Warriors ready for fresh start as they prepare to face Spurs

first_img“Pop doesn’t like to see me lose. I like to see him lose. He’s had way too much success already,” Kerr cracked. “I think sometimes Pop needs to be humbled a little bit. So I’m looking to really rub it in and enjoy if we’re able to beat them.”Kerr added: “I want Pop to win against anybody else. We’re that close. He’s my mentor and he’s somebody I feel incredibly strongly about in terms of who he is and what he did for me in my life, and what he’s doing for my son right now.”NO CURRY OR KAWHIGolden State has gone without Curry for 16 of the last 17 games as he worked back from another injury to his troublesome right ankle only to sprain the medial collateral ligament in his left knee in his return March 23.Curry is scheduled to be re-evaluated Saturday yet Kerr noted that “he’s not close to playing.”The Warriors also aren’t expecting to see Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. He played in only nine regular-season games because of a lingering right quadriceps injury.DEFENSIVE SWAGGERDurant and Green insist it’s time to start taking defense more seriously.“Now we can focus in on what we always do good here, it’s flying around on defense, moving the basketball,” Durant said.The Spurs realize the challenges. Longtime trainer Roach ‘hurt’ by Pacquiao snub after split 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES “They are smart, they are long,” Manu Ginobili said. “They are very quick to switch back to the matchups they want. They’ve got a lot of long wings that recover very quick. … There’s a reason why they’ve been winning so many games.”SPURS STRUGGLESWhile the Warriors endured a stretch of seven losses in 10 games, the Spurs dealt with their own eight-game skid down the stretch.And San Antonio went just 14-27 on the road.Even if the Spurs’ 2017 series with the Warriors was swift, this is a fresh chance.“It’s a new year,” LaMarcus Aldridge said. “This team has fought and put ourselves in a position to be here. Last year is last year.”CENTER BY COMMITTEEIt might be Zaza Pachulia. Maybe JaVale McGee. Or Kevon Looney. David West will get his minutes, too.Each offers something uniquely different as the Warriors go with a center-by-committee approach.Kerr isn’t saying which big man he will start — he’s not giving Popovich any early clues. And Kerr said he and Spurs staffer and son, Nick, are cutting off communication for a couple of weeks. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Some of that is what Kerr gained from Spurs coach Gregg Popovich: “You take whatever is in front of you and you embrace it.”Here are some key story lines for the Spurs-Warriors series, a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals swept by Golden State:A SPECIAL FRIENDSHIPKerr hardly played during four seasons with San Antonio late in his career.Still, Popovich is one of his favorite people — even if he wants nothing more than to eliminate his dear friend.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Alex Goodlett)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant is confident Golden State’s struggles down the stretch might be just what makes the defending champions dominant on the postseason stage again.Maybe not quite 16-1 this time around, sure, yet plenty capable of another remarkable run.ADVERTISEMENT “I always knew everybody on our team had a good spirit, a good energy for the game,” said Durant, the reigning NBA Finals MVP. “We might have lost some games and had some tough stretches but that doesn’t define everybody here as an individual player. I’m kind of positive on, optimistic on each of these guys and how we approach the game no matter what the score of some of those games. I’m glad we can kind of learn from those tough times and continue to move forward.”The Warriors have been hurt and humbled. Beaten handily and beat up hard. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry is expected to be sidelined the entire first round with a knee injury. Four All-Stars — Curry, Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson — were out together at times, too.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 crownOn Saturday afternoon, Golden State begins its championship quest with Game 1 of the best-of-seven first round against the San Antonio Spurs at Oracle Arena.“We learned a lot,” coach Steve Kerr said. “Every experience that you gain you can learn from. This has been such a chaotic month with all the injuries and the meaningless games. We’ve been frustrated. We haven’t performed very well. The good news is we have performed well for four years, so we know who we are. We know what we’re about. We know this team well, we know the Spurs well, so we know what we have to do. We’ve got to go do it. The last month is meaningless now. Everything starts over.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Kovalev to defend belt vs Alvarez in new Atlantic City venue

