People’s champ Nurmagomedov vs Holloway in UFC title fight

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback After 25 straight MMA victories, including nine in UFC, Nurmagomedov (25-0) has escaped the injuries and a slew of canceled bouts that plagued chunks of his career to get a title fight in the main event of UFC 223 at Barclays Center on Saturday night.Check the card’s promotional video that played on an endless loop at the music hall and challenger Tony Ferguson is still in the highlight reel. Ferguson’s freak knee injury knocked him out of action and nearly derailed the main event of the card.But Max Holloway (19-3) stepped up on six days’ notice for what might be a better bout on Saturday.Holloway vs. Nurmagomedov. Streak vs. Streak. And this time, for the undisputed lightweight championship.“I respect him,” Nurmagomedov said. “But it’s going to be a long night.”ADVERTISEMENT Khabib Nurmamogedov, left, glances at UFC opponent and featherweight champion Max Holloway during a media opportunity, Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the Barclays Center in New York. Nurmamogedov faces Holloway, Saturday, April 7, in UFC 223’s lightweight championship after his scheduled opponent, interim lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, pulled out of the event on short notice. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK — Khabib Nurmagomedov put out the call to his fans in papakhas that were crammed inside an indie rock club like they were in a mosh pit buzzing for an encore.“Hey, I want to ask you guys, what time is it,” Nurmagomedov said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Pacers sweep season series vs Warriors with 126-106 romp Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Holloway, winner of 12 straight UFC fights, earned some respect from UFC fans for accepting the fight on short notice. Holloway already reigns as UFC’s 145-pound champion and could become the rare two-division champ should he win the 155-belt.“Everybody keeps talking about six days’ notice,” Holloway said. “He’s taking a short-notice fight against me. How are you going to get ready in six days against me?”Holloway said he accepted the bout because he was still training and becoming a two-division champ would stamp him among UFC’s greatest fighters. Holloway hasn’t lost since August 2013, a unanimous decision to Conor McGregor.Almost every topic in UFC these days somehow comes back to McGregor.McGregor has not fought for UFC since he won the 155-pound title at UFC 205 in November 2016. McGregor last fought in a boxing loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26, 2017.UFC President Dana White said this week that McGregor would be stripped of the title and the winner of Saturday’s bout would become the undisputed champion in the division. McGregor profanely responded on Twitter and wrote, “You’ll strip me of nothing.”The winner of the bout was likely to be among the top contenders for the next big-money fight with McGregor. Ferguson, still the No. 1 contender, remained in the mix.White said McGregor, UFC’s biggest box office attraction, would fight this year. Throw in the likely return of former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE star Brock Lesnar, and UFC’s solution to finding a new crop of stars could instead be promoting some returning favorites.White had said he didn’t want McGregor defending belts in two divisions when he was the champ in two weight classes.Holloway said he was ready to defend at 145 and 155 pounds. LATEST STORIES Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We’re going to hold two, we’re going to defend two,” Holloway said.White said if Holloway was willing to fight that much, than “anything is possible.”The 29-year-old Nurmagomedov (-470) opened as a heavy favorite against Holloway and knows this is finally his time to prove he’s a champion after he missed two full years of competition before April 2016 due to a persistent knee injury.“Ten years, nobody beat me,” Nurmagomedov said. “I think I deserve this.”His undefeated streak stretches to when he was just 9 and his father had him wrestle a bear . The bear was chained but the video became an MMA viral sensation and only added to his mystique.His last name is a bit of a tongue-twister (Nurm-a-go-med-ov) which it makes it easier for fans to chant “Khabib.”Nurmagomedov — who looks like “The Office” beet farmer Mose Schrute — was the only fighter in New York who skipped the open workout and instead turned the session into a Q&A with fans. He tossed T-shirts to fans asking the best questions and posed for a selfie with a kid in a papakha.One fan shouted if he would call out McGregor after the fight.“We’re going to make him a little bit humble,” Nurmagomedov said.All he has to do first is the win the fight of a lifetime. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Khabib Time!”The fans then chanted for a sustained period, “Khabib! Khabib! Khabib!”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 crownNurmagomedov was a clear fan favorite.But the native Russian is hoping to leave New York with more than his papakha — a hat that looks like a powdered wig native to his homeland in Dagestan — on his head and the winner of a popularity contest.last_img read more

