UST, they’re strong and tough, and they never quit until the final whistle. They really gave it their all.”But at the end of it all, it was Clariño who gets a chance to bask in the glory of his success, ending his UAAP career not only as a champion, but also as the season’s Most Valuable Player. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: UP ends UAAP Season 80 with football 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 LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’center_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Those accomplishments made all of his sacrifice worth it as he kept repeating to himself that as a senior, it was his duty to always be the last line of defense for his team.“I always tell my teammates every game the same thing I repeat to myself whenever I sleep, that I will do my best and whatever happens, I’ll be there to catch all of you,” he said.Clariño, though, could only feel grateful as he dedicated the triumph to all of those who made the Maroon Booters’ success possible.“We’re doing this for all God, for the UP community, the people who are helping us, and for Rogie,” he said, referring to the late Rogie Maglinas, whose been the team’s guiding light since his passing back in 2015. “We’re fighting for Rogie and everyone who supports our team. This is all for them.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Julian Clarino – MVP. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRegardless of the outcome, Ian Clariño was just glad to share the limelight with his family in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football Finals for his last match as a collegiate player.Suiting up for UP in the winner-take-all match, the 22-year-old was honored to face off against his older brother Gino for the right to be called a champion.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

North American trio beats Morocco to host 2026 World Cup

first_imgDecio de Maria, President of the Football Association of Mexico, speaks at the FIFA congress on the eve of the opener of the 2018 soccer World Cup in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The congress in Moscow is set to choose the host or hosts for the 2026 World Cup. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW — North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over a risky Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.The soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Scientists explain building ‘living robot’ from frog embryo cells PLAY LIST 02:55Scientists explain building ‘living robot’ from frog embryo cells01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown02:11Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border02:14Carpio 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 GlobalPort rises to 4-4, snaps San Miguel’s 3-game streak MOST READ LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010.The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. North America will host the 2026 World Cup after FIFA voters overwhelmingly opted for the financial and logistical certainty of a United States-led bid over risky Moroccan proposals for the first 48-team tournament.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 crownThe soccer showpiece will return to the U.S. for the first time since 1994 after gaining 134 votes, while Morocco got 65 at the FIFA Congress in Moscow on Wednesday.The vote by football federations was public, in contrast to secrecy surrounding the ballot by FIFA’s elected board members for the 2018 and 2022 hosts, Russia and Qatar, in 2010. The 87,000-capacity MetLife Stadium outside New York is proposed for the final. It’s just miles from where federal prosecutors spearheaded an ongoing investigation into FIFA corruption. More than 40 soccer officials and businesses indicted, convicted or pleaded guilty.The bribery scandal put the governing body on the brink, FIFA President Gianni Infantino told the congress ahead of Wednesday’s vote.“FIFA was clinically dead as an organization,” Infantino said, reflecting on his election in 2016. “Two years later, FIFA is alive and well, full of joy and passion and with a vision for its future.”The North American victory suggests football officials are ready to gather for a World Cup in a country whose government has demonstrated its willingness to jail corrupt sports leaders through undercover investigations.The North America bid also had to overcome concerns about the impact of policies from the Trump administration, including attempts to implement a ban on travel by residents of six majority-Muslim countries.The main intervention by President Donald Trump was a warning in a White House news conference, discussing the FIFA vote, that he would be “watching very closely.” It was a veiled threat to withhold U.S. support from countries opposing the bid.FIFA now has the final say on which cities are selected to host games and whether all three countries are guaranteed a place at the tournament. Victor Montagliani, the Canadian who leads CONCACAF, wants them to take three of the six qualification slots reserved for the region.There is also a chance to send a seventh team via an inter-continental playoff. North America will host the six-team playoff tournament in November 2025 to decide the last two places in the 48-team lineup. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The U.S. proposed staging 60 out of the 80 games in 2026, when 16 teams will be added to the finals, leaving Canada and Mexico with ten fixtures each. The U.S. is set to host all games from the quarterfinals onward.An optimistic promise of delivering $14 billion in revenue helped sway voters, along with the lack of major construction work required on the 16 planned stadiums, all of which already exist.By contrast, Morocco appeared too hazardous as a potential host when all 14 venues had to be built or renovated as part of a $16 billion investment in new infrastructure. The vote leaves Morocco reeling from a fifth failure in a World Cup hosting vote, with the continent’s sole tournament coming in 2010 in South Africa.While Morocco’s combined tickets and hospitality revenue would be $1.07 billion, according to FIFA analysis, North America would generate $2 billion additional income.Canada will host men’s World Cup matches for the first time, while Mexico gets its first taste of the event since staging the entire event in 1986.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Froome calls on skeptical fans to let him ride Tour de France in peace