first_imgLATEST STORIES 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 Vargas battles through cuts to retain WBC title NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 21: Sergey Kovalev takes questions from the media at a media presser for the upcoming fight between him and Vyacheslav Shabranskyy at the Renaissance New York Midtown on September 21, 2017 in New York City. Abbie Parr/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — Sergey Kovalev will defend his light heavyweight title against Eleider Alvarez on Aug. 4 in the first professional boxing match at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City.The match was announced Saturday at a press conference in New York. The venue in Atlantic City, New Jersey, is set to open June 28.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Kovalev (32-2-1, 28 KOs) has fought three times in Atlantic City, including a 2014 victory over Bernard Hopkins in which he unified three of the four 175-pound titles. The Russian has bounced back from his consecutive losses to Andre Ward to win two in a row, regaining the WBO’s version of the title.Alvarez (23-0, 11 KOs) has been the No. 1 contender for the WBC belt, but hasn’t gotten the opportunity to fight for that title so instead took the bout against Kovalev.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 fight will be televised on HBO. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

WORLD CUP: Last stand for stars of Spain’s golden generation

first_imgSergio Busquets, Thiago Alcantara and Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion are assured of places in the squad for Russia, and the attacking midfielders will include Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, Marco Asensio, Saul Niguez and David Silva.FORWARDSLopetegui had doubts over his strikers, calling up 10 different players in the position in two years.Atletico Madrid’s Diego Costa, Celta Vigo’s Iago Aspas and Valencia’s Rodrigo made the 23-man squad, while Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata was dropped.Napoli’s Jose Callejon and Atletico’s Victor “Vitolo” Machin also won’t make it to Russia.GROUP GAMESSpain, which will be based in Krasnodar, opens against European champion Portugal on June 15. The team will then face Iran on June 20 and finish the group stage against Morocco on June 25.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: David De Gea (Manchester United), Pepe Reina (Napoli), Kepa Arrizabalaga (Athletic Bilbao)Defenders: Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Nacho Monreal (Arsenal), Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Nacho Fernandez (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique (Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad) MOST READ Sara Errani’s doping suspension increased to 10 months Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In this photo taken on Saturday, June 9, 2018 Spain’a team pose prior to a friendly soccer match between Spain and Tunisia in Krasnodar, Russia. (AP Photo)MADRID  — After recent struggles at major tournaments, the remaining stars of Spain’s golden generation could be facing a last stand at the World Cup.Winning two European Championships and a first World Cup, the Spanish were unstoppable from 2008 to 2012.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Casillas was relegated to the bench for the first time at Euro 2016 and was left out of the squad altogether for Russia.Lopetegui picked Athletic Bilbao’s Kepa Arrizabalaga and Napoli’s Pepe Reina as the reserve goalkeepers.DEFENDERSThis is likely to be the last World Cup for Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique, whose central defensive partnership formed the bedrock of successes in major tournaments.The 31-year-old Pique plans to stop playing for Spain after the World Cup, and there is a chance the 32-year-old Ramos will join him in international retirement.They have been playing together in Spain’s defense since the 2010 World Cup, when Ramos still played at right back.Completing the back line will be Jordi Alba, Pique’s teammate at Barcelona, on the left and Dani Carvajal, Ramos’ teammate at Madrid, on the right.MIDFIELDERSAndres Iniesta will be 34 when the World Cup starts and it’s likely to mark the masterful playmaker’s farewell to the international stage.With impeccable passes and smart ball control, Iniesta continues to control the midfield just as he did while winning three major tournaments. Only his physical condition is a concern as age catches up with the player who scored the winning goal in the 2010 World Cup final against the Netherlands. Lopetegui was chosen as Vicente Del Bosque’s successor in 2016 after winning trophies of his own with Spain — at the under-19 and under-21 editions of the European Championships.But the former goalkeeper’s experience coaching at the top level was limited to a couple of lackluster seasons with Porto.The critics who questioned Lopetegui’s credentials were silenced when the mild-mannered coach took Spain on a 19-game unbeaten run.GOALKEEPERSCalls for the return of Iker Casillas were quickly subdued as David de Gea impressed with Manchester United and the national team.ADVERTISEMENT Midfielders: Thiago Alcantara (Bayern Munich), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion (Atletico Madrid), Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Marco Asensio (Real Madrid), David Silva (Manchester City), Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid), Francisco “Isco” Alarcon (Real Madrid)Forwards: Iago Aspas (Celta Vigo), Rodrigo (Valencia), Diego Costa (Atletico Madrid)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But they began to falter at the 2014 World Cup, failing to advance from the group stage, and were eliminated from Euro 2016 in the round of 16. There were doubts new coach Julen Lopetegui could even secure qualification for this year’s World Cup before Spain cruised through a group that included Italy.Lopetegui successfully blended emerging talent with the experience provided by veterans to qualify for an 11th straight World 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 crownHere’s a closer look at the Spain team:COACH 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