Viernes not letting coach’s trust go to waste in D-League title bid

first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast “With coach Steve (Tiu), I know how big his trust is on me. No matter how bad my game is, he knows that he can depend on me. No matter how much I struggle, he’s still willing to entrust the last shot on me,” said Viernes.That faith was put to the test on Thursday in Game 2 of the Revellers’ semifinals series against Akari-Adamson as they found themselves down big, 3-2,  to start the game.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 crownIt was easy to let a game like this slip away, after all, Che’Lu-San Sebastian owns a 1-0 series lead and could afford to go to a winner-take-all Game 3.But not this bunch. Armed with veterans who badly want to finish the job, the Revellers refused to quit and slowly and clawed their way back to setting the nip-and-tuck battle as the game headed to the final minute tied at 90. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames And then, Tiu made the call to put the ball in Viernes’ hands.After missing his first attempt, the veteran playmaker made sure his second one counted, shaking off Simon Camacho and drained the go-ahead bucket with 18.2 seconds remaining before nailing the marginal freebie in the final 4.8 ticks to lift the Revellers to the 93-90 victory over the Falcons.“Luckily, we got the win and we’re all happy,” said Viernes as Che’Lu-San Sebastian clinched the first seat in the Finals.Making it to the final dance in the PBA D-League, the 28-year-old guard knows better not to waste this golden opportunity as he eyes another championship alongside his longtime mentor.“The feeling would be unbelievable if we get this,” he said. “But we know that you won’t get the championship that easily. I’m challenged by these young guys and that pushes me to play at my best every game.”ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFor Jeff Viernes, trust is the biggest reason Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian has been reaping the rewards  in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.Viernes reunited with coach Stevenson Tiu at the Revellers’ camp just early this month, but the guard enjoys the full confidence from his coach and he hasn’t wasted any of that.ADVERTISEMENT Zark’s Burger-Lyceum waylays Marinerong Pilipino, advances to D-League Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Foton nabs bronze in PSL Grand Prix

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Zark’s-Lyceum snares D-League crown with come-from-behind win MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Jaja Santiago of Foton over Erica Alquino and Marta Dpra of Cocolife. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOFoton ended its campaign on a high after scraping past Cocolife, 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 25-19, to win the bronze medal in the 2018 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Tuesday at Araneta Coliseum.American import Channon Thompson and star local Jaja Santiago combined for 49 points to lead the way for the Tornadoes, who shook off a slow start.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “(We had) a lot of hardships and a lot of ups and downs, but third place is still third place,” said Foton coach Rommel Abella. “We’re still in the podium and that’s really our target. We want to match what we achieved last year.”“At least we hit our target. That’s the best thing about this conference.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut Foton needed several changes in the middle of the tournament to finish in third place.Thompson replaced Brooke Kranda at the end of the classification round before University of the Philippines standouts Diana Carlos and Isa Molde bolstered the Tornadoes lineup in time for the quarterfinals. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Finally, Santiago, the newly-minted UAAP MVP out of National University, came in and although Foton still fell short in its best-of-three semifinals duel against F2 Logistics, she played an instrumental role in the team’s finale.Marta Drpa had 23 points for the Asset Managers, who wound up in fourth place for the second straight time, while Sara Klisura played through a shoulder injury to tally 14 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Remorseful Kiefer out of PBA for 18 months

