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Batang Pier eye Amer, Newsome for Romeo

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo, for so long the face of the GlobalPort franchise in the PBA, is on the trading block, with Meralco showing keen interest in pursuing the national team point guard who earned a special place in the league’s record books after another sterling season.The Inquirer learned from a highly unimpeachable source that Romeo had asked to be traded during the last Commissioner’s Cup, and that GlobalPort management had opened initial talks with counterparts from Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PSL denies Iriga appeal on Soltones ban 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Brown finished an eight-year career with a 23.1 clip, while Adornado, who played 12 seasons, had a 20.4 average.During the last Philippine Cup, Romeo poured in 28.2 points a night, the highest scoring average in the last 25 seasons, according to chief statistician Fidel Mangonon III.Romeo, whose wish to be traded reportedly stems from his desire to play for a championship-caliber team, also led all locals in scoring in six of the last eight conferences.GlobalPort’s best finish has been a Final Four exit in the Philippine Cup two seasons ago.One of the architects of that batch, Pido Jarencio, is back calling the shots for the Batang Pier starting the 43rd season that opens on Dec. 17.Romeo earned a third straight scoring title in the past season after norming 23.3 points a contest that went with an impressive 5.5 assists and 3.7 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Amer, meanwhile, showed remarkable improvement in transitioning to the point guard spot last season and will be coming off the best year of his young career, averaging close to 12 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists a contest.A different source also bared that TNT KaTropa initially sought Romeo but wasn’t willing to let go of former No. 1 Draft pick Moala Tautuaa, a 6-foot-7 power forward whom the Texters are still waiting to blossom into a true force underneath.That transaction was brought to the table at the end of the Commissioner’s Cup, but TNT immediately shot down the proposal, wanting to let go of small men only.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Both parties, though, have yet to strike a deal with GlobalPort reportedly asking for Baser Amer and Chris Newsome, a candidate for Most Improved Player last season and the 2016 Rookie of the Year, respectively.The duo is practically the soul of the Bolts’ backcourt.Coach Norman Black reportedly doesn’t want to part with Newsome, his player in several champion Ateneo squads in the UAAP and one of his best defensive men together with the veteran Jared Dillinger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Inquirer tried to get the comment of Meralco officials to no avail at press time.Romeo joined all-time greats Ricky Brown and Bogs Adornado as the only players in league history to average more than 20 points in their first four seasons, with the former Far Eastern ace in the UAAP having a 20.3 average.last_img read more

Despite unbeaten record, Torres not rushing for a title shot

first_imgRaymond Aguilar, Cruz fill Slaughter’s big shoes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jomary Torres says that she’s just preparing for whoever fighter @ONEChampionship will have for her in the future. pic.twitter.com/fQ1cPweTox— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018 The 21-year-old Torres knocked out Osenio just 40 seconds into the match, proving that she’s one of the promotion’s rising stars in the strawweight class.“It feels good that I tested my mettle against a fighter from Team Lakay. I’m happy with the outcome,” she 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Whoever opponent ONE gives us, even if it’s short notice, we’re always prepared. We’re training three times a day and whoever opponent they put against Jomary, I know that she’s ready to accept that fight,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The win kept the Zamboangueña’s amazing climb up the ranks after her shocking second round submission win over Thai fan favorite Rika Ishige and a unanimous decision conquest against Indonesian Nita Dea last year.Torres feels she can still improve on a lot of things before aiming for loftier goals — especially a shot against newly-minted ONE women’s strawweight Champion Xiong Jingnan.“I’m developing my wrestling and boxing, same with my ground game,” she said. “We’re always ready.”Her coach Rene Catalan, though, said their camp is always ready for any opportunity that pops up.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo from ONE Championship.Jomary Torres has quickly emerged as one of the top contenders in her division but she feels that she’s yet to reach the championship-caliber level that she wants herself to be in.“I’d like to enjoy the win first. I think I’ll still have a hard time contending for the title,” she said after preserving her immaculate 4-0 record with a win over April Osenio in ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

