MISSED CHANCE Eden Hazard had Chelsea’s best chance for an equaliser when Cesc Fàbregas found him in the area around the hour mark, but he blasted his shot well high under pressure from Laurent Koscielny. Goalkeeper Petr Cech, making his full debut for Arsenal against his former team after transferring from Chelsea during the off season, then made his only difficult save in the 68th when he punched away Oscar’s free kick at the near post. Radamel Falcao made his Chelsea debut when he came on as a substitute for Loïc Rémy in the second half but was kept largely quiet. Both teams fielded near full-strength teams. The only changes from Arsenal’s side that won the FA Cup final last season was Cech in goal and Oxlade-Chamberlain starting instead of Alexis Sanchez, who was given an extended break after winning the Copa America with Chile. Diego Costa was the only notable absence for Chelsea as he was rested with a hamstring problem. Santi Cazorla could have added a second for Arsenal in the 86th but hit a weak shot straight at the onrushing Thibaut Courtois and Aaron Ramsey lobbed the rebound just wide. Courtois then denied Kieran Gibbs when he was clear on goal in injury time. “I believe that when we got out of our defence we looked dangerous to score,” Wenger said “But I think maybe, in our half, we were a bit cautious.” LONDON (AP): Arsene Wenger finally earned his first win over José Mourinho yesterday as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s first-half goal gave Arsenal a 1-0 victory over Chelsea in the Community Shield. Oxlade-Chamberlain received the ball on the right edge of the area in the 24th minute and cut inside César Azpilicueta before hitting a left-footed shot inside the top far corner to decide the traditional curtain-raiser between last season’s Premier League and FA Cup winners at Wembley Stadium. Wenger had not beaten Mourinho in 13 previous meetings – a rivalry stoked by plenty of verbal barbs between the two and which shows no sign of dying down. Wenger didn’t shake hands with the Chelsea manager after the game, and Mourinho said Arsenal had left “their philosophy in the dressing room” by playing defensively in the second half. “The best team lost. And the defensive team won,” said Mourinho – who is usually the one being accused by others of deploying overly defensive tactics. Wenger acknowledged that his players may have been affected by their recent struggles against Chelsea but that his own winless streak against Mourinho “didn’t play on my mind at all. “But as long as I get it served every time in press conferences it can have an impact on the team,” he said. “It was important for them to get that hurdle out of the way.” And the Arsenal manager may be tempted to see this win as another sign that his team is finally ready to challenge for the Premier League title again when the season starts next week. However, Arsenal beat Manchester City 3-0 in last year’s Community Shield only to falter early in the league before finishing third – and defender Per Mertesacker was careful not to read too much into the victory. “It’s still preseason,” Mertesacker said. “But it keeps our confidence high. I think we deserved it.” Mourinho responded to the defeat by throwing his losers’ medal into the crowd before leaving the pitch.
LONDON (AP):Newcastle’s troubled season lurched to another low when the Premier League strugglers were knocked out of the Capital One League Cup by second-tier Sheffield Wednesday, while Liverpool only avoided embarrassment against fourth-tier Carlisle United by winning on penalties yesterday.Liverpool only led briefly in the first half at Anfield through Danny Ings’ goal, with Derek Asamoah quickly levelling to force the game into extra time. In the shoot-out, Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan made three saves on his debut to ensure Carlisle was beaten 3-2 in the third round.Newcastle’s home humiliation to a second-string Wednesday side came as Steve McClaren remains winless this season in the Premier League after six games in charge. Lewis McGugan netted for only the second time this season, on his fourth appearance to send Wednesday through with a 1-0 win.Arsenal eliminated Tottenham in a north London derby, with the 2-1 victory secured by Mathieu Flamini grabbing his first career double on his first appearance of the season. Defender Calum Chambers had scored an own goal to level the game before Flamini’s sublime first-time volley sent Arsenal into the fourth round.”I had a point to prove, I haven’t played for a while,” the 31-year-old Flamini said. “But I’m working hard.”Four other Premier League teams had no problem dispensing of lower-league teams.Anthony Martial made it four goals in four games at the start of his Manchester United career by completing a 3-0 victory over Ipswich.Other results: Walsall 1 Chelsea 4; MK Dons 0 Southampton 6; Crystal Palace 4 Charlton 1, Norwich 3 West Brom 0.FOURTH-ROUND DRAWEverton vs NorwichHull vs LeicesterLiverpool vs BournemouthMan City vs Crystal PalaceMan United vs MiddlesbroughSouthampton vs Aston VillaSheffield Wednesday vs ArsenalStoke vs Chelsea
SUNDERLAND, England (AP):Christian Benteke scored a winning goal for the second straight game as Liverpool beat Sunderland 1-0 in the English Premier League to stay in the hunt for Champions League qualification yesterday.The striker pounced on a flicked pass from Adam Lallana to place a low finish into the bottom corner, just 22 seconds into the second half. Benteke earned Liverpool a 1-0 victory over Leicester on Saturday, too.Liverpool climbed to seventh in the standings, tied for points (30) with Manchester United but behind their great rivals on goal difference, and five points off the top four with exactly half the season gone.Sunderland stayed next to last with their fifth straight loss in December, and fell seven points from safety as recently hired manager Sam Allardyce struggles to turn around the fortunes of the perennial relegation contenders. Sunderland’s home game against last-place Aston Villa on Saturday assumes even greater significance.It was Benteke’s sixth goal in seven career games against Sunderland – more than he has scored against any other club.”I came to Liverpool to try to score a lot of goals; I’m in good shape,” said Benteke, who has six league goals this season. “I hope I can keep it up.”