first_imgAn apologetic Kiefer Ravena speaks to the media during a press conference. Ravena has been suspended by Fiba for 18 months after testing positive for prohibited substances he got from a pre-workout drink. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netBarred from playing internationally for 18 months, Kiefer Ravena will embark on an awareness campaign on performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) so that other athletes don’t suffer the same fate as his.The electrifying Gilas Pilipinas guard was suspended by the International Basketball Federation (Fiba) after inadvertently ingesting three substances from Dust, a pre-workout supplement available in supermarkets and can be purchased over the counter in pharmaceutical stores.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Maroons nail 4th straight victory Meanwhile, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial told the Inquirer that Asia’s pioneering pro league is also set to tap the Wada to do drug testing in the league starting next season.“This was discussed in the board [meeting] even before the Ravena case happened,” Marcial said over the phone.“It’s part of the PBA also going with international standards.”The PBA, according to Marcial, doesn’t do testing on PEDs but is very strict when it comes to social drugs like shabu, Ecstacy, and the like.Bannered to spearhead the Visayas All-Stars against the Smart All-Stars in the PBA mid-season showcase in Iloilo City on Sunday, Ravena was asked to fly home to Manila as requested by the SBP.“But we are now seeking arbitration in the Fiba,” said Panlilio. “In fact, we’ve already sent a letter to (Fiba’s) Geneva (headquarters). Our prayer, since this is Kiefer’s livelihood, is that he would be allowed to earn a living [by playing in the PBA].”“I think he has suffered enough,” added Panlilio. “He has been honest and candid during the entire process. It was really an honest mistake.”Also present during the conference at Launchpad in Mandaluyong City were PBA chair and Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas, NLEX president Rod Franco, SBP executive director Sonny Barrios and SBP lawyer Aga Francisco.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The Philippine Basketball Association will follow suit, with mother team NLEX set to sit out the 6-foot rookie for the duration of his Fiba suspension, which will run until Aug. 24 next year.Ravena took the workout drink before the Gilas Pilipinas five played Japan on Feb. 25 at Mall of Asia Arena during the second window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers.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 crownGilas won, 89-84, with Ravena firing 13 points and issuing five assists.“That was the first time I drank it,” said Ravena during a press conference Monday attended by the top brass of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas led by its chair, Manny V. Pangilinan. “I wasn’t aware that it contained prohibited substances.” 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Pangilinan also owns three teams in the PBA, one of them the NLEX Road Warriors.Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio said they received the formal communication from Fiba on May 22 stating that Ravena was tested positive for Dimethylbutylamine, Methylexaneamine and Higenamine—ingredients in the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) list of prohibited substances.Aside from missing national team duties starting with the Feb. 25 game against the Japanese, Panlilio said Ravena might also not see action for the Road Warriors for the duration of the suspension.“With the process of seeking clarification, I’m hoping to lessen the suspension or even allow me to play in the PBA,” said Ravena. “I hope you will help me spread the right details and information to the people.”“The rules are very clear that all leagues and activities are included [in the suspension], even in the [PBA] All-Star,” said Panlilio. “That’s why we had to pull out Kiefer [from the All-Star Game on Sunday].”ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Hoops-mad Philippines finally catches case of World Cup fever

