Rockets win 10th straight, top Kings

first_imgHouston led by as many as 17, but the Kings got within striking distance several times in the fourth quarter. They were down six late when Houston used a 7-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Harden, to make it 94-83 with just more than a minute left.The Kings scored the next five points, with a 3-pointer from Garrett Temple, to cut it to six again with 30 seconds left. Joe Johnson, in his Houston debut, added two free throws before Bogdan Bogdanovic hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 96-91 with about 25 seconds left.The Rockets made four free throws after that to secure the win.“We didn’t have that energy and you could just see it,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But they have the confidence that they can get it done defensively or by any means, and we just finished it up. Not a whole lot to say other than workmanship.”Paul added 19 points and seven assists, and Clint Capela had 13 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Ask anyone on the team if they believe they can get better after the break and the answer comes quickly — and often in one word.“Absolutely,” Chris Paul said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Of course,” James Harden said, before the question was even done.Harden had 28 points, nine rebounds and nine assists, and the Rockets fought off a late rally for the 100-91 win. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Bogdanovic led the Kings with 20 points and Temple came off the bench to add 13.“We’ve got some young guys, and the older guys are always saying: ‘Come on you young guys,’” coach Dave Joerger said. “We know (they’re) going to be good but we’ve got to hurry up and accelerate this as much as possible.”Temple, who scored the last four points of the third quarter, opened the fourth with another basket to cut Houston’s lead to seven. But Johnson made a 3-pointer on the next possession to make it 75-65.A 6-2 run by Sacramento cut the lead to seven later in the quarter before Harden made a 3-pointer to make it 83-73 midway through the period.Houston, which entered the game averaging an NBA-best 31.3 points in the first quarter, scored a season-low 20 points on Wednesday. The Rockets got going in the second quarter behind 17 points from Paul to lead 55-45 at halftime.The Rockets made the first four points of the third quarter before Bogdanovic scored all of Sacramento’s points in a 7-3 run to cut the lead to 62-52 with about seven minutes left.Houston scored the next seven points, while Sacramento missed its next eight shots, to leave the Rockets up 69-52 with about three minutes left in the quarter.The Kings ended a scoring drought of more than five minutes after that when JaKarr Sampson made one of two free throws. That was the start of the 7-3 run by Sacramento, with two 3-pointers from Buddy Hield, that got the Kings within 72-59 about a minute later.TIP-INSKings: Willie Cauley-Stein had 12 points, five assists and eight rebounds. … The Kings made 10 of 32 3-pointers, led by four from Bogdanovic. … Hield scored 12 points.Rockets: Eric Gordon sat out after bruising his right knee on Tuesday night. … Trevor Ariza missed his ninth straight game with a strained left hamstring. … Capela had two blocks and has had at least two in eight of his last nine games.WASTING NO TIME View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Smith, Griffin help Pistons beat Hawks to end 3-game skid Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Houston Rockets forward Luc Mbah a Moute (12) celebrates after drawing a foul, as guard James Harden watches during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — After extending their winning streak to 10 games with a victory over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night, the Houston Rockets were happy, though far from satisfied.These Rockets, who are 44-13 entering the All-Star break after winning 17 of their last 19 games, have much bigger goals ahead of them.ADVERTISEMENT The Rockets wasted no time putting Johnson to work. Johnson, who signed with the team on Wednesday afternoon, checked in with about four minutes left in the first quarter. The 36-year-old free agent spent 32 games with the Jazz this season. The move reunites him with D’Antoni, who he played for in Phoenix from 2002-05.Johnson had nine points and three rebounds in 31 minutes and the Rockets are looking forward to seeing what he can contribute once he gets better acquainted with the team.“Joe’s going to fit in great,” D’Antoni said. “He’s going to be really good, smooth … he can make plays. He’s got some gas left.”UP NEXTKings: Host Oklahoma City on Feb. 22.Rockets: Host Minnesota on Feb. 23.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

FEU’s UAAP Finals return product of ‘trusting the process’

