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Djokovic needs 10 match points in ‘real battle’, Nadal’s ‘positive’ start

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic hits a return to Croatia’s Borna Coric during their men’s single tennis match at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament on April 18, 2018 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHENovak Djokovic said it was “great” to deal with the emotions of a “real battle” again, after saving 10 match points to beat Borna Coric at the Monte Carlo Masters on Wednesday, while Rafael Nadal made a “positive” return to the ATP Tour by thrashing Aljaz Bedene.Djokovic, playing only his fourth tournament since Wimbledon last July after struggling with a right elbow injury, overcame some late nerves to win 7-6 (7/2), 7-5 in the second-round clash.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “It feels like I gained more power, especially on the serve. I gained more angle,” he said.“The racquet is the most important tool that we have, but it’s not more important than our body and our mind, our movements. So it is a tool that helps, but it doesn’t play for you.”Nadal makes ‘positive’ startNadal started his bid for an 11th Monte Carlo title with a comfortable victory over Slovenia’s Bedene.The 16-time Grand Slam winner, like Djokovic, is looking for a record 31st Masters title, and he swatted aside Bedene for the loss of only four games.The 31-year-old Spaniard said he still needs more time on court after playing his first tour match since an injury-hit Australian Open quarter-final exit in January.“It’s a positive start, of course. It’s important for me to win matches… I need days on court,” said Nadal.“Since Shanghai last year, I (have) spent not enough time on court competing.“Every match that I have the chance to win is great news because it’s confidence and is a chance to play another day, and that’s what I need.”Japan’s Kei Nishikori continued his comeback from injury with an impressive 7-5, 6-2 win over Russian Daniil Medvedev. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 “It was a real battle. I mean, I could have won the match earlier definitely, but it was great to deal with these kind of emotions again,” said the 12-time Grand Slam champion.Djokovic is working with long-time former coach Marian Vajda for the first time in almost a year after splitting from Andre Agassi, and the 30-year-old has looked rejuvenated in Monaco after early exits in Indian Wells and Miami.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 Serbian will next face Austrian fifth seed Dominic Thiem with a possible quarter-final against defending champion Nadal, who plays Karen Khachanov in the last 16 on Thursday, up for grabs.But Djokovic insisted he wasn’t looking past the clash with Thiem, a French Open semi-finalist in each of the last two years. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img LATEST STORIES View comments Paul, Green spark Rockets in rout of Timberwolves in Game 2 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The former world number four, who has struggled over the last year with a right wrist injury, followed up his first-round victory against Tomas Berdych with a solid display on centre court.“The first set was a real battle, he was playing a little better than me I think at the beginning,” said Nishikori.“I just tried to stay calm and not do anything too crazy and stay calm at the baseline.”Second seed Marin Cilic safely negotiated a potentially-tricky opener against Fernando Verdasco, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7/4).The former US Open champion will take on Canadian Milos Raonic in round three on Thursday.Russian Khachanov cruised past Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-2, while last year’s runner-up Albert Ramos-Vinolas slumped to a 6-4, 6-2 defeat by Philipp Kohlschreiber.Italian qualifier Andreas Seppi came from a set down to beat Guillermo Garcia-Lopez and progress to a tie with Nishikori.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ “It’s disrespectful towards Dominic and Dominic’s tennis… To think about and talk about potentially a match-up with Nadal,” Djokovic added.“Last year in Roland Garros he beat me in straight sets. He’s definitely (a) top-three player in the world on clay.”Djokovic came through a tight first set in a tie-break and moved a break clear in the second, before late drama as he missed nine chances to close out the match.The ninth seed rediscovered his composure, though, to finally complete the job at the 10th time of asking as the 39th-ranked Coric sent a backhand flying long.Two-time Monte Carlo winner Djokovic said that he has gained power since changing to a lighter racquet to try and take pressure off his troublesome elbow.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Thompson leads Cone-coached Mindanao squad vs loaded Gilas

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLeading vote-getter Scottie Thompson and the rest of the Mindanao All-Stars will have their hands full when it takes on Gilas Pilipinas in the first leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star Week in Digos, Davao del Sur on May 23.Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, who was tasked to lead the selection, reunites with former players Mark Barroca, Peter June Simon, and Rafi Reavis.ADVERTISEMENT 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 PBA: Manuel powers Alaska to decimation of Columbian Also part of the Mindanao team are young guns Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Baser Amer, and JP Erram, as well as veterans Cyrus Baguio, Sonny Thoss, RR Garcia, and Carlo Lastimosa.The superstars from the South get the first crack on the Nationals, who are starting their preparations for the third window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers in June.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 crownCoach Chot Reyes will be parading a Gilas lineup which is virtually the same as to that 12-man roster he fielded in for the 2017 Seaba Championship last year.Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, and Calvin Abueva headline the loaded national team which seeks to replicate the Nationals’ unblemished record last season. LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Terrence Romeo also makes his Gilas return in the game, as he will be joined by Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Troy Rosario, Allein Maliksi, Roger Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Kiefer Ravena, and Carl Bryan Cruz.After the Mindanao leg, the midseason extravaganza shifts to Batangas City on May 25 before ending in Ilo-ilo on May 27.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