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “There is a hype now,” said Francis Castilla from sport marketing firm MMC Sportz . “Everybody wants to jump in on the (Azkals’) achievement.“It’s the bandwagon. The problem will be how to sustain it.”Other similarly less football-minded nations have seen their love for the game grow via increased television coverage, which marketers say stimulates attendance at stadiums.It was key in bringing cricket-mad India into the football fold, yet air time is still scarce for the game in the Philippines. Basketball and boxing dominate.The next steps for Philippine football will be strongly influenced by the nation’s youth — and there are more and more enthralled by the beautiful game.Kevin Raymond Sales, 15, has been in love with football for years and has been trying to stay up to watch late-night World Cup matches.He’s hooked on the dramatic personal stories of players who rose from poverty or teams from tiny nations taking out powerhouses 10 times their size.“It’s something inspirational and it’s inspired me personally to carry on with football, to play the sport with all my heart,” he said. That is beginning to change as football’s narrow, but passionate, Filipino following grows fuelled by the success of the national team whose new coach is former England great Terry Butcher — a World Cup semi-finalist with the Three Lions in 1990.“Definitely, we do have… World Cup fever,” television sportscaster Bob Guerrero told AFP outside a Manila bar where he was watching France knock Argentina out of the global tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’This photo taken on June 30, 2018 shows fans reacting as they watch the 2018 Russia World Cup match between France and Argentina at a bar in Manila. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE /“We’re hoping that it’s going to be a snowball effect and football will really start to grow here in the Philippines,” said Guerrero, who works for top TV network ABS-CBN who are airing World Cup matches live.Grow it may, but at the moment there are only an estimated 1.5 million football-playing Filipinos compared to figures claiming that some 40 million regularly flock to the basketball courts that populate every barangay (borough) across the archipelago. Williams knows Wimbledon’s top-10 seeds stat needs asterisk Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:07‘Slug it out’ in court, Guevarra dares De Lima02:14Carpio 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 Taal View comments “When I arrived, the football community was very small,” said Azkals captain Phil Younghusband, who made his debut in 2009.This photo taken on June 27, 2018 shows students and school football club officials viewing a World Cup memorabilia exhibit displayed at a school library in Manila. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE / “You can probably count in the hundreds the people who were aware of football and playing football.”The former youth player with English Premier League club Chelsea is one of a wave of photogenic foreign-based players of part-Filipino parentage recruited by the Azkals.In a few short years they have vaulted the team to qualification for the Asian Cup for the first time, and in May they hit their highest ever FIFA ranking of 111th in the world.That success comes on the heels of the launching last year of the country’s first pro-league, the Philippines Football League, which added to the momentum.Experts say the Azkals’ steady rise, which has given fans hope of international success, has been key to the game’s growth spurt of popularity in recent years.“We’re small (people). Let’s face it we can’t be world champions in basketball,” said Edwin Gastanes, general secretary of the Philippines Football Federation.“Our physique, our skill, moves and agility are really very good for football. That’s why we have a chance there,” he added.Global goalPhilippine Azkals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Azkals have never qualified for the World Cup, but Butcher last month made that his goal for the side after they make their Asian Cup debut in the UAE in January. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names This photo taken on June 30, 2018 shows bar staff displaying their faces painted with the flags of France (R) and Argentina (L) as fans watch the 2018 Russia World Cup match between France and Argentina at a bar in Manila. Shirts are selling briskly, crowds pack sports bars to watch matches and football is front-page news. Whisper it quietly, but basketball-crazy Philippines has finally been afflicted by World Cup fever. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBE / Shirts are selling briskly, crowds pack sports bars to watch matches and football is front-page news. Whisper it quietly, but basketball-crazy Philippines has finally been afflicted by World Cup fever.For decades, the nation of more than 100 million was on a very short list of global locations that had failed to fall for the beautiful game.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins It’s a love affair that goes back to the 1900s when basketball was introduced to the archipelago by the Americans. Rather than reject the pastime of their colonial masters, Filipinos made it their own.Elegance and stray dogsIt became part of the curriculum in schools and since then Philippine squads have played respectably on an international level. Basketball’s governing body FIBA has them ranked 30th out of 159 nations, just behind China.But, until recently Philippine love and prowess in hoops were missing from their football team, a gap evident even in the nicknames of the respective squads.The Philippines basketball team are dubbed the “Gilas”, the local word for elegance, while the football team is called the “Azkals” which is a slang term for stray dogs.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UST’s Rondina, Barbon sweep BVR field for gold medal finish

