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  • Thompson dominates in Doha

    first_img Jamaica’s Simone Facey, 23.00, and Veronica Campbell-Brown, 23.09, finished fourth and fifth respectively.  Earlier, Natoya Goule featuring in only her second Diamond League test, finished seventh in the 800m in a time of 2:01.59 behind winner Caster Semenya (South Africa), 1:56.61 in what was the fastest time registered at the Doha Diamond League.  Schippers had to settle for second place with a time of 22.45 seconds with Marie Josee-Ta Lou taking third spot in 22.77. “It was a tough race, maybe it was the wind. The time was good, and that’s OK for now,” said Schippers.  Elaine Thompson exploded with a dominant 22.19 seconds win in the 200m at the Doha Diamond League meet at the Qatar Sports Club on Friday.  Thompson, the double Olympic sprint champion flew through the first phase of the race, taking control around the corner and holding off an attempt by Dafne Schippers before extending the daylight between herself and her Dutch rival in front of an appreciative crowd. center_img IN PHOTO: Thompson (left) and Schippers. – File Photolast_img read more

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  • ‘Fighting for their fate’: Chinese kids adopted by MMA club

    first_imgIsner, Harrison advance to BB&T Atlanta Open final  MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets En Bo, the club’s Tibetan founder, was formerly in the military, and has spent the last 18 years running amateur MMA fighting studios.Enbo Fight Club boasts more than 200 members, with kids comprising just a small fraction.“As long as they meet my standards, we take kids of all ethnic groups, including the Qiang, Hui, Yi and Tibetan minorities,” En Bo told AFP in June. “We have a team that manages their health and safety, as well as teachers who are responsible for their schooling.”The kids’ housing, food and clothes are all provided by the club, En Bo said, and they receive extra “scholarships” if they win fights.But many commentators online were alarmed by the web documentary, streamed on the site Pear Video, in which the kids’ sparring appeared to be sold as a commercial spectacle.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTubecenter_img 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano In the footage, two thin, prepubescent fighters are seen in an octagonal steel cage. One knocks the other down and proceeds to bash him repeatedly about the head and body as the losing fighter cowers on the mat.Models wearing bikini tops and short jeans cheer and a man with a microphone whips up the crowd by saying the boys were “fighting for their fate.”“These kids are tougher than your kids,” the MC says. “Their story is more touching than your kids’. And they have had it much harder than your kids.”The video was a point of fierce debate on China’s Twitter-like Weibo platform.“Soliciting and using minors to engage in commercial performances which are also violent, while depriving them of a salary, is illegal,” wrote one user named Chen Ming.Others argued that without the club the boys would end up on the street and a possible life of crime.The glaring neon lights, rowdy crowds, and scantily-clad female performers at these public fights did not faze Jihushuojie, a 12-year-old who joined the club one and half years ago.“I’m not really scared of getting hurt,” he told AFP. “Before a fight, I feel relaxed and excited.”China had 500,000 orphans at the end of 2015, with less than 20 percent raised by the state and only about five percent adopted, the latest-available official figures show.The fate of the rest is unclear. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur This picture taken June 2, 2017 shows Abieamu, 13, preparing to fight in an underground fight club in Chengdu.Abieamu is among the kids from the Tibetan plateau who were adopted into the Enbo Fight Club in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Though most of the club’s activities are government-sanctioned, Chengdu police launched an investigation into the mixed martial arts (MMA) group in late July after a video showing two 14-year-old boys in a bruising cage fight before a roaring crowd went viral last week. / AFP PHOTO / Fred DUFOURThe 13-year-old fighter in training starts his day at 8 a.m.After a quick breakfast, he heads to a gym in southwest China where more than a dozen other shirtless teenage boys are kickboxing, wrestling and grappling — holding one another in full-body grips until one person yields.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Abieamu is among the kids from the Tibetan plateau who were adopted into the Enbo Fight Club in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province. Many were orphans or came from impoverished homes, and were connected to the club through the local civil affairs bureau.Though most of the club’s activities are government-sanctioned, Chengdu police launched an investigation into the mixed martial arts (MMA) group earlier this week after a video showing two 14-year-old boys in a bruising cage fight before a roaring crowd went viral last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Local authorities could not be reached for comment Friday. The education department in Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture told Chinese media that the underage fighters have been returned to Liangshan and may be matched with new schools.A coach for the club told AFP that most of the kids have returned to the Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture of Aba, where they are continuing their training. LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicanslast_img read more

