Ross, San Miguel put clamps on Ginebra import Brownlee

first_imgSan Miguel Beer guard Chris Ross and import Terrence Watson double teams Barangay Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESChris Ross may have given up four inches in defending Justin Brownlee, but at the end of the day, that huge height disparity was hardly a factor at all.Bringing in his scrappiness and grit, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year hounded the Ginebra import for the 42 minutes he spent on the floor to help San Miguel come away with a 107-103 victory.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled Ross is also hopeful that wins like these can finally silence critics saying that San Miguel is in a disarray.“I don’t think anything was wrong with us. We lost two games by one point. It’s not like we’re getting blown out. The game against Alaska, we got blown out, but before that, games against NLEX and Star were decided by just one possession,” he said. “I felt like we’re not playing bad even though we’re at 3-3. We’re always one possession away.”Ross agreed that looking back, the Beermen made a mistake on replacing Wendell McKines with Terik Bridgeman.But with Terrence Watson now in the fold, he believes that San Miguel is back to its old dominant self as it seeks to make it to the top four and ultimately capture the Grand Slam.“When we changed imports, I guess you could say they made the wrong decision, but I felt we’re playing good enough to win games. We’re just not making plays at the end of the game. But now that we got an import that competes and fits in well with us, plus we’re getting healthy and coach is finding our way with our rotation, then we’re starting to play a little bit better which is causing us to win games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground Desiderio walks the talk in UP’s last-second win over UST Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I was just taking the challenge,” shared Ross on Sunday. “He was really a prolific import. He puts his shirts on like I put my shorts on in the morning, so I just go out there and compete.”It may seem like a mismatch but the veteran guard showed he is the right man to slow down Brownlee, who was limited to just 14 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRoss, who had four steals, was also stellar on the offensive end with 20 points, four rebounds and five assists.“We’re desperate for a win and Ginebra is playing great basketball, so I’m just happy that we’re able to pull this win out,” he said. “Everyone played well. We had a great game plan from coach and we’re able to squeak this one out.” Winning start Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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EAC coach blasts refs after Arellano loss, upset over late tech on Onwubere

first_imgMOST READ The Generals mentor was slighted with how the game transpired in the final five minutes, where they were tried to mounted a rally after staring at what was once a 15-point deficit.With Arellano leading EAC, 75-74, Sison argued that the referees missed a traveling call on Lervin Flores with 1:32 left even as Sidney Onwubere got called for a shooting foul.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogTo make matters worse, the referees slapped a technical foul on Onwubere to hurt the Generals’ cause even more, allowing the Chiefs to takea 78-74 lead after the possession.“I don’t understand. I was so frustrated. I don’t know what happened. It’s fine with me if we lose, but when the game is crucial, we’re trailing 74-75, and they will call a technical foul on us? I don’t know,” he said. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide NCAA: Letran exacts revenge, eliminates Mapua Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees Sison is wary with how NCAA commissioner Bai Cristobal will interpret his sentiments after being the second coach to air his dissatisfaction on the officiating, following San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.But he said all he wants is to put his team on a better position to make it to the Final Four.“We want to win the game because this is the only way we can move to the Final Four. Now, I don’t know what will happen,” he said, as EAC sits at sixth place with its 6-7 card.“We still have five games. I told them we have no choice but to work hard again. Let’s see if we can get to the Final Four. If we do, we’re lucky. But if we don’t, we’ll just achieve what we achieved last year.”The Generals will shoot for an upset against league leader Lyceum on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “We’re gonna prepare for them, and hope that it will be the game we’ll getI hope we’re still alive because our hopes will depend on it,” he said. DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEmilio Aguinaldo College coach Ariel Sison couldn’t help but express his displeasure with the officiating on the heels of his side’s 84-79 defeat to Arellano on Friday.“I think it wasn’t fair. The referees decided the game. It should be the players who should do that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

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Mbala: MVP award is about hard work, not race

