Kobe Paras heads home, commits to Gilas program

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Paras has expressed his willingness to join the early buildup of the cadet team in the summer tournament, where he join players in coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-2023” list.Reyes thinks it’s a great chance for Paras to finally see action in a more consistent basis, after playing sparingly during his collegiate career in the United States.“On the contrary, he should look forward to coming home and finally playing. We’re fine if he’s not here, the program is still going to continue,” he said.“He should look forward to playing because I made that statement that there’s no Filipino player whoever went to the US NCAA and came back a better player because the operative word was playing. If you go to the US and sit, you’re not going to get better,” he said. “I hope Kobe should be looking forward to coming home and playing, getting a chance to finally actually playing on the court. He should be looking forward to that.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Warriors, Cavs vulnerable, or headed for NBA Finals Round 4? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “I’m in touch with Benjie (Paras) and we’re talking regarding the possibility,” he said.The younger Paras earlier announced his decision to leave the confines of Cal State Northridge, saying he’s “turning pro.”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 crownBut with opportunity of helping the country opening up, Antonio said that the popular swingman has committed to the national team.“Kobe will be basing himself in the Philippines in the meantime, and I’m very thankful and glad that Kobe is very committed to the Gilas program. He’s very important and he’s gonna play a major role,” he said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs far as Gilas Pilipinas is concerned, Kobe Paras is here to stay.National team manager Butch Antonio guaranteed that the high-flying 20-year-old will play for the Gilas cadets squad seeing action in the 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

UAAP 80 Final Four keys to victory: La Salle-NU

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments La Salle and NU were the polar opposites during Season 80.On one hand, the Lady Spikers were practically unflappable during the whole tournament while the Lady Bulldogs only had the strength for one round.After the Lady Bulldogs went on a 6-1 record in the first round, its best start in school history, the complete inverse happened as they won just one game in the second round and got into the Final Four after Adamson University and University of the Philippines dropped crucial games in the latter half of the tournament.La Salle, for its part, went 4-2 in its first six games but eventually went on a rampant run that saw the Lady Spikers go on an eight-game winning streak to finish with a league-best 12-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. De La Salle and National University took two vastly different routes to the Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.If the Lady Spikers went the methodical and dominant way to the first seed, the Lady Bulldogs got into the semifinals by the skin of their teeth.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ LATEST STORIES NU’s first round win over La Salle, 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14, meant nothing in the second round as the Lady Spikers shot down the Lady Bulldogs in straight sets, 27-25, 27-25, 25-16.At the mercyIf numbers alone would be the basis of this matchup, NU is already on the losing side of things.The Lady Spikers are the best serving and the fourth-best spiking team in the league and that is the defining distinction the defending champions have against the Lady Bulldogs.NU, even before the start of the Final Four, already looks in trouble, as the Lady Bulldogs are the worst team in terms of digging and receiving.La Salle averaged 2.72 aces a set throughout the eliminations and that would be deadly for the NU that has an efficiency rating of 22.49 percent, the worst in the league, in its receptions.Making matters worse for the Lady Bulldogs, La Salle has the two best servers in the league in Desiree Cheng and Michelle Cobb who combine for more than an average of one ace per set.Jaja against the worldJaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago is undoubtedly one of the greatest offensive threats in all of UAAP. The defending champion La Salle amassed a 12-2 record to become the no. 1 team after the eliminations while the Lady Bulldogs’ 7-7 record barely got them to the Final Four.NU had the better record after the first round against La Salle, 6-1 to 5-2, but the second round became a different chapter altogether as the Lady Spikers won all seven of their second-half games while the Lady Bulldogs mustered just one.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 crownAnd on Sunday, La Salle’s streak will be put to the test against an NU team that that got into the semifinals almost by luck.Consistency vs. inconsistency Serena Williams, Andy Murray on French Open entry list The 6-foot-5 Lady Bulldog compiled a total of 280 points and averaged 20 a game the whole season to become the second leading scorer of the tournament.Although Santiago has become an almost unstoppable force in front of the net, her supporting cast hasn’t made a mark.The Lady Bulldog closest to Santiago in terms of scoring is Risa Sato whose 116 points didn’t even reach half of what the NU captain put up the whole season.NU needs Sato, Roselyn Doria, and Aiko Urdas—whose combined total of 287 points is just seven points ahead of Santiago’s total—to pick up the slack for the Lady Bulldogs.Kianna Dy, La Salle’s leading scorer for the season with an average of 13.36 points, perfectly said the Lady Bulldogs’ predicament.“Jaja can’t do it alone, NU has to work as a team,” said Dy in Filipino.Tale of two settersIf there’s an individual matchup that would get a spotlight in this Final Four pairing, it would be the chess match between setters Jasmine Nabor and Michelle Cobb.Nabor sits at the second spot in the Best Setters table, behind Ateneo’s Deanna Wong, while Cobb is at third. The two setters aren’t that far apart in terms of production with Nabor putting up an average of 8.32 excellent sets per period while Cobb’s production is at 8.26.Cobb and Nabor are both quality setters, but the defining factors would be the designated spikers.Nabor has Santiago on her side as well as Sato, but a couple of consistent hitters won’t figure much against the Lady Spikers as Cobb has a plethora of spikers at her disposal.If Nabor has two spikers on the top 25 of the Best Scorers table, Cobb has five.Cobb has the option to go to Dy, reigning MVP Mary Joy Baron, Desiree Cheng, Tin Tiamzon, and Aduke Ogunsanya.La Salle may not have a volume scorer as Santiago, but what the defending champions have are multiple scoring options that have made them one of the most formidable teams in the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Argentine fans weep as World Cup dream fades

