Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 2

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Cobb, in one game, etched her own chapter in La Salle history when she scored three straight service aces to bury the Lady Maroons in as many sets, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24. La Salle improved to 2-0, and in the lone game the Lady Spikers played this week Cobb had 10 points, seven service aces, and 32 excellent sets.Jema Galanza. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net3. Jema Galanza (Adamson University, outside hitter)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 1 Jema Galanza was subpar in Adamson University’s season-opener in a25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13 loss to NU.The charming Galanza, who played her first game after her right ankle injury in the offseason, scored just six points that barely inspired her teammates to battle back against the Lady Bulldogs.Adamson’s skipper dutifully made up for it in an upset win over Far Eastern University, 25-23, 19-25, 25-22, 21-25, 15-12, that saw her erupt for 26 points.To put things in perspective, Galanza’s 26 points is the second-highest scoring output, tied with Santiago against Ateneo, so far this season. Adamson, now at 1-1, is now on pace to exceed its record from last year as the Lady Falcons didn’t get their first victory in Season 79 up until the final game of the eliminations.  Go for Gold halts two-game skid, turns back Perpetual Help Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Jasmine Nabor is the Robin to Santiago’s Batman.Santiago, for all her prowess, still needs someone to toss her the ball and that’s what Nabor has done with the greatest of ease so far in this tournament.It’s almost an automatic point for NU whenever the two stars connect and Nabor, for this week, averaged 34.5 excellent sets helping the Lady Bulldogs go undefeated in their two games in Week 2.Nabor is also no pushover when it comes to crossing the ball to the other side of the floor as the playmaker averages seven points a game.Dani Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net4. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Last week: No. 7Weeks on list: 2Cherry Rondina just became the “What if?” player of this week.UST split its two games this week and is now at 1-2 overall, but what if the Golden Tigresses won both games? The answer, Rondina could’ve been the No.1 player.Rondina is utterly unstoppable this season and she has scored the most points this season, 70, and the most points in a single game, 28 in UST’s season-opener in Week 1.The Cherry Bomb does not have the same efficiency as Santiago, Rondina is at 42 percent in her spiking conversion, but UST’s skipper knows how to put points on the board.5. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero)Last week: No.6Weeks on list: 2 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year 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 It’s been just two weeks but it doesn’t mean drama hasn’t already shaped on the surface of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.National University and defending champion De La Salle are unblemished after five match days, Ateneo managed to escape a winless week, and University of Santo Tomas has stumbled into a rough path due to injuries to Rica Rivera and Milena Alessandrini. 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 folkEnough introductions, here are the seven best players of Week 2.READ: Week 1 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak 7. Dani Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University, libero)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 1Before the start of the season, Ateneo was yet to see who among its four liberos will be the starter or main defensive anchor.First it was Jenelle Lo, who got the nod in the season opener, but for the past two games the role was passed to Dani Ravena. View comments And Ravena has slowly proven that she can become Ateneo’s backbone on the defensive end.Ateneo won its first game this season, 1-2 so far in the tournament, and it was thanks to no small part to Ravena’s play.Ravena registered 13 excellent digs and 10 receptions in the Lady Eagles’ victory over UST.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net1. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Last week: No. 3Weeks on list: 2 It’s hard to argue with perfection, and NU has been nothing but perfect heading into the season.In the middle, literally, of the Lady Bulldogs’ 3-0 start is their towering captain Jaja Santiago.ADVERTISEMENT And in the two NU wins this week, Santiago has been nothing short of spectacular averaging 24.5 points a game and becoming the second leading scorer in the league in terms of total output.Not only is Santiago scoring at a high rate, she’s doing it at an efficient way converting 53 percent of her spikes.And if Santiago was a mere “what if?” in last week’s rankings after producing just 16 points, she proved that it’s just a flick of the switch to turn her passivity to offensive volatility.Michelle Cobb. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net2. Michelle Cobb (De La Salle University, setter)Last week: N/AWeeks on list: 1A player with a narrative attached to her name is always a terrific story angle, and Michelle Cobb is just that.The 18-year-old Cobb became the unsuspecting heir to one of La Salle’s greatest players ever.From the moment Cobb was named the starting setter for the defending champions, she immediately drew comparisons to Kim Fajardo. And in the Lady Spikers’ shutout win over University of the Philippines, Cobb wanted everyone to know she will make her own legacy through her own style and through, as fate would have it, heroism. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson From offense, let’s switch things to defense. Dawn Macandili is undoubtedly the best libero in the UAAP right now.Her mere presence alone changes offensive schemes opposing teams have planned for against La Salle, and Macandili’s uncanny intimidation was on display when the Lady Spikers took on the Lady Maroons.UP almost made a conscious effort to target everybody except Macandili during its serves.It was Desiree Cheng who registered the most excellent receptions for La Salle with seven and Macandili’s name didn’t even pop up in the reception box. What the Lady Maroons didn’t escape though was Macandili’s constant movement as La Salle’s defensive dynamo tallied 17 excellent digs.Macandili’s motor was in overdrive against UP that she even ducked underneath the net, crossing over to UP’s side of the floor just to keep the ball in play.Jasmine Nabor. 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Mavs hire former AT&T exec after report of hostile workplace