Gillenwater fined P20k for ‘physically contacting’ ref

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View comments Blazers clip Tamaraws to remain unbeaten in Filoil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Things quickly went bad to worse for Troy Gillenwater in his short stint in the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gillenwater’s ouster paved way for the Beermen’s reunion with Renaldo Balkman, who played for the team in 2013.READ: Balkman comes full circle, rejoins BeermenBalkman’s first PBA run, however, ended in controversial fashion after he choked teammate Arwind Santos during a game and was initially banned in the league for life.The 33-year-old Balkman gives the Beermen added versatility with his ability to do just a little bit of everything the way he led Alab Pilipinas to the 2018 Asean Basketball League title early this month.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Just moments after being let go by San Miguel Beer, Gillenwater has been fined P20,000 by the PBA on Tuesday for “physically contacting” referee Rey Yante in the Beermen’s overtime loss to the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters two days ago.The American import was ejected due to the incident that happened late in the second quarter in what turned out to be his final game.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 crownREAD: SMB import Gillenwater ejected after bumping refHe averaged just 15.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in two games and resulted to San Miguel dropping its first two games in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

Busmen widen PFL lead to12 points

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Ceres has 35 points, 12 ahead of Davao and Kaya.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Capadocia dreaming of Asiad stint The Busmen were already ahead, 3-1, at halftime when OJ Porteria was sent off along with JPV coach Dan Padernal.“It’s not easy playing one player less,” said Vidakovic. “I don’t know how long we can do that.”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 crownOver at Rizal Memorial Stadium, the Davao Aguilas ended a frustrating run of losses to Kaya-Iloilo with a 3-1 victory, while Stallion Laguna firmed up its hold of fourth spot after a 4-0 spanking of Global Cebu in Biñan.Robert Lopez Mendy scored on his return to action for Kaya, but goals from Sung Min Kim, Tyler Matas and Phil Younghusband ensured his strike was a mere consolation. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ceres-Negros opened up a 12-point lead at the top of the Philippines Football League (PFL) standings after an emphatic 4-1 victory over JPV Marikina on Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.A brace from Stephan Schrock and a goal each from Mike Ott and Patrick Reichelt secured maximum points for coach Risto Vidakovic’s side, which continued to impress even without its top defenders and top scorer sidelined by injuries.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees View commentslast_img read more

Lucas Matthysse: welterweight champion, knockout artist

first_imgREAD: ‘I will die (defending my title) if I have to,’ says MatthysseMatthysse now faces Manny Pacquiao in the biggest fight of his life on Sunday at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.It will also be his first fight in Asia after most of his bouts were staged in Argentina and the US.Known to be a knockout artist, Matthysse poses a legitimate threat to Pacquiao with 36 of his 39 wins coming by KOs.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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Folayang, Pacio, Catalan added to ONE Manila card LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The fight with Postol in 2015 ended late in the 10th round when Matthysse went down after taking a right hook in the face and never attempted to get back on his feet.VISIT: Pacquiao Files | InquirerMatthysse apparently sustained a broken left orbital bone during the fight that forced him out for 19 months.He made a triumphant return in 2017 after stopping Emmanuel Taylor in the fifth round then, followed it up with an eighth-round knockout victory over Tewa Kiram of Thailand to capture his first world title.ADVERTISEMENT Matthysse (39-40-0 36 KOs) turned pro in 2004 and had an impressive US debut in Las Vegas three years later when he knocked out Ramon Duran of Dominican Republic in the first round.READ: Matthysse ‘100 percent confident’ he will beat PacquiaoFEATURED 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’He went 27-0 before tasting his first defeat at the hands of two-division champion Zab Judah by split decision in 2010.Matthysse also lost to Devon Alexander, Danny Garcia and Viktor Postol, who are all former world champions. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse listens to questions from the media during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Matthysse and Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao were scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)Many Filipinos had only known about Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse when it was announced that he was picked to be the next opponent of Manny Pacquiao.In the boxing world, however, Matthysse is the WBA welterweight champion and he’s no pushover.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READlast_img read more

