January 18

Rockets-Warriors a roller-coaster of blowouts after 3 games

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial One factor in Golden State’s favor is that Stephen Curry might have found his outside shot in the second half Sunday. After making just 3 of 20 3-pointers in the first 10 quarters of the series, Curry hit 4 of 5 from long range after intermission Sunday, including a 30-footer.“I work on it all the time, and I made it before,” Curry said. “I had amnesia, really. In that moment, in my head am I 0-for-0, or am I 10-for-10 in my head? I’m feeling good in that moment. Just shoot it. You can’t second-guess your first instinct in that moment. So it’s obviously good to see it go down, and we got a little boost from that possession.”That type of short-term memory is just what the Rockets need after the Game 3 blowout, even if D’Antoni did plan to hold a film session to go over the mistakes for his own sanity more than as a teaching tool.His players know they weren’t aggressive enough on both ends and lacked the focus needed to beat a Warriors team that is nearly unstoppable when at its best this time of year. But the Rockets have the confidence built in a stellar regular season and first two rounds to believe they have the tools to pull it off.“Just go out there and do it,” Harden said. “It’s pretty simple. Not try to overcomplicate things. Just go out there and do what we do. Obviously, do the opposite of what we did last game, but it’s not hard at all.” NOTES: Iguodala banged his knee in the fourth quarter Sunday, Kerr said. … Kerr plans to speak to the league about Draymond Green’s double-technical with Trevor Ariza in the fourth when Ariza shoved the Warriors forward after they traded words.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding NFL great Favre reveals addiction, rehab torment The Rockets found themselves on the wrong end of that equation in a 126-85 defeat in Game 3 that was the most lopsided loss in their postseason history and the biggest win ever for the Warriors, who took a 2-1 series lead.Now the big question heading into Game 4 on Tuesday night is which team has the edge if both are clicking.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 kind of expected that yesterday, that it would be that type of game,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “We didn’t bring our best game. But I’m hoping for the best. I hope we play great and them bad. Never know.”In a possible bit of gamesmanship, D’Antoni said the pressure in Game 4 is squarely on Golden State’s shoulders despite the fact Houston trails in the series. He hopes that helps his players stay loose and play with an extra “giddy-up” in their step. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, left, celebrates with guard Stephen Curry (30) in front of Houston Rockets guard Eric Gordon (10) during the second half of Game 3 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)SAN FRANCISCO — One thing is clear through three games of the power-packed Western Conference finals between a Golden State team that has won two of the past three championships and a Houston team that had a league-best 65 wins.If either team is off its game, a blowout could ensue.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “We should always have a swagger,” star guard James Harden said. “But even more importantly, tomorrow. They’ve got to try to take a 3-1 lead going on the road. Tie this thing up going back to our crib.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he welcomes the pressure, knowing his team has shown a tendency to lose focus when there’s not as much on the line. That may have contributed to Golden State coming out flat in a 127-105 loss in Game 2 after winning the series opener by 13 points.Star Kevin Durant has another theory for why there have been so many lopsided games this postseason. There has been only one Western Conference playoff game this month decided by fewer than eight points and there hasn’t been a single playoff game in either conference decided by single digits since May 9 heading into Monday night’s action.“The 3-pointer’s such a huge part of the game now that it could easily go from six to 16 or 17 in a matter of seconds in the game,” Durant said. “So I wouldn’t say … the games aren’t good. It’s just the fact that the style of play causes teams to pull away a little faster.”The Warriors might have to take the court in Game 4 without a key contributor. Forward Andre Iguodala is doubtful with a sore left knee. If Iguodala can’t go, the Warriors will be down a key defender against Harden and a playmaker on offense, forcing Kerr to make another adjustment after the move to put Iguodala in the starting lineup provided a spark in the second round against New Orleans.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