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Interim CEO of the Dallas Mavericks Cynthia Marshall speaks during a newa conference, Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins)DALLAS — The Dallas Mavericks have hired former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as interim CEO a week after allegations of sexual misconduct against ex-team president Terdema Ussery in a report that also painted a picture of a hostile workplace for women in the franchise.Owner Mark Cuban said Monday his mind was made up on hiring Marshall when he was told, “the most devastating day at AT&T was when (Marshall) left.”ADVERTISEMENT The Mavericks hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram to lead an independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney’s office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.The NBA has said it will closely monitor the investigation.Two women say Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women’s calves and thighs during meetings.Asked how much he knew about the team’s investigation into similar allegations against Ussery two years before he bought the team in 1998, Cuban didn’t say much.“All of that will come out from the investigative report, so I’ll defer to that,” Cuban said.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 3 billboards outside Cleveland urge James to sign with 76ers Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 team plans to establish a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees, and Cuban has said he is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. The NBA announced plans for a similar hotline a few days after the SI report.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Marshall was senior vice president of human resources at AT&T when she took on the additional role of chief diversity officer in 2015. She had more than 30 years of telecommunications experience going back to 1981 with Pacific Bell.Sports Illustrated reported Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015, a job he left after less than six months.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 folkThe SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice involved in domestic assault cases while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed and former human resources director Buddy Pittman were fired in the wake of the report.“I’m honored to have been asked by Mark to join him in addressing some very serious issues,” said Marshall, who retired from AT&T last May. “I’m very saddened that issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment are so prominent in our society and allegations have surfaced once again in our organization .”last_img read more

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Ancajas: Next Manny Pacquiao hasn’t been born yet

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Former scribe Piñol urges sports officials to focus on grassroots Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano With his recent success, Jerwin Ancajas has not been able to escape comparisons to boxing great Manny Pacquiao.ADVERTISEMENT 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 While the soft-spoken boxer is flattered to be mentioned in the same breath as the eight-division world champion, he knows that no one can compare to Pacquiao.“I don’t mind the comparisons because it’s an honor to be compared to him,” said Ancajas in Filipino. “But no one in the Philippines and in the world can match to what sir Manny has accomplished,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAncajas, who is fresh from his stunning defense of the belt last month in Texas, even went to as far as saying that “the next Manny Pacquiao has not been born yet.”The IBF superflyweight titlist was one of the three sportsmen honored by the Philippine Sportswriters Association as the Athlete of the Year, something which Pacquiao has won four times, on Tuesday. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed For the southpaw from Panabo, Davao del Norte, the award bestowed by the sportswriters is just the feather in his cap after what had been an amazing year for him.“I can’t describe what happened to me this year. I’m so lucky,” the 26-year-old said. “I didn’t expect that I’ll be an Athlete of the Year. It has been my dream because so many Filipino athletes are hoping to be awarded by the PSA. It’s an added inspiration for me to continue what I’ve already accomplished.”Ancajas, who is set to fight again this year, is raring help to aspiring boxers reach greater heights like he tried to do.“I want that one day, whatever I learned in boxing, I can share to my fellow boxers. I hope to be an inspiration and be of help to anyone I can help,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Cone concedes he was ‘totally outcoached’ by Austria in Game 4