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  • Archers, Tams brawl again in preseason, this time in Davao City

    first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES Vanguardia rues Rice’s 3rd quarter explosion in Phoenix loss to TNT “It happened outside the UAAP so we can’t really act on it in relation to the tournament,” said Saguisag. “But they still represent their schools and the league so it may be up to the UAAP Board to discuss.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees A video uploaded on Twitter by FEU athletic director Mark Molina saw La Salle forward Prince Rivero giving a back pick on FEU player Ken Ebonia, who fell on the floor upon contact.La Salle center Abu Tratter jumped in front of the fallen Ebonia while teammate Ricci Rivero slammed the ball at the FEU player, before following it up with a punt kick as another free-for-all ensued.“The second commotion which happened on the very next play after the first commotion is plain and simple, a planned and premeditated attack,” said the FEU official on his Twitter account.La Salle coach Aldin Ayo was seen in videos trying to pacify the players. But Ryan Betia, an assistant of new coach Olsen Racela at FEU, claimed that the Archers mentor choked FEU player Arvin Tolentino trying to act as a pacifier.UAAP basketball commissioner Rebo Saguisag said he will look into the incident, which marked the second time in as many years that the two teams have figured in a preseason scuffle.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Eyewitnesses said the match had been heated for the most part, before two brawls ensued—the second of which forced organizers to call off the game.The first commotion ensued in the third quarter with FEU leading, 73-59. FEU’s Ken Tuffin bumped La Salle guard Kib Montalbo, who retaliated with a head butt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Ron Dennison, who was earlier ejected for two unsportsmanlike fouls, then came out of nowhere to hit Montalbo, who had his back turned to the FEU player, sending the La Salle guard sprawling to the floor.The second incident that led to the game forfeiture came just after play resumed. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The UAAP Season 80 game between La Salle and Far Eastern U on Sept. 10 could just be the most anticipated game of the tournament yet.The two teams figured in an ugly free-for-all in an invitational tournament in Davao City late Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dieslast_img read more

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  • San Miguel aims for All-Filipino Cup history after failed Grand Slam bid

    first_imgAs its quest for a Grand Slam ended on Wednesday night, San Miguel Beer quickly shifted its focus on a different shot at history.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 done: Wade makes it official, signs with Cleveland “We are the defending champions of the All-Filipino the last three years, we’ve been the best team in the PBA for the last three or four years” he said.“Just cause we fell short today doesn’t mean we’re still not the best team. I think a lot of people think that we’re still the best team in the PBA regardless of our shortcomings this conference.”The 32-year-old Ross, who was the Finals MVP in the 2017 Philippine Cup, said the team can’t wait to be back on the court.“We’re eager to get going in the All-Filipino, we want to take a rest and rest our bodies because it’s a long year and we played more games by far than any team in the PBA so we need to rest our bodies, come back and defend our crown.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments The Beermen now have their sights set on a fourth consecutive PBA Philippine Cup championship, a feat that has never been done before.“We just have to move on. We’re going to bounce back next conference. We can still make history with four straight All-Filipino titles,” said June Mar Fajardo in Filipino after SMB got blown out by Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogREAD: Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semisIt was a painful exit for the Beermen, who suffered their worst loss of the season. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The setback, however, also put things in perspective for San Miguel.“Just cause we don’t win the grand slam doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great year,” guard Chris Ross said. “We had a great year, we won two conferences, five out of nine championships, it’s not a failure.”“Sometimes you fall short in life, sometimes it’s how you bounce back from shortcomings so I’m sure it will hurt, it hurts all of us in the locker room but there’s some smiles over there and we got something to play for in the All-Filipino is to win that conference four straight.”READ: San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run Ross believes the title of being the best team in the PBA still belongs to the Beermen despite their early exit.ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide How to help the Taal evacueeslast_img read more

