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January 2020

SMB is No. 1

first_imgView comments The 6-foot-9 Aguilar missed practice Saturday and team trainers are doing everything to make him available for the Phoenix match.Another side also still in the mix for No. 2 is Alaska, which battles Mahindra in the 4:30 p.m. game.After San Miguel, the other teams are bunched up in the standings with idle Star also moving in contention with a 4-4 record like Alaska.Should the Aces win, they will be clashing with Phoenix and Rain or Shine to close out their elimination round schedule in matches that will be the KO type for them as far as the race for No. 2 is concerned.Ginebra battles NLEX on Jan. 29 at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT This week’s #KicksStalker pick: Chris Ross’ Jordan 15 Retro LATEST STORIES Gamboa officially assumes post as new PNP chief Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GlobalPort’s drive to gain the inside track on the second twice-to-beat privilege took a huge shot with the loss, the Batang Pier’s fourth in nine outings, as it shoved them down into a tie with Barangay Ginebra, Rain or Shine, TNT KaTropa and Phoenix Petroleum in the frenzied race for No. 2.Crucial clashFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThat would make the Ginebra-Phoenix clash at 6:45 p.m. at PhilSports Arena crucial for both, with the Gin Kings trying to win three straight games for the first time this season, which could equate to the huge quarterfinal incentive.Ginebra, though, might be forced to play the Fuel Masters without the high-flying Japeth Aguilar, who hyper-extended his right elbow after a bad fall following a breakaway dunk in the first half of a 99-90 win over Blackwater on Friday night. Santos finished with 31 points and 10 rebounds and fellow former MVP June Mar Fajardo had 19 and 15 in front of his provincemates.Marcio Lassiter had 22 points and Chris Ross had nine assists and three steals, the last of which led to the first of those Santos baskets. Ross picked a pass by KG Canaleta intended for Stanley Pringle, which set Santos up for a basket that made it 100-95.Pringle went on to finish with 21 points and lead the Batang Pier, who are trying to better a franchise-best Final Four appearance here last season. Terrence Romeo scored 16 and Canaleta 14 for GlobalPort.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESLAPU-LAPU CITY — Arwind Santos scored seven of San Miguel Beer’s last eight points to key a 106-100 win over GlobalPort last night, sealing No. 1 ranking in the PBA Philippine Cup playoffs for the Beermen before a boisterous throng at Hoops Dome here.Playing with very little on the line, the Beermen displayed the spunk defending champions are made of, with Santos finishing off two brilliant defensive plays inside the final 1:31 of the Petron Saturday Special Game that ultimately gave San Miguel a 9-1 record no other team can match even with two weeks left in the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Devance plays through pain, gives Ginebra a boost in Game 3 win

first_imgMunicipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG The 34-year-old Devance made his first appearance in the semis when he was inserted at the 4:36 mark of the first quarter. And 34 seconds later, Devance announced his return with a jumper that pushed the Gin Kings’ lead to 11, 15-4.“I don’t know if I inspired them. I just think they just came out and played with a little bit more desperation and a little bit inspired basketball,” said Devance, who played for 18 minutes and 34 seconds but sat out the fourth quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“My foot hurts. It’s in pain. It’s started to come back in the third quarter. In the fourth, it’s really painful. If coach was gonna call I was gonna try to suck it up so it’s a good thing he really didn’t need me because I think around the three-minute mark I told the trainer that my foot’s already hurting,” Devance recalled.Ginebra head coach Tim Cone and the rest of the Gin Kings knew how vital Devance’s role was in the much-needed victory. PBA IMAGESJoe Devance only had six points and six rebounds but his impact in Barangay Ginebra’s win over Star in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals goes beyond his numbers.Devance returned after missing three games due to plantar fasciitis in his left foot and though, his injury is still very much bothering him, the pain didn’t keep him from showing up for the Gin Kings when he was needed most.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m gonna play for sure,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s incredible. I don’t know very many players that would do that, but Joe takes pride in sacrificing for his teammates, sacrificing shots and playing through injury,” Cone said. “I thought his minutes out there were key. He gave us size and created more space. His basketball IQ is off the charts. We become a lot more intelligent team when he’s on the floor. He makes us smarter and better.”“He’s a big factor because he does a lot of things. I’m not just talking about points, but also his presence inside the court. He’s different as a leader,” said point guard LA Tenorio.But Devance doesn’t think he’s the reason why Ginebra won, but rather, it was a collective effort.“I don’t think it’s because of me. It’s for the fans. We kinda realized that we’re playing for each other and you know when all that sinks in, it’s like we’re playing for more than just ourselves so that what kinda sank in today,” he said.Devance said he’s going to play in Game 4 on Wednesday with Ginebra eyeing to level the best-of-seven series at 2-2.ADVERTISEMENT Paul Lee attributes Game 3 struggles to Ginebra defense Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View commentslast_img read more