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Ray Parks is back-to-back ABL Local MVP In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s been 10 years since the Lady Tamaraws lifted the biggest prize in UAAP women’s volleyball history and it was back when a certain Rachel Anne Daquis still played in college.Now that the Lady Tamaraws are back in the Finals, Pascua is ready to lead the charge bearing the pride of a school he has called home for the past 26 years.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 crown“Of course I’m elated because we’re back and the players have worked terribly hard for this and although it’s been so long since we’ve been to the finals but I trust the process,” said the Filipino-speaking Pascua Wednesday in a chat with Inquirer at FEU.“We trusted the process wherein we’ve accomplished this and I’m thankful that it has materialized.” There’s no “prodigal son” narrative around here but George Pascua may just be the chosen one for Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT During the decade-long title drought, the Lady Tamaraws have featured in the semifinals five times and they’ve ventured in the Final Four three straight times from Season 77 to 79.And all those trips ended in early defeats, but Pascua vowed that he would bring an inspiration to his team unlike those before him.Pascua, who won UAAP titles as a player and as a coach for the Tamaraws, said he wants to repay FEU for the trust it gave him since he donned the green-and-gold jersey in the early 1990s.“I promised FEU that I won’t coach our competitors in the UAAP, if I will serve one team it will always be FEU,” said Pascua. “FEU was once, and still, my home so I want to return the investment FEU has given me from the start.”“You can’t just abandon your home, your family. This is my home, this is where I started.”ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

Rockets to honor Texas school shooting victims before Game 5

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, shakes hands with teammate James Harden after a 95-92 win over the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals Tuesday, May 22, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)HOUSTON — When the Houston Rockets suit up for Thursday night’s Western Conference finals game, they’ll carry onto the court a remembrance of the 10 people who lost their lives in last week’s Texas school shooting in Santa Fe.Each player’s uniform will feature a gray rectangular patch on one shoulder that will read: “Santa Fe HS” when they meet the Golden State Warriors in Game 5. The words will be in green writing with a yellow outline as a nod to the school’s colors.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES “If it moves two or three people to understand that we’ve got to have some change, that would be great,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Your heart goes out to them and it puts you back in reality real quick. It’s just time for something to change. We just can’t go on (like this).”The patches are one of several tributes the team plans in the first home game since Friday’s shooting. Eight students and two teachers died at the school, located 30 miles from downtown Houston. A 17-year-old student is being held on capital murder charges.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 high school’s choir will perform the national anthem and there will be a moment of silence and a video tribute prior to tipoff to remember the victims.Before answering questions about the series Friday, Chris Paul sent his condolences to those affected by the shooting, and the star guard addressed the tragedy again in an on-court interview with TNT after Tuesday night’s win. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments “We have to all come together, obviously, politicians mainly, need to come together and get it right,” Texans’ coach Bill O’Brien said. “Whatever the answer is, they need to come together and get it right because it’s got to stop happening. But what J.J. has done, nothing surprises me with J.J. He really cares about Houston. He cares about people, and it’s a great thing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Almadro officially appointed as Lady Eagles coach, Sto. Tomas as men’s mentor Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “The city of Houston, we’re going to need you,” Paul said. “We’re going to need you Game 5. The city has been through a tough time with the things in Santa Fe. But … hopefully basketball can be a way that people can come and ease their minds if only for a second. Houston, we’re coming home.”Santa Fe’s senior class, which is about 300 students, and administrators have been invited to attend the game as guests of owner Tilman Fertitta. The Rockets also will honor first responders on the court. Fertitta was born and grew up in Galveston, Texas, which is in the same county as Santa Fe, and hopes his gesture can help raise the spirits of students trying to find a sense of normalcy after the shooting.“I have roots in Galveston County. Everybody knows that,” Fertitta told reporters Tuesday night. “I played on that football field in Santa Fe. We just wanted to step up … just something we can do to recognize the deceased and let the survivors have a great time.”Proceeds from Thursday night’s charity raffle will go to the Santa Fe Strong Memorial Fund.The Rockets have joined the city’s other professional sports teams in honoring those affected by the shooting. On Tuesday, the Houston Astros donned T-shirts during batting practice that said: “Santa Fe Strong.” Houston Texans star J.J. Watt pledged to pay for the funerals of all the victims and visited with some of those wounded in the shooting at a local hospital Monday.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Several things to watch as a busy NBA offseason begins