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra coach Tim Cone wouldn’t deny that San Miguel mentor Leo Austria was the better bench tactician in Game 4 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Thursday.“They just took it to us,” he said on the heels of Ginebra’s 81-102 defeat. “It was brilliant coaching by coach Leo. They played well but that comes from the bench. On the other hand, it was terrible coaching by me. I was just totally outcoached and outclassed today.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters The Gin Kings had no answer for everything the Beermen threw at them as they just watched as the three-time defending champions executed their demolition. .@barangayginebra coach @manilacone admits that @TheSMBeermen coach @austrialeo outcoached him in Game 4. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/kSuNK9o42w— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 15, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback With no more room for errors, Cone is still confident on the Gin Kings resolve ahead of the crucial tussle.“This is a tough one to swallow especially since we played so hard and so well last game. But we move forward from it,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverycenter_img San Miguel clobbers Ginebra, nears return trip to PBA PH Cup Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra was still in the thick of things early,  but San Miguel’s 11-0 blitz to finish the opening frame for the 32-22 lead took the air out of the crowd favorites as they struggled from all over and even saw the deficit balloon to as much as 29, 84-55 late in the game.“They came out and we didn’t figure out their zone early. We gave that zone life and never got it going,” said Cone as the Gin Kings allowed the Beermen to shoot an efficient 51-percent clip from the field.“Defensively, they attacked us really well and shot the ball well. Everything just kind of mushroomed today. But it really comes down to brilliant adjustments by coach Leo that we weren’t just prepared for.”Cone took full responsibility for the downfall as Ginebra now stares at a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series, with a do-or-die clash set on Saturday at Cuneta Astrodome.“We should’ve been prepared, but we weren’t. And that’s on me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Fajardo closes in on record 6th Best Player award

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo  is drawing closer to his sixth Best Player of the Conference award as he is running away in the statistical points race released after the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.The reigning four-time PBA Most Valuable Player is now at 44.2 statistical points (SPs) and remains the league’s top scorer at 22.9 points, second best in rebounds with 12.9 boards, second in blocks at 1.8 rejections, and 1.8 assists.ADVERTISEMENT 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 UAAP volleyball: Ateneo stays hot, survives Adamson in thriller Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments And with San Miguel firmly in the Finals, where it is eyeing its fourth straight all-Filipino title, Fajardo is a cinch to eclipse mentor Danny Ildefonso for most BPC plums at five.Ginebra forward Japeth Aguilar moved up to second with his 36.7 SPs, a full 7.5 behind Fajardo, after netting 21.4 markers, 8.4 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.4 blocks.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 crownSan Miguel teammate Arwind Santos dropped to third with 36.4 SPs, followed by GlobalPort scorer Stanley Pringle at fourth with 36.1 SPs, and Blackwater center JP Erram at fifth with 35.3 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are Beermen Marcio Lassiter (33.8 SPs) and Alex Cabagnot (31.5 SPs), Phoenix’s Matthew Wright and Alaska’s Calvin Abueva (31.4) which are tied for eighth, and Ginebra’s Scottie Thompson (31.2 SPs). Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Kiefer Ravena also preserved his spot as the league’s top rookie with his 28.7 points, built on 15.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 1.6 steals to rank 15th overall.Jason Perkins of Phoenix is at second with his 22.3 SPs, followed by Jeron Teng of Alaska (21.3 SPs), Raymar Jose of Blackwater (20.3 SPs), and Rey Nambatac of Rain or Shine (14.8 SPs).Awarding of the Best Player of the Conference is on Game 4 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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La Salle seniors eye another three-peat to honor De Jesus

