Messi nets 3, Dembele debuts as Barcelona routs Espanyol

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  After going on as a second-half substitute, Dembele didn’t take long to help his team when he passed for Luis Suarez to round off the rout in the 90th.A third win in as many rounds left Barcelona atop of the standings, with two more points than second-place Sevilla and four more points than defending champion Real Madrid in sixth.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMessi opened the scoring at Camp Nou when he received a pass from Ivan Rakitic in what appeared to be an offside position. With no call coming from the referee, Messi dribbled around a defender and fired home.“They told me that the first goal could be offside, (…) but we did a lot to create several chances,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. He got his second by sliding to redirect Jordi Alba’s pass by goalkeeper Pau Lopez. Messi started the attack but lost the ball, only for it to take two deflections off defenders before falling to Alba in the area.After Espanyol forward Pablo Piatti hit the post, Messi made it a treble with a left-footed strike to slot in another pass from Alba.Dembele went on moments later to a round of applause from his new supporters. Barcelona paid a club-record sum to Borussia Dortmund for the 20-year-old France forward. With add-ons, his transfer could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million).Dembele showed his speed when he raced down the right side on a quick counterattack and crossed for Suarez to score.Suarez was making his league debut this season after missing the first two matches with a leg injury.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Espanyol at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi scored a hat trick and Ousmane Dembele set up a goal in his debut for Barcelona in a comfortable 5-0 win over crosstown rival Espanyol on Saturday.Messi struck twice in the first half, and leads the Spanish league with five goals. Gerard Pique headed in a fourth goal.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stephens wins first Grand Slam, routs Keys for US Open title LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Competitive UP good for UAAP

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City But there seems to be a change in the way things are being done for the Fighting Maroons basketball team and there’s a renewed interest in its hoop campaign.The buzz isn’t just about that big win against De La Salle University, the defending champion, although the triumph created ripples of conversation in basketball circles and on social media. It’s more about having a chance in every game to score a win against both the frontrunners and the struggling teams.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA competitive UP team will spread interest not only for its community but also for basketball followers in general. College ball is interesting beyond school alliances. The game is played by young players whose skills are still being formed and that’s why flashes of brilliance are just as fascinating as fumbles and turnovers.It’s also about getting the community together to come to the games and cheer together and UP does have a sizeable number of students and alumni that can converge. But to keep them coming, the team has to remain competitive as it’s hard to root for a squad that can’t stay in the game till the very end. All the UAAP schools have undergone difficult seasons, where wins have been hard to achieve. You see that in the University of Santo Tomas Growling Tigers who still have to win in the current tournament. Very often teams struggle for wins because it also matters who you are pitted against in a given season and what kind of players you have.It cannot be a case of a lack of trying by teams that haven’t won that much. It’s just that the other teams are so well stacked up and have been playing together for some time. La Salle and Ateneo do not simply have adequate support but also have teams that have been together through at least two years and that is vital for forging team chemistry.So we find the Fighting Maroons in the conversation in the current UAAP season. Many alumni are hopeful for a Final Four finish, something that hasn’t happened in almost two decades. It will be good to see a large sea of maroon in the stands on a regular basis shouting unique cheers that can rev up the game.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Juvic ties for 2nd in Taiwan We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Having a competitive University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons basketball team is good for the school and the UAAP.The State University has a lot on its hands to think about and work on and it’s understandable when it hasn’t been able to stay in step with the current powers of the league. This is not to say that UP has been remiss in supporting college athletics as a vital part of student formation. We shouldn’t forget that UP has had champion teams in football, swimming, baseball, cheer dancing and other sports.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Folayang banking on experience against Nguyen: ‘I have been fighting for a long time’

