No stopping Ian Links

first_imgIAN LINKS has been presented with a sitter in this afternoon’s Reynold ‘Ren’ Gonzalves Memorial at 2000 metres, facing five rivals, three of whom he has consistently had behind him in his last four starts. The four-year-old colt not only has form to his advantage, he is the youngest in the line-up and the handicaps make him possibly the lightest in the field, coming in at approximately 49.0 kilos with two-claiming apprentice Jerome Innis. Racing against the trio of MIRACLE STAR, SCAR and RAGING PROSPECT in four consecutive races, IAN LINKS beat eight-year-old MIRACLE STAR three times in succession; finished ahead of SCAR in two of his last three and was way ahead of RAGING PROSPECT in three of the eight-year-old’s last four races. Forget IAN LINKS’ stablemate, ALSO CORRECT. The six-year-old mare returned from an unsuccessful stint at the breeding shed on March 4, a two-year lay-up, and has had the ambulance for company in four races since. Anthony Nunes’ BALLON D’OR might have won by 15 lengths on April 26 but could hardly have helped doing so in a seven-horse field of five-year-olds and upwards, non-winners of four races. Going up against IAN LINKS, who has not been worse than third in five consecutive overnight allowance races since February, should expose BALLON D’OR’s 15-length win for what it’s worth – a facile victory against lower-class horses. Since stepping up to overnight allowance in January, IANLINKS had two close calls in February. First he was beaten a length-and-a-quarter by out-of-class stablemate HOVER CRAFT at eight and a half furlongs before falling victim to another seasoned runner, TIME FOR ARMS, at a mile. In his last three races, he was third, outclassed by winners such as ANOTHER BULLET, UPPA TUNE and SUPERLUMINAL. In all three races, he was ridden by Omar Walker, carrying 117lb. Trainer Wayne DaCosta has asked the champion jockey to make way for Innis, a featherweight 49.0 kilos, making IAN LINKS the banker of the day.last_img read more

EAC takes command with rout of St. Benilde

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Sidney Onwubere also did the dirty work, doing it all with his 11 markers, 14 boards, four assists, three steals, and a block for the Generals, who started the season with a win.“I’m so thankful that they responded well,” said coach Ariel Sison, who exuded in confidence as he expects a Final Four run this season for EAC.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’“We’re hoping that we can make it to the Final Four. We’re doing our best in our practices and we’re hoping that we can do well this year.”Francis Munsayac also chipped in nine points, six assists, and two rebounds in the conquest. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College established authority early on and coasted to a 74-64 win over St. Benilde Friday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Cameroonian big man Hamadou Laminou showed no signs of rust coming off an MCL injury in the preseason and imposed his presence with his 21 points, 13 rebounds, and seven blocks.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade 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 respitecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES The Generals jumped to an early 25-13 advantage and continued to pounce on the hapless Blazers, extending the lead to as high as 24, 61-37, at the end of the third period.Clement Leutcheu topped St. Benilde, which dropped to 1-1, with nine points and eight rebounds in the defeat.The Scores:EAC 74 – Laminou 21, Onwubere 11, Munsayac 9, Garcia 6, Pascua 5, Mendoza 5, Neri 5, Guzman 4, Diego 4, Corilla 3, Tampoc 1, Bautista 0, Mendoza 0, Altiche 0.ST. BENILDE 64 – Leutcheu 9, San Juan 8, Belgica 8, Mercado 7, Johnson 6, Bunyi 6, Naboa 4, Young 4, Velasco 4, Sta. Maria 3, Castor 2, Dixon 2, Domingo 1, Pili 0.Quarters: 25-13, 44-25, 61-37, 74-64.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Paul Millsap’s Nuggets signing brings him back to his rootslast_img read more

Slaughter admits dealing with chemistry issues in 1st game back for Ginebra

first_imgFilipinos 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 MOST READ ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Read Next LATEST STORIES Big 2nd half propels Meralco over debuting Ginebra 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’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Greg Slaughter in his first game back since suffering an ACL injury 10 months ago. PBA IMAGESAfter being on the sidelines for nearly a year due to an ACL injury, Barangay Ginebra center Greg Slaughter admitted he is still groping for form.And it showed on Sunday night when Slaughter played his first game in 10 months.The Gin Kings were obviously a bigger team with the 7-foot Slaughter back in tow, but they also played differently as they tried to incorporate the Cebuano giant back into the system.“I think we just have some chemistry to figure out, you know? I’m coming in after over a year, during that time we really had a lot of success, so it’s up to me to try to figure out how to fit in with everyone,” Slaughter told reporters after Ginebra lost to Meralco, 93-78.“We have a different style of play now. So I’m looking how I can fit in, help everyone else, compliment our team to be better.”Known for its running game, Ginebra had just one fastbreak point while Meralco had 18. The Kings also had as many assists (22) as turnovers (21).“I think we started out well, but kinda lost our chemistry in that second half. We gave up a lot of easy fastbreak points. We didn’t have any fastbreak going on. I think we scored one point,” Slaughter noted.“I think that rebounds were out of control. That’s up to me, Japeth, and Justin and figure out with our big lineup how we’re going to control them rebounds because with a lineup with our size, I don’t think there should be any game where we lose rebounds.”Slaughter finished with 14 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks in a little over 30 minutes of play.He said he feels “better than before” but his timing is still off after the long layoff.“Still trying to find my timing and I’m trying to find how I can fit in with the guys.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets View commentslast_img read more

ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ SINGAPORE—Both Gina Iniong and Mei Yamaguchi have grown as fighters in the three and half years since they last faced off.Iniong has made name for herself as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the region and one of the fast rising female fighters in the ONE Championship promotion with two convincing wins just this year.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi (L) and Philippines’ Gina Iniong face off during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonREAD: ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong So the Baguio City native is looking for a more decisive outcome this time in their upcoming atomweight bout on Friday, and she is careful not to make the same mistakes this time around.“I will go for a TKO if I could,” said Iniong, a veteran wushu artist, who sees her striking game as her biggest edge. “But this is mixed martial arts, and anything can happen. So let’s see.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Seniors Dennison, Trinidad grateful to Racela for Season 80 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For her part, Yamaguchi has gone 8-5 since with her latest win an impressive submission of Jenny Huang in June.READ: Two weeks after last fight, Iniong faces Yamaguchi in ONE Singapore cardFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“Since our last fight, I think I’ve improved a lot. In a scale of 1-10, maybe my improvement is at eight,” the soft-spoken Iniong told PH-based reporters after the ONE: Immortal Pursuit press conference at Marina Bay Sands here.Iniong, who was a last-minute replacement for Angela Lee in the 10-bout card set at Singapore Indoor Stadium, edged Yamaguchi in a split decision victory in May 2014, a result the Japanese fighter’s camp thought was debatable. View commentslast_img read more

Nash, Kidd, Hill, Allen eligible for basketball Hall of Fame

first_imgHood scores 29 points as Jazz beat Spurs AP FILE PHOTOSPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts — Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, fellow star point guard Jason Kidd, Grant Hill and Ray Allen are among six first-year candidates for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The Detroit Pistons backcourt of Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton also became eligible after the Hall changed its rules to allow players to reach the ballot after three years of retirement.ADVERTISEMENT The candidates eligible for enshrinement in 2018 were announced Thursday (Friday Manila time) by the Hall on the anniversary of James Naismith’s invention of the game.Coaches on the ballot for the first time include Steve Fisher, who won a title at Michigan and later coached its Fab Five, and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins.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 women’s committee nominated former WNBA stars Becky Hammon, now a San Antonio Spurs assistant coach, as well as Tina Thompson and Katie Smith.Finalists from the North American and women’s committees will be announced at NBA All-Star weekend on Feb. 17 in Los Angeles. The entire class will be unveiled during the NCAA Final Four in San Antonio. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Team defense key in Road Warriors’ series-tying win

first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Unlike in Game 3 where the Magnolia backcourt easily had its way, NLEX was better equipped to stifle guys like Paul Lee, Mark Barroca, and Jio Jalalon as Alas and Kiefer Ravena rose to the challenge of coach Yeng Guiao.“Coming into this game, we really had a good team mentality in not just stopping Paul or Ian (Sangalang), but the whole team. And we were able to do that today, that we were able to execute our game plan and translate it to this game,” 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 folk Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Victolero needs Hotshots’ bigs to step up Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Road Warriors were on the top of their game on the defensive end, which led to frustrating nights for the Hotshots’ playmakers like Lee (11 points on a 3-of-11 shooting) and Jalalon (10 points on a 4-of-11 shooting).Alas, meanwhile, had a solid output of 13 points, six rebounds, and five assists as he was a perfect compliment to Kiefer Ravena, who had 20 markers, five dimes, and three boards.The 26-year-old scorer knows how big of a clash Game 5, scheduled on Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo will be.“Of course, who wins that game will be one game away from the Finals. We know the importance of that,” he said. “It’s already a chess match. It’s now just a matter of giving your 100-percent in the games.”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 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netShifting its defensive focus to the Magnolia squad as a whole was the key in NLEX’s convincing 91-79 Game 4 victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals to level the series at two games apiece.“Last game, we put too much focus on Paul (Lee). But now, our focus was stopping the whole team,” admitted Kevin Alas as the Road Warriors’ defense held the Hotshots to just 36-percent.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback .@ArangkadaNLEX’s @kevinlouiealas shares that the team acknowledged the prowess of Magnolia’s guards which led to a better defensive job in this Game 4 win. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/FR02XDEVAu— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 16, 2018 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Wong posts 63 excellent sets for Ateneo, but she’s not counting