Now score it Lionel Messi 5, Cristiano Ronaldo 3.Messi won the Ballon d’Or trophy yesterday as the world’s best player in 2015, ending Cristiano Ronaldo’s two-year hold on soccer’s top individual honor.”It’s incredible that it’s my fifth,” said the 28-year-old Barcelona and Argentina forward, who won four straight FIFA awards from 2009-12.Messi earned his record-extending fifth after being runner-up to his great rival for the past two years.”It’s a very special moment for me to be back here on the stage,” Messi said in Spanish in his acceptance speech, “after being there in the audience watching Cristiano win.”Five major titles for Barcelona last year – leaving none for Ronaldo’s Real Madrid – brought the golden ball back into Messi’s hands. It was not even close.Messi got 41.33 percent of total voting points in a 23-candidate ballot. Ronaldo received 27.76 percent and third-place Neymar, Messi’s Barcelona teammate from Brazil, got 7.86 percent. Voting was by national team captains and coaches, plus invited journalists, from FIFA member countries.It was a stellar night for Barcelona and the World Cup-winning United States women’s team.best coachLuis Enrique was named best coach after guiding Barcelona to win the Champions League, Spain’s La Liga and cup, UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.The women’s awards were won by U.S. captain Carli Lloyd and coach Jill Ellis.Lloyd stood out by scoring six World Cup goals, including a stunning hat-trick in the opening 16 minutes of a 5-2 rout of Japan in the final.”I honestly wouldn’t be sitting up here, standing up here, without my incredible teammates,” said Lloyd, who made the three-player shortlist for the first time at age 33.Lloyd got 35.28 per cent of the voting points, ahead of Germany’s Celia Sasic with 12.6 percent. Third-place Aya Miyama of Japan got 9.88 percent. Sasic also scored six goals in Canada to win the tournament Golden Boot, then retired aged just 27.Ellis won the coaching award in women’s football ahead of two men: Japan coach Norio Sasaki and Mark Sampson, who led England to third place at the World Cup.English-born Ellis got the most dominating win. She scored 42.98 percent, ahead of Sasaki on 17.79 percent and Sampson’s 10.68 percent.Pep Guardiola, now coaching Bayern Munich, placed second to his former teammate yesterday, getting 22.97 percent against for 31.08 per cent for Barcelona’s Luis Enrique. Neither could attend due to team commitments. Chile coach Jorge Sampaoli placed third, on 9.47 percent, for guiding the host to a first Copa America title.Messi lost out in the Puskas Award for most beautiful goal to Wendell Lira of Brazil. Lira’s bicycle kick for Goianesia against Atletico-GO in a league game topped an online poll that logged more than 1.6 million votes.
