Kevin Durant becomes 44th player to join 20,000-point club

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The NBA Finals MVP returned from a three-game absence with a strained right calf and scored 25 points in the first half against the Clippers — KD’s biggest half of the season. He came in needing exactly 25 points for 20,000.Durant, who had a four-point play during the second quarter on the way to 14 points in the period, is at 29 the second-youngest player behind LeBron James and the first to reach the 20,000 mark as a member of the Warriors.                 /kgaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img In this February 11, 2017 photo, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) goes up for an unopposed dunk in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City. On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, Durant becomes the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points. Durant has reached the milestone on a pull-up jumper from the left wing at the 1:41 mark of a second quarter game against the Clippers.   (AP FILE PHOTO)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant became the 44th player in NBA history to score 20,000 career points on Wednesday night.Durant reached the milestone on a pull-up jumper from the left wing at the 1:41 mark of second quarter. The Warriors announced his accomplishment on the main scoreboard, and Durant received a standing ovation, shaking his head in acknowledgment while still very much in game mode.ADVERTISEMENT Isaiah Thomas fined for Wiggins chop 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

LiAngelo, LaMelo Ball scoreless in pro debut in Lithuania

first_imgAmerican basketball players LiAngelo Ball, right, and his brother, LaMelo, show their shirts after signing for Lithuanian team BC Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas, during a news conference at the Harmony park hotel in Vaizgaikiemis village, Prienai district, Lithuania, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball signed a one-year contracts to play for Lithuanian professional basketball club Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas in the southern Lithuania town of Prienai, some 110 km (68 miles) from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)PANEVEZYS, Lithuania — LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball went scoreless in their pro basketball debut, finishing a combined 0 for 7.The younger brothers of Los Angeles Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball played in the Lithuanian league for BC Prienai on Saturday. Their team lost 95-86 to Lietkabelis Panevezys.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Triathlete finds true meaning of victory after road mishap Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES In basketball-crazy Lithuania, the game is often dubbed the “second religion” and attracts huge crowds to arenas even in small towns. There have been several Lithuania players in NBA teams, including Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Zydrunas “Big Z” Ilgauskas of the Cleveland Cavaliers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LiAngelo went 0 for 3 from the field in just over 9 minutes. His 16-year-old brother, LaMelo, played 5:16, going 0 for 4.The brothers signed with the Lithuanian team last month after LiAngelo withdrew from UCLA. He was suspended indefinitely following his arrest for shoplifting during a recent tour of China.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThat sparked a Twitter spat between father LaVar Ball and President Donald Trump.LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball combined for 29 points in an exhibition against the reserve team of Zalgiris on Tuesday. It was the first of five planned exhibitions designed to showcase the Ball brothers. Another is scheduled for Monday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Neymar not unsettled by Real speculation

first_imgView comments Real had been interested in Neymar before he joined Barcelona in 2013, and he then moved to Paris last August after the French side activated his 222 million-euro ($264 million) release clause to make him the world’s most expensive player.Neymar has since averaged a goal a game in a PSG shirt, including scoring six times in the group stage of the Champions League.When asked by a Spanish journalist if he would rather have Cristiano Ronaldo in his team, PSG coach Unai Emery replied: “I am delighted to have Neymar.”Real and PSG meet at the Bernabeu in the first leg of the last 16 before the return at the Parc des Princes on March 6.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LeBron James to produce new ‘House Party’ movie Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He is a great person with a great entourage. We leave him to do his job on the field.“He came to Paris to do great things and tomorrow’s (Wednesday’s) match is a chance for him.”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 folkMadrid left-back Marcelo had earlier done his bit to fuel the speculation, saying: “Madrid fans like good players. Any fan would like to have Neymar in their team.”That was after he gave an interview to Brazilian television saying that his international colleague would one day play for the Spanish giants. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Paris Saint-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar runs at the field during the UEFA Champions League football match of Bayern Munich vs Paris Saint-Germain on December 5, 2017 in Munich, southern Germany. / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHENeymar has not been affected by the rumors linking him with a move to Real Madrid, his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Marquinhos insisted ahead of the sides’ Champions League showdown.“I don’t see him as being destabilized. He knows very well how to control his emotions. He handles the pressure and responds on the field,” said Marquinhos of his fellow Brazilian at a press conference at the Santiago Bernabeu.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