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Wiggins lifts Timberwolves past Pelicans Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “(Kiefer) Ravena was a back-to-back MVP, Bobby (Ray Parks Jr.) had back-to-back, so if you’re good, you’ll get it.”He formally received his award before Green Archers’ 92-83 victory over the Blue Eagles on Wednesday to force a winner-take-all Game 3 in the UAAP Season 80 Finals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkMbala’s new MVP award sparked another discussion on whether there should be a separate top individual award for locals and foreign-born players. Kobe Paras publicly said that the current set up is “unfair” for the homegrown players.But there was no doubt that Cameroonian standout was stellar in his second season with the Green Archers averaging 26.0 points, 13.08 rebounds, 2.5 blocks, 1.3 assists, and 1.3 steals in the 12 games. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:34UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: DLSU GREEN ARCHERS01:18SEA Games 2019: Guarte, Abahan complete PH sweep of obstacle course racing02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Though he missed La Salle’s first two assignments due to his obligations with the Cameroonian national team in the 2017 Afrobasket, that didn’t stop him from running away with the plum with 96.58 total statistical points (SPs), a full 30 SPs ahead of his closest pursuer — Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena.Mbala couldn’t help but think that the ones questioning him winning the hardware are just “looking for excuses.”“Why in the NCAA, (CJ) Perez was able to get it even with a lot of imports?,” he said of the Lyceum forward who was dominant in his run this past NCAA Season 93.“It doesn’t matter if you’re Filipino or foreign student-athlete, if you work for the MVP, then you will win it. If not, don’t look for excuses like divided it in local and foreign,” Mbala said. “It’s pretty unfair. That’s not how it was supposed to be.”ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set FILE – Ben Mbala. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLa Salle center Ben Mbala finds all the hullaballoo surrounding his second UAAP Most Valuable Player award amusing.“It’s pretty funny, you know, cause since I’ve been here, I’ve seen a local guy win MVP even with ‘imports,’ like they call us,” said Mbala, who is the first foreign player to win the UAAP honor since FEU’s Anthony Williams back in 1981.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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UAAP football: Ateneo ekes out 2-1 win vs La Salle

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mauro Acot chalked one for the Green Archers at the 83rd minute, but the Taft side’s comeback bid fell short in the end.With the victory, Ateneo has leveled itself with La Salle at six points apiece as they sit tied at third place.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 folkIn the other matches, University of the Philippines conceded its first goal of the season, but that didn’t rain on its 4-1 victory over Adamson to take the top spot with nine points.King Miyagi and JB Borlongan both had braces to tow the Fighting Maroons to their third victory, but had to deal with Falcons’ Jusue Pilarca scoring at the 12th minute, much to the dismay of coach Anto Gonzales. View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lyceum gets revenge, beats San Beda to take PCCL title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ “We weren’t sharp. We were lazy. We weren’t thinking,” he said.University of Santo Tomas and National University, meanwhile, engaged in a scoreless draw as the Growling Tigers fell to second place with their seven points. Jarvey Gayoso scored a brace as defending champion Ateneo downed La Salle, 2-1, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The reigning MVP picked up the scoring in the second half, first putting the Blue Eagles ahead at the 50th minute before doubling the lead at the 66th minute where he eluded two defenders before sending the ball to the back of the net.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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NU-La Salle rematch set this weekend as UAAP volleyball 2nd round opens