first_imgMOST READ ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang hopes to use his experience against Australian challenger Martin Nguyen in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT The 28-year-old Nguyen aims to become the first fighter in ONE Championship to hold two titles in two different weight classes at once.Folayang, who turns 33 on Nov. 22, is also banking on homecourt edge with Friday’s event expected to draw a sellout crowd.“I’ve fought many times here in the Philippines and there’s really nothing like it fighting in front of your hometown crowd,” Folayang, who outpointed Ev Ting in his first title defense last April at MOA Arena, said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 NU keeps Final 4 bid alive, pulls rug from under FEU Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Folayang, who owns an 18-5 record, has more than twice as many fights as Nguyen (9-1).“My biggest advantage against him is my experience because I have been fighting for a long time,” Folayang, who made his MMA debut in 2007 as part of URCC, told INQUIRER.net in a press conference Tuesday at City of Dreams Manila.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNguyen, the current featherweight champion, will be going up in weight against Folayang. But Team Lakay’s prized ward doesn’t think their weight difference is going to be much of a factor come fight night.“I think I’ll just be three to four pounds heavier than him inside the cage,” Folayang said in Filipino. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillioncenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Coutinho scores as Barcelona reaches 5th straight Copa final

first_imgView comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Valencia posed a tough challenge for Barcelona, creating some significant scoring chances at Mestalla Stadium, but the visitors opened the scoring in the 49th minute after Luis Suarez raced past a defender inside the area before crossing the ball to Coutinho. The Brazilian playmaker, Barcelona’s most expensive signing, slid to reach the ball and sent it toward the far corner.Coutinho, making his fifth appearance since being signed in January, had only entered the match at halftime.“It’s a special moment for me,” Coutinho said. “I had been trying to score this first goal. I finally got it today and it helped the team advance to the final.”Suarez also set up the second goal, finding Rakitic for an easy shot from inside the area after a breakaway in the 82nd minute.Valencia forward Rodrigo hit the woodwork early in the match.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding FC Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho celebrates after scoring against Valencia during the Spanish Copa del Rey, semifinal, second leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Valencia at the Mestalla stadium in Valencia, Spain, Thursday Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)MADRID — Another year, another Copa del Rey final for Barcelona.Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal since leaving Liverpool as Barcelona defeated Valencia 2-0 Thursday to reach the Copa final for the fifth straight season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Ivan Rakitic also scored in the second leg of the semifinals, giving Barcelona a 3-0 win on aggregate after a 1-0 victory in the opener at Camp Nou Stadium.The three-time defending champions next face Sevilla in a repeat of the 2016 final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSevilla eliminated Leganes 3-1 on aggregate on Wednesday.“It’s not an easy feat to make it to the final this many times in a row,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy.” Kemba Walker to replace Porzingis in NBA All-Star Game Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “We had our chances,” Valencia coach Marcelino Garcia Toral said. “But they were superior. We competed well but we are not at the same level right now.”It was the sixth straight loss for Valencia in all competitions.“It hurts because we had high expectations coming into this match,” Valencia goalkeeper Jaume Domenech said. “But it wasn’t meant to be. We need to work harder to try to turn things around.”Valencia was attempting to make it to the Copa final for the first time since 2007-08, when it won its seventh title after eliminating Barcelona in the semifinals.Barcelona, which has won the tournament a record 29 times, had eliminated Valencia in the semifinals two years ago, winning 7-0 at Camp Nou in the first leg. It then held on to a 1-1 draw at Mestalla with its second-stringers.Colombian defender Yerry Mina made his Barcelona debut on Thursday by replacing Gerard Pique late in the match. Pique had been listed as doubtful because of a knee injury. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

San Miguel survives Kia in thriller, nears twice-to-beat

first_imgMarcio Lassiter saves the day for San Miguel. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel is one step away from clinching twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals after edging Kia, 108-106, in a thriller in the PBA Philippine Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The league-leading Beermen, who played without four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, improved to 8-2 and are waiting for the result of the game between Rain or Shine and Alaska in the second to secure the incentive.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving AFP official booed out of forum UAAP jrs: Sotto gets triple double as Ateneo overpowers NU in Game 1 ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Marcio and Chris saw an opportunity where they had an advantage, but if that didn’t happen it would’ve been a disaster us.”Arwind Santos took up the scoring cudgels for San Miguel with 27 points with 12 rebounds and five assists.Lassiter finished with 21 points for San Miguel while shooting 5-of-13 from deep.Glenn Khobuntin had 15 points to lead the Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Read Next View comments Although Kia sits at the bottom of standings with a 1-10 record, the Picanto held their ground late in the fourth with a 106-102 lead with 1:02 left in the game.Marcio Lassiter, however, shone in the clutch for San Miguel, first tying the game at 106-106 with 48 seconds left hitting a three-pointer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe then drove for a layup for the Beermen’s 108-106 lead with just a second remaining.“That play was a creation between Marcio and Chris [Ross], it was an option they got and it was their basketball sense that made it work,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria in Filipino. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico LATEST STORIES Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READlast_img read more