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  • ‘Mini Jalalon’ continues to impress for the Chiefs in crucial stretch

    first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “It’s still far. I’m challenged whenever coach Jerry gives me advice, especially when I commit mistakes. I always listen to him and I try my best to achieve what we’re trying to reach, to correct my miscues so that next game, I can correct those. It’s still a learning process for me and I know that I still have a lot to learn,” he said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Onwubere bids EAC goodbye on a winning note Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSuperstitions have always been a huge part of Levi dela Cruz’ game that he continues to wear the same uniform he played well in for his next games.“Whatever I wore when I felt lucky, I won’t stop wearing it. Whatever I used when I was named the best player or whenever I play well, I would continue using it,” said dela Cruz, pointing to his gray jersey after pouring 20 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals in Arellano’s 81-64 win over Mapua on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Coach Jerry Codiñera, however, says that dela Cruz isn’t so much of a Salado, but more of a Jio Jalalon, going as far as giving him a moniker of his own.“He’s like a mini version of Jalalon. The Mini Bus Driver, or the Coaster Driver,” the PBA great said, triggering smiles from the press.Turning serious, Codiñera sees big things ahead for his 22-year-old guard.“For a rookie, he’s outstanding. I think he’s our third best player and I hope he’ll continue. He has a bright future, but he has to mature, his shot selection has to keep improving, and we continue on improving. He has to shoot well, defend well, and he has to direct and lead the team,” he said.Humbled with the comparison, dela Cruz knows that he’s still far from the level of the former Arellano playmaker.ADVERTISEMENT But no matter how superstitious he is, Dela Cruz, of course, washes his clothes first.It looked like Dela Cruz’ lucked rubbed off the Chiefs as they strung four straight wins in their late Final Four run to go up to an even 9-9 slate with the pint-sized playmaker leading the way.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDela Cruz has stepped up to the plate for Arellano, filling the shoes left by Kent Salado in the last two games, with the lead guard out for the season due to a slight MCL tear on his right knee.Interestingly, dela Cruz is wearing jersey number 16, the same number Salado wore until he changed to 3 this year. But he argued that it’s just pure coincidence, explaining that he devoted his number to his parents’ anniversary.last_img read more

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  • Davis scores 45, Pelicans beat Celtics in OT

