20 Jan / 2020

Yap powers Rain or Shine

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Coach Norman Black admitted import Alex Stepheson is still out of shape but he came through with 21 rebounds and 11 points even as Meralco got a lot of fire from its locals.“We had contributions from a lot of [local] guys,” Black said after Baser Amer scored 19 points and led three locals in twin digits.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Joey’s antijousting call jilted Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu “I’m not getting any younger and I have to watch out for my body,” he said. “I really prepared hard for this game, for this conference.”Shawn Taggert looked like a good import fit for the Painters, firing 23 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. The comebacking Raymond Almazan fired 18 and Jeff Chan 12 for Rain or Shine.Despite losing, the Road Warriors looked a far better team than the one that finished last in the Philippine Cup, and Wayne Chism had a lot to do with that after winding up with 27 points and 21 rebounds.“Everyone came out to play, and that is the part of our game where we have to be consistent on,” Garcia added.With someone big again plugging its hole in the middle, Meralco got off to a good start and dismantled Mahindra, 94-86, in the first game.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards James Yap was bound to have a game as explosive as this one, and his ability to sustain it will define Rain or Shine’s bid to successfully defend a title for the first time in its PBA existence.Yap played his finest offensive game in three seasons and led Rain or Shine to a 113-105 nipping of NLEX as its bid to win the Commissioner’s Cup back-to-back got off to a solid start Friday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot MOST READ Five straight points during the most critical stretch of the endgame capped off a 26-point night for Yap, who played with renewed bounce as the former two-time MVP while with Purefoods/Star gave a glimpse of things that could come after rededicating himself in the off-season.“It’s just nice to see James Yap back,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia said. “I just hope that he stays healthy.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnRain or Shine acquired Yap in a trade that sent original cornerstone Paul Lee to the Hotshots in the offseason.Yap played with MVP-like swagger and later said that it was the result of refocusing himself after the Elasto Painters exited in the first round of the Philippine Cup playoffs. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View commentslast_img read more

first_imgCONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan — Rebisco PSL Manila put highly-rated Supreme of Thailand on the edge before surrendering a four-set thriller Monday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championships.A questionable call by the referee on a Thailand hit, which swooped straight out, dampened the Filipinos’ furious surge late in the fourth frame and preserved the 25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 27-25 victory.ADVERTISEMENT It was Supreme’s fourth win in as many games in the tournament, putting the team in contention for the title that the Thais won four times before.The all-Filipino Rebisco Spikers has now lost their fourth straight game but played their best game so far in the tough tournament where the best the Filipinos could come up with is 7th place playing with imports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThat was probably was on Thai coach Nataphop Srisamutnak had in mind as he had two foreign reinforcements, American Genevieve Mann and Fatou Niane Diouck of Senegal on top of his Thai national players.After dropping the first two sets, the Thais, the most dominant in Southeast Asian nowadays, were caught off guard as Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Marano delivered the telling blows for the Philippine club. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle LATEST STORIES The three alternated in burning the lanes with 6-foot-5 Santiago hitting 22 points and Gonzaga moving through tight defense to score 14 markers. Marano produced 13 points on sliding attacks and blocks.PH head coach Francis Vicente lauded the team for banding together to come up with a strong performance in the face a tall odds.Diouck accounted for 28 points, while Kongyot Ajcharaporn added 14 for Supreme.The Filipinos fought off two match points in a show of determination despite a handful of bad calls from the linesmen that even got the crowd at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace in uproar.The Philippines will fight for fifth place in its final two games of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Lopez proud to see former teammate Blatche play for Gilas View comments MOST READ Swing Out Sister back to PH this Aprillast_img read more

20 Jan / 2020

Sudden death

first_imgWith a quick snap of her wrists, Kannika Thipachot completed a great escape by Power Smashers Tuesday night.The Thai reinforcement led the Power Smashers’ climb from two sets to none down to snatch a 24-26, 22-25, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13 victory over defending champion Pocari Sweat and stay in the running in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ The Power Smashers thus extended the best-of-three contest to a no-tomorrow Game 3 which will be played on Thursday also at Philsports Arena in Pasig.A former member of Thailand’s national team, the 24-year-old Thipachot scored 28 points for the Power Smashers, who chipped away at the complacent Lady Warriors to force the fifth set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWith momentum shifting to the Power Smashers in the deciding set, Myla Pablo and import Michelle Strizak tried to close out their rivals and pushed the Lady Warriors to within 10-11.A long exchange ensued and with the score tied at 13, Regine Arocha nailed the go-ahead spike for match point. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Tabal pleads with Patafa to reconsider: I did nothing wrong Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak LATEST STORIES Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And just when Pocari was looking for opportunity to pounce, Thipachot pushed a weak return into an unmanned spot inside Pocari’s yard for the stunning winner.Power Smashers coach Nestor Pamilar lauded his wards for not giving up in the face of the rampaging Lady Warriors, who won Game 1 (25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 22-25, 15-12).“That shows how much my players wanted to win and be in the finals,” said Pamilar. “Now we are expecting another tight Game 3 and whoever wants it more will prevail.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