No. 1 Halep withdraws from final tune-up for US Open

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Usain Bolt trains for 1st time with Central Coast Mariners 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Simona Halep, of Romania, reacts during a side change in a finals match against Kiki Bertens, of the Netherlands, at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament, Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Top-ranked Simona Halep has withdrawn from the Connecticut Open, citing a sore right Achilles tendon.The Romanian was scheduled to play Tuesday in New Haven, but says in a statement her Achilles is sore from “two weeks of many matches and I need to recover in time for the U.S. Open.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Halep won the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Aug. 12 and advanced to the finals in Cincinnati, losing in three sets Sunday to Kiki Bertens at the Western & Southern Open.The New Haven tournament also lost American CoCo Vandeweghe to injury. She withdrew Sunday with a sore right ankle while leading in the third set of her first-round match with Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.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’Fourth seeded Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic lost Monday to Ekatereina Makarova of Russia 6-1, 6-3. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Marcial assured of bronze in Asian Games boxing

first_imgSouth Korea’s Kim Jin-jea (red) fights with Philippines’ Eumir Felix Marcial (blue) in their men’s middle (75kg) quarter-final boxing match at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOCeEumir Marcial assured himself of a bronze medal after he dominated Republic of Korea’s Kim Ninjea in the quarterfinals of the men’s middleweight division in the boxing event of the 2018 Asian Games Wednesday at JIExpo in Jakarta.Marcial, a two-time gold medalist in the Southeast Asian Games, scored a knock down that seemed to be the cherry on the top of his performance with all five judges giving the Filipino the victory in their score cards.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Peza offers relief to ecozone firms PBA: Alaska douses Phoenix to take first seed DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Four of the five judges gave Marcial identical 30-27 marks with only Romanian judge giving the Filipino a 30-25 score after the three rounds.Marcial joins flyweight Rogen Ladon and light flyweight Carlo Paalam in the semifinals.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’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Alvarez and Triple G promise knockout of a fight

first_imgLATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Now the rematch has to live up to the hype. That means both fighters will need to take more chances than in the first bout, which was close and entertaining but had no dramatic knockdowns or memorable big punches.“I just want him (Alvarez) to do what he says he will do and try for a knockout,” said Golovkin’s trainer, Abel Sanchez. “If he does that we’ll be treated to a great fight.”Sanchez has carried much of the burden for the fight’s promotion, as both fighters are more comfortable speaking in their native languages than in English. He’s tried to bait Alvarez by claiming the Mexican fighter ran in the first fight and refused to engage Triple G, when in reality all Alvarez did was rely on his counter punching strength against the big puncher from Kazakhstan, who lives in Los Angeles.“He’s promised the fans he’s going to knock him out, but in order to do that you have to be in range,” Sanchez said. “In order to win a fight you have to want to win a fight. People aren’t going to pay 90 bucks to see somebody run.”Golovkin, who has held pieces of the middleweight title for eight years, is 38-0-1 with 34 knockouts, and for much of his career knocked out anyone put in the ring with him. But he went 12 tough rounds against Daniel Jacobs before going the distance with Alvarez, and there are some in boxing who believe his skills are eroding at the age of 36.Alvarez, an excellent counter puncher and boxer, also has the advantage of having gone 12 rounds with Triple G and understanding how to avoid getting hit with his biggest punches. Alvarez is 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts, and his only loss was five years ago to Mayweather.“I’m going to go in there to knock him out,” Alvarez said. “Every night before bed I visualize what I’m going to do, which is to get a knockout.”In the first fight, which The Associated Press scored as a 114-114 draw, Alvarez came on strong against Golovkin in the late rounds to pull out a draw that was controversial largely because one judge had Alvarez winning 118-110.But both fighters say they are happy with the judges for the rematch, and doubt they will come into play anyway.“It’s a little bit different,” Golovkin said. “It’s a real fight, a real war.” The two return Saturday night for a rematch on the Las Vegas Strip that might be even better. The 160-pound titles are at stake once again as the two fighters try to settle what they couldn’t in last September’s draw.And this time it’s personal.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 ChrissA failed drug test by Alvarez didn’t just postpone the rematch from the original date in May. It sparked a debate that left Golovkin openly questioning an excuse about contaminated meat in Mexico and whether Alvarez was clean for their first fight.“I don’t believe all his stories about contaminated meat,” Golovkin said this week. “I think it’s all nonsense. I don’t like to hear his nonsense stories about contaminated meat.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grand Slams to continue seeding 32 players MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View commentscenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Canelo Alvarez poses during a news conference Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Las Vegas. Alvarez is scheduled to fight Gennady Golovkin in a title bout Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez had to follow a circus to town the first time they met a year ago.The clown show by Floyd Mayweather Jr., and Conor McGregor a few weeks earlier cast a long shadow on a middleweight title bout that turned out to be quite a show itself. Golovkin and Alvarez put on a real fight that had a little bit of everything — except a winner.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Luckily for Golovkin, he hasn’t had to listen. He and Alvarez have shared a room only once since the fight was announced — at Wednesday’s final prefight press conference — and Alvarez is so upset about Golovkin’s comments that he refused to do a traditional faceoff with Triple G for photographers.When they finally do meet Saturday night it will be with some hard feelings on both sides that didn’t surface in the first fight.“I’m angry but I’m going to use it in my favor in this fight,” Alvarez said. “I’m bothered by all the stupid things they’ve been saying.”A fight that had to happen after the disputed draw in the first bout almost didn’t come to be after Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol just before beginning training for what was supposed to be a May rematch. Alvarez was suspended by the Nevada Athletic Commission for six months, and then Golovkin’s camp demanded a better split of the purse than he got for the first bout.A last minute agreement resolved the purse split, with Triple G getting closer to the 50-50 he was demanding. And both fighters will make millions for a sold-out fight that will be televised on HBO pay-per-view at a cost of $84.95.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