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Texas’ Mohamed Bamba makes his case with Suns Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dwyane Wade has been talking about retirement, and there’s been no indication yet if he’s anywhere near a decision. Miami is in a tough situation on the cash front — Hassan Whiteside, Tyler Johnson, Goran Dragic and James Johnson will make nearly $78 million themselves next season — and the Heat wants to find a way to keep Wayne Ellington. What will Wade do? And if he stays, how much can the Heat pay him? Or do they make big trades and add some star power?THE KNICKSTwo questions for the Knicks to figure out: Will they allow David Fizdale the time he needs to build the team he wants? And what will they do with Kristaps Porzingis this season? Give Fizdale time, and he’ll win in New York. But rushing Porzingis back off ACL surgery could be a most unnecessary risk for a team that isn’t going to contend next season anyway.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours COACHESThe vacancies in Detroit and Toronto should be filled soon. The Pistons might be best-served to hire Dwane Casey, who led the Raptors to the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference this season. This is a crucial hire for the Raptors, since whoever will be calling the shots next season will have a team that should be good enough to contend for the East title.THE DRAFTArizona center Deandre Ayton will likely go No. 1 to Phoenix, which makes sense on a lot of levels. The intrigue really starts there. Does Vlade Divac use the No. 2 overall pick and bring Luka Doncic, the young Slovenian who has been talked about as a can’t-miss NBA star for some time, to Sacramento? What does Atlanta do at No. 3? Inevitably, someone will move up on draft night and that probably means an established player (or players) will be on the move.GAMBLINGADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James smiles during a news conference following Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Golden State Warriors, early Saturday, June 9, 2018, in Cleveland. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 108-85 to sweep the series and take the title. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)CLEVELAND — The NBA offseason has arrived, which means nothing will happen for the next four months other than a draft, three summer leagues, free agency, the creation of a new schedule, coaching hires, trades, roster reworkings and possibly movement toward letting high school graduates jump directly into the league again.It all adds up to very little downtime.ADVERTISEMENT There is no shortage of questions about what will happen this summer — leading off, of course, with yet another decision to be made by LeBron James about his future and where he’ll play next season as he resumes his quest for more championships.Here are some non-James topics heading into the offseason: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 crownKAWHI LEONARDThe mystery of the 2017-18 NBA season is the mystery of the offseason as well. Leonard played in only nine games for the Spurs this season while dealing with a leg injury, the specifics of which are a closely guarded secret even by San Antonio’s notoriously tight-lipped standards. He could get a supermax deal, he could get traded, he might still be hurt. But the Spurs — and the league — need answers, because he can change a lot of directions in a hurry. The Supreme Court ruling already has bets on games being placed in Delaware, and more states will be following suit soon. Expect the NBA to continue pushing for 1 percent of the action, which the league says is needed in part to cover what will be its new costs as far as protecting the integrity of the game and the players. It’s also unclear if injury reports will have to be more specialized in a betting world. Wouldn’t bettors have liked knowing LeBron James had a badly injured — he says broken — hand in Games 2, 3 and 4 of the NBA Finals?OFFICIATINGThe NBA knows fans, players and coaches aren’t thrilled with the level of officiating in the league right now. This will absolutely be a big topic — maybe the primary topic — when the board of governors meet in Las Vegas next month. Also, there will be a challenge-flag-type item tinkered with during summer league games; it won’t be a red cloth like in the NFL, but the concept will be the same as the league studies whether something like that should be added.THE LAKERSMagic Johnson and Rob Pelinka should have about $62 million in cap space to go shopping with when free agency opens July 1 — including for James, meaning the Lakers could get transformed and become a playoff team again in a hurry. Expect them to use the No. 25 pick in the draft on a 3-point shooter, since no team can surround James with enough of those.CHRIS PAUL AND PAUL GEORGEAgain, like so many other topics, the futures of Chris Paul and Paul George will probably have some impact on whatever James decides to do this summer — or vice versa. Paul wants a max contract, and if his hamstring didn’t pop late in Game 5 of the Western Conference finals he and the Houston Rockets may very well have been in the NBA Finals. George seemed to be hinting that he could stay in Oklahoma City, but is a Los Angeles native. It seems likely that either, or both, would try to align with James — but how?THE PELICANSYes, the Pelicans. West semifinalists this season, New Orleans needs to decide what it wants to do with DeMarcus Cousins and Rajon Rondo. The Pelicans have already given coach Alvin Gentry an extension , and keeping either Cousins or Rondo — or both — to play alongside Anthony Davis might make New Orleans a sleeper pick in the West next season. Question is, will Cousins be full-go coming off his Achilles injury.THE HEATlast_img read more