PBA chief believes Gilas can get back at Aussies

first_imgAlready without Castro, who is sidelined with an ankle injury, it didn’t help Gilas’ cause that naturalized big man Andray Blatche appeared winded in the third quarter.“We lacked intensity in the end,” Marical cited.“They’re number 10 [in the world], we’re number 31, but just a little more conditioning by Blatche and we’ll be able to keep up with them,” he added.The Philippines, which eyes a bounce-back win vs Japan on Sunday, will be the host when it faces Australia for the second time.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They should watch out for us on July 2,“ said Marcial in Filipino during the Gilas Pilipinas vs Australia viewing party at Sky Park inside SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.A heavy underdog, Gilas stayed in step in the first half and even took a five-point lead in the second quarter.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 folkBut the Filipinos’ lack of offensive firepower due to the absence of hobbled key players particularly Jayson Castro showed in the second half.Shots started to fall for the Aussies in the last two quarters, where they led by much as 17. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano PBA commissioner Willie Marcial, right, poses for a photo with Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely during the Gilas Pilipinas vs Australia viewing party at Sky Park inside SM Aura Priemier in Bonifacio Global City, Taguig. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netDepleted and all, Gilas Pilipinas made a good account of itself against heavyweight Australia on Thursday in Melbourne.And that gallant showing had PBA commissioner Willie Marcial more reason to believe that the Philippines will be a deadlier team in their rematch with the Aussies on July 2.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Reduced to tears after miscue, JP Erram shows immense love for gamelast_img read more