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold PLAY LIST 07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced University of Santo Tomas showed its class in the sand courts after humbling Perlas 21-18, 21-19 in the finals of the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour Manila Open women’s division Wednesday at SM Sands By the Bay.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ With his family safe, Prakash can focus on Asian Games Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Smart’s Grethcel Soltones and Alyssa Eroa swept Kempal’s Roma Doromal and Chantal Rodriguez, 21-12, 21-14, for the bronze medal in the women’s division.Univesity of Perpetual Help’s Jayjay Solamillo and Gilbert Balmores completed the podium in the men’s division after their comeback three-set win , 12-21, 21-19, 18-16, over Air Force’s Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Cherry Rondina and Babylove Barbon’s finals sweep of Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan capped off their perfect run in the tournament.UST’s men’s team of rookie Jeron Requinton and Krung Arbasto swept National University’s Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad, 21-19, 21-14, for the male division championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Both of UST’s teams were undefeated in the tournament and never once dropped a set during the whole leg.Rondina is also a two-time champion in the Manila Open after having won last year’s title with partner Jinggay Bangad. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

After 2-0 start, PH Volcanoes lose back to back in Asia Rugby 7s

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Davis Cup: Thiem, Novak win to give Austria 2-0 lead over Australia MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Volcanoes’ first victory in the tournament was against Korea, 12-7, thanks to the efforts of Joe Palabay Dawson and Ryan Reyes Howe.Dawson and Howe both had tries for the Philippines with Dawson scoring a conversion against the Koreans.The Philippines then took out Malaysia in a relatively easier fashion, 26-10, to end its Friday assignments.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Japanese will advance to the finals while the Philippines will fell to the qualification stage. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next #AR7sMatch 31 – Japan advance to Cup Final with a convincing 36-5 victory over @PhilippineRugby #braveblossoms #arss2018 pic.twitter.com/T5zZXjy5tT— HKRU (@HongKongRugby) September 15, 2018The Philippines suffered two straight backbreaking losses after an erstwhile perfect start in the 2018 Asia Rugby Sevens Series Saturday at Hong Kong Football Club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Philippine Volcanoes lost to Japan, 36-5, right after falling to host Hong Kong 42-7.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

PH spikers leave Thai tourney with a win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—A hastily-formed Philippine team banked on talent and court smarts to turn back Kazakhstan Saturday and avoid finishing last in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Cup here.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Still the Philippines, equipped not only with star power but also with corporate funding by Rebisco, managed to rattle Australia and Iran in the group stage, forcing five-set thrillers on both before yielding.Mika Reyes, one of the team leaders, said they struggled to create chemistry but in the end managed to keep the campaign together.“We can’t finish in top 5 or top 3 that quickly, we know that it will take time,” said Reyes. “With the short span of time, we made big adjustments.”The Philippines beat Kazakhstan also in the Group stage but lost to South Korea in the playoffs, sliding back to the battle for ninth.In those battles, Reyes said they took pride that they put up gallant stand.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal PetroGazz survives Tacloban to kick off Open campaign Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Mylene Paat and Cha Cruz, relying more on potent volleyball IQ than on power, scored a combined nine points in the fifth set as the Filipinos scored a 25-13, 23-25, 25-22, 17-25, 15-8 triumph, that sealed a ninth-place finish in the tournament.“Not a bad performance, not at all,” said head coach Shaq delos Santos, who revealed that the squad only got to practice as a team one day before the tournament began.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The Creamline players were already here for their camp, and joined the team when we arrived one day before our first match,” said Delos Santos, referring to PVL stars Alyssa Valdez, Melissa Gohing, Jia Morado and Jema Galanza.“Jia, our setter, only had one day to practice with the rest of the team,” added Delos Santos. Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “The breaks of those games (Australia and Iran) didn’t go our way, but we played to the best our individual talent could do,” added Delos Santos. “That’s why we need more of these top-level tournaments.”The Philippines had recently participated in the Asian Games, where they also got a taste of top-flight competition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Jerwin Ancajas keeps IBF title after split draw

first_imgAncajas vs Santiago. Photo from Top Rank TwitterFilipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas settled for a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico Saturday (Manila time) at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.Ancajas retained his IBF super flyweight belt in his sixth title defense since winning the crown following a unanimous decision victory over McJoe Arroyo of Puerto Rico two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES ‘I’m a slumdog,’ Mike Tyson says on India trip Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ancajas used his jab and an effective straight but Santiago kept coming.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img View comments MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil One judge had it 116-112 for Ancajas while the other scored it 118-111 for Santiago and the third saw it dead even at 114.The 26-year-old Ancajas was the much taller fighter but Santiago proved to be a tough nut to crack.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSantiago was feisty and unfazed as he willingly exchanged with Ancajas, who picked it up in the latter part of the bout.Santiago’s best round came in the fourth where he landed a couple of power shots that had Ancajas backing up. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Lillard’s 41-point outburst carries Portland past Magic