    first_imgPelicans: Visit Atlanta on Wednesday night.Celtics: Host Philadelphia on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It was a great win for us. They tested us,” said Davis, who just missed matching the 48 points he scored Sunday during a win in New York.Cousins added 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 23 points. The trio combined for all 12 Pelicans points in OT as New Orleans handed the Celtics their first loss of 2018.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 folkIan Clark added 15 points for the Pelicans, whose size inside ended up prevailing in overtime when Boston’s barrage of 3-pointers stopped falling.Kyrie Irving led Boston with 27 points, 24 after halftime as the Celtics rallied from a 12-point deficit and led by as much as five late in regulation. “For some reason tonight, the whole game we were a little careless. It just carried over there at the end,” said Al Horford, who had 14 points and nine rebounds. “We thought we had it. It just got away from us.”Marcus Smart and Jaylen Brown added 16 points apiece for the Celtics, who attempted a season-high 50 3-pointers. Rather than challenge Davis and Cousins inside, the Celtics lived outside and it cost them in overtime when they went just 1 for 4.“I thought we did a great job defensively in the first half trying to contain Kyrie. You know that that’s not going to last the entire game,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We came up with stops when we absolutely had to and then we were able to make some plays down the stretch that were the difference in the game.”Horford’s 3-pointer early in OT gave Boston a 107-106 lead and Boston went up 113-110. A jumper by Cousins cut the lead to 113-112, then Holiday added two more field goals and Boston couldn’t catch up from there.“They kept worrying about me so much diving to the rim, Jrue was able to hit them little midrange jumpers. He kind of took over that overtime for us and got some separation for us,” Davis said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis slams a dunk during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans eventually were too big for the Boston Celtics.Davis had 45 points and 16 rebounds as he and DeMarcus Cousins controlled the lane and led the Pelicans to a 116-113 overtime victory on Tuesday night, ending the Celtics’ seven-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours New Orleans survived a rough start to the fourth, opening the period 3 for 13 and going without a field goal from 6:40 remained until the 1:50-mark, when a layup by Clark cut Boston’s lead to 101-98. The Pelicans went ahead 104-102 in the final minute of regulation before Irving drove for a layup to tie it at 104-all with 11 seconds left.Irving scored 16 in the third to help Boston back into it, but New Orleans scored the last six points of the third for an 87-80 lead, and went ahead by 10 early in the fourth.Boston battled back again, tying it at 95-all when a dunk by Brown invigorated the home fans.SECOND WINDThe Pelicans overcame Boston’s five-point lead late despite a rough fourth quarter for Davis, who was 0 for 3 from the floor and scored only four points in the period.“I think they did a good job on him but also he had played a long stretch of minutes. And I thought he was fatigued more than anything,” Gentry said. “But when we needed him most, when we needed Jrue most, that’s when they came through. And that’s the big thing.”TIP-INSPelicans: Davis was warmly greeted by Celtics fans. He had 25 points at halftime.Celtics: The Celtics were playing their first game since returning from London, where they beat the Philadelphia 76ers 114-103 on Thursday. … Boston shot just 35 percent (18 for 51) in the first half. … Boston’s previous high for 3-pointers attempted was 43 against Atlanta on Nov. 18.FAREWELL JOJOThe Celtics announced during the game that Hall of Famer Jo Jo White, a two-time NBA champion with Boston, had died at age 71.Boston coach Brad Stevens said White was always “super kind” during what little time he got to spend with the two-time NBA champion, whose No. 10 was retired in 1982.“He was always clearly really appreciative to have been a part of the Boston Celtics,” Stevens said. “You just appreciated how he treated everybody. And he was around, you could tell he had an influence on our guys and an impact on our guys. It’s really sad.”UP NEXT: Pacquiao says in talks to fight Lomachenko Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

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  • ‘Never say die’ is ‘done, not said,’ Jaworski reminds Ginebra after blowout loss

    first_imgJaworski also stressed that “never say die” attitude isn’t just any motto, but a way of life — something that the Gin Kings need to fully embody ahead of Game 5 on Saturday.“It’s not just said. It’s done,” he said. “I want to say that they are tired. I wanna say that for them to get back in the series. But they got to do more than what they did tonight.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “He didn’t come in. I heard he was coming but I didn’t see him. Maybe we were too far behind,” he said.Cone himself was disappointed for what he felt was a lackluster effort from his team, which is a loss away from a semifinals exit.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 folkBut for Jaworski, all hope is not lost for his old team, but he knows pulling off a comeback against the mighty Beermen would take more than just Ginebra’s A-game.“They’ve had a hard journey before the semis, and this time, it isn’t easy. They’re playing San Miguel and they have to put a lot of effort and desire together,” said the Ginebra great. “San Miguel is shooting threes and you’re not even defending. What will happen? They got to work their butts out.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:12State media: Oman Sultan Qaboos bin Said has died02:14Carpio 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism PBA IMAGESGinebra coach Tim Cone heard that the Robert Jaworski was about to pay the team a visit in the dugout after the game on Thursday, but there was no sign of the living legend when the final buzzer sounded.For the two-time Grand Slam-winning coach, the no-show was unsurprising, especially after the Gin Kings’ humiliating 81-102 Game 4 defeat to San Miguel to fall behind 1-3 in their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Now on brink of exit, Ginebra looking for more from supporting cast MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