BRAVO BAT WELL Bravo did bat well, unbelievably well on a fifth-day pitch, probably the best by a West Indian on a fifth-day pitch. At close on Sunday, the West Indies were 95 for two, Bravo and Samuels were not out, and the hope of a stunning and surprising win was still alive. As fate would have it, Samuels was out to the first ball of the day, and although Bravo batted on to score 116 runs off 249 deliveries, the 251 runs that were then needed, the target of 346 runs was always a little too far. It was always a distant dream. When all was said and done, it would have been the seventh-highest total to win a Test match. And it might have been, but for some cricket earlier on, but for Bravo’s late dismissal, and but for some careless running between the wickets at the end. It was just six runs less than Sri Lanka made against South Africa in 2006 to win a match. It was always a challenge, a stiff one at that, and against one like Yashir Shaw on a turning pitch, it was almost improbable, if not impossible, for a team like the West Indies team at the moment. Pakistan’s batsman played terribly in that second innings, and maybe it was because of their impressive first-innings performance. It was, however, some good bowling by Bishoo, some good batting by Bravo, and the hope is that they will continue to perform in such manner, not in taking eight wickets all the time, not in scoring a century every time, but in bowling well and in batting well most of the time. This West Indies team is not the best in the world, but it is also not so bad that a little pride, a little fight, a little discipline in their play, and a little improvement in the thought process cannot change. What happened in Dubai last Sunday should help to convince the fans that all is not lost in West Indies cricket, that the performance of the team does not necessarily depend on the performance of the board, and that what happens on the field depends almost entirely on the players. The players are the ones who play the game. After facing a massive 579 for three declared and the dreaded follow-on, the West Indies routed Pakistan, the number-two ranked team in the world, for next to nothing and battled into the last hour of the Test match to lose by 56 runs and 12 overs, and that, after batting once for 123.5 overs and again for 109 overs. It was the second-highest number of overs the West Indies had ever batted in the second innings of a Test match. The first Test match against Pakistan ended in Dubai last Monday in a thrilling, exciting, and almost dramatic fashion. It ended, surprisingly, in almost victory for the West Indies. Going into the match short on confidence after being the beating stick of almost of every jack man in cricket, and after losing the T20 and the ODI assignments 6-0, and easily at that, the expectation going into the Test match was for nothing less than a 3-0 thumping. And against Pakistan, who, despite their previous showing against England in England, are known as cricket’s most inconsistent performers, good today and unrecognisably bad tomorrow. And after getting away to an astonishing start at 215 before the first wicket fell, to 352 before the second wicket, to 517 before the third wicket fell, and to reach 579 for three declared, with Azhar Ali posting 302 not out, the feeling was “here we go again” with a sound thrashing in sight. It was even worse when, under different circumstances, the West Indies’ best bowler, Devendra Bishoo, finished with two wickets for 125 runs off 35 miserable overs. The end, however, was not as many expected it be. The West Indies, instead of crumbling on what the West Indians described as a slow, unkind pitch, surprisingly put up a fairly good show, with top batsmen Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels contributing nicely to a first innings of 357 runs. Not surprisingly, Pakistan did not enforce the follow-on, preferring, as most captains do these days, to bat the opposition out of the Test match. The plan, no doubt, was to get around 180, or so, for the loss of a few wickets, add that to their lead of 222, and to leave themselves with enough time to bowl out the West Indies a second time. You can bet your bottom dollar that after scoring such a massive first-innings score, and that having things easy, Pakistan never even figured, at that time, that they could lose the match. They would just go, rattle up a few runs, and let loose leg-spinner Yashir Shaw on the fifth-day pitch. Bishoo, the right-arm leg-spinner, who, a few years ago, was named the best young cricketer of the year, but who never lived up to his potential, had other ideas, however, and in a short while, in 31.5 overs, Pakistan were in and out, rolled over for 123. Bishoo, “bowling straighter and at the stumps” than in the first innings when he “bowled short and at a fourth or fifth stump outside the off-stump”, ripped through Pakistan’s batting, claiming eight wickets for 49 runs off 13.5 overs. The end really came quickly, and Pakistan really realised that they were in danger, not when they were 112 for 4, but when their last six wickets crashed for 11 runs. “I pitched the ball up, I pitched it on the wicket and in the rough, and that was that. We had a chance of winning the Test match,” Bishoo said. Some time around 10:30 on Sunday morning, Reds Perreira telephoned me from St Lucia. He asked me if I had heard the score, and he told me Pakistan were 121 for eight and that Bishoo had picked up six wickets. Fifteen minutes or so later, Easton McMorris, as he usually does, telephoned me and asked me if I thought that we could win. “Win what?” I asked him. “The Test match”, McMorris said. “You don’t hear the score? We bowled them out for 123 … Bishoo run through them.” It was then that I sat up straight. “Maybe. Three hundred and forty-odd is a lot to get, especially on a turner. Bravo and Samuels will have to bat out of their skin for us to win.” After that, my telephone kept ringing all day. People kept calling and asking, as if I had a crystal ball in my hand, if the West Indies would win, or if they could win. If Bravo and Samuels both bat well, maybe they could.