UFC fighter’s Muslim father denied of US visa days before fight

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Cone to play ‘fresh’ Caguioa, Helterbrand after grueling Game 2 Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions MOST READ The elder Nurmagomedov and his wife, who are devout Muslims from the Russian Republic of Dagestan, are among those affected by an executive order banning citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US.Abdulmanap, an army veteran, is an instrumental figure in his son’s dominant career, and has served as his coach since he was young.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnIn one infamous video that emerged in 2013, a young Khabib was seen wrestling a bear under his father’s supervision. “Firstly, a child always wants his father to see what his son is capable of,” Abdulmanap told Russian media outlet ToFight.Ru, regarding his training methods. “It is a pity that there was nothing more interesting when he was younger. In the end, this was a test of character more than exercise.”The 28-year-old Nurmagomedov (24-0) has been ripping through the competition since joining the UFC in 2012, and is considered by many as a legitimate threat to current UGC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor.If he wins the interim title this Sunday, a title unification bout against the Irishman would most likely materialize sometime this year.“Don’t chicken out please,” Nurmagomedov issued a challenge to McGregor last year. “I know I’m a bad matchup for you but you are the champion and you need to fight the best. It’s OK. Die like an Irish warrior don’t run like a chicken.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member View comments Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Khabib “The Eagle” Nurmagomedov’s father won’t be in his corner come UFC 209, due to President Trump’s Muslim ban.  Photo from UFC.comUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) contender Khabib Nurmagomedov will finally have a chance to fight for UFC Interim Lightweight title against Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 this weekend.However, he will have to do so with a heavy heart, as his father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, will reportedly not be able to be in his corner come fight time, after being denied visa due to US President Donald Trump’s current immigration ban.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Phil revs Azkals Asian Cup bid but defense shows cracks

first_imgPhilippine Azkals vs Nepal in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup qualifiers. Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netPhilippine captain Phil Younghusband wasn’t about to let a penalty miss minutes earlier throw him off his game. Not when the Azkals are enduring one of their worst run of games in recent years and struggling to find the back of the net.So as soon as Mike Ott won the penalty in the 21st minute, the skipper—on his 87th appearance for the national team—immediately returned to the penalty spot and converted the goal that opened the floodgates of a 4-1 win over Nepal at the start of AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers Tuesday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT “My dad always told me that when you miss, you have to make the next one because if you miss again… that will play in your mind until you finally score,” said Younghusband.Younghusband scored twice in the space of three minutes in the first half to jack up his tally to 45 international goals, before Iain Ramsay added a third in the 28th minute as the Azkals snapped a four-match winless run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnJavi Patino was also on the scoresheet with his 72nd minute strike as the Azkals got their bid to claim a spot in the continental showpiece in the United Arab Emirates in 2019 off to a rousing start.Chinks in the Azkals’ armor showed, however, as the visitors, even with 10 men, managed to score through Bishal Rai just before halftime. MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu Lady Spikers back at 1 Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties The victory put the Azkals on top of Group F on goal difference ahead of Yemen, which beat Tajikistan, 2-1, in Doha, Qatar, early Wednesday.Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was glad to see his squad finally find the back of the net and winning. But he was critical of his defense for conceding a goal at the stroke of halftime.“I think it can be avoided, every goal can be avoided,” he said. “I’m a little bit upset at halftime, because even when you’re winning, 3-0, 4-0, 5-0, you should have enough urgency to do something when a chance like that happens.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