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  • Isco hat trick leads Spain rout over Argentina

    first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters GALLERY: Azkals make Philippine football history Spain’s midfielder Isco celebrates after scoring a goal during a friendly football match between Spain and Argentina at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in Madrid on March 27, 2018. AFP PHOTO/GABRIEL BOUYSSpain blew Argentina away on Tuesday but coach Julen Lopetegui insists they can take nothing for granted at this summer’s World Cup.A 6-1 demolition, which included an Isco hat-trick at the Wanda Metropolitano, underlined Spain’s credentials as one of the tournament favourites in Russia, while exposing Argentina, who were without the injured Lionel Messi.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebackcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Diego Costa was back in Spain’s starting line-up for the first time in eight international matches and he marked his return with the opening goal.Isco then scored twice either side of what proved to be no more than a consolation from Argentina’s Nicolas Otamendi, before Thiago Alcantara, substitute Iago Aspas and Isco’s third completed the rout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I am very satisfied with a win against the finalists of the previous World Cup,” Lopetegui said. “It is an opponent that has a fantastic history, but nothing else, it does not change anything, we have to start the World Cup with zero points (in the group stage).”As irresistable as Spain were going forward, Argentina were lamentable at the back and coach Jorge Sampaoli will have questions to answer with the World Cup less than three months away.  MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery – Harrowing night for Argentina –It was a harrowing night for Argentina but perhaps not a good one either for Alvaro Morata. Costa’s goal, coming before Aspas entered as a substitute to score one and set up two more, meant the Chelsea forward was hardly missed.“We decided to put Diego in, we thought it was what we needed,” Lopetegui said. “In the second half, Diego had a problem and we wanted to see Iago. They will both be full of confidence, along with all the players that come with us.” The victory also means Spain have now scored in all their 18 games under Lopetegui, a new record for a Spanish coach. Without Messi, Gonzalo Higuain was the visitors’ principle threat up front, with Ever Banega, Maximiliano Meza and Giovani Lo Celso given the chance to impress behind him in a 4-2-3-1 formation. For Spain, Lopetegui adopted a 4-3-3, with Isco and Asensio either side of Costa, and Thiago, Andres Iniesta and Koke again forming an attacking midfield trio.In a week where the Catalan crisis continued to dominate the Spanish headlines, Barcelona’s Gerard Pique was whistled by the home fans whenever he received possession. There were applauds too from some sections of the crowd and the jeers were temporarily drowned out by cheers when a thundering Pique tackle prevented a threatening Argentina break. For the first goal, Costa put his body where others might not, bundling the ball in between the leaping Fabricio Bustos and goalkeeper Sergio Romero, the latter forced off as a result and replaced by Willy Caballero. Cabellero was then at fault for Spain’s second, as his poor clearance landed at the feet of Thiago. Three passes later, the last from Asensio, allowed Isco to sidefoot home.  View comments Argentina pulled one back before half-time when Otamendi headed in Banega’s cross but their defence would only keep them competitive for so long. With Costa substituted, Aspas made an instant impact, setting up Isco and then Thiago, before scoring himself after De Gea’s long pass.Isco guided into the corner for his hat-trick in the 74th minute. Argentina looked relieved when the final whistle blew. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I have to take responsibility,” Sampaoli said.He might cling to the hope of Messi, whose hamstring strain meant he was not even in the squad, instead left to watch on from the stands. “Leo trained with us, he had a very good week of workouts but still had some discomfort in his leg,” Sampaoli said.Sergio Aguero and Angel Di Maria were also out injured but Argentina’s problem was less creating chances than containing Spain’s as Costa, Isco and Marco Asensio simply proved too quick to catch. Asensio is likely still to give way to David Silva but Costa showed he is ready to be Spain’s main striker, this game completing his reintegration after an autumn disrupted by his Chelsea departure.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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  • Nadal wants extra practice after reaching Monte Carlo final