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The UCI’s ruling ensured he could compete at the Tour after race organizer ASO had informed Team Sky it would forbid Froome from entering until the doping case was decided.His use of asthma medication has been well documented and he often uses inhalers during races. World Anti-Doping Agency rules state an athlete can be cleared for excessive salbutamol use if he proves it was due to an appropriate therapeutic dosage.Froome said he understands it may take time for fans to believe he is not a cheat.“But that data is available, and I would like to think that as people understand that more, they will understand my decision to keep on racing knowing I have certainly done nothing wrong,” Froome said. “Of course it has been damaging. As it is right now I’m just happy to draw a line in the sand and move on and focus on bike racing.”UCI president David Lappartient has also issued a call for calm.ADVERTISEMENT Four-time Tour de France cycling race winner Chris Froome of Britain leaves after a press conference in Saint-Mars-la-Reorthe, Vendee region, France, Wednesday, July 4, 2018, ahead of upcoming Saturday’s start of the race. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)SAINT-MARS-LA-REORTHE, France — Chris Froome has asked Tour de France fans to let him race in peace, even if they doubt the recent ruling that cleared him of doping allegations.The British cyclist has been targeted by spectators in the past. During the 2015 Tour, he said a man threw a cup of urine at him while yelling “doper”.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 With the latest edition beginning on Saturday, five days after the International Cycling Union finally ruled Froome had won last year’s Spanish Vuelta cleanly, the four-time Tour winner offered an alternative way for skeptical fans to show their distrust.“Support the race in a positive way, don’t bring negativity,” he said on Wednesday in western France. “In terms of safety I obviously would encourage fans of the sport to come watch the race, and if you are not necessarily a Chris Froome fan or a Sky fan, come to the race and put a jersey on of another team you do support. That would be my advice.”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’A cloud hung over Froome after a urine sample taken during the Vuelta in September showed a concentration of the asthma drug salbutamol that was twice the permitted level.After months of silence, the UCI said Froome’s result did not represent an adverse finding, which could have led him to be stripped of his Vuelta victory, and a suspension. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “(Froome) has the right to operate in a safe environment. I have heard calls, sometimes completely irrational, to violence on the Tour de France,” Lappartient said. “I cannot accept that and I call on all spectators to protect all the athletes and to respect the judicial decision so that Chris Froome can compete in a safe and serene environment.”Teammate Geraint Thomas said Froome has shown poise even when fans are at their worst.“I’ve always been impressed by the way he is off the bike,” Thomas said. “But the last nine months have been the most impressive, really, how he was able to still perform and train and commit to all that while everything else was going on.”Thomas, however, said possible run-ins with the public are part of riding down roads lined by people, most of who are there to cheer on the athletes.“It’s not like football — it’s not in just a closed stadium when you can check everyone,” he said. “So there is that element of risk so to speak.”Froome is aiming to join Jacques Anquetil, Eddy Merckx, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain as the only riders to win the Tour five times.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Max Holloway out of UFC 226 title bout with concussion woeslast_img read more

Divine Wally claims Asian Games bronze in wushu

first_imgWushu artist Divine Wally delivered the Philippines’ fifth bronze medal in the 2018 Asian Games after her bittersweet finish in the women’s sanda 52-kilogram semifinals.Wally, who was assured of a bronze medal heading into the semifinals, lost to Elaheh Mansoryan Samiroumi of the Islamic Republic of Iran, 1-2, on Wednesday at JIExpo Hall B in Jakarta.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Ronaldo says decision easy to join Juventus to win Champions League LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest PLAY LIST 01:34SEA Games: Agatha Wong looking forward to rest after double gold conquest02:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu01:54SEA Games: Tabugara delivers wushu gold for PH02:14Carpio 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 Mansoryan Samiroumi will next face China’s Li Yueyao in the gold medal match.Wally beat Indonesia’s Selviah Pertiwi, 2-0, in the previous round to assure her of the bronze medal before she faced Mansoryan Samiroumi.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’As of posting, the Philippines is at the 16th place of the medal table with Hidilyn Diaz’ gold medal still the country’s lone top prize in the competition so far. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more