Mariners All-Star Cano suspended 80 games for drug violation

first_imgView comments Gordon was suspended 80 games during the 2016 season.“For myself, it was tough. Personally, I didn’t have the statistical value Robinson Cano had at that point in my career when I went through it,” Gordon said. “I felt like I had to prove to everyone that I could play when I came back. I thank God he has some stats and everyone knows how good he is.”Furosemide, sold under the name Lasix, can be purchased without a prescription and is used to treat high blood pressure and fluid buildup. It is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of banned substances.Cano’s positive resulted from an offseason test, a person familiar with the process said. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement specifies such details remain confidential.Because the substance involved was a diuretic, the drug agreement called for Cano to be retested. The next step was for Thomas Martin, the independent program administrator hired by the MLB and the players’ association, to determine whether the use of Furosemide was an attempt to “to substitute, dilute, mask or adulterate a specimen or in any other manner alter a test,” according to the joint drug program.The agreement states it should be considered a positive test “if the IPA determines that the player intended to avoid detection of his use of another prohibited substance.”After Martin made that determination, the union filed a grievance last month. The case was scheduled to be heard starting Tuesday in Seattle before arbitrator Mark Irvings, but the union informed MLB last Friday that Cano wanted to drop the grievance and reach a settlement, the person said. MLB Senior Vice President Patrick Houlihan and union deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum then worked to reach the agreement to accept the discipline.It was the first major strike in a career that has Hall of Fame potential. Cano was trending toward becoming one of the few current players with a chance to reach 3,000 hits in his career and has been a consummate defensive standout. Cano is an eight-time All-Star —he was the MVP of the game a year ago — but now must deal with the stigma of a suspension.“It’s surprising, because I know Robby. But after the Ryan Braun thing, nothing surprises me,” Yankees pitcher C.C. Sabathia said.The suspension was announced two days after the first significant injury during Cano’s tenure in Seattle. Cano landed on the disabled list Monday, a day after a bone in his right hand was broken when hit by a pitch in Detroit. Cano was examined Tuesday in Philadelphia by Dr Randall Culp and is expected to have surgery on the injury on Wednesday. Since 2007, Cano has played at least 150 games each season. 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 The All-Star second baseman was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday for violating baseball’s drug agreement, becoming among the most prominent players disciplined under the sport’s anti-doping rules.Major League Baseball’s announcement was a stunning development for a middle-of-the-lineup stalwart and a club expected to contend for a postseason spot. Cano tested positive for Furosemide, a diuretic that can be used to mask performance-enhancing drugs.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 crownIn a statement released through the players’ association, Cano said, “This substance was given to me by a licensed doctor in the Dominican Republic to treat a medical ailment.” He said he did not realize it was banned.“For more than fifteen years, playing professional baseball has been the greatest honor and privilege of my life,” Cano said. “I would never do anything to cheat the rules of the game that I love, and after undergoing dozens of drug tests over more than a decade, I have never tested positive for a performance enhancing substance for the simple reason that I have never taken one,” Cano said in the statement issued by the players’ association. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cano can serve his suspension while on the disabled list but is now ineligible for the postseason should the Mariners get there and end the longest playoff drought in the four major professional sports.If there are no games postponed, the Mariners have 11 off days during the time of the ban, so Cano would lose 91-186ths of his $24 million salary, which comes to $11,741,936.This season, Cano was hitting .287 with four home runs and 23 RBIs in 39 games. He’s appeared healthier and quicker than the past few seasons when he’s played through leg injuries that at times limited his range.“In this particular instance we’re going to be without one of our best players and got to find a way to bridge the gap,” Dipoto said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Who will referee billion-dollar sports betting industry? “Today I decided to accept MLB’s suspension. This was the most difficult decision I have ever made in my life, but ultimately the right decision given that I do not dispute that I was given this substance. I apologize to my family, friends, fans, teammates and the Mariners organization.”Cano’s suspension was a shock to his team. General manager Jerry Dipoto was informed Monday after Cano made the decision to drop his appeal. Seattle manager Scott Servais found out Tuesday morning.“We love Robinson Cano. We really do and what he means to our ballclub and the organization. But just like a family member makes a bad decision or a bad choice, you still love them,” Servais said. “Robinson will be back and will be a big part of our team going forward but in the short term he’s not going to be here.”Cano is the biggest baseball star busted since Melky Cabrera was suspended in 2012 while leading the National League in hitting. There have been 36 players suspended this year under the minor league drug program and six in addition to Cano under the big league program: Houston pitcher Dean Deetz, Washington catcher Raudy Read, Pittsburgh pitcher Nik Turley, Kansas City outfielder Jorge Bonifacio, Toronto pitcher Thomas Pannone and Minnesota shortstop Jorge Polanco.If no games are postponed, Cano would be eligible to return Aug. 14 at Oakland. In the short-term, Seattle will use Gordon Beckham and Andrew Romine to fill the void at second base, but Servais and Dipoto spoke with outfielder Dee Gordon about a possible move back to second base. Gordon was a Gold Glove winner at the position in Miami, but made the switch to center field after being traded to Seattle.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ FILE – In this Sept. 24, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano watches from the dugout during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians in Seattle. Cano has been suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s joint drug agreement, the league announced Tuesday, May 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — Seattle already knew Robinson Cano would be out of the Mariners lineup for several weeks, the result of a broken bone in his right hand.His absence will be significantly longer.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell set for PH visit