PRIORITY “My priority is always the West Indies. I want to be part of all three formats, and I want to be on that New Zealand tour next,” the all-rounder said here this week. “If I’m not in New Zealand, and an opportunity presents itself here – I’m not in New Zealand for whatever reason, and I’m available – I’d love to come back to Sydney and the BBL.” Brathwaite’s commitment to West Indies was already evident in his decision to return to the Caribbean following the Thunder’s final preliminary game on Wednesday, to represent his native Barbados Pride in the Regional Super50. The tournament, the Caribbean’s premier 50-overs competition, is a requirement for West Indies players in order to be eligible for selection in the ODI format. STAT SPOT Brathwaite’s batting bundle Tests – 3 Runs – 181 High Score – 61 ODIs – 20 Runs – 228 High Score – 33* T20 – 13 Runs – 99 High Score – 34* SYDNEY, Australia (CMC): West Indies star Carlos Brathwaite has reiterated his commitment to playing international cricket, despite the demand for his services in Twenty20 leagues across the globe. The 28-year-old has been an instant hit with Sydney Thunder in the ongoing Australia Big Bash and already the franchise are weighing up the possibility of securing his services for next season. However, West Indies are scheduled to tour New Zealand from November 2017 to January 2018 for three Tests, five One-Day Internationals and one T20I – a series that will clash with the early stages of the Big Bash, which bowls off a week before Christmas. And Brathwaite, who is trying to forge an international career in all three formats, said he was focused on making the Windies squad for the full series.
OLD RIVAL ZEPHYR enjoys a 5.0kg swing with old rival LITTLE BIG HORN and even with in-form champion jockey Omar Walker now taking the ride aboard the latter, the Wayne Parchment-rained ZEPHYR is given the edge in a nine-strong field. BIG BLACK NATION, the mount of 3.0kg claiming apprentice Anthony Thomas, has not been running badly for trainer Fitzroy Glipsie this season and could provide the answer to the knotty looking fourth race over a mile in which 13 have been declared. Horses such as BOUNCE, WARTIME, PIANO MAN, HEY CHAMP, KAMALI STAR and JON MARSHALL will all have their supporters in a race of this nature, but BIG BLACK NATION could prove best of all from the convenient mark of 53.0kg. The last two races in the first Super-6 should be won by the well- forward firrst time runner TIZ A VIBE (working well for trainer Anthony Nunes, Steadman up) and down in class RALLY BABY under champion apprentice Bebeto Harvey for trainer Richard Azan in the sixth race over the straight. With fancied horses such as SEEKING MY DREAM, CRAFTY STAR and smart newcomer TWILIGHT DREAMS dominating last Saturday’s meet at Caymanas Park, both the Pick-9 and Super-6s start anew on tomorrow’s 11-race programme with guaranteed minimums of $1 million and $750,000, respectively. On a day when the three-old fillies and colts will undergo their final Guineas prep races in the Thornbird Stakes and Prince Consort Stakes over 1400 metres, the Pick-9 will embrace races three to 11, the first Super-6 from race one to six, the twilight Super-6 from race six to 11. We look at the first Super-6 which commences with a 3-y-o maiden race over 1200 metres to be contested by 11 starters, including the likely favourite, LAWS OF THE CODE, who has been narrowly beaten in her last two races. Owned and trained by Carl Anderson who is enjoying tremendous form this season, LAWS OF THE CODE obviously has less to do in present company judging from her close second to ROGAMMA on March 4 and also to LIGHTNING LILY behind a fast time (1:06.4) over 1100 metres on February 25. Coming back with a mere 51.0kg by virtue of the apprentice Javaneil Patterson 2.0kg claim, should lead home RAKSHA with former champion Wesley Henry aboard. Twelve maiden five-year-olds have been declared for the second race over 1300 metres and while at first glance it has a difficult look about it, on closer examination the winner should come from a trio comprising MR COOKIE (Henry up), BRAVE HEART (Linton Steadman) and MOUNT ZION KING (Odean Edwards). All three figured prominently last time out, MOUNT ZION KING failing by 3/4 lengths to beat WISE JOHNNY over the straight on March 1. BRAVE HEART, on the other hand, beat all barring KHOSHAKEL over 1100 metres on February 11, while MR COOKIE ran well against four-year-olds (behind SMASH AMUSEMENT) over 1400 metres on February 13 and could well start favourite given Henry’s presence. Preference is for the Colin Ferguson-trained MOUNT ZION KING, but only just from MR. COOKIE from the Terence McWhinney stable. They all have the consistent ZEPHYR, with competent apprentice Jerome Innis aboard, to beat in the third race over the straight. The four-year-old chestnut filly was 21/4 lengths third to LORD EQUUS and LITTLE BIG HORN over 1300 metres recently and prior to that went down fighting by half a length to LOTTERY TICKET and again to LIKE A LADY in fast run 1100-metre races. FIRST SUPER-6 FANCIES (1) LAWS OF THE CODE (2) MOUNT ZION KING/ MR COOKIE (3) ZEPHYR/LITTLE BIG HORN (4) BIG BLACK NATION/ BOUNCE (5) TIZ A VIBE (6) RALLY BABY/ SAMORA