Cignal, Sta. Lucia all pumped up

first_imgBSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cignal and Sta. Lucia will have reason to be optimistic when the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference opens on Tuesday at FilOil Flying V Centre.Fresh from a training camp in Japan, the HD Spikers are on a high after winning the title in the Invitational Conference.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Cignal coach George Pascua’s confidence comes from his intact roster: The core of the national team, Rachel Anne Daquis and Jovelyn Gonzaga will rejoin stalwarts Honey Royse Tubino, Mylene Paat and Steph Mercado.Meanwhile, after taking a one-conference leave of absence, seasoned mentor Sammy Acaylar will be back to guide the young Sta. Lucia squad to glory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast No more foul trouble as Rhodes finally adjusted to PBA officiating Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Uichico, Gilas confident as PH shoots for 18th basketball gold

first_img“We have to give our best and play our A game every single game so we can reach our goal to get the gold,” said Uichico. “We’re positive and upbeat and we know that we have to do our business, this is a business and not a vacation.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bautista silences hostile crowd, downs hometown bet Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Uichico, Gilas confident as PH shoots for 18th basketball gold3.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines has been the undisputed basketball power in the Southeast Asian Games with the most men’s basketball golds in the regional event with 17.And as the Gilas cadets start their campaign in the 2017 Games, head coach Jong Uichico said they want to enter MABA Stadium with a confidence so high they’ll bring another championship to the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo READ: Gilas cadets kick off title defense vs tough Thais“Of course, when you enter the Games, you want to be as confident as possible that you’re able to beat any team that gets in your way to win the gold,” said Uichico in Filipino Saturday at Sunway Putra Hotel.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGilas coach Jong Uichico. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe likes of Kiefer Ravena, Almond Vosotros, Kevin Ferrer, Baser Amer, and Mac Belo are once again in the team that delivered the country its 16th gold in the regional games.Uichico added they have to bring out their best every game if they want to continue the country’s reign in Southeast Asia and claim their 11th straight gold medal. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