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Spida averaged 24.4 points, 5.9 boards, and 4.2 assists in 11 games in the postseason where the Jazz dropped Oklahoma City in six games then lost to eventual West runner-up Houston in five.“From claiming the 2018 Slam Dunk Champ title to leading in the 2018 NBA Rookie of the Year race, Donovan Mitchell has really inspired our basketball-crazy country and we can’t wait to welcome him to the Philippines,” said Jen Dacasin, Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager for adidas Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Sharapova out of Birmingham with Wimbledon in mind Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Donovan Mitchell #45 of the Utah Jazz reacts to his basket in the second half during Game Four of Round Two of the 2018 NBA Playoffs against the Houston Rockets at Vivint Smart Home Arena on May 6, 2018 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images/AFPBefore he receives his potential NBA Rookie of the Year award, Donovan Mitchell is set to visit Manila on June 17.The Utah Jazz guard will travel to the Philippines for an event organized by his sponsor adidas.ADVERTISEMENT Mitchell will drop by the adidas store in Bonifacio Global City for his first stop in the morning before going to a PBA game in the evening.Mitchell became Utah’s face the moment former Jazz All Star Gordon Hayward left for Boston.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 crownIn a rookie class that includes Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and the Celtics’ Jayson Tatum, Mitchell made a name for himself putting up 20.5 points, the highest among freshmen, 3.7 rebounds, and 3.7 assists during the regular season where he led the Jazz to the fifth seed in the Western Conference with a 48-34 record.The 2018 Slam Dunk champion then bumped his individual numbers in the playoffs View commentslast_img read more

Kickoff: Spain, Portugal can’t coast to World Cup 2nd round

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Queiroz called Monday’s game “the most interesting and important match in my seven years with Iran” and said the drama of facing Ronaldo was worthy of a Martin Scorsese movie.Spain’s sudden dismissal of coach Julen Lopetegui was the talk of the tournament before play began. But that seems like ages ago. Players have moved on under new coach Fernando Hierro.“We are happy with him and we are learning a lot,” left back Jordi Alba said of Hierro. “The idea remains the same as before with Lopetegui. The team’s essence remains the same.”Morocco outplayed both Portugal and Iran in stretches, but has yet to score a goal, losing both matches 1-0. Spain is powered by Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa, who has three goals in two matches but could be frustrated by Morocco’s defense, which is anchored by Medhi Benatia of Juventus.Spain and Morocco play in Kaliningrad, the westernmost city in the World Cup, which is sandwiched between Lithuania and Poland on the Baltic Sea. The Portugal-Iran match is roughly 1,180 miles (1,900 kilometers) to the east in Saransk, the smallest host city in the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Both games are at 9 p.m. (2 p.m. EDT, 1800 GMT).Here’s a look at Monday’s other matches:URUGUAY VS. RUSSIA5 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT, 1400 GMT)The host nation would top its group with a victory or a draw in Samara, thanks to its superior goal difference. Russia beat up on overmatched Saudi Arabia and undermanned Egypt for eight goals in its two victories.Uruguay, the favorite to win the group, got past each opponent 1-0 and is also assured a spot in the next round.The Group A winner will face the second-place team from Group B in the round of 16, which could be Iran, Portugal or Spain, while the Group B victor will face the runner-up from Russia’s group. A matchup with Ronaldo and Portugal would give newly enthusiastic Russian soccer fans a chance to see how their team stacks up with the world’s best.Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez has said he sees the match as an opportunity to fine-tune his team for the next round. Defender Jose Maria Gimenez, who scored in the win over Egypt, won’t play because of a right thigh injury.The South Americans have veteran forward Luis Suarez and a rich World Cup history as one of only five teams to win it twice. Uruguay is 14th in the FIFA rankings, while Russia is the lowest-ranked team in the field at No. 70.But so far, the Russians have looked like they belong. Denis Cheryshev has three goals and coach Stanislav Cherchesov is confident about his team’s preparation. “It is not an accident that we have two wins under our belt,” Cherchesov said.SAUDI ARABIA VS. EGYPT5 p.m. (10 a.m. EDT, 1400 GMT)A disastrous World Cup for the teams wraps up with a meaningless match.The tournament has been cruel not just to the Saudis and the Egyptians, but to Arab nations as a whole. They had lost all eight matches entering Monday.Egypt came in with high hopes because it has one of soccer’s biggest stars in Mohamed Salah, the Liverpool striker and reigning Premier League player of the year. But Salah injured ligaments in his shoulder in the Champions League final and hasn’t been the same player at the World Cup. He scored on a late penalty against Russia after sitting out Egypt’s opener.Salah has made more news off the pitch. He was granted honorary citizenship by Chechnya leader Ramzan Kadyrov, a Moscow-backed former rebel who’s been accused repeatedly of human rights abuses.There are some grudges at play between the nations, which are close political allies. Fans of Salah angrily denounced Saudi Arabia’s top sports official, Turk Alsheikh, on social media after Alsheikh said of Salah, “May God heal you after the World Cup.” View comments 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’ Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo heads the ball during the training session of Portugal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Kratovo, outskirts Moscow, Russia, Saturday, June 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MOSCOW — Portugal and Spain opened up their World Cup campaigns with an entertaining draw. Now each team wants a routine victory to secure its place in the round of 16.The first day of simultaneous matches at the tournament includes Portugal playing Iran at the same time its neighbor and rival faces Morocco. The games are scheduled that way to avoid giving any team the advantage of knowing its competitors’ results as group play wraps up.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Portugal and Spain followed up their 3-3 draw with 1-0 victories. That means they’re level atop Group B with four points and the same goal difference. Iran is one point behind thanks to its win over Morocco.That means Iran could eliminate Portugal from the World Cup with a win. But if Spain loses to Morocco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal could advance even in defeat.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 crownEver the showman, the 33-year-old Ronaldo has scored all four of Portugal’s goals so far while hinting that he considers himself the “GOAT,” or greatest of all time. Now he faces his former national team coach, Carlos Queiroz, who’s led Iran for the past seven years. Iran is playing in its fifth World Cup, but has never advanced out of the group stage.Queiroz’s stint coaching Portugal ended after the 2010 World Cup in South Africa amid reports of a difficult relationship between him and Ronaldo, who implied the coach was to blame for the team’s failure. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Seeing red: Iceland promises Croatia grueling group finish Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 awardlast_img read more