The final of the women 4x200m relays (9:21 p.m.) as well as men 4x100m (9:36 p.m.) relays will be contested later in the night after the heats. Jamaica will also be in action in the heats of the men and women 4x400m relay. The women will have Kenya, Botswana, Poland and Germany for company in their 8:57 p.m. heat while the male team will face Brazil, Venezuela, Czech Republic, Kenya and Botswana in their 9:36 p.m. heat. Javon Francis will lead the men 4x400m team and will be joined by Demish Gaye, Steven Gayle and Peter Matthews. Jamaica’s female 4x400m team have retained two members from the team that won the silver at the last championships, in Christine Day and Stephenie-Ann McPherson. The other members of the team are Verone Chambers, Shericka Jackson, Anneisha McLaughlin-Whilby and Janieve Russell. FINALS AT NIGHT NASSAU, Bahamas: Despite managing just a single training session with the entire Jamaican contingent ahead of today’s start of the third IAAF World Relays, technical director Maurice Wilson remains confident that the island’s athletes will deliver a powerful showing beginning with today’s opening day of action. Wilson, who will be counting on established stars such as Elaine Thompson, Yohan Blake, Warren Weir, Nickel Ashmeade, Stephenie-Ann McPherson and Shericka Jackson, as well as a battalion of upcoming athletes, noted that the focus in the build-up was to use the limited time to iron out any baton exchange rust as the Jamaicans look to get closer to the USA after second-place finishes at the previous staging. “The time span for training was extremely limited, and so we basically tried to have the athletes get an easy workout and we tried to do some exchanges, but it was very difficult in such a short space of time,” said Wilson after yesterday’s training session. The bulk of the team arrived in Nassau on Thursday evening, which meant that yesterday’s training session, which took place adjacent to the championships venue – the Thomas A. Robinson Stadium was the first one, which involved the entire unit. Meanwhile, Jamaica will be aiming to better their second-place finish at the championships in the 2015, this after they tallied 46 points behind the winners United States, who won the championships with 63 points. A lot will be expected from Blake and Thompson, who are two of the most senior athletes on the team. This follows the absence of sprint superstars Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell along with Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Veronica Campbell-Brown. Blake will lead Jamaica’s 4x100m quartet, which includes Kemar Bailey-Cole, Jevaughn Minzie, Everton Clarke and Nickel Ashmeade. The team finished second behind the United States in 2015, with the throat-slashing celebration gesture from Ryan Bailey afterwards proving as memorable as the race itself. However, despite the absence of Bolt and Powell, Blake said he was confident the team will do well. “We are not worried about anybody because on the day we will be ready because as long as I get the baton in touching distance, then we are good to go,” said Blake. The Jamaicans will start in lane four in the opening men’s 4x100m heat at 7:59 p.m. tonight, with Caribbean rivals Trinidad and Tobago expected to keep the Jamaicans honest. The real test will come from defending champions USA, who will be counting on former Olympic 100m champion Justin Gatlin and Mike Rodgers. Thompson will lead Jamaica’s charge for the gold in the women’s 4x200m, which will see the heats being the first event on the track today. Jamaica will line up in lane 4 in the second of two heats, set to face the starter at 7:46 p.m. The Olympic 100m and 200m champion will be joined by the improving Sasherlee Forbes, Shericka Jackson and the experienced Jura Levy and Anastacia Le-Roy, as they seek to take away the gold medal from Nigeria.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/JIM CHOUTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas played with control practically all game on Sunday night and clipped a young Iran squad, 90-82, but it wasn’t exactly the high note finish to the Filipinos’ Jones Cup Invitational campaign that coach Chot Reyes was shooting for.In fact, he saw the victory by the Filipinos in an entirely different light.