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Seething from their slim five-set defeat, Jema Galanza and the rest of Adamson are eyeing to bounce back against Ateneo’s Bea de Leon and Kat Tolentino on March 25, Sunday.Hell-bent to atone for its four-set shock defeat to Adamson, Dawn Macandili’s La Salle will be gunning for redemption when the Lady Spikers and the Lady Falcons squabble on April 11, Wednesday.The final playdate of the eliminations is also going to be a must-see event, with Final Four fates of each team all hanging in the balance on April 15 at Mall of Asia Arena. NU, led by MVP frontrunner Jaja Santiago, crosses paths with FEU in the 12 p.m. game, while rivals La Salle and Ateneo cap off the grind when they meet at 4 p.m. in that Sunday playdate.Here’s the full second round schedule of UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament: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 La Salle Lady Spikers vs NU Lady Bulldogs. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLeague pacesetter National University aims to reassert its mastery over defending champion La Salle when the two teams clash in the first weekend of the second round of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Bulldogs are seeking a repeat over the Lady Spikers after their thrilling five-set win last February 18 in what could potentially be a preview of this season’s Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lillard rallies Trail Blazers for tight win over Lakerscenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano NU (6-1) and La Salle (5-2) will be the 4 p.m. game on Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan, right after the tiff between Adamson (3-4) and UP (2-5) at 2 p.m.UST, meanwhile, eyes to prove its better than what its 2-5 record suggests when it meets cellar-dweller UE (1-6) Wednesday at 2 p.m., followed by the high-stakes face off between Ateneo and Far Eastern U.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 folkWith a season this unpredictable, every game is expected to be as crucial, but eyes are one few important rematches.Sisi Rondina and Bernadeth Pons meet once again when UST and FEU go on a collision course anew on March 14, Wednesday. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

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Messi reaches 100 Champions League goals, Barcelona beats Chelsea 3-0

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I think when you have the opportunity to make a great compliment to Messi, it is right to recognize a super, super, super top player,” Conte said. “We are talking about an extraordinary player. The best in the world. This type of player is born once in 50 years.”Barcelona remained unbeaten in 25 straight Champions League matches at Camp Nou, a run that dates back to 2013. The hosts also stayed in contention for a rare treble of titles. They lead the Spanish league and have reached the final of the Copa del Rey.Chelsea will now have to focus on finishing in the top four in the Premier League to return to tournament. It is currently in fifth place.Also on Wednesday, Bayern Munich won 3-1 at Besiktas to advance 8-1 on aggregate.Conte looked to repeat the team’s relative success at frustrating Barcelona’s attack from the first leg with its back line of five defenders.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ceres stays unbeaten in AFC Cup; Global triumphs View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But Messi needed very little to poke a hole in Chelsea’s wall.Barcelona’s all-time leading scorer started an attack with a pass meant for Dembele that was twice deflected before Luis Suarez deftly flicked it back to Messi.The Argentine forward targeted the only gap available: the slot in-between the legs of Courtois.“We know that we can always count on him,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said. “It goes with his character and the responsibility he feels for the team.”That ability to know exactly what his teammates need was clear when Messi swooped in to steal the ball from Fabregas in midfield and charged toward the box. Instead of passing to Suarez, he let the striker draw the remaining defenders to him, and then passed across for the unmarked Dembele to drive a rising shot over Courtois.It was Dembele’s first goal for Barcelona in his 12th appearance for the club and could represent a breakthrough for the 20-year-old France winger, who had been hesitant and error-prone in his previous games after recovering from two injuries since his move from Borussia Dortmund that could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million).Despite getting nothing from striker Olivier Giroud, Chelsea continued to press for a goal and came closest near the end of the first half.Willian and Eden Hazard both drew saves from goalie Marc-Andre ter Stegen and defender Samuel Umtiti before Marcos Alonso then sent a free kick off the post in injury time.Dembele also contributed in defense when he hustled back to make a clean tackle of Alonso when he was preparing to shot from close early in the second half.Messi made sure of the victory when he received a pass from Suarez and sped around a group of three defenders before humbling Courtois with a second strike between the legs. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Barcelona’s Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the Champions League round of sixteen second leg soccer match between FC Barcelona and Chelsea at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi joined Cristiano Ronaldo in the Champions League’s 100-goal club after scoring twice to lead Barcelona past Chelsea and into the Champions League quarterfinals for an 11th straight season on Wednesday.Messi also set up Ousmane Dembele in a 3-0 win at Camp Nou after he had scored Barcelona’s goal in the opening-leg 1-1 draw in London.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Messi beat Thibaut Courtois with two strikes between the Chelsea goalkeeper’s legs from very tight angles on the side of the box. He struck the opener three minutes into the match and took Barcelona’s third goal in the 63rd.Ronaldo, with 117 goals, is the only other player to reach the century-mark in Europe’s elite club competition. Messi reached his 100th goal in 123 matches, while Real Madrid’s star needed 144 games.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 the most dazzling moment from the Argentina forward, who returned from missing one match for the birth of his third son on Saturday, came when he helped Dembele score his first goal for Barcelona after he stole the ball from former Barcelona teammate Cesc Fabregas and darted past two would-be tacklers in the 20th.While Chelsea coach Antonio Conte lamented his players’ near misses — they hit the woodwork four times over the two legs — he lavished praise on Messi, whom he congratulated on the pitch following the final whistle. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Antonio Rudiger came closest to a consolation goal for Chelsea, but his header hit the crossbar in the 90th minute, adding more near misses to Willian’s two shots off the woodwork from the first leg.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Paul’s clutch layup lifts Rockets over Trail Blazers