first_imgAfter the abject 3-0 loss to Croatia, the team will have to beat Nigeria in their final game and hope other results go their way to advance.For even the most passionate fans here, that seems a tall order now.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 crownLionel Messi came in for particular criticism after an under-par performance.“Messi, who keeps winning for Barcelona, who continues to deliver triumph after triumph for Barcelona, has given us nothing but defeats and sadness,” said an angry Miguel Angel Gutierrez, 50, wearing an “Albiceleste” wig. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Zulma Suarez smiled sadly and sighed as she reflected on the shattered hopes of a nation that has already suffered through a 1-1 draw with Iceland in its first game.“I thought we would get there, that it would get easier as we went along. But well, as an Argentine, I feel my country in my heart.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But this was no party in Buenos Aires as fans young and old hid their sky blue-and-white painted faces in their hands, the classic reflexes of cinemagoers at a horror movie. Some wept and others hugged each other like survivors at a disaster scene. One man stood and gestured angrily at the big screen as passes went astray on the pitch in Russia.The World Cup was supposed to provide a glitzy distraction for Argentines who have seen their purchasing power steadily eroded by subsidy cuts, IMF-inspired reforms, and a crippled national currency.“We are very sad because it’s all wrong! Just look at the dollar, we are very tired of everything. We trusted in this team,” a despondent Alfredo Dominguez, 48, said from under his blue-and-white-striped hat, which said “Messi 10”.The nation faced a long night of TV pundits arguing loudly about the shortcomings of Jorge Sampaoli’s misfiring team, and what he could do to inspire them for the next match against Nigeria.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Argentina fans react in disbelief at the end of a televised broadcast of the Croatia vs. Argentina World Cup soccer match, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, June 21, 2018. Argentina lost 3-0 to Croatia. (AP Photo Jorge Saenz)The party at the Buenos Aires fanzone fell flat as a crowd expecting a Messi-inspired Argentina World Cup revival could only watch in horror at as the nadir of Nizhny Novgorod unfolded.“We lost very badly, they really humiliated us this time,” said 22-year-old Joaquin. “And now, on top of that, we’re depending on Nigeria!”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Raptors make no picks in NBA draft Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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

PSL: Cignal fends off Cherrylume for first win

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Mylene Paat led HD Spikers with 20 points while Rachel Ann Daquis added 14.Mary Anne Mendrez and Judith Abil combined for 32 markers for the Iron Lady Warriors. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The first set loss was because of the low attitude of my team, however, I reminded them of our game plan and what did we practice,” Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga said in Filipino.Ahead 9-8 in the third set, HD Spikers unloaded a 6-0 run to pull away for good.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 crownCignal took advantage of the blocking department with eight while the Iron Lady Warriors only swatted six.The loss dropped Cherrylume to 0-2. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Cignal averted an upset and overcame Cherrylume, 19-25, 26-24, 25-21, 25-22, for its first win in the 2018 Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Invitational on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.A quick 3-1 sprint in the fourth set capped by an AC Masangkay drop ball sealed the victory.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan 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 Senegal, coach Cisse look to recreate 2002 World Cup magic LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View commentslast_img read more