Asian Games: Finding a seat no problem at track and field

first_imgSolihin said top Olympic Council of Asia officials, the body that oversees the Asian Games, had suggested not showing empty seats in television broadcasts at the track and field venue.He said officials “gave a hint to us to make the camera positions in a different way.” He said the OCA realized beforehand “it will be like that because athletics is not so familiar to the people.”Through Wednesday, Indonesia had won a national-record 88 medals overall, in fourth place behind China, Japan and South Korea. But only two were in athletics, and neither was gold.All of Indonesia’s seven gold medals in the Olympics have come in badminton. The country has not won a single medal of any kind in track and field.The Asian Games, featuring more than 11,000 athletes in 40 sports, close their two-week run on Sunday. Most events have run smoothly even though organizers had less than four years to prepare after Vietnam, for financial reasons, withdrew from being the host nation.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Solihin said poor attendance at some events could also be blamed on an Asian Games computer ticketing system that he acknowledged “does not work well.”Organizers chose a second ticket provider in the early days of the games, but the switch hasn’t entirely resolved the problems.“We are discussing every morning with regard to the ticketing system,” Solihin said. He described how an on-line site shows tickets being sold out.“But at the court (venue) there is nobody there,” he said. “Or at the venue there is a very long line to buy tickets and after several tickets are sold, they say it’s sold out.”Sohihim talked hesitantly about any plan to seek the Olympics with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach expected at the closing ceremony.He listed transportation as the No. 1 obstacle. He said in the run-up to the games he was asked how Indonesia was assembling a games transportation system “in one of the very worst (traffic) areas in the world, which is Jakarta.”Sohihim said technology and broadcasting were viewed as the top organizational problems before the games opened.“But during the games, of course it’s the transportation,” he said.___ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “In Indonesia, people are not so familiar with athletics,” Ahmed Solihin, head of Asian Games support, told the Associated Press.He listed badminton, volleyball and soccer as sold-old venues.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’“They are always full, even if Indonesia is not competing,” he said.Solihin said in Indonesia — a country of 260 million — “people are not aware of the sport,” which is the center-piece event for the Summer Olympics. 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 Bulacan01:08SEA Games 2019: 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 awardcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In this Monday Aug. 27, 2018 photo, Vietnam’s Thi Thu Thao Bui celebrates after winning the women’s long jump final during the athletics competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia. Crowds have been sparse at some Asian Games venues, particularly track and field where about 5,000 have been packed into a cordoned off section of the 76,000-seat national stadium. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Some Asian Games crowds have been sparse, particularly at track and field where fewer than 5,000 fans at evening finals have been packed into a cordoned off section along the main straightaway at the 76,000-seat national stadium.Organizers have closed off about half of the Gelora Bung Karno national stadium, hoping to pump up the atmosphere, which has been vibrant among those attending — particularly when Indonesian teenager and world junior champion Lalu Muhammad Zohri reached the final of the men’s 100. Just not enough attend.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ready player one: eSports superstar sets sights on Olympics MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Perasol apologizes for losing cool, getting ejected in UP loss