McGregor vows Mayweather knockout as moment of truth nears

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But while McGregor, a long-odds underdog, has attracted most wagers, the majority of the money is on Mayweather.William Hill US reported that several large bets had been placed on Mayweather for what is expected to be a straightforward assignment.One punter placed a $1.2 million cash bet on Mayweather, which will earn around $240,000.Yet the mere fact that McGregor will carry at least a puncher’s chance into the contest has been enough to sustain the excitement.Stephen Espinoza, the head of cable network Showtime Sports which is selling the fight on pay-per-view in the US, said surveys had shown that fans were not deterred by predictions of a mismatch.“The casual fans were absolutely adamant,” Espinoza said.“Their response almost universally was ‘We don’t care if it’s a mismatch … if there’s a .01 chance that something incredible could happen, we need to watch it.’“And that’s why they’re going to watch it.”Others however have sounded a note of caution, citing potential safety risks to McGregor given the chasm of experience between the Irishman and Mayweather.British former light-welterweight world champion Amir Khan expressed fears Friday McGregor could be seriously injured. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Griffin grabs bronze for PH in wakeboarding “Weight doesn’t win fights, fighting wins fights,” Mayweather said. “It won’t go the distance. Mark my words — I’m not worried about the scales.”McGregor meanwhile basked in the adulation of his Irish fans who have poured into the Nevada desert gambling capital this week.“You can’t beat us — we’ve already taken over,” McGregor bellowed. “Las Vegas is Ireland now.”An army of Irish fans poured out onto the Las Vegas strip following the weigh-in, dancing and singing in blazing hot sunshine.Saturday’s bout has appalled boxing traditionalists, who have rubbished the event as a meaningless, money-grabbing, mismatch which owes more to the pantomime traditions of WWE wrestling than the noble art.Boxing pundits, coaches and fighters have lined up to dismiss McGregor’s hopes of succeeding where 49 others in Mayweather’s 21-year career have failed.“Would a ping-pong player have a chance of scoring a point against Roger Federer?” was the withering verdict of veteran trainer Teddy Atlas. “It’s going to be like walking through a really bad neighborhood late at night. McGregor’s going to get mugged.”Safety fearsThe hard-nosed heavy-hitters of the gambling world agree.Saturday’s fight is set to smash records as the most bet-upon bout in Las Vegas history. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Floyd Mayweather Jr., center left, and Conor McGregor face off during a weigh-in Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas. The two are scheduled to fight in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor vowed to knock out boxer Floyd Mayweather on Friday as a horde of Irish fans descended on Las Vegas for the trash-talking rivals’ cross-combat super-fight.McGregor, 29, will carry a substantial weight advantage into Saturday’s 12-round boxing contest at the T-Mobile Arena after a raucous weigh-in that saw him face-off with Mayweather for the final time before fight-night.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img “It’s like a tennis player trying to play badminton,” Khan said.“(McGregor) needs to think about himself in this fight, because if he gets seriously injured, he might not ever be the same fighter or he might not even fight again.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim McGregor, who has never fought in a professional boxing contest, is a massive underdog for a fight, which is expected to beamed live to around 200 countries and territories across the globe.But the former apprentice plumber from Dublin, who was unemployed four years ago, defiantly predicted he was ready to spring a monumental upset on the skillful Mayweather, one of the finest boxers in history who boasts a perfect 49-0 record.“That’s the worst shape I’ve ever seen him,” McGregor said of Mayweather. “I’m going to breeze through him, trust me on that.”‘Fighting wins fights’A nonplussed Mayweather shrugged off his weight disadvantage and once again vowed to stop McGregor inside the distance.ADVERTISEMENT With waves of green-shirted fans in a crowd of around 6,000 roaring their support for the Irish superstar, McGregor tipped the scales at 153 pounds, well inside the 154-pound limit.Former welterweight champion Mayweather, 40, who has emerged from a two-year retirement to take on MMA star McGregor, weighed in at 149.5 pounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe naturally bigger McGregor — who screamed into Mayweather’s face as the two men went nose-to-nose — said he expects to enter the ring at closer to 170 pounds.Saturday’s one-off bout is projected to be the richest fight in history, with Mayweather poised to earn as much as $200 million and McGregor potentially pocketing around $100 million. 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Eagles topple Maroons

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “It always gives you satisfaction when you win, especially since it’s our first of the season, and my first one as the coach,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela. “But we’re still far from what we want to be. We still have a lot of things to do and take care of.”Arespacochaga, meanwhile, downplayed the back-to-back 20-point victories to start the season, saying the Eagles still have their work cut out for them if they want to reach the finals again.“Our mentality and philosophy is ‘next game’ and it might have been a 20-point win for us, but we want to keep on improving,” he said. “We don’t want to look at that 20-point win and get big-headed. It doesn’t show how hard we had to fight, especially defensively against all their (UP’s) good guards.” Ateneo guard Tyler Tio wasted little time showing the skills that made him a blue-chip recruit a year ago, while the rest of the Blue Eagles once again stamped their class against another contender.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The Eagles extended a 44-36 halftime lead to 11 points in the third period, before enjoying a 24-point buffer late in the game as Tio, who missed the opening-day win over Adamson due to an ankle injury, caught fire with 10 of his output in the final period.“We’re just happy for Tyler because he’s been working hard since last season,” said Ravena. “We always knew he can contribute.”“I was just doing my job for the team,” said Tio, a standout from Xavier High School, who initially only had Canadian citizenship before applying for a Philippine passport last year.Three days after hitting the triple that lifted the Maroons to a 74-73 win over University of Santo Tomas, Paul Desiderio was held to just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting as he struggled to find his rhythm. But rookie Juan Gomez De Liano got going early and finished with 16 points for the Maroons, who fell to a tie with Far Eastern U at 1-1.The Tamaraws turned back University of the East, 90-83, earlier after another strong game from Ron Dennison, who had 16 points. Prince Orizu also finished with a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds aside from anchoring FEU’s interior defense.ADVERTISEMENT Bombers try to keep distance vs Knights Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img LATEST STORIES With Tio delivering one of the finest debuts in recent memory, the Eagles rolled past the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 92-71, last Wednesday to grab the early lead in the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tio, who sat out last season after he was unable to get a Philippine passport in time for the tournament, finished with 14 points in just 11 minutes, going 6-for-6 from the field as the Eagles brandished the depth of their squad to seize the early lead in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThirdy Ravena once again led the Eagles with 16 points and six rebounds, while Chiz Ike followed up his strong opening-day performance with a nine-point, seven-rebound haul for the Eagles. Aaron Black also had a solid game of nine points and 10 boards.“Hats off to the guys who stepped up for us,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “One of the things that coach Tab (Baldwin) said at halftime was we needed to play better defense and take care of the ball and we saw some improvement in the second half.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Sodhi gunning for more glory