Inquirer top 7 UAAP women’s volleyball players: Week 9

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test The UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament is in its final two days but the Final Four spots are yet to be cemented.De La Salle and Ateneo are firmly on top at the first two seeds, but the third and fourth are still up for grabs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnUniversity of Santo Tomas is temporarily at the third spot with an 8-5 slate while University of the Philippines, Far Eastern University, and National University are squeezing in to fight for the fourth seed.But, enough of that, it’s all about the top players of this week and here they are.1. Mary Joy Baron (De La Salle University, middle blocker)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 3 La Salle’s Major Baron. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMary Joy Baron has been the presence for the defending champions this week as she helped De La Salle keep its immaculate second round and take the top seed with an 11-2 card.In the two games they’ve played, Baron averaged exactly 10 points per game but it was her 13-point performance against Adamson University that’s worth the notice.Baron took care of the scoring cudgels for the Lady Spikers with talisman Kim Kianna Dy taking a break after spraining her ankle in their Wednesday game against UST.2. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 3La Salle’s Dawn Macandili. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s been more than a month since Dawn Macandili made an appearance in this list, but that drought is over as the Best Digger and Best Receiver of Season 78 finally made her presence felt.Numbers really don’t do Macandili do justice, she did average 10 receptions and 17.5 excellent digs this past week, since her glorious defense is just mesmerizing to watch.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town MOST READ Fernandez makes good on threat, sues POC chief Cojuangco for libel Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte If Baron takes care of the aerial defense, Macandili takes care of those meteoric spikes that almost always result to points.Macandili is not afraid to throw her diminutive body straight to the floor, and if a ball’s on its way down it’s almost certain she put herself between it and the ground.3. Bernadeth Pons (Far Eastern University, outside hitter)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 2FEU’s Bernadeth Pons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe OG stat stuffer is back.Bernadeth Pons does not only score but she also does the little dirty work usually reserved for the liberos.The Lady Tamaraws made its case known as a credible Final Four threat winning their two games this week as they improved to 7-6 and it’s thanks to no small part to Pons’ efforts.Pons averaged 13.5 points and 11 receptions this week.She was also vital in their three-set win over NU, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, as she finished with 16 points and 16 receptions.4. Ria Meneses (University of Santo Tomas, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 1UST’s Ria Meneses (Middle). Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s the final week of the eliminations but there’s still a newcomer. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View comments LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Though UST went 1-1 this week, the Golden Tigresses win over the Lady Maroons was a vital one and Rondina was still involved in the bulk of her team’s offense.In UST’s past two games, Rondina averaged 13.5 points, the highest scoring average for UST this week.7. Kim Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 6Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKim Kianna Dy’s calling card this season has been consistency and that also speaks true to this list.Outside of Morado, Dy has the most appearances in this list.And though she played just one game this week, she missed the other due to injury, her 12 points against UST is still at par with her season average of exactly 12 points a game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ria Meneses announced her arrival to this list with a block party like no other.In their match against UP, with the winner taking sole possession of third seed, the reigning Best Blocker put up 10 points and eight those were blocks as UST won 25-20, 25-21, 25-16.This was a huge improvement after they lost in straight sets to La Salle, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, where Meneses did not register a single block.Meneses eight blocks against UP was four more than what the Lady Maroons put up.5. Jia Morado (Ateneo de Manila University, setter)Last week: 2Weeks on list: 7Ateneo’s Jia Morado. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThis is Jia Morado’s seventh appearance in this list but this is her second-lowest rank since she became the no.6 player in Week 3.Nevertheless, Morado is still, arguably, the best setter this season when she registered 26 excellent sets against UE with Ateneo improving to 11-2 ahead of its rematch against La Salle.Not only did Morado set up her teammates, she also did some scoring as she finished with nine points and the second-leading scorer in the win behind Kat Tolentino.6. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Last week: No. 7Weeks on list: 5UST’s Cherry Rondina. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCount on Cherry Rondina to always perform for the Golden Tigresses. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team placings, statistics and observation.It’s on to the final stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respitelast_img read more