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:06Pope Francis apologizes for ‘losing patience’ with worshipper02:14Carpio 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bo Perasol’s outburst against Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament just cost University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Perasol was ejected a 6:56 mark of the fourth quarter with UP trailing 73-62, after he charged at an official after no whistles were blown when Bright Akhuetie collided with William Navarro on a dunk attempt.That seemed to be the tipping point for Perasol, who had been complaining about the disparity of calls. UP went 4-of-7 from the stripe while the Blue Eagles went 26-of-31 from the line.Perasol, though, admitted that it was their fault that they lost their cool against the Blue Eagles.“I think we had the right attitude going into the game but it’s just we lost discipline in the end,” said Perasol, whose team dropped to 1-1. “We had lots of things to learn and this is going to be a learning process coming into the next games.”“I was emphasizing to my team about composure and I apologized to them because I was the one who first lost it.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Fighting Maroons will head into their next game against University of Santo Tomas without Perasol, who was slapped with a disqualifying foul in UP’s 87-79 loss against the Blue Eagles Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.As per the UAAP’s house rules, players and coaches who are ejected will be suspended for their next 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 Chriss“No matter what happens I think I have to be accountable to them, no matter how bad the calls are going to be it’s going to happen,” said Perasol.“I just have to be better as a coach. I have to make sure that I will be with them during those times because this is just the second game.” LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Title-favorite Ateneo not looking ahead: ‘Each game is important to us’last_img read more

San Beda proves critics wrong with win over CJ Perez, Lyceum to clinch NCAA title

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs if completing a third consecutive championship wasn’t enough, San Beda found added motivation to beat Lyceum again in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball Finals.The Red Lions breezed past the Pirates in the finals opener last Tuesday in a game where critics felt San Beda only won because Lyceum played minus its star CJ Perez.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown That sentiment did not sit well with San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.“Honestly, did they forget that we beat LPU in the second round with CJ there? It’s not San Beda’s fault that CJ wasn’t able to play in Game 1,” said Fernandez, who won won his fourth NCAA title. 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“Give credit to my players. It became our fuel that some people thought we only won because LPU was without CJ,” added Fernandez. “I do give credit to the coaching staff of LPU but please give credit to my players.”It showed on Monday night with the Red Lions still blew out the Pirates despite the return of Perez. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Fitting farewell: Mocon ends NCAA career with 4th title, Finals MVP Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? San Beda got off to a strong start and even had a better finish as it outscored Lyceum, 22-12, in the fourth quarter.“That’s really their mantra, let’s prove that we can beat LPU with CJ there,” Fernandez said.San Beda forward Javee Mocon ended his collegiate career with an exclamation point after posting 16 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks to win the Finals MVP.Perez, who served a one-game suspension after failing to notify the league that he had applied for the PBA Draft, had 19 points on 7-of-16 shooting from the field in his final game for the Pirates.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments 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 awardlast_img read more