first_imgHe calls for targets, shoots them down with two quick bursts from his shotgun, then prepares for the next targets. Ronjan Singh Sodhi’s sport is just like his life now-a-days – there is no time to rest.Just a day after he returned home from Izmir, Turkey, where he shot the double trap gold at the ISSF World Cup Finals, Sodhi was back in action with his trusted Perazzi weapon at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range Wrestling in Tughlakabad.Speaking to MAIL TODAY while taking a break between practice rounds, Sodhi said his focus had not dwindled despite his big achievement.”I had said before I left for the Finals that I had three big competitions coming up and, for me, it’s just one down and two to go (Commonwealth Games and Asian Games). Yes, it was magnificent to win the gold medal, but my focus is very much in place, which is why I’m here practicing the day after I got back home,” Sodhi said.Reflecting on his performance in the Finals, Sodhi said the key to success had been confidence in himself. “It was pretty close at the end of the qualification round, but my competitors started falling behind early in the final. The best thing was the confidence that my training had given me, which was helped by the fact that I was hitting the targets right in the middle,” he said.”It has been a fantastic year for me – out of five ISSF competitions, I have shot well in three.advertisementBefore this gold, I had won the World Cup gold in Lonato ( Italy) and I had shot the world record ( 147 points) in Acapulco ( Mexico) in the first World Cup of the year. So I’m hoping to take this strong form forward with gold at the next two events as well.” On the contribution of shot gun coach Marcello Dradi of Italy, Sodhi said: ” Having somebody as experienced as Marcello around is really a big help. He travels to competitions with us and while he can’t change too much of the technical aspects at this stage, it is a tremendous boost to the mind to have him around and talking to you at the competitions.”His help has also reflected in the records this year – apart from my success, there’s been Manavjit [ Sandhu] winning a World Cup gold in trap, Asher [ Noria] has won the junior double trap at the World Championships and Seema Tomar has also won a silver medal – the first for an Indian woman shotgunner. Marcello has played a major role in taking the Indian shotgun team to an all- time high.” Sodhi also dismissed concerns over the form of Abhinav Bindra and Samaresh Jung, who are going through a lean patch.”Abhinav hasn’t shot in enough competitions since the Olympics to judge his form. I know that he is a big- game player and prepares himself with the mega events in mind. If you look at his past record, the bigger the stage, the better his performance gets.Be it the Olympic gold or the World Championships gold in 2006, he always succeeds on the big stage, so I have no doubt that come Games time, his performance will be at its peak,” he said.”As regards Samaresh Jung, the expectations had been heightened after he won five gold at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. He is not in bad form, it is just that other shooters have done better than him in some events. I have no doubts that these champions will underline their greatness,” he said. ” Having said that, I believe the man to watch out for will no doubt be Gagan Narang. Not only is he in the fray for multiple gold medals, he has also been the most consistent among all our shooters.” On the last- minute concerns about the athletes’ accommodation and other facilities at the Commonwealth Games Village, Sodhi said he wasn’t letting them cloud his mind.”There has been too much negative publicity about every aspect of the Games. Yes, there is a little bit of concern about the Village and I would be lying if I said there were no concerns. But my gut feeling says everything is going to be all right. Senior level people have intervened now and I think everything should be in order,” he said.last_img read more