Tiger Woods’ digs for the week is more than a dinghy

first_imgWoods at least has been able to avoid the traffic that has led to commutes of close to two hours from the official hotel depending on the time of morning. Most players have rented homes in the Southampton area.Woods said he stayed with Shinnecock Hills members when he played as an amateur in the 1995 U.S. Open, and near the course in 2004.The Hamptons has no shortage of yachts, and someone suggested to Woods that it must feel odd not to have the biggest ship in New York.“I’m not opposed to that,” Woods said.___ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Tiger Woods approaches the pin on the fifth green during a practice round for the U.S. Open Golf Championship, Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Southampton, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Tiger Woods brought his yacht, Privacy, to a U.S. Open in New York and missed the cut for the first time in a major.That was 12 years ago when the Open was at Winged Foot.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Nobody’s done that better in the last 20 years than Tiger as far as clutch putting goes,” he said.___TRAILER LIVINGJason Day has learned that life in a motor home can be rewarding on the PGA Tour. He also has learned it can be messy when Bubba Watson is around.Day is staying in what he calls “the bus” in a parking area close to Shinnecock Hills for the U.S. Open. The Australian uses the RV for about 15 tournaments a season, and several other tour golfers have joined him.One is Watson.“Bubba just got one this year, and I’m very kind of more private, and he’s, yeah, he’s a little bit more outgoing,” Day recalled, a wide smile on his face. “And I think we’re at Augusta, and he walks under my bus, and he’s like, ‘Hey, man, what are you doing?’“I’m just sitting in the bus watching TV. He’s like OK. And he’s standing there. And I’m like, do you want to come inside? And he’s eating a burrito, and he decides to come in and talk to me for about 30 minutes. He gets his burrito all over the ground and then just leaves.“Actually, it’s nice to have people like that around, you know, to mess your bus up when you need them to.” PLAYOFF FEVERJordan Spieth now knows that when he’s tied for the lead after 72 holes on Sunday, his work is not done.The USGA has changed its playoff format for all its open championships. If the U.S. Open goes to a playoff, it will be a two-hole aggregate playoff (followed by sudden death if still tied), instead of an 18-hole playoff.Spieth was asked about the two-hole playoff.“It’s the first I’ve heard of that being an option,” he said. “It’s still 18 holes, right?”Wrong.“I guess the strategy changes a little from an entire round, but I honestly had no idea that it even changed,” he said. “I was even looking at a weather forecast for Monday, thinking, ‘What’s it look like if you happen to work your way into a playoff?’ So shows you what I know.”He wasn’t alone.Justin Thomas was asked about the new format and conceded that he wasn’t aware it changed to a two-hole aggregate until he was at lunch. It wasn’t clear if he read a memo from the USGA or the transcript of Spieth’s news conference about four hours earlier.___ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding He can only hope for a different outcome at Shinnecock Hills.“Staying on the dinghy helps,” Woods said with a grin.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 155-foot yacht is said to include a Jacuzzi, gym and movie theater. It doesn’t sound as though Woods has spent much time ashore except for being at Shinnecock Hills for his first U.S. Open in three years.“Sag Harbor is a cute little town,” he said. “I’ve only been there for a few days now. I haven’t really got a chance to walk about a little bit, but certainly will this week. So far, it’s been nice to kind of get away from the tournament scene and go there to my dinghy, and just really enjoy it.” BACK TO NO. 2If you blinked, you might have missed Justin Thomas’ reign atop golf’s world ranking.The PGA champion took the top spot in May. It’s gone, with Dustin Johnson’s win at Memphis last weekend catapulting him to No. 1, with Thomas just behind.Of course, a win at Shinnecock Hills in the U.S. Open this week would push Thomas back to the top.“It didn’t affect me, or it wasn’t that hard on me because I couldn’t do anything about it,” Thomas said. “I wasn’t playing. I played one tournament and had a good tournament, finished eighth. And D.J. won, so it’s not like he didn’t play well and didn’t earn it or anything. He won a golf tournament and a great tournament. So there’s nothing I can be upset about for that.”Thomas could even laugh a bit about the ranking.“I saw something that was just hysterical on social media,” he explained, “how a lot of the times, you know, when teams or players or whatever it is go on long runs, like the last time this happened. I mean, a little biased but often a scenario is last time Tennessee beat Alabama in football, you know, like iPhones weren’t alive yet and stuff like that.”So what was Thomas’ “last time” moment?“I saw something so funny yesterday,” he said. “It was like the last time that I wasn’t ranked No. 1 in the world, and it was like (Alex) Ovechkin didn’t have a Stanley Cup and Rickie (Fowler) wasn’t engaged. That was it. I thought it was pretty funny, whoever came up with that.”___ MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Germany looks to become 1st repeat World Cup champ in half-century SPIETH AND HIS PUTTERFor all the attention on the short putts Jordan Spieth has missed this year, he still is regarded as one of the best putters in golf. That’s the club that effectively won the British Open for him last summer.Spieth faced a tough question Tuesday, however, when asked if there was someone he regarded as better.He paused.“A lot of great putters out here,” he said, buying time.“That’s why they’re out here,” he said, buying even more time.He finally took the safe way out by saying that no single players come to mind, though he made it clear his confidence isn’t shaken on the greens.“I’d still like to bet on myself, if I can,” he said.Spieth said he prefers to think about who makes putts in big moments, and whether the ball is holed with the right speed and right break. He has made plenty of those, not only at Royal Birkdale last summer but at Chambers Bay on the par-3 16th and even at the Tour Championship in 2015 when he won the FedEx Cup.And he hasn’t forgotten Tiger Woods. 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‘Deeply emotional’: Unified Korea win tearful Asian Games bronze