Keep bribes secret for 10 years, FIFA won’t punish you

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Corruption was scrubbed as an official misdemeanor during secret meetings where executives executed the first overhaul of the code since a wave of scandals left soccer’s governing body “clinically dead” by 2015. That was the hyperbole used by Gianni Infantino during a speech at the World Cup in June boasting of his own apparent achievements cleaning up FIFA.But in two years as FIFA president, Infantino has been accused of violating governance rules and forcing out officials who threatened his position.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’It will be even easier now for FIFA to banish critics.A new offense has been introduced in the ethics code — defamation. There are no specific examples, providing flexibility for the ethics committee to decide on the burden of proof — as with all cases. LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms A player holds his head as he lies on the pitch. APLONDON, United Kingdom — FIFA has officially eradicated corruption. All it took was pressing the delete key.Soccer officials and players who bother checking out the new code of ethics governing their conduct will find the word “corruption” missing. They will also discover how to now avoid being banned for paying and receiving bribes.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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former WWE star Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The 2012 code said “prosecution for bribery and corruption” was not subject to a “limitation period.” However long it took investigators to uncover offenses, you could still be sanctioned.But section 12.1 of the new code states, “Bribery, misappropriation of funds and manipulation of football matches or competitions may no longer be prosecuted after a lapse of ten years.”The message to soccer officials not deterred from seeking to profit from bribery and fraud by the criminal cases: As long as the misdemeanor is not discovered for 10 years you will be in the clear at FIFA.Ethics prosecutors now only have five years to complete cases into other general breaches of the code — half the previous time permitted to uncover wrongdoing.The new code does allow the lead ethics prosecutor Maria Claudia Rojas to enter into plea bargains to resolve cases that do not involve bribery, misappropriation of funds or match fixing. But that could add another layer of murkiness and secrecy, keeping cases hidden from public view.“The new FIFA is a democracy it is not a dictatorship,” Infantino told FIFA members during an address in 2017. “It is a transparent organization … a deeply honest organization.”But ask for clarity on changes to the ethics code that helped to banish a raft of unscrupulous officials and there is little willingness to be transparent. FIFA was ill-prepared to respond to questions following an Associated Press review of the new code ahead of its implementation. The Zurich-based body only says the changes were based on proposals from the ethics committee, who soccer fans never get to hear from.During their first years in the job, the heads of the investigatory and adjuratory chambers of the ethics committees have been blocked from speaking to the media by FIFA.FIFA finally has found more compliant scrutineers of ethics. The previous judge and prosecutor were ousted in 2017 by Infantino, prompting them to claim FIFA’s integrity was being jeopardized by the president.After the revamp to the ethics code — approved in private by the FIFA Council — soccer’s resolve to kick out the crooks still seems ambiguous. Particularly when the very word corruption has been purged. /cbb In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “Persons bound by this code are forbidden from making any public statements of a defamatory nature towards FIFA and/or towards any other person bound by this code in the context of FIFA events,” section 22.2 of the new code states.Those found to have defamed FIFA will be banned from any football-related activities for up to two years and they can be booted out for five years for repeated “serious cases.”The vagueness provides leeway for FIFA, through theoretically independent ethics organs, to punish detractors.The ethics code was first introduced in 2004 by Sepp Blatter to provide a veneer of probity for an organization abused for personal gain by so many for decades. Of course, Blatter was expelled from the FIFA presidency for financial misconduct in 2015 by the ethics committees he created. Blatter’s toppling came amid the fallout from American prosecutors indicting dozens of football officials and entities for corruption — the concept now erased by FIFA from its principle English-language ethics documents.Bribery is still prohibited in the ethics code, but the ability to prosecute cases has been weakened.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Deadline for 2018 PBA Rookie Draft applications set

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Fil-foreign players aspiring to fulfill their dreams of making the PBA are given until October to complete their applications to be eligible for this year’s Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Serena Williams’ treatment resonates among black women Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In a press release, the PBA said the deadline for foreign players to submit the necessary requirements is on October 26.The league also announced that the 2018 Rookie Draft is scheduled for December 16, two days after it releases the final list of applicants.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’The submission of requirements is just the first step for Fil-foreign players, whose application will still be reviewed by the league. A December 3 deadline, meanwhile, is set for local applicants. The PBA will also issue the final list of eligible Fil-foreign hopefuls on the same date. MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Last year, Filipino-German forward Christian Standhardinger was selected as the No. 1 overall pick.The Draft Combine, where the aspirants get to show coaches and media a glimpse of what they have to offer, is scheduled for December 12 and 13.This year’s draft will be Willie Marcial’s first since being appointed as league commissioner.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 awardlast_img read more

Anthony, NorthPort backed into a corner: ‘We can’t afford to lose one game’

first_imgView comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 NorthPort’s run in the PBA Governors’ Cup hasn’t been a great success, but with the team’s back against the wall the players have no choice but to fight back.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal NCAA: Also-rans San Sebastian, JRU triumph over respective foes Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That happened on Friday when the Batang Pier held off Meralco, 99-94, at Mall of Asia Arena for their first taste of consecutive wins.“Our backs were against the wall, we can’t afford to lose one game so it was one game at a time and play our hearts out,” said forward Sean Anthony who led NorthPort’s offense with 26 points on 8-of-14 shooting.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 ChrissNorthPort’s win, however, didn’t come without a few scares near the end.After building a 10-point lead, 84-74, midway through the fourth, the Batang Pier had to deal with a late Meralco rally with the Bolts going on a 14-6 run to cut the margin to just two, 90-88, with 2:05 left. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Moala Tautuaa gave the Batang Pier a small buffer, 92-88, with a couple of free throws before Stanley Pringle knocked down a big three-pointer with 52.3 seconds left for the 95-88 lead.Although Mike Tolomia got to answer back with a three of his own a few seconds later, Anthony was quick to respond with his own triple for NorthPort’s 98-91 lead with 24 seconds remaining.“Luckily we were able to close it out in the fourth quarter,” said Anthony. “Meralco brought it back, it was a huge scare, we were lucky to pull it out with a win.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Meralco hero Baser Amer gets inspiration from Jimmy Alapag’s text messages