first_imgRamil De Jesus is the most successful coach in the UAAP women’s volleyball landscape in the past 20 years with 10 titles to back that claim.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Dy, who is De Jesus’ leading scorer this tournament with an average of 13.35 points in the eliminations, said she wants the current batch of Lady Spikers to replicate the feats of the past La Salle teams.“This is our chance to get back that three-peat and of course, after all the sacrifices we did, this will be our final test,” said Dy who had 17 points against NU.“We want to show coach that in the five years we’ve been at La Salle that we are the players he produced. We want to honor him,” added Dy.Macandili echoed her teammates’ sentiments, grateful for De Jesus’ impact on her career, including her rise to one of the best players in her position.“This is our last playing year, and we want to have a good exit and of course offer this to coach,” said Macandili who tallied 23 excellent digs and 10 excellent receptions. “We won’t be here if it wasn’t for coach, we want to leave La Salle with no regrets so we’ll give it our all.”ADVERTISEMENT King stars as Columbian blasts Blackwater in PBA Comms’ Cup opener LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding It’s not just number of championships that’s impressive, he also recorded two three-peats from 2004 to 2006 and 2011 to 2013.La Salle has a shot at another three-peat after taking down National University 27-25, 25-22, 25-11 and moving on the UAAP Season 80 Finals for the 10th straight season, and the graduating Lady Spikers are determined to get it as gift to De Jesus.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 crownSeniors Mary Joy Baron, the reigning MVP, Kianna Dy and Dawn Macandili are all yearning for that third straight title not just for them but also for their father figure of a head coach.“Personally, my motivation in winning the title is coach so as much as possible I don’t want to ruin the things coach has done for this team,” said Baron, who had nine points in the win, in Filipino. “We all had those players, those seniors, before us and coach has done so much for us.” 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 MOST READlast_img read more

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Embiid, Simmons led 76ers from Process to postseason success