January 18

Djokovic, Thiem, Zverev and Wozniacki in 4th-round action

first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic poses with spectators after winning his third round match of the French Open tennis tournament against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in four sets 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Friday, June 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS — Novak Djokovic takes on a familiar adversary in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday.The former top-ranked Serb faces Fernando Verdasco on Court Philippe Chatrier, where he won the last of his 12 major titles in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Later on Lenglen, two-time Grand Slam champion Caroline Wozniacki — seeded second — had a tough-looking fourth-round match against Daria Kasatkina.The 14th-seeded Russian has beaten her twice this year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Djokovic, now seeded 20th as he continues his comeback from a long-term elbow injury, has won the past five encounters against the Spanish veteran.Two other title contenders are in men’s fourth-round action.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 crownLooking to reach his first Grand Slam quarterfinal is No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany, who plays big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov on Court Suzanne Lenglen.No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria — a semifinalist at Roland Garros the past two years — faces No. 19 Kei Nishikori of Japan. They are scheduled first on Chatrier in warm and sunny conditions. 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 TNT joins Rain or Shine at no. 1, breaks down NLEX China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

January 18

Hawks acquire point guard Trae Young in swap of top-5 picks

first_imgOklahoma’s Trae Young, right, poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after he was picked fifth overall by the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA basketball draft in New York, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)ATLANTA — The Atlanta Hawks have added a new floor leader to their rebuilding effort by acquiring point guard Trae Young from the Dallas Mavericks in an exchange of NBA draft picks with the Dallas Mavericks.The Hawks drafted guard Luka Doncic of Slovenia with the No. 3 overall pick and then traded rights to Doncic to Dallas for rights to Young, the No. 5 overall pick, and a 2019 first-round pick. The trade was announced at the draft.ADVERTISEMENT Schroder said in a recent interview in his native Germany he would like to be traded. 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Hawks have four picks in the top 34, including three in the first round. The Hawks also have No. 19 and No. 30 picks in the first round and the No. 34 selection in the second round.The trade was not a major surprise. With so many draft picks, Hawks general manager Travis Schlenk said last week he was entertaining numerous trade offers.The Hawks, who finished last in the Eastern Conference last season, will continue their rebuilding effort with Young and first-year coach Lloyd Pierce.Mike Budenholzer was hired as Milwaukee’s new coach after reaching a mutual agreement to leave the Hawks.Young joins an Atlanta roster which returns few set starters. Forward-center John Collins showed promise as a rookie last season, and forward Taurean Prince is another young piece of the rebuilding effort. Veterans Kent Bazemore and Dwayne Dedmon are under contract for next season.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial NBA Draft: Cavs select Bama’s Sexton to help convince LeBron to stay Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Young led the nation with his averages of 27.4 points and 8.7 assists for Oklahoma. The 6-foot-2 Young scored at least 40 points in four games and tied a Division I record by recording 22 assists in a game.The Hawks’ decision to acquire Young likely means veteran guard Dennis Schroder’s future with the team could be short-lived.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 crownThis is not the first time the Hawks have quickly traded the No. 3 overall pick. In 2001, the Hawks made Pau Gasol the No. 3 overall pick and then traded his draft rights to the Memphis Grizzlies for Shareef Abdur-Rahim.Doncic was Atlanta’s highest draft pick since 2007, when center Al Horford was the No. 3 pick.center_img LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

January 18

Paddlers, Hidilyn banner 335-man PH team to Asian Games

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Filipino dragonboat paddlers will race in full force while no dribbler will see action in the 3×3 basketball competition of the 18th Asian Games in Indonesia.Always a medal favorite in the continental scene, the Philippine dragonboat squad enlisted 27 paddlers—14 male and 13 female—making them the largest group in the 335-strong Philippine delegation to the biggest multisport meet in Asia on Aug. 18 to Sept. 2.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments The Philippine Olympic Committee has revealed the 272 Filipino athletes and 63 officials from 31 sports.Their ultimate goal: Surpass the single gold medal the country brought home from the 2014 Incheon, South Korea Games.It has become customary for Filipino paddlers, competing in 200m, 500m and 1000m for men’s and 200m and 500m for women’s, to make the podium even on the world stage.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 crownThey will boost the Philippine drive to gain more medals this time, along with London Olympian and 2014 gold medalist Daniel Caluag, who will defend his title in the BMX cycling competition.Asian champions Margarita Ochoa and Annie Ramirez of jujitsu will also be in Indonesia together with gymnast Caloy Yulo, judokas Kiyomi Watanabe and Mariya Takahashi and Rio de Janeiro Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz and Kristel Macrohon of weightlifting. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Likewise expected to keep the Filipino medal machine humming are former windsurfing world champion Geylord Coveta, world cup champion Krizziah Tabora and Kenneth Chua of bowling, and Margielyn Arda Didal of skateboarding.Hopes are high that the boxers, taekwondo jins, the women’s softball team and Gilas Pilipinas men’s basketball will also deliver during the 45-country sportfest in the cities of Palembang and Jakarta.The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has no entries in the 3×3 basketball competition for 18 to 23 years old, which will be played for the first time in the Asian Games.“Disappointed but we don’t really have a choice as players aren’t available,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Andrew Bogut blasts Gilas for selfie after brawllast_img read more