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Crane was very generous with the rings following Houston’s first World Series win last season and is handing out more than 1,300 to players, coaches, staff and even seasonal employees this week.UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visit San Antonio on Saturday.Rockets: Host Oklahoma City on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lillard sat out after spraining his left ankle Tuesday against Dallas. Stotts didn’t set a return date but did say he expects to see him in a game before the playoffs begin.McCollum led the Trail Blazers with 16 points, and Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and 11 rebounds.Portland scored the first seven points of the second half and cut a 22-point halftime deficit to 13 at the beginning of the fourth. The Trail Blazers were down by 18 late in the third quarter before capping it with a five straight points to cut it to 84-71 entering the fourth.A basket by Shabazz Napier got the Trail Blazers within 85-75 with about 10 minutes left before both teams began struggling offensively. The teams combined to miss 10 shots over the next three minutes before Clint Capela ended Houston’s drought with a dunk. That started a 7-0 run for the Rockets that made it 92-75.Harden was shaken up when Wade Baldwin pushed him in the torso as he attempted a layup with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the second quarter. He fell to his knees and stayed on the court for a minute before talking to a trainer and remaining in the game.The Rockets led 66-44 at halftime behind 20 points from Paul and 15 points from Harden.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Portland had 18 turnovers. … They made 7 of 22 3-pointers. … Baldwin had 14 points off the bench.Rockets: Ryan Anderson sat out with a sprained left ankle. … Eric Gordon missed the game because of a foot injury. … Capela had 11 points and 10 rebounds.FAMOUS FRONT ROWSeveral celebrities sat on the front row near Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta. Houston Astros ace Justin Verlander and wife/model Kate Upton were fashionably late, strolling in with Astros owner Jim Crane and wife Whitney during the second quarter. Verlander was wearing the World Series championship ring he received Tuesday night and proudly displayed it when he was introduced to the crowd in the third quarter. Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson arrived early, taking in pregame warmups with rapper Travis Scott. The two received a loud ovation when the arena played one of Scott’s hits and showed them on the Jumbotron in the first half.WHAT A GIFTDuring a timeout in the fourth quarter, Crane presented Fertitta with a World Series ring. The Astros owner said: “I wanted to give you a little bit of our luck and good fortune and give you a championship ring.” After presenting it to him, he added that he would be expecting Fertitta to return the favor if the Rockets win it all this season. Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) drive around Portland Trail Blazers guard Wade Baldwin IV (2) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — Chris Paul didn’t have a great game Tuesday after missing five of the previous six games to rest while dealing with minor injuries.The nine-time All-Star was back to his old self Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Paul hit an off-balance layup with 0.8 seconds left to lift the Houston Rockets to a 96-94 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, who were without start Damian Lillard.Paul scored 27 points to help Houston get its second straight victory since a loss to San Antonio. The Rockets swept their four-game season series with Portland.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 performance came after he finished with just eight points on 3-of-11 shooting in Houston’s last game.“There was no doubt that he was going to get back in his game,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “This is really good for him.” Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Paul said a strength of this team is that they have so many different options when they need a big play, like they did Thursday night.“James (Harden) can take it, I can take it, we’ve got other guys … so you’ve got to make a choice,” he said.The Rockets led by 24 in the second quarter and still had a big lead with about five minutes left before the Trail Blazers went on a 19-2 run to tie it at 94 with 6.1 seconds left. James Harden, who finished with 24 points, missed two free throws with 13.3 seconds left before Pat Connaughton tied it with a short basket.Paul made the winner before crashing to the court. It gave Houston its first points since Harden made a basket with just less than four minutes left. Portland had a chance to win it at the buzzer, but C.J. McCollum’s 3-point attempt was off.“I was pleased with the way we finished the game … it was too bad we couldn’t go to overtime or win it,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Hamilton keeping close eye on F1’s meeting with teams Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Replay overturn plays key role in Warriors’ Game 1 win