    first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “It’s getting there,” said Nishikori, who has missed the past two majors because of a torn tendon. “Little bit sore still.”Nishikori won on his first match point when Zverev scooped a backhand wide. The German player looked jaded, having finished a long and grueling quarterfinal at 9 p.m. on Friday.Nishikori has never won a Masters and last reached a final two years ago in Montreal. He beat Nadal in their last encounter two years ago to take the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.He knows it will be a different challenge toppling him in Monte Carlo.“He’s been dominating crazy this week,” Nishikori said. “On clay he’s the king.”Nadal never looked imperious as he beat Dimitrov for the 11th time in 12 career meetings.“In the second set, he started to miss more,” Nadal said modestly. “I was there solid. That’s all.“Being in 12 finals already here is something difficult to imagine,” added Nadal, who has lost only one, to Djokovic in 2013.Dimitrov came out firing, but he was mostly more miss than hit.The Bulgarian cracked trying to serve for 5-5. He made consecutive double faults and hit a wild forehand long to trail 15-40. He saved one set point but Nadal was in ruthless mode and took the next chance. No matter that he has not dropped a set in six matches since coming back from a recurrence of a right hip injury; he is more focused on ironing out even the smallest of flaws.Even though he crushed Dimitrov, as he had Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals on Friday, Nadal was not satisfied.“I really had a lot of chances in the first set to have (a) little bit better score. I didn’t convert (them),” he said. “The only way to hold the level, and to hold the chances to keep winning after 10, 12 years, is to improve things.”He remains on course for a record-extending 11th Monte Carlo title and record 31st Masters. He shares the Masters record with Novak Djokovic, whose 30 wins include two here.Nishikori, who is making an encouraging return from a serious right-wrist injury, beat No. 4 Alexander Zverev 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 Curry cleared for modified practice after knee injury Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ What frantic emergency could command such attention?“I was texting Carlos to tell him that we need to book a court quick,” Nadal said. “I wanted to hit some forehands winners that I think I need for tomorrow.”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 crownSo the top-ranked Nadal, a 10-time French Open champion with 75 career titles, hurried to another clay court just for forehand practice ahead of Sunday’s final against Kei Nishikori, an opponent he has beaten nine times out of 11.While it may seem absurd, it is a reminder of the relentless perfectionist Nadal is even on his best surface.center_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Bulgaria’s Gregor Dimitrov in their semifinal singles match of the Monte Carlo Tennis Masters tournament in Monaco, Saturday April 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)MONACO — Rafael Nadal’s priority after reaching his 12th Monte Carlo Masters final was to whip out his phone and frantically text coach Carlos Moya.Despite a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 win against No. 5-ranked Grigor Dimitrov, he had a pressing concern given how quickly he was texting.ADVERTISEMENT Two consecutive love breaks and three easy holds made it 5-0 to Nadal in the second set.Nadal’s victory at Monte Carlo last year made him the first men’s tennis player in the Open era to win the same title 10 times. He then won a 10th title at Barcelona and at Roland Garros.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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  • Side-events spice up All-Star Batangas stop

    first_imgThe cream of the PBA dead shots and dunk artists are all set to wow the crowd on Friday at Batangas City Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Team Philippines prevailed versus the Luzon All Stars in Lucena last year.The Batangas All-Star spectacle starts at 4 p.m. with the holding of the keenly awaited Obstacle Challenge, the Three-Point Shootout and the slam-dunk competition, in that order.Former MVP Asi Taulava leads the big men in the Obstacle Challenge.Sonny Thoss, Raymond Aguilar, JP Erram, Kelly Nabong, Russell Escoto, Ken Bono, Justin Chua, Aldrech Ramos, Beau Belga, Gabby Espinas and Yousef Taha are also entered in one of the highlight events in this PBA midseason classic presented by Phoenix Fuel with Phoenix Pulse Technology.Meanwhile, titleholder Allein Maliksi and former champs Terrence Romeo and James Yap will shoot for the three-point crown.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Mindanao side turns back Gilas in PBA All-Star first leg 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Also in store for the fans in Batangas is a rare moment where PBA big men take part in the Obstacle Challenge—a skills event usually reserved for the smaller, quicker guys.These skills showpieces usher in the second leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star series, pitting the Smart National Team versus the PBA Luzon All Stars.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 crownThe All-Star Game is set at 7 p.m. where coach Leo Austria has at his disposal Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, LA Tenorio, Paul Lee, Jason Castro, Stanley Pringle, Matthew Wright, Marcio Lassiter, Alex Cabagnot, Arwind Santos, Ian Sangalang and Raymond Almazan as they challenge the national squad gearing up for the third window of the Fiba World Cup qualifiers.Donning the Smart Team Philippines jersey in Batangas are June Mar Fajardo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Troy Rosario, Mac Belo, Allein Maliksi, Terrence Romeo, Gabe Norwood, Jio Jalalon and Kiefer Ravena. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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