first_imgMeralco is having one of the best runs of any team in the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT After starting the season flatly at 1-6, the Bolts won four straight do-or-die matches in the preliminaries and scored two more wins in the quarterfinals against second seed Phoenix.Just one loss in the playoffs would have sent Meralco packing but the two-time runner-up pushed through with a convincing 90-74 win in the opener and a 108-103 overtime squeaker to knock the Fuel Masters out and head to the semifinals.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 ChrissAnd one man who showed true grit in the Bolts’ sixth straight win was point guard Baser Amer.Playing inspired basketball, Amer put in 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists including a couple of clutch plays in their second straight win against the Fuel Masters. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Alapag then messaged Amer anew after the Bolts’ second win over the Fuel Masters congratulating the younger guard of the win and the two clutch shots.“Good game Baser! Big shots in the end, the extra shooting before and after practice is for this moment. Congrats and good luck in the semis,” Alapag’s message read.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ Cansino stretched off court with knee injury in crucial game vs UP Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “We were just really hungry that we started at 1-6 and our goal for the last four games of the eliminations was that just have to win,” said Amer in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We didn’t expect that we would be in the top eight but we started winning and we felt the confidence coming back.”Amer, though, didn’t start the game strong against the Fuel Masters scoring just three points in the first half.Come second half, though, Amer lit up and scored 11 points in the third quarter and 12 in the fourth and overtime periods.Amer also remembered a text from a certain Jimmy Alapag that seemingly helped him push through especially at the start of the extra frame wherein he drilled two straight soul-crushing threes that gave the Bolts an early 102-94 lead.“Actually I was surprised that he texted me, so I want to thank him,” said Amer who became teammates with Alapag in 2016. “He wished me luck and told me to just be aggressive and who wouldn’t be motivated with that, it’s Jimmy Alapag.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Lomachenko not interested in Pacquiao, ready for unification bout vs Pedraza

first_imgWBC green lights Wilder-Fury ‘direct rematch’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE PHOTO – Vasyl Lomachenko celebrates his Junior Lightweight bout victory over Guillermo Rigondeaux at Madison Square Garden on December 9, 2017 in New York City. Steven Ryan/Getty Images/AFPThree-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko is eager to notch another career first on Saturday as he attempts to unify two belts when he fights Jose Pedraza.“It’s the next step for my dream,” said Lomachenko, the World Boxing Association lightweight world champion who brings a record of 11-1 with nine knockouts to the bout against Puerto Rico’s World Boxing Organization champ Pedraza.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloomcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s the next step for my goal, and after this fight I think my dreams come a little bit closer to me.”Lomachenko weighed in on Friday at 134.4 pounds (60.96 kg) and Pedraza at 134.2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissA victory could put Lomachenko on a path to a 135-pound clash with unbeaten Mikey Garcia.One thing the Ukrainian isn’t contemplating is a meeting — at any weight — with Filipino great Manny Pacquiao. 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 READ: Loma camp to Pacquiao: Go down to 135, we’ll talk“There are a lot of good fighters to fight who are comparable to me,” Lomachenko told reporters in New York on Thursday. “I’m not disrespecting Pacquiao. He’s old. I think his career is done. I don’t want to become a legend in boxing because of him.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Petron, F2 Logistics meet again in PSL Finals

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Photo from PSLMANILA, Philippines—Fierce rivals Petron and F2 Logistics set up another finals showdown in the 2018 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday night at Muntinlupa Sports Center.The Blaze Spikers, who are the defending champions, booked another trip to the championship round after dominating the Cignal HD Spikers, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16, in the main game.ADVERTISEMENT The Cargo Movers, on the other hand, took a much tougher road to the finals after needing to survive the Generika-Ayala Lifesavers in five sets, 21-25, 25-15, 25-20, 19-25, 15-5.Bernadeth Pons showed the way for Petron with 12 of her 14 points coming off attacks while Rhea Dimaculangan dished out 22 excellent sets.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 ChrissF2 Logistics had to lean on Cha Cruz-Behag, Ara Galang and Aby Maraño to fend off Generika as the three combined for 48 points.Behag fired a team-high 17 points while Maraño and Galang tallied 16 and 15 points, respectively. 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIEScenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manny Pacquiao sits out Tuesday training View commentslast_img read more