NBA: Knicks exec Jackson says Anthony better off elsewhere

first_imgThere will be big international interest in the NBA playoffs LATEST STORIES Anthony, who has a no-trade clause in his contract and would have to sign off on any deal, admitted this week he found the back and forth during the season wearing.“If somebody was talking bad about you indirectly at your job, what would you do?” he said. “You would feel a certain way. You would want that person to come straightforward with you.”Jackson’s comments came a day after the Knicks exercised their option to keep the coaching legend as team president for the remaining two years on his contract.Jackson, 71, and the team could have gone their separate ways during the off-season under the terms of his five-year deal.Jackson is the most successful coach in NBA history, having led the Michael Jordan-inspired Chicago Bulls to six NBA championships between 1989 and 1998. He followed that with five NBA titles between 2000 and 2010 at the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government New York Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony (7) argues a call with referee Dan Crawford (43) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Feb. 5, 2014, in New York. AP FILENEW YORK, United States — The New York Knicks’ increasingly uneasy relationship with Carmelo Anthony appears to be nearing an end after club president Phil Jackson said Friday the star forward would be “better off somewhere else”.Speaking at a press conference after a season in which the Knicks failed to make the playoffs for a third straight campaign, Jackson indicated nine-time All-Star Anthony wasn’t a good fit for the team’s rebuilding plans.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out He retired from coaching in 2011 before joining the Knicks as an executive in 2014. Under Jackson as team president, on an annual salary of $12 million, the Knicks have gone 80-166. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test READ: NBA: Carmelo Anthony looks forward to exit meeting with Jackson“I think the direction with our team is that he would be better off somewhere else,” Jackson said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnTensions mounted between Jackson and Anthony in January, when a columnist known to be a confidant of Jackson wrote that the player had outlived his usefulness in New York.The two met in a bid to hash things out, with Anthony reportedly telling Jackson he wanted to stay put. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Round trip: Mike Brown returns to Cleveland with Warriors