first_imgNo Holy Week break for Fajardo, Beermen after Hotshots push them to the limit In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “It’s a good thing but it’s better if we win whatever number was in the stat sheet, because it won’t matter if we lose.”Wong’s playmaking helped the Lady Eagles get to an 8-3 record and clinch at least a playoff for the last spot in the Final Four.And winning in a tough manner against the Lady Falcons would help, Wong said, Ateneo to have the mental and emotional edge it needs to close out the eliminations.“I don’t take any team easily, we have to fight against them no matter what,” said Wong in Filipino. “We may have clinched the playoff but our goal is the top two or the top one so it’s really important to get that twice-to-beat advantage so that will be the next goal for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ The Lady Eagles came back from a seven-point deficit, 22-17, in the fourth set and pulled off a 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 26-24, 15-12 win.And setter Deanna Wong literally had a hand in all of Ateneo’s attack points.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 crownWong had a preposterous stat of 63 excellent sets even though the Lady Eagles scored just 57 spikes, but the third year playmaker isn’t a fan of delving too much into individual numbers.“Actually I don’t mind how many I had,” said Wong at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “All I really thought of was how I can chase the ball and how I can set the ball even if it wasn’t received perfectly.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It wasn’t just Ateneo’s comeback win against Adamson University that broke the lazy mundane on Sunday, but how it was also orchestrated.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Palami mulls over ‘another role’ in PH football after Azkals’ historic win

first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPhilippine Azkals team manager Dan Palami couldn’t be any happier for the team after its 2-1 victory against Tajikistan on Tuesday to qualify for its first ever 2019 AFC Asian Cup.But just as the country reached its highest point to date, the amiable executive hinted that he might be looking for another role elsewhere in the Philippine football landscape.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Azkals coach Dooley: ‘This is the best team that we had’ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “Sometimes you look at your bank account, you just think if it’s all worth it. These are the kinds of moments that makes everything worth it.”With his sacrifice finally paying off, Palami believes the best move for him now is to step away from the seniors’ team and put his focus somewhere else.“I think after being with this team from 2010 to 2018, to now to the 2019 Asian Cup, I have to evaluate as well my role in Philippine football,” he said, clarifying that he hasn’t put too much thought on his next move just yet.“Maybe, it will be in the grassroots. I don’t know. I have to think about that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I think after getting the team to the Asian Cup, I have to look at maybe another role for me in Philippine football,” he bared.“My children are already telling me that I won’t have any inheritance for them,” he joked. “But it’s been a long journey and it’s a happy culmination for all those heartaches.”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 crownPalami has been the national football team’s chief backer since 2010, when it burst into public consciousness after its historic win over Vietnam in the AFF Suzuki Cup dubbed as the “Miracle of Hanoi.”From there, he has overseen the squad’s development for the better part of the last decade, from changing coaches to recruiting new faces as they proudly hoisted the Philippine flag in the international stage whenever they took the pitch. View comments And for the Azkals to finally reach the Asian Cup, the 47-year-old Tacloban native said that all of those hard days and sleepless nights are all worth it.“Through all those heartaches, those the dark ages where we couldn’t been anything to finally here, I’m just thankful,” he said, recounting the days when Azkals had little to no expectations behind them and just wanted to represent the country at the best they could.“We were just trying. I think that says it all. We’ve been through a lot, especially for me, we’ve seen players come and go, I’ve seen coaches come and go. We’ve not always been successful, but to make it to the bigger stage, after all those heartaches, it feels great. It’s a feeling that can’t be described,” he said..@dscpalami: We’ve not always been successful, but to make it to the bigger stage, masaya. #AFCAsianCup2019 pic.twitter.com/LsJDhvGiC8— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 27, 2018ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