NCAA jrs MVP Will Gozum commits to UP

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Gozum partners with Nigerian center Bright Akhuetie up front UAAP Season 81 as he joins a Fighting Maroons squad that boasts of potential with team captain Paul Desiderio and returnees Jun Manzo, Javi Gomez de Liaño, and UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year Juan Gomez de Liaño leading the way.Transferring from UPIS to Mapua, the 6-foot-6 Gozum made a name for himself in the NCAA, averaging 13.2 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.6 blocks in his senior year with the Red Robins.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 folkHis stellar showing also earned him an invite to Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” cadet list in preparation for the 2023 Fiba World Cup.For now, Gozum will reunite with the Gomez de Liaño brothers, his former teammates in the Junior Maroons, this time under the guidance of coach Bo Perasol. UP is coming off a fifth place finish this past UAAP Season 80 with its 6-8 record. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Win ‘feels like loss’ for Gab Banal, Marinerong Pilipino Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netNCAA Season 93 Juniors Most Valuable Player Will Gozum is set for a homecoming.The former Mapua Red Robin returns to Diliman as he has committed to play for University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

Viloria loses to Ukranian foe in flyweight title fight

first_imgCarpio 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 LATEST STORIES On the move Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Viloria. APBrian Viloria bowed to Ukranian Artem Dalakian via unanimous decision in their battle for the vacant WBA flyweight championship Sunday at The Forum in Inglewood, California.It was a dominating performance for the Ukranian, with all three judges scoring the bout, 118-109.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanocenter_img Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Viloria immediately found himself rocked in the first two rounds before recovering late in round two and settling himself in the next three rounds. He would then press on Dalakian in the seventh and eighth rounds, landing solid punches.That, however, seemed to be his last hurrah as Dalakian connected with a crushing hook to Viloria’s body in the ninth round as he continued to pummel “The Hawaiian Punch.”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 folkViloria was also bloodied in the 11th round after taking an inadvertent elbow to the forehead.Dalakian (16-0, 11 KOs) remained unbeaten and won the flyweight title vacated by Japanese Kazuto Ioka while Viloria (38-6, 23 KOs) saw his winning streak cut short at two. View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingslast_img read more

Popovich praises LeBron’s courage to speak on social issues

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James goes up for a dunk during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)CLEVELAND — San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich hopes LeBron James never stops speaking up.Long an admirer of Cleveland’s superstar, Popovich praised James for his activism and for being a role model to “millions” of kids. Popovich also defended James’ right to speak after he was recently criticized by Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham, who said the NBA’s most high-profile player should “shut up and dribble” after he criticized President Donald Trump.ADVERTISEMENT PSG striker Neymar off on stretcher after twisting ankle Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “To me, when I heard about that, it was just an unbelievable show of arrogance for a talking head to try and tell someone else if they can speak, what they can speak about and when and where to do it,” Popovich said before the Spurs faced James and the Cavaliers. “It’s just ludicrous, but to not have a feel for who this guy is.“I mean, think about when he came into public view, how young was he? And to this day he hasn’t missed a step, he hasn’t fallen off the ledge and he’s been a brilliant example for millions of kids, especially kids with lesser opportunity and haven’t had the same advantages as others.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“They see in this guy somebody who has consistently exhibited excellence in the workplace and gives them a voice and lets them know that you can speak about anything.”James and Popovich have developed a strong bond during their years together, facing each other three times in the NBA Finals. Popovich also was an assistant coach when James played on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Popovich said he’s never been around a player like James, who doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down at 33. And while Popovich marvels at James’ physical gifts, he’s more impressed by how the four-time MVP carries himself off the floor.James has had a major impact in Northeast Ohio with his community efforts. His foundation has supported kids in the Akron area to attend college tuition free, which is why Popovich was so put off by Ingraham’s remarks.“It’s kind of like the ‘Black Panther’ movie,” Popovich said. “How cool is that for kids to see that, to have that superhero? Well, LeBron’s been that for a long time. For somebody to be totally numb to that and attack him in such a childish way really speaks more volumes about that individual than it does LeBron. He’s very, very special. We should all be very proud that we have someone like that who’s willing to speak about a variety of topics and you listen to them all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Popovich shrugged off his links to James.“His career is way bigger than he and Pop,” Popovich said with a laugh. “There’s a great respect that goes both ways, for sure. I love the guy. But I guess we’ve both been around for a while and competed a few times and we’ve each won and lost. But it’s never been an individual sort of thing. He’s always been a team guy and hopefully I’m the same way.”Following San Antonio’s 110-94 win over Cleveland, James said he appreciated Popovich’s words. He also intends to remain vocal about his beliefs.“For me as an athlete and for me as a role model, I just try to do my part to help these kids and the youth understand how important their lives are and they can become anything in this world,” James said. “No matter the negativity that may be going on around them, there’s always a brighter side. For me, while I have this platform, I will continue to do that and continue to lend my voice and lend my spirit and lend my inspiration to these kids, because I know exactly what they’re going through because I was one of them at one point in time not too long ago.“Pop is definitely one of my all-time favorite people that I’ve ever crossed paths with in my life.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Monday roars that sound like Sunday when Woods arrives