first_imgAi-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend After he was fired for the second time by the Cavs, Brown had stepped outside the coaching circle, choosing instead to watch oldest son Elijah play hoops at New Mexico and filming his other son Cameron’s Friday night high school football games. All the while, he stayed connected by talking with San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, his mentor and former boss.Popovich urged him to join Kerr.Brown’s willingness to accept an assistant’s job despite 563 career regular-season wins and 47 in the playoffs underscores his humility. But that’s Brown: unassuming, ego-less, the consummate teammate.And while he hasn’t strayed from preparation and the attention he learned growing up in a military family, Brown has shown a willingness to change. He has loosened up. With the Warriors, he had no choice.Borrowing philosophies from other coaches, Kerr has created a loose atmosphere, believing a less-structured environment allows players to perform more freely and effectively. Kickball games are not uncommon and yoga is practiced regularly. Warriors practices typically begin with loud music booming through loudspeakers.It can be jarring to outsiders.“I remember the first few practices, me and Mike, we were new guys and we were looking at each other like: ‘This is how it goes down here?’” Durant said. “So it was an adjustment for both of us. It was great for me to have Mike to kind of like go through the season with me, and kind of help me out and help me get adjusted. It was different for both of us.”If things had gone differently, Brown might still be Cleveland’s coach. Given only one season on his return, he was dismissed despite a nine-win improvement and a colossal jump defensively. He still had four years left on his contract, and unfinished plans.Brown could be in demand again. Kerr’s health may prompt a reshuffling at Golden State, and there are certain to be other vacancies next season.Brown though, isn’t in any hurry to pack up, and he’s not viewing his trip to Cleveland as anything more than business. In 2007, the Cavs were no match for the powerful San Antonio Spurs, who overwhelmed Cleveland and swept the series. Brown can surely appreciate the irony in coming back as part of a juggernaut.“Circle of life,” Brown said last week. “Like the ‘Lion King,’ everything comes back around, I guess.”Brown’s Finals debut must seem like a lifetime ago for the 47-year-old, who guided the Warriors to an 11-0 mark in this postseason while Kerr battled intense pain stemming from back surgeries.“My guy did OK while I was gone,” Kerr said before the Warriors won Sunday night.During last year’s Finals in Cleveland, Brown met with Kerr about joining the Warriors staff and replacing Luke Walton, who was bound for the Los Angeles Lakers. The interview came before the Cavs rallied from a 3-1 deficit, and before Kevin Durant announced he was headed to the Bay Area.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA Finals ratings highest since Jordan’s last title in 1998 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, right, gestures next to interim head coach Mike Brown during the first half of Game 2 of basketball’s NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Oakland, California. APCLEVELAND — Mike Brown happily slid into his normal seat to coach Steve Kerr’s left for Game 2 of the NBA Finals. For the first time in weeks the Warriors were whole again.Brown has moved before — not always so willingly — and over the next few days he’ll return to a familiar place.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “I’m not looking at this as Cleveland fired me twice, this is the time to get back at them or is there any extra incentive?” he said. “I just want to win. I just want to be a part of a winning program and be the last team, quote/unquote, standing.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in MOST READ Golden State’s well-liked top assistant, whose first two stints as a head coach were to nurture a young LeBron James and then pamper Kobe Bryant, is heading to Cleveland, the city that shaped him more than any other.It’s where he was hired twice and fired twice by the Cavaliers, who are paying him until 2020. It’s where he raised his two sons. It’s where he rooted himself in the community and stayed after losing his job in 2014. And it’s where he still has a home and keeps one of his Harleys, which he took for cruises along Lake Erie to clear his mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“He loves those Harleys,” said Warriors forward Draymond Green. “That just means he has ’em in every city he goes to. That’s an addiction.”When Game 3 tips off Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) with the Warriors holding a 2-0 lead that feels insurmountable, Brown will be back in a building where he and James appeared in their first Finals together 10 years ago. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Salado posts triple-double as Racal sets D-League scoring record

first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Alibaba raced to a 38-20 first quarter lead and never looked back, extending the advantage to as high as 54, 140-86, late in the game.“We weren’t complacent even though we’re facing a new team. We just wanted to be ready against them and we just wanted to have a good start,” said Codiñera.Robby Celiz topped Zark’s Burger (0-3) with 28 points, five assists, and four rebounds, while Clark Bautista wound up with 17 markers in the loss.The Scores:RACAL MOTORS 140 – Tallo 26, Capacio 23, Cabrera 17, Ayonayon 13, Abrigo 11, Mangahas 11. Salado 11, Lozada 8, Apreku 7, Grimaldo 6, Faundo 4, Cortez 2, Bulawan 1, Dela Cruz 0. ADVERTISEMENT ZARK’S BURGER 90 – Celiz 28, Bautista 17, De Leon 13, Nalos 10, Juruena 6, Mangahas 6, Cudal 4, Cayabyab 3, Sheriff 2, Ferrer 1, Argamino 0.Quarters: 38-20, 66-43, 104-66, 140-90.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s a big achievement for Racal. I’m happy for them and I think, it’s good that we know they can score. It’s just the defense that we have to work on,” said coach Jerry Codiñera.Kent Salado also became only the third player to register a triple-double in the league as he commandeered the Alibaba with 11 points, 13 assists, and 10 rebounds in the win, joining the ranks of BDO-NU’s Bobby Ray Parks and Phoenix’s Mike Tolomia in the list. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundMac Tallo paced Racal with 26 markers, five assists, three rebounds, while Gwynne Capacio added 23 points.Roider Cabrera also had 17 markers powered by three triples, while Rian Ayonayon got 13 points, four dimes, and three rebounds. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Durant, Warriors rally to beat Cavs for 3-0 lead More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak LATEST STORIES Kent Salado. PBA IMAGESRacal Motors’ offensive outburst earned itself an entry in the history books as it hammered Zark’s Burger, 140-90, for its second victory Thursday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The 140-point turnout set the new PBA D-League record for most points scored, eclipsing the previous feat set by Tanduay in its 133-78 rout of Topstar ZC Mindanao Aguilas in last season’s Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Amer’s breakout conference earns him Gilas nod