San Miguel-Alab PH confident of snapping HK spell

first_imgTeen boxer barges into Luzon finals 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “At the same time, they’re still the defending champs and they have homecourt advantage, so it’s going to be important for us to shift our focus as we head home and go to Hong Kong on Wednesday.”Ray Parks and other locals like Pao Javelona, Josh Urbiztondo and Pamboy Raymundo have been stepping up for Alab in recent games, and Alapag acknowledged he would need a Herculean effort from his wards to overcome the Hong Kong team.“We’re gonna have our hands full, but I told the guys, let’s give ourselves an opportunity (to make the finals),” said Alapag, who is in his first season as head coach. —CEDELF P. TUPASADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Armed with formidable imports and a sharper local crew, San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas seeks to end its losing streak to Hong Kong’s Eastern at the start of the best-of-three semifinals of the 2018 Asean Basketball League (ABL) on Wednesday at Southorn Stadium in Hong Kong.The Filipino club lost its last two games to the ABL defending champions this season, but coach Jimmy Alapag is upbeat the streak will end in their most critical game yet of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina With top PBA pick Christian Standhardinger and reigning best import Marcus Elliott spearheading the charge, Eastern swept its season series with Alab.Both games happened in the early part of the season when Alapag did not have world imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman at Alapag’s disposal.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 crownBalkman and Brownlee have taken turns in leading Alab to their best stretch since joining the league in 2016, helping the Filipinos reach the postseason as the No. 3 seed, before standing at the forefront of the two-game sweep of the Saigon Heat of Vietnam in the quarterfinals, 110-100 and 96-85.“We’re much, much different team compared to we were in the first half of the season,” said Alapag.last_img read more

LeBron ‘living the moment’ but eyes NBA talent options

first_imgAnd there is curiosity if James might leave Cleveland again to unite with the best possible talent, potentially doing what Durant did with the Warriors.James could join such talented rivals as Western Conference runner-up Houston with NBA scoring leader James Harden and Chris Paul, the Los Angeles Lakers guided by Magic Johnson or Philadelphia with young stars Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.“If you have a chance to win in this league, you have to go for it,” said Cleveland’s Kevin Love, who missed the playoffs in Minnesota six consecutive years before joining the Cavaliers.“There has been so much overhaul and so many things have happened this year… there could be something interesting that comes up for this team.”Golden State’s success will spark imitators, Love warns.“Somebody has to try to dethrone these guys,” Love said. “I think you’ll see a number of guys, a lot of movement. That’s going to continue to happen until there’s some sort of parity.”‘Most owners would pay’Three NBA players — Phoenix’s Jared Dudley, Minnesota’s Jamal Crawford and Portland’s C.J. McCollum — put their LeBron speculation on Twitter.Crawford tweeted James needed “another superstar (and more) against this juggernaut” with Dudley saying “my money is on @dmorey” and “Houston! The Warriors done force his hand.”When McCollum mentioned salary cap and luxury tax issues, Dudley responded, “Houston can make room easier then a Ritz Carlton” and “Most owners would pay that for Bron CP and the Beard (James, Paul and Harden) for 3-4 yrs.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “This has been one of the most challenging seasons of my career from the standpoint of what’s been going on with our ballclub,” James said.“I can go into more detail once this series is over. But it has been three or four or five seasons wrapped into one.”It’s a situation not unlike 2010 when James departed the Cavaliers to form a superteam in Miami with pals Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, winning two titles and losing two finals in four seasons.He returned to the Cavaliers in 2014 vowing to end Cleveland’s sports title drought, something he did by beating the Warriors in 2016 after 52 seasons since the 1964 NFL Browns won a title.READ: LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning“That was the best team I’ve ever played against,” James said of that Golden State squad. “They go 73-9 and then you add one of the best players the NBA has ever seen.”The Warriors responded to losing to Cleveland by adding superstar Kevin Durant and are now on the verge of back-to-back titles with him, Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green forming a powerful dynasty core.With free agency upcoming, rivals are looking to unite stars as well.“Every GM and every president and every coaching staff is trying to figure out how they can make up the right matchups to compete for a championship,” James said. Big player moves expected Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers controls the ball against the Golden State Warriors during Game Three of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 6, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Jamie Sabau/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James might be playing his “last” game for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the second and final time on Friday as the NBA superstar ponders becoming a free agent on July 1.James, who could opt out of his contract after the season, said Thursday he was “living the moment now” with Cleveland trailing Golden State 3-0 in the best-of-seven NBA Finals entering game four on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT A loss in his eighth consecutive finals would leave James 3-6 in career finals, his first being a 2007 sweep loss to San Antonio.READ: LeBron James focused on task at hand, not free agencyFEATURED 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 felt like my first stint here I just didn’t have the level of talent to compete versus the best teams in the NBA,” James said.“Not only do you have to have the talent, you have to have the minds as well. I knew that my talent level here in Cleveland couldn’t succeed getting past a Boston, the San Antonios of the league or whatever.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls It’s a similar tale this year, James saying Thursday the Warriors simply have more talent than his Cavaliers.“Obviously from a talent perspective, top five to our top five, they’re stacked better than us, let’s just speak truth,” James said.READ: One more win: Durant lifts Warriors past Cavs for a 3-0 lead “The room for error against a team like this is slim to none. You make mistakes. They make you pay. They’re already more talented than you are. 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