Harris, Banchero push Aces past Elite for share of top spot

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I really happy to come away with this win. I really respect Blackwater and what they’re doing and I was nervous [about this game],” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton.But it was Harris and Banchero who gave the Elite a lot to worry about the whole game. Harris hit a four-point play with 16 seconds left to seal the game.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 ChrissHarris posted 38 points, 19 rebounds and five assists while Banchero hardly missed on his way to 28 points on 12-of-16 shooting from the field on top of four rebounds and three assists.The Aces also got major contributions JVee Casio, Vic Manuel, Kevin Racal and Ping Exciminiano off the bench. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ayo shrugs off UST’s blown chance to rise in standings after loss to NU Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I thought JVee Casio was special today. He really got it going in the first half and his leadership was visible out there,” Compton said.Casio finished with 14 points and seven assists, Manuel added 12 points, Racal chipped in seven points while defending Blackwater import Henry Walker on the other end while Exciminiano, known for his tireless work especially on the defensive end, was a game-high plus-21 despite going scoreless.Walker led the Elite (6-3) with a triple-double, collecting 29 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists but had six turnovers, two of which came inside the last two minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments PBA IMAGESMike Harris and Chris Banchero formed a lethal one-two punch to power Alaska past Blackwater, 116-109, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Harris and Banchero combined for 66 points to help the Aces gain a share of the top spot with Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra at 7-2.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Staying positive

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments The Azkals need maximum effort if they want to thwart Vietnam in its home field and advance tothe Suzuki Cup title duel. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/LAGARDERE SPORTS.HANOI—Encountering challenges even off the pitch, the Philippines will have to dig deep to overcome Vietnam in the second leg of the AFF Suzuki Cup semifinals here.The Vietnamese side not only has a 2-1 advantage following the first leg at Panaad Stadium, it also had the luxury of taking a chartered flight from Bacolod to Hanoi, giving it more recovery time.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum What chemistry (or mask) will Gilas try next? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Azkals, on the other hand, needed three flights to reach the Vietnamese capital via Hong Kong.It’s these fine margins that could spell the difference from delivering a strong or subpar performance in what has been a grueling competition.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 ChrissAzkals captain Phil Younghusband admitted the travel that lasted for 17 hours from Bacolod has left the team drained and tired.But the Azkals’ all time leading scorer stayed positive, saying that the squad was hoping to get in a good recovery in the next couple of days before the match on Thursday at My Dinh Stadium. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “It’s been a long day,” said Younghusband, who assisted on Patrick Reichelt’s goal. “The boys are very tired after a tough game against Vietnam last night. We left our hotel in Bacolod at 4 a.m. and 17 hours later, we are here. Hoping to get in a good recovery in the next couple days before preparing for the second leg of the semifinals.”Younghusband reiterated that the battle is far from over, saying the Azkals are ready to take the game to the Vietnamese side: “There is still 90 minutes to play and a lot can happen.”On social media, players like Stephan Schrock and Martin Steuble also kept things light within the camp, poking fun at the long travel that the squad had to go through. It was clear however that the players were hoping for a better way to reach Hanoi. They’ve already called for more support even before the first leg in Bacolod.But while attendance was up at 5,500 for the match, it may have been because of the influx of away fans from Vietnam who paid 700 US dollars to get on a chartered flight to Bacolod to watch the match.The Azkals took time out to be with the Filipino community in the Vietnamese capital which hosted an afternoon snack at the team hotel.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more