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Members of the Unified Korea team celebrate with their bronze medals during a medal ceremony for the women’s canoe 200m traditional boat race at the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 25, 2018. AFP PHOTO/ADEK BERRYA Unified Korea team featuring athletes from North and South Korea won dragon boat bronze for their first medal at the Asian Games on Saturday.The highly symbolic all-Korean team, competing together after a rapid improvement in cross-border relations, came in behind China and hosts Indonesia in the women’s 200 metres race.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs The athletes were in tears afterwards as they sung “Arirang”, a traditional Korean folk song, to celebrate winning their medal.“I was deeply emotional,” said South Korean canoeist Eun Jeong-byun. “We’re divided and forbidden from seeing each other but we both know the same song and speak the same language.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’“By singing that song, we felt we were one nation — yet we aren’t able to see each other.”The two Koreas have also joined forces in rowing at the regional Olympics as well as women’s basketball, in which they lie second in their group after three wins out of four. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments The North Korean athletes hardly knew what dragon boating, a traditional form of canoeing, was until the team came together 20 days ago.“I was initially worried about there being a barrier between us (the two coaches),” said South Korean coach Yeong Kang-geun.“But the North Korean coach told me I could do whatever I wanted and he would cooperate because he didn’t know much about dragon boating.“That happened on the first day, within five minutes, so we became close very quickly.”At last week’s opening ceremony, the Korean teams marched together behind the Unified Korea flag, held aloft jointly by South Korean women’s basketball player Lim Yung-hui and North Korean footballer Ju Kyong Chol.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The two Koreas had paraded together and formed a joint women’s ice hockey team at February’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, setting the scene for an unprecedented warming of ties.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Iran’s Moradi breaks 94kg weightlifting world recordlast_img read more