first_img“I knew that. I knew he was late on the drive, and I knew I had my man beat and he came over a little late,” he said. “So when they called the charge, I was surprised, but I’m glad they reviewed it.”While James was moving when Durant left the ground, he still believed he was in a legal position and should have gotten the call even after it went to replay.“I thought I read that play just as well as I read any play in my career, defensively,” he said. “I saw the drive, I was outside the charge line, I stepped in, took the contact. It’s a huge play. It’s a huge play.”Durant made both foul shots to tie the game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FIFA lifts ban on Guatemala ahead of 2026 World Cup vote China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 “It was determined he was out of the restricted area, but he was not in a legal guarding position prior to Durant’s separate shooting motion,” referee Ken Mauer told a pool reporter. “So we had to change it to a blocking foul.”The overturn angered the Cavaliers, who were upset the call even went to review because they felt James was clearly outside the restricted area.“It doesn’t make sense to go review something if the review is if he’s on the line or if he’s close to the charge circle, that’s the review. He wasn’t close,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “So what are we reviewing? Either call a blocking foul or call an offensive foul. For our team to come out and play their hearts out and compete the way we did, man, I mean, it’s bad.“It’s never been done before where you know he’s outside the restricted, and then you go there and overturn the call and say it’s a block. It’s never been done, ever, in the history of the game. And then tonight in the finals on the biggest stage, when our team played well, played our (butt) off, man, it ain’t right. It ain’t right.”Durant said he had seen that play reviewed before and was confident he would get the call once officials looked at the replay.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts to a call while standing over Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, California — Block or charge?One of the most difficult calls to make in the split second of fast-paced NBA action helped swing Game 1 of the NBA Finals in Golden State’s favor. Officials went to a replay review because they weren’t sure if LeBron James’ feet were outside the restricted area when Kevin Durant slammed into him in the final minute of regulation in a game Cleveland lost 124-114 in overtime Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The play came with about 30 seconds left and the Cavaliers leading 104-102 after James converted a three-point play as part of a 51-point night.The initial signal was for a charge, which would have given Cleveland the ball. But the officials then called for a replay, as NBA rules allow for that type of play in the final two minutes of regulation or in overtime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We were told they were reviewing if I had my feet outside the line,” James said. “And when I knew that, I was like, OK, that’s going to be our ball. I knew I was outside the charge line, so that’s what the communication was to us. We were over on the sideline, drawing up a play, you know, to try to execute, try to go up a couple possessions.”During the replay, officials can also look to determine if the defensive player was in a legal guarding position, and they decided James wasn’t. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READlast_img read more