January 18

Napa rues Letran’s lack of finishing ability in loss to Perpetual

first_imgMatthysse will have ‘no respect’ as he aims to beat Pacquiao A red-hot Edgar Charcos, a squandered lead, and a collapsed offense became the narrative of the Knights’ opening game loss to Perpetual Help in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.But instead of sulk, Napa and the Knights are using the setback as a learning experience.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Time to move on, we’ll just focus on our next game so we can’t allow the same mistakes from happening again,” said Napa in Filipino Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.READ: NCAA: Perpetual rallies to close out Letran in thriller ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “I didn’t question my players’ decisions, I have a lot of trust in them,” said Napa. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It wasn’t the start Jeff Napa wanted for the Letran Knights.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Charcos finished with 27 points in the Altas’ win, dropping 22 points in the first half, but the Knights still went into the break trailing by just one, 45-44.After a seesaw affair for much of the game, Letran was able to take the lead early in the fourth, 73-65.That, however, was the Knights’ final stand as they allowed the Altas to mount a 12-2 run and take a 77-73 lead off of Kim Aruin’s step back jumper with 1:35 left in the game.“It’s hard to make excuses for this game, there were many lapses like Charcos getting too comfortable,” said Napa. “We got a lead, we relaxed, and we lacked the finishing ability.”The Knights had a couple of chances in the last minute but Prince Eze denied both of those with blocks on Bong Quinto and JP Calvo.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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

January 18

Banal, Go for Gold trounce Che’Lu in Game 2 to even PBA D-League Finals

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESGab Banal had the hot hand and Go for Gold torched Che’Lu Bar and Grill, 105-81, in Game 2 to tie the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.Banal made seven out of eight 3-pointers to finish with a game-high 33 points that went with six rebounds and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT The Scratchers broke loose in the third quarter where they outscored the Revellers, 28-10, to grab a 73-58 lead heading into the final frame.Go for Gold also drew a solid outing from Kris Porter, who wound up with 16 points and six rebounds.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’Game 3 of a best-of-five is on Thursday with the Scratchers hoping to sustain their form.Jason Melano paced Che’Lu, which rallied from 15 down to win Game 1, 100-96, with 17 points. Indonesia promises haze-free Asian Games Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Explosive guard Jeff Viernes was limited to only 13 points after erupting for 34 points in the finals opener.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

January 18

Diaz plans move to higher weight division

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal “Her quest for the gold in the 2020 Olympics can be real and we are committed to support her all the way,” Ramirez said.Next stop for Diaz is the world championships in Turkmenistan in November when she goes from -53 kilogram, which won her gold in the ongoing Asian Games in Indonesia, to -55 kg.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’Diaz, who rose to fame with her silver medal in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, could face stronger opponents in the -55 kg, but pointed out that competing in that weight class would be less exhausting.“I can see that Hidilyn was ready for it (Asian Games gold medal). Once again, she proved herself worthy,” Ramirez said. MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ If there’s one Filipino who can finally grab a gold medal in the Olympics, Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) Chair Butch Ramirez believes weightlifting heroine Hidilyn Diaz has the biggest chance.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Diaz has repeated time and again that she would retire after the Tokyo Olympics.The famed lifter from Zamboanga City began pulling up steel when she was 14. After three Olympic Games that began in 2008 in Beijing, Diaz will be 29 in her fourth Olympic tour of duty two years from now.Ramirez said Diaz’s feat inspired national athletes, whom the PSC will provide all-out support for them to qualify for the Tokyo Games.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Dutchman leads by 2 shots Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

January 18

Ready to rumble

first_imgJerwin Ancajas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJerwin Ancajas, the reigning IBF world bantamweight champion, is not a big fan of the rambunctious fight-week hype.On the day he came face-to-face against challenger Alejandro Santiago of Mexico, Ancajas greeted him with a warmth more suited for old friends than enemies scheduled for a vicious square off in the ring.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ancajas is coming from an uneventful unanimous decision win over fellow Filipino Jonas Sultan last May also in California.Santiago (16-2-4 with seven KOs) can’t be discounted though as he is also trying to snag bigger paychecks.The fight card includes as comainer a non-title fight between IBF super middleweight champion Jose Uzcategui (27-2, 23 KOs) and Ezequiel Maderna (26-4, 16 KOs).Filipino featherweight contender Genesis Servania (31-1, 14 KOs) will take on Carlos Carlson (22-4, 13 KOs) while Giovanni Delgado (16-7, 9 KOs) fights Joshua Greer Jr. (17-1-1, 9 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES They once again crossed paths Wednesday in the final presser with nary an incident that promoters could use to fuel interest in the fight.But that doesn’t mean there won’t be fireworks when Ancajas (30-1-1 with 20 knockouts) stakes his two-year-old belt against the dangerous Santiago on Saturday morning (Manila time), at Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe 26-year-old Ancajas vowed to come up with a performance that would finally put him in line for a big fight.“The last fight I wasn’t that impressive,” admitted Ancajas. “This time I trained very hard and long. We did things we didn’t do before, and we’ll try our best to come up with a better performance this time.” Female chessers turn back Venezuelan rivalslast_img read more

January 18

Rockets hope Paul can escape bad luck and help team to title

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After signing Paul to a four-year, $160 million extension in the offseason, the Rockets hope the bad luck ends this year and he’ll help them to their first title since 1995.“Chris deserves a championship,” Fertitta said. “It is time. But luck is luck and it just takes a little luck in sports. You have to set yourself up to be one of the best and then you need a few things to fall into place.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Rockets led the Warriors 3-2 in the conference finals last season before Paul’s season ended with a hamstring injury in Game 5. Golden State won the next two games to advance to the Finals and go on to win the title.Paul scoffed at the notion that his ill-timed hamstring injury was the worst thing that’s happened to him. “(Paul’s) had a remarkable career, so I don’t know how bad of luck it is,” D’Antoni said. “Just sometimes at the end of a season it doesn’t quite work out. Steve Nash was that way where he had just weird stuff happen. It happens.”“But you keep knocking on the door and eventually it will (open),” D’Antoni continued.So, does Paul spend a lot of time sitting around thinking about what might have been if he’d been healthy for those last two games last season?“It sounds crazy but unfortunately I’ve had a lot of different adversities and challenges and whatnot,” he said. “And I know it sounds cliche, but it only made me stronger mentally and everything like that. So for me … I don’t even think about it now.”As the owner of Golden Nugget casinos across the country, Fertitta knows a thing or two about luck. He also knows about heartbreak as a sports fan after cheering on the Houston Oilers for years only to see them fall short of winning a title again and again before leaving for Tennessee.“The Oilers kept trying to kick the door down and it never happened,” he said wistfully.That doesn’t mean he isn’t optimistic that it’s time for the tide to turn for Paul, who is entering his 14th NBA season. But Paul doesn’t think of it that way. Of course, his goal is to win a title and put his years of coming up short behind him. He just doesn’t see it as him being due for some good fortune.“Whatever’s going to happen is going to happen and if that’s the bad luck that I’ve had there’s some people who have had a lot worse luck than I’ve had,” he said. “So, for me … whatever happens you move on and you go to the next thing.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Staying home Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Houston Rockets’ Chris Paul (3) poses for a photographer during media day Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LAKE CHARLES, La. — Houston Rockets owner Tilman Fertitta said this week that his team was a “hamstring” away from the Western Conference title last season.The hamstring he was referring to was Chris Paul’s, with the injury the latest setback for the point guard whose illustrious career at times has seemed cursed.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES “If that’s the toughest thing, then I’m living a real good life,” he said. “But it’s definitely up there as far as basketball goes, as far as not being able to influence the outcome. If that doesn’t do something to you then you’re in the wrong profession.”But that disappointing end to Paul’s first season in Houston was far from the first time things have gone awry at the worst times for the nine-time All-Star. He was dogged for years about his inability to escape the second round of the playoffs after making nine trips to the postseason without ever reaching the conference finals before finally breaking through with the Rockets last season.Paul looked sure to advance in 2015 when he and the Clippers were up 3-1 over the Rockets in the conference semifinals. But they were routed in Game 5 before squandering a 19-point second-half lead in a loss at home in Game 6 and being eliminated in Houston in Game 7.No one with the Rockets would go as far as to say that Paul might be cursed, but everyone agreed that he’s had more than his share of bad luck. Coach Mike D’Antoni feels for Paul. But this isn’t the first time he’s worked with a superstar point guard with problems such as these.D’Antoni coached Steve Nash for four seasons on those great teams in Phoenix that were never able to win a title. Nash was named MVP twice, but finished an 18-year career without a ring.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