Guiao looking at Cabagnot, Slaughter, Lassiter for Fiba qualifiers

first_imgSerena Williams returns in style at US Open Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “The game against Iran being on the 13th, it would mean leaving the country again on Sept. 9, or the 10th at the latest,” he said. “So there’s really little time to prepare and given that, we need to take most of the team members here to Iran.”The Philippine Basketball Association had said even before Gilas lost its first game here that it would provide a smorgasbord of players for the National team that will play in the next two games.In fact, the current Governors’ Cup will suspend its elimination round from Sept. 7-17 to accommodate Guiao and his requests for players.Losing Fajardo to injury is a big hit for the Nationals, who will be battling the 7-foot-2 Hamed Haddadi in Teheran and then the big Qataris behind closed doors at home.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJAKARTA—Fiery coach Yeng Guiao admitted that he is torn between Stanley Pringle and Christian Standhardinger as Gilas Pilipinas’ naturalized player for the two coming Fiba World Cup Qualifying matches in the middle of next month.And because of the June Mar Fajardo injury that will keep the dominant big man out of action, the choice seems obvious. That’s why Guiao is looking at Alex Cabagnot to take Pringle’s spot in the team.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “There will be, I think nine players from this (Asian Games) team that will play, at least in the Iran game (in Teheran),” Guiao told the Inquirer, which pressed him for an idea of the team he will be building for the next window of the World Qualifiers, despite coming off a loss to South Korea on Monday afternoon.“It really depends on who the eligible players are,” Guiao went on. “If Greg (Slaughter) and Marcio (Lassiter) are eligible, then definitely they will be in the team.”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’Cabagnot comes into the picture because Pringle, who didn’t get his Philippine passport before he turned 16, could be ineligible because of this rule. Lassiter had played for Gilas before, forming the lethal wing combination with Chris Lutz when the program started under Rajko Toroman.“We need to work on this as soon as we can, because when we come home, we will have just a week to prepare,” Guiao said. Gilas planes back home on Sept. 2 at the earliest, needing to play classification games despite bowing out of the medal race with a 91-82 loss to the Koreans. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Ronaldo says rape allegation affecting his personal life

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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “Of course this story is interfering in my life,” said the 33-year-old Ronaldo, who has denied any wrongdoing. “I have a partner, four children, an aging mother, sisters, a brother, a family I’m very close to. Not to mention my reputation, which is of somebody who is exemplary.”Kathryn Mayorga filed a civil lawsuit last month in Nevada claiming Ronaldo raped her in his Las Vegas hotel room in 2009. Police also reopened an investigation at her request.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 ChrissRonaldo, who plays for Italian club Juventus and Portugal’s national soccer team, has continued to play soccer amid the allegation. He has scored four goals in four Italian league matches since being accused of rape.“I explained everything to my partner,” Ronaldo said. “My son, Cristiano Jr., is too young to understand it. I feel the worst for my mother and sisters. They’re stunned by it all but, at the same time, very angry. This is the first time that I’ve seen them in this state.” Hidilyn’s journey Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Serie A soccer match between Empoli and Juventus at the Carlo Castellani stadium in Empoli, Italy, Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Gianni Nucci/ANSA via AP)PARIS— Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal life is being impacted by the rape allegation against him, the soccer star said in an interview with France Football magazine.Excerpts from the interview were distributed Monday, with a full story expected to run in the French weekly magazine on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ronaldo joined Juventus from Real Madrid in the offseason for a Serie A record 112 million euros (then $131.5 million). He had spent nine years at Madrid, becoming the Spanish club’s all-time leading scorer with 451 goals in 438 matches, and helping the team win four Champions Leagues titles.“Imagine what it can represent when someone says you’re a rapist, or that you have this or that,” Ronaldo said. “I know who I am and what I’ve done. The truth will come out in the light of day.“And those people who criticize me or who expose my life today, who are turning it into a circus, those people will see.”Last month, Ronaldo finished second to Luka Modric for FIFA’s best player award. The Ballon d’Or, a separate award for the world’s best player which is given out by France Football, will be handed out on Dec. 3 in Paris with Ronaldo among the candidates.“Yes, I think I deserve the Ballon d’Or this year,” Ronaldo said. “I dream of winning the Ballon d’Or for the sixth time and in that case I would surpass Lionel Messi.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “But I don’t control the vote, just my performances.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