first_img$200-million man: Curry inks ‘richest’ deal in NBA history—report Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Curry got the first “Supermax” in NBA history, striking that deal shortly after the free-agent shopping spree around the league was getting underway. Curry, by NBA standards, was an absolute bargain in his first seven seasons, winning two MVP awards, two championships, setting 3-point records and doing all that while making an average of $6.5 million a year.READ: Curry inks ‘richest’ deal in NBA history—reportHe’ll now average about $40 million over the next five.“Congrats @StephenCurry,” Cleveland star LeBron James tweeted.It was a run on point guards all over the league:Not only did the Warriors keep Curry, but also agreed to keep Shaun Livingston for three more years. Patty Mills is returning to San Antonio for the next four years at $50 million, and Jeff Teague agreed with Minnesota on a three-year, $57 million deal. John Wall was offered a four-year extension worth $168 million by the Wizards, also falling into that so-called Supermax category.The Supermax is a part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which also went into effect Saturday after being ratified by the league and the National Basketball Players Association earlier this year.Teague replaces Ricky Rubio, traded earlier Friday to Utah in a move that could have some impact on what Hayward does. It also doesn’t hurt Minnesota’s new place as a popular pick for big-time improvement out West, with the newly acquired Jimmy Butler — another All-Star leaving the East for the West — already joining Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns.Utah getting Rubio essentially means George Hill’s time with the Jazz is over. It’s unknown how much, if any, effect that will have on Hayward and his decision between joining the Heat, the Celtics or remaining in Salt Lake City. Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Stephen Curry and Blake Griffin are staying in the West. Paul George is heading to the West as well, teaming up with reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook after a surprising deal saw Indiana send him to Oklahoma City. And barely an hour into free agency, roughly $600 million in new deals were hammered out and merely awaiting signatures next week when the NBA’s offseason moratorium ends.READ: NBA: Paul goes from Clippers to Rockets in blockbuster dealFEATURED 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’The frenzy is underway, and there’s still plenty of moves left.Curry is now off the board and staying with the champion Golden State Warriors on a five-year, $201 million deal — that’s $170.22 for every second of every regular-season game the Warriors will play in that span, overtimes not included. Kevin Durant will likely soon make it official that he’s staying with the champs as well. Gordon Hayward #20 of the Utah Jazz watches on during their game against the Charlotte Hornets at Time Warner Cable Arena on January 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPGordon Hayward will start his free agency tour in Miami on Saturday, potentially on the verge of moving into the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career.The East could use some more star power.ADVERTISEMENT LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavscenter_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos So with those two basically sealed, many eyes will be on Hayward’s meeting with Miami. It’s the first of three meetings Hayward is expected to take in the coming days, others coming with Boston and then Utah — the team that he has been with throughout his NBA career. But if Heat President Pat Riley can pull off another free-agent coup, Miami could find itself again contending in the East.But the first night of free agency — the NBA says talks couldn’t begin until 12:01 a.m. Eastern on July 1, though that seemed an even grayer area than usual this year — was all about the West.READ: Ricky Rubio traded from Wolves to Jazz for 1st-round pickGriffin canceled some meetings he had with other teams, Phoenix included, and struck a deal to stay with the Clippers on a five-year contract worth about $175 million. That agreement represented the richest contract (in terms of total value) in NBA history, topping the $153 million deal that Mike Conley struck with the Memphis Grizzlies last summer.By sunrise, Griffin’s contract was No. 1 no more.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LSU title parade draws massive crowds LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgLONDON (AP): When Rio Ferdinand hung up his boots two years ago, a career competing in sports appeared over. Coaching jobs weren’t considered. Only television punditry kept the former Manchester United and England captain in football. There was still something missing for Ferdinand in retirement. Leaving the field didn’t dim his competitive streak. The former defender was missing an outlet to channel the aggression that helped him win every major honour with United. Ferdinand has found it. At 38, he is planning an unlikely transition to become a professional boxer. “It’s a chance to really get my competitive juices flowing again,” Ferdinand told The Associated Press. “I really do miss that.” There are financial benefits, too. Ferdinand is being bankrolled by a bookmaker whose branding was plastered over the backdrops at yesterday’s announcement. “I don’t look at this as a circus,” Ferdinand told the media inside York Hall, a shabby but renowned east London boxing venue. “I’m not trying to disrespect anyone. I’m taking it seriously.” It is no stunt, Ferdinand maintained, despite the links to a betting company renowned for often tasteless stunts. There is, however, no prospect of Ferdinand entering the ring soon. A professional licence is yet to be granted by the British Boxing Board. “I’ve got the utmost respect for the boxing fraternity and I’m not saying I’m going to be a world champion,” Ferdinand said. “I’m saying there are loads of hurdles to get over and I’m going to meet them head-on.” Since his wife Rebecca died of breast cancer in 2015, Ferdinand has three children to bring up. “They just said, ‘Dad, don’t get knocked out’,” Ferdinand said in an interview. “I’ve got to maintain that respect once I walk through the front door. So I’ll be doing everything I can do not to get knocked out.”last_img read more

first_imgFacing an escalating backlash, Mastercard scrapped a charity initiative to donate 10,000 meals to hungry children for every goal scored by Argentina forward Lionel Messi and Brazil counterpart Neymar Jr. The campaign was criticised online as a stunt ahead of the World Cup, where rival credit card company Visa is the official FIFA sponsor. Even Brazil coach Tite, whose team is sponsored by Mastercard, expressed frustration with the campaign that only rewarded the United Nations World Food Programme if Neymar scored. Having spent the weekend defending its ‘goals change lives’ advertising on social media, Mastercard said yesterday that it “heard the comments about our campaign in Latin America” and was withdrawing it. “We don’t want fans, players or anyone to lose focus on the critical issue of hunger and our efforts to raise support for this cause,” Mastercard told The Associated Press. “Based on the feedback, we are adjusting this campaign to replace the 10,000 meals donation per goal by Messi and Neymar Jr with a contribution of one million meals in 2018. This is in addition to 400K meals we have already donated as part of the campaign.” Among the tweets to Mastercard, Andrew Stroehlein of Human Rights Watch called the campaign “a PR own goal. Priceless” alluding to the company’s slogan. “We want to reinforce that Mastercard’s global commitment of delivering 100 million meals by the end of this year goes beyond any one campaign,” the company said. “We are grateful to our brand ambassadors who will continue to play a critical role in helping us raise awareness of the cause. Mastercard will continue to be one of the many players engaged in reversing the cycle of poverty globally.” APlast_img read more

first_imgIf play in the knockout round of the FIFA World Cup is scrappy at first, don’t blame the players. If that does happen, the change in quality will more likely be due to the introduction of a new match ball. It’s a classic case of unfortunate timing. In the past, new match balls were introduced at the start of the World Cup. By the time the knockout stage began, the remaining teams and players would have had a chance to play with the new ball. In 2018, the change is being made when the stakes are highest. The ball used so far is the adidas Telstar 18. It will be replaced by the Telstar Mechta. It’s a huge risk. The tournament already has had its fair share of unexpected results. The provision of the video assistant referee (VAR) service has come in for criticism, but no one can deny that it is right for the times. When Frank Lampard ‘scored’ for England against Germany in the 2010 World Cup, his shot struck the crossbar and bounced two feet inside the goal. VIOLATIONS ELIMINATED The margin between success and failure in Russia has already been wafer thin. Ask those teams who have suffered last-minute, VAR-adjudicated penalty losses. One coach accused the referee of war crimes. Others are equally bitter. If the new ball makes those margins even thinner, it will be painful, and the spectacle will suffer. The pity is that with better timing, the game, its sponsors, and its fans could all have been winners. Hopefully, the players still in this World Cup will be able to adjust quickly enough. – Hubert Lawrence watched Brazil win the 1970 World Cup on black and white television. German keeper Manuel Neuer simply ‘saved’ the day by grabbing the ball and continuing as if nothing had ever happened. VAR and goal line technology have eliminated those types of violations. It’s a pity that the new ball and VAR weren’t introduced earlier so that glitches could’ve been smoothed away. To my mind, the World Cup shouldn’t be a test bed. It should be a showcase for football. The reality is that the ball has gone over the byline for this World Cup. There’s no chance that the introduction of the Telstar Mechta will be deferred until after the World Cup. It’s clear that some of the referees in Russia, host of the tournament, are learning to use the VAR. The sport abounds with age-group and regional tournaments that both the ball and the VAR should have arrived at the World Cup as known quantities. Perhaps, in the future, new prototype balls will be tested at the Confederations Cup, which always is a year ahead of the World Cup. Any difference in flight or bounce would be seen there and with familiarity, the footballer could focus on technique and tactics with no World Cup worries about the ball. SUCCESS AND FAILURElast_img read more

first_imgMOSCOW (AP): The boys football team in Thailand rescued from a flooded cave this week has been invited to FIFA’s annual awards event. FIFA President Gianni Infantino says they will be invited to come to London, where the world’s best player prize will be presented on Sept. 24. The 12 boys and their coach were asked to attend the World Cup final in Moscow tomorrow. They were unable to accept for medical reasons, after being rescued between Sunday and Tuesday to end a two-week ordeal. Infantino says FIFA will look at involving the team in another football event, possibly in Thailand.last_img read more

first_imgSYDNEY (AP): Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson, who struck fear into batsmen around the world, but especially on the bouncy pitches of his homeland, has announced his retirement from cricket, saying his body is “shutting down” after years of punishment. Johnson, 36, had hoped to continue playing in some international Twenty20 tournaments but said the back problems he endured during this year’s Indian Premier League had confirmed that it was time to retire. “It’s over. I’ve bowled my final ball, taken my final wicket,” Johnson said. “Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket. “My competitive urge hasn’t left me, and hopefully, that’s something I can use to channel into a coaching or mentoring role in the future.” Johnson previously announced that he would not play in Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash League because the new schedule had become too demanding. “When I sat down with new Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges recently to discuss my future, he was interested in me playing on again this summer,” he said. TEAM-FOCUSED “If I can’t play at 100 per cent, then I can’t give my best to the team. And for me, it’s always been about the team.” Johnson took 313 wickets in 73 tests at an average of 28.40 and 239 wickets in 153 one-day internationals at 25.26. Under-rated as an all rounder, he also scored more than 2,000 test runs at an average of 22 with a century and 11 half centuries. The left armer was the spearhead of the Australia pace attack for most of his career, which stretched, punctuated by injuries, from 2007 to 2015. He brought all the skills of the top fast bower: pace, swing, bounce and seam, but he added to that the belligerence that inspires the best quicks and cows batsmen. His was a career of ups and downs, but at his best, he was unquestionably the most feared and successful bowler of his generation. His career had its peak in the 2013-2014 season when, in eight tests against England and South Africa, he took 59 wickets at an average of 15.23. Johnson said he hopes to find a new role in coaching as cricket is the only thing he knows. “I don’t know if I’ll be any good at it,” he said. “I’ve got a lot of experience in cricket and no experience in coaching officially … . “Now that it’s all over, the stand-out memories include the 2012-2014 Ashes summer, the South African tours, including my only test century in Cape Town in 2009, and the World Cups. “I saw more highs and lows than most cricketers, and I’m proud that I was able to fight back from adversity in the latter part of my career and produce consistent performances. “At my best, I felt like I was meant to be out there and I didn’t have to force anything. It just happened.”last_img read more

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC): England’s tour of the Caribbean next year will be its biggest tour of the region in a decade, comprising three Test matches, five One Day Internationals (ODIs), and three T20Is. During the two-month tour, which begins in January, Barbados, Antigua, and St Lucia will host the three-match Test Series. Barbados, Grenada, and St Lucia will share the ODIs, and St Lucia and St Kitts will host the T20Is. With the recently announced ICC Future Tours Programme for 2019-2023, this will be the last three-format England Tour to the Caribbean for the foreseeable future. The teams will once again contest the Wisden Trophy, with England having won the last series 2-1 last year in England, while the Windies will also be seeking to overcome a 12-year series losing streak against England in the ODI series. Chief executive officer of Cricket West Indies (UWI) Johnny Grave said that every effort was being made to ensure the series was a successful one. “England coming to the region is always a special occasion for cricket fans, and we are pulling out all the stops for a successful series on and off the field. “West Indies fans create a unique spectator atmosphere, and not only do England fans add to this, they bring in a significant tourism boost to the region as thousands will travel here to enjoy the cricket and experience the unique Caribbean culture and hospitality,” Grave said. CWI president Dave Cameron also thanked the Governments that invested their resources, saying that they “recognise the economic impact the tour will have on their respective countries”.last_img read more