first_img“I’ve been waiting for this moment,” Embiid said.Embiid had 19 points and 12 rebounds, Simmons had 14 points and 10 boards, and the entire team was energized by Mill’s surprise appearance. Mill made a dramatic return hours after Pennsylvania’s highest court ordered him freed while he appeals decade-old gun and drug convictions.They await the winner of Milwaukee-Boston. The Celtics lead the series 3-2.The Sixers are the latest team to sweep up the city in a sports euphoria that hasn’t died down since the Eagles beat the New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl.Look around the arena, and the champs were all around.ADVERTISEMENT Mill, the Philadelphia-born rapper released from prison only hours earlier, snagged the Game 5 headlines.Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and the rest of the Sixers stole the show.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 crownEmbiid and Simmons shined again in front of Mill, and the dominant duo ushered the nightmares-into-dreams Process of the Philadelphia 76ers into the second round with a 104-91 win over the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.The 76ers, winners of 10 games just two seasons ago, are in the second round of the Eastern Conference playoffs for the first time since 2012. The Sixers won the series 4-1 and turned the Wells Fargo Center into the wildest house party in the city. “When he was in jail, I went to visit him. He wasn’t feeling good. You could tell,” Embiid said. “For him to come to this type of game … I was just happy.”DY-NO-MITE!!!The 76ers caused a few eyes to roll around the league when they signed free-agent guard JJ Redick to a $23 million, one-year deal in the offseason. Redick was coming off a solid four-year run with the Clippers, but even by NBA standards, the Sixers appeared to overpay for the 3-point ace. Redick has been worth every dollar, and he delivered again in Game 5. He made 5 of 10 3 pointers, all 10 free throws and scored a game-high 27 points.It was the second time this postseason that Redick scored at least 27 points and the third time in his playoff career. He had consecutive 20-point games in the postseason for the first time in his career.“We’ve changed our goals like four times,” Redick said. “First, it was make the playoffs, then win 50 games, then getting home court, then getting the No. 3 seed.”All four goals have been reached.ROOKIE ROCKS ITSimmons had 14 points and 10 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the series. He is the first rookie to post at least four double-doubles in his first five postseason games since San Antonio’s Tim Duncan in 1997-98.Simmons was a force against the Heat. He had 91 points, 53 rebounds and 45 assists in the series and showed why he’s the favorite to win the NBA rookie of the year.“This is what I’m going to expect now,” Simmons said. Lurie was in the house and so were a handful of Eagles. The national champion Villanova Wildcats were feted during the game. The Wildcats posed with Mill in the locker room and then stopped for selfies on the way to the court for a brief celebration. The city has already thrown two championship parades this year — the 76ers have played like a team that could add one more.“We all got a taste of it with the Eagles, we all got a taste of it with Villanova’s tremendous win,” coach Brett Brown said. “You feel it with the city from afar.”He added: “Everybody is excited to be a part of, what I think, is playing out to be a cool story.”Embiid, who came to personify the Process, had his second consecutive double-double and tallied 56 points, 31 rebounds and nine blocks in just three playoff games. Embiid again played in a black mask to guard a face injury, and he’ll have plenty of time to rest and recover with the other Eastern Conference playoff series expected to stretch into the weekend.“We feel like we’re unstoppable and we can get whatever we want to,” Embiid said. “That’s the goal and we’re going to do what it takes to get there.”Here’s what else to know about the 76ers in the postseason.MEEK FREEThis was no run-of-the-mill Game 5 victory for the Sixers. Mill was there just hours after being released from prison.He was brought by helicopter to Philadelphia, where he rang the ceremonial bell to start the game. Mill sat courtside next to Hart and Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin.Rubin had organized prison trips with Embiid, Simmons and Markelle Fultz to support Mill, and the rapper’s songs played in the locker room and during warmups. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC And now, Dwyane Wade decides if this was the end Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons, right, of Australia, holds the ball away from Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, left, during the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 104-91. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)PHILADELPHIA — Kevin Hart laughed as he tried to floss dance with a kid as they were both egged on by rapper Meek Mill. Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie awkwardly waved his arms around the way any 60-something-year-old man would attempting to look hip next to star entertainers.This postseason potpourri of comic, ex-con and champion unfolded on the sideline of another 76ers’ romp.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

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Playing villain role vs Ginebra, Johnson powers Rain or Shine to victory

first_img“We’re a long way from complete. Guys are still getting used to me and I’m still getting used to guys,” he said. “There are still issues in communications and lapses on defense. Practice is very important for us, and I know we’ve got a good chance to be really special.”“Some of you guys probably got your favorites, but we’re not gonna lay down. We’re gonna try to play for the championship also.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Ginebra had no answer for the heft of Johnson inside as Rain or Shine bullied its way to a 108-89 victory on Sunday.Compared to the Elasto Painters’ first outing, the burly reinforcement wasn’t asked to do too much as the locals like Raymond Almazan, Ed Daquioag, and James Yap all had stupendous performances in 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 crown“You know in the locker room just now, they thank me for drawing out the defense. Those guys was really helped me out today and didn’t let me go one-on-one.Those guys stepped up today, knocked down big shots, and made our free throws. Kudos to our team today for the total team effort,” said Johnson, who finished the game with 16 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks.Despite the 2-0 start for Rain or Shine, the 28-year-old import believes that the team is still far from its peak form as it braces for bigger wars ahead in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. 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. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netReggie Johnson would be the first to admit that he likes playing the role of the villain, especially against what he regarded as “the Lakers of the PBA.”“Of course, I like it. The fans, they were against us today. I think maybe it was 90-10 today in terms of fans and I’m glad we got the win,” he said. “Once the fans were in the gym, you wanna perform well, you wanna do well. And I think we did a great job today.”ADVERTISEMENT Panlilio expects better 3×3 outing for PH bets Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

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Matthysse expects to face ‘same Manny Pacquiao as always’

first_imgIn 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 Neymar’s return ‘better than expected’ From 2004 until 2012, Pacquiao completed his Mexicutioner era—wherein Mexican legends like Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, and Juan Manuel Marquez fell to the Filipino— and amassed World titles in five weight classes with the last being the WBC World super welterweight belt when he defeated Antonio Margarito in 2010.“I expect the same Manny Pacquiao as always, he is a respectable champion but I’m a champion as well,” said Matthysse. “I’ve been fighting for a long time. I know he has a lot of experience as well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After 14 years, the two are set to cross paths in a fight the Argentinian slugger sees as a huge development in his career.“It will be a great fight, and I expect to see the same Manny Pacquiao I watched on television,” said Matthysse as per BoxingScene.com. “Now I’m going to see him in the ring, this is something very big for me and my career.”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 crownMatthysse (39-4, 36 KOs) will defend his WBA World welterweight belt on July 15 in Malaysia against Pacquiao (59-7-2, 38 KOs) who has won championships in eight weight classes—the most in boxing history.The Argentinian won his first World title when he scored a 10th round stoppage of Alose Olusegun in 2012 to become the WBC’s interim super lightweight champion, eight years after his professional debut. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse speaks as he looks towards Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on April 20, 2018, ahead of their world welterweight boxing championship bout in July. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANLucas Matthysse started his professional boxing career in 2004 when his next opponent Manny Pacquiao was already paving his way to superstardom.Pacquiao was The Ring Magazine featherweight champion, and drew with Juan Manuel Marquez in the year Matthysse made his debut.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

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Chris Paul’s status for crucial Game 6 uncertain with hamstring injury

first_imgMOST READ But after missing a shot in the lane with 51.7 seconds remaining, he hit the court and came up clutching the back of his right thigh.At first unwilling to depart, he finally limped off after a chat with Rockets athletic trainer Keith Jones during a timeout with 22.4 seconds to play.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“We’ll see,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said when asked about Paul’s status for Saturday’s game six, when the Rockets can clinch a berth in the NBA Finals.“He’ll be evaluated tomorrow, but obviously you saw him limp off, and he’s a tough guy,” D’Antoni said. “They’ll do whatever they can do. If he’s there, great. If he isn’t, we have enough guys. … We’ll be all right.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Paul, the league’s Rookie of the Year in the 2005-06 season and a nine-time All-Star, is playing in the conference finals for the first time.The 33-year-old, who starred for the Los Angeles Clippers before arriving in Houston in a trade last June, missed 24 games this season with a variety of injuries.“His spirits aren’t great,” D’Antoni admitted. “He wanted to be out there, and for sure he’s worried and all that. That’s normal.”Warriors star Draymond Green said uncertainty over Paul’s status wouldn’t change Golden State’s preparation for their must-win game six.“That’s not our focus,” Green said. “We’ve got to prepare like he’s going to play. He’s a great player, right in the middle of everything they do.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul sits on the floor after being hurt during the second half in Game 5 against the Golden State Warriors in the NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals in Houston, Thursday, May 24, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Star guard Chris Paul departed Houston’s Western Conference finals game five win over Golden State in the final minute Thursday and his status for game six was unclear.Paul played a pivotal role in the Rockets 98-94 triumph, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Beau Belga runs away with PBA Obstacle challenge 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 View commentslast_img read more

"Chris Paul’s status for crucial Game 6 uncertain with hamstring injury"