January 18

Back to drawing board for USA after Ryder Cup thumping

first_imgUS team captain Jim Furyk reacts after Europe won the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, south-west of Paris, on September 30, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCK FIFEHeartbroken United States golf stars will go back to the drawing board in search of their first Ryder Cup win in Europe since 1993 after a resounding 17.5-10.5 defeat Sunday.The American squad, featuring 11 of the world’s 17 top-ranked players, dropped seven of the last eight singles matches at Le Golf National in their worst loss since 2006.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The US Ryder Cup task force assembled after a 2014 flop at Gleneagles, which helped the Americans win 17-11 at Hazeltine in 2016, will take lessons to produce a better result in 2020 on home soil at Whistling Straits.“I’ll work with the PGA of America and our Ryder Cup committee and I think we’ll keep improving. We’ll keep growing,” Furyk said. “We didn’t have the success we wanted, but I felt like we made some strides in areas this year, and I’ll help our captain in 2020 and I’ll help him get better as well.”A team with nine major champions who have won a combined 31 major titles, including 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, was humbled by a European side that has won nine of the past 12 events.“The European side played some exquisite golf,” 12-time US Ryder Cupper Phil Mickelson said. “It was some phenomenal golf, and they flat-out beat us.”Furyk took the heat for the loss, saying: “Thomas was a better captain and their team outplayed us. He put his guys in good position. He did a good job.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘We’re not making excuses’All but one US player competed in last week’s US PGA Tour Championship and six of the 12 US players had not seen Le Golf National before this week, but Furyk wasn’t taking fatigue or an unknown course as excuses.“We were prepared. I feel like we played our practice rounds and we understood the golf course. We got outplayed,” Furyk said.“Fatigue would be making an excuse, and we’re not making excuses.“I know everyone wishes they had played better and I wish I probably would have done some things differently as well, but at the end of the day we did the best we could and we all worked hard.”Captain’s pick Mickelson, whose 2014 post-mortem of defeat exposed a lack of player input into decisions by then-captain Tom Watson, praised Furyk’s “phenomenal leadership” and said his poor play motivated him to “not go out on this note” and try and make the 2020 squad.“The way he brought everybody in together on decisions — some of you might question some of the decisions, but everything was done with reason, input, thought through — it was up to us to execute and we just didn’t execute,” said the 48-year-old.“There have been two years, this year and 2006, where it breaks my heart a little bit more than others, because those two, we didn’t execute while we were given every opportunity to succeed.“We’ll continue to build on it, and improve in a couple of years.” MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aguero can beat Premier League goals record, says Bernardo Silva LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Now it will be 2022 in Rome before the US team can end its road drought.“Obviously there’s a sour taste in our mouth to come over here now for 27 years and not be able to win on foreign soil,” US captain Jim Furyk said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“That’s the goal. We want to be successful in this event. We want to grow and we want to get better, but we want to do it here in Europe. That will be the goal four years from now.“We’ll regroup and I’ll definitely kind of go through some things in my head and we’ll move forward.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more