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA: Hotshots pound Elite in fourth quarter for first win McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LATEST STORIES 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View comments Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano The team planes back to Manila on Monday morning after which Reyes meets with fellow coaches and the leadership of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas to come up with the final 12-man roster for the Fiba Asia Championship slated in Lebanon starting August 8.Members of the team that played the Jones Cup, most of them anyway, are already slated to see action in Kuala Lumpur where the country shoots for an 18th gold medal. Troy Rosario and Baser Amer are listed to join the team.The Scores:GILAS PILIPINAS 90 – Myers 21, Wright 20, Standhardinger 13, Pogoy 9, Ravena 8, Cruz 5, Parks 5, Ferrer 3, Jose 2, Tolomia 2, Pessumal 2, Jalalon 0.IRAN 82 – Pazrofteh 21, Soleymani 21, Khajehzadeh 12, Mozafarivanani 11, Rezaeifar 11, Beigiharchegani 3, Falahat 2, Shaharian Nasl 1, Mohammadi 0, Rezaei 0, Reaei 0.Quarters: 26-22; 50-42; 70-62; 90-82.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “Overall, it was a good tournament for us,” he said. “Not only did we leave a good impression (to the fans and foes) here considering that this team has been together for just three weeks. It speaks well of the program.“Unfortunately, it could have ended better for us.”Gilas lost to Canada, South Korea and Lithuania, but those were games that the players impressed Reyes the most.“Against Korea, we shot poorly but defended very well,” Reyes said. “It was the same thing against Canada and Lithuania. I was very happy with (the defensive effort the players showed in) those games.”Christian Standhardinger was the third and plast player in twin digits for Gilas with 13 as Reyes opted to play Jio Jalalon just over 13 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT “I thought this was the worst game we played here,” Reyes said after the Filipinos closed out with a 6-3 record to finish fourth and out of the medal. “We played a lot, lot better in the games we lost.”Mike Myers scored 21 points and had 11 rebounds and Matthew Wright tossed in 20 for the Filipinos, who were dragged into a see-sawing game by this Iranian team whose stars stayed home to prepare for bigger tournaments ahead.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’“Maybe the players were tired already,” Reyes said after their ninth game in the same number of days. “Or, they may have overlooked Iran. I really thought we played well below our potential in this game.”Still, Reyes believes that this Gilas squad, the core of which will be representing the country in the Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia late next month, represented the national program well and was able to provide the feeling of home to the thousands of OFWs who went to see the games at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.
OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Besides import JD Weatherspoon and the 6-foot-8 Almazan, the Road Warriors have to contend with the deep and prolific Rain Or Shine rotation of Gabe Norwood, Jeff Chan, Beau Belga, Maverick Ahanmisi, Jericho Cruz, James Yap and Jay Washington.Just like NLEX, the Fuel Masters also defeated the Aces (95-93) and the Picanto (118-105) after the high-scoring Eugene Phelps took charge when it mattered most.Opposite the Picanto on Wednesday, Phelps dropped 33 points and pulled down 14 rebounds before scoring the game winner at the buzzer versus the Aces.Meanwhile, Star has replaced Cinmeon Browers after tapping the services of Malcolm Hill, who went undrafted in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT View comments For the Phoenix Fuel Masters and the NLEX Road Warriors, going three in a row at the start of the conference is a route they have never taken before.They intend to drive smoothly on the same path Wednesday in the PBA Governors’ Cup as the Fuel Masters take on winless GlobalPort Batang Pier and the Road Warriors test the caliber of the Rain Or Shine Elasto Painters.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 “We’re really prepared for this conference,” said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao after back-to-back victories over Alaska and Kia Picanto.“We practiced the earliest and brought in our import earliest. It’s a validation of our preparation.”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’Facing his former team at the 4:15 p.m. opener at Smart Araneta Coliseum, Guiao is confident that they can sustain their strong start with Aaron Fuller complementing well with locals Kevin Alas, Carlo Lastimosa and JR Quiñahan.The Elasto Painters, whom Guiao led to two championships and six Finals appearances, survived the Batang Pier, 98-96, in their conference opener on Friday after big man Raymond Almazan converted two pressure-packed free throws off an offensive rebound. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Repeat: Please end injustice in the Palaro Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend