Kings open title defense vs vengeance-seeking Bolts

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH But Black was quick to dismiss the extra rest as a factor in this long series, and has instilled in his charges that, after making the Finals last year and failing to forge a Game 7 after Justin Brownlee hit a three-pointer at the buzzer, only winning this one would complete their journey.“We now have the experience,” said Black, who completed a Triple Crown sweep with San Miguel in 1989 and won titles with defunct Sta. Lucia and Talk ‘N Text before taking this job at Meralco. “The next goal for us is to win the championship (this time).”Brownlee made that triple in the face of Allan Durham last year, and though the Meralco import has repeatedly said that it’s all behind him now, Durham said that memories of that painful loss still haunt him to this day.“I’ve been trying to move on, but the media keep bringing that stuff up,” Durham had told reporters recently. “But none of that matters, last year doesn’t matter. I’ve forgotten about it, but it’s still fueling me to get the (series) win and hold the trophy.”Ginebra has the 7-foot Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 leaper Japeth Aguilar manning the middle, but the Gin Kings will be facing a side that has improved a lot since last year, with the addition of Ranidel de Ocampo giving the Bolts a lot of championship experience.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  And after suffering the franchise’s bitterest defeat last season, Meralco feels that it has some unfinished business when it starts clashing with the Gin Kings in the 7 p.m. series opener at Quezon Convention Center here, as Norman Black tries to fulfill a goal of putting a winning tradition in the latest stop of his storied coaching career.“It’s going to be tough, and it’s going to be rough,” Cone, a two-time Grand Slam champion, said of the season-closing title series where the Kings are expected to ride their advantage in size all the way against an opponent he described with so much respect.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We couldn’t have picked a higher quality opponent,” Cone went on. “They have all the bases covered. That’s the challenge for us there. We are bigger, yes, but they also have the size and the balance. They can play the pace they want to play.”Meralco topped the elimination round and swept a formidable Star crew in the Final Four, giving the Bolts three days more rest than the Kings. Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLUCENA—It’s going to be size versus versatility, great imports ranged against each other, brilliant Grand Slam-winning tacticians seeking to improve their legacies, and crowd-darlings going up against probably the most under-appreciated side in the PBA.But no matter how one splices it, the best-of-seven series for the Governors’ Cup title promises to be the best one for the season, with Barangay Ginebra seeking to win a second title under Tim Cone without needing a last-second three-pointer to do it.ADVERTISEMENT Corteza makes history LATEST STORIES “It will be tougher,” guard LA Tenorio said. “First, because they are highly motivated, No. 2 is because of the addition of Ranidel, third is (Chris) Newsome and Baser (Amer) have improved a lot and the last is because Durham is Durham.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Read Next Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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UCF’s Tacko Fall is 7-foot-6, and his game is still growing

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2017, file photo, Central Florida’s Tacko Fall (24) stands above his team in a huddle during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, in Hartford, Conn. The tallest player in college basketball strolls the campus at UCF _ not your traditional basketball power. But anybody in the NBA or college hoops who doesn’t know 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall should get up to speed on the 21-year-old from Senegal. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)ORLANDO, Fla. — Tacko Fall can never hide.The tallest man in college basketball was walking from the University of Central Florida student union to his dormitory one recent morning, waiting for the light to change at an intersection when a driver — perhaps under the illusion that there’s more than one 7-foot-6 kid enrolled there — hit the brakes and yelled a question out the window.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa They need to keep up with him, too.Fall might be an unusual star, but a star nonetheless. Walk with him around campus, and one of two things often happen — either fellow students yell his name and wave, or they try to act cool while sneaking a selfie. Fall doesn’t mind in either case. And yes, he’s heard every joke imaginable about his height and his name.“He’s very comfortable with who he is,” said Dawkins, who played with 7-7 Manute Bol and 7-6 Shawn Bradley in the NBA and tries to impart wisdom to Fall on what he learned from their experiences.Fall knows what they went through, but doesn’t want to be considered The Next Bol or The Next Bradley.“I want to be the first me,” he said.Fall truly is a center of attention.Wichita State is new to the American Athletic Conference this season, so at the league’s media day last month, Shockers coach Gregg Marshall was learning plenty of new names and faces. Fall, who didn’t exactly need a “Hello My Name Is” sticker on his black UCF polo shirt, went up to Marshall and introduced himself anyway.Marshall was impressed, and hadn’t even seen tape yet.“I saw him in the hallway,” Marshall said. “I’ve never seen a human that big. He’s a great young man.”Fall’s story is almost as unique as his size. Born in Senegal, his family went through some very difficult times. He often didn’t have enough to eat, to the point where he would have nothing for breakfast and then would try to ration his school lunch and preserve some to serve as dinner. Money was often tight. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games When Fall was 16, Ibrahima N’Diaye changed everything. He ran a basketball academy and suggested to Fallthat he try to play in the U.S.There was one small problem. Fall despised the game, but eventually came around thanks to his basketball-loving grandmother.“There used to be cartoons on every day at 5 o’clock,” Fall said. “And one day, I think our national basketball team was competing, my grandma put that on instead of the cartoons. We had only one TV, and I got mad.”He got over it.He came to the U.S., first going to Houston and then bouncing around a bit before settling in Florida. He enrolled at Liberty Christian Prep — a place where the devout Muslim could have plenty of spirited, respectful, thought-provoking conversations with teachers and other students about religion.It was also a place where he realized basketball could provide a future.“The tough times really make you appreciate what you have,” Fall said. “It’s destiny. I met a guy who I had never met before, went home to talked to my mom about playing basketball which I never imagined I would play, wound up coming to the States and ended up in Florida, the best place I could have ended up at. Everything worked out just fine.”It might only get better.He isn’t sure if he’ll declare for the NBA draft next spring or just again explore his options. He speaks three languages now and is trying to learn Japanese, largely because of his affinity for anime. Food isn’t hard to find now — pasta and chicken before every game is his routine. And he’s hoping that his mom, whom he hasn’t seen in five years, might be able to get to a UCF game this season.And one day, he wants to go home with NBA money to do some good. Ask him his dream plan, and he’ll say itinvolves being able to build schools in Senegal. If everyone at UCF — and in college basketball — doesn’t know who he is yet, they might soon.“He’s learning things now that another player might have learned five years ago, by no fault of his own,” UCF coach Johnny Dawkins said. “He just picked up the game later than everybody else. He’s super-intelligent, speaks multiple languages, he’s just off the charts. He just needs more experience. And how do you gain experience? There’s only one way. You’ve got to get out there and do it.”Fall is a quick study. He’s the reigning defensive player of the year in the American Athletic Conference, a blocker of 164 shots in his first two college seasons and a changer of countless others. He’s made 73 percent of his field-goal attempts in college, since most come around the rim. Defenses last season started pushing him more and more away from the basket, so Fall added a few pounds of muscle this offseason in hopes of pushing back.He took a look at the NBA this past spring, visiting with five clubs to get their feedback on his game.The critiques weren’t often kind. But he listened and learned.“They showed me things,” said Fall, who is listed at 295 pounds. “I was able to see it, not just hear about it, but see it. Skill-wise, I added a lot to my offensive game. Defense is probably going to be the biggest thing for me because of my size and how I can affect the game, but the game has changed a lot. There’s versatile bigs now and I need to keep up.”ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Tickets for PH-Japan Fiba World qualifying game in Tokyo sold out “Kids look up to us,” Fall said. “You don’t always get opportunities to get out and do something with your life. Being able to help other people, when you can do that you’ve got to take advantage of it. Life is short. You’ve got to leave your mark. You’ve got to do something that matters. I want to do something that matters.” “Yo,” the man yelled. “You Tacko?”Fall waved, shrugged and smiled as the driver shot him a thumbs-up and drove away.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think he knew who I was,” Fall said.This is an everyday thing for Elhadji Tacko Sereigne Diop Fall, a 21-year-old from Senegal who grew up playing soccer, couldn’t stand basketball when he first started playing five years ago and now has hopes of an NBA future. He bows his head to get through doorways, prefers sandals to shoes because they’re easier on his size 22 feet, and has found that even first-class airplane seats don’t give him enough leg room. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Edmund upsets No. 3 Dimitrov, new Brit in Aussie Open semis

first_imgNCAA volleyball: Arellano storms back, survives Perpetual View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH He checked all those boxes on Rod Laver Arena, setting himself up for a match against either top-ranked Rafael Nadal or No. 6 Marin Cilic for a spot in the final of the season’s first Grand Slam.After breaking Dimitrov’s serve in the ninth game of the fourth set, Edmund set up match point with an ace. Then he had to wait before a video challenge confirmed that Dimitrov’s last shot — a floating backhand — was out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just held my nerve in that last game and prayed that last ball would be out,” Edmund said. It was out, and so was Dimitrov, who lost a thrilling five-set semifinal here last year to Nadal and had only just beaten Edmund two weeks ago at the Brisbane International.“When you’re on these types of stages, reaching the last stages of the best tournaments in the world, it’s very pleasing. But of course I want to keep going,” Edmund said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Murray reached five Australian Open finals, but has never won the title at Melbourne Park. He’s missing the season-opening major this year after deciding to have surgery on his hip. That leaves Edmund as the center of attention for the tennis-loving British public.“I know what it feels like to be Andy Murray the last eight years,” he said. “It’s probably the first time I’ve done well on my own, so there’s more attention there. Of course you take it in stride.”Elise Mertens is the center of attention in Belgium after reaching the semifinals in her debut at the Australian Open.Mertens upset fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-0 to extend her winning streak to 10 matches, and became the first Belgian since Kim Clijsters in 2012 to reach the semifinals here.“If you believe in yourself, then anything can happen,” she said. “But of course semis is, ‘Wow.’”ADVERTISEMENT Mertens, who trains at Clijsters’ academy, added: “Kim, thanks for watching, I knew you sent me a message before the match — don’t be too stressy.”“I’m trying to be in your footsteps this week.”Mertens, who was coming off a successful title defense at the Hobart International, dominated against Svitolina, who had also been on a nine-match winning roll after winning the Brisbane International.Svitolina had won their only previous tour-level match, but had no answers on Rod Laver Arena and later said hip trouble had been bothering her all year.“She played great from the beginning of the year,” Svitolina said. “But, you know, when I give her opportunities to play and to play a good level, then of course she’s going to play. She’s going to go for shots.“Now she’s in semifinal. Now she’s not just a player that’s up and down. She’s quite consistent, and we can see this.”The 22-year-old Mertens was one of the biggest movers on the women’s tour in 2017 as she improved her year-end ranking from 120 to 35 and won her first career title.In the semis, she’ll play either second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki or Carla Suarez Navarro.In other news, No 32-seeded Mischa Zverev was fined $45,000 for a poor performance in his first-round match against Hyeon Chung.Zverev was punished under a new rule implemented by the Grand Slam Board in the off-season intended to deter players with pre-existing injuries to start a tournament and retired from their first-round matches.center_img MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov falls during his quarterfinal against Britain’s Kyle Edmund at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)MELBOURNE, Australia — There’ll be a British man in the Australian Open semifinals for the seventh time in nine years. This time it’ll be Kyle Edmund, not Andy Murray.Edmund upset No. 3-ranked Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday to reach the semifinals for the first time. Edmund had never played in a major quarterfinal, had never won five consecutive matches at tour level, had lost both of his previous matches against Dimitrov and had never beaten a top five player.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Zverev was trailing Chung 2-6, 1-4 on the first day when he retired. His fine of $45,000 nearly equals his first-round prize money of 60,000 Australian dollars ($47,900).Zverev’s fine was the largest ever assessed to a player for an on-site Grand Slam offense, although other players have been fined larger amounts following a major tournament. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Bumpy road: Goepper overcomes depression for 2nd Olympic run

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Gesta: I am going to become the new World champion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Goepper says at the end of the Olympic celebrations he found himself in “a crazy depression,” with zero motivation, “just this weird, sort of nothingness.” He was reeling from what could be called “Post-Olympics Depression” — a not-uncommon phenomenon for Olympians, especially those in sports that draw so little mainstream attention outside the two-week Olympic window every four years.“He’d go sneak off to different college towns, party, meet girls. But the grass wasn’t always greener,” said his former coach and longtime friend, Mike Hanley. “And the whole idea of competing, skiing, training, it seemed like that had been maxed out. He felt like there was no place left for him to go in that world.”He stayed up late. Drank. Did nothing with his days, or nights. Eventually, Goepper gathered up the energy to go train at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs where things felt like they were getting back on track.The next winter, he hurt his shoulder, then hurt it again later in the summer. That was, he said, the injury “that kind of broke me mentally.”“I was in a zombie-like stage,” he said. “I needed a serious change that I wasn’t going to enact on my own.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH What happens next?The freestyle skier had been given a good chance to win a gold medal in Sochi, but ended up with a bronze, and yet, to the outside, that barely mattered. He was part of history: The Americans swept the first-ever slopestyle contest at the Olympics and became just the third U.S. trio to accomplish that feat at the Winter Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt took the down-home kid from Indiana nearly two years to find a satisfactory answer for either of his questions — two years in which he would roam the country trying to find himself, contemplating suicide, entering a rehab facility, alienating, then winning back, the trust of friends and family, and rediscovering his passion for skiing. Through all that, Goepper also discovered that the Olympic journey was worth it, even if a bronze — or even silver or gold medal — would never, by itself, make him a happier person.“My general takeaway from the Olympics was that of excitement, disappointment, stress,” Goepper says, “and things I definitely would’ve done differently.”center_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ FILE – In this Feb. 13, 2014, file photo, Nicholas Goepper, of the United States, makes a jump during a run in the men’s freestyle skking slopestyle final to win the bronze medal at the Rosa Khutor Extreme Park at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. Once the parties, the TV appearances and the celebration was over, Goepper found searching for `What’s Next?’ It was a disheartening journey for the Olympic bronze medalist, one that took him to the verge of taking his own life, to a rehabilitation clinic and, finally, back to the realization that he got into the sport not for the parties, but because he really loves skiing and winning. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits, File)ASPEN, Colo. — In the aftermath of his history-making triumph at the Sochi Olympics — the non-stop parties, the interview on Letterman, the random stops to be adored by strangers — Nick Goepper kept coming back to two questions.What just happened?ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Eventually, Goepper’s parents talked him in to going to a rehab center in Texas. After a few weeks of going through the motions at the center, something clicked.He started having conversations, reading more, writing a journal, taking more control of his life and thinking more about throwing himself back into skiing for not only this Olympic cycle, but the next one, as well.He was introduced to Jonny Moseley, the cutting edge, party-hearty freestyle skier of the 1990s, and was surprised with what he learned.“Johnny told Nick he didn’t drink when he was in his prime,” Hanley said. “He told him when you put in the leg work on the front end, it’s a lot more fun to take advantage of it all on the back end. That made a big impression on Nick. ”Goepper is rocking it in the leadup to the 2018 Olympics. In Korea, he’ll be favored to win some color medal again. If he does, he knows he’ll do things differently this time, though he’s not sure where the journey will take him. And maybe the point of the whole journey is that he doesn’t have to know.“I think Nick’s probably in the best spot he’s been in since he was 15,” Hanley said. “I think he’s finally to a point where he’s fine just saying, ‘I’m Nick Goepper and I like to ski.’” So much had happened during the Olympic experience that felt strange and out of his control.For instance, only at the Olympics does the entire concept of winning become so twisted. The late Dale Earnhardt gets credit for the classic saying: “Second place is the first loser.” At the Olympics, though, second place wins a silver medal, and third place is a winner, too, in the form of a bronze.“I was actually gutted for him and felt really bad,” Hanley said. “He was actually happy that he put down the run he wanted to. He seemed content. He had a plan and did what he planned on doing. The cards didn’t fall the way he wanted.“But the issues didn’t set in until the media tour started going.”It wasn’t that Goepper disliked the attention — the selfie-takers, autograph seekers and all the rest of the love. It was more that it felt so strange to be worshipped because of his prowess on the ski hill. Hanley tells of a time, shortly after the games, when they got off a ski lift in Vermont, and Goepper was recognized by a gaggle of fans, one of whom told him, “Thank you for everything you’ve done for our country.”“It’s nice and he was very grateful, but what do you say to that? ‘You’re welcome?’ He’s a skier,” Hanley said.And while all the skiers — or make that all besides Goepper and fellow medalists Gus Kenworthy and Joss Christensen — were going back to skiing after the Olympics, Goepper was learning what fame was like.“A whirlwind experience that I really wasn’t ready for,” Goepper called it.Nor was he ready for what would happen when it was over.His mother, Linda, said in an X Games interview that she knew there was trouble when Nick called her and said he was going to down a bottle of vodka at Lambs Canyon in Utah, which is where freestyler skier Speedy Peterson had taken his own life in 2011. 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George replaces injured Cousins on Team LeBron

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers George is averaging 21.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 steals in his first season with the Thunder after seven with Indiana.“Obviously, I would have liked to make it under better circumstance, because of an injury I got in,” George said after his team’s 121-108 win at Detroit. “But needless to say, I’m happy for this to be my fifth and go alongside Russ (Westbrook) and, you know, be a part of this franchise to hold it down for the Thunder. I’m grateful for this opportunity.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCousins was voted to start and was drafted to Team LeBron by captain LeBron James. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises View comments NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Uproar after darts ‘walk-on’ girls axed Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH APNEW YORK — Oklahoma City forward Paul George will replace injured New Orleans center DeMarcus Cousins on Team LeBron in the NBA All-Star Game.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the decision Saturday (Sunday Manila time), a day after Cousins went down for the season with an Achilles tear. The All-Star Game is Feb. 18 in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Coach Alas calls out Nabong for being ‘disrespectful’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Alas, who was aware of Nabong’s past, said the center never learned from his punishment from Meralco. “He was very disrespectful, he shouldn’t even be on the other team,” said Alas whose Fuel Masters got the victory over Nabong’s Batang Pier 104-100. “He should be able to control his emotions. We’ve always said that you should learn from your mistakes.”“He shouldn’t be like that. We didn’t grow up just to be like that.”ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhoenix head coach Louie Alas called out Globalport’s Kelly Nabong after the two got into a verbal altercation during their teams’ matchup in the PBA Philippine Cup where the center lost his cool and spewed expletives not fit for printing. Nabong got ejected with 2:39 left in the second quarter after shouting profanities at one of the officials and at Alas. ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa GALLERY: Ateneo Blue Eaglets savor UAAP Jrs basketball crown “I saw that he [Nabong] already shouted profanities at one of the referees and I told the official that he should be in control,” said Alas in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Then Nabong said a bad word at me so I told him that he picked the wrong guy.”“Then he kept saying all these profanities, which should never tolerated.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNabong had a similar episode when he was still playing with Meralco wherein he had an altercation against then assistant coach Jimmy Alapag. This incident caused the Bolts to drop their center who Globalport then picked up in free agency. center_img Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

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A lot going on for Murray as Wimbledon defense begins

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? Truth is, given all that is going on at the moment, the No. 1-seeded Murray could be forgiven for having a lot on his mind as he prepares to start his title defense at the All England Club on Monday.There’s a second child on the way for Murray and his wife — happy news, of course, and on Sunday, he assured a reporter who asked about its potential effect on his tennis this fortnight, “It’s certainly not a distraction in the slightest.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThere’s his inconsistent season and the chance he could relinquish his spot atop the rankings to Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal or Stan Wawrinka two weeks from now.There’s the matter of figuring out how to deal with his unorthodox opponent in the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s opening Centre Court match. They’ve never played each other, but Murray is somewhat familiar with Alexander Bublik, who is from Russia but represents Kazakhstan, just turned 20 and says he finds watching tennis boring: They had an off-court encounter for an ATP promotional video this year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong And there’s also the sore left hip that led one British tabloid to ask readers — at psychic Uri Geller’s prompting — to rub that part of Murray’s body in a front-page photo to heal him.“I’ve felt fairly calm the last few days, considering how I’ve been feeling,” Murray said.The hip forced Murray to skip exhibition matches on grass and a few days of training. But he said it’s feeling much better.“Obviously, this is an extremely important tournament, so you worry a little bit,” he said. “It’s a little bit stressful if you can’t practice for a few days. You really want to be preparing, training, as much as you can to get ready and make you feel better, especially when you hadn’t had any matches.”He is 21-9 so far in 2017, and his lone title came with the benefit of facing only one player ranked in the top 25.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Among other topics, Bublik discussed the “famous” Russian rappers he expects in his guest box on Monday; the tattoos on his right forearm (a map showing his hometown of St. Petersburg and a couple of quotations attributed to Eminem); and his disdain for following his own sport.“Even Rafa and Fed, you watch, the guys are putting everything in the court. It’s not interesting,” Bublik said with a mischievous grin. “I mean, it’s interesting to see the highlights … but when they’re rallying for 45 shots, you’re sitting and you’re feeling, ‘OK, can I quit tennis, please?’”Very little of Murray’s sort of hemming and hawing there.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Andy Murray rests between shots during a practice session ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)LONDON — Based on Andy Murray’s body language alone, reporters’ questions can produce an inordinate amount of consternation.He’ll puff his cheeks, then let out a sigh. He’ll rub his forehead, then clutch his chin. When answers do arrive, some are preceded by a hesitant “Ummm.” Others begin with “No” or “I wouldn’t have thought so” — or both. “I don’t know” is a popular refrain.ADVERTISEMENT UFC fighter who pooped herself will be sponsored by butt-wipes company Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Still, here was Roger Federer’s assessment of Murray’s chances at a place where in 2013 he became the first British man in 77 years to grab the trophy: “If he’s anything close to 100 percent physically, I consider him one of the big favorites to win the tournament. It’s that simple.”Murray did manage to reach the semifinals at the French Open, but since then he has played only one match — and lost.“I can take some anti-inflammatories if my hip flares up,” he said. “Hopefully that’s not the case.”Could be a lot of running required Monday, given the 134th-ranked Bublik’s penchant for sliced returns, drop shots, lobs and run-around forehands from midcourt.“My game is unpredictable. I don’t even know what I’m going to do,” Bublik said. “When the ball is coming to me, I decide right before I hit. So I don’t have a plan.”Murray is aware of all of that.“Some more sort of shots that guys may play in exhibitions, he tries when he’s out there,” Murray said. “That’s what I’ve heard.”Bublik acknowledges he’ll win more matches when he can “find a balance between making jokes and (being) a showoff.”He lost in the final round of qualifying last week, but made it into the main draw thanks to another player’s withdrawal.Bublik is known on tour for possessing, as Murray put it, “a big personality,” and that came through vividly during a session with a group of reporters at the All England Club. View commentslast_img read more

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Global Cebu forces draw on Meralco

first_imgDaryl Roberts made a rousing debut in the Philippines Football League as Global Cebu FC salvaged a 2-2 draw against FC Meralco Manila last Saturday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium in Manila.Activated by coach Marjo Allado in lieu of Guinean striker Sekou Sylla last week, Roberts, a former Trinidad and Tobago international, bagged a brace to cancel out goals from Phil and James Younghusband as both clubs picked up a point each.ADVERTISEMENT The result lifted the Sparks back to top spot with 24 points, just ahead of Kaya FC Makati, which can regain the lead with a victory against Ilocos United on Sunday at University of Makati.The Cebu side, with six wins, four draws and two losses, increased its tally to 22 points from 12 matches for third spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsTaking the attention away from rumored interest from the Davao Aguilas, James Younghusband put the Sparks on top by following up Joaco Canas’ strike that came off the post.Roberts equalized five minutes later with a brilliant individual effort, before Patrick Deyto stopped Phil Younghusband’s free kick to ensure that both sides remained tied and entered the break on level terms. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Perlas spikers rally past BaliPure to keep semifinal hopes burning LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Sparks regained the advantage with Younghusband scoring from the penalty spot in the 54th minute, but Roberts tied the match again six minutes later.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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Beefed-up Ceres XI tackles Home United

first_imgCeres Negros hopes to gain an early advantage when it clashes with Singaporean side Home United on Wednesday in the first leg of the AFC Cup Asean zonal finals at Jalan Besar Stadium in Singapore.The Busmen, who reached the final with a stunning upset of Johor Darul Ta’zim of Malaysia, added Stephan Schrock and Omid Nazari to beef up the squad while Patrick Reichelt is also expected to return from injury.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Sparks begin life without Younghusband brothers Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES The winner of the two-leg final advances to the inter-zonal semifinals against Istiklol of Tajikistan. Ceres will host the second leg on Aug. 9.Serbian coach Risto Vidakovic would rather have his squad seize control of the tie early with a strong performance in the first leg kicking off at 7:30 p.m.“We reached the final because we fought and played as a team against strong teams. We have to do the same to get a good result for us to have control when we play at home,” said Vidakovic.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars View commentslast_img read more

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Fernandez says Cignal HD underdog against Marinerong Pilipino; Flying V tackles CEU

first_img“We’ll find a way to matchup with them. We’re excited right now, we’re excited that we made it to the semis right away, but we’ll try to find ways to win against Marinero,” the veteran mentor said.Skippers coach Koy Banal, meanwhile, is firm in his belief that the Skippers’ miracle run, which now stretches to seven games, could still continue in the semifinals.In the other series, unbeaten top-seed Flying V wants nothing but to extend its 10-game winning streak against Centro Escolar University at 3 p.m.However, Thunder coach Eric Altamirano acknowledges that the elimination sweep will be moot if his team doesn’t get the job done.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “If you look at it, we’re the underdog. We lost to Marinero twice: one practice game, one in the eliminations,” he said, recounting the Hawkeyes’ 66-65 defeat to the Skippers on June 8.Add to that the arrival of key figures like Robbie Herndon and Renzo Subido to the opposition and we may just be bracing for an upset. “They have a totally different line up from when we faced them,” said Fernandez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut Cignal has no other choice but to take this challenge head-on as Game 1 of the semifinals begins on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Fernandez will be counting on Raymar Jose, Jason Perkins and Pamboy Raymundo to stop the tidal wave of Marinerong Pilipino in their 5 p.m. tussle. Gilas shatters Great Wall Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Gamescenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Despite coming in as the No. 2 seed, Cignal HD coach Boyet Fernandez believes that his side is at a disadvantage against Marinerong Pilipino in their best-of-three semifinals series in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

"Fernandez says Cignal HD underdog against Marinerong Pilipino; Flying V tackles CEU"