IKEA, fish and chips: Ibrahimovic, Beckham make friendly bet on Sweden-England

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Yo @davidbeckham if @england wins I buy you dinner where ever you want in the world, but if @swemnt wins you buy me what ever I want from @ikeasverige ok?” Ibrahimovic wrote.Beckham responded via Instagram:“@iamzlatanibrahimovic if @swemnt win I will personally take you to @ikeasverige and buy you what ever you need for the new mansion in LA @lagalaxy, but when @england win I want you to come watch an @england game at Wembley wearing an England shirt and enjoy fish & chips at half time …”The two were teammates at AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT Ramirez title defense off as challenger O’Connor hospitalized Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Ibrahim took to Twitter to challenge Beckham on the eve of the showdown in Samara, Russia.Yo @davidbeckham if @England wins I buy you dinner where ever you want in the world, but if Sweden wins you buy me what ever I want from @IKEASverige ok? pic.twitter.com/9z9xx89JjSFEATURED 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’— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 6, 2018 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 STORIES MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Paris Saint-Germain’s Swedish forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic (L) celebrates with Paris Saint-Germain’s English midfielder David Beckham after scoring during a French L1 football match between Paris St Germain and Brest on May 18, 2013 at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP PHOTO / KENZO TRIBOUILLARDZlatan Ibrahimovic and David Beckham have agreed on the terms of a friendly wager ahead of the England vs Sweden World Cup quarter-final on Saturday.Ibrahimovic, Sweden’s all-time top scorer with 62 goals, has been vocal in support of his homeland from his vantage point with his Major League Soccer club Los Angeles Galaxy — former England captain Beckham’s onetime MLS club.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View commentslast_img read more

Kathleen Baker sets world record in 100 back at US nationals

first_imgMichael Andrew, who turned pro five years ago at 14, won the 100 breaststroke. He rallied from fourth to first in 59.38 seconds, beating a field that included three Olympians.“Now I’ve got a spot for Pan Pacs and I’ve sealed the deal for worlds,” he said. “I know there’s certain things I can still improve on to get faster and I’m ready to do it.”The men’s 100 back was a duel of current and former Olympic champions. Ryan Murphy, who swept the backstroke events in Rio, edged 2012 Olympic winner Matt Grevers, who at 33 is 10 years older.Murphy touched in 52.51 and Grevers in 52.55.Olympic champion Lilly King won the women’s 100 breast in 1:05.36. Zane Grothe won the men’s 400 free.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Baker has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, which causes inflammation of the digestive tract that can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue and weight loss.Katie Ledecky dominated the 400 freestyle, leading all the way to win by 3.12 seconds for her third victory of the meet.She earned her 16th national long-course title, tying Natalie Coughlin for seventh on the career list.Of course, Ledecky has a long way to go to equal or exceed Michael Phelps’ record 61 national titles.“That’s super impressive,” she said. “I’ll have to keep swimming for like 20 years to be able to match that.”Ledecky was under world-record pace through 250 meters with the crowd cheering loudly before she dropped off and finished in 3 minutes, 59.09 seconds. It was the 10th-fastest swim ever in the event, with Ledecky owning the other nine best times.Baker was warming up when Ledecky was swimming her race.“I said, ‘Kathleen, I think what the crowd needs tonight is a world record,’ and she said, ‘Yeah,’” her coach David Marsh said.Olympian Leah Smith gave chase the entire race and touched second in 4:02.21. Another Olympian, Haley Anderson, was third.Ledecky also won the 200 and 800 freestyles. Kathleen Baker celebrates after her world record in the women’s 100-meter backstroke final at the U.S. national championships swimming meet Saturday, July 28, 2018, in Irvine, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)IRVINE, Calif. — Kathleen Baker had settled for a first-place tie in the 200-meter backstroke. In the 100 back, she wanted the attention for herself.Setting a world record guaranteed it.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Olivia Smoliga was second in 58.75 and 16-year-old Regan Smith took third in 58.83, a junior world record.Baker completed a sweep of the backstroke events in Irvine, having tied Smith for the 200 title.“It’s really special to be able to have a tie when we both do so amazing,” Baker said, “but of course I’m overjoyed with the world record and a first-place swim.”As a result, Baker and Smith earned spots on the U.S. team for next month’s Pan Pacific championships in Japan and next year’s world championships.Baker earned a silver medal at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics in the 100 back.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Olympic champ Biles triumphs in return to competition MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? The 21-year-old Olympian won in 58.00 seconds at the U.S. national championships on Saturday night, lowering the world mark of 58.10 set by Kylie Masse of Canada at last year’s world championships in Hungary. Baker finished second to Masse in Budapest.“I’m sort of on cloud nine right now,” said Baker, known for keeping her goal times in her cell phone as a daily reminder.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’“Right now it’s a 58.10 and I just broke that so now I’m going to put 57.99 down,” she said, laughing.Baker also took possession of the American record, bettering the time of 58.33 set by Missy Franklin in 2012. Franklin didn’t enter the backstroke events at nationals after having surgery on both shoulders 1 1/2 years ago. View commentslast_img read more