first_imgLATEST STORIES Tiger Woods hits his tee shot on the eighth hole during practice for the Masters golf tournament at Augusta National Golf Club, Monday, April 2, 2018, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)AUGUSTA, Ga. — The roar sounded like Sunday at Augusta National.This was Monday afternoon, and it was so sudden and thunderous that it reached the clubhouse. It was loud enough to startle spectators who wondered what they had missed. They had a pretty good idea who it was.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters He hasn’t won the Masters since 2005, so long ago that only 18 players from then are in the field this year, and 15 of them are Masters champions.“You hear guys talk about the early 2000s and that intimidation factor,” said Rickie Fowler, who made his major championship debut 10 years ago at Torrey Pines, where Woods won his 14th and last major. “The young guys in a way have heard about that. I think they’re getting to see some of that as far as his presence and him being out on the golf course and getting a glimpse of what he’s capable of. But I think we relish the opportunity to play against him and see him back to maybe close to where he was.”Monday is typically a lazy practice round at the Masters, which has only 87 players competing this year. Most players have been to Augusta National over the last few weeks to get acquainted with any subtle changes and recall sight lines. That’s the heavy work, followed by a light load in the practice rounds this week to conserve energy.So it was unusual to see so many people, so late in the afternoon, chasing after Woods.He is not a one-man show when it comes to slipping on the green jacket. Rose badly wants one, especially after missing a short par putt on the 17th hole and losing in a playoff last year. So does Jason Day, who still hasn’t watched the 2013 highlights when he lost a two-shot lead with three holes to play and saw Adam Scott become the first Australian to win the Masters.Rory McIlroy is going for the career Grand Slam. It’s a long list of contenders, typical of a sport that is getting deeper with talent each year.But when it comes to star power, collectively they don’t match the impact of Woods. That much was evident by the size of the galleries and the spike in the television ratings when he was on or near the leaderboard on Sunday during three Florida tournaments.“I think when it comes to Tiger and the Tigermania that comes with it, everyone wants to see him win and play the way he did before,” Day said. “Everyone is kind of champing at the bit for him to kind of get here and see how he’s moving and everything. I think everyone is kind of solely focused on Tiger and what he’s going to do here and seeing if he can get to No. 15. But that’s fine with us. That’s fine with me.”Day believes it can only help him, McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and many others not get caught up in the hoopla and go about trying to get into contention. And if Woods happens to be there on Sunday, then no worries. Or maybe fewer worries.“I think on my good day I’ve got a good chance of beating him. I honestly believe that,” Day said. “I think that there’s 10, 20 other guys out there that honestly believe they can beat Tiger as well at his good day. … But there’s going to be a buzz around Augusta this week with Tiger being on the grounds, and it’s going to be exciting to see.”center_img Tiger Woods is back at the Masters.Woods teed off with Justin Thomas and Fred Couples shortly before 3 p.m. when thousands of fans were making their way toward the exit. Thousands more crowded around the tee, lined the first fairway and followed him down the par-5 second hole. Some of them rushed over to the third hole to stake out a spot. Most of them surrounded the second green, and they were responsible for all the noise when Woods chipped in from behind the green.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 crownAbout the only thing missing was a beam of light from the heavens.Any talk about this being one of the most anticipated Masters in years starts with one player. Woods is at Augusta National for the first time since 2015, at least with his golf clubs, and he showed during the Florida swing of the PGA Tour that he is more than capable of winning a fifth green jacket. Osaka, Gavrilova among seeds advancing at Volvo Car Open In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When Tiger walked onto the range today, you can tell there’s an anticipation and an excitement from the crowd to watch him compete again,” Justin Rose said.Woods was at Augusta National last year only for the Champions Dinner, and it wasn’t much fun. If the pain in his lower back wasn’t enough, it was looking out at the course he loves and knowing that he wouldn’t be playing the major he calls a “players’ heaven” for the second straight year, and maybe never.Fusion surgery — his fourth on his lower back in four years — followed a few weeks later.And now it looks as though he never left.Woods still hasn’t won a tournament in the five PGA Tour events he has played this year, but he has shot par or better in his last 10 rounds. He was runner-up by one shot at the Valspar Championship. He was one shot out of the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational until indecision sent his tee shot on the 16th hole out of bounds.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View commentslast_img read more