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Said Stotts: “It’s hard to say it’s a trend after one week, but it is a reality right now. I think it’s fun. I like offensive basketball, but check back with me in January.”UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visits Miami on Saturday.Magic: Visits Milwaukee on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ross kept the Magic within striking distance with 12 points on 5-for-7 shooting. The Magic kept pace offensively, but were a step slow at the defensive end and Portland beat them to the basket repeatedly.TIP-INSTRAIL BLAZERS: Lillard’s 41 points were the most ever scored by a Portland player against Orlando. . Collins hit all five field goal attempts in the first half, including a pair of 3-pointers.MAGIC: Orlando never led in the game after never trailing in the last game, a 93-90 win over Boston. . Vucevic has scored 25 or more points in five of his last seven games against Portland.PACE OF PLAYThe NBA season is only a week old, but Portland coach Terry Stotts and Clifford have noticed the same thing.“Right now the pace of games is off the charts,” Stotts said.“Teams are definitely playing faster,” Clifford added.The scoring average for the NBA is up seven points from last season — 113.4 so far from 106.3. Neither coach was sure how long it would last.“It’s hard to gauge after four or five games, but guys are pushing the ball up the floor,” Clifford said. “I think all of us coaches are interested in seeing what’s going to happen 15-20 games in.” Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Terrence Ross had 21 points off the bench and Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier had 17 apiece. The Magic shot 50 percent from the field and made 12 3-pointers, but never could find a way to stop Portland.“If you look at the offensive numbers, you ought to win this game,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “But the biggest thing tonight was our defense. It started with the first five minutes when we made mistake after mistake. We just weren’t good.”Lillard had 19 points in the third quarter, including 11 of the Blazers’ last 13. Magic guards D.J. Augustin and Jerian Grant chased him around the perimeter and into the lane, but never could catch him. He had three 3-pointers and five driving layups, before taking a break to start the fourth quarter.However, Portland couldn’t shake the Magic, who trailed 91-80 going to the fourth period. But after Orlando cut it to three, Lillard and McCollum combined for eight straight points and Portland was back in front 110-99.Backup center Zach Collins had 13 points in nine minutes to help the Blazers to a 58-48 halftime lead. He helped the Blazers overcome a slow start by Lillard (2 for 8) and McCollum (foul trouble).ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CJ McCollum had 22 for the Trail Blazers and Jusuf Nurkic added 18 points and 10 rebounds.Lillard was just 2 for 8 in the first half, then hit 11 of 15 shots in the final two quarters, going 5 of 8 from 3-point territory. He sat out the first four minutes of the final quarter and watched a 13-point lead shrink to just 102-99.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s not really about filling up the stat sheet,” Lillard said. “There are opportunities to do it but I think it is more about impacting the game. Even when I am not making shots, I focus on how can I still impact the game.”Lillard and McCollum then re-entered with 7:54 left after Orlando cut a 13-point deficit to just 102-99 on Gordon’s second 3-pointer of the quarter. The guards combined to score 22 of Portland’s final 26 points to seal the win. Portland Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard, center, drives to the basket between Orlando Magic’s Jerian Grant (22) and Mohamed Bamba (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — Damian Lillard struggled in the first half then was back in All-Star form after halftime.Lillard scored 34 of his 41 points in the second half, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Orlando Magic 128-114 on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? With Kobe watching, LeBron scores triple-double to lead Lakers to 2nd win View commentslast_img read more