All figured out

first_imgFor Blackwater coach Bong Ramos, luck comes when preparation meets opportunity.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golden windfall Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Elite were ready for every San Miguel Beer onslaught Wednesday night and grabbed the breaks that came their way in the end for a fantastic 103-100 escape act in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We prepared for them (Beermen) every single day and figured out all of their plays,” said Ramos after the Elite recorded their best two-game start in franchise history in a conference with imports.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 saw an opening to wrestle the game away from the Beermen late in the fourth when Nards Pinto and Henry Walker engineered a spurt that allowed the Elite to cut loose.Pinto’s go-ahead mid-range jumper set the tone while Walker buried a long three before punctuating the run with a three-point play for a six-point advantage less than two minutes remaining. And to think that these guys didn’t see eye-to-eye at one point early in the game.“There was a misunderstanding between Nards and Henry. It obviously affected Henry’s game in the second quarter, but good thing they patched things up after the halftime break,” said Ramos.In the end, Pinto, scoreless the entire first half, poured all of his 15 points in the final 18 minutes and had nine rebounds and seven assists, including a nifty feed to Poy Erram underneath that resulted in a pair of converted free throws off Christian Standhardinger for the final count.The Beermen, who dropped to 1-1, had the chance to equalize and force extra time, but Arwind Santos bungled a perfectly launched corner three as time ran out.“Our team showed great character out there. As I’ve said, the only way we can beat San Miguel is to play great defense, and that’s exactly what we did tonight,” said Ramos.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Later in the night, Barangay Ginebra zoomed to the solo lead after holding off NorthPort, 104-98, behind timely baskets from Japeth Aguilar in the stretch.Aguilar had a key putback and a jumper late in the game as Ginebra won its third game in as many outings.San Miguel’s four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo continued to sit it out to rehabilitate a stress fracture on his injured right shin.It also didn’t help the Beermen that Arizona Reid was scoreless in the final quarter.“We’re lucky there’s no Fajardo. I guess our preparation before the conference made the players become close to each other,” said Ramos, whose Elite played in a pair of tournaments in Indonesia and Macau prior to the season-ending conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

China’s football dream more elusive than ever after latest flops

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Some incandescent fans on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, called for the national team to be disbanded.The 70-year-old Lippi, who is expected to step down after the Asian Cup in the UAE in January, said he had been “surprised and worried about the condition of our players” before the Qatar game.“If the Asian Cup opened next week, I’d be worried, but we still have time to become better,” added Lippi, who led his native Italy to win the World Cup in 2006.Big money, little returnChina improved when Lippi took over nearly two years ago, but that initial bounce is gone. In his 21 games in charge they have won eight, lost eight and drawn five.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Deadline for 2018 PBA Rookie Draft applications set Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img They failed to reach the World Cup in Russia — in Lippi’s defense, most of the damage to China’s qualifying hopes was done before he arrived — and he is under pressure for the first time.Lippi’s side had plenty of the ball against World Cup 2022 hosts Qatar but lacked a cutting edge up front, where Chinese Super League (CSL) top-scorer Wu Lei had little support or service.Lippi has previously bemoaned his lack of strikers, saying it was because CSL teams tended to favor expensive foreign forwards, limiting chances for Chinese players.On Monday, the Chinese Football Association announced that another well-known coach, the 71-year-old Guus Hiddink, will take over the under-21 side — another statement of intent.The Dutchman will earn just under four million euros a year after tax, local media said, which is more than England manager Gareth Southgate.With Lippi and now Hiddink, China boasts two top coaches, albeit ones that are nearing the ends of their careers.‘Chronic illness’But there is widespread acknowledgement that China does not have the players to compete even with Asia’s best.The average age of Lippi’s starting line-up against Qatar was 30, underlining the dearth of young talent.“Speaking with no exaggeration, Lippi’s national team is truly standing at a crossroads,” journalist Bai Guohua wrote in the Soccer News newspaper. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China’s national team have long been an embarrassment to the country and on Friday, Marcello Lippi’s side lost 1-0 to Qatar in Doha, triggering another bout of soul-searching and finger-pointing by Chinese media and fans.Titan Sports, citing “informed sources”, said that an apoplectic “high-ranking official” got on the phone to a team supervisor at the Khalifa Stadium before half-time to demand what was going on.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’Lippi, said to be the best-paid international coach in the world on reported wages of between $23 million and $27 million a year, admitted he was shocked by the team’s performance in Qatar.That was followed on Monday by a moribund 0-0 draw with Bahrain, who is ranked 113th in the FIFA rankings to China’s 75th, prompting Lippi to say that he was “mentally prepared for criticism”. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college China’s head coach Marcello Lippi gestures during the China Cup International Football Championship third-place playoff match between China and the Czech Republic in Nanning in China’s southern Guangxi region on March 26, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / – / China OUTChina is throwing money at President Xi Jinping’s ambitions to boast a top-class national football team and one day host a World Cup.But while the latter can be achieved by splashing the cash, the former appears further away than ever after a desperate four days.ADVERTISEMENT Bai said that the inclusion of the 38-year-old midfielder Zheng Zhi “reflects the frustrating reality of Chinese football -– if the younger players could take over quickly, don’t you think Lippi would be willing to bring in more youngsters?”As part of President Xi’s football drive, youth academies and pitches are springing up in China, but it is expected to take several years before they begin to bear fruit.China has only reached the World Cup finals once, in 2002, when they failed to win a point or score a goal.Bai lamented that “it feels like we are far from one step away from the World Cup”.“This is not a unique problem for Lippi’s national team, but a chronic illness of the Chinese football team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Davis shines as Pelicans rout Rockets in season opener

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Many thought the Pelicans’ 2017-18 season was done when Cousins went down in mid-season with an Achilles injury. New Orleans rallied together and swept Portland in the first round of the playoffs.Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni expected more on opening night from his experienced squad. Houston was the most prolific three-point shooting team in the NBA last season when they finished with a franchise record 65-17 win-loss record.They took the NBA by storm and many consider them a legitimate threat this year to dethrone the Golden State Warriors.“It is the first game of 82. We will right the ship today, tomorrow, and the next day,” said D’Antoni.“We kind of let go of the rope at the end of the first half. We obviously have some things to work on. We’ve got to get our legs and then go after it.”Eric Gordon scored a team-high 21 points. Chris Paul and PJ Tucker had 19 points each for the Rockets, who are trying to replace outgoing defensive specialists Trevor Ariza and Mbah a Moute with aging veteran Carmelo Anthony and journeyman James Ennis.Reserve Anthony, who bristled in the past about the idea of having to come off the bench, finished with nine points on three of 10 shooting in 27 minutes of playing time. Welcome, rooks: Ayton, Bamba, Trier sparkle in NBA debuts League Most Valuable Player James Harden flirted with a triple double, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Rockets failed to match New Orleans’ season-opening intensity, especially on defense.READ: DeRozan impressive in debut as Spurs fend off TimberwolvesNikola Mirotic delivered 30 points and 10 rebounds in the blowout as the Pelicans led by as many as 29 points.Payton and Julius Randle were the two biggest additions in the offseason. And with DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo moving to other teams, the Pelicans are going to have to develop a new personality this season.“We are not going to shoot the ball this well every night but tonight we did a great job imposing our will on defense which led to a lot of fast break opportunities,” said Davis. “We executed our game plan to the T. When we play like this we will be tough to beat.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) drives around Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Anthony Davis scored 32 points and Elfrid Payton finished with a triple double as the New Orleans Pelicans got their NBA season off to a roaring start by clobbering the Houston Rockets 131-112 on Wednesday.Davis also had 16 rebounds and eight assists and Payton finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Pelicans, who led wire-to-wire.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I am just taking what the defense gives me,” said Davis. “It is only game one. It is a good win but we still got a lot of work to do.READ: Welcome, rooks: Ayton, Bamba, Trier sparkle in NBA debutsFEATURED 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“To come out with a win against a team like that after the season they had and coming off the season we had, we wanted to come out and set a tempo.”The Pelicans’ dominating win in front of a crowd of 18,000 at Toyota Center arena in Texas was one of 11 games in the first full night of the 2018-19 NBA season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Celtics hand Pistons first loss of season

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brown scored 19 points and Marcus Morris added 18 for the Boston Celtics in a 109-89 victory on Saturday night over the Detroit Pistons, who lost their first game of the season.Brown came in averaging 8.6 points per game this season, down from 14.5 last year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I wasn’t tripping,” Brown said. “And I’ve guarded bigs before, especially my rookie year. Actually when Blake was (with the Los Angeles Clippers), I guarded him a little bit. So I was familiar when Brad asked me.”Andre Drummond had 18 points and eight rebounds, and Stanley Johnson scored a season-high 16 for Detroit, which had won its first four games of the season for the first time since 2008-09.? Griffin came in averaging 33.8 points per game, shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 65.2 percent from 3. He missed his first seven shots, including four from 3-point range. Celtics: Tuesday they play host to Detroit in the second game of the set.Pistons: Tuesday will open a six-game stretch where the Pistons will play five on the road.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I just missed open shots early,” Griffin said. “I thought that I tried to attack at times and get to the foul line but it didn’t go that way.”He scored seven points in 30 minutes, finished 2 of 13 from the field and 0-4 from deep.“Blake’s a handful,” Stevens said. “We knew we were mostly going to have to play small on (Griffin) or Drummond, so we just tried to be very active around those guys.”Detroit came in shooting 37.6 percent from 3-point range this season, and went 7 for 37 (18.9 percent). Boston shot 14 for 34 (41.2 percent) from deep.“It is disappointing,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “One game doesn’t make a season. It should get our attention and show us how well we have to play each and every night.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) steals the ball from Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson (1) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — With Jaylen Brown struggling offensive so far this season, Brad Stevens still asked him if he wanted a shot at defending one of the NBA’s hottest players.Not only did Brown slow down the much bigger Blake Griffin, his offense also perked up in the process.ADVERTISEMENT The Celtics opened up a 103-74 lead with 5:15 left to play, cruising in the first of consecutive games.Casey was assessed his first technical foul with Detroit, protesting a first-quarter no-call after Griffin hit the ground. The subsequent Morris free throw capped an 8-0 run that made it 23-11 Boston in the first quarter.The Boston bench outscored Detroit’s 34-9 in the first half, as the Celtics opened up a pair of 26-point leads in the second quarter. The Pistons previous largest deficit of the season was 12 points in the opener against Brooklyn.Daniel Theis, who Stevens said was questionable to play with a foot injury, scored 14 points and had seven rebounds before halftime. He finished with 17 points and eight rebounds.Gordon Hayward scored season-high 15 points and Terry Rozier added 14 points off the bench for Boston.TIP-INSCeltics: Aron Baynes, who played two seasons in Detroit, missed his third straight game with a right hamstring strain. . Jabari Bird has not played yet this season because of personal reasons.Pistons: Detroit was playing its first game since the injury to guard Luke Kennard, who sprained the AC joint in his right shoulder on Thursday. … Drummond took an inadvertent shot from Al Horford in the third quarter, resulting in a bloody nose. He did not leave the game. . Jon Leuer played for the first time this season, his first appearance since Oct. 31, 2017. He missed 74 games last season with an ankle injury and then had offseason knee surgery. Leuer scored four points.GETTING COMFYTheis was two points away from his career high of 19, which he set last season in Detroit.? Federer ignored deadline set by ‘new’ Davis Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “He probably wanted to play here,” Stevens said. “When we lose a guy like Baynes, we need everybody else to step up.”Theis was being evaluated after the game with a right heel injury, according to the Celtics.MOVING BETTERStevens thought the Celtics had been plodding offensively this season, leading to a 100.0 points per game average entering Saturday, second-worst in the league.“Our pace is better, which is good,” Stevens said. “If we’re going to play nine guys this much, or 10 guys this much, then we might as well move a little faster.”BEASTING BOSTONDrummond entered the game scoring 17.1 points per game on Boston in his career, the highest against any opponent.GET THE BALLRookie Bruce Brown scored his first NBA points for the Pistons, finishing with six points. He had missed his first four career field-goal attempts and two free throws.UP NEXT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Syracuse’s Hillsman schedules with an eye toward NCAAs

first_imgMOST READ FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2018, file photo, Rutgers coach C. Vivian Stringer poses in front of a banner that will hang from the rafters, after Rutgers defeated Central Connecticut State for Stringer’s 1,000th career win, in Piscataway, N.J. Stringer became the fifth Division I coach and sixth overall to reach the 1,000-win mark. Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell in the club. Division II coach Barbara Stevens of Bentley College also has reached 1,000 victories as well as Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun, File)NEW YORK — Quentin Hillsman is already thinking ahead to March and the NCAA Tournament.Syracuse’s coach scheduled up in the early part of the season with games against No. 3 Oregon and No. 20 Texas A&M with the hopes of playing well and potentially getting a home game in the opening weekend of the NCAAs.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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal FIRE WOES: Ohio State’s trip to play Stanford and Sacramento State was cancelled because of the poor air quality in Northern California. The Buckeyes were going to play Sacramento State on Friday and Stanford on Sunday. The teams will work on rescheduling the games for next year. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college BIG 12 DOMINANCE: The Big 12 was the last conference to lose a game this season after starting the year 26-0. The Big 12 is 30-2 through the first 13 days of the season and the league has two wins over Top 25 teams, with Baylor beating then-No. 23 Arizona State and Iowa State’s victory over No. 24 Miami. The Cyclones claimed the Preseason WNIT with that victory — the fifth time a Big 12 program won the WNIT since 2002 and the first since Baylor did it in 2015.FIRST OF MANY: Tina Thompson won the first game as head coach when Virginia beat Old Dominion 72-67 on Sunday. The Cavaliers dropped their opening two games, losing to No. 6 Mississippi State and Kentucky.TRIPLE DOUBLE: Rider guard Stella Johnson recorded the first triple-double in women’s basketball history at the school when the team beat Mount St. Mary’s 85-67 on Saturday. Johnson had a career-high 35 points on an efficient 14-of-19 shooting from the field to go along with 12 rebounds, 10 assists and six steals. Johnson is now 11 behind NCAA career leader Sabrina Ionescu, who got her 12th one on Sunday. She did it while only hitting one field goal for No. 3 Oregon in a win over Buffalo. The junior guard had 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, getting it with a rebound with 1:24 left.SAD NEWS: South Florida senior guard Kitija Laksa suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in her right knee on Thursday night when the No. 21 Bulls beat Bethune-Cookman 88-39.The 6-foot Laksa, who played for her home country Latvia in the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup earlier this year, led South Florida in scoring the past two seasons. She averaged 19.2 points as a sophomore and 21.1 points last year. Laksa, who was averaging 16.3 points this season, set an NCAA record with 11 consecutive 3s in a game last year.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Death of young Thai kickboxer brings focus on dangers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I think hosting the NCAA Tournament worked out good for us,” Hillsman said after the team beat Texas A&M on Wednesday. “Try to get those games back in the Dome again. We’re very much conscious of how we schedule and who we schedule. I remember awhile back sitting in the room for selection the year we were left out. … I can’t blame it on our schedule anymore. I told the (kids) I schedule this way on purpose because I thought we were good enough. The teams that we scheduled and tournaments we’re going to, they are very good teams. We’re not playing any bad teams in those neutral site games. It’s about trying to host these games and be at home (for the NCAAs).”Syracuse hosted the opening two rounds of the NCAAs in 2016 and advanced to the title game that year.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 ChrissHere are other things that happened in women’s college basketball this past week:REACHING A MILESTONE: C. Vivian Stringer became the fifth Division I coach and sixth overall to reach the 1,000-win mark on Tuesday night when Rutgers beat Central Connecticut State. Stringer joined Pat Summitt, Geno Auriemma, Tara VanDerveer and Sylvia Hatchell in the club. Division II coach Barbara Stevens, of Bentley College, also has reached 1,000 victories, as well as Duke men’s coach Mike Krzyzewski. View commentslast_img read more