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Japan sends largest delegation to Asian Games with sights set on Tokyo Olympics

first_imgThe Japan News/Asia News Network PhotoJAKARTA — Around 45 countries and regions with about 15,000 athletes and officials will participate in this 18th edition of the Asian Games, held mainly in Jakarta through Sept. 2. The first Asian Games event was held in India in 1951, and the Games have been held every four years since the second edition in 1954 in Manila. Japan has hosted the Asian Games twice, in 1958 in Tokyo and in Hiroshima in 1994. This is Indonesia’s second time to host the Asian Games, after hosting the 1962 edition.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms WATCH: Highlights of the 2018 Asian Games opening ceremony  Yamashita has said in a statement that Japan’s participation in the Asian Games is considered an “important step toward the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics that is only two years away.” The past five Asian Games, Japan has finished third in number of medals won. China has dominated, while South Korea has finished second in the past five Games. Japan will be competing against these two Asian powerhouses, though Yamashita has not spelled out a specific goal for its medal tally. One medal hopeful for Japan at the Asian Games is swimming star Rikako Ikee. The 18-year-old high schooler won the women’s 100-meter butterfly at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships held earlier this month in Tokyo.Ikee clocked 56.08 seconds in Tokyo in her main event to set a Japan record.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 awardcenter_img LATEST STORIES  “I am excited to be part of the history,” said Daariin Purwanto, 19, a college student who is volunteering at the event. “I look forward to help people from other countries.” According to the organizing committee of the Asian Games, there are about 12,000 volunteers supporting the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ This Asian Games will include 40 sports and 465 events, from baseball, softball and sports climbing to karate — all to be included in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. According to the Japanese Olympic Committee, Japan is sending its largest delegation to the Asian Games, with 1,096 members including 762 athletes. The delegation is led by Yasuhiro Yamashita, a former judo gold medalist and a senior official of the JOC.  Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil  Ikee also took silver in the women’s 200-meter freestyle. “I want to win all individual events I enter [at the Asian Games],” Ikee said when leaving for Jakarta earlier this month. “If possible, I want to be chosen the Games’ MVP.” In athletics, two speedsters will likely compete against each other for the men’s 100 meters. Aska Cambridge, 25, who won a Grand Prix series in Karlstad, Sweden, in July, will vie with Ryota Yamagata, who won the International Athletics Meeting in Liege, Belgium. Cambridge’s personal best for the event is 10.08 seconds, while Yamagata’s is 10.00.Japan’s only sub-10 second sprinter Yoshihide Kiryu, whose best is 9.98 seconds, did not earn a slot for an individual race at the games, but he is expected to make a big contribution to the 4×100-meter relay along with Cambridge and Yamagata. In badminton, Kento Momota is another strong medal hopeful for Japan. The lefty won the men’s singles at the world championships earlier this month, becoming the first Japanese to achieve the feat.RELATED VIDEO DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

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Cooper likes first look at Azkals

first_imgPhoto By Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.NETRIFFA, Bahrain—It took new Philippines coach Scott Cooper a few more minutes after his first match to learn what could be the best quality of the squad he brought here for his first training camp.Skipper Phil Younghusband scored his 51st international goal as the Azkals settled for a 1-1 draw against Bahrain, which salvaged a last-gasp equalizer in a friendly in hot and humid conditions at National Stadium Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT But while Cooper is still in a period of putting in the system that he wants his squad to play in preparation for the AFF Suzuki Cup and Asian Cup in the next few months, he did find out the character of his team after the draw.“I go inside the dugout and I see the faces were so disappointed it looked like they lost and that is a good sign,” said Cooper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“If you look at our squad, [there are] a number of players who were missing and a new coach and a new system of play. That’s why I think to feel disappointed to draw is a good sign.”Cooper only had a couple of training sessions to work with his squad, which featured returning players Stephan Schrock and Angel Guirado, Cardiff City goalkeeper Neil Etheridge and newcomer Amin Nazari, who played the holding midfield role. The English coach experimented with a three-man defense made up of Amani Aguinaldo, Carlie de Murga and Luke Woodland. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Pirates, Red Lions quash foes Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img “The system is just 15 percent in place and so if you’re in a position to win the game at 15 percent, all in all, it’s satisfying,” said Cooper.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

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