first_imgBut despite his 25 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and three steals in Game 3, Amer’s efforts still weren’t enough as TNT bagged an 104-96 overtime win on Friday to advance to the semifinals, leaving the sophomore guard weeping as the buzzer sounded.READ: Reyes taps Alas, Amer to join Gilas poolFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“The opportunity was there for us to make it to the semis, but we fell short,” admitted a somber Amer in Filipino. “We’re going to wait again for next conference. We’ll go back to work. Whatever I showed this conference, I have to double my effort and continue working with coach Jimmy (Alapag) and coach Ronnie (Magsanoc).”But Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes didn’t fail to notice Amer’s hardwork, with the former San Beda standout earning a spot in the national team pool. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions TNT outlasts Meralco in OT to clinch semis seat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. That made things better for Amer, who is grateful for shot to don the national team colors anew.READ: Amer drops 32 as Bolts take q’finals to decider“I’m thankful to coach Chot. I look at it as a reward for all the hard work I’ve done. My teammates know and my coaches know how much I give to our practices,” he said.Amer also gets a chance to once again play alongside friends Kiefer Ravena, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, and Kevin Ferrer, all of whom were his teammates in the 2015 Southeast Asian Games.“I’m excited, more so because they’re all great players. That makes me strive harder because I’m with them and I can improve what I must improve on my game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend READ: Tired of losing, Amer gives Bolts another crack at semisHowever, Amer knows that his job with the national team is just getting started, as he braces for a tough competition to get a crack on Reyes’ final lineup.“I know I shouldn’t be comfortable with what I achieved in this conference. I’ll still work hard,” he vowed.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWith the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as his break out conference, Baser Amer has nothing to be ashamed of despite Meralco’s early exit.Averaging 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 4.2 assists this past conference, the Davao City native has fully embraced the lead playmaker role for the Bolts as he anchored the team to the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working View commentslast_img read more

Phil penalty shot sends Meralco back on top

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite The Sparks also got a superb effort from goalkeeper Jun Badelic, who stopped Josh Reyes’ effort in the 84th minute, preserving the victory for Meralco.The victory puts the Sparks two points clear of JPV Marikina, which can regain top spot with a win over Davao Aguilas in a match scheduled Sunday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Over at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City, Ceres Negros whipped Stallion Laguna, 5-2, for its third straight victory.Flaunting their attacking firepower, the Busmen had five different players scoring in front of the home crowd with Stephan Schrock setting the tone for the rout with his 12th minute strike. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SMB dynasty in the offing LATEST STORIES Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Phil Younghusband struck from the penalty spot and FC Meralco Manila came away with a gutsy 1-0 victory over Ilocos United as the Sparks regained top spot in the Philippines Football League on Saturday at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.Under a heavy downpour, Younghusband cooly sent his spot kick past Ilocos goalkeeper Baba Sampana in the 54th minute for his fifth goal of the season after a handball infraction on Ilocos inside the box as the Sparks upped their haul to 20 points from eight matches.ADVERTISEMENT Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavscenter_img Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LSU title parade draws massive crowds McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Goals from Jeffrey Christiaens, Iain Ramsay, OJ Porteria and Bienvenido Maranon highlighted a strong performance by coach Risto Vidakovic’s men.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more