UP standout Paul Desiderio applies for 2018 PBA Rookie Draft

first_imgJust days after wrapping up his collegiate career, the former University of the Philippines captain filed his application for the 2018 Draft on Friday at the PBA Office in Eastwood.Desiderio was the 45th applicant of the 2018 PBA Draft set for Dec. 16 at Robinson’s Manila.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 ChrissThe man who coined the mantra “atin to!” captained the Maroons to their first UAAP finals appearance in 32 years where they lost to 10-time champion Ateneo in a sweep.Although he lost in the UAAP, Desiderio was triumphant in the PBA D-League in the summer after helping Go for Gold to the Foundation Cup title. Desiderio, who was part of the Batang Gilas team that competed in the 2014 U-17 World Cup, averaged 13.7 points, 6.2 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 1.3 steals in his final year with the Fighting Maroons.The PBA earlier extended the deadline for local players from December 3 to December 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Paul Desiderio’s path to the PBA has officially started.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘Survivor’ Bi Nguyen signs with ONE Championship No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Edward Kelly looks to start the year right for Team Lakay

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lee put Kelly on a suplex in the first round but the referee deemed the move illegal after the Filipino landed on his head.“His relentlessness is his strength, but that can also be his weakness,” said Kelly. “I need to pick my shots, maximize my striking and be careful with his takedowns. Should the opening present itself, I am definitely going for a knockout.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Kelly’s rematch with Lee is part of the ONE: Eternal Glory card in Jakarta headlined by fellow Team Lakay member and ONE World strawweight champion Joshua Pacio who is defending his belt against Japan’s Yosuke Saruta.Literally the first fighter from Team Lakay to fight this year, Kelly aims to set the tone for his camp after a banner year.All four World champions from that camp won their titles in 2018 beginning with Eustaquio who unified the flyweight belts when he beat rival Adriano Moraes in June while Folayang regained his ONE World lightweight belt in November defeating Lee’s teammate Amir Khan for the vacant strap.“The target is to start the year right for Team Lakay, I want to beat Christian Lee and then hopefully get a crack at the ONE World featherweight title in the near future,” said Kelly, who has to fight Martin Nguyen for the belt if he gets the chance.Kelly (11-5) is also looking to get a convincing win against Lee (10-3) after their first fight ended in a disqualification of the Singaporean.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Eduard Folayang, Geje Eustaquio, Kevin Belingon, and Joshua Pacio all gave the team, and the Philippines, honor when it comes to mixed martial arts.This grandeur, however, also brings pressure to those who don’t have a gold-plated strap around their waist.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 ChrissTake for example Edward Kelly, one of the top featherweights in the promotion who will be the first man up for the famed Baguio-based promotion in 2019.“There’s an added pressure for me to perform and open the year on a high note for Team Lakay,” said Kelly who will face Evolve MMA’s Christian Lee from Singapore. “I am the first to fight this 2019 so I am planning to give it my all when I get inside that cage.” Phoenix Fuel Masters do ‘Bird Box’ challenge during team building for PBA Season 44 MANILA, Philippines—Being a member of Team Lakay undoubtedly gives anyone a feeling of pride especially with four ONE World champions fighting under its name.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 commentslast_img read more