Lakers jeopardize Spurs playoff bid with OT win

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “To beat them multiple times in a season for a young team that’s kind of finding themselves is a nice accomplishment, but they are most likely still going to the playoffs this year and we’re not,” Walton said.TIP-INSSpurs: Rudy Gay had 14 points off the bench. … Manu Ginobili (rest) did not play. … San Antonio was outscored 21-9 in fast-break points, including an 11-2 disparity in the first quarter. … The Spurs’ magic number to clinch their 21st consecutive playoff berth remains two.Lakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his fourth consecutive game because of a left knee contusion. … F Brandon Ingram remains in concussion protocol and missed his third straight game. … The Lakers set a single-season franchise record with 782 3-pointers, breaking the previous mark of 774 in 2013-14. … The Lakers wore their Minneapolis throwback uniforms.ALMOST PERFECTFrye was 8 of 9 from the field, but his only miss had his teammates and Walton laughing at the veteran’s expense after whiffing on an uncontested dunk at the start of the fourth quarter.“It was funny because after that he made that 3 that hit the top of the backboard and fell in. I turned to him and said, ‘Stick to that,’” Hart said.DEFENSIVE SWITCHAldridge had 14 points in the first half and 12 more in the third quarter before Walton decided to start double-teaming him. The adjustment worked, forcing Aldridge to become a facilitator.“He does what he’s supposed to do, get rid of the ball, and now it’s up to the rest of the players to attack and make plays,” Gasol said.UP NEXTSpurs: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday.Lakers: Host the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Los Angeles Lakers center Brook Lopez (11) is fouled by San Antonio Spurs’ Pau Gasol (16) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)LOS ANGELES — Kyle Kuzma and the Los Angeles Lakers easily could have surrendered to fatigue on the second night of a back-to-back late in the season against a team fighting for playoff positioning.Instead, the Lakers found the resolve to end a three-game losing streak.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Batang Gilas barges into Fiba Asia U-16 quarters “It’s unreal, but it can happen,” said Pau Gasol, who had 11 points and 12 rebounds. “Those guys played with no fear. They have the green light to get them up, they made a lot of tough shots, and it hurt us.”Dejounte Murray had 23 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, and Patty Mills scored 15 points, but the Spurs lost their seventh straight on the road.Josh Hart had a chance to win it in regulation for the Lakers, but his layup hit the back of the rim and went off the front as time expired.The Lakers swept the Spurs for the first time since 1997-98, relying on their second unit to fight back from an eight-point deficit in the third quarter. Channing Frye scored 19 points off the bench, and Tyler Ennis added 10 points and seven assists.Walton was pleased with the sweep, but downplayed the idea it represented a significant achievement for a young team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Kuzma scored six of his 30 points in overtime and the Lakers swept the three-game season series against the San Antonio Spurs with a 122-112 victory on Wednesday night.Kuzma, who became first rookie in NBA history with 1,200 points, 450 rebounds and 150 3-pointers in a season, made a 3-pointer and a sky hook to start overtime and give the Lakers a lead they would not relinquish. Los Angeles outscored the Spurs 14-4 in the period.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“Tonight I could tell he wasn’t going to ask to come out of that game. He was going to fight through it,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Kuz, it’s fun watching him compete at that level when he gets in that zone.”LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points for the Spurs, who lost on back-to-back nights at Staples Center and are tied with Oklahoma City for fifth place in the Western Conference, a half-game behind Utah. The Spurs and Thunder both have three games remaining.last_img read more

Austria on SMB’s Grand Slam chances: ‘It’s still a long shot’

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But  coach Leo Austria knows better not to get too ahead of himself, calling it a “long shot.”It doesn’t mean that the multi-titled coach lacks confidence in what this San Miguel squad could do as the Beermen came close to attaining the rare feat last season but finished sixth in the season-ending Governors’ Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“Every game is like a championship game. If that will be given to us, we will surely achieve it. But we know that for us to have a chance to get the Grand Slam, you have to work doubly hard so that you can pass the challenge that has been given to us,” he said.What he can take pride on is how he was able to turn the page for San Miguel, which was once an all-star team that has struggled to achieve success to the juggernaut that it is right now. 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETDominant may be an understatement when talking about a team as strong as the current San Miguel.That means once again, the Beermen find themselves in the conversation among some of the league’s best teams which in puts pressure on them to achieve only a handful squads were able to do in the 43-year history of the PBA: win a Grand Slam.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I knew that winning championships wouldn’t be easy, but I’m confident that I can change the culture of the team,” he said as he reflected on the journey the Beermen had since he assumed the post in 2014.Since Austria’s installment as the team’s head coach, San Miguel went 6-of-6 in the championship series, with the last triumph coming this past 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“We now have a winning tradition that became a lifestyle for the players. We now have the heart of a champion which we banked on anytime we’re down because we know how to win,” he said.It’s the same reason why he’s excited for what the future holds, not only for the imminent arrival of top draft pick Christian Standhardinger, but also with how the team has worked flawlessly as a singular unit.“Ever since, this team keeps on improving and improving, and now that they have a lot of experience, that helps us and you can see that in our games. We’re winning because of our camaraderie and that led to what has been our good chemistry. As they say, ‘Iba ang may pinagsamahan.’”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img RELATED VIDEO Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Viernes reunites with coach Tiu at Che’Lu, this time as the team’s veteran 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 — NDRRMClast_img read more

Pons eyes revenge against La Salle in FEU title bid

first_imgPons averaged 18.5 points in those two matches and she is determined to avenge those losses against a La Salle team that has appeared in the championship round for 10 straight seasons.“Those matches in the first and second rounds were really close and it’s just unfortunate that we lost both,” said Pons, who is playing on her first title series. “I’m really excited to take those losses back against La Salle.”Pons, could be playing in the last three games of her collegiate career, is aware of the disparity between the experience levels of the two teams but the outgoing Lady Tamaraw said they can counteract it through sheer unflappable will.FEU last won the title in Season 70 and last appeared in the finals in Season 71 where it lost to, as fate had it, La Salle.“Yes they’re well ahead in terms of experience because they’ve been fighting for the championship for so long but we’re always reminded that we should fight for every point,” said Pons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The finals series of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament isn’t just about the matchup between defending champion De La Salle and the league’s winningest team in Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT On a larger scale this would pit two of the most successful schools in a finals rematch that waited 10 years to happen, but on the micro level there is another narrative that had brewed in a matter of months.La Salle, a 10-time champion, beat 29-time champion FEU twice in the eliminations and those losses have lit a fire inside Bernadeth Pons that the skipper of the Lady Tamaraws plan on unleashing in the finals.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“I’m excited to get back at La Salle,” said Pons in Filipino Wednesday at FEU in a chat with Inquirer.The two FEU-La Salle matches in the eliminations were undoubtedly classics with both games ending in fives sets and the Tamaraws can add to thatrivalry on Saturday in the first game of the championship round. LATEST STORIES MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “La Salle won’t stop until the end, so we should triple our effort because this is our first time going into the finals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Aiken plays better in 2nd game for Dyip, but still ‘up for evaluation’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Tang: Blazers near top form ahead of NCAA season

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRegardless of what happens in their 2018 Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup campaign, College of St. Benilde head coach TY Tang is already looking forward to their upcoming NCAA season.Tang credited his players after going deep in the tournament before succumbing to defending champion San Beda, 78-71, in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT 7-time champ Serena Williams gets smooth draw at Wimbledon “What we’re doing is basically trying to find someone [in the team] who has that difference in them and hopefully we can convert that into a right mix for us,” Tang said. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I’d say we are almost there. A few things that we have to polish more and I think we’ll be good this coming NCAA season,” Tang said.Tang said they’re getting ready for Season 94 regardless of the result of their bronze medal match against Far Eastern University on Saturday.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 crownUnder the steady guidance of Tang, St. Benidle turned heads in the preseason after coming out on top of the elimination round of the tournament.“Definitely, the right mix of players is very important. As you can see, it is very hard, especially for our school right now, to